ROCK SPRINGS — Seventeen Scouts from five Rock Springs troops completed their Citizenship in the World merit badges on March 21 at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints White Mountain Building.
After a series of informational workshop sessions, Scouts concluded badge requirements during an international food festival featuring 16 different foods including Swedish meatballs, Scottish shortbread, sauerkraut, Asian candy and a Japanese fruit drink with tapioca pearls.
Western Wyoming Community College students Adham Arafa and Mohammad Ragheb spoke to the Scouts on March 21. They shared the values, holidays, ethnic foods and traditions in Kuwait and Egypt. Arafa said he was born in the United States but raised in Kuwait and Egypt.
Scouts began working on the badge March 7 with counselor Ben Hansen, who explained how a person becomes a United States citizen as well as the rights and duties of U.S. citizenship. The discussion then centered on other countries and the rights and duties that citizens of those countries have. Other topics included a current world event, international law and the role of the Red Cross.
On March 14, Hansen covered the differences between constitutional and nonconstitutional governments, five types of governments, how a government is represented abroad and the role of an ambassador and consul. Scouts also learned about the Bureau of International Information Programs, Agency for International Development and the United States and Foreign Commercial Service.
Those completing the badge include Octavio Landeros, Logan McCann, Tyler Wallendorff, Jorden Foley, Caiden Jensen, Korbin Anderson, Kris Casillas and Kaiden Ainscough of Troop 8; Porter Hansen of Troop 5; Taysum Cutler of Troop 66; Cameron May, Conner Murray, Alex Croft and Zach Croft of Troop 85; and Garen Pugmire, Riley Newberg and Dalan Wiberg of Troop 55. Dax Staley, Chandler Bournazian and Kelton Bournazian also worked on the badge but have requirements left to complete.
Counselor Ben Hansen was assisted at the workshop by Scoutmaster Heath Lowinski of Troop 8 and Vera Trefethen of Troop 55. He has scheduled a workshop for the Camping merit badge beginning April 25 and continuing for three weeks. Scouts from any troop are welcome to attend with their Scoutmaster’s permission.