Boy Scouts to hold ‘college’ at Coronado

       More than 200 Boy Scouts plan to converge on Coronado High School Saturday, Nov. 14 for a one-day “college” on merit badges.
       The boys, chiefly in elementary and middle school, will each get to pick a morning and afternoon class from 23 in all between 8:30 a.m. and 4 p.m. Some of the offerings are astronomy, automotive maintenance, first aid, dentistry, Indian lore, space exploration and wilderness survival. Kids will also be casting for fly fishing across the Coronado athletic field, shooting off model rockets in the parking lot, running the ropes course and jumping into the school's swimming pool with their clothes on for survival training, according to Gregg Graham, assistant scoutmaster for Coronado Troop 53. “There will be a lot of hands-on stuff,” he said. “Otherwise, it would feel like another day at school for a kid.”
       A few openings still exist, with scouts encouraged to sign up quickly to ensure they get the classes they want. The cost is $10, which includes a pizza lunch. For more information, call Graham at 633-3186.
       Most classes include projects that can qualify scouts for merit badges, Graham said. Teachers are volunteer community residents who are knowledgeable in their respective fields.
       The college is the first of for the Boy Scout's Pikes Peak Council in at least 10 years, he pointed out. Often in the past, local scouts have had to go to Denver-area merit badge colleges; but this time, some kids from that area have signed up to come down here, Graham said.
       He especially emphasized his gratitude to the Coronado administration - first in letting his son's Troop 53 meet at the school over the past year (it used to be at a church) and, more recently, agreeing to host the college. “They've been very supportive and helpful,” he said. “We're hoping they'll be pleased with us, and we're going to leave everything clean.”

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