Thirty Boy Scouts from across the state of Vermont came to Norwich on Saturday, February 21, to participate in the Science Technology Engineering Math (STEM) Merit Badge Day to earn a merit badge in one of the STEM disciplines.
Scouts registered to earn one merit badge during the day and chose from merit badge topics ranging from “American Business” to “Sustainability.”
Faculty and students from the College of Professional Schools taught the merit badge classes.
After classes, the Boy Scouts ate lunch in the Wise Campus Center, which was followed by a tour of campus conducted by students in the Maroon and Gold Key Club.
The STEM Merit Badge Day was the idea of Christopher Tanguay ’07, M’13, who is an Assistant Scoutmaster of Troop 714 in Barre. Chris wanted Boy Scouts in Vermont to have the opportunity to earn STEM related merit badges for advancement and to visit the Norwich campus to work with faculty.
There are more than 130 Norwich students who are Eagle Scouts, as well as several members of the faculty including Professors Stephen Fitzhugh, Arthur Pallone and Brian Bradke, who all taught classes that day.
The College of Professional Schools plans that future merit badge events will be expanded to include the Girl Scouts of Vermont.