The Cradle of Liberty Council of the Boy Scouts of America held their first-ever Merit Badge College at Williamson Saturday. The day-long event offered 280 scouts the opportunity to begin work on four merit badges. Many will complete their badges on the second day of the event on March 15.
The scouts chose from 42 merit badges on such topics as computers, robotics, engineering, and chess. The scouts came from Delaware, Montgomery, and Philadelphia Counties. Steve Kelly, Williamson trustee and Cradle of Liberty Council vice board chairman, brought the event to Williamson. He said the plans had been made for the event awhile ago, but they couldn’t find a place to hold it. Williamson was a good choice, he said.
President Rounds was on hand to tell the scouts about Williamson’s mission and to interact with participants. Also on hand were Matt Sharkus 1W5 and Phil Vecchiolli 1W6, both Eagle Scouts, who escorted scouts to their classrooms and helped out wherever needed. Pictured in front of the Main Building are (from left to right): President Michael Rounds, Phil Vecchiolli, Matt Sharkus, Steve Kelly, and Steve Perrone, event chairman.