BOY SCOUT TROOP 868
MERIT BADGE UNIVERSITY 2011
Thank you for your interest in our Merit Badge University program. This comprehensive
information packet includes everything needed to get your unit registered to participate
in MERIT BADGE UNIVERSITY 2011.
On the following pages, you will find:
summary of things will be NEW FOR MBU 2011.
A e d r’ ud
L a es G iethat describes, in detail, how the program operates
Detailed Course Descriptions for every merit badge to be offered
Unit Registration Form to be completed and returned with scout forms
Course List that lists class admission restrictions and pre-requisites
Our Course Recommendations (for use in advising scouts about classes)
Important information for Scoutmasters about Selecting Courses
Scout Registration Form to be signed by both scout and his parent/guardian
Detailed information on Adult Training Courses offered in conjunction with MBU
An Adult Registration Form for your adult leaders to register for various adult
Merit Badge Counselor Application Form for adults in your unit to fill out to
let us know their willingness to share their talents and counsel a merit badge at
U s uue e r (r e s d y s b t e o ti e r
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Everything is saved in PDF format so that it can be easily transmitted, printed, and
shared with other Scout Leaders. It should open fine in any version of Adobe Reader
software (version 4.0 or later). Reader software can be downloaded at no charge from
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We encourage you to share this information with other scout units in your area so that
they may also benefit from this program.
A map, driving directions, a single page informational flyer (suitable for distribution at
district Roundtable meetings), and other miscellaneous information about MBU can be
found on the special MBU page of our web site at www.bsatroop868.com/MBU.htm.
Anyone from your unit who would like to volunteer to serve as a Merit Badge Counselor
or help with the program in other ways is asked to visit the MBU page of our web site
and fill out the on-line volunteer form by clicking the hyperlink at the bottom of the page.
This program only works because of the willingness of hundreds of scout leaders and
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BOY SCOUT TROOP 868
MERIT BADGE UNIVERSITY 2011
THINGS THAT WILL BE
NEW (or different) FOR MBU 2011
As the program has continued to grow and has surpassed the point of
having more than 1,000 scouts and nearly 400 adult leaders attend each
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correct so that we can maintain the quality of instruction that we have all
come to expect. MBU 2011 will be bigger and better than ever, but some
of our long-standing procedures will change in order to manage the
program more effectively and keep things running smoothly and efficiently.
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All of the changes are detailed in the MB 2 1 L A E S G IE
included in this packet of information. I would strongly encourage you to
invest the 20 minutes needed to read it carefully and completely. In the
long run, knowing how things will operate will help you and your scouts get
the maximum benefit from the program.
Following is a brief summary of things that will be new or different this year.
New merit badges for scouts, including HORSEMANSHIP,
RIFLE SHOOTING, SCOUTING HERITAGE, SWIMMING,
Training courses for adults.
Strictly enforced registration cut-off deadline.
Elimination of Saturday morning schedule changes.
Friday night LEADER ORIENTATION to streamline Saturday
morning check-in and orientation.
BOY SCOUT TROOP 868
MERIT BADGE UNIVERSITY 2011
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Dear Scout Leader:
Thank you for your interest in the MERIT BADGE UNIVERSITY program hosted by
Boy Scout Troop 868. This event is held annually on the last Saturday in February.
The location this year will be Bullitt Lick Middle School in Shepherdsville, Kentucky.
Over 1,100 scouts from more than 100 troops attended MBU 2010 and we expect the
program will be even bigger and better this year. MBU 2011 will feature a record 77
counselor instructed merit badges, including 12 Eagle required badges. Counselors
will also be available to meet with scouts about 6 other merit badges that do not lend
themselves to classroom instruction; making a grand total of 83 different merit badges
The learning environment at MBU is very much like a regular school day divided
into four 2-hour teaching periods. Most of our courses require two consecutive periods
(4 hours of class time), making it possible for the typical scout to work on (and possibly
complete) at least two different merit badges during the day.
Lunch is served on-site and the cost is included in the registration fee. For the safety
and security of participants, scouts are not permitted to leave campus except for class-
related field trips in the company of their counselor and at least one other adult. (All
activities are conducted in accordance with BSA Youth Protection Guidelines.)
Completion of merit badges is NOT GUARANTEED. Many merit badges require
some degree of advance preparation and paperwork by the scouts (pre-requisites are
clearly indicated on the Course List). Scouts who come unprepared probably will not
complete the badge, but will receive partial credit for whatever work toward the badge is
completed at MBU. It is our intent to create an environment where scouts have an
opportunity to continue their advancement program during the winter months and
earn merit badges that may not be readily available elsewhere. It is not our intention to
create a so-called "merit badge factory" that passes out merit badges with minimal effort
from the scouts. Boys who come with that expectation will almost certainly be
disappointed at the end of the day.
MBU 2011 features an outstanding staff of qualified counselors who are both able and
willing to share their knowledge with interested, motivated scouts. Boys who are not
interested, motivated, and prepared to work will be wasting both their time and ours.
Participation in MBU is open to ANY registered Boy Scout, regardless of troop, district,
or council affiliation. Classes are limited in size according to the subject being covered
and the facilities available. These limits are imposed to insure quality instruction and
afford scouts maximum opportunity to complete as many requirements for the badge as
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ADVANCE REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED
All registrations are processed in the order received. All seats in all classes are "first
come, first served" based upon when a properly completed Registration Form and the
required payment are received by Troop 868. In fairness to others, we do not "hold" or
"reserve" spaces without Registration Forms and payment in hand. We do not accept
reservations by fax or email. We do not accept payments by credit card.
There is an obvious advantage for those who act quickly and register early, because
some of the more popular classes often do fill up before the cutoff date. We do not
overload classes, even for 17-year old Life scouts needing only that one merit badge!
Registration forms must be properly completed and LEGIBLE. Forms with missing or
unreadable information will be set aside until we can contact the unit to determine the
needed information. These problems can be easily avoided if an adult at the local unit
level carefully reviews the forms before submitting them.
While we do accept scouts on an individual basis, we really want to encourage troops to
attend as a whole unit, and we set our participation fees to encourage this. The fee for
an individual scout at MBU 2011 will be $25.
The registration fee will be only $17 per scout if ALL of the following conditions are met:
Registration forms for at least 3 scouts from the same unit are submitted together
A Unit Registration Form with all the requested information is completed and
The name and contact information (phone #, email) for AT LEAST TWO ADULTS
from the unit who will be remaining on-site all day and are willing to assist with the
program are provided
Payment is made in cash or with a single check (unit or personal).
LATE REGISTRATIONS / WALK-IN REGISTRATIONS
As the program has grown, late registrations have become a significant problem. With
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accept registrations at the last minute and still have class schedule cards for scouts and
class rosters for our faculty printed and ready to go. Therefore, the absolute final
deadline for us to receive scout registrations will be Sunday, February 20.
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morning of MBU impairs our ability to get the program started on time. We received
significant feedback from scoutmasters that walk-in registrations be discontinued --- we
heard you --- and we agree.
Class changes at MBU will not be permitted unless we must cancel a class due to a
counselor being ill or some other extenuating circumstance. In those situations, we will
do our very best to re-schedule the affected scouts into other classes. Otherwise,
scouts will need to attend the classes into which we were able to schedule them based
on their requests as indicated on their Registration Form.
MATERIALS REQUIRED FOR CLASS
In addition to a BLUE CARD properly filled out and signed by their scoutmaster for each
class they plan to take, scouts should bring pen/pencil and paper/notebook in order to
take notes and complete in-class assignments. They also need to bring any materials
specific to the badges they plan to work on (for example, boys taking Collections MB
need to bring their collection; Geocaching MB requires a handheld GPS, Photography
MB requires a digital camera, Cinematography requires a camcorder, Swimming MB
requires a set of clothes to wear into the pool, Space Exploration requires a model
rocket, and so forth). Scouts need to bring appropriate proof of prior completion for any
listed pre-requisites. All other materials required to complete assigned class work will
be provided in class at no additional charge. Scout Handbooks are not needed and
should be left at home. Scouts taking the FIRST AID merit badge need to bring their
own copy of the merit badge pamphlet and read it, cover to cover, BEFORE class.
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Out of necessity, we will be using classrooms in 4 different public schools and a dozen
or so other off-site locations. Our transportation team will coordinate transportation for
these scouts. Scouts in offsite classes will meet in a designated area, attendance will
be taken, then the class will be transported as a group.
LUNCH FOR SCOUTS AND ADULT LEADERS
Lunch will be provided for all scouts and is included in the participation fee. Soft drink
and other vending machines at the school are off-limits and will be turned off. Food and
beverages, including chewing gum, snack foods, and similar items are not permitted in
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morning coffee --- spilled coffee makes just as big a mess as a spilled soft drink.
