Library display highlights Boy Scout opportunities in STEM, cyber safety

Scouting display

Clockwise from top left: Boy Scouts Unit Commissioner Rae Schwartz arranges Order of the Arrow display materials at the Crestview Public Library. The honor camping society celebrates its centennial next year. Scouting’s new NOVA program is designed to stimulate interest in science, technology, engineering and mathematics subjects for Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts and Venturers. In addition to traditional activities such as outdoors skills, Boy Scouts can earn merit badges in subjects such as astronomy, rocketry and robotics. With 133 merit badges to earn, boys can find subjects to match almost any interest, local Boy Scout leaders say.

BRIAN HUGHES / News Bulletin
Published: Monday, July 7, 2014 at 03:18 PM.

CRESTVIEW — Guys who think Boy Scouts is all about rubbing two sticks together to make a campfire might change their minds after viewing the Crestview Public Library's new scouting exhibit.

Just as scouting in the United States has evolved over more than a century, scouting activities and merit badges earned for acquiring new skills have evolved as well.

The library lobby exhibit emphasizes programs such as NOVA, which augments school studies in science, technology, engineering and math.

Holt Cub Scout Pack 532 has incorporated the NOVA program into its summer camps for two years, local Boy Scouts Unit Commissioner Rae Schwartz said.

“In Cub Scouts, everything is geared toward the kinds of things they’re doing in school,” Schwartz said. “It supplements what the kids are doing in their grades and makes it fun.”

The exhibit includes more than a dozen merit badge handbooks, giving a sampling of the many projects a scout can undertake.

“There’s 133 merit badges now,” Schwartz said. “No matter what you’re interested in, scouting has something for you.”

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