Merit Badge College 2019
February 2, 2019
(Snow date February 9, 2019)
Limited classes will be available
Landisville Mennonite Church, 3320 Bowman Road, Landisville
Event registration starts at 8:00am, last session ends at 3:45pm
Merit Badge Session one is 9:00 AM-12:00 PM
Merit Badge Session two is 12:45-3:45 PM
Cost: $10 per scout
2019 Merit Badges Include:
Both Sessions Full
Bring a copy of the workbook or worksheet.
Bring something to wear outside that can get greasy/oily.
11a: Determine the value of three different vehicles you are interested in purchasing. One must be new, and one must be used; the third vehicle can be new or used. For each vehicle, find out the requirements and cost of automobile insurance to include basic liability and options for collision, comprehensive, towing, and rental car. Using the three vehicles you chose and with your merit badge counselor’s assistance, complete the operation/maintenance chart provided in the merit badge pamphlet. Use this information to determine the operating cost per mile for each vehicle and discuss what you learn with your counselor.
Both Sessions Full
Bring a copy of the workbook or worksheet.
Bring $5 to pay the counselor for materials needed in class.
1a: Describe three examples of safety equipment used in a chemistry laboratory and the reason each one is used.
1b: Describe what a safety data sheet (SDS) is and tell why it is used.
1c: Obtain an SDS for both a paint and an insecticide. Compare and discuss the toxicity, disposal, and safe-handling sections for these two common household products.
4a: Cut a round onion into small chunks. Separate the onion chunks into three equal portions. Leave the first portion raw. Cook the second portion of onion chunks until the pieces are translucent. Cook the third portion until the onions are caramelized, or brown in color. Taste each type of onion. Describe the taste of raw onion versus partially cooked onion versus caramelized onion.
7b: Using resources found at the library and in periodicals, books, and the Internet (with your parent’s permission), learn about two different kinds of work done by chemists, chemical engineers, chemical technicians, or industrial chemists. For each of the positions, find out the education and training requirements.
Citizenship in the Community
25 Scouts per session
3a: Attend a meeting of your city, town, or county council or school board; OR a municipal; county, or state court session.
3b: Choose one of the issues discussed at the meeting where a difference of opinions was expressed, and explain to your counselor why you agree with one opinion more than you do another one.
4a: Choose an issue that is important to the citizens of your community, then do the following: Find out which branch of local government is responsible for this issue.
4b: With your counselor’s and a parent’s approval, interview one person from the branch of government you identified in requirement 4a. Ask what is being done about this issue and how young people can help.
4c: Share what you have learned with your counselor.
7a: Identify three charitable organizations outside of Scouting that interest you and bring people in your community together to work for the good of your community.
7b: Pick ONE of the organizations you chose for requirement 7a. Using a variety of resources (including newspapers, fliers and literature, the Internet, volunteers, and employees of the organization), find out more about this organization.
7c: With your counselor’s and your parent’s approval, contact the organization you chose for requirement 7b and find out what young people can do to help. While working on this merit badge, volunteer at least eight hours of your time for the organization. After your volunteer experience is over, discuss what you have learned with your counselor.
8: Develop a public presentation (such as a video, slide show, speech, digital presentation, or photo exhibit) about important and unique aspects of your community. Include information about the history, cultures, and ethnic groups of your community; its best features and popular places where people gather; and the challenges it faces. Stage your presentation in front of your merit badge counselor or a group, such as your patrol or a class at school. (You may choose to either present at the Merit Badge College, or bring a note from your Scoutmaster that you completed the requirement).
Citizenship in the Nation
10 Scouts per session
Both Sessions Full
Bring a copy of the workbook or the worksheet.
1 (be prepared to discuss): Explain what citizenship in the nation means and what it takes to be a good citizen of this country. Discuss the rights, duties, and obligations of a responsible and active American citizen.
2: Do TWO of the following:
- Visit a place that is listed as a National Historic Landmark or that is on the National Register of Historic Places. Tell your counselor what you learned about the landmark or site and what you found interesting about it.
- Tour your state capitol building or the U.S. Capitol. Tell your counselor what you learned about the capitol, its function, and the history.
- Tour a federal facility. Explain to your counselor what you saw there and what you learned about its function in the local community and how it serves this nation.
- Choose a national monument that interests you. Using books, brochures, the Internet (with your parent’s permission), and other resources, find out more about the monument. Tell your counselor what you learned, and explain why the monument is important to this country’s citizens.
