ST. CLOUD -- With hopes of becoming one step closer to eagle scout, nearly 30 boy scouts hiked to the north end of the St. Cloud Technical and Community College's campus this (Thursday) afternoon.

Instructors from the Civil Engineering and Land Surveying program at SCTCC are working with the Central Minnesota Boy Scouts to help them earn their surveying merit badge.

The badge is one of many needed to become an eagle scout.

SCTCC Instructor, Sean Clark partnered with Central Minnesota Boy Scouts Director, Bob Rueter to create a class to teach boy scouts the basics of land surveying.

Clark says the class focuses on how to measure angles with a theodolite, measure distances, perform a level loop and do surveying calculations to measure error.

"We've got all the instrumentation that the scouts need here [SCTCC] and we figured this would be a great community outreach project for us, it will help our the scouts and help our program." --Clark

Rueter says the first class filled up so fast that him and Clark decided to host another class so more scouts will have the opportunity to earn their badge.

The next class is on Thursday, April 28 at SCTCC room 1-372. Check in is from 3:30 p.m. - 3:45 p.m. and the class runs from 4:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. To learn how to register visit the Boy Scouts of Central Minnesota Website.