University of Charleston School of Pharmacy partners with Boy Scouts of America, Participates in National STEM Quest Jamboree


Charleston, WV – The University of Charleston School of Pharmacy (UCSOP) will participate in the 2017 Boy Scouts of America National STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) Quest Jamboree. The Jamboree will be held at the Summit Bechtel Family National Scout Reserve from July 19-28, 2017. Nearly forty thousand Scouts are expected to attend the Jamboree. 

Faculty, staff and student volunteers from UCSOP will lend their pharmaceutical expertise in a ‘Be MedWise’ Patch Program centered on the appropriate and safe use of medication. Scouts will have the opportunity to earn the patch after partaking in hands-on activities such as learning about the meaning of medication, the importance of the safe disposal of medication, and reading drug fact labels. There will also be an inhaler demonstration device and lessons on safe EpiPen use. 

“We are excited to once again participate at the Boy Scout Jamboree.  It’s a great platform to bring pharmacy to the forefront as a career opportunity for thousands of Boy Scouts interested in health sciences,” said Ms. Jamie Bero, UCSOP Director of Student Affairs.

Through partnerships with other STEM-based companies and institutions, STEM Quest aims to be a hands‐on experience for Scouts to participate in an array of activities involving information technology, forensics, biology, physics, robotics, and chemistry. 

The University of Charleston School of Pharmacy will join other organizations at STEM Quest, such as NASA, the US Air Force STEM Team, US Army Corps of Engineers, West Virginia University Forensics and the Clay Center, just to name a few. It is the second time that UCSOP has participated in the event. 

The Boy Scout Jamboree is one of several community outreach and STEM-based activities that UCSOP is involved with this summer.