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COLLEGIATE AND PROFESSIONAL NEWS
Elizabeth Mitchell (r), Pi 2009, conducts a chemistry activity.
one member become a certified merit badge
counselor so that they are able to sign off on the
card when all the requirements are completed.
But if that is not a possibility, all brothers par-
ticipating in the scouting event should know
what the objective is.
For the chemistry merit badge, a workbook
needs to be completed by each scout as well as
a few additional tasks, such as touring a lab or
speaking with a scientist in the field. It is
important to stress that these tasks need to be
completed before the workshop or incorporat-
ed as part of the activities if possible for the
scout to complete the merit badge. Other activ-
ities include cooking an onion, putting an iron
nail into a copper sulfate solution, and creating
a Cartesian diver, all easy tasks to accomplish as
long as you are prepared for the session. And of
course, safety is always a priority so make sure
there are goggles for brothers performing
demonstrations and for scouts if you are able to
make it more hands-on.
In order to make sure we are prepared for
our annual Boy Scout merit badge day on cam-
pus or if we are asked to host a workshop at a
local council, we have put together our Boy
Scout box, which contains most of the neces-
sary items to running a workshop. We have also
created a packet for the boys, which include the
workbook and the required MSDS sheets. We
also have an answer key for the brothers run-
ning the session with all of the information
found in the Boy Scouts chemistry merit badge
book, which is available at local council stores.
For working with Girl Scouts, it is a bit less
structured, but it is equally important to know
what is expected of you and what you hope to
accomplish with the workshop. While there is
no chemistry badge, troops have the option to
"Make Your Own" badge, based on what they
feel they have learned through their experi-
ences. For younger girls, simple demo shows or
fun activities can interest them in science devel-
op into future programs.
The work that I've done with scouting, both
on my own and through Alpha Chi Sigma, has
taught me many desirable skills like leadership,
teamwork, and critical reasoning. Hopefully,
your chapter is able to build a working rela-
tionship with local scouts and you can learn
these skills as well. Not only are you helping
young people continuing on in a very worth-
while organization, it also helps get your
Adventures in Scouting with
Submitted by: Audra Benzschawel, Beta 2009,
Mason Hart, Beta 20 10, and Raj Mehta, Beta
Alpha Chi Sigma - Beta Chapter has grown
so much in its recent history. Not only have we
grown as a chapter, but our presence on the
University of Minnesota campus, as well as our
presence in the community, has grown tremen-
dously. This past year alone, the number of out-
reach events that we participated in was one
and a half times the number that was organized
last year, and the total number is anticipated to
increase in the future.
For the second year, the Beta Chapter of
Alpha Chi Sigma organized and hosted an
annual Boy Scout Merit Day Event that opened
up the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities
campus to 100 boys scouts between the ages of
11 and 16 and gave them an opportunity to
earn two science merit badges. The concept for
Audra Benzschawel, Beta 2009
the event came from one of the brothers, whose
family has a long line of involvement with the
Boy Scouts, and has had personal knowledge
with the difficulty to earn science badges based
on the given requirements. As well, the event
would hopefully cultivate pre-college boys'
interests in different fields of science and pro-
mote involvement among the different student
groups. As well, a huge undertaking for the
event was to make it completely free for the
scouts to attend, so by taking advantage of the
student group small grant program that the
College of Science and Engineering offers each
semester, we were able to secure enough fund-
ing to cover all costs for each student group's
lesson plan, lunch for all scouts and volunteers,
and any administrative/facilities needs.
When planning for the Boy Scout event, the
main goal was to provide boys with the oppor-
tunity to specifically earn science merit badges
that are difficult to earn given the nature of the
badges requirements. To provide a variety of
badges, we called upon other science and engi-
neering student groups to offer their expertise
ranging from nuclear engineering and robotics
to geology and material composite, and Alpha
Chi Sigma would host the Chemistry merit
badge. Each group was expected to develop a
two-hour lesson plan that included both large
group presentation and hands on activities to
keep the scouts engaged. By developing this
event and working with the different groups,
our chapter was able to foster a stronger rela-
tionship with the College of Science and
Engineering to help promote future collabora-
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