Broadview University Hosts First Merit Badge Clinic
Published on April 9, 2015 by Staff Writer
While the students at Broadview University-Boise enjoyed their recent spring break, the campus was filled with bright-eyed boy scouts. Ryan Anderson, a High School Coordinator and a Scoutmaster with Boy Scouts of America, thought the campus would be the perfect place to hold a merit badge clinic.
Merit badge clinics give boy scouts a chance to work on major portions and sometimes complete entire merit badges in one setting. Ryan partnered with Boy Scouts of America Ore-Ida Council to put on the first College Readiness Merit Badge Clinic at Broadview University Boise.
Over 170 scouts and leaders spent the day on campus. They worked on first aid skills, CPR Certifications, medicine, law and a variety of different citizenship classes.
Anna Braden, a medical assistant program chair; Doug Miller, a business and information technology program chair; and Marc Glutz, a director of admissions from Broadview University-Boise aided Ryan by serving as merit badge counselors and instructors.
Besides working on their merit badges, the boy scouts and their parents were able to tour the Boise campus. One of the parents, Tim Hallam, said after the clinic, “Three of my son’s attended the clinic. All three of them commented on how this was the best clinic they had ever attended and would like more opportunities at Broadview University.”
A custom patch was created to commemorate the merit badge clinic and to showcase the different programs that Broadview University offers. In total, eleven different merit badge and certifications were offered to the scouts.
By the end of the clinic, over three hundred awards were earned by the boys, and everyone walked away with smiles on their faces.
One of the guest instructors, Darren Butler, summed it up best. “The facilities were amazing, the food was wonderful, and this was simply one of the best organized clinics I have ever seen. It would be a privilege to participate again in the future.”
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