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Welding Merit Badge Sparks Interest of Local Boy Scouts
In early 2012, The Boy Scouts of America launched the welding merit badge as part of a group of career-oriented merit badges. The testing held at Cee Kay on Saturday June 21st, 2014, was the second testing held at Cee Kay Supply since the origination of the badge.
The scouts were required to learn about the hazards involved with welding and how to help prevent them. They also learned first aid for injuries that could occur when welding, such as electrical shock, burns and fume inhalation.
At the beginning of the day, scouts were given the opportunity to try out Lincoln Electric’s VRTEX® 360 Virtual Welder, which helped give them a better understanding of what welding was all about before actually performing a live weld.
After virtual welding, each boy was required to weld their initials on a small metal coupon, as well as tack plates together and complete a square groove butt joint, T-joint and lap joint weld. Once each boy completed these welds, merit badge counselor and American Welding Society – St. Louis Chairman, Mike Kamp, signed off on their merit badge cards.
“It is a privilege and honor to work with young men who show a genuine interest in the welding field. The excitement in their faces is so rewarding,” Kamp said.
For more information on welding merit badges, visit www.scouting.org/
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