Scout event teaches adults, youth

Recently, Boy Scouts, Webelos and adult leaders in the Two Lakes District gathered together for merit badge training and adult training at the Jamestown Ice Arena.

Adults who attended learned about how to be better leaders and the boys who attended were able to earn merit badges.

Wayne Schuver, Jr., the senior district executive of the Two Lakes District, which includes Chautauqua and Cattaraugus counties, served as the overseer of the event. “This was a way to provide training for adults at a central location,” he said.

The boys who attended learned about journalism, engineering, science and collections.

David Gray, assistant Scout Leader of Troop 276 in Gowanda, led the engineering merit badge training. He taught the boys about the different types of engineering and took the boys out on field trips.

One of the boy scouts who attended was Matthew Dodolak of Collins. “I liked going to the construction site,” he said.

Another boy who attended the engineering training was Skyler Capozzi of Gowanda. “I liked how the assistant scout leader told us how bridges were made,” he said.

Zachary Balbuzoski, Dakota Klein and Kyle Kusiowski of Troop 276 attended the journalism merit badge training, led by Gregory Bacon, managing editor of the OBSERVER in Dunkirk. The boys learned about different types of articles, newspapers and visited the Post-Journal in Jamestown.

The training is offered every year at the Ice Arena. For more information about scouting events visit: