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Harvard hosts Dorchester Boy Scouts

Posted by Patrick Rosso  May 2, 2012 02:02 PM

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12 year-old Matthew Pennell of Attleboro, 12 year-old James Caulfield of Dorchester, 14 year-old Brian Beggan of Westwood, 15 year-old John Le of Dorchester, 15 year-old Kenneth Pham of Dorchester, 14 year-old Sam Chestna of Middleboro, 14 year-old Teddy Macdonald of West Roxbury, and 13 year-old Ethan Cattanach of Needham with Harvard University student Riley Brian, who help lead the program.


More than 300 excited Boys Scouts are a few merit badges closer to the rank of Eagle Scout after two weekend sessions in March and April at Harvard University.

The Boy Scouts of America Boston Minuteman Council and the university teamed up to host the “Merit Badge University 2012” program, to provide the scouts including those from Dorchester’s Troops 66 and 322 , with a hands on experience working towards new merit badges with a particular focus on subjects related to science, technology, engineering, and mathematics.

“The Boy Scouts partnership with Harvard provides tremendous opportunities for these kids,” said Chuck Eaton, chief executive of the Boy Scouts Boston Minuteman Council in a statement. “This learning experience is thorough and interactive, and will hopefully inspire the boys to learn more and perhaps seek careers in some of these fields, especially those growing STEM-related industries."

Along with scout leaders, students and faculty from the university also helped out, teaching the kids a variety of subjects with real world applications, including computer technology, space exploration, oceanography, energy, chemistry, aviation, and architecture.

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