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****2008 Merit Badge College **** Athens, Alabama

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A brief history of the Merit Badge College held in Athens, Alabama:

1998
28 scouts attended from the Limestone District. The event was held at Friendship Methodist Church. 
 
1999
42 scouts attended from the Limestone District. The event was held at Friendship Methodist Church. 
 
2000
56 scouts attended from the Limestone District. The event was held at the Athens Bible School.
 
2001
This was the first year that the event was opened to scouts outside of the Limestone District. 107 scouts attended. The event was held at the Athens Bible School.
 
2002
The event was beginning to pick up steam. We needed a bigger place to hold the event. 270 scouts packed the Athens High School.
 
2003
Due to issues beyond our control, we were unable to hold this year's event at the Athens High School. We chose Tanner High School, a Limestone County school that was centrally located. 325 scouts from Alabama, Georgia and Tennessee attended.
 
2004
We held the event at Athens State University for the first time. We had 358 scouts and 98 adults registered from Alabama, Georgia, Kentucky and Tennessee.
 
2005 and Beyond
This event has exceeded our wildest dreams. It is our goal to continually strive to provide the best merit badge atmosphere for all scouts that attend.
 
Keith Hudy
Shelley Merrill
 
I would like to thank Keith Hudy and Shelley Merrill for all the work they have done to make this event a success. They have made a great effect on the scouts in our local area and many scouts across the mid-south.
 
Don McDow
Chairman 2005