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Scouts’ ‘Merit Badge College’ Returns for Second Year in Apt Locale

Penn College Police Officer Matthew C. Jodun works with a Boy Scout.
Penn College Police Officer Matthew C. Jodun works with a Boy Scout.
Electrical technologies instructor Scott A. Seroskie duplicates the participatory nature of the college courses that he teaches.
Electrical technologies instructor Scott A. Seroskie duplicates the participatory nature of the college courses that he teaches.
Working toward their badges in sculpture, Scouts put into practice the skills learned from David A. Stabley, a member of the college's art faculty.
Working toward their badges in sculpture, Scouts put into practice the skills learned from David A. Stabley, a member of the college’s art faculty.
Stephenson's well-equipped lab is the perfect arena for those earning their Graphic Arts badges.
Stephenson’s well-equipped lab is the perfect arena for those earning their Graphic Arts badges.

Penn College hosted the second annual Merit Badge College on Saturday, drawing 170 Boy Scouts from several local councils (and a few from such farther reaches as Luzerne and Centre counties). Scouts could register for up to three badges from among the 22 offered, ranging from sustainability/architecture and fingerprinting to welding and automotive maintenance. Faculty in five of the college’s academic schools taught the labs, providing the young men a true picture of the college’s hands-on approach, and the Admissions Office gave a brief presentation and distributed backpacks full of information. Spyke M. Krepshaw, instructor of web and interactive media, developed and managed the online registration site for the event, and graphic design instructor Nicholas L. Stephenson worked with graphic design senior Ainsley R. Bennett, of Montoursville, on the commemorative patch.
Photos by Grace F. Clark, student photographer