More than 100 Boy Scouts from throughout the Quad-City region will have the opportunity to work on requirements for two merit badges with professional mentoring from doctors, nurses, paramedics, firefighters, and trained search-and-rescue teams.
The annual Merit Badge Day hosted by Genesis Health System will be 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday at the Genesis Heart Institute, 1236 E. Rusholme St., Davenport.
Scouts will be able to complete most of the work for badges in first aid and search and rescue during the one-day session.
“This is already a popular event among Scouts and troops because they can complete nearly all of the requirements for the badges in one day,” said Dr. Benjamin VanRaalte, the organizer of the event. “It’s also a popular event with healthcare professionals, police, firefighters and paramedics who volunteer.”
The merit badge clinics hosted by
Genesis have trained more than 1,000 Scouts in first aid and medicine merit badges over the years.
The search-and-rescue merit badge, new to the event this year, was first offered to Scouts in 2012. Requirements include learning about the hazards of search-and-rescue activities and how to mitigate those hazards, introduction to incident command systems, the use of mapping in search and rescue and in search techniques.
Search-and-rescue teams and dogs will participate in the training.
Volunteers are needed to teach first aid. Volunteers with mapping and GPS skills also are needed. To volunteer, call registered nurse Tereze Jeffrey at 563-421-6535 or VanRaalte at 563-322-8877.
Scouts and Scout troops can register for the event by calling the Illowa Council at 563-388-7233 or by going online to illowabsa.org.