Adults who accompany their units to MBU are welcome to eat lunch with their scouts at
no additional cost.
While we cannot prohibit adults from leaving campus, we strongly discourage that
practice for reasons of both time and safety. Shepherdsville is a small community and
the local fast food establishments are not prepared to serve hundreds of meals in the
relatively short time window available. We serve an appealing lunch using multiple
serving lines so that waiting time in line will be minimal.
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We are well aware that some people may have severe allergies to peanuts or peanut
oil. We will have food that is totally peanut-free and safe for such folks. All they need to
do is look or ask for it. Peanut allergies are not all that rare. We will have a special
serving line for such folks so there will be no possibility of cross-contamination.
One of the ways we show our appreciation to the counselors who devote hours of time
and effort in preparing and teaching all the different merit badge classes is by providing
them with a really nice, sit down lunch in another area of the building. Admission to the
faculty lunch is reserved for counselors only and controlled by an admission ticket. We
mention this perk in advance so that troop leaders and other adults will understand
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would like to eat with the faculty are invited to volunteer to be a merit badge counselor.
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main campus for lunch. Scouts going offsite for the full day will be provided with lunch
at the offsite location. Everyone will get fed.
SOME IMPORTANT ADVICE FOR SCOUTMASTERS & PARENTS
Scouts (particularly younger scouts) have a tendency to rush toward the Eagle required
merit badges. This is a HUGE MISTAKE. New scouts do not yet fully understand the
whole merit badge process; nor do they possess the maturity or underlying skills
needed to successfully complete the Eagle required badges at MBU. As a result, they
leave discouraged and disappointed at the end of the day when they carry home a
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is also disappointing to the counselors of those badges who are caught between their
desire to see boys succeed in completing the task at hand and their responsibility to
uphold high standards of subject mastery for Eagle required badges.
Our program features a wide range of merit badges, many of which are not offered at
most summer camps or even within the context of the typical troop. Many of these
"elective" badges are quite interesting and scouts will really enjoy and learn something
by taking these courses. Subjects such as American Heritage, Archaeology, Art,
Leatherwork, Indian Lore, Art, Cinematography, Electricity, Genealogy, Photography,
Collections, Skating, Basketry, Coin Collecting, Public Health, Fire Safety and
Fingerprinting are examples of classes that younger scouts can understand, enjoy and
fully complete at MBU.
Also be aware that certain courses require a higher level of analytical skills or significant
advance preparation. For older scouts, MBs such as Engineering, Aviation, Computers,
Nuclear Science, Journalism, Law, Surveying, Electronics, or Medicine may appeal.
We are very serious about quality instruction and scouts completing all of the published
requirements in order to earn merit badges at MBU. Our counselors tell us the
maximum number of students they are willing to accept and any age or rank restrictions
for admission to their particular courses. We enforce the published guidelines and we
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It is unfair to other scouts for us to permit an unprepared scout to hold up the rest of the
group. It is YOUR JOB as Scoutmaster, Assistant Scoutmaster, or Troop Advancement
Chairman to advise, review, and approve the badges a scout in your unit wishes to take
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your job seriously and help us insure that your scouts follow the rules.
MBU is strictly for Boy Scouts and male members of Venture Crews or Explorer Posts.
Webelos and female Venturers / Explorers are not permitted to earn Boy Scout ranks or
merit badges. Brand new scouts are welcome, but please do not bring Webelos who
have not yet officially crossed over into Boy Scouting.
EAGLE REQUIRED MERIT BADGES FOR YOUNGER SCOUTS
Based on feedback from our counselors, age/rank restrictions have been put into place
for all Eagle required merit badges offered at MBU. All Eagle required badges are
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maturity to fully comprehend and appreciate the material that must be mastered.
A SPECIFIC CAUTION ABOUT COMPUTERS MB
You should particularly caution your scouts about the Computers MB. This class is
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software programs; there is not time at MBU to teach these skills and develop sufficient
mastery to pass the requirements. A significant part of this badge is about history,
terminology, and applications; only a small part is actually about using computers and
there will be ZERO TIME to play any computer games. Scouts who are not proficient
using word processing, database, spreadsheet, and presentation graphics software
CANNOT complete this MB at MBU. All project work must be done in class under
counselor supervision, so there is no reason for a scout to bring any files or software
from home. USB memory devices, CDs, and diskettes are all prohibited due to the risk
of virus infection. This is an excellent course for the older, well-prepared scout, but a
disappointing disaster for the not yet in high school, under age 14 crowd.
P CFC A TO B U E T I HG IK RT A G S
AS E II C U I NA O TC R AN“ I HRS ”ME I B D E
Merit badges such as Horsemanship, Archery, Plumbing, Rifle Shooting, and Woodwork
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and appropriate safety precautions will be taken. But it would also be helpful for
scoutmasters to specifically caution their scouts about the need to listen and follow the
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A SPECIFIC CAUTION ABOUT COLLECTIONS MERIT BADGE
Collections is a very popular merit badge, particularly among younger scouts. If a scout
has and brings a bona-fide collection, completing the badge is pretty much guaranteed.
BUT, the scout must have a REAL collection. A deck of playing cards is not a
collection! Five neckerchief slides borrowed from friends at MBU is not a collection,
either! A real collection must be appropriately mounted or displayed, and usually
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scouts in their unit. This year, to put an end to that possibility, all collections will be
retained by the counselors until the end of the day, at which time the scouts may return
to the classroom and claim them. Thus, it will be VERY IMPORTANT for the scout to
have his collection clearly identified by his name and unit number.
SCOUT ATTIRE / SCOUT BEHAVIOR
It seems silly that this topic even needs to be mentioned, but the reality is that not all
scouts possess common sense, so we must address these issues.
This is a SCOUTING EVENT and participants are required to be in SCOUT UNIFORM.
This includes the general neatness expectations of wearing a belt and keeping shirttails
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counts! Scouts who are unwilling to meet our dress code are invited to stay home.
Counselors are giving up their day to share their knowledge and teach classes for
scouts who sincerely want to learn and advance. Most counselors will spend hours of
advance preparation in an effort to make the subject interesting. The bringing and use
of gum, snacks, toys, playing cards, personal electronics, cell phones and similar items
is rude, disrespectful, and disruptive. Just like in school, any such items will be
confiscated and scouts should not expect to get them back at the end of the day. Our
policy on confiscated items is that the scout and his parent may claim the item at
h t o g o e n he
our regular Tuesday night troop meeting following MBU. T a’g i t m a ts n
boy and his parent get to make a drive back to Shepherdsville if he wants his stuff back.
We strongly advise scouts not to bring any contraband items into the school building.
All participants must sign up and attend classes each period they are on campus; and
they must attend the classes for which they are properly registered. Scouts may not
simply change classes without permission from the registrar, nor may they wander the
halls. Scouts must be – and will be –under adult supervision at all times.
We work very hard to create a serious educational environment at MBU. Scouts who
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these expectations to your scouts and make sure they understand them.
The intended handout for scouts consists of 2 pages --- the Course List and the
Scout Registration Form. The Course List is formatted so that it can be printed
double-sided for distribution to scouts.
The Unit Registration Form is to be completed by whatever adult will be acting as your
unit's contact person for MBU -- typically the Scoutmaster, one of the Assistant
Scoutmasters, or the Unit Advancement Chair. If an email address is provided, we will
contact this person (via email) to alert them that we have received the unit's registration
forms and advise them of the classes for which their scouts have been scheduled. If no
email address is provided, your unit will not receive any advance confirmation.
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Units should keep a copy of each so t rg t t nfr fr o re od a dso t
should immediately begin working on the pre-requisites for the classes they list. The
amount of advance notice we can provide is directly dependent upon how soon we
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within 48 hours of receiving them. Individual class schedules for each scout will be
distributed on Saturday morning at MBU.
The program has outgrown our ability to fit everyone into the school gymnasium for
Saturday morning orientation. We cannot --- and will not --- overload the rated capacity
of the school gymnasium. So this year we will be doing orientation differently than
in past years. Each unit attending MBU is asked to send one leader to a LEADER
ORIENTATION to be held at 7:30 PM on Friday night, February 25 at Bullitt Lick
Middle School. The meeting will last about 30 minutes and we will cover all the last
minute information items that we need for leaders to share with their scouts before they
head to their classes on Saturday morning. Leaders who attend this meeting will be
able to pick up the class schedule cards for their scouts so that their scouts will be able
to go directly to their classes on Saturday morning after the leader conducts a scout
orientation at the troop level.
Units that do not send a leader to this orientation meeting will have to attend the
traditional orientation gathering on Saturday morning. We realize most out-of-town units
will be in this situation. Our hope is that enough units that are local to the metro area
will attend the Leader Orientation that we will be able to reduce the number of scouts
who need to attend the scout orientation on Saturday morning by at least half.
