August 11, 2018 | 8:00 - 5:00 pm
3300 Austin Parkway
Sugar Land, TX 77479
The Merit Badge Day is an opportunity for Boy Scouts or Venturers, of any rank, to work on merit badge requirements. Scouts who are First Class rank are limited to one Eagle Scout required merit badge. These are not giveaway merit badges, and this is not a merit badge factory. Each Scout is expected to prepare ahead of time (by reading the merit badge book and completing prerequisites), and to participate fully during the course in order to receive credit for the requirements completed. All Scouts are required to bring signed blue cards in order to work on merit badges.
Adult participation is required to offer this event. Every unit is expected to provide at least one volunteer for every six Scouts attending. Additional volunteers are needed and appreciated.
The cost to register is $11.50 for the first Scout and $10 for each additional Scout. Lunch is included. Registration can be completed by individuals (recommended) or by the troop leaders. At checkout, pay with a credit card, electronic check, or PayPal.
Due to popularity, and availability of counselors, some classes will fill up quickly. Scouts who register early have the best chance of getting the classes they want. Class sizes are limited. Scout can sign up for a morning and afternoon class or an all-day class.
Important: Check which merit badges the Scout has already completed. Have the Scout discuss which merit badges they should sign up for with their Scoutmaster or troop advancement chair. Before registering, check the Scout's school, sports and troop calendar for conflicts.
Register Merit Badge Classes and Prerequisites Volunteer
Check for additional merit badge class opportunities on the council Scout Days webpage.
How to Register - Click on the Register button
Step 1: Select a participant
Step 2: Select a category (morning)
Step 3: Choose merit badge (click “+” sign)
Repeat step 2 and 3 for afternoon class
Continue steps 1, 2 and 3 for additional participants
Step 4: Review the schedule at the bottom of the page
Step 5: Click continue and the bottom of the page
Step 6: Checkout
Step 7: Payment
Classes that are full will not show up.
What to Bring
Scouts should arrive early and bring:
Adult participation is required to offer this event. Every unit with Scouts participating is expected to provide at least one volunteer for every six Scouts attending. Additional volunteers are needed and appreciated. Adults can serve on event staff or as merit badge counselors.
Successful Scouts have the support and guidance of parents. The parents are a treasure trove of information that can benefit every young man in our leadership program. Your encouragement and occasional refocusing of purpose that Scouts the same 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, drivers, 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 www.myScouting.org.
Volunteer for Staff
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 at www.myScouting.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 Boy Scout 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 man'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.
Volunteer as a Merit Badge Counselor
The 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
If you have any questions regarding the event, contact the district advancement chair or the Merit Badge Day chair, Russ Boullion 832-318-2444