Merit Badge Day

August 27, 2022  |  8:00 am - 5:00 pm

Christ Church Sugar Land
3300 Austin Parkway
Sugar Land TX 77479

The Merit Badge Day is an opportunity for Scouts in troops, crews or ships to work on requirements for up to three merit badges. 

All classes are full.


These are not give-away merit badges, and this is not a merit badge factory. Each Scout is expected to fulfill all the requirements by reading the merit badge book ahead of time, attending classes and doing prerequisites. Scouts are expected to participate fully during the class in order to receive full credit for the requirements completed onsite. 

Adult volunteers are required to offer this event. Every unit with Scouts participating is expected to provide volunteers.

Please arrive at 7:45 am for morning classes and 12:00 pm for afternoon classes to check-in.

Registration

The registration fee is $25 for the first class and free for any additional classes within the same registration; the fee includes lunch. 

Important: Before registering, check the school and troop calendar for conflicts. Check which merit badges the Scout has already completed. The Scout should discuss which merit badges they should sign up for with their Scoutmaster or troop advancement chair. 

BSA ID Number: Have the Scout's BSA ID number ready before registering. The Scout is critical to identifying the Scouts in Scoutbook to ensure the Scout gets credit for requirements completed. The BSA ID number can be found: • Scoutbook (1. click on My Dashboard, 2. for a Scout - click on name of Scout, or for adult - click on My Account, 3. select Edit Profile), • MyScouting.org (1. click on the upper right icon 2. select My Profile), • BSA membership card, • ask the unit leader to check the unit roster

Changes: Class changes can be made after registering. 

Registration is completed online using credit card or electronic check. There is no onsite registration. Council refund policy.

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Merit Badges and Prerequisites

Some of the merit badges cannot be completed in the time we have which will result in a partial completion of the merit badge. Uncompleted requirements and/or prerequisites will be addressed by the respective Scouts and troops. There may be some requirements in addition to the prerequisites that are not completed. For all merit badges, the Scout must read the merit badge book prior to the event and take it to the class.

An Application for Merit Badges (blue cards) is not required; a few weeks after the event, all of the completed requirements will be posted directly into Scoutbook by the merit badge counselor. Scouts will also receive a list of requirements completed before leaving the event.

Merit Badges
(click  on  class for requirements)

Status

AM

PM

All Day

Prerequisites and Partials

Citizenship in the Nation Full   Prerequisite: Read merit badge book
#2,3,6,8 must bring merit badge book is not covered
Citizenship in the World Full   Prerequisite: Read merit badge book
#3a, 3b, 4b or 4c and two of 7a, 7b, 7c 7d or 7e is not covered
Citizenship in the Society Full   Prerequisite: Read merit badge book
Chess Full   Prerequisite: Read merit badge book
• Bring a chess set if you have one
Communication Full     Prerequisite: Read merit badge book
• Bring #2
#5, 8 is not covered
Crime Prevention & 
Fingerprinting 
Full     Prerequisite: Read both merit badge books
Digital Technology Full     Prerequisite: Read merit badge book; bring verification of completing the Cyber Chip
• Bring a tablet or laptop with wifi, merit badge book, email address
Engineering Full     Prerequisite: Read merit badge book
Environmental Science Full     Prerequisite: Read merit badge book; recommended for Scouts ages 13+
Family Life Full     Prerequisite: Read merit badge book
#3, 4, 5, 6, 11 and TBD is not covered
First Aid Full     Prerequisite: Read merit badge book; must have completed all first aid requirements for Tenderfoot through First Class rank (refer to #1).
• Bring #5a (first aid kit)
#5b is not covered
Genealogy Full     Prerequisite: Read merit badge book
Indian Lore Full     Prerequisite: Read merit badge book
Nuclear Science Full     Prerequisite: Read merit badge book
NOVA Woosh! Full     This is not a merit badge. Learn more about the STEM Nova program.
Prerequisite: #2 (must have completed one of the badges listed)
Personal Fitness Full     Prerequisite: Read merit badge book
#1, 7, 8 is not covered
BSA Annual Health and Medical Record (Part A, B, C entitled Are You Going to Camp?) which requires a physical signed by a physician
• Wear activity uniform (e.g., Scout shirt) and appropriate clothes for the fitness test including tennis shoes
Photography Full     Prerequisite: Read merit badge book; bring verification of completing the Cyber Chip
• Bring camera, and 12 digital pictures that you are willing to share for #4, 5.
Service Hours Full   Scouts who do not have a morning or evening class can earn four service hours for advancement. This is not a merit badge.
Traffic Safety Full     ♦   Prerequisite: Read merit badge book

How to Register or Update a Registration

Click on the registration link, then click Register. 

Step 1: Select a participant: 
Step 2: If applicable, 
Step 3: Select a class 
Repeat step 2 and 3: , if needed if more than one class is offered in a day.
Continue steps 1, 2 and 3 for additional participants

Step 4: Review the schedule.
Step 5:  
Step 6:
Step 7: Select payment type  
Step 8: 

Classes that are full will not appear.