Please take time to consider appropriate MBs for each of your scouts and advise them
accordingly. Included in this packet is a brief description of each class that will be
offered. Specific pre-requisites are clearly listed on the course list. You will need to
provide each scout from your troop with a filled out and signed BLUE CARD for each of
their MB classes. Your signature on that card indicates your belief that the scout
possesses the skills necessary to successfully complete that merit badge. Allowing
scouts to take merit badges for which they are not prepared is neither in their best
interest nor fair to the counselors. Out of necessity, some classes at MBU have
additional age or rank requirements beyond those normally imposed at the local troop
level. Please take seriously your responsibility to advise and pre-screen your scouts.
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merit badge filled in. Someone from your unit should be on-site with extra blue cards
to handle any special situations that may occur.
ADULT TRAINING COURSES
New at MBU 2011 will be the addition of several training courses specifically for adult
leaders. With the exception of the CPR Course, all the adult training classes will be
FREE. This will be an excellent time for parents and leaders who would otherwise just
be standing around in the hallways to put their time to productive use and get trained.
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enable leaders to see that all their boys get squared away before heading off to their
Just as with the merit badge classes, advance registration for the adult training courses
is required and class sizes will be limited to insure quality instruction. The trainers will
be selected and approved by the Lincoln Heritage Council.
WE NEED ADDITIONAL COUNSELORS, DRIVERS, and FOOD SERVICE HELPERS
We currently have at least one committed counselor for every merit listed on the Course
List, but since class sizes are limited, many classes will fill up. If we have additional
counselors, we can open multiple, simultaneous sessions --- BUT only if we have
qualified counselors! If adults in your unit are qualified and willing to help out, please
have them contact us. The easiest way to do this is to visit the special MBU page of our
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We also need drivers --- especially those who hold at least a Class B CDL with
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your unit will be coming by bus and is willing to make your bus and driver available to
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you if your unit will be coming in a large (7~15 passenger) van. We will have scouts
going to more than a dozen off-site locations and other courses will be taking class field
trips --- we need to transport these scouts in a safe and organized way. To do this, our
Transportation Manager needs your help.
Lastly, we will need at least 100 leaders to help by staffing multiple serving lines so that
we can serve lunch to 1,500+ folks in a quick and efficient manner with minimal waiting
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other pages included in this packet. The first thing you might want to do before calling
or emailing is read (or re-read) the information already in your hands.
f o a e u so h t a n a e d b e d rse , l s o tc me
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Iy uh v aq e t nta h s ’ l a y e na de s d p a ec na t either via
email at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at (502) 964-5270. For the sake of
efficiency, email is strongly preferred.
PLEASE HELP US SPREAD THE WORD
Please feel free to share information about MBU with other Scouts and Scout Leaders.
Your assistance in spreading the word and helping to get the news out is sincerely
Both a single page informational flyer (suitable for distribution at Roundtable meetings)
and this comprehensive information packet can be downloaded in PDF format from our
web site, www.bsatroop868.com. Any registered scout from any troop in any district or
council is welcome to come and participate in MBU.
-- Bob Meek
Scoutmaster, Troop 868
BOY SCOUT TROOP 868
MERIT BADGE UNIVERSITY 2011
This badge is about famous people, places, and events that had significant influence on
our country. It touches on some of the same material as Citizenship in the Nation, but is
not as intense. There is one (fairly easy) pre-requisite. The badge is appropriate for
scouts of all ages, including younger boys.
This merit badge is for those who want to know about the role of unions in the American
labor force. The counselor for this badge is a union laborer who has taught this badge
for many years. Though open to scouts of any age, younger boys may find some of the
material difficult to grasp. This badge can be completed, start to finish, at MBU.
Learn the tools, methods, and techniques used by archaeologists to find and catalog
unearthed artifacts. Taught by an archaeologist, scouts in this course will learn both by
classroom instruction and by participating in a practice dig. Scouts have really enjoyed
this class in past years. The course requires 6 hours, but scouts will be able to
complete the merit badge, start to finish, at MBU. The class usually fills to capacity.
This is a full-day, 8-hour class. Approximately half the time will be spent indoors in the
classroom and half the time outdoors doing the qualification shooting. It will be team-
taught by two counselors. There is an age restriction. It will be possible for scouts to
complete the merit badge, start to finish, at MBU.
Learn about different building styles and factors to be considered in designing a building
or other construction project. The class will be taught by a professional architect and
can be completed, start to finish, at MBU. This is not a difficult badge, but it may be too
intense for younger scouts. It does require measuring and some math. The class will
take a short field trip to visit a local construction site, so boys will be outdoors.
A good badge for scouts of any age that is team-taught by a crew of experienced artists
and art teachers. Boys who remain focused on doing the required in-class projects can
complete the badge, start to finish, at MBU. This class usually fills to capacity.
This class is for boys who like to tinker and get their hands dirty. Boys will be crawling
in, under, and around a vehicle locating parts and performing simple maintenance. The
badge can be completed at MBU. This class always fills to capacity. Register early!
The counselor for this course is both an air traffic controller and a licensed pilot. The
class is taught off-site at a small local airport. Class size is limited and the course
nearly always fills to capacity. The badge does NOT involve any actual flying and can
be completed, start to finish, at MBU.
BACKPACKING (NEW FOR MBU 2011)
The image of a boy, pack upon his back, hiking along a trail is synonymous with Boy
Scouting. The backpacking merit badge requires several backpacking experiences that
(obviously) cannot be done in a single day, so the 2-hour class at MBU will concentrate
on preparing scouts to go backpacking. Topics covered will include types of packs,
items to carry, proper packing, water treatment, trail stoves, Leave No Trace principles
and practices, adequate advance planning, and how to deal with inclement weather.
The counselors are Eagle Scouts and the class is appropriate for scouts of all ages.
BASKETRY (NEW FOR MBU 2011)
This is a fun and relatively easy merit badge for the scout who enjoys doing crafts.
During the 2-hour class, scouts will make two different types of baskets. The badge is
appropriate for scouts of any age and can be fully completed, start to finish, at MBU.
The class will include a field trip to the woods. Requirement 5 is listed as a pre-requisite
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basis with scouts who already know how to play the required bugle calls from memory.
Scouts must bring their own bugle or trumpet. If a scout can play the calls, earning the
badge will take about 10 minutes. Scouts will generally meet with the counselor either
during the lunch break or at the end of the day.
An Eagle required badge. Counseled by an experienced scoutmaster, the class will
o c nr e n o p t g h p p r ok rq i me t ( hc s b u 9 % fh
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badge). There are pre-requisites for scouts to complete this MB at MBU. It is an
l s o b y t l r h i t a” b u p n
a e g a n e u , a i a uy
excellent c s fr o s o“ anter h w y a o t ln igm n s m k gfid t n r
rosters, etc. The class has a rank restriction.
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class and all sections of this badge generally fill to capacity. The badge can be
completed, start to finish, at MBU.
One of the most fun classes at MBU that almost always fills to capacity. Scouts need to
bring the family camcorder because boys will write and film their own mini-movie during
class. Class size is limited. The badge can be completed, start to finish, at MBU.
CITIZENSHIP IN THE COMMUNITY
An Eagle required badge. Because scouts come from so many different communities,
advance completion of the listed pre-requisite requirements is essential for boys to
complete the badge at MBU. This is not an easy badge and definitely NOT a badge for
younger scouts. The class has an age restriction.
CITIZENSHIP IN THE NATION
An Eagle required badge. Scouts must bring proof of prior completion of the listed pre-
requisites in order to complete the badge at MBU. The class will focus on the workings
of our federal government and the provisions of the U.S. Constitution. Most schools
cover U.S. history in 8th grade and again in 11th grade. This is a difficult merit badge
and nearly impossible for boys in 7th grade or below to understand. For these reasons,
the class has an age restriction.
CITIZENSHIP IN THE WORLD
An Eagle required badge that can be completed, start to finish, at MBU. This is our
single most popular class and always fills to capacity. A great deal of material must be
covered in a relatively short time, so the class is very intense. Based on feedback from
our counselors in prior years, we have decided that this badge is NOT appropriate for
scouts under the age of 13.
An excellent class for those interested in the hobby of coin collecting. The class can be
completed, start to finish, at MBU. Scouts are invited, but not required, to bring
particularly interesting coins from their personal collections to show to the group --- but
participants are also cautioned about the inherent risks of carrying around exceptionally
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An easy merit badge for scouts who have and bring a bona-fide collection (stamps or
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This means that a deck of unsorted sports cards held by a rubber band does not a valid
collection make! This 2-hour class is appropriate for scouts of any age. Note that the
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of collections. Scouts need to make sure their name and unit number are on their
collection and remember to return to the classroom to claim them at the end of the day.
