Boy Scouts Merit Badge University returns for its 14th year in Grand Island

Merit Badge University
Published: Jul. 31, 2022 at 9:46 PM CDT
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GRAND ISLAND, Neb. (KSNB) - The 14th annual Merit Badge University finished up at the Stuhr Museum in Grand Island on Sunday.

Participating Boy Scouts had around 70 different badge options to choose from and they could earn up to four of them. Each class was taught by experts in the subject.

“Popular Merit Badges out here are our blacksmithing and tin tinsmithing that scouts can come out here and get,” said event co-chair Wade Osburn. “It’s probably hard for them to get anywhere else in the country.”

There were Scouts from Nebraska, the Dakotas, Wyoming, Wisconsin, Kansas, Iowa, Colorado and even Florida. Osburn said the scouts from Florida came specifically for their nuclear science and welding badges.

The event is a three-day, two-night immersive learning experience.

Osburn told Local4 News he wanted to thank the Stuhr Museum and Central Community College for the help and space they provide for this event each year. He said they couldn’t do it without their help.

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