On Saturday, October 6th, Saint Francis University hosted their annual Merit Badge University for the Boy Scouts of America.
This year, more than three times as many badges were offered from various departments on campus at the day-long event. Scouts chose from the following options: Astronomy, Chemistry, Citizenship of the World, Energy, Engineering, Fingerprint, Geology, Music, Oceanography, Personal Finance, Personal Fitness, Plant Science, Public Speaking, and Sustainability. 130 Scouts attended this year.
8am - Registration
8:30am - 9am - Flag raising along with prayer and opening remarks from University President, Father Malachi Van Tassell, T.O.R., Ph.D, to all Scouts.
9am - 11:30am - Morning badge session
11:30am - 12:15pm - Lunch at Torvian
12:15pm - 2pm - Afternoon badge session
2:30pm - Dismissal
Associate Professor of Biology, Dr. Irene Wolf, who organized the event on campus says, “Saint Francis University faculty and staff enjoy working with younger students that are dedicated to helping their community. It provides an opportunity to see what the next generation is interested in, and at the same time introduce new career avenues to the Scouts.”
The Admissions department offered a 'coffee and conversation' session for parents that stayed on campus to discuss the university and answer questions. Sue Obarsky, Counseling department, presented a session on 'Preparing To Let Go' to help parents begin to think about all the dynamics that go into preparing to send their son/daughter off to college.
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