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April 20, 2018

25th Annual K-State Merit Badge Conference

Submitted by Ben Kohl

Kansas State University will host the 25th annual Boy Scouts of America, Coronado Council, Konza District Merit Badge Conference and Target First Class Program on Saturday, April 28. This year is special because it is the silver anniversary of the K-State Merit Badge Conference. A record attendance of more than 1,060 Scouts and adult leaders from 118 troops throughout Kansas, Nebraska and Missouri is expected.

Fifty-two merit badge classes will be taught by 75 faculty members at K-State and experts from the Manhattan community. Merit badge classes will take place at Colbert Hills Golf Course, Manhattan Airport, Manhattan Arts Center, Manhattan Area Technical College, Manhattan Dental, Manhattan Fire Station, Riley County Historical Museum, and across Kansas State University's Manhattan campus.

Keynote speakers for the past three years have been Kirk Schulz, an Eagle Scout and 13th president of Kansas State University; Jerry Moran, member of the Boy Scouts Coronado Area Council Executive Committee and U.S. senator from Kansas; and Richard Myers, a Star Scout, retired four-star general in the U.S. Air Force, 15th chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and 14th president of Kansas State University. This year, Peter Dorhout, an Eagle Scout, award-winning chemistry professor, current president of the American Chemical Society, and K-State's vice president for research, will be the keynote speaker.