Staff Writer
Aledo Times Record

Boy Scouts from throughout the region will have the opportunity to work on requirements for First Aid merit badge with the help of mentoring from professionals in health careers.

The15th annual Merit Badge Day will be held Saturday, Feb. 4 from 9 a.m-3:30 p.m. at the Genesis Medical Center, Silvis.

Scouts will be able to complete First Aid merit badge in the one-day event at Genesis.

"This is a popular event among scouts and troops because of the level of teaching and experience they receive for the Eagle Scout required First Aid merit badge,'' said Benjamin Van Raalte, M.D., organizer of the event. "It's also a popular event with health care professionals and paramedics who volunteer to introduce scouts to their professions.’’

The merit badge clinics hosted by Genesis have trained more than 1,100 scouts.

Requirements for First Aid merit badge include prevention and treatment of conditions such as shock, knowledge of use of CPR and automated external defibrillators (AED), and procedures for handling fractures.

Health professionals able to volunteer their services can call Dr. Van Raalte at (563) 322-8877.

Scouts and scout troops can register for the event by calling the Illowa Council at (563) 388-7233 or by going to