Scouts, leaders and parents attending 2019’s merit badge fair.

Canceled for 2021



Last year we were forced to cancel the annual Merit Badge fair due to the pandemic. Unfortunately, that continues to be the case for 2021.

We had hoped to go forward with the fair — but we start working on the fair in December and as of January could not be sure if we could go forward with 2021. Exelon, understandably, could not tell us if we could use the facilities in August 2021 and we would not know until sometime in possibly June or even July. Far too late to start getting things together then.

We had more than 450 Scouts, leaders, volunteers, counselors, and others at last year’s Clinton Power Plant and the surrounding community working on 28 different merit badges. Scouts came from all over Illinois plus Iowa, Indiana, Missouri, and as far as Washington and California.

We have been very proud of the diversity of youth able to attend, the skill of the merit badge counselors both locally and from all over the state helping the youth, and the support of the community. Expanding to include boy and girl troops was a fantastic blessing for last year.

Unfortunately, that very diversity serves as a potential source of problems. Ultimately, we do not believe lives should be put at risk to earn a merit badge. Not yours, not any relatives or anyone. 

We have been honored to have Exelon’s support at the Clinton Power Station for more than 30 years. We waited and had hoped to have things come out differently but we have seen numerous BSA Scout events postponed or canceled this year to ensure everyone’s health in Illinois. We understand the reasons.

As I said earlier, we fully plan to be back next year in 2022. And we will be reaching out to you for help and participation.


Ed Cicenas

Asst Scoutmaster

BSA Troop 1142

 contact Ron Armstrong  (217) 671-1810