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Local Boy Scouts earn merit badges through hands on experience

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Boy scouts from across Missouri get help earning merit badges from students and instructors at Franklin technical school.

Scouts from 40 different troops across the four states gathered at Franklin Technical Center and at MSSU's campus for Merit Badge University.

The day long session included learning in specialized fields - such as aviation, welding, first aid, cooking and  more. Leaders say these hands on experiences can help develop career choices for the scouts while earning them badges.

"[My counselor] He found out about this merit badge university and it offered aviation and he told me about that and I really wanted to go. " says Aaron Johnson of Troop #239 in Springfield.

"I mainly like the fact about planes and being able to plot how they get from this place to that." says Kai Clements of Troop #77 in Joplin.

"They have from the time they're 11 til midnight before their 18th birthday to complete these merit badges." says Chairman and organizer, Susan Philliber.

More than 60 scouts from 40 different troops attended the classes.

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