An Eagle required badge. This is a tough badge targeted toward scouts in high school.
It involves researching, preparing, and giving several effective oral presentations. Class
size is limited. This is an excellent class for the serious, well-prepared, older scout.
This badge is more about computer science than computer games. Much of the badge
deals with the history and evolution of computers. Scouts must already be proficient in
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presentation graphics) in order to complete in-class assignments. There will be no
opportunity to play any computer games. The well-prepared, software-savvy scout can
easily complete this badge at MBU, but novices will be frustrated and disappointed. All
project work will be done in class, so there is no need to bring any files or software from
home. The bringing or use of USB memory devices is strictly prohibited. This is a
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This class is for scouts who are Second Class or above and already have at least some
outdoor cooking experience. Taught by a team of experienced scout leaders, boys will
get to prepare (and sample) a variety of different foods using several cooking methods.
Scouts will do some cooking, plan menus, and take a field trip to the grocery store to
compare prices. Unless scouts bring written proof of having completed all the listed
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class and the participants eat well. The class is very popular and usually fills up.
Taught by officers from the Shepherdsville Police Department, this is an interesting and
relatively easy badge for scouts of any age. There are two easy pre-requisite projects
that scouts must do at home and bring to class in order to complete the badge at MBU.
This course is taught by a dentist and can be completed, start to finish, at MBU. The
badge was first offered at MBU 2007 and has become quite popular. The in-class
projects require a bit of skill and maturity, so the class does have an age restriction.
This badge is about creating an awareness of the challenges faced by those with
various handicaps. It is not a particularly difficult badge but does require outside project
work that cannot be completed at MBU. The counselor will help scouts who have not
already completed the service requirements to identify projects they might consider.
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A fun and easy merit badge for science-oriented scouts. The cla ss h n s n a d
involves wiring up simple circuits with lights, bells, switches, and batteries. This is a
very popular class appropriate for scouts of any age, including younger scouts. There
are two simple pre-requisites that scouts MUST complete at home and bring to class in
order to complete the badge at MBU.
Though not absolutely required, we strongly recommend that scouts earn the Electricity
MB prior to attempting this merit badge. This badge is about electronics at the circuit
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electronic circuits. Taught by an electrical engineer, this is a small, relatively intense
class for older scouts. It can be completed, start to finish, at MBU.
An Eagle required badge designed for the older, experienced scout. There are several
pre-requisites, including the earning of First Aid MB, in order to complete this badge at
MBU. This is not a class for younger, less experienced scouts.
This badge is about how we use all forms of energy to make our lives better and easier.
It is a relatively easy merit badge but the one pre-requisite MUST be done at home and
brought to class in order for scouts to complete the badge at MBU.
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stuff works, conduct several physics experiments, and build an in-class project. The MB
is targeted at the high school crowd and can be completed, start to finish, at MBU.
An Eagle required badge. The class will cover a lot of material in a relatively short time.
Not recommended for brand new scouts. Class size will be limited and all sections are
likely to fill up. There are some pre-requisites that must be completed prior to MBU.
An Eagle required badge. Most of the requirements for this badge must be done at
o e i h c u’ a i, o h -hour class at MBU will focus on preparing the
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scout to work on the merit badge rather than on actually completing it at MBU. Scouts
who come with appropriate evidence (i.e., note from a parent supported by notes, logs,
photos, etc.) of having completed the required family projects (listed pre-requisites) will
be able to complete the badge at MBU. The class has an age restriction.
One of the easiest merit badges for scouts of any age to earn. The class will be taught
by evidence technicians from the Shepherdsville Police Department and will only take 2
o r. h l ss h n s n a d h a g a e o l e , t to is a MB .
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This is another fun, interesting, and relatively easy merit badge that is appropriate for
scouts of any age. The class will be taught by professional firefighters from the
Shepherdsville Fire Department. To prepare and practice a home fire evacuation plan
with their family is the only pre-requisite (they should bring a note from a parent along
with a sketch of their home showing exit paths).
An Eagle required badge. This is a fast-moving and very intense merit badge. Scouts
need to read and study the FIRST AID MB pamphlet, cover to cover, BEFORE coming
to class. Unprepared and/or immature scouts will NOT complete the badge. Age is
less a factor than maturity and attention span, but this class is definitely NOT for brand
new scouts. FIRST AID and LIFESAVING are probably the two most serious Eagle
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training. The passing standard for this class is very high. There are two pre-requisites.
FISH & WILDLIFE MANAGEMENT
This class will be taught by a professional educator from the Kentucky Department of
Fish & Wildlife Resources. Part of the class will be conducted outdoors. The MB can
be completed at MBU and the class is appropriate for scouts of all ages.
Part of the time in this class will be spent outdoors in the woods, so scouts need to
dress appropriately, including waterproof boots. The leaf collection is a pre-requisite.
The badge is appropriate for scouts of all ages.
GEOCACHING (NEW for MBU 2011)
This badge is about the popular sport of geocaching and a considerable amount of the
class time will be spent outdoors seeking caches. Scouts who can bring their own GPS
unit and already know how to use it will have a definite advantage. Scouts need to
dress for the weather, including waterproof boots. Scouts need to possess a basic
understanding of orienteering, so the class is for boys 1st Class or above.
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relatives prior to class to complete the required pre-rq its e s) T e ’a on e l s
to know the name, approximate year of birth, and place of residence (in the U.S.) of at
least one ancestor born before 1920 in order to complete an in-class project. Once they
get into it, most boys find the subject and the class to be very interesting. A good merit
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’ y -hour class!
This badge is about rocks, rock formations, and soil strata. The MB can be completed
start to finish at MBU and is appropriate for scouts of any age.
This class is about designing and printing all forms of written material, from pamphlets
and flyers to signs and banners. It will be taught off-site and scouts will need some
measure of computer literacy in order to complete several in-class design assignments.
The badge is more for older boys and can be completed, start to finish, at MBU.
HORSEMANSHIP (NEW for MBU 2011)
This badge is all about horses. Scouts will learn how to care for, lead, saddle, and ride
a horse. A majority of the class time will be spent outdoors working with horses, so
scouts need to dress for the weather. LEATHER SHOES OR BOOTS WITH A HEEL
ce tb i e t s aeys e. l s r
ARE REQUIRED --- tennis shoes are not a c pa l (’as ft i u ) Go e ae s v
also recommended. The badge is more appropriate for scouts possessing some
maturity, so there is an age restriction. It can be completed, start to finish, at MBU.
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This merit badge will teach te“ a h tr”ah rh “ oy o d v ri o n te o v
American history. Scouts will make some Indian-style tools and jewelry in class, play
some Indian games, learn some Indian words, do some Indian dances, and eat some
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Id nfo s T e ’a oget to examine some authentic Indian artifacts. The class is
appropriate for scouts of any age. The badge can be completed, start to finish, at MBU.
Taught by the editor of the local Shepherdsville newspaper, this class has been one of
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a relatively easy MB with 2 easy pre-requisites. The class will include a field trip to the
Pioneer News newspaper office and a tour of the printing plant.
This class is for all the scouts who are Law & Order fans! The class will be taught by
an attorney and, if enrollment is sufficient, will involve a mock court exercise. A certain
degree of maturity is needed, so this course is recommended for the high school crowd.
Class size is limited, but those who get in will really enjoy it. A great class for a group of
older scouts to take together! If the mock court can be done, the badge can be fully
completed at MBU.
The best leatherworking class in Boy Scouting taught by one of the top leatherworking
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requirements will be completed at MBU and scouts get to take their projects home. The
class is appropriate for scouts of any age. And the class only takes 2 hours!
LIFESAVING (NEW FOR MBU 2011)
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training and ability to appropriately handle an aquatic emergency. For this reason, the
passing standard for this class is very high. While Swimming merit badge is no longer a
pre-requisite to take this class, it is still strongly recommended. This will be a full-day
class taught in an indoor pool at an off-site location. Scouts must be able to swim 400
yards using a combination of the crawl, backstroke, breaststroke, and sidestroke. They
must be able to float and do the elementary backstroke. They must be able to dive and
retrieve a weight from 8~10 feet of water. Scouts need to be strong swimmers who are
comfortable in the water. A well-prepared swimmer can fully earn the MB at MBU.
MAMMAL STUDY (NEW FOR MBU 2011)
This class is all about mammals and may be taught off-site at Bernheim Forest. It is
appropriate for scouts of all ages and can be completed, start to finish, at MBU.
This class typically attracts only a handful of students each year, but how many chances
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seriously interested in a career in Medicine, this is the badge.
