On the evening of Saturday, April 20th, the troop visited the Roane State Observatory and completed several requirements for the Astronomy merit badge. The observatory was open for public viewing that night so several scout families are able to join us. David Fields, the observatory director, gave us a tour of the observatory and setup a telescope to look at the sun when we arrived. Several area amateur astronomers were on hand and to help the scouts find the stars, constellations, and planets needed to complete the merit badge requirements. The troop met at Kern at 6:30PM and we got back right at 11:00PM. We had 18 scouts (counting 2 cub scouts), 5 adult leaders, and 11 other family members. In case you couldn't make it on the 20th, we will have a make-up session at the observatory on June 1st. Please try to complete merit badge requirements 4a and 4b own your own before the middle of May. If you missed any of the merit badge study sessions you can get the astronomy merit badge worksheet here and the information to complete it here.