This past Saturday, the halls of WATC’s Southside Education Center (SSC) and National Center for Aviation Training (NCAT) were filled for the 9th Annual Merit Badge College.
More than 500 Boy Scouts and over 300 Adult Scout Leaders eager to learn new skills and knowledge attended from the Wichita area, Topeka and Blackwell, OK.
Scott Lucas, WATC Director of Institutional Research and former Boy Scout said he, “talked to numerous boys and leaders from in and out of the local area who love coming here every year or were thoroughly enjoying their first experience.”
An all-day event, it gave scouts an opportunity to earn two merit badges and experience WATC’s exciting programs like robotics, welding and crime prevention.
Troop leaders are anxiously awaiting the date of next year’s event to add to their calendars. Linda Sessions, WATC Lead Faculty, Computer Technology thanked the event volunteers saying, “It is your dedication and commitment to the event that makes it so good.”
This was a way for WATC to get involved with the community and reach Scouts who could be future WATC students. Those who helped support and coordinate this unique learning experience received more than they expected.
“These boys showed respect, character, honesty and much more. They really made an impact on the staff and volunteers here at WATC. I am so glad that I was able to be a part of something so awesome and fun,” said Bryan Porter, WATC student and event volunteer.
The Merit Badge College is an incredible opportunity for Boy Scouts and WATC to be a part of together. “I place a lot of value in helping young men work towards their scouting goals. Your hard work helps us all make this event better each year,” Scott Lucas.