This class will be taught off-site by an experienced metalworker. It is for older scouts
who have the maturity and common sense to listen and follow directions. The use of
powerful machinery is involved. No horseplay. Class size is limited. A great badge for
older scouts. The MB can be completed, start to finish, at MBU.
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music and play an instrument --- any instrument. Scouts DO NOT need to bring their
instrument. But they MUST bring a note from their school band teacher or other
professional music teacher stating their ability to read and play an instrument. Scouts
MUST also download the MUSIC merit badge worksheet from www.meritbadge.org,
complete it at home, and bring it to MBU. The counselor will be available throughout
the day, so scouts are strongly encouraged NOT TO WAIT until the end of the day
(when the waiting line may be long) to seek an appointment.
This was an Eagle required badge until replaced by Environmental Science. The class
will be taught by a professional educator from the Kentucky Department of Fish &
Wildlife and will include some time outdoors on a nature hike. It is appropriate for
scouts of any age.
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nuclear reactor operates and some other things about nuclear science. The class will
be a combination of lecture and demonstration. Seldom offered anywhere else, this is
one of our most popular classes for the high school crowd. The badge can be
completed, start to finish, at MBU.
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The badge is about the ecosystems of tee r ’o e n .I albc s d s n dfr g
boys who have an interest in science. The badge can be completed, start to finish, at
MBU. There is an age restriction.
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One of the toughest Eagle required badges because of the re odk e igi o e .I ’s
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money management, from loans and credit cards to saving and investing. Scouts really
need to be 14 or older to understand the concepts and do the math. Everything but the
required project work can be completed at MBU.
The name of the badge pretty much says it all. This badge is about pets. Pretty much
any kind of pet counts, so long as the scout is able to demonstrate that he has taken
significant responsibility for caring for the pet for the required period of time. Scouts
need to bring photos and other written evidence that they have met the requirements.
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with the counselor either during the lunch break or at the end of the day to discuss their
pet and show their documentation.
A fun and relatively easy merit badge for scouts of any age, but every scout needs to
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There is one pre-requisite. Class size is limited.
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threading pipes, and learning how the water system in a house flows from the supply
line to the sewer or septic tank. The badge can be completed, start to finish, at MBU
and is appropriate for scouts of any age.
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much about it today, public health is still a major concern behind the scenes in areas
ranging from water quality to food safety to disease control to waste disposal. This
merit badge can be completed, start to finish, at MBU and is appropriate for scouts of
any age. It is a 2-hour class.
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presentations --- how to speak before a group, manage an audience, and hold the
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class and receive constructive feedback. Class size will be limited so that the badge
can be completed at MBU. Advance thought about speech topics and maybe even a bit
of advance research will make things easier.
PULP & PAPER
This badge is about the production and value of the various paper products we use in
our daily lives. Today, we take paper for granted, but this was not always the case.
The class will discuss how paper is made and boys will actually make paper in class.
This badge is appropriate for scouts of all ages and will be completed at MBU.
This class is about radio communication --- both amateur and commercial. The
counselor is a licensed HAM. This is a moderately intense subject that requires
concentration. The badge can be completed, start to finish, at MBU.
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the history of rail transportation and the fun of model railroading. This badge is for guys
who like trains --- both real ones and the small electric ones. The class is appropriate
for scouts of any age. All requirements can be completed, start to finish, at MBU.
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badge is for scouts who love to read. Every troop has a bookworm and this badge is for
that kid. Scouts need to bring written proof for the listed pre-requisites and meet with
h o n e ro i s te o k te ’ e d o l i a e a o t 5 iue .
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RIFLE SHOOTING (NEW FOR MBU 2011)
This badge is about the safe handling and proper shooting of a rifle. The class will be
taught by an NRA-certified counselor and the shooting will be supervised by an NRA-
certified Range Safety Officer. The class will be taught off-site at Boy Scout Camp
Crooked Creek. It will be an all-day class. Scouts will be shooting single-shot, bolt
action .22 caliper rifles on an approved shooting range. Because it is an outdoor range,
boys need to dress for the weather. The amount of time spent outdoors on the range
will be directly related to their individual skill in shooting. The class is open to scouts
aged 13 or older. Most boys should be able to complete the MB, start to finish, at MBU.
This is a relatively easy merit badge that can be completed in only 2 hours if scouts
come prepared with proof of having completed the few simple pre-requisites. The class
is appropriate for scouts of any age.
From door-to-door fundraising to mail order to retail to the Internet, it seems everyone is
selling something! This class is all about marketing and the art of selling. Scouts will
learn about merchandising, packaging, and techniques for face-to-face selling. This
class is appropriate for scouts of all ages, but a bit of maturity and seriousness is
required. There are two listed pre-requisites.
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recognitions have already done the tough part of the badge. Membership in the Junior
Beta Club, Beta Club, or National Honor Society pretty much seals the deal; otherwise,
scouts will need to provide other evidence of both good grades and good citizenship at
school. Scouts who think they qualify should check the MB requirements and bring
appropriate proof to show the counselor. There is also an essay that must be written.
SCOUTING HERITAGE (NEW FOR MBU 2011)
This is a brand new merit badge that was introduced in 2010 in conjunction with the Boy
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S o t c ne n l I a o t history of Boy Scouting and the contributions of
Scouting icons such as Robert S.S. Baden-Powell, Daniel Carter Beard, James West,
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who will share stories of what Boy Scouting was like when they were a youth. This 2-
hour class should be interesting for scouts of all ages. There are 3 pre-requisites.
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pads and helmets, too! The badge can be completed, start to finish, at MBU.
SOIL & WATER CONSERVATION
This badge is new for MBU 2010. It will be taught by a biologist. One requirement that
may not be able to be completed in the class time available is listed as a pre-requisite.
Boys will be outside for part of the class. The badge is open to scouts of any age.
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ready-to-launch model rocket (constructed from kits that are commonly available at
hobby or discount stores) to class. The counselor will supply a launch pad and rocket
engine to launch the rockets during class. Full-sized rockets that use standard A, B, or
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listed. This is a fun class for space enthusiasts of any age.
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collection and any other documentation or evidence needed to demonstrate that they
have satisfied all the requirements of the badge. Completion will take about 15 minutes.
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spend a large part of the class outdoors surveying the school campus. Some geometry
and trigonometry are required, so admission is restricted to boys having the necessary
math skills and class size is limited. The MB can be completed, start to finish, at MBU.
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strong forward stroke, swim 25 yards using the elementary backstroke, then float
motionless on their backs for 2 minutes are going to be pretty miserable sitting on the
bleachers all day while the rest of the boys work on earning the merit badge. This is a
class for boys who can swim --- not a class for boys wanting to learn to swim. Scouts
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be able to properly inflate it and requirement 4 will be more difficult to complete. Do
NOT bring 100% cotton dress shirts or blue jeans. Cotton clothing is too porous --- it
instantly absorbs water and becomes very heavy --- thus making it considerably more
difficult to complete requirement 4. Polyester blend shirts and trousers are far better.
Tennis shoes are OK, but they will be soaking wet afterward, so scouts will need
another pair of shoes to wear home (or wear wet shoes). Scouts need to bring a
personal towel. Scouts who own a personal mask and snorkel should bring it, but the
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relatively easy and enlightening merit badge that can be completed, start to finish, at
MBU. Scouts will do some simple weaving. The class is open to scouts of all ages.
THEATER (NEW FOR MBU 2011)
This class is about the performing art of live theater. There are several pre-requisites
that cannot be done at MBU. For the older scout who has been involved in one or more
actual productions at his school or church, this will be a great opportunity to earn one of
the less frequently earned merit badges. The class is also a good introduction to live
theater for those who simply have an interest in the subject. The class is open to scouts
of all ages, but older scouts will probably appreciate it more than younger boys.
This is a great --- and very appropriate --- course for scouts 15 and older who are
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get as much out of it. The 2-hour class will be taught by an officer from the
Shepherdsville Police Department. The badge can be completed, start to finish, at
This class will be taught off-site at the shipping terminal of a local trucking company.
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Scouts of any age may take the class, but older scouts will get more out of it --- younger
guys may have trouble grasping some of the terminology and concepts. Class size will
be limited. The badge can be completed, start to finish, at MBU.
VETERINARY MEDICINE (NEW FOR MBU 2011)
This class will be taught by a veterinarian and is all about caring for animals, from
tropical fish to household pets to farm animals. The class is open to scouts of all ages
and the badge can be completed, start to finish, at MBU.
This class is about the science of meteorology. The counselor is a professional
forecaster for the National Weather Service. It is not a difficult merit badge and is
appropriate for science-minded scouts of all ages. The badge can be completed, start
to finish, at MBU.
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actual projects. For safety reasons, class size will be limited and boys must be 14 or
older. The badge can be completed, start to finish, at MBU. Scouts will be required to
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will not be allowed to take the class.
