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Boy Scouts and Hokies plan day full of education and sports on April 9

BLACKSBURG, Va., April 7, 2011 – Hundreds of Boy Scouts will be learning more than just survival skills when they visit the Virginia Tech campus for Scout Day with the Hokies on Saturday, April 9.

More than 300 scouts and their families will participate in the all-day event, which will include an interactive learning experience in Lane Stadium that will teach the scouts engineering and science concepts, a tour of the university’s athletic facilities, and a women’s softball game.

Virginia Tech’s Outreach and International Affairs, Center for Student Engagement and Community Partnerships, and Department of Athletics are partnering with the Boy Scouts of America Blue Ridge Mountains Council to sponsor the event.

Volunteers from Virginia Tech student organizations -- including The Big Event, Biochemistry Club, Student Virginia Education Association, Autonomous Underwater Vehicle Team, and others -- will host booths offering the scouts information about various aspects of engineering and science. The Autonomous Underwater Vehicle Team also will give the scouts the opportunity to operate one of the team’s vehicles in the War Memorial Gym pool.

The event, which began in 2009, honors Boy Scouts who were the top sellers during the annual Blue Ridge Mountains Council popcorn sale and fundraiser. The top five sellers will be recognized during the softball game, when the Hokie women face off against Georgia Tech at 2 p.m. on Worsham Field.

“This event gives the Boy Scouts a chance to get a feel for college life, to come to campus and experience a hands-on learning experience. It also gives faculty and students a chance to interact with the scouts,” said Reyna Gilbert, assistant director of athletics for student life and an organizer of the event.

The Blue Ridge Mountains Council serves 21 counties and eight cities in southwest, central, and southern Virginia. “We wanted a way to honor the scouts and also to incorporate academics and athletics. The kids and parents embraced the idea,” said Edward Harriman Jr., director of finance and marketing for the council and an organizer of the event.

Additional volunteers are needed to operate booths. If you are interested in helping with the event, contact Whitney Johnson, with the Center for Student Engagement and Community Partnerships.