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October 22, 2013

Boy Scout Merit Badge event held at Career and Technical Education Center


Boy ScoutsEight individuals with Boy Scout Troop 328 took part in a merit badge event Saturday at Cowley College’s Career and Technical Education Center in Arkansas City.

Greg Siepert, American Welding Society Kansas Section chairman, gave a presentation on safety and (GMAW) gas metal arc welding.

Bob Moffatt, Cowley College welding instructor, then gave the youngsters six individual small projects to work on in the welding shop. Moffatt also gave two plasma-cutting demonstrations.

“The kids loved it and Bob (Moffatt) did an outstanding job with the event,” Boy Scout Troop 328 committee chair James Fry said.

Moffatt, who was a member of the Boy Scouts as a youngster, was honored to serve the organization.

“I was glad to volunteer my time to a good group of kids and to let them see what we have to offer,” Moffatt said.

Joe Clasen, Career and Technical Education Department Chair, gave a presentation on Non-Destructive Testing, specifically working with X-rays.

Great Western Dining provided lunch.

Merit badges are awards earned by youth members of the Boy Scouts of America, based on activities within an area of study. The purpose of the merit badge program is to allow Scouts to examine subjects to see if they would like to further pursue them as a career or vocation.

Other volunteers that helped with the event were: Diane Steadham of Victor Technologies; Royce Altendorf of Airgas Mid-South; Duane Gish of Gish Fabrication in Hesston; former Cowley College welding student, Jason Smith; current Cowley students Russell Bowles and Josh Delain; and Jenny Siepert.

Those pictured are, back row, from left, Tyler Flauding, Shaun Brown, Bob Moffatt, and Nathan Fry. And, front row, from left, Caleb Liermann, Damien Cain, Robert Drake, Corbin Liermann, and Keegan Moore.