BOY SCOUT TROOP 868
UNIT REGISTRATION FORM MERIT BADGE UNIVERSITY 2011
Saturday, February 26, 2011
Bullitt Lick Middle School (Shepherdsville, KY)
Doors Open @ 7:30 AM; Program Starts @ 7:45 AM
Program Ends @ 5:30 PM; Building Closes @ 6:00 PM
Type of Unit & Unit Number:
To qualify for the group rate, all scout
Chartering Organization: registration forms MUST be collected
by a troop adult and submitted in a bundle
Council (if not LHC): along with this form, a single check, and
information on AT LEAST 2 ADULTS who
District: volunteer to help at MBU.
Unit Contact (Please PRINT): Please review all Scout Registration Forms to
check for the following:
Email Address: * Make sure we can READ the scout's writing.
* Make sure every scout has listed 7 choices.
Phone Number(s): * Make sure every scout meets the listed age,
rank, and/or grade restrictions for all the
Mailing Address: merit badges he has selected.
* Make sure every form is signed by both the
scout and his parent/guardian.
MBU is designed to be a COOPERATIVE EFFORT. To run a program of this magnitude, we NEED and actively seek the help of
adults from all participating units to assist with a variety of tasks throughout the day. We particularly need parents to help
transport scouts to off-site MB classes and to help with the preparation and serving of lunch. Please provide information (phone
number and email address) for at least 2 adults from this unit who will be in attendance at MBU and willing to assist.
Name (please PRINT) Driver? Kitchen? Phone Number Email Address
1 ___ ___
2 ___ ___
3 ___ ___
4 ___ ___
5 ___ ___
How did you learn about T-868's MBU? Email direct from Troop 868 (includes participation at MBU 2010)
Information was distributed at District Roundtable
Information was brought in by a scout or scout parent
Information was picked up at Scout HQ or Scout Shop
Information was picked up at the University of Scouting
Heard about it from another scout leader
Just happened upon it while surfing the Internet
Other (Please specify):
Did this unit participate in Troop 868's MBU program last year? No Yes
Has this unit recently participated in other MBU-like programs? No Yes, hosted by ________________________
Total number of active scouts in this unit? Number of Scouts attending MBU this year?
Though we have counselors secured for this year, we're always interested in identifying good resources for future years and/or
last-minute substitutes. Please list on the back of this form information about any adults in your unit who might be a potential
counselor. (Name, phone #, email address, and the subject areas of interest.)
BOY SCOUT TROOP 868
COURSE LIST MERIT BADGE UNIVERSITY 2011 Page 1 of 2
MERIT BADGE Course # Time Restrictions Notes PREREQUISITE REQUIREMENTS (Bring proof of completion to class)
American Heritage 11 4 hours 13 or older Req 3c
American Labor 12 4 hours none
Archaeology 13 6 hours none
Archery 14 8 hours 13 or older C none
Architecture 15 4 hours BC none
Art 16 4 hours none
Automotive Maintenance 17 4 hours A none
Aviation 18 4 hours AC none
Backpacking 19 2 hours Req 6, 8c, 8d, 9, 10, 11
Basketry 20 2 hours none
Bird Study 21 4 hours AC Req 5 (will be worked on in class, but may not be completed at MBU)
Bugling (circle) Walk-In Bring qualifying instrument and completed worksheet from www.meritbadge.org
E Camping 22 4 hours Tenderfoot Req 3, 5e, 7b, 8d, 9a, 9b, 9c (Bring note from Scoutmaster)
Chemistry 23 2 hours none
Cinematography 24 4 hours A none (Bring camcorder & cable to display output on TV)
E Citizenship in the Community 25 4 hours 13 or 1st Cl Req 3, 4, 5, 7, 8 (bring presentation to class)
E Citizenship in the Nation 26 4 hours 14 or Life Req 2, 3, 8
E Citizenship in the World 27 4 hours 13 or 1st Cl none
Coin Collecting 28 4 hours none
Collections 29 2 hours MUST BRING your qualifying collection for the counselor to inspect
E Communications 30 4 hours 14 or Life Req 5, 6, 8
Computers 31 4 hours Must ALREADY KNOW how to use software to pass Requirement 4
Cooking 32 4 hours 2nd Class BC Req 4, 5, 6, 7 (Bring note from parent/guardian/scoutmaster)
Crime Prevention 33 4 hours Req 2, 4
Dentistry 34 4 hours 12 or older none
Disabilities Awareness 35 2 hours Req 2, 4, 5c, 7
Electricity 36 4 hours Req 8, 9a
Electronics 37 4 hours 14 or older Experience soldering would be helpful
E Emergency Preparedness 38 4 hours 13 or 1st Cl Req 1, 7, 8, 9
Energy 39 4 hours Req 4 (bring log to class)
Engineering 40 4 hours 14 or older none; but analytical thinking skills are very important
E Environmental Science 41 4 hours 12 or 2nd Cl Req 3f, 4, 5, 6
E Family Life 42 2 hours 13 or 2nd Cl Req 3, 4, 5
Fingerprinting 43 2 hours none
Fire Safety 44 4 hours B Req 6a (bring note from parent and home fire evacuation plan)
E First Aid 45 4 hours 13 or 2nd Cl A Req 1, 7. Obtain, READ, and STUDY the MB booklet BEFORE coming to class
Fish & Wildlife Mgmt 46 4 hours BC none
Forestry 47 4 hours BC none; but doing the required leaf collection in advance is recommended
Geocaching 48 4 hours 1st Class BC Req 8, 9. Bring your own GPS unit (if possible).
Genealogy 49 2 hours Complete Req 3 and bring info for Req 6, 7 to class
Geology 50 4 hours BC none
Graphic Arts 51 4 hours 14 or older A none
Horsemanship 52 4 hours 14 or older AC none; MUST wear leather shoes or boots with a heel -- no tennis shoes!
BOY SCOUT TROOP 868
COURSE LIST MERIT BADGE UNIVERSITY 2011 Page 2 of 2
MERIT BADGE Course # Time Restrictions Notes PREREQUISITE REQUIREMENTS (Bring proof of completion to class)
Indian Lore 53 4 hours none
Journalism 54 4 hours B Req 2a1, 4
Law 55 4 hours high school Req 6a
Leatherwork 56 2 hours none
E Lifesaving 57 8 hours 13 or 1st Cl A Strong swimmer; know all the strokes; Swimming MB is strongly recommended
Mammal Study 58 4 hours none
Medicine 59 4 hours 14 or older Req 1, 10
Metalwork 60 4 hours 14 or older A none
Music (circle) Walk-In Bring note from music teacher & completed worksheet from www.meritbadge.org
Nature 61 4 hours BC none; class will include an outdoor nature hike (dress appropriately)
Nuclear Science 62 4 hours 14 or older none
Oceanography 63 4 hours 13 or older none
E Personal Management 64 4 hours 14 or Life Req 1, 2, 8c, 8d, 10b
Pets (circle) Walk-In Do ALL requirements in advance; bring photos
Photography 65 4 hours Req 4; (Bring a digital camera to use in class)
Plumbing 66 4 hours none
Public Health 67 2 hours none
Public Speaking 68 4 hours Be prepared to give the required speeches
Pulp & Paper 69 4 hours none
Radio 70 4 hours none
Railroading 71 4 hours none
Reading (circle) Walk-In Do ALL requirements in advance; bring written proof for Req 4
Rifle Shooting 72 8 hours 13 or 1st Cl AC none
Safety 73 2 hours Req 1, 2, 5, 6
Salesmanship 74 4 hours B Req 5, 7
Scholarship (circle) Walk-In ALL requirements; bring written proof for Req 1; bring essay (Req 5)
Scouting Heritage 75 2 hours Req 4a, 4b, 5, 6
Skating 76 4 hours A Bring own roller skates and/or roller blades
Soil & Water Conservation 77 4 hours BC Req 7 (will be worked on in class, but may not be completed at MBU)
Space Exploration 78 4 hours C Req 2, 5c, 7 (Bring fully assembled full-size rocket to class w/o engines)
Stamp Collecting (circle) Walk-In Req 6A, 7, 8
Surveying 79 4 hours 10th grade C Req 6 (Dress warmly, part of the class will be conducted outdoors.)
E Swimming 80 8 hours 2nd Class A Must pass BSA Swimmer Test; must bring clothes to do Req 4
Textile 81 4 hours none
Theater 82 4 hours 14 or older Req 1, 2, 3
Traffic Safety 83 2 hours 14 or older none
Truck Transportation 84 4 hours A none
Veterinary Medicine 85 4 hours 12 or older none
Weather 86 4 hours none
Woodwork 87 4 hours 14 or older A Must have a valid Tote 'N Chip card on person to take this MB.
