March 09 Boy Scout Roundtable Handout
American Business Engineering Photography
American Cultures Entrepreneurship Pioneering
American Heritage Environmental Science Plant Science
American Labor Family Life Plumbing
Animal Science Farm Mechanics Pottery
Archaeology Fingerprinting Public Health
Archery Fire Safety Public Speaking
Architecture First Aid Pulp and Paper
Art Fish and Wildlife Radio
Astronomy Management Railroading
Athletics Fishing Reading
Automotive Maintenance Fly Fishing Reptile and Amphibian
Aviation Forestry Study
Backpacking Gardening Rifle Shooting
Basketry Genealogy Rowing
Bird Study Geology Safety
Bugling Golf Salesmanship
Camping Graphic Arts Scholarship
Canoeing Hiking Sculpture
Chemistry Home Repairs Shotgun Shooting
Cinematography Horsemanship Skating
Citizenship in the Indian Lore Small-Boat Sailing
Community Insect Study Snow Sports
Citizenship in the Nation Journalism Soil and Water
Citizenship in the World Landscape Architecture Conservation
Climbing Law Space Exploration
Coin Collecting Leatherwork Sports
Collections Lifesaving Stamp Collecting
Communications Mammal Study Surveying
Composite Materials Medicine Swimming
Computers Metalwork Textile
Cooking Model Design and Building Theater
Crime Prevention Motorboating Traffic Safety
Cycling Music Truck Transportation
Dentistry Nature Veterinary Medicine
Disabilities Awareness Nuclear Science Water Sports
Dog Care Oceanography Weather
Drafting Orienteering Whitewater
Electricity Painting Wilderness Survival
Electronics Personal Fitness Wood Carving
Emergency Preparedness Personal Management Woodwork
Almost half of the Boy Scout Merit Badges require prior counselor approval for certain
requirements. The rest do not: " Any Boy Scout may earn any merit badge at any time...You are
expected to meet the requirements as they are stated—no more and no less." - Boy Scout
Requirements p. 22 - 23.
The Merit Badge Counselor Guide gives this instruction: "At the first meeting, the Scout and his
merit badge counselor review and start working on the requirements. In some cases, the Scout
may share with the merit badge counselor the work he has started or accomplished."
Merit Badges Requiring Prior Approval for Certain Requirements
American Heritage American Labor Architecture Art
#2b, 2c, 2d, 5a, 5 #2, 5c, 5d #3 #2a, 2b, 4
Astronomy Athletics Backpacking Cinematography
#9 #6b #11b #3a
Citizenship in the Citizenship in the
#5c #6e, #7c, 7d
#4b, 5, 7c #6
Crime Prevention Disabilities Awareness Engineering
#7b #5a #1
Environmental Science First Aid Forestry Geology
#3e3 #6c #5 #4a, 5c
Golf Graphic Arts Home Repairs Indian Lore
#8 #4a #2, 3, 4, 5, 6 #2b
Journalism Mammal Study Medicine Metalwork
#3b, 3c #5 #10 #5b, 3c3a
Model Design and Building Oceanography Painting Personal Fitness
#1, 3, 4a, 4c #8a, 8c #3 #7
Pets Photography Pioneering Pottery
#1 #4a, 4b #10 #7
Public Health Pulp and Paper Radio Safety
#5, 7 #7 #7 #2a
Salesmanship Scholarship Sculpture
#3 #4b #2c
Soil and Water
Sports Surveying Weather
#5 #2 #9a, 9b
Retrieved from "http://meritbadge.org/wiki/index.php/Merit_Badges_Requiring_Prior_Approval"
List of Merit Badges by Field of Study
Animal Science, Farm Mechanics
Arts and Crafts
Art, Basketry, Bugling, Leatherwork, Metalwork, Music, Pottery, Sculpture, Wood Carving
Business and Industry
American Business, Entrepreneurship, Pulp and Paper, Salesmanship, Textile
Environmental Science, Fish and Wildlife Management, Forestry, Soil and Water Conservation
Backpacking, Camping, Coin Collecting, Collections, Cooking, Dog Care, Gardening, Hiking,
Home Repairs, Indian Lore, Model Design and Building, Pets, Pioneering, Radio, Rowing, Stamp
Archaeology, Astronomy, Bird Study, Geology, Insect Study, Mammal Study, Nature,
Oceanography, Reptile and Amphibian Study, Weather
Cinematography, Journalism, Photography, Theater
American Cultures, American Heritage, Citizenship in the Community, Citizenship in the
Nation, Citizenship in the World, Communications, Disabilities Awareness, Family Life,
Genealogy, Personal Fitness, Personal Management, Public Speaking, Reading, Scholarship,
Traffic Safety, Wilderness Survival
Chemistry, Computers, Electricity, Electronics, Energy, Nuclear Science (Formerly Atomic
Energy), Space Exploration
Architecture, Dentistry, Engineering, Landscape Architecture, Law, Medicine, Surveying,
Crime Prevention, Emergency Preparedness, Fingerprinting, Fire Safety, First Aid, Lifesaving,
Public Health, Safety
Archery, Athletics, Canoeing, Climbing, Cycling, Fishing, Fly Fishing, Golf, Horsemanship,
Motorboating, Orienteering, Rifle Shooting, Shotgun Shooting, Skating, Small-Boat Sailing, Snow
Sports, Sports, Swimming, Water Sports, Whitewater
American Labor, Auto Mechanics, Composite Materials, Drafting, Graphic Arts, Painting,
Aviation, Railroading, Truck Transportation
Note: Merit Badges shown in bold are Eagle-required.
