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Prairielands Council Updates

2023 University of Illinois Merit Badge University

The Merit Badge University will take place on Saturday, July 29 with registration starting at 8AM and lasting until approximately 6PM.

Morning class sessions will start at 8:30 AM and run until 12:30 PM. Lunch will run from 12:30 PM to 1:30PM. The afternoon sessions will start at 1:30PM and run until 5:30PM.

The Merit Badge University previously held in August at Camp Drake has graduated to the next level, and will be continuing on at the University of Illinois.

The inaugural Merit Badge U will be held at Loomis Laboratory on the beautiful University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign campus. Loomis Lab will be the centralized location for classroom badges that do not have specific locations needs. Other badges will be held at remote locations throughout the campus. The schedule of badges is still being developed, and space will be limited from some badges.

But wait, there's more!!! We will also have a 5 mile compass course that takes Scouts on a tour through our campus. This course was designed by Scouts, for Scouts, to complete Second Class requirement 3b.

Think you will work up an appetite doing all this learning? Cost of the event includes lunch at the University's brand new, state of the art, dining center at Illinois Street Residence Hall. It is not your parent's dorm food. It has all the looks of a Vegas buffet, with the cuisine to match!

The cost should be $25 per Scout, though some badges may have additional fees due to having to hire specialized instructors.

Any questions or offers of assistance can be addressed to MeritBadgeU117@gmail.com


Scouts wanting to attend can sign up here:  https://forms.tentaroo.com/view.php?id=10313329

Adults only wanting lunch can sign up here:  https://forms.tentaroo.com/view.php?id=10383641