3: Watch the national evening news five days in a row OR read the front page of a major daily newspaper five days in a row. Discuss the national issues you learned about with your counselor. Choose one of the issues and explain how it affects you and your family.
4 (be prepared to discuss): Discuss each of the following documents with your counselor. Tell your counselor how you feel life in the United States might be different without each one.
- Declaration of Independence
- Preamble to the Constitution
- The Constitution
- Bill of Rights
- Amendments to the Constitution
5 (be prepared to discuss): List the six functions of government as noted in the preamble to the Constitution. Discuss with your counselor how these functions affect your family and local community.
6 (be prepared to discuss): With your counselor’s approval, choose a speech of national historical importance. Find out about the author, and tell your counselor about the person who gave the speech. Explain the importance of the speech at the time it was given, and tell how it applies to American citizens today. Choose a sentence or two from the speech that has significant meaning to you, and tell your counselor why
7 (be prepared to discuss): Name the three branches of our federal government and explain to your counselor their functions. Explain how citizens are involved in each branch. For each branch of government, explain the importance of the system of checks and balances.
8: Name your two senators and the member of Congress from your congressional district. Write a letter about a national issue and send it to one of these elected officials, sharing your view with him or her. Show your letter and any response you receive to your counselor. Bring the names of your representatives, along with a copy of the letter you sent and a copy of any response that you received.
Citizenship in the World
Both Sessions Full
2: Explain how one becomes a citizen in the United States, and explain the rights, duties, and obligations of U.S. citizenship. Discuss the similarities and differences between the rights, duties, and obligations of U.S. citizens and the citizens of two other countries.
3: Do the following:
- Pick a current world event. In relation to this current event, discuss with your counselor how a country’s national interest and its relationship with other countries might affect areas such as its security, its economy, its values, and the health of its citizens.
- Select a foreign country and discuss with your counselor how its geography, natural resources, and climate influence its economy and its global partnerships with other countries.
6: Do the following:
- Explain how a government is represented abroad and how the United States government is accredited to international organizations.
- Describe the roles of the following in the conduct of foreign relations.
- Bureau of International Information Programs
- Agency for International Development
- United States and Foreign Commercial Service
- Explain the purpose of a passport and visa for international travel.
7: Do TWO of the following and share with your counselor what you have learned:
- Visit the Web site (With your parent/guardian’s permission) of the U.S. State Department. Learn more about an issue you find interesting that is discussed on this Web site.
- Visit the Web site (With your parent/guardian’s permission) of an international news organization or foreign government, OR examine a foreign newspaper available at your local library, bookstore, or newsstand. Find a news story about a human right realized in the United States that is not recognized in another country.
- Visit with a student or Scout from another country and discuss the typical values, holidays, ethnic foods, and traditions practiced or enjoyed there.
- Attend a world Scout jamboree
- Participate in or attend an international event in your area, such as an ethnic festival, concert, or play.
Morning Session Full
Bring workbook or worksheet.
3: Write a five-minute speech. Give it at a meeting of a group. (Bring prepared notes to the college to give a 5-minute speech on a topic of your choosing to the class. Be as close to the 5-minute mark as much as possible).
4: Interview someone you know fairly well, like, or respect because of his or her position, talent, career or life experiences. Listen actively to learn as much as you can about the person. Then prepare and deliver to your counselor an introduction of the person as though this person were to be a guest speaker, and include reasons why the audience would want to hear this person speak. Show how you would call to invite this person to speak. (Bring notes to the college to give the introduction).
5: Attend a public meeting (city council, school board, debate) approved by your counselor where several points of view are given on a single issue. Practice active listening skills and take careful notes of each point of view. Prepare an objective report that includes all points of view that were expressed, and share this with your counselor. (Bring a note from a parent, scout leader, or public meeting official showing that you attended the meeting. Prepare your report on the worksheet.)
6: With your counselor’s approval, develop a plan to teach a skill or inform someone about something. Prepare teaching aids for your plan. Carry out your plan. With your counselor, determine whether the person has learned what you intended. (Bring necessary teaching aids along.)
7a, b or c (choose one and bring a copy of what you did):
- Write to the editor of a magazine or your local newspaper to express your opinion or share information on any subject you choose. Send your message by fax, email or regular mail.
