Faith in Focus

Faith in Focus: Boy Scouts return for merit badget clinic

CorrespondentOctober 21, 2013 

Boy Scout Jeremy Lozada works on a rocket at last year’s merit badge clinic sponsored by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.


In a few weeks hundreds of Boy Scouts from around the country will descend on the Triangle.

Some of the boys will work on a farm to earn their Animal Science Badge, while others will get to fly in a small plane as part of the requirements for their Aviation Badge. But all of the Boy Scouts who arrive on the weekend of Nov. 8-9 for the annual Merit Badge Clinic sponsored by the Raleigh & Apex Stakes of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints will have the common goal of earning new badges and making friends.

Scouts can select from 69 merit badges in nine locations around Wake County, including Automotive Maintenance, Dentistry, Genealogy and Wilderness Survival. Almost 700 Scouts are registered for the event, with troops coming from as far away as Maryland, Florida and Alabama. Three new badges are available this year: Game Design, Programming and Sustainability. The church sponsors several troops and wants to open up the opportunities it provides to the LDS troops to the greater Scouting community.

“I have a passion for Scouting,” said Hanna. “I know that it helps thousands of young men develop into well-adjusted, contributing members of our society. These boys learn to serve others in their family, church, school and community. They learn to be responsible and dependable. Through the merit badge program, many develop interests that grow into life-long hobbies or even careers.”

The event is free, but the church is asking each Scout to make a donation of nonperishable foods to The Food Bank of Central and Eastern North Carolina with a recommendation of four cans per badge. Some badges require a material fee that will be paid directly to the badge leader, such as purchasing a rocket kit to earn the Space Exploration badge. The registration deadline is Sunday, Oct. 27, and registration is available online at

“This is a great chance for the boys to meet other Scouts, earn some merit badges and have a lot of fun,” Hanna said.

First annual ROSE Award Benefit luncheon

St. Ambrose Episcopal Church invites the community to attend the first annual ROSE Award Benefit lunch at 11 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 26, at the Crabtree Valley Marriot, 4500 Marriott Drive, Raleigh. The first James and Almetta Revis Outreach Service Excellence (ROSE) Award, which honors individuals or organizations that exhibit the outreach spirit of the Revis family will be presented to James and Almetta Revis at the event. Nationally known Rev. Dr. Otis Moss, III, Senior Pastor of Trinity United Church of Christ in Chicago, will present the keynote address. Music and entertainment will be provided by Jo Gore and the Alternative, a rock/R&B/jazz jam band. The event is part of St. Ambrose Episcopal Church’s 145th anniversary celebration. Tickets are $75 per person and can be purchased at

Community Christmas Choir

Singers of all levels are invited to join the Community Choir at Triangle Baptist Church each Wednesday night at 7:45 p.m. at the church, 9713 Old Stage Road, Raleigh. The first meeting will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 3. The choir will learn the Christmas musical “Only Love” under the direction of Melody Moore. For more information, call 919-210-5577 or email

Victory Church fall festival

Victory Church is holding its fall festival from 6 to 9 p.m. Friday, Oct. 25, at the church, 2825 S. Wilmington St., Raleigh. Festivities at the free event include inflatables, games, face painting, juggling and door prizes. Hot dogs, chips and drinks will be served. For more information, call 919-779-5180.

First aid for frazzled moms

Sarah Knott will be teaching First Aid for Frazzled Moms, which is a practical prarenting seminar, from 9 to 11:30 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 26, at Christ Baptist Church, 400 Newton Road, Raleigh. Knott is a teacher and mother of six. The cost is $5 per person. For more information, visit

Hope Church fall festival

Hope Church’s fall festival will be from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the church, 4911 Green Road, Raleigh. The festival includes pony rides, face painting, bouncy houses, raffles and food. Police, firefighters, EMS and the Chick-fil-A Cow will also be at the event. For more information, visit or call 919-508.6827.

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