By Kevin Edwards
BC Staff Writer
Scoutmaster Candy Davis provided the Cleveland Board of Aldermen at its meeting Tuesday with a report on the Delta Area Merit Badge College held in early January at Delta State University.
“I should inform y’all more about big events that we have going on because we do have those that happen and we’re really proud of the feedback we’re getting on this event,” Davis said. “It seems to grow a little bit each year. We hope to be able to continue to host it here.”
The event brought in 351 scouts and 93 registered adults and leaders from several areas.
“We started taking registration in October from scouts all over the south,” Davis said. “We had our local scouts of course. Scouts from all over the Memphis area, the Mississippi Gulf Coast, the Tupelo area and all on the east side of the state. We had scouts from Little Rock, from Texas and from Oklahoma that came in to this event.
“We offered the troops that were travelling from long distances, they had the opportunity to spend the night in Wyatt Gym. They kind of camped on the floor in Wyatt Gym. The Grammy Museum opened up for us and let them tour the Grammy Museum.”
Davis said 42 different Merit Badge classes were offered.
Classes taught on Delta State campus included architecture, art, beginning swimming, chess, citizenship in the nations, citizenship in the world, crime prevention, cycling, electricity, emergency preparedness, engineering and numerous others.
Scouts also had the opportunity to travel around Cleveland and the Delta at large.
Chemistry was taught at the Bayou Academy chemistry lab.
Cooking was held in Greenwood at the Viking Kitchen.
Federal Judge Smith Murphy and five law professionals from Cleveland taught law at the Cleveland Courthouse.
Railroading was taught by Lisa Miller at the Martin and Sue King Railroad Heritage Museum.
“Everybody had hands-on stuff to do,” said Davis.
“We do know that we’re the only ones around that have been able to go to a college campus and then really pull in the kind of people that we have.”
Davis was met with a round of applause for the efforts.
“Thank you for what you do for Cleveland and Delta State,” said Mayor Billy Nowell.