The Rhode Island Supreme Court and the Narragansett Council, Boy Scouts of America recently hosted a Law Merit Badge Clinic for local East Providence Scouts. The clinic, held on February 20, was under the direction of retired Chief Justice Frank J. Williams, an Eagle Scout himself.
This unique, day-long event, was filled to capacity and coincided with the students’ February vacation week. Over 25 Scouts gathered to hear from a myriad of professionals working in the field of law, including members of the Rhode Island Supreme Court, Rhode Island Bar Association, local attorneys and law enforcement.
“The event was limited to a small number of Scouts to create an intimate learning environment for the participants,” said John H. Mosby, Scout Executive for the Narragansett Council. “We wanted the Scouts to be able to get engaged and speak with the legal professionals about the field of law.”
Topics of discussion included civil law, the Justinian Code, the requirements of becoming a lawyer in the state, the duties of law enforcement and the rights of consumers.
“The clinic is an incredible opportunity for our local Scouts,” added Mosby. “The event serves as a perfect way for young men, who have an interest in law to learn from a number of local role models.”
The Narragansett Council offered a number of additional Merit Badge opportunities during vacation week, including some atypical badge programs in theatre, rock climbing and textiles.
About the Narragansett Council: The Narragansett Council, Boy Scouts of America’s mission is to serve others by helping to instill values in young people and, in other ways, prepare them to make ethical choices over their lifetime in achieving their full potential. The Narragansett Council offers a program for boys and young men ages 6 to 21 and young women ages 14 to 21, serving over 12,000 in Rhode Island, Southeastern Massachusetts, and Pawcatuck, Connecticut. For more information, please log on to www.narragansettbsa.org.