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Scouts earn three merit badges in one weekend

May 10, 2009

Smithsburg Troop 14, under the direction of Assistant Scoutmaster Rick Meighen, completed three merit badges in one weekend. Several preliminary requirements were completed before the event.

The Scouts worked on emergency preparedness, learning how to respond to emergencies, recovering from situations and how to present the problem from happening. The examples discussed were fires, auto accidents, water rescues, tornadoes, hurricanes, flooding and violence in public.

Kevin Lewis of the Washington County Division of Fire and Emergency Services discussed the duties and professional opportunities within the division. Several examples were discussed and role-played. Each Scout conducted a home safety evaluation.

Public health merit badges also were earned. The boys learned about transmitted diseases, how they are contracted, prevention and treatment. They also studied food service, health dangers in the environment and waterways. Discussions were held with Ryan Seavolt of the Washington County Health Department regarding the department's involvement in health, public assistance, disasters and the department's professional services.

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The final merit badge was for disabilities awareness, with the Scouts learning about disability etiquette, education, resources available and accessible locations The group visited Kemp Horn, under the direction of program director Douglas Bush, and interacted with clients and discovered opportunities available in our area.

Troop 14 is sponsored by the Smithsburg Lions Club.

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