Scouting is known worldwide as an outdoor activity and leadership organization for youth. However, another not so well known aspect of the Boy Scouts of America is the opportunities and career exposure that scouting offers. Earning BSA Merit Badges and progressing through the ranks of scouting is one way that Scouts are exposed to different vocations and careers. Another method used to educate youth on potential career paths is to visit companies and understand what skills and knowledge are required. BSA Troop and Crew 9 have been touring a varying array of local industries and organizations. Whether the high-end machining of tooling and locomotive components at Valley Machine Company or the high-temperature recycling of precious metals at Multimetco, there are local industries that do specialized manufacturing right here in Calhoun County. VMC, located in Alexandria, focuses on tooling support for the sheet metal rolling industry, locomotive frame manufacturing as well as refurbishing of military vehicle components. Multimetco harvests precious metals from scrapped vehicle components and other salvaged materials via four extremely high temperature furnaces. Management of both companies took the Scouts through their operations and explained the complex manufacturing processes that they utilize. The Scouts were amazed to witness large milling machines making precise locomotive components ... huge slabs of steel turned into parts of a train tugger. They witnessed liquid silica and molten metals pouring from a furnace crucible. The Scouts learned how things are made and what education is needed to support careers in such industries. Calhoun County has a wide range of specialized companies competing in a widerange of industrial fields. Valley Machine Company and Multimetco are two local industries. The Scouts of Crew and Troop 9 were very appreciative for the personalized tours of these facilities. Both BSA Troop and Crew 9 are chartered by St. Mark United Methodist Church in Golden Springs.
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