- Create a web page or blog of special interest to you (for instance, your troop or crew, a hobby, or a sport).. Include at least three articles or entries and one photograph or illustration, and one link to some other Web page or blog that would be helpful to someone who visits the Web page or blog you have created. It is not necessary to post your Web page or blog to the Internet, but if you decide to do so, you must first share it with your parents and counselor and get their permission.
- Use desktop publishing to produce a newsletter, brochure, flier or other printed material for your scout troop, class at school, or other group. Include at least one article and one photograph or illustration.
8. Plan a troop or crew court of honor, campfire program, or an interfaith worship service. Have the patrol leaders’ council approve it, then write the script and prepare the program. Serve as master of ceremonies. (complete the requirement and bring a note from your Scout leader stating that you completed it.)
Both Sessions Full
1: Select a manufactured item in your home (such as a toy or an appliance) and, under adult supervision and with the approval of your counselor, investigate how and why it works as it does. Find out what sort of engineering activities were needed to create it. Discuss with your counselor what you learned and how you got the information.
2: Select an engineering achievement that has had a major impact on society. Using resources such as the Internet (with your parent’s permission), books, and magazines, find out about the engineers who made this engineering feat possible, the special obstacles they had to overcome, and how this achievement has influenced the world today. Tell your counselor what you learned.
9: Find out about three career opportunities in engineering. Pick one and research the education, training, and experience required for this profession. Discuss this with your counselor, and explain why this profession might interest you.
16 Scouts per session
Both Sessions Full
Bring a first aid kit with you.
2: Explain how you would obtain emergency medical assistance from:
- Your home
- A remote location on a wilderness camping trip
- An activity on open water
5: Prepare a first-aid kit for your home. Display and discuss its contents with your counselor.
10 Scouts per session
Afternoon Session Full
2: Give the history of one American Indian tribe, group or nation that lives or has lived near you. Visit it, if possible. Tell about traditional dwellings, way of life, tribal government, religious beliefs, family and clan relationships, language, clothing styles, arts and crafts, food preparation, means of getting around, games, customs in warfare, where members of the group now live, and how they live.
3 (choose one of a, b or c):
- Make an item of clothing worn by members of the tribe
- Make and decorate three items used by the tribe, as approved by your counselor
- Make an authentic model of a dwelling used by any Indian tribe, group, or nation.
3d: Visit a museum to see Indian artifacts. Discuss them with your counselor. Identify at least 10 artifacts by tribe or nation, their shape, size, and use.
Both Sessions Full
1: Do the following:
- Choose an item that your family might want to purchase that is considered a major expense.
- Write a plan that tells how your family would save money for the purchase identified in requirement 1a
- Discuss the plan with your merit badge counselor
- Discuss the plan with your family
- Discuss how other family needs must be considered in this plan.
- Develop a written shopping strategy for the purchase identified in requirement 1a
- Determine the quality of the item or service (using consumer publications or rating systems).
- Comparison shop for the item. Find out where you can buy the item for the best price. (Provide prices from at least two different price sources.) Call around; study ads. Look for a sale or discount coupon. Consider alternatives. Can you buy the item used? Should you wait for a sale?
2: Do the following:
- Prepare a budget reflecting your expected income (allowance, gifts, wages), expenses, and savings. Track and record your actual income, expenses, and savings for 13 consecutive weeks. (You may use the forms provided in this pamphlet, devise your own, or use a computer generated version.) When complete, present the records showing the results to your merit badge counselor.
- Compare expected income with expected expenses.
- If expenses exceed income, determine steps to balance your budget.
- If income exceeds expenses, state how you would use the excess money (new goal, savings).
5: Select five publicly traded stocks. Explain to your merit badge counselor the importance of the following information for each stock
- Current price
- How much the price changed from the previous day
- The 52-week high and the 52-week low prices
6: Pretend you have $1,000 to save, invest, and help prepare yourself for the future. Explain to your merit badge counselor the advantages or disadvantages of saving or investing in each of the following
- Common stocks
- Mutual funds
- Life insurance
- A certificate of deposit (CD
- A savings account or U.S. savings bond
8: Demonstrate to your merit badge counselor your understanding of time management by doing the following
- Write a “to do” list of tasks or activities, such as homework assignments, chores, and personal projects, that must be done in the coming week. List these in order of importance to you
- Make a seven-day calendar or schedule. Put in your set activities, such as school classes, sports practices or games, jobs or chores, and/or Scout or church or club meetings, then plan when you will do all the tasks from your “to do” list between your set activities.