1. Discuss with your counselor proper disability etiquette and person first language. Explain
why these are important.
2. Visit an agency that works with people with physical, mental, emotional, or educational
disabilities. Collect and read information about the agency's activities. Learn about
opportunities its members have for training, employment, and education.
3. Do TWO of the following:
a. Talk to a Scout who has a disability and learn about his experiences taking part in Scouting
activities and earning different merit badges.
b. Talk to an individual who has a disability and learn about this person's experiences and the
activities in which this person likes to participate.
c. Learn how people with disabilities take part in a particular adaptive sport or recreational
activity. Discuss what you have learned with your counselor.
d. Learn about independent living aids such as service animals, canes, and teletypewriters
(TTYs). Discuss with your counselor how people use such aids.
4. Visit TWO of the following locations and take notes about the accessibility to people with
disabilities. In your notes, give examples of five things that could be done to improve
upon the site and five things about the site that make it friendly to people with disabilities.
Discuss your observations with your counselor.
a. Your school
b. Your place of worship
c. Your Scout camping site
d. A public exhibit or attraction (such as a theater, museum, or park)
5. Explain what advocacy is. Do ONE of the following advocacy activities:
a. Present a counselor approved disabilities awareness program to a Cub Scout pack or other
group. During your presentation, explain and use person first language.
b. Find out about disability awareness education programs in your school or school system, or
contact a disability advocacy agency. Volunteer with a program or agency for eight hours.
c. Using resources such as disability advocacy agencies, government agencies, the Internet (with
your parent's permission), and news magazines, learn about myths and misconceptions that
influence the general public's understanding of people with disabilities. List 10 myths and
misconceptions about people with disabilities and learn the facts about each myth. Share your list
with your counselor, then use it to make a presentation to a Cub Scout pack or other group.
6. Make a commitment to your merit badge counselor describing what you will do to show a
positive attitude about people with disabilities and to encourage positive attitudes among
others. Discuss how your awareness has changed as a result of what you have learned.
7. Name five professions that provide services to people with disabilities. Pick one that
interests you and find out the education, training, and experience required for this
profession. Discuss what you learn with your counselor, and tell why this profession
1. Do the following:
a. Explain the precautions that must be taken when handling, storing, and disposing of resins,
reinforcements, and other materials used in composites. Include in your discussion the
importance of health, safety, and environmental responsibility and awareness.
b. Describe what a material safety data sheet (MSDS) is and tell why it is used.
2. Do the following:
a. Explain what are composite materials. Include a brief history of composites and how they have
b. Compare the similarities and differences between composites and wood, aluminum, copper,
and steel. Explain the physical, electrical, mechanical, corrosive, flammability, cost, and other
such properties. For each of these raw materials, give one example for how it can be shaped and
used for a specific application.
3. Describe how composite materials are made. Then do the following:
a. Discuss three different composite reinforcement materials, their positive and negative
characteristics, and their uses. Obtain the MSDS for each one and discuss the toxicity, disposal,
and safe-handling sections for these materials.
b. Discuss three different resins used in composites, their positive and negative characteristics,
and their uses. Obtain the MSDS for each one and discuss the toxicity, disposal, and safe-
handling sections for these materials. Include thermoset resins and thermoplastic resins in your
c. For each of the three resins you chose for requirement 3b, think of a new application that might
be worth developing.
4. With your parent's permission and your counselor's approval do ONE of the following:
a. Visit a company that manufactures or repairs products made with composites. Discuss what
you learn with your counselor.
b. Find three composites-related Web sites. Share and discuss what you learn with your
5. Do the following:
a. Use composite materials to complete two projects, at least one of which must come from the
Composite Materials merit badge pamphlet. The second project may come from the pamphlet OR
may be one you select on your own that has been approved by your counselor in advance.
b. With your counselor's assistance, find an appropriate site where the projects can be safely
completed under your counselor's supervision and/or the supervision of an adult approved by
your counselor who is knowledgeable about composites.
c. With your counselor, determine how the finished projects will be evaluated. Using those
guidelines, evaluate the completed projects with your counselor.
6. Find out about three career opportunities in composite materials. Pick one and find out
the education, training, and experience required for this profession. Discuss this with your
counselor, and explain why this profession might interest you.
Beam Me Aboard
One scout walks out and one hides with the "board".
The first scout acts like he is calling the "Star Trek" ship with the flip walky talky and says "Beam
me a board!"
Then the second scout tosses the board onto stage and the first Scout says "Thank you" and
carries the board away (or if at a campfire, adds it to the fire.)
2 scouts and one board or piece of wood
Keep away from people who try to belittle
your ambitions. Small people always do
that, but the really great make you feel that
you, too, can become great.
- Mark Twain