NOTES: A This class will meet at an off-site location
B This class may include an off-site field trip
C This class will include significant time outdoors (Be Prepared!)
BOY SCOUT TROOP 868
MERIT BADGE UNIVERSITY 2011
A number of the merit badge classes on the COURSE LIST have specific age/rank restrictions. These are based
on the experience of counselors in prior years and will be enforced. A scout who takes merit badges for which he is
not prepared or that require skills beyond his current ability is not likely to enjoy his day or fully benefit from the
opportunities that MBU offers. We reserve the right to remove from class any scout who does not meet our
guidelines or shows up unprepared.
Each year, many Scoutmasters ask our recommendations about which merit badges are most appropriate for
scouts at various stages in their Scouting careers. We are happy to share the following general guidelines, but
caution Scoutmasters to also consider the specific talents, skill level, maturity, and interests of each individual
Appropriate for scouts who have never been to Boy Scout summer resident camp and for whom MBU will be their
first experience earning any merit badge (note that some may have age restrictions):
Archaeology (6 hr class) Electricity Plumbing
Art Energy Public Health (2 hr class)
Backpacking (2 hr class) Fingerprinting (2 hr class) Pulp & Paper
Basketry (2 hr class) Fire Safety Safety (2 hr class)
Chemistry (2 hr class) Leatherwork (2 hr class) Skating
Coin Collecting Mammal Study Soil & Water Conservation
Collections (2 hr class) Nature Weather
Crime Prevention Oceanography
For guys who have been Boy Scouts for at least 6 months and understand how the merit badge program works,
these badges are also appropriate:
Archery (8 hr class) Disabilities Awareness (2 hr class) Public Speaking
American Heritage Emergency Preparedness Radio
American Labor Environmental Science Railroading
Auto Maintenance Family Life (2 hr class) Salesmanship
Aviation Fish & Wildlife Mgmt Scouting Heritage (2 hr class)
Bird Study Forestry Space Exploration
Camping Genealogy (2 hr class) Swimming (8 hr class)
Cinematography Geology Textile
Citizenship in the World Indian Lore Truck Transportation
Cooking Journalism Veterinary Medicine
The following badges are only appropriate for scouts who possess the maturity to tackle more difficult subjects that
require critical thinking, analysis, and focus. Most have age/rank restrictions. Some of these subjects are rarely
offered in other settings, so MBU provides an excellent opportunity to earn them.
Architecture First Aid Nuclear Science
Citizenship in the Community Geocaching Personal Management
Citizenship in the Nation Graphic Arts Rifle Shooting (8 hr class)
Communications Horsemanship Surveying
Computers Law Theater
Electronics Lifesaving (8 hr class) Traffic Safety (2 hr class)
Engineering Medicine Woodwork
BOY SCOUT TROOP 868
MERIT BADGE UNIVERSITY 2011
PLEASE READ !!!
The first course, American Heritage, is course number 11. All MBU course numbers
are two digits; there are no courses numbered 1~9. (Scouts may ask about this!)
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come to the Registration Desk sometime during their day at MBU and we will link
them up with the appropriate counselor. They should try to do that early in the day
or during the lunch break, as boys who wait until the end of the day may have to wait
their turn in line, thus delaying others in their car pool.
7 COURSES FOR ALL SCOUTS
It is VERY important that ALL scouts list 7 course selections, even if they register early.
There is a simple reason why this is necessary ---
Not all courses are offered multiple times throughout the day. Some classes are only
offered for one session. Scouts have no way of knowing when courses will be offered.
Therefore, it is quite possible for a scout to choose two (or more) classes that conflict
with each other.
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already filled, then he will only be pre-scheduled for one class. If that happens, we will
have to contact the unit leader and the unit leader will have to contact the scout then
advise us of alternate selections. This is a very time-consuming process for everyone
involved and classes may fill up as we proceed to process other registration forms that
scouts completed according to directions.
This unfortunate situation can be avoided if scouts follow instructions and list 7 different
courses (as requested) at the time of initial registration. By doing this, the scout is
much more likely to get into classes he really wants.
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BOY SCOUT TROOP 868
SCOUT REGISTRATION FORM MERIT BADGE UNIVERSITY 2011
Saturday, February 26, 2011
Bullitt Lick Middle School (Shepherdsville, KY)
Program Starts @ 7:45 AM; Program Ends about 5:30 PM
CONDITIONS OF PARTICIPATION
1 This is a Scouting event --- full "Class A" Scout field uniform is the expected attire for all participants.
2 Scouts must obtain and bring with them an official merit badge BLUE CARD signed by their scoutmaster for each MB class they wish to take at MBU.
3 Counselors have the right to refuse class admission to scouts who do not meet the published prerequisite age/rank/grade requirements, arrive without
required materials, and/or arrive without a properly completed BLUE CARD signed by their scoutmaster.
4 All classes will be limited to a size appropriate to the subject being discussed and the facilities available.
5 Advance registration and other conditions must be met by the unit in order for scouts to receive the "group rate."
6 Registrations will be processed first come, first served in the order that Scout Registration Form and accompanying payment are received. In fairness
to others, requests to "hold space" or "make reservations" before payment is received will be declined.
7 Any requests to change course selections must be cleared through and approved by the Registrar; scouts will not be permitted to attend classes for
which they are not properly registered.
8 Lunch will be served on-site. Scouts may not leave the campus of Bullitt Lick Middle School except on class-related field trips in the company of their
merit badge counselor. Transportation for all such trips will be provided by adult drivers at least 21 years of age.
9 Completion of merit badges taken at MBU is not guaranteed. Scouts must complete all BSA requirements to the satisfaction of the counselor(s).
Many merit badges require advance preparation and/or paperwork. Partials will be given for work completed at MBU if the entire MB is not completed.
10 This Registration Form and payment must be RECEIVED by Troop 868 by Sunday, February 20, 2011.
11 In the unlikely event a course must be cancelled at the last minute, scouts will be rescheduled into another class that is able to accommodate them.
12 Scouts must attend the classes and sessions to which they are assigned. All schedule changes must be approved by the Registrar. Those who register
near the deadline may not get their first choice classes.
13 Chewing gum, snacks, personal electronics, cell phones, playing cards and other items not required for merit badge classes are inappropriate and should
not be brought to MBU. Items that cause a distraction or disruption in a class will be confiscated. USB memory devices are specifically prohibited.
14 Cancellations after Sunday, February 20 and "no shows" are not eligible to receive a refund.
15 Scouts should make sure their name and troop number is on all items brought to MBU (coats/jackets, caps, MB books, notebooks, cameras, etc.).
Lost & Found items not claimed by March 15 will be discarded.
Scout's Name (PRINT clearly)
$25 Individual Advance Registration
Scout's Home Phone Number ( ______ ) ______________________
$17 Group Advance Registration (all conditions met)
Scout's Age (on February 26, 2011) * At least 3 scouts from the same unit
* Unit Registration Form submitted
Scout's Current Grade in School * Group payment made with a single check
* At least 2 adults volunteer to assist
Scout's Current Rank
Scout's Troop Number
Indicate class selections by entering course numbers on the lines below. List 7 different courses in order of preference -- we will do our best to honor
your requests from the top down, but classes do fill up and other scheduling conflicts occur, so it is foolish not to list alternate selections.
Course # Course Title WALK-UP COUNSELING AVAILABLE
FIRST CHOICE Circle if you wish to meet with a counselor about:
FOURTH CHOICE PETS
APPLICATION TO PARTICIPATE. I have read the CONDITIONS OF PARTICIPATION listed above and understand my responsibilities in being able to
successfully earn one or more merit badges at this event.
PERMISSION TO PARTICIPATE. As parent/guardian of this scout, I hereby grant permission for him to participate in this event. Where necessary for the
subjects he has chosen, I also grant permission for him to be transported offsite in an appropriate vehicle operated by a licensed driver at least 21 years of age.
I fully understand there are certain risks of physical injury associated with some MBs and I agree to hold harmless the Bullitt County Public School System, Boy
Scout Troop 868 as hosts of this event, the volunteers who make the program possible, and any businesses or organizations that allow classes to be held on
their premises. In the event of serious injury, I authorize the Scout Leaders in charge of this event to secure immediate emergency medical treatment for this
minor child with the understanding that I will be contacted as soon as possible.
Make checks payable to BSA TROOP 868 and
Parent/Guardian mail or deliver to:
3917 Kurtz Ave, Louisville, KY 40229-1133.
Form and payment must be RECEIVED by Troop 868
Emergency Number(s) on or before Sunday, February 20, 2011.
BOY SCOUT TROOP 868
MERIT BADGE UNIVERSITY 2011
In cooperation with the Lincoln Heritage Council and the American Red Cross, the
following ADULT TRAINING COURSES will be offered in conjunction with MBU 2011.
