Genesis Hosts 13th Annual Boy Scout Merit Badge Day

Staff Writer
Aledo Times Record

DAVENPORT, Iowa – Feb. 3, 2015 – Boy Scouts from throughout the region will have the opportunity to work on requirements for two merit badges with the help of mentoring from professionals in various health careers.

The 13th annual Merit Badge Day will be held Saturday, Feb. 7 from 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m. at the Genesis Heart Institute, 1236 E. Rusholme St., Davenport.

Scouts will be able to complete First Aid in the one-day event at Genesis. Dentistry merit badge is offered off site at Dr. Bryan Blew’s office

"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 VanRaalte, 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 1,000 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.

Genesis President and CEO Doug Cropper, an Eagle Scout, will welcome scouts to the event.

To volunteer, 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