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Boy Scouts earn Plant Sciences merit badges on UW-Madison campus

Last Saturday, Aug. 20, Kevin Cope, a graduate student in Jean-Michel Ané’s lab, organized a Plant Science Merit Badge Workshop for Boy Scouts. The workshop was held in conjunction with the Plant Sciences Graduate Student Council (PSGSC) with help from PSGSC president Chris D’Angelo, a graduate student in Irwin Goldman’s lab. Boy Scouts from across Wisconsin and parts of Illinois attended, and 48 scouts earned the badge. More than 15 graduate student volunteers from several different departments and programs helped with the workshop.

Scouts attending the workshop took part in lectures, hands-on experiments, and tours of the D.C. Smith Greenhouse and the Allen Centennial Gardens. Said one parent who attended the workshop, “My son commented on how much they learned and came home in very good spirits after a long day. We’ve been to many different merit badge workshops…[This] was one of the best run and highest-quality workshops we’ve seen.”

This is the second time Kevin, who serves as vice president of PSGSC, has organized this workshop with the student council. They plan to continue offering this merit badge workshop in the future so that young men interested in plant science can learn more and enjoy the facilities that UW–Madison has to offer. They are also interested in expanding the workshop to involve young women and welcome ideas about how to do that. Contact Kevin at kcope@wisc.edu with any questions or suggestions.

Check out some photos from the event! (Photos by Chris D’Angelo and Kajia Goodman)

SAMSUNG CSC
Grad student Kajia Goodman helping with check-in
Kevin Cope teaching scouts about plant anatomy and function
Grad student Kevin Cope teaching scouts about plant anatomy and function
Lecture
Scouts taking part in a plant propagation experiment led by grad students David Jones and Chris D’Angelo
Allen Garden
Visiting the Allen Centennial Garden with grad student Madeline Wimmer
DC Smith Greenhouse
Touring the D.C. Smith Greenhouse with grad student David Jones