Scout event for Hornaday badges at CHS

       Area Boy Scouts will have a chance to earn badges toward a rare conservation award in a two-day session at Coronado High School May 11-12.
       Gregg Graham, an assistant Scoutmaster who has also organized merit badge “universities” on the Westside the past three years, said he has recruited volunteer specialists in different disciplines to teach classes for the 21 merit badges that count toward the William T. Hornaday Award.
       Its namesake, before his death in 1937, was known for natural resource conservation and helping save the American bison from extinction, Graham said.
       Scouts will have a chance to earn four badges each at the Coronado event, which is scheduled in four sessions: May 11 (eve) and May 12 (morning, afternoon and evening). One of the badges, for environmental science, also counts toward Eagle Scout.
       Advance registration is necessary. The per-Scout cost is $50, which includes materials, equipment and two meals. For more information, contact Graham at 339-1408 or at springscouter@gmail.com.
       Graham said he expects 150 Scouts in all. About 75 had signed up through this week. Teachers will include the author of a field guide for insects, as well as people from the National Weather Service, U.S. Forest Service, Cheyenne Mountain State Park, the U.S. Naval Reserve, the Colorado School of Mines and the representative of a Texas paper company.
       “It's absolutely the most rare award in Boy Scouts, Graham said. In a year, by comparison, he noted, about 70,000 will become Eagle Scouts, but only a few hundred will gain the Hornaday.
       He added that he'd copied the Hornaday class format “from a highly successful 10-year program in Capitol Area Council BSA, in Austin, TX.”

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