Johnson College to Host Boy Scouts’ Merit Badge College Johnson College announced it will host over 150 Scouts during the Northeastern Pennsylvania Council, Boy Scouts of America 23rd annual Merit Badge College on Saturday, March 19, 2022, from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. on its campus in Scranton, PA. Merit Badge College is a special advancement program available to all Northeastern Pennsylvania Scouts holding a rank of 1st class or above. Through the pre-registration process, scouts enrolled in one to four courses from a slate of nearly 25 different Merit Badge offerings, such as Automotive Maintenance, Electronics, Chemistry, Energy, Digital Technology, Woodwork, Citizenship, Dog Care, Business, Veterinary Medicine, and many more. The classes vary from 2 to 6 hours in length. They are facilitated by volunteers from Johnson College’s faculty, staff, and Boy Scout Leaders selected based on being accomplished professionals or experts in the specific field. Merit Badges are earned by Scouts only through the completion of designated prerequisites, active participation, and demonstrated knowledge of the specific material. This event helps Scouts gain understanding and make progress in their Scouting advancement. It also affords opportunities to meet other Scouts and adults throughout the area and get a real taste of a collegiate atmosphere. “By offering our Scouts the chance to earn multiple merit badges for rank advancement, Merit Badge College remains an essential part of the Scouting advancement program,” Dr. Larry Morton of the Boy Scout’s Executive Board and the Council Advancement Chair.