Troy University's Merit Badge University celebrates its 10th year in October. (TROY photo/Clif Lusk)
Troy University’s Merit Badge University marks its 10thanniversary on Oct. 5 when the event kicks off in Hawkins Hall at 8:30 a.m.
“MBU,” as it has come to be called, attracts Scouts and Scouters from throughout the southeastern United States and gives Scouts the opportunity to earn or partially complete merit badges necessary for program advancement, including several required for the Eagle Scout Award, Scouting’s highest rank. Adult leader training is also provided at the event.
“This has been a tremendous benefit to Scouts not only in our own Alabama Florida Council, but to those from other councils as well,” said Clif Lusk, a University Relations coordinator at TROY who also serves as dean of MBU. “This year, for example, we already have Scouts registered from Alabama, Georgia, Florida and Mississippi. For the University, it gives us an outstanding platform to introduce Troy University to the Scouts and their parents and leaders.”
Registration is on-going via the Alabama Florida Council website at bsa3.org. The cost to attend is $40 for youth and $25 for adults. Scouts receive a t-shirt, lunch in the Trojan Dining Facility and a special 10thanniversary shoulder patch for attending.
The Scouts will choose to attend one or two of the 25 merit badge classes offered. Instructors for the courses come from both the TROY faculty and Scouting volunteers, depending on the offering, which ranges from personal management to STEM-related classes. Adults are offered Scoutmaster Specific Training during this year’s MBU.
For more information or to register for the event, visit the Alabama Florida Council website at bsa3.org.