For more information: www.nnjbsa.org; email@example.com TWIN VALLEYS DISTRICT Merit Badge Fair 2010 Saturday, November 20, 2010 8 AM – 12 PM St. John the Evangelist Roman Catholic Church Conlon Hall (Gym) William Street (near Main St. and Washington Ave.) Bergenfield, NJ Always Learning Always Earning AVAILABLE BADGES American Heritage Citizenship in the Community Citizenship in the Nation Citizenship in the World Coin Collecting Communications Computers Disability Awareness Dog Care Emergency Preparedness no cnslr yet Environmental Science Family Life First Aid Personal Fitness Personal Management Pets Reading no cnslr yet Scholarship Sports Centennial Badges: Pathfinding, Tracking and Signaling All scouts must wear official BSA uniform in order to participate. Register by November 14, 2010 Be Prepared. TWIN VALLEYS DISTRICT MERIT BADGE FAIR 2010 Always Learning Always Earning PROCEDURES/RULES Participation: 1. Merit Badge Fair is open to any registered Boy Scout regardless of district or council affiliation. 2. All Scouts MUST wear official BSA uniform, no T-Shirts. No uniform, no participation 3. All participants and guests are to follow the Scout Oath and Law 4. Any Scout will be denied access to the program for failing to abide by the rules. Fees: Free Registration Procedures: Seats are limited in all merit badges and are distributed on a first come first serve basis. Therefore, register early to get into the merit badge program. No Walk-in registrations will be permitted. Counselor contact information is provided as a link on the Twin Valleys District website. 1. Scouts should contact Merit Badge Counselors, volunteering for this event, via phone or e-mail to schedule an appointment to have their requirements reviewed. If the counselor already has eight scouts registered, he will direct the boy to call another counselor on the 11/20 volunteer list. 2. Sessions will be scheduled for 15 to 30 minutes Requirements: 1. Review the prerequisites in this packet for each merit badge and plan accordingly. 2. All Scouts are required to bring with them the following items: a. Blue cards signed by your Scoutmaster or his designee. Blue cards will not be made available to Scouts at the event. b. Prerequisites for your merit badge as listed in this packet. Certain requirements may need verification from Scoutmaster or another adult. Bring a signed letter describing your completion of a requirement to get credit. c. MB worksheets for merit badges are available at www.meritbadge.com and www.usscouts.com . Print out and complete the worksheets. (Additionally, we strongly recommend bringing the official Merit Badge Booklets or find requirements at http://www.scouting.org/sitecore/content/Home/BoyScouts/Advancem entandAwards/MeritBadges.aspx.) d. Paper or notebook e. Writing instrument – pen, pencil 3. Completion of a merit badge is not guaranteed by your attendance. All work required must be done and approved. (Nothing more, nothing less!) Scouts will earn credit for those items completed. Those items will be indicated and signed off on the back of the blue card. Troop Adult Participation: At least one adult from each troop with Scouts participating in the event is invited to stay in case of an emergency. Tables and seating are provided near the registration area. Please be advised merit badge sessions will also be held nearby. Accordingly, please keep area quiet. Adults are requested to remain in this area, please do not wander around the facilities. Food Concessions: o Food/Drinks/Snacks will be available for purchase o Concessions are run by Troop139 Be Prepared. TWIN VALLEYS DISTRICT MERIT BADGE FAIR 2010 Always Learning Always Earning MERIT BADGE PREREQUISITES AMERICAN HERITAGE – See Merit Badge Booklet · Print out worksheets at www.meritbadge.com or www.usscouts.com . Fill in as many answers in advance. · Read the Declaration of Independence. Pay close attention to the section that begins with "We hold these truths to be self-evident" and ends with "to provide new Guards for future security." Rewrite that section in your own words, making it as easy to understand as possible. Then share your writing with your merit badge counselor and discuss the importance of the Declaration of Independence. · Select two individuals from American history, one a political leader (a president, senator, etc.) and the other a private citizen (a writer, religious leader, etc.). Find out about each person's accomplishments and compare the contributions each has made to America's heritage. · Interview three people in your community of different ages and occupations. Ask these people what America means to them, what they think is special about this country, and what American traditions they feel are important to preserve. · Do the following: A) Select a topic that is currently in the news. Describe to your counselor what is happening. Explain how today's events are related to or affected by the events and values of America's past. B) For each of the