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‘Ding’ Darling to host Badge University for scouts

By Staff | Aug 27, 2018

PHOTO PROVIDED Sanibel-Captiva Boy Scout Troop 1740 raises the flag at the J.N. “Ding” Darling National Wildlife Refuge on Sanibel.

The J.N. “Ding” Darling National Wildlife Refuge on Sanibel will host its first-ever Merit Badge University on Nov. 17 for registered Boy Scouts of America.

Scouts from around the nation will have the opportunity to earn up to two out of six badges being offered that day. They include Bird Study, Fish & Wildlife Management, Cycling, First Aid, Fishing, and Environmental Science.

“We are looking forward to working more closely with scout groups,” Ranger Monica Scroggin, the program organizer, said. “If our first Badge University goes well, we hope to expand to more opportunities for boy and girl scouts.”

The class sessions will run from 9 a.m. to noon and 1 to 4 p.m.

The cost is $20 and includes classes, badge workbooks and materials, lunch, goodies and snacks.

Each class is limited to 15 scouts on a first-signup basis.

Support for the program comes from the “Ding” Darling Wildlife Society-Friends of the Refuge and Tarpon Bay Explorers, the refuge’s recreation concession.

For more information or to register, call 239-472-1100, ext. 249.

The J.N. “Ding” Darling National Wildlife Refuge is at 1 Wildlife Drive.