by Daniel Hanson on Monday, September 16, 2019


Merit Badge College 2020

February 1, 2020
(Snow date February 8, 2020)

Register online here

Registration opens December 2, 9 AM

Limited classes will be available

Landisville Mennonite Church, 3320 Bowman Road, Landisville

Event registration starts at 8:00am, last session ends at 4:00pm

Merit Badge Session one is 9:00 AM-12:00 PM

Merit Badge Session two is 1:00-4:00 PM

Cost: $10 per scout


2020 Merit Badges Include:

Automotive Maintenance

Session limit:  12


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.


Citizenship in the Community

Morning Session Only

Session limit:  50


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

Morning Session Only

Session limit:  12


Complete the prerequisites on a worksheet, available at and bring along with you.

2.Do TWO of the following: a. 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. b. Tour your state capitol building or the U.S. Capitol. Tell your counselor what you learned about the capitol, its function, and the history. c. 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. d. 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.

6.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.

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.


Citizenship in the World

Afternoon Only Session

Session limit:  12


Complete the prerequisites on a worksheet, available at and bring along with you.

3.Do the following: a. 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. b. 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.

4.Do TWO of the following: a. Explain international law and how it differs from national law. Explain the role of international law and how international law can be used as a tool for conflict resolution. b. Using resources such as major daily newspapers, the Internet (with your parent’s permission), and news magazines, observe a current issue that involves international trade, foreign exchange, balance of payments, tariffs, and free trade. Explain what you have learned. Include in your discussion an explanation of why countries must cooperate in order for world trade and global competition to thrive. c. Select TWO of the following organizations and describe their role in the world. 1. The United Nations and UNICEF 2. The World Court 3. Interpol 4. World Organization of the Scout Movement 5. The World Health Organization 6. Amnesty International 7. The International Committee of the Red Cross 8. CARE (Cooperative for American Relief Everywhere) 9. European Union

7.Do TWO of the following and share with your counselor what you have learned: a. 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. b. 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. c. Visit with a student or Scout from another country and discuss the typical values, holidays, ethnic foods, and traditions practiced or enjoyed there. d. Attend a world Scout jamboree. e. Participate in or attend an international event in your area, such as an ethnic festival, concert, or play.



Session limit:  10 


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):

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.)

Digital Technology

Session Limit:  20


Must bring a laptop or computer to class with you.  The laptop or computer must have the software applications loaded.

Bring your cyber chip.

  1. Do THREE of the following. For each project you complete, copy the files to a backup device and share the finished projects with your counselor.
  2. Using a spreadsheet or database program, develop a food budget for a patrol weekend campout OR create a troop roster that includes the name, rank, patrol, and telephone number of each Scout. Show your counselor that you can sort the roster by each of the following categories: rank, patrol, and alphabetically by name.
  3. Using a word processor, write a draft letter to the parents of your troop’s Scouts, inviting them to a troop event.
  4. Using a graphics program, design and draw a campsite plan for your troop OR create a flier for an upcoming troop event, incorporating text and some type of visual such as a photograph or an illustration.
  5. Using a presentation software program, develop a report about a topic approved by your counselor. For your presentation, create at least five slides, with each one incorporating text and some type of visual such as a photograph or an illustration.
  6. Using a digital device, take a picture of a troop activity. Send or transfer this image to a device where it can be shared with your counselor.
  7. Make a digital recording of your voice, transfer the file to a different device, and have your counselor play back the recording.
  8. Create a blog and use it as an online journal of your Scouting activities, including group discussions and meetings, campouts, and other events. Include at least five entries and two photographs or illustrations. Share your blog with your counselor. You need not post the blog to the Internet; however, if you choose to go live with your blog, you must first share it with your parents AND counselor AND get their approval.
  9. Create a Web page for your troop, patrol, school, or place of worship. Include at least three articles and two photographs or illustrations. Include at least one link to a website of interest to your audience. You need not post the page to the Internet; however, if you decide to do so, you must first share the Web page with your parents AND counselor AND get their approval.


