Boy Scouts to hold conference in Manhattan Saturday


The 25th Annual Boy Scouts of America, Coronado Council, Konza District Merit Badge Conference and Target First Class Program will be hosted at Kansas State University on Saturday, according to a press release from the organization. This year is the silver anniversary of the K-State Merit Badge Conference. There will be record attendance of over 1,060 Scouts and adult leaders from 118 Troops throughout Kansas, Nebraska, and Missouri.

There will be 52 merit badge classes will be taught by 75 faculty members at K-State and experts from the Manhattan community. Merit badge classes will take place at Colbert Hills Golf Course, Manhattan Airport, Manhattan Arts Center, Manhattan Area Technical College, Manhattan Dental, Manhattan Fire Station, Riley County Historical Museum, and throughout the campus of Kansas State University.

Keynote speakers for the past 3 years have been Dr. Kirk Schulz (an Eagle Scout and 13th president of Kansas State University), Jerry Moran (member of the Boy Scouts Coronado Area Council Executive Committee and US Senator for Kansas), and Richard Myers (a Star Scout, retired four-star general in the US Air Force, 15th Chairman of the US Joint Chiefs of Staff, and 14th president of Kansas State University). This year, Dr. Peter Dorhout (an Eagle Scout, award-winning Chemistry professor, current President of the American Chemical Society, and K-State’s Vice President for Research) will be the keynote speaker.

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