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LDS Merit Badge Clinic

Hosts Boys From 10 States

Merit Badge Counselor Annie Burke teaching Citizenship in the Nation to 10 Scouts on Saturday. She and her husband, Stephen, taught six badge classes over the weekend at the annual LDS Merit Badge Clinic. (Photo by J. Joyner)


The Zebulon Times, Thursday, Nov 15, 2018
by Julie Daniel Joyner
Over 900 Boy Scouts from ten states met in the Triangle for the annual Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints (LDS) Merit Badge Clinic over the weekend.

According to Steve Hanna, LDS Merit Badge Clinic Director, the clinic offered 73 different merit badges in 12 LDS buildings. There were 238 merit badge sessions offered on Friday and Saturday, with a total staff of 235 adults. Over 900 Scouts from 216 troops signed up to earn more than 2,000 merit badges.

“The purpose of our merit badge clinic is to provide advancement opportunities for Scouts,” Hanna said. “By working on merit badges, the Scouts learn to set and achieve goals. They investigate areas of skill and knowledge that may well become their career, trade, or lifelong avocation, learn a bunch of new things, and have some fun. We are happy to provide that opportunity to our LDS Scouts and our many non-LDS Scouting friends.”

The clinic offers a wide range of merit badges, including most of those listed as required for Scouts to achieve the Eagle rank, which is the highest rank in scouting that a scout can achieve. “I had a great visit in Knightdale talking to a leader from Kansas,” Hanna said. “His son was here working on his merit badge number 132 out of 136, to earn them all. Often the Scouts traveling the greatest distance to join us are the ones trying to earn all of the merit badges.”

Zane Erickson was the building captain for Zebulon LDS, and serves as Assistant Scout Master of Troop 130 in Zebulon. He said that Zebulon hosted 18 merit badges in the building and two off-site.

“We try to do as many Eagle required merit badges as possible because the kids can come here and get one merit badge done in a 3-hour block most of the time,” Erickson said. “It doesn’t cost anything, the only thing we ask is that they donate some canned goods, and then we take those to a food pantry.”

“The nice thing is, when you get all of the merit badge counselors and kids together all at the same time, they can go through all the requirements quickly and efficiently,” Erickson said.

Jason and Leigh Gray have two sons, Evan,14, and Landon, who turn 13 next month. The family has set a goal to finish all of the Eagle Scout merit badges by December 2019. “This is truly a blessing that they can offer this here,” Leigh said.

“Our youngest is getting 3 required badges for Eagle,” Jason added.

Natalie Lamb has been bringing her sons to the clinic for three years. Her older son achieved the rank of Eagle Scout in part, she said, because “he was able to get a lot of the Eagle-required badges here because they are hard to find at our local merit badge clinics.”

Her younger son was in Zebulon taking a required Eagle Scout merit badge class and an optional badge class. “It’s good to get an Eagle-required and a fun one in the same day,” Lamb said.

The website, a resource used by Scouts, has ranked the LDS Merit Badge Clinic as the number one clinic in the U.S. for the last two years. The clinic is hosted by the Raleigh, Apex, and Raleigh South Stakes of the Church of Latter Day Saints.

Wake merit badge clinic attracts 850 Scouts

NOVEMBER 8, 2014:  By Nash Dunn –


More than 850 Scouts from seven states worked toward 1,900 badges this weekend at the LDS Merit Badge Clinic in Wake County.


As a boy, Steve Hanna wanted to be a veterinarian. That was before he took a “Dog Care” merit badge class in the Boy Scouts.

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Wyatt Mote, right, ties together two logs during a pioneering merit badge class outside The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints ward building in Wake Forest on Saturday, Nov. 8. Mote was one of more than 860 boy scouts who participated in the annual LDS Merit Badge Clinic, held in several ward buildings throughout Wake County.

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Counselor Adam Edwards teaches an automotive maintenance merit badge class at the annual LDS Merit Badge Clinic on Saturday, Nov. 8. 

From the Cary News, November 24, 2012: 

Two-day Boy Scout merit badge clinic held throughout the Triangle

More than 660 Boy Scouts gathered in the Triangle for a two-day merit badge clinic held Nov. 9-10. The event, sponsored by Boy Scout troops from the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, offered 60 unique merit badge classes at eight locations in Wake County.

One hundred and fifty merit badge counselors and adult volunteers participated in the clinic. Courses ranging from aviation and automotive maintenance to wilderness survival and wood carving were offered.

Citizenship-related merit badges were prominently featured this year. Liz Johnson, Mayor Pro Tem of Morrisville, greeted the Scouts and helped teach the “Citizenship in the Community” merit badge.

Apex council member Lance Olive also attended the clinic. He attended several classes and taught one of the computer science courses.

The sixth annual Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Merit Badge Clinic will be offered at nine locations on Nov. 8-9 in 2013.


From The Midtown Raleigh News, November 20, 2012

Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints holds Boy Scouts Event 

Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints recently held a merit badge clinic in Raleigh for Boy Scouts. More than 650 scouts attended from Florida, Georgia, South Carolina, Virginia, West Virginia, New York and North Carolina and earned 1,383 badges at eight Triangle locations. The scouts had some unique experiences while they earned the badges, including an airplane flight for those earning the Aviation badge and working on a farm in Wake Forest to earn the Animal Science and Horsemanship badges. The Duke Life Flight Helicopter also made a landing for the Search and Rescue Merit badge. The event was free for scouts, and more than 2,000 pounds of food was collected for local food banks. More than 150 volunteers worked to put on the two-day event.