Disabilities Awareness

Session limit:  10


2:  Visit an agency that works with people with physical, mental, emotional, or educational disabilities.  Collect and read information about the agency’s activities.  Learn about opportunities its members have for training, employment, and education.  Discuss what you have learned with your counselor.  Come prepared to give a brief presentation on the above.

3a, b or d (pick one):

a:  Talk to a scout who had a disability and learn about this person’s experiences taking part in Scouting activities and earning different merit badges.  Discuss what you have learned with your counselor.

b:  Talk to an individual who has a disability and learn about this person’s experiences and the activities in which this person likes to participate.  Discuss what you have learned with your counselor.

d:  Learn about independent living aids such as service animals, canes, and augmentative communication devices such as teletypewriters (TTYs).  Discuss with your counselor how people use such aids.

4a, c or d (pick one):  Visit ONE of the following locations and take notes about the accessibility to people with disabilities.  In your notes, give examples of five things that could be done to improve upon the site and five things about the site that make it friendly to people with disabilities.  Discuss your observations with your counselor.  a- Your school; c- Your Scout camping site; d- a public exhibit or attraction (such as a theater, museum, or park).

5a, b OR c:  Explain what advocacy is.  Do ONE of the following advocacy activities.

a:  Present a counselor-approved disabilities awareness program to a Cub Scout pack or other group.  During your presentation, explain and use person-first language.  If you choose this one, bring a letter from the Cubmaster or group representative stating you completed this.  Bring your notes to the college.

b:  Find out about disability awareness education programs in your school or school system, or contact a disability advocacy agency.  Volunteer with a program or agency for eight hours.  If you choose this one, bring a letter from the agency verifying the 8 hours.

c:  Using resources such as disability advocacy agencies, government agencies, the internet (with your parent’s permission), and news magazines, learn about myths and misconceptions that influence the general public’s understanding of people with disabilities.  List 10 myths and misconceptions about people with disabilities and learn the facts about each myth.  Share your list with your counselor, then use it to make a presentation to a Cub Scout pack or other group.  If you choose this one, make a poster listing the 10 myths/misconceptions and the facts related to each one.  Be prepared to present your poster.



Session limit:  10


6.Do ONE of the following (a or b) and plan to discuss:

a.Visit a facility or industry workplace where drafting is part of the business. Ask to see an example of the work that is done there, the different drafting facilities, and the tools used.

1.Find out how much of the drafting done there is manual, and how much is done using CAD. If CAD is used, find out what software is used and how and why it was chosen.

2.Ask about the drafting services provided. Ask who uses the designs produced and how those designs are used. Discuss how the professionals who perform drafting cooperate with other individuals in the drafting area and other areas of the business.

3.Ask how important the role of drafting is to producing the end product or service that this business supplies. Find out how drafting contributes to the company’s end product or service

  1. Using resources you find on your own such as at the library and on the Internet (with your parent’s permission), learn more about the drafting trade and discuss the following with your counselor.

1.The drafting tools used in the past—why and how they were used. Explain which tools are still used today and how their use has changed with the advent of new tools. Discuss which tools are being made obsolete by newer tools in the industry.

2.Tell what media types were used in the past and how drawings were used, stored, and reproduced. Tell how the advent of CAD has changed the media used, and discuss how these changes affect the storage or reproduction of drawings.

3.Discuss whether the types of media have changed such that there are new uses for the drawings, or other outputs, produced by designers. Briefly discuss how new media types are used in the industry today.

7.Find out about three career opportunities in drafting (and plan to discuss). Pick one and find out about the education, training, and experience required for this profession. Discuss this with your counselor, and explain why this profession might interest you.



Session Limit:  10


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.


First Aid

Session limit:  16


Bring a first aid kit with you.

