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Merit Badge University

Boy Scouts can earn their fishing and other badges at Merit Badge University!


The J.N. “Ding” Darling National Wildlife Refuge will host its 2nd annual Merit Badge University for registered Boy Scouts of America on Saturday, October 26.

Scouts from around the nation will have the opportunity to earn up to two out of six badges being offered that day. They include Bird Study, Photography, Cycling, Kayaking, Fishing, and Fly Fishing.

Class sessions run from 9 a.m. to noon and 12:30 to 3:30 p.m. The non-refundable, non-transferrable cost is $20, which includes classes, badge workbooks and materials, lunch, goodies and snacks. Each class is limited to 15 scouts on a first-signup basis.

Support for the program comes from the “Ding” Darling Wildlife Society-Friends of the Refuge (DDWS) and Tarpon Bay Explorers, the refuge’s recreation concession.

“We are looking forward to working closely again with scout groups,” said program organizer Ranger Monica Scroggin. “Last year was a great success despite the fact it was the first time around. We expect this year to be even better.”

To register for the Merit Badge University, call 239-472-1100, ext. 249.

And don’t forget to book your accommodations at Ocean’s Reach.  October is an absolutely gorgeous time to stay here – “Scout’s Honor!”

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