Local Scouts earn badges at event

University of Scouting covers

‘all walks of life’

PARKERSBURG – Merit badges and activity pins were awarded to area Scouts at the annual University of Scouting Saturday.

Dale Musgrave, Scout executive of the Allohak Council, said the event was three in one.

“We call the the University of Scouting because of three things today,” he said. “We have Boy Scouts who are earning merit badges, Cub Scouts are here earning activity pins and we also have adult leader training, so we call it the University of Scouting at West Virginia University at Parkersburg.”

During the University of Scouting there were eight pins for the Cub Scouts or Webelos to earn toward their Arrow of Light merit badges and 13 merit badges.

“They should have their prerequisites for merit badge completed and if they do at the end of the day they will have the merit badge,” he said. “If not, they can complete the rest of the requirements at a later time.”

Musgrave said they had a number of people there to cover a wide range of topics.

“We have people in vocational and avocational interests for Scouts,” he said. “We have U.S. Magistrate Court Judge John Kaull, someone from the transportation industry, law enforcement, forestry – all walks of life.”

Musgrave said they will have time to learn more about the filed, but the instructors may not add any requirement to what they have to complete to earn the badge.

“They can still introduce discussions about other things,” he said. “I was talking with Judge Kaull and he said as he went through a list of crimes he found no one mentioned child abuse so that caused them to have a discussion about crime and a little bit beyond what was required and that brought them full circle.”

Musgrave the event has been at WVU-P for four years.

“This next great jurist, next great scientist or next great patent-holder may be here, who knows?” he said.

One of the Ccub Scouts at the event was Randy Hatfield of Troop 419 in Kenna. He said he was working on his Webelos or Arrow of Light badges.

“I have to earn three activity pins to get my Webelos and Arrow of Light,” he said. “If I don’t have three pins I can’t get my badges. I have my citizenship pin and I need two more.”

Hatfield said he hopes to finish memorizing Scout law and outdoor code but has memorized the oath. Next year he hopes to get his outdoorsman and artist merit badges.