2:  Explain how you would obtain emergency medical assistance from:

  1. Your home
  2. A remote location on a wilderness camping trip
  3. An activity on open water

5:  Prepare a first-aid kit for your home. Display and discuss its contents with your counselor.


Family Life

Session limit:  20


3.Prepare a list of your regular home duties or chores (at least five) and do them for 90 days. Keep a record of how often you do each of them. Discuss with your counselor the effect your chores had on your family.

4.With the approval of your parents or guardians and your merit badge counselor, decide on and carry out a project that you would do around the home that would benefit your family. Submit a report to your merit badge counselor outlining how the project benefited your family.

5.Plan and carry out a project that involves the participation of your family. After completing the project, discuss the following with your merit badge counselor: a. The objective or goal of the project b. How individual members of your family participated c. The results of the project

6.Do the following:

  1. Discuss with your merit badge counselor how to plan and carry out a family meeting.
  2. After this discussion, plan and carry out a family meeting to include the following subjects:
  3. Avoiding substance abuse, including tobacco, alcohol, and drugs, all of which negatively affect your health and well-being
  4. Understanding the growing-up process and how the body changes, and making responsible decisions dealing with sex*
  5. How your chores in requirement 3 contributed to your role in the family
  6. Personal and family finances
  7. A crisis situation within your family
  8. The effect of technology on your family 7. Good etiquette and manners Discussion of each of these subjects will very likely carry over to more than one family meeting.



Session Limit:  15


  1. Do either A2 OR B2:

a2. Visit the office of a newspaper, magazine, or internet news site. Ask for a tour of the various divisions (editorial, business, and printing). During your tour, talk to an executive from the business side about management’s relations with reporters, editors, and photographers and what makes a “good” newspaper, magazine, or internet news site.

b2. Visit a radio or television station. Ask for a tour of the various departments, concentrating on those related to news broadcasts During your tour, talk to the station manager or other station management executive about station operations, particularly how management and the news staff work together, and what makes a “good” station. If possible, go with a reporter to cover a news event.

  1. Choose ONE of the following:
  2. Choose a current or an unusual event of interest to you, and write either a hard news article OR a feature article about the event. Gear the article for print OR audio OR video journalism. Share your article with your counselor.
  3. With your parent’s permission and counselor’s approval, interview someone in your community who is influential because of his or her leadership, talent, career, or life experiences. Then present to your counselor either a written or oral report telling what you learned about this person.
  4. With your parent’s permission and counselor’s approval, read an autobiography written by a journalist you want to learn more about. Write an article that tells what you learned about this person and the contributions this person has made to the field of journalism.
  5. Attend a Scouting event and write a 200-word article (feature or hard news) about the event. Use either the inverted pyramid style or the chronological style. Review the article with your counselor, then submit it to your community newspaper or BSA local council or district newsletter for consideration.
  6. Attend a public event and do ONE of the following:
  7. Write two newspaper articles about the event, one using the inverted pyramid style and one using the chronological style.
  8. Using a radio or television broadcasting style write a news story, a feature story and a critical review of the event.
  9. Take a series of photographs to help tell the story of the event in pictures. Include news photos and feature photos in your presentation. Write a brief synopsis of the event as well as captions for your photos.



Session Limit:  15


  1. Ask five people (not more than one from your immediate family) about the role of law enforcement officers in our society. Discuss their answers with them. Go to a law enforcement officer in your neighborhood and ask about his or her responsibilities and duties. Report your findings.
  2. Tell about several laws that were passed to protect the consumer and the seller. Tell about several organizations that provide help to consumers and sellers.
  3. Do ONE of the following: a. Attend a session of a civil or criminal court. Write 250 words or more on what you saw. b. Plan and conduct a mock trial with your troop or school class. After the trial is over, discuss it with the group.
  4. Tell where people can go to obtain the help of a lawyer if they are unable to pay for one. Tell what you can do if you can afford a lawyer but do not know of any in your area.



