(Texas City, Texas) — From exploring wilderness survival skills and first aid techniques to unlocking the natural wonders of oceanography and space exploration, it was a day filled with fascinating adventure at College of the Mainland (COM) League City as dozens of local boys and girls participated in the Boy Scout of America’s Coastal District Merit Badge College on Saturday, Feb. 5. During the interactive day of learning, scouts met with instructors who guided them through various merit badge workshops. The event offered scouts an opportunity to fulfill requirements for merit badges through a variety of hands-on knowledge and skills-based activities while developing a better sense of self, community, character, and citizenship. “The purpose of the Merit Badge College is to provide an opportunity for these scouts to complete requirements necessary for various merit badges,” said Scott Livingston who serves as the Coastal District merit badge coordinator as well as economic development director for the City of League City. “This provides them an opportunity to rank up and grow in their understanding of the world around them.” Hosted at the COM League City learning facility on West Main Street, the event highlights the ongoing partnership between COM and the League City community as the College moves to enhance access to higher education resources throughout its service area. The Merit Badge College served as an integral real-world learning experience for the scouts in a community-based, collegiate setting where the young learners gained skills that extend far beyond the classroom. “It exposes them to the greater world around them,” Livingston said. “And then as they learn more about it, they develop a greater appreciation. And that benefits them. It benefits their community.” The Merit Badge College, which took place over the course of two Saturdays, culminated with the Feb. 5 event. Click here to view photos from the event.