Annual Merit Badge Day draws hundreds of scouts
By Evelyn Long -
They came from Ohio and surrounding states to attend the third annual Cardington 30 Merit Badge Day event held at the Cardington-Lincoln High School on October 27.
A total of 162 registered Boy Scouts attended the Merit Badge Day, an event where scouts register to participate in two three-hour workshops, geared toward certain Merit Badges. Registered Scouts can earn one to four merit badges in one day, providing the scout has completed his prerequisites and had them approved by the Merit Badge Counselor.
“It was a great event again,” said Audrey Mesaros-Gale, who with her husband, Mike Gale, chaired the event to help support the current Cardington BSA Troop 30 in their effort to raise money for the troop. This money funds the troops’ annual re-charter fees of each registered member, a subscription to Boys Life Magazine for each scout and all awards and Merit badges for each of their troops’ scouts. It also funds some of the troops’ camping expenses, troop equipment and other troop expenses.
“By holding this annual event, it provides funding that goes directly to the troops and is most beneficial to our scouts because when they participate in other troop supported fund raisers, 100 percent of the profit that each individual scout will earn will be designated for his scouting purposes only instead of the troop receiving half of that profit,” said Mesaros-Gale. “This helps to eliminate the paying of costly activity fees by the parents and also helps to motivate scouts to participate in fund raisers and to pay his own way,” said Gale, who is Troop Committee Chairman.
This year twenty merit badges were covered during 21 separate three hour workshops. Five of them covered two merit badges at the same time and four of those work shops were for required merit badges for the Eagle Rank. All other merit badges offered are considered elective merit badges which a scout needs to complete nine for his Eagle Rank and an additional five for each Eagle Palm he earns.
“This is really a great opportunity for scouts,” said Mesaros-Gale, who encourages the scouts from her troop to attend other Merit Badge Day events including those as far away as Shepherdsville, Kentucky and those nearby in Delaware and Columbus.
“I’ve received a lot of positive feed back about our event and it only encourages me to continue serving as the coordinator in the future,” she said. “It’s a lot of work but something I feel benefits the Boy Scouts of Cardington a great deal,” she concluded.
With the support of the troop, Mesaros-Gale initiated this event in 2010.
Special thanks are extended to the Cardington-Lincoln School Superintendent Brian Petrie and High School Principal Joseph Mills for their support and for the use of the high school facility to hold the event. Thank you to CHS Custodian Supervisor Mark Lemmon and Custodian Max Pierce.
Our gratitude is also extended to the BSA Registered Merit Badge Counselors who instructed the workshops: Nancy Battrell, Brandon Cromer, Russ Mayer, Terry Angel, Andrew Johnson, Scott Johnson, Len Robinson, Mike Gale, Dwight McFarland (Morrow County Chapter of the American Red Cross Health and Safety Instructor) Troop 30 Scoutmaster Randy Craig, John Grega, Jason Ruhl, USDA Natural Resources Conservation Department, the Morrow County Sheriff’s Deputy Mike Haught and Mesaros– Gale.
Appreciation is also given to the Troop 30 family members for overseeing the lunch service and bake sale, Kroger of Mount Gilead; Pack 30 Cubmaster Scott Counts, Morrow County Pork Producers, Morrow County Dairy Association, Morrow CountyCattlemen’s Association, Coco-Cola, Mansfield; Pepsi Cola, Mansfield; Peacock Water, Wyandot, Inc; Jerry and Nancy Battrell of J & J Auto Parts, JD Equipment, Dollar General Store, Randy and Amy Craig, Doug Hines of Amanda Plumbing, KFC Manager Rachell West, Jenkins-Vaughan Post 97 of the American Legion and Chris and Beate Payne, Belly Busters, Waldo.