Merit Badge Day

August 12, 2017 (tentative)
Christ United Methodist Church
(3300 Austin Parkway, Sugar Land 77479)
8:00 - 5:00 pm

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 give-away 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.​

There will be a Life to Eagle Scout presentation at lunch for those interested. This presentation is for Life Scouts and Star Scouts and their parents. There is no cost for this presentation.

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.

  2016 Schedule          2016 Merit Badge Pre-requisites

Registration

Registration is going to be done through Doubleknot. This is a different registration system than what has been used in the past. The cost to register is $6.50 for the first Scout and $5 for each additional Scout. Lunch can be purchased for $6. Lunch includes a Chick-fil-A sandwich, chips and bottled water. Select merit badges have an additional fee.

Registration opens in July.           Volunteer

Registration can by completed by individuals (recommended) or by the troop leaders. Scouts must contact their Scoutmaster before registering to discuss which merit badges they should select.  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

What to Bring

Scouts should arrive early and bring:

  • BSA Annual Health and Medical Record (Parts A & B for all Scouting events)
  • Field uniform (Scout uniform) is encouraged
  • A merit badge card for each merit badge class taken (signed by his Scoutmaster).
  • Paper and writing utensil
  • Water bottle
  • Prerequisites documentation
  • Merit badge book for each class (use current requirements) that has been read prior to the event; purchsed at the Scout Shop
  • Water and snacks
  • Lunch, if not pre-purchased

Adult Volunteers

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.

Event Staff 

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 boys your son’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, 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 boys 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. The boys 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        

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. BSA Guide to Safe Scouting policies must be followed and all participants must follow youth protection guidelines at all Scouting events. Highlights include:

  • Two-deep leadership on all outings required.  
  • No one-on-one contact between adults and youth members. 
  • The buddy system should be used at all times. 
  • Discipline must be constructive.

Youth Protection Guidelines     Guide to Safe Scouting     Enterprise Risk Management

Contacts

If you have any questions regarding the event, contact the district advancement chair.