- Follow the one-week schedule you planned. Keep a daily diary or journal during each of the seven days of this week’s activities, writing down when you completed each of the tasks on your “to do” list compared to when you scheduled them
- Review your “to do” list, one-week schedule, and diary/journal to understand when your schedule worked and when it did not work. With your merit badge counselor, discuss and understand what you learned from this requirement and what you might do differently the next time.
9: Prepare a written project plan demonstrating the steps below, including the desired outcome. This is a project on paper, not a real-life project. Examples could include planning a camping trip, developing a community service project or a school or religious event, or creating an annual patrol plan with additional activities not already included in the troop annual plan. Discuss your completed project plan with your merit badge counselor
- Define the project. What is your goal?
- Develop a timeline for your project that shows the steps you must take from beginning to completion
- Describe your project
- Develop a list of resources. Identify how these resources will help you achieve your goal.
- Develop a budget for your project.
10: Do the following
- Choose a career you might want to enter after high school or college graduation.
- Research the limitations of your anticipated career and discuss with your merit badge counselor what you have learned about qualifications such as education, skills, and experience.
8 Scouts per session
Both Sessions Full
Bring a camera, not a phone with a camera
1b: Show your counselor your current, up-to-date Cyber Chip.
7: Using images other than those created for requirements 4, 5 or 6, produce a visual story to document an event to photograph OR choose a topic that interests you to photograph. Do the following:
- Plan the images you need to photograph for your photo story.
- Share your plan with your counselor, and get your counselor’s input and approval before you proceed.
- Select eight to 12 images that best tell your story. Arrange your images in order and mount the prints on a poster board, OR create an electronic presentation. Share your visual story with your counselor.
8: Identify three career opportunities in photography. Pick one and explain to your counselor how to prepare for such a career. Discuss what education and training are required, and why this profession might interest you.
15 Scouts per session
Afternoon Session Full
Bring your current Cyber Chip
Bring a laptop or a tablet
Read through 2, 3, 4 & 6
5: Projects. Do the following:
- With your counselor’s approval, choose a sample program. Modify the code or add a function or subroutine to it. Debug and demonstrate the modified program to your counselor.
- With your counselor’s approval, choose a second programming language and development environment, different from those used for requirement 5a and in a different industry from 5a. Then write, debug, and demonstrate a functioning program to your counselor, using that language and environment
- With your counselor’s approval, choose a third programming language and development environment, different from those used for requirements 5a and 5b and in a different industry from 5a or 5b. Then write, debug, and demonstrate a functioning program to your counselor, using that language and environment.
- Explain how the programs you wrote for requirements 5a, 5b, and 5c process inputs, how they make decisions based on those inputs, and how they provide outputs based on the decision making
The Programming merit badge website, http://www.boyslife.org/programming, has a number of sample programs that you could use for requirement 5a.
Search & Rescue (all day session)
Bring workbook or worksheets.
Bring clothing to be outside during the afternoon.
1b completed in workboot/worksheet: Discuss first aid and prevention for the types of injuries or illnesses that could occur while participating in SAR activities, including: snakebites, dehydration, shock, environmental emergencies such as hypothermia or heatstroke, blisters, and ankle and knee sprains.
***We need some extra volunteers for the afternoon portion of this class. If your parent or leader is planning to hang out in the church, and would like to spend some time outside as a volunteer, please contact Susan Sharp at firstname.lastname@example.org and give her the volunteer’s name.
*You will have the opportunity to work towards two merit badges at the Merit Badge College (unless you opt to take Search & Rescue).
All merit badge prerequisites need to be completed before the day of the Merit Badge College.
Even though there is a charge for the college, there is no guarantee that you will complete the merit badge – a partial completion is acceptable, but it is up to the scout to find a counselor to complete the work.
Each scout must complete each requirement as written.
Classes are being led by certified merit badge counselors.
BRING TWO SIGNED BLUE CARDS WITH YOU (one if you’re taking Search & Rescue)
Lunch will not be provided. Scouts are welcome to bring their lunch in a paper lunch bag or a zip-lock baggie. Refrigerators are available. Please clearly label your lunch.
Parents are welcome to stay in the seating area in the lobby, but space is limited.
For more information, contact Susan Sharp at 717-361-7902 or at email@example.com