DAKOTA DUNES, D.S. - More than a thousand area boy scouts gathered for an annual tournament Monday.
It was the 13th annual Boy Scout Classic at the Dakota Dunes Country Club.
Scouts had the opportunity to get a few lessons on the golf course in hopes of earning their golf merit badge. It's one of more than 130 merit badges available to the scouts.
One of the organizers for the Classic says the merit system is a great way to get the kids exploring new activities.
"The merit badge program is designed to expose these kids to new things. Maybe things that kids aren't learning in school or other places, and you never know what might be a hobby or later career because you're getting exposure. You know these kids may not play a lot of golf and it could turn into a hobby. But at least they're getting to experience what its like," said Jason Ballew, the assistant director of field service.
The scouts were expected to raise over $18,000 from today's outing.
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