On Sept. 17, SAME Pikes Peak Post hosted a Boy Scout Engineering Merit Badge event at the U.S. Air Force Academy (USAFA) in Colorado Springs, Colorado. Pikes Peak Post organized the event to support the completion of the Boy Scout Engineering Merit Badge. The event attracted 34 Boy Scouts eager to master their badge material and earn the coveted Engineering Merit Badge.
The Scouts were welcomed by Pikes Peak Post President Cindy Lincicome and Post Vice President Col. Joseph Schwarz, USAFA. Lincicome and Schwarz spoke about USAFA as an engineering school and discussed the importance of working toward being an Eagle Scout. Lt. Col. Jeff Heiderscheidt, Head of the USAFA Civil and Environmental Engineering Department, also greeted the Scouts and provided merit badge counseling. The boys were instructed and guided by several USAFA professor and cadet volunteers from station to station.
The day’s activities included a tour and history overview of the Cadet Chapel, a tour through an active construction site, hands-on engineering activities, civil and electrical engineering laboratories and interviews with military and civilian engineers. Counseling sessions where counselors interviewed the boys one-on-one to evaluate their mastery of the merit badge material concluded the day’s agenda.
At the end of the Pikes Peak Post’s Boy Scout Engineering Merit Badge Event, 28 Boy Scouts were awarded with Engineering Merit Badges.