Merit Badge Day
Scout Spirit, Active, Special Needs, Eagle Projects, Scoutmaster Conferences,
Boards of Review, Appeals, Courts of Honor, Time Extensions, and more.
A Merit Badge Day may also be known as a:
⇿ Merit Badge Academy ⇿ Merit Badge Clinic ⇿ Merit Badge College ⇿ Merit Badge Conference ⇿ Merit Badge Camp ⇿ Merit Badge Festival ⇿ Merit Badge Jamboree ⇿ Merit Badge Midway ⇿ Merit Badge Seminar ⇿ Merit Badge University ⇿ Merit Badge Weekend ⇿ Merit Badge Workshop
Merit badge days are often hosted by local councils, districts, troops, civic groups, fraternities, or chartered organizations and held at a college campus, high school, civic area or during a camporee. Many merit badge events are held once a year, often in the fall, winter, or spring.
The largest merit badge event is the National Jamboree Merit Badge Midway, established at Fort A.P. Hill. Since 1981, this program has been held at each jamboree and is expected to feature hundreds of counselors offering nearly 100 merit badges to thousands of Boy Scouts at the 2010 National Scout Jamboree.
A merit badge event let's Scouts learn about sports, crafts, science, trades, business, and future careers. An event may focus on a single merit badge or a variety of fields that might not normally be available. Observatories, planetariums, parks, museums, ships, colleges, universities, police, and fire departments may offer special events available only to Scouts and only one day each year. Scouts might learn first-hand from dentists, veterinaries, doctors, lawyers, financial planners, engineers, chemists, artists, astronomers, scientists, firemen, policemen, and other experts.
Many merit badge events also offer training in the skills needed through the First Class Rank as well as adult and youth leader training. Regardless of the setting or topics, the goal is to have fun as you learn new skills and gain knowledge.
Often certain requirements must be completed outside of the merit badge day either as preparation or in completing the work with a merit badge counselor back home. A merit badge day might include four 2-hour sessions. Depending on the content, one merit badge might require one, two or all four sessions.
Merit Badges Offered
A merit badge day may focus on a single merit badge or offer a variety of topics such as:
Scouts must be tested individually
|— Advancement Policies #33088|
Each Scout demostrates the skills and knowledge for each requirement. Many merit badge events use Merit Badge Worksheets to allow Merit Badge Counselors to offer group instruction but still test each Scout individually. The counselor can see who is understanding and who will need more time. Optioonal worksheets require the Scout to be an active listener, not just hearing words, but understanding concepts.
Cub Scout & Webelos Events
Similar Cub Scout events, sometimes called Loopapaloza's or Cub-O-Ree's, may include games and fun that often naturally lead into belt loops. These may be offered at the same time as a merit badge event or as a separate event. These events may focus on Cub Scout Academics belt loops such as Heritages, Language and Culture, Map and Compass, Science, and Weather. They might also cover Cub Scout Sports belt loops such as Badminton, Flag Football, Softball, Ultimate, and Volleyball.
A Webelos Day or Webelos Workshop may be scheduled to coincide with other events or as a separate event. For indoor settings, Webelos might work on Readyman, Citizen, Scientist, Craftsman, or Engineer. In outdoor settings, Webelos Days might include Outdoorsman, Aquanaut, Naturalist, Forester, or Geologist. Webelos Worksheets for all 20 Activity Badges.
Boy Scout Requirements and Policies
- Registered "as a merit badge counselor" - Advancement Policies #33088, p. 13
- Approved "for each specific merit badge." - Advancement Policies #33088, p. 13
- Trained "in the aims of Scouting and in advancement procedures." - Advancement Policies #33088, p. 13
- Each Scout is individually reviewed
- "In the end, the Scout must be reviewed individually by the counselor to ensure completion of the badges requirements." - Advancement Policies #33088, p. 26
- "You are expected to meet the requirements as they are stated -- no more and no less. You are expected to do exactly what is stated in the requirements." - Boy Scout Requirements p.23
Many merit badge events follow the Boy Scout Requirements and Advancement Policies. But some merit badge events instead state that it is the merit badge counselor, not the Scout, who is to demonstrate the skills and knowledge. They test the merit badge counselor, not the Scouts.
