18th Annual Boy Scouts Merit Badge University

Representative Peter Breen (R-Lombard) participated in the Potawatomi Trails’ 18th annual Boy Scouts Merit Badge University that was held at both Elmhurst College and York High School on March 7. His presentation to the young men focused on government, the work Breen does for the 48th District as State Representative, and how much of what they learn as Boy Scouts can be used to influence public policy as a citizen.

“My experiences as a Boy Scout were fundamental to my entrance into politics and public service," said Breen. "I'm highly impressed by the character and engagement of these young men. These scouts should be proud of their achievements, which provide them a strong foundation for future civic leadership.”

The two classes of scouts that Rep. Breen addressed are currently working to earn their “Citizenship in the Community” merit badge. The merit badge, which is required for scouts on the path to Eagle Scout, includes a presentation by a local elected official to give the scouts insight into what it takes to be a good citizen in the community.

Governor Bruce Rauner kicked off the day with brief remarks. This local scouting event has grown from about 100 scouts to over 2000 attendees at one of the largest gatherings of scouts in the country, with young men coming as far as California.

The Boy Scouts are important to Rep. Breen, and being able to speak to these young men was an honor for Breen, who is an Eagle Scout himself.

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