From Uda Potgieter, District Membership Chair:
We have been taking note of the expressed need for Cub Scout Packs to interact more with the Boy Scout Troops. It needs to happen long before the Webelos have to crossover and Recruitment season starts. Cub Scouts and Pack parents need to see Boy Scouts in action and experience the benefits long before they have to make a decision to join Boy Scouts. Participate with your Troop or Pack to have Boy Scouts help with Flag ceremonies, Boy Scouts to help out with scout skills, Cub Scout Den leaders to use Den Chiefs, Boy Scout Parent and Cub Scout Parent discussions, and campouts where there are more fun and learning together. These are a few examples of the upcoming interactions that can help our Packs and Troops grow in our district. There will be a roster on the website shortly where you can sign up.
The Morton Arboretum has recently posted their merit badge offerings for the spring. Please visit http://www.mortonarb.org/learn-experience/course-guide?field_course_type_tid=80 for details including prerequisites, dates, fees and registration.
Environmental Science Merit Badge
Do experiments indoors and out at The Morton Arboretum to earn your Environmental Science Merit Badge. 2 Sundays, March 20, and April 17, 2016, 10:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m.
Weather Merit Badge
Earn your Weather Merit Badge as you explore meteorology and discuss how weather affects the economy and our daily lives at The Morton Arboretum. Sunday, April 3, 2016, 10:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.
Reptile and Amphibian Study Merit Badge
Spend time at The Morton Arboretum searching for and identifying reptiles and amphibians while earning your merit badge. 2 Saturdays, April 9, 10:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m., 2016, and May 14, 2016, 10:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m.
Plant Science Merit Badge
Earn your Plant Science Merit Badge at The Morton Arboretum while discovering the wonderful world of botany. 2 Sundays, April 24, and May 22, 2016, 10:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m.
Bird Study Merit Badge
Study the characteristics, behavior, and significance of birds as you earn your merit badge at The Morton Arboretum. Saturday, May 21, 2016, 10:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.
Hiking Merit Badge
Let miles of walking trails at The Morton Arboretum roll beneath your feet as you experience and discover the wonders of nature and earn your Hiking Merit Badge. Sundays, May 15, 2016, 10:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m., and August 21, 2016, 10:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.