following, describe its adoption, tell about any changes since its adoption, and explain how each one continues to influence Americans today: the flag, the Pledge of Allegiance, the seal, the motto, and the national anthem. C) Research your family's history. Find out how various events and situations in American history affected your family. Share what you find with your counselor. Tell why your family came to America. · Do the following: A) Research an event of historical importance that took place in or near your area. If possible, visit the place. Tell your counselor about the event and how it affected local history. Describe how the area looked then and what it now looks like. B) Find out when, why, and how your town or neighborhood started, and what ethnic, national, or racial groups played a part. Find out how the area has changed over the past 50 years and try to explain why. · Watch two motion pictures that are set in some period of American history. Describe to your counselor how accurate each film is with regard to the historical events depicted and also with regard to the way the characters are portrayed. CITIZENSHIP IN THE COMMUNITY – See Merit Badge Booklet • Print out worksheets at www.meritbadge.com or www.usscouts.com . Fill in as many answers in advance. • Bring map of local community • Attend a government meeting (bring proof such as a meeting agenda signed by an adult leader) • After visiting the governmental meeting, obtain and bring a copy of that body’s published budget CITIZENSHIP IN THE NATION – See Merit Badge Booklet • Print out worksheets at www.meritbadge.com or www.usscouts.com . Fill in as many answers in advance. • Bring copy of the Declaration of Independence (in MB Booklet) • Bring copy of the U.S. Constitution (in MB Booklet) • Bring copy of letter to either of your Senators or Congressman with any response Be Prepared. TWIN VALLEYS DISTRICT MERIT BADGE FAIR 2010 Always Learning Always Earning MERIT BADGE PREREQUISITES CITIZENSHIP IN THE WORLD – See Merit Badge Booklet • Print out worksheets at www.meritbadge.com or www.usscouts.com . Fill in as many answers in advance. • Bring copy of foreign exchange rates from a newspaper or from the web • Bring map of the world (4.b.) COIN COLLECTING – See Merit Badge Booklet Use Coin Collectioning worksheet from www.meritbadge.com or www.usscouts.com and bring to class. Req. 6: (a) Be prepared to demonstrate to counselor that you know how to use two US or world coin reference catalogs. (b) Be prepared to tell your counselor what you learned after reading a numinsmatic magazine or newspaper. Req. 7: Bring five quarters from the State Quarters Program Req. 8: Bring required coins Req. 9: Select A, B, C or D and bring items Req. 10: Complete prior to meeting but proof is required. COMMUNICATIONS - See Merit Badge Booklet Use Communications worksheet from www.meritbadge.com or www.usscouts.com and bring to class. Req. 1: Complete before meeting and submit a copy of your typed or neatly handwritten log, journal, notes or list to the counselor. Req. 2: Be prepared to present to the counselor. Req. 3: Write a five-minute speech. Practice and bring your outline and speech. Each scout will give their speech to the counselor. Relax and be yourself. Req. 4: Be prepared to present to the counselor. Req. 5, 7, and 8: Complete these before the session but proof is required. Req. 6: Develop and carry out a plan to teach a skill or inform someone. Submit your typed or neatly handwritten plan and results to the counselor. Req. 9: Be prepared to discuss with counselor COMPUTERS - See Merit Badge Booklet For the Computer Merit Badge, the Scouts should be familiar with the requirements, should do most of the research, AND have completed requirements 4 and 5 below: 4. Do THREE of the following: a. Use a database manager to create a troop roster, providing name, rank, patrol, and telephone number of each Scout. Sort the register by rank, by patrol, and alphabetically by name. b. Use a spreadsheet program to develop a weekend campout food budget for your patrol. c. Use a word processor to write a letter to parents of your troop's Scouts, inviting them to a court of honor. Use the mail merge feature to make a personalized copy of the letter for each family. d. Use a computer graphics program to design and draw a campsite plan for your troop. 