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GSW, Kiwanis team up with Boy Scouts of America to host summer merit badge camp

From STAFF REPORTS

AMERICUS — Georgia Southwestern State University (GSW) and the Kiwanis Club of Americus are planning to co-sponsor a merit badge camp for Boy Scouts this summer on the GSW campus and at other sites in the Americus area. GSW is providing the facilities and the Kiwanis Club of Americus is covering the cost of the camp. Some of the merit badges have a limit for the number of scouts that can register for them. If a scout registers for a merit badge with a limit and then is not able to attend, he should let Jay Cliett know as soon as possible so that scouts on a waiting list can be added. Scouts wanting to register for a merit badge must do so at least three days before the merit badge training begins. The dates of the merit badge workshops and the room numbers are listed below. Participants should report to the room in which the merit badge workshop will be held on the first day that the merit badge workshop is scheduled. The following merit badges are being offered:
Astronomy –  Counselor: Sam Peavy, professor of geophysics at GSW. Campers meet from 1-4:00 p.m. June 1 and 2 in room 305 of the Roney Building at GSW and from 9-10:30 a.m. June 2 at the Observatory located on top of the Roney Building at GSW. In case the sky is cloudy, the make-up date for the Observatory is June 3. Limited to 25 scouts.
Aviation –  Counselor: Mike Cochran, retired from South Georgia Technical College as director of aviation technology programs and instructor for avionics and aviation maintenance technology and currently director of avionics and aircraft technician for Thrush Aircraft in Albany. He is a commercial pilot and advocate for aviation in the community. Campers meet from 9:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m. June 25 with lunch provided by Frankie Williams in the conference room at the Jimmy Carter Regional Airport located just north of Americus on Ga. Highway 49. Limited to 20 scouts.
Citizenship in the Community –  Counselor: Wade Barr, retired from the administrative staff at Magnolia Manor. Campers meet from 10:00-11 a.m. June 9 and 30  in room 305 of the Roney Building at GSW and attend a meeting of the Americus City Council from 5-6 p.m. June 23.
Citizenship in the World –  Counselor: Wade Barr, retired from the administrative staff at Magnolia Manor. Campers meet from 11:00 a.m.-noon June 9, 23, and 30, in room 305 of the Roney Building at GSW.
Communications –  Counselor: David Snell, president of the Fuller Center for Housing and Eagle Scout from Troop 67. Campers meet from 10:00 a.m.-noon on June 10 and July 1 in room 305 of the Roney Building at GSW and attend a meeting of the Americus City Council from 5-6 p.m. June 23.
Emergency Preparedness –  Counselor:  Len Hicks, vice president of Synovis, vice president and disaster chairman for the Flint River Chapter of the American Red Cross, and certified disaster instructor. Campers meet from 10:00 a.m.-noon May 31, June 7-8 in room 305 of the Roney Building at GSW.
Family Life –  Counselor: Keith Wishum, minister of the Williams Road Church of Christ and advisory board member for Cloverdale Center for Family Strengths at Faulkner University. Campers meet from 9:00-10:00 a.m. June 2 and July 28 and from 7:00-8:00 p.m. Sept. 6 in room 305 of the Roney Building at GSW.
Reading –  Counselor: Beth Tanner, director of Children’s and Youth Services, Lake Blackshear Regional Library. Campers meet 10:30-11:30 a.m. June 6 and July 25 at Lake Blackshear Regional Library, 307 E. Lamar St., Americus.
Woodworking –  Counselor: Ashley Goodin, Technical Services manager, Architectural Woodwork Institute. Campers meet fro. 9:30 a.m.-noon July 11, 12, 13, and 14 in room 305 of the Roney Building at GSW. Because the counselor will need time to collect enough material for the scouts to use, the cut-off date for registering for woodworking is June 30.
Those interested in participating must pre-register by completing the registration form and sending to Jay Cliett, 106 Joyce Court, Americus GA 31709; he may also be reached at home, 924-4733, or by e-mail at ojcliett@bellsouth.net. Forms must be received by Cliett three days before the workshop begins.