SYLVESTER, GA (WALB) - Over the weekend, nearly 200 boys participated in the annual Merit Badge University at Camp Osborne Scout Camp in Sylvester.
Troop scout Dillan Conner spent his weekend helping thirty two new recruits to the boy scouts program.
"We teach them all the requirements from scouts to second class so they can go ahead and get their rankings," Conner says.
Part of the program consists of scouts learning new skills and working towards earning more badges.
Assistant scouts master Mike Causey says, "We taught the boys how to start fires without matches or lighters, in case of a survival issue. How to cook on an open fire, again as a survival issue."
Conner says it's important for the new recruits to have role models.
"Someone to look up to, someone to say I want to be that guy teaching them knots, showing them want to do, teaching them a good example," he adds.
This weekend the boys learned all types of skills from first aid to how to cook on an open fire.
Conner mentions that the comradery is just another addition that he enjoys from the weekend.
He says, "It's just incredible, because if I have a problem, if I need something done then I can look to these guys because they know what to do."
Causey adds that it's great to see the boys grow in the program. He says it's all in part of shaping the future.
"We need people that can think straight who can be leaders and what we're doing is molding leaders for our future," Causey mentions.
More than forty merit badges were earned over the weekend.