One event states that "Counselors will do their best to complete requirements not listed as prerequisites."
Scouting Magazine Articles
Scouting Magazine has featured numerous merit badge events in its articles for adult leaders:
- Astronomy for Scout Groups - Observing the stars and planets makes a great group activity.
- Merit Badges and Five Arrows- South Florida Council's annual college, 900 Scouts earn all or part of more than 2,800 merit badges, while another 400 Scouts work toward First Class in a special advancement program.
- Days of Discovery - Missouri merit badge college
- Troop 73's 2,500-Mile Learning Adventure - Scout Spirit Days& - a special Walt Disney World program for earning merit badges..
- High-Tech Badges and High-Ideal Lives - The annual merit badge weekend at the U.S. Naval Academy lets Scouts and midshipmen share good times and common values.
- Partnerships for Learning - Merit badge clinics and Webelos Scout workshops presented at the St. Louis Science Center.
- Tools of the Trade - A Wisconsin troop's annual Home Improvement Camporee gives Scouts hands-on experience in the building trades while they perform a service project.
- Great Times at Merit Badge U - Alpha Phi Omega, the national service fraternity, hosts a day on the University of Texas campus in Austin for Boy Scouts and Venturers to work on merit badges and other outdoor skills.
- What a Blast! - Hands-on experience, quality instructors, great facilities, and fun have made this Utah merit badge event a soaring success for 48 years.
- Trek Into History - The Henry Ford serves as the ideal vehicle for a weekend of learning and fun for Detroit-area Scouts.
- A Garden State First - New Jersey State Police team with five local Scout councils to host 6,100 campers for a first mega-camporee dedicated to learning about law enforcement.
- News Briefs - Georgia Merit Badge University Looks to Repeat Success
- Rendezvous at Ripley - Five Scout councils team with a National Guard facility to host 9,000 campers at a mega camporee filled with history themes, action centers, and merit badge workshops.
- A Boost Toward Eagle - A council's special camp helps older Scouts move up the Trail to Eagle by offering instruction in required merit badges - plus a healthy dose of high adventure.
- Seeing Beyond Disabilities - A special camporee lets Scouts personally experience the impact of different physical handicaps and also realize that such limitations need not keep a person from living a full life.
- To God and Country - Georgia and Alabama Scouts convene at a site rich in historical significance for a weekend focusing on issues of citizenship and the importance of spirituality in their lives plus American Cultures and American Heritage merit badges.
|General Merit Badge information
- Listing of Merit Badge Days throughout the US.
- Merit Badge Events With Stated Policies that Follow BSA Policies of Testing Each Scout
- "The Scout needs to have read the merit badge pamphlet BEFORE the session and be prepared for each of the requirements."
- "The purpose of the Boy Scout Merit Badge sessions is to test the Scout to determine if the requirements are fulfilled."
- "You must also be able to demonstrate the necessary knowledge for ALL of the requirements."
- "Scouts are strongly encouraged to read the Merit Badge Pamphlet and finish any pre-requisites before attending Merit Badge Day..."
- "Class work will be followed by individual Scout’s projects and his ability to fulfill all requirements."
- Istrouma Area Council, Sewell-Eagle District Merit Badge Day -"Please make sure that your Scout reads this information as well as the merit badge pamphlet."
- Coronado Council Kansas State University
- Troop 9 Merit Badge Seminar University of Illinois campus
- Alpha Phi Omega - A coeducational service fraternity in many US colleges and universities founded on the principles of the BSA and Scout Oath and Law.
- Epsilon Tau Pi - Eagle Scout Fraternity