Chicago Area Boy Scouts Generate Spark For Guinness World Record in Welding

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More than 14,000 Chicago area Boy Scouts will attempt to set a new Guinness World Record for the largest welding lesson, put on by ETI School of Skilled Trades in the Chicago suburb of Willowbrook, Illinois.

This Saturday April 11, 2015 the Boy Scouts from the local Three Fires Council will be attempting a new Guinness World’s Record for the largest welding lesson at the ETI School of Skilled Trades training facility in the southern suburb of Chicago – Willowbrook, IL.

The 50,000 square-foot ETI ( will provide the opportunity to 14,000 Boy Scouts to not only learn welding but the opportunity to gain a welding merit badge. In order for this all come to fruition, the Three Fires Council created a partnership between Clipper Industries, Inc. and Lincoln-Electric, in addition to ETI.

It’s not every day that a group of kids from the Chicago area, have the opportunity to be part of a Guinness World’s Record, not to mention a fun, educational task that will also earn them a merit badge.

Corporate partners have donated welding equipment and supplies, and many of the scout parents completed welding training for supervision. There will be video cameras rolling to capture the historic event.

There has been a lot of planning into this large event. The Willowbrook ETI School of Skilled Trades facility located on 500 Joliet Road, is the perfect venue for the event. The school offers both welding and heating, ventilation, air conditioning and refrigeration courses for skilled certification. There are new classes starting April 23, with limited seats available, and classes starting in May and June as well.

The event is open to anyone who would like to join into the Guinness attempt. To sign up visit the website.

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