Published March 06, 2016

Merit Badge University

Monmouth College to host Boy Scout event for fifth year
More than 400 Boy Scouts from Illinois and Iowa will gather at Monmouth College on March 12 to hone their skills during a day-long Merit Badge University.

This is the fifth year that Monmouth College has hosted the Boy Scouts of America’s annual conference for boys working toward their Eagle Scout rank by earning merit badges. Most of the activities will be held in the college’s new Center for Science and Business.

Since the college’s inaugural MBU in 2012, attendance has increased by 180 scouts. Accompanying them this year will be approximately 100 scouting leaders.

“When we took over the program, we invited the entire Mississippi Valley Council,” said Monmouth staff member Kathy Mainz, who helps to organize the event in her role as chair of the local MBU committee. “We’ve continued with that, but are now doing lots more marketing, including the Rockford, Peoria and Bloomington areas. We also have scouts from the Chicago area who are drawn to our program because of some of the unusual badges we offer.”

Among the 49 Merit Badge counselors are nine Monmouth College faculty and staff members – Tom Best and Jeff Rankin (citizenship in the community), Wendi Bolon (personal management), Ashwani Kumar (space exploration), Tim Stiles (electricity), Tim Tibbetts (citizenship in the world), Craig Vivian (chess) and Doug Rankin (architecture).

Tibbetts is an Eagle Scout, as are three of the Monmouth students instructing – junior Nick Mainz of Monmouth (coin collecting), sophomore Nico Guzman of Cameron (space exploration) and junior Jacob Marx of DeKalb (aviation). Marx will be accompanied by his father, a maintenance specialist at O’Hare International Airport. Two other Monmouth students, junior Louis Badang of Monmouth and sophomore Ashley Winters of Galesburg, will be assisting with the chemistry merit badge.

“In order for a scout to earn a badge, they explore their interest with an adult who is an expert in that area,” said Mainz. “Our merit badge counselors will work with small groups of scouts and guide them through a booklet of information on their particular topic.”

In addition to providing a way for scouts from across the region to get together, Merit Badge University provides a form of one-stop shopping. It would normally take several field trips by the individual troops involved for their scouts to be able to get some of the badges being offered. For example, automotive maintenance and plumbing – traditionally difficult badges to complete – are available thanks to the cooperation of Kenny St. George (plumbing) and Kunes Country Auto (auto mechanics).

Also assisting from the Monmouth community will be Mark Kirkman (composite materials), Martin Sullivan Equipment (ag mechanics), the Monmouth Police Department (crime prevention and fingerprinting) and the Monmouth Fire Department (first aid).

A co-sponsor of Merit Badge University, the college’s office of admission will conduct campus tours during the day.
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