Scouting programs have a long and respected history of helping boys and girls connect with nature and the outdoors, as well as enabling them to grow as individuals. The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) will help scouts earn merit badges in several nature-related areas during the special Scout Merit Badge event at the August A. Busch Memorial Conservation Area in St. Charles Saturday, June 29. The event runs from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. and is free for all participating scouts. It’s open to any scouting program, including Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, and American Heritage Girls.
Each activity is geared specifically to the needs of fulfilling merit badge requirements, as well giving a thorough grounding in the basics and safety aspects in each area. The activities covered will include archery (for ages 9 and up), casting and fishing skills and fish identification, mammal studies, bird studies, and more. The conservation area offers ample resources to explore and learn about each of these disciplines. All equipment needed will be provided by MDC.
For additional information, contact Naturalist Shelly Colatskie at Shelly.Colatskie@mdc.mo.gov, or 314-301-1506 ext. 4222. The August A. Busch Memorial Conservation Area is located at 2360 Highway D in St. Charles, about two miles west of Highway 94.