For release: March 18, 2014
WICHITA, Kan. — Over six hundred Boy Scouts, ages 11 to 18, and 200 leaders will take over Wichita Area Technical College’s (WATC) three campuses: National Center for Aviation Training (NCAT), the Southside Center and the Grove Campus on Saturday, March 29th to participate in the 10th Annual Merit Badge College.
The all day event gives scouts the opportunity to earn two merit badges in one day. WATC Faculty will not be using their normal text books to educate the Scouts. Instead, they will adopt the Boy Scout’s Merit Badge Books to facilitate their teaching.
WATC is using this opportunity to get involved with the community and reach Scouts who could become students at WATC in the coming years.
“This year we are pleased to include the new Game Design Merit Badge to our lineup at this 10th anniversary event. This event also continues to include technology driven Merit Badges such as robotics. With the use of WATC’s state-of-the-art National Center for Aviation Training (NCAT) facility, the Robotics Program offered is a perfect fit for Boy Scouts and Wichita Area Technical College. It’s a very popular choice during registration.” says Tye Pameticky, Program Leader for Quivira Council, BSA.
Quivira Council Scout Executive, Mike Johnson, adds, “The BSA recognizes the importance of STEM programs to help young people learn the skills and knowledge in science and technology to help them succeed in life. Nationally the BSA offers the STEM and NOVA programs which are offered in our Council through summer camps, year round programs and STEM related merit badges. We’re committed to staying relevant to what our youth will need to know in the next century of expanding technology based careers.”
Ten years ago, WATC & Quivira Council started this event allowing approximately 225 youth work on 13 merit badges. The growth to 800+ Scouts and Leaders and 33 Badge Studies at NCAT, Grove and Southside Campuses of WATC is a sign that this partnership is providing a valuable addition to the Scouting Program.
“We look forward to continuing to partner with WATC, which benefits the youth served in Boy Scouts as well as Wichita Area Technical College”, says Johnson. “This is an event that Scouts and Leaders from across our Council and others look forward to all year.”
About Wichita Area Technical College
Wichita Area Technical College offers industry-specific training and technical education committed to meeting employer and student needs. WATC serves as the managing partner for its main campus, the National Center for Aviation Training (NCAT), providing world-class aviation and manufacturing training. Additional information about WATC may be found by calling 316-677-9400 or by visiting www.watc.edu.
About the Boy Scouts of America
The Boy Scouts of America is the nation’s foremost youth program of character development and values-based leadership training. The Scouting organization is composed of 2.7 million youth members between the ages of 7 and 20 throughout the United States and its territories. Locally, Quivira Council, BSA serves 30 counties in southeastern Kansas with more than 13,000 registered youth in their program. For more information about Boy Scouts of America, visit www.quivira.org.