For Immediate Release: Jan. 19, 2010
Contact: Kim Becker
City of Henderson Parks and Recreation Department
HENDERSON, Nev.— The City of Henderson Parks and Recreation Department is hosting new workshops designed to help Boy Scouts earn merit badges in bird study and swimming.
Bird study merit badge workshops will be offered 7:00-11:00 a.m. on Saturday March 20 and from 7:00-11:00 a.m. on Saturday, May 8 at the Henderson Bird Viewing Preserve, 2400 B Moser Dr. Participants need only register for and attend one workshop, which is $20 per person (ages 11-17). Bird Preserve staff members will teach scouts how to identify Southern Nevada’s most common bird species by sight and song, and they will also take scouts birding.
Swimming merit badge workshops will be held from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 13, and from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, March 21 at Whitney Ranch Indoor Pool, 1575 C Galleria Dr. Participants need only register for and attend one workshop, which is $20 per person (ages 11-17). Aquatics staff will teach scouts about how swimming can contribute to overall fitness and health and the importance of safety when swimming and diving. Scouts will also be taught basic competitive swimming skills.
Register for any workshop online (activity 191033 for birding, 136612 for swimming) at cityofhenderson.com or at any City of Henderson recreation center.
“Scouting has enjoyed a long and rich heritage in Henderson. Sons, fathers and grandfathers have all participated and learned important life skills from the program,” said Dirk Richwine, Recreation superintendent, City of Henderson Parks and Recreation Department. “In many ways, parks and recreation shares many of the same values as scouting—physical fitness, community service, conservation, and leadership. We’re pleased to be able to offer merit badge workshops that provide scouts with important recreational opportunities, and it’s a program we hope to expand in the months ahead.”
For additional information, call 267-4000 or visit cityofhenderson.com.