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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.