Session Limit:  10


  1. Scout must pay a material fee of $10. Give to counselor at the beginning of the session.
  2. Bring along an old shirt to wear while staining the leather.


Personal Management

Session limit:  10


Must use, and bring to class, a current worksheet.

Must be First Class rank or higher.

1:  Do the following:

  1. Choose an item that your family might want to purchase that is considered a major expense.
  2. Write a plan that tells how your family would save money for the purchase identified in requirement 1a
  3. Discuss the plan with your merit badge counselor
  4. Discuss the plan with your family
  5. Discuss how other family needs must be considered in this plan.
  6. Develop a written shopping strategy for the purchase identified in requirement 1a
  7. Determine the quality of the item or service (using consumer publications or rating systems).
  8. 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:

  1. 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.
  2. Compare expected income with expected expenses.
  3. If expenses exceed income, determine steps to balance your budget.
  4. 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

  1. Current price
  2. How much the price changed from the previous day
  3. 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

  1. Common stocks
  2. Mutual funds
  3. Life insurance
  4. A certificate of deposit (CD
  5. A savings account or U.S. savings bond

8:  Demonstrate to your merit badge counselor your understanding of time management by doing the following

  1. 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
  2. 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.
  3. 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
  4. 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

  1. Define the project. What is your goal?
  2. Develop a timeline for your project that shows the steps you must take from beginning to completion
  3. Describe your project
  4. Develop a list of resources. Identify how these resources will help you achieve your goal.
  5. Develop a budget for your project.

10: Do the following

  1. Choose a career you might want to enter after high school or college graduation.
  2. 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.



Session Limit:  12


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:

  1. Plan the images you need to photograph for your photo story.
  2. Share your plan with your counselor, and get your counselor’s input and approval before you proceed.
  3. 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.



Afternoon Only Session

Session limit:  30


5a, b OR c:  Do ONE of the following and keep a record (cost sheet).  Use the sales techniques you have learned, and share your experience with your counselor.

a:  Help your unit raise funds through sales either of merchandise or of tickets to a Scout event.

b:  Sell your services such as lawn raking or mowing, pet watching, dog walking, snow shoveling, and car washing to your neighbors.  Follow up after the service has been completed and determine the customer’s satisfaction.

c:  Earn money through retail selling.


Search & Rescue

This is an all day session

Session limit:  18


Bring workbook or worksheets.

Bring clothing to be outside during the afternoon.

1b completed in workbook/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 and give her the volunteer’s name/contact info.


Intersessions (all intersessions are walk-up only, and will be located in the main lobby.  Complete all requirements, unless otherwise noted, and bring materials with you, along with a signed blue card.  There is no limit to how many intersession merit badges you may visit).

Coin collecting


  1. Understand how coins are made and where the active U.S. Mint facilities are located.
  2. Explain these collecting terms:
    1. Obverse
    2. Reverse
    3. Reeding
    4. Clad
    5. Type Set
    6. Date Set
  3. Explain the grading terms Uncirculated, Extremely Fine, Very Fine, Fine, Very Good, Good and Poor.  Show five different examples of the same coin type.  Explain the term proof and why it is not a grade.  Tell what encapsulated coins are.
  4. Know three different ways to store a collection, and describe the benefits, drawbacks, and expense of each method. Pick one to use when completing requirements.
  5. Do the following:
    1. Demonstrate to your counselor that you know how to use two U.S. or world coin reference catalogs.
    2. Read a numismatic magazine or newspaper and tell your counselor about what you learned.
  6. Describe the 1999-2008 50 State Quarters Program.  Collect and show your counselor five different state quarters you have acquired from circulation.
  7. Collect from circulation a set of current U.S. coins. Include one coin of each denomination (cent, nickel, dime, quarter, half dollar, dollar).  For each coin, locate the mint marks, if any, and the designer’s initials, if any.
  8. Do the following:
    1. Identify the people depicted on the following denominations of current U.S. paper money:  $1, $2, $5, $10, $20, $50, and $100.
    2. Explain “legal tender.”
    3. Describe the role the Federal Reserve System plays in the distribution of currency.
  9. Do ONE of the following:
    1. Collect and identify 50 foreign coins from at least 10 different countries.
    2. Collect and identify 20 bank notes from at least five different countries.
    3. Collect and identify 15 different tokens or medals.
    4. For each year since the year of your birth, collect a date set of a single type of coin.
  10. Do ONE of the following:
    1. Tour a U.S. Mint facility, a Bureau of Engraving and Printing facility, a Federal Reserve Bank, or a numismatic museum or exhibit, and describe what you leaned to your counselor.
    2. With your parent’s permission, attend a coin show or coin club meeting, or view the website of the U.S. Mino or a coin dealer and report what you learned.
    3. Give a talk about coin collecting to a group such as your troop, a Cub Scout pack, or your class at school.
    4. Do drawings of five Colonial-era U.S. coins.




