700 Boy Scouts to earn merit badges on AU campus this weekend

AUBURN – More than 700 Boy Scouts from six states will be on the Auburn University campus this weekend working on assignments to earn their merit badges.

They will be participating in Merit Badge University, a two-day event hosted by AU’s Delta Chapter of Alpha Phi Omega national service fraternity at the newly developed Ag Heritage Park on Donahue Drive.

“It’s a clinic that allows scouts to visit the Auburn campus and earn merit badges in a collegiate, academic environment, ” said Bill Mitchell, program director. “They can use resources here that normally would not be available on the local troop level.”

Auburn University faculty and staff participate in this program by teaching 33 courses such as emergency preparedness, energy, architecture, crime prevention, public speaking and various sciences.

“We will have participants from across the Southeast and as far away as New York,” Mitchell said.

Chewacla State Park will be the campsite for more than 400 of these scouts and leaders and will serve as the location for the fraternity’s evening entertainment program, including troop skits, campfire and games.

The Merit Badge University has been a part of Alpha Phi Omega’s service program since the early 1990s. The fraternity was founded on the principles of the Boy Scouts of America and it has a rich scouting membership which usually includes several Eagle Scouts, even though a scouting background is no longer required for membership.

Contact: Bill Mitchell, (334) 444-4437, (mitchwk@auburn.edu), or
Charles Martin, (334) 844-9986, (marticd@auburn.edu)