On Aug. 25 and 26 Winnsboro’s Boy Scout Troop 49 is hosting scouts from all over this region for a merit badge extravaganza.
The event was last held in Winnsboro Jan. 14.
It is open only to scouts and their scoutmasters or parents.
This time the South Carolina Railroad Museum has joined in the event, enabling interested scouts to earn a railroading merit badge.
“The opportunity for scouts to earn the “Railroading” merit badge is somewhat limited, so we’re very appreciative that the S.C. Railroad Museum is making this opportunity available,” said event organizer Laura Bost. “This class has been full both times… and there’s a lot of excitement surrounding it. At the same time, it allows some of Winnsboro’s history and charm to be showcased.”
The museum also is opening up its grounds as a campsite for the scouts that weekend. Registration is now open on meritbadge.info.
Bost said that, “With a slogan of “Prepared. For Life.”, Boy Scouts of America provides quality youth programs designed to strengthen character, develop good citizenship, and promote physical fitness.
Merit badge clinics such as this are held across the country, to provide Boy Scouts with an opportunity to be exposed to topics which they may not otherwise have a chance to experience.”
The Boy Scouts of America offers approximately 130 merit badges.
Activities will take place throughout the county. Merit badge sites include the V.C. Summer nuclear plant, Richard Winn Academy and the railroad museum.
“We’re excited to have Scouts from across the state as well as Georgia., North Carolina, and Maryland attending… and we appreciate the support of our community,” Bost said.