  1. Give a short history of fingerprinting.  Tell the difference between civil and criminal identification.
  2. Explain the difference between the automated fingerprint identification systems (AFIS) now used by some law enforcement agencies and the biometric fingerprint systems used to control access to places like buildings, airports, and computer rooms.
  3. Do the following:
  4. Name the surfaces of the body where friction or papillary ridges are found.
  5. Name the two basic principles supporting the science of fingerprints and give a brief explanation of each principle.
  6. Explain what it takes to positively identify a person using fingerprints.
  7. Take a clear set of prints using ONE of the following methods:
  8. Make both rolled and plain impressions.  Make these on an 8-by-8 inch fingerprint identification card available from you local police department or counselor.
  9. Using clear adhesive tape, a pencil, and plain paper, record your own fingerprints or those of another person.
  10. Show your merit badge counselor you can identify the three basic types of fingerprint patterns and their subcategories.  Using your own hand, identify the types of patterns you see.



  1. Do ONE of the following:
  2. Show that your school grades have been an average of B or higher (80 percent or higher) for one term or semester.
  3. Show that for one term or semester you have improved your school grades over the previous period.
  4. Do TWO of the following:
  5. Make a list of educational places located where you live (other than schools). Visit one, and report on how you used the place for self-education.
  6. With your counselor’s and your parent’s approval, interview two professionals (other than teachers or other professionals at your school) with established careers. Find out where they were educated, what training they received, and how their education and training have helped prepare them for the career they have chosen. Find out how they continue to educate themselves. Discuss what you find out with your counselor.
  7. Using a daily planner, show your counselor how you keep track of assignments and activities, and discuss how you manage your time. d. Discuss the advantages and disadvantages of the different methods of research available to you for school assignments, such as the library, books and periodicals, and the Internet.
  8. Get a note from the principal* of your school (or another school official named by the principal) that states that during the past year your behavior, leadership, and service have been satisfactory.
  9. Do ONE of the following:
  10. Show that you have taken part in an extracurricular school activity, and discuss with your counselor the benefits of participation and what you learned about the importance of teamwork.
  11. Discuss your participation in a school project during the past semester where you were a part of a team. Tell about the positive contributions you made to the team and the project.
  12. Do ONE of the following:
  13. Write a report of 250 to 300 words about how the education you receive in school will be of value to you in the future and how you will continue to educate yourself in the future.
  14. Write a report of 250 to 300 words about two careers that interest you and how specific classes and good scholarship in general will help you achieve your career goals.

* If you are home-schooled or your school environment does not include a principal, you may obtain a note from a counterpart such as your parent.


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.


Lunch will be available to purchase. Meal tickets can be purchased in advance when registering for the Merit Badge College online.

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

One response to “2020 Merit Badge College”

  1. Daniel Hanson says:

    Registration will open December 3rd at 9 AM. Out of council Scouts are welcome to register.

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