5. Do TWO of the following: a. Visit a business or industry that uses computers. Study what the computer accomplishes and be prepared to discuss what you observed. b. Use a computer attached to a local area network or equipped with a modem to connect to a computer network or bulletin board service such as Prodigy, CompuServe, or America Online. Send a message to someone on the network or download a program or file from the network. c. Use a general-purpose programming language to write a program application of your choice, subject to approval by your counselor. Also, to make everyone's life easier, use the form at www.meritbadge.com or www.usscouts.com to demonstrate knowledge. DISABILITY AWARENESS – See Merit Badge Booklet Prerequisites: Complete Requirements 2, 3, 4, 5 and 7 prior to the Merit Badge Fair DOG CARE – See Merit Badge Booklet Req. #2: Bring picture or sketch of a dog to identify 10 body parts Req. #4: Bring two-month log signed by parent or guardian Req. #8: Bring proof of a visit to veterinary hospital or an animal shelter Req. #9: Copy of local laws and ordinances involving dogs in your community Be Prepared. TWIN VALLEYS DISTRICT MERIT BADGE FAIR 2010 Always Learning Always Earning MERIT BADGE PREREQUISITES EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS - See Merit Badge Booklet Req. #1: Bring proof of earning the First Aid merit badge Req. #2(b): Bring chart demonstrating your understanding of the three aspects of emergency preparedness with regard to ten of the items listed. (Must include items 1 to 5 plus 5 more.) Req. #6(c): Bring name of your community’s disaster/emergency response coordinator Req. #7: Bring proof of your involvement in an emergency service project. Req. #8(a): Bring written troop mobilization plan Req. #8(b): Bring proof of participation in a troop mobilization exercise. Req. #8(c): Bring a personal service emergency pack and a family emergency kit. ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENECE – See Merit Badge Booklet Please complete the following prerequisites in advance. Req. #1 Req. #3: a) Ecology 1 or 2 b) Air Pollution 1 or 2 c) Water Pollution 1 or 2 d) Land Pollution 1 or 2 e) Endangered Species 1 or 2 f) Resource Recovery 1 or 2 Req. #4 Req. #5(a) or (b) Req. #6 AND Req. #7 FAMILY LIFE - See Merit Badge Booklet Req. #2: Written list of ten reasons why you are important to your family Req. #3: Bring chart of at least 5 home duties or chores for 90 days. Req. #4: Bring written report on a completed project at home describing the project and how it benefited your family. Review all requirements and be ready to discuss each item required. FIRST AID – See Merit Badge Booklet Req. #1: Must either be First Class rank or higher. If not, bring a letter from Scoutmaster stating that you have completed all first aid requirements for Tenderfoot, Second Class, and First Class. Req. #2(b): Bring first aid kit from your home. CPR requirement cannot be completed at the Merit Badge Fair Review all requirements in advance. PERSONAL FITNESS – See Merit Badge Booklet Print out worksheets at www.meritbadge.com or www.usscouts.com . Fill in as many answers in advance. Req. #1(a): Bring a copy of your completed medical form Req. #1(b): Bring a statement from Dentist stating that your teeth have been checked and cared for. Req. #7: Prepare a comprehensive 12 week physical fitness program incorporation the endurance, intensity, and warm-up guidelines as discussed in the merit badge booklet. Req. #8: Complete the physical fitness program you outlined. Bring log of your fitness program activity. If not completed, bring in the log you are using. Be Prepared. TWIN VALLEYS DISTRICT MERIT BADGE FAIR 2010 Always Learning Always Earning MERIT BADGE PREREQUISITES PERSONAL MANAGEMENT – See Merit Badge Booklet Print out worksheets at www.meritbadge.com or www.usscouts.com . Fill in as many answers in advance. Req. #1(b): Bring written plan on how your family would save money to purchase item discussed in Req. #1(a). Req. #1(d) (1), (2): Bring in proof of shopping strategy to purchase item in Req. #1(a). Req. #2: Bring in comparison of budget to actual income and spending for 13 consecutive weeks. Req. #5: Bring in business section of a newspaper. Req. #8(a): Write a to-do list. Req. #8(b): Write your planned seven-day schedule Req. #8(c): Follow schedule and document your actual schedule and document deviations. Req. #9: Prepare a written project plan demonstrating the steps listed. Review all requirements and be ready to discuss each item required. PETS – See Merit Badge Booklet Req. #1: Letter from a parent with a picture will be acceptable. Req. #3: Bring a book or a pamphlet about the particular animal. Req. #4: Whichever option, proof can also be in the form of a letter from a parent. READING - See Merit Badge Booklet Req. #1: List six books selected and read Req. #2: List selected readings and be ready to discuss Req. #3: Bring completed order form and be ready to discuss Req. #4: Proof of service project, letter from an adult verifying your participation SCHOLARSHIP - See Merit Badge Booklet Req. #1: Bring in report card either showing at least a B average or improvement from one semester to the next. Req. #2(b): Bring in proof of interview of two people. Req. #3: Obtain a note from your school principal or his designee. Req. #4: Show proof that you have participated in an extracurricular school activity. Req. #5: Bring 400-word essay on “How school training will be of value to me in the future”. CENTENNIAL MERIT BADGES – TRACKING, PATHFINDING, SIGNALING CONTACT MERIT BADGE COUNSELOR REGARDING PREREQUISITES. Be Prepared.