Advance registration is required for all courses and should be submitted to us along with
your Unit Registration Form and Scout Registration Forms. There will be a fee for the
Red Cross CPR Training that must be submitted with the Adult Registration Form. All
other courses will be free, but advance registration is still required.
BOY SCOUT FAST START
This is supposed to be the first training course for new scout leaders. The course will
provide an overview of how a unit is organized, how leaders are selected, the role of the
chartering organization, and the role of the Unit Committee. This is a required course
for ALL registered leaders, including Committee Members. The class will last about an
hour and multiple sessions will be offered.
THIS IS SCOUTING
This class was formerly called New Leader Essentials. It picks up were Fast Start ends
and provides a basic introduction to the Boy Scout advancement program and the
various health and safety rules and regulations that are in place to insure the safety of
both youth and adult members in Scouting activities. Beginning this year, this course is
required for ALL registered leaders, including Committee Members. The class will last
about an hour and multiple sessions will be offered.
YOUTH PROTECTION TRAINING
This training in required at least every 2 years for ALL registered leaders, including
Committee Members. There is an on-line version of this course that some people
prefer, but not everyone has access to the Internet and there are also folks who just
simply prefer a classroom course to an on-line course. This will be the classroom
version of the YPT course. The class will take about an hour and multiple sessions will
JOB SPECIFIC TRAINING FOR SCOUTMASTERS
This is an all-day class. Part of the training will be classroom instruction and part will be
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all Scoutmasters and Assistant Scoutmasters. It is also recommended for the Troop
Committee Chairman, Unit Advancement Chairman, and any Committee Members who
sit on boards of review. It is appropriate for Webelos Leaders moving up into Boy
Scouting and any parent who simply wishes to understand more about Boy Scouting.
The course provides a comprehensive overview of the goals, structure, and methods of
the Boy Scouting program. The course will take about 6 hours. Lunch will be provided.
TROOP COMMITTEE CHALLENGE
This course is designed specifically with the parents who serve on the Unit Committee
in mind. The role of the Troop Committee is discussed. A good deal of the course is
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issues, getting more parent participation, etc. There is a great deal of brainstorming
and sharing of ideas to come up with solutions for the various challenges. The course
lasts about 3 hours and is a lot of fun. At least two sessions will be offered.
LEAVE NO TRACE
This will be an introductory course designed to educate scout leaders about the
principles of Leave No Trace. It will NOT provide any kind of Leave No Trace
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include suggested methods to use in teaching Leave No Trace principles to scouts.
The class will take about 90 minutes and two sessions will be offered.
CPR TRAINING AND CERTIFICATION ($40 Fee)
This is the full-blown American Red Cross CPR Certification course that costs $50~$60
to take just about anywhere else. The class will be broken into two 3-hour sessions.
The morning session will cover ADULT CPR. The afternoon session will cover
INFANT/CHILD CPR. Both sessions will include training on the use of an AED
(automated external defibulator) to shock a heart back into a normal rhythm. The $40
o re e p ls h te y u a e n r oh o re (o h r’ o e s n o t
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take both). Class size is limited.
ADULT TRAINING BOY SCOUT TROOP 868
REGISTRATION FORM MERIT BADGE UNIVERSITY
Saturday, February 26, 2011
While the scouts are working on their merit badges, this will be an excellent opportunity for adults to take many of the training courses
they need. After all, Every Scout deserves a Trained Leader .
Adult courses will offered at Roby Elementary School (located about a mile from Bullitt Lick Middle School). We will have maps and
driving directions available at MBU. Adults will need to provide their own transportation.
The starting / ending times of the adult courses have been planned so that leaders will be able to see that all their scouts get squared
away into their first period merit badge classes before heading off to take their own training courses. With the exception of those taking
the full-day Job Specific Training for Boy Scout Leaders course, adults will drive back to BLMS to help serve lunch and/or eat lunch with
The grid below shows the adult training courses that will be offered, the times, and how they align with the scouts' class schedule. To
register for an adult course, simply plan your day and circle the class(es) you wish to take and return this form along with your Unit and
Scout Registration Forms. Don't forget to include the $40 fee if you wish to take CPR.
MB Period 1
FAST THIS IS YPT JOB TROOP LEAVE American
START SCOUTING SPECIFIC COMMITTEE NO Red Cross
TRAINING CHALLENGE TRACE ADULT
FAST THIS IS YPT BOY
START SCOUTING SCOUT $40 FEE
MB Period 2
YPT (6½ Hrs) TRACE
FAST TROOP American
MB Period 3
START COMMITTEE Red Cross
FAST THIS IS CPR
THIS IS YPT cost if also
MB Period 4
Fees Submitted $
Adult's Name (PRINT clearly) Troop Number
Adult's Phone Number ( ______ ) ______________________ Position
MERIT BADGE COUNSELOR APPLICATION
BOY SCOUT TROOP 868 MOHAWK DISTRICT
Please type or print AND fill out completely. Social Security # _________________________
Name ______________________________________________ Age ____ Home Phone ( ) ____________________
Address ______________________________________________________ Other Phone ( ) _____________________
City _____________________________________________ State ____ Zip Code __________________
Email Address ____________________________________________________________________________
(Please mark one box.) I am willing to Counsel ( ) Only Scouts in Troop 868
( ) Scouts from any unit at any time (by appointment)
( ) Scouts from any unit but only at Troop 868 Merit Badge University
There are currently over 100 merit badges that Scouts may earn. Those designated with an asterisk (*) are required to be earned for the rank of Eagle
Scout. For each merit badge, the Boy Scouts of America has published a merit badge booklet that details most, if not all, of the information a Scout
needs to know in order to earn that merit badge. These booklets are available for purchase at the local Scout Shop for approximately $3 each. Scouts are
advised, but not required, to purchase the booklet in order to work on or earn a merit badge. Counselors, however, would typically want to own a merit
badge booklet for each badge they counsel.
American Business Cycling (*) Inventing Rifle Shooting
American Cultures Dentistry Journalism Rowing
American Heritage Disabilities Awareness Landscape Architecture Safety
American Labor Dog Care Law Salesmanship
Animal Science Drafting Leatherwork Scholarship
Archaeology Electricity Lifesaving (*) Scouting Heritage
Archery Electronics Mammal Study Scuba Diving
Architecture Emergency Preparedness (*) Medicine Sculpture
Art Energy Metalwork Shotgun Shooting
Astronomy Engineering Model Design & Building Skating
Athletics Entrepreneurship Motorboating Small-Boat Sailing
Automotive Maintenance Environmental Science (*) Music Snow Sports
Aviation Family Life (*) Nature Soil & Water Conservation
Backpacking Farm Mechanics Nuclear Science Space Exploration
Basketry Fingerprinting Oceanography Sports
Bird Study Fire Safety Orienteering Stamp Collecting
Bugling First Aid (*) Painting Surveying
Camping (*) Fish & Wildlife Mgmt Personal Fitness (*) Swimming (*)
Canoeing Fishing Personal Management (*) Textile
Chemistry Fly Fishing Pets Theater
Cinematography Forestry Photography Traffic Safety
Citizenship in the Community (*) Gardening Pioneering Truck Transportation
Citizenship in the Nation (*) Genealogy Plant Science Veterinary Medicine
Citizenship in the World (*) Geocaching Plumbing Water Sports
Climbing Geology Pottery Weather
Coin Collecting Golf Public Health Whitewater
Collections Graphic Arts Public Speaking Wilderness Survival (*)
Communications (*) Hiking (*) Pulp & Paper Wood Carving
Composite Materials Home Repairs Radio Woodwork
Computers Horsemanship Railroading
Cooking Indian Lore Reading
Crime Prevention Insect Study Reptile & Amphibian Study
By signing below, I certify that: I am at least 18 years old.
I am proficient by vocation, avocation, or special training in all the merit badge areas indicated above.
I am able and willing to work with boys of Scouting age (11~17 years old).
I am registered (or am registering at this time) with the Boy Scouts of America.
As a merit badge counselor, I agree to Adhere to the requirements of the merit badge, making no deletions or additions, ensuring that the advancement standards are fair and
uniform for all Scouts.
Adhere to BSA "two deep" youth protection guidelines.
Avoid any appearance of favoritism by not counseling my own son(s) except as part of a class or group teaching situation.
Renew my BSA registration annually if I continue as a merit badge counselor.
By submitting this application you are authorizing a Criminal Background Check of yourself. This check will be made from public record sources. You will have an opportunity to
review and challenge any adverse information disclosed by the check.
Signature ___________________________________________________________ Date __________________
Troop Approval _____________________________________________________ Date __________________
Council Approval _____________________________________________________ Date __________________