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James Tarleton, Boy Scouts of America (BSA) Council Commissioner launches the opening of the 8th Annual Raytheon Merit Badge Day. Guest speaker, Laura McGill, Vice President of Engineering, Raytheon Missile Systems (RMS), encourages scouts to pursue a career in science and engineering and offers a flavor of Raytheon’s technology with a video clip of a Standard Missile-3 successful ballistic intercept mission.

Laura McGill, Vice President of Engineering and AIAA Board of Trustee greets the scouts

Raytheon Merit Badge and Patch Workshops are held once a year and open to all Southern Arizona Girl and Boy Scouts, American Heritage Girls and Trail Life USA Scouts between the ages of 11 through 17. Raytheon, in conjunction with the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA), are pleased to present a program to the local scout community to gain hands-on experience in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM). The Scout Merit Badge Day typically covers Aviation, Composites, Digital Technology, Electronics, Engineering, Fire Safety, Invention, NOVA/Energy, Nuclear Science, Radio, Robotics, Space Exploration, and Programming.

This year Raytheon reached out to 293 scouts and offered 11 Merit Badges, but it could not be successful without approximately 80 dedicated volunteers that donate their time on their day off to extend their professional knowledge. If you have any questions, please contact James Tarleton at jhtarleton@comcast.net.

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