The Catalina Council of the Boy Scouts of America announced last week that approximately 30 Boy Scouts in Arizona will complete the Chemistry Merit Badge requirements through an event hosted by the Sanofi U.S. Research Center based in Oro Valley.
Boy Scout participants will have the chance to interact with leading healthcare industry biologists and chemists, under whose guidance they can participate in activities geared toward badge completion.
“We are proud to partner with Sanofi to pioneer this Chemistry Merit Badge program to further develop the scientific knowledge and interest of our Scouts,” said Justin Rice, the District Director. “Working with one of the leading healthcare companies to develop one-of-a-kind programs like this that allows us to continue to help young men reach their individual goals and underscores the commitment of the Scouts to our community.”
This Chemistry Merit Badge Day, developed jointly by the Catalina Council and Sanofi U.S., will provide 30 Boy Scouts between the ages of 11 and 16 the opportunity to rotate through five stations focused on chemistry in the Sanofi labs. As the Scouts journey from station to station during the day, they will learn about personal protective equipment, gases, solids and liquids, and how matter changes with environmental conditions, among other topics.
The Chemistry Merit Badge is an academic merit badge that meets specific requirements outlined by the Boy Scouts of America. It is one of the many vehicles the Boy Scouts offer so that boys and young men are not only rewarded for their achievements but grow in self-reliance and in the ability to help others. There are more than 100 merit badges available through the Boy Scouts of America, in areas as diverse as Citizenship in the Community, Composite Materials and Medicine.