Change Classes

To modify your registration:

What to Bring

Partials and Completions

Attending a merit badge class does not guarantee that a Scout will complete the merit badge, but it is an opportunity for Scouts to meet with qualified counselors, to help them work on the requirements needed to complete a merit badge.

Prerequisites: For all classes, the Scout must read the merit badge book prior to the event. Some merit badges have additional prerequisites.

Requirements not covered: Some of the requirements cannot be completed during the class. The Scout should bring documentation of requirements not covered. If the Scout does not complete the requirements not covered and bring documentation to the class, the Scout will receive a partial completion of the merit badge. Scouts who do not complete all the requirements for a particular merit badge will need to complete the badge with a registered merit badge counselor approved for that particular badge back with their unit. 

An Application for Merit Badges (blue cards) for each merit badge signed by the unit leader will need to be taken to the class. The merit badge counselor will document all requirements completed on the blue card and return it to the Scout before the Scout leaves the class. 

General Rules

  1. Scouts need to have read the merit badge pamphlet before Merit Badge Fair and be prepared for each of the requirements.
  2. Attendance in class does not mean a Scout will complete the merit badge.
  3. Scouts who do not complete all the requirements for a particular merit badge at Merit Badge Fair will need to complete the badge with a registered merit badge counselor approved for that particular badge back in their unit.
  4. Merit Badge Fair is not a program that guarantees advancement, but it is an opportunity for Scouts to meet with qualified counselors, to help them work on merit badges needed for advancement.
  5. Classes will not all end at the same time; therefore, Scouts will be required to go to a common activity area when their class concludes. Roaming of the halls and grounds will not be allowed. 
  6. Scouts are not to leave the Merit Badge Fair without checking with the adult volunteer from their troop and the registration table.
  7. If a Scout is unable to attend once registered, please use the link provided in the emailed receipt to delete the class so a spot can be opened up for another Scout. Council Refund Policy.
  8. Scouts who have not read the merit badge book and are not prepared for the class may be asked to leave the class.
  9. Scouts that do not behave appropriately in class will be asked to leave. 
  10. There will be no refunds for those asked to leave a class because of failure to be prepared, wear their uniform, or because of behavior. 

Event Volunteers

It is the purpose of the event to provide an exciting program for youth and young adults to build character, to train in the responsibilities of participating citizenship and to develop personal fitness. Providing advancement opportunities is a primary part of this educational program. The Merit Badge Fair can only be offered to our Scouts if adults assist in running the event.  

Volunteer

 
Event Staff  Successful Scouts have the support and guidance of parents. The parents are a treasure trove of information that can benefit every youth in our leadership program. Your encouragement and occasional “refocusing of purpose” that Scouts your child’s age require will be invaluable. The successful leader in Scouts learns quickly to be successful in everything they attempt.

Adults are needed to set up the facilities before the fair starts, handle registration, act as "roamers" to look out for issues that need to be resolved, assist the merit badge counselors, and to help clean-up after the event is over.  Volunteers who work directly with the youth must have current Youth Protection Training. YPT can be taken at myScouting.org

Merit Badge Counselors Merit badge counselors are needed to run the merit badge classes. Merit badge counselors must be registered with the council and have up to date Youth Protection Training. YPT can be taken atmyScouting.org. It is our goal for the Scouts to be afforded opportunities to share resources from other troops with diverse occupations and skills. Participants will be expected to complete all the requirements as indicated by the Boy Scouts of America. Merit badge counselors should wear their Scout uniform if possible.  

The merit badge counselor is a key player in the advancement program. Whatever your area of expertise or interest—whether it is a special craft or hobby (basketry, leatherwork, coin collecting), a profession (veterinary medicine, aviation, engineering), or perhaps a life skill (cooking, personal management, communications)—as a merit badge counselor, you can play a vital role in stirring a young Scout's curiosity about that particular topic. By serving as a merit badge counselor, you offer your time, knowledge, and other resources so that Scouts can explore a topic of interest

Scouting Safely

Safety is Your Responsibility posterThe BSA's Commitment to Safety is ongoing and we want you to know that the safety of our youth, volunteers, staff, and employees cannot be compromised. The Boy Scouts of America puts the utmost importance on the safe and healthy environments for its youth membership. The Sam Houston Area Council takes great strides to ensure the safety of its youth as well as the adult volunteer leadership that interacts with them. 

BSA Guide to Safe Scouting policies must be followed. All participants must follow Youth Protection Guidelines at all Scouting events. Highlights include:

  • Two-deep leadership on all outings required.  
  • One-on-one contact between adults and youth members is prohibited. 
  • The buddy system should be used at all times. 
  • Discipline must be constructive.

Health and safety must be integrated into everything we do, to the point that no injuries are acceptable beyond those that are readily treatable by Scout-rendered first aid. As an aid in the continuing effort to protect participants in a Scout activity, the BSA National Health and Safety Committee and the Council Services Division of the BSA National Council have developed the "Sweet Sixteen" of BSA safety procedures for physical activity. These 16 points, which embody good judgment and common sense, are applicable to all activities.

Youth Protection Guidelines     Guide to Safe Scouting      Sweet Sixteen      Enterprise Risk Management

Contacts

For questions, please contact Joanna Ouderkirk.