Published on January 22, 2014

Genesis Hosts Boy Scout Merit Badge Day Feb. 1

More than 100 Boy Scouts from throughout the region will have the opportunity to work on requirements for two merit badges at Genesis with the help of mentoring from professionals in various health careers.

The 12th annual Merit Badge Day will be held Saturday, Feb. 1 from 8 a.m.-4 p.m. at the Genesis Heart Institute, 1236 E. Rusholme St., Davenport.

Scouts will be able to complete most of the work for badges in First Aid and Medicine in the one-day event.

"This is a popular event among scouts and troops because they can complete nearly all of the requirements for the badges in one day,'' said Benjamin VanRallte, M.D., organizer of the event.  "It's also a popular event with health care professionals and paramedics who volunteer to introduce scouts to their professions.’’

The merit badge clinics hosted by Genesis have trained more than 1,000 scouts.

Requirements for First Aid merit badge include prevention and treatment of conditions such as shock, knowledge of use of CPR and automated external defibrillators (AED), and procedures for handling fractures. 

Requirements for Medicine merit badge include knowledge of historical figures in medicine, knowledge of the roles of health professionals in several specialties and volunteering to assist at a health-related event or activity.

Genesis President and CEO Doug Cropper, an Eagle Scout, will welcome scouts to the event.

To volunteer, call Dr. VanRaalte at (563) 322-8877.

Scouts and scout troops can register for the event by calling the Illowa Council at (563) 388-7233 or by going to

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