Sergeant Mike Van Houten helps the troops learn about traffic safety. Submitted photo.

Boy Scouts from the Virgin River Valley District BSA, took classes at a merit badge Pow Wow held on Sat. January 10 at the Whipple Chapel of  The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.


Greg Toone, left, stands with two troops who learn about the many aspects and history of the merit badges. Submitted photo.

Scouts ages 11- 17 from the 12 Troops sponsored by the LDS church and Troop 60 sponsored by the Elks Lodge attended classes.  There were about 150 scouts who participate taking classes in Cooking, Sports, Energy, Emergency Preparedness, Citizenship in the Community, Genealogy, First Aid, Personal Management, Art, Fishing & Fish and Wildlife Management, Fingerprinting and Traffic Safety, Fire Safety, Scouting Heritage, and Horsemanship.

The merit badge counselors who taught were all volunteers from the community, including police officers and teachers from the schools.  A flag ceremony was held at 7:45 and there were classes until lunch, with classes continuing until 2:30.  Next Sat, Jan. 17, they will meet again at the LDS Stake Center for additional merit badge classes on Environmental Science, Dentistry, Computers, Citizenship in the Nation, Citizenship in the World, Electricity, Music, Family life, First Aid, Chess, Communications, Reading, Auto Maintenance and Geo caching.  When the scouts complete their merit badges the individual troops will hold courts of honor to present the awards.

Many thanks to all the volunteers who offered their time to help the scouts of Virgin Valley learn and complete the requirements for these merit badges.