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2020 merit badge day


2020 Merit Badge Day
Event has been canceled
Sponsored by Troop 2860
Chartered by Woodlake United Methodist Church, Chesterfield, Virginia

A Scout can experience personal growth and a positive life experience while in pursuit of a merit badge


Please read all of the information below before signing up.
The sign up link is at the end of this page.


The merit badge prerequisites can be found HERE.


What is Merit Badge Day (MBD)? 
  • MBD is designed to include badges for which it might be more difficult for some troops to find counselors with specific experience, education and access to meaningful activities related to the topic. 
  • The Counselors are registered through the Heart of Virginia - Arrohattoc District.
  • They are qualified and truly enthusiastic about their area of expertise.
  • A Scout will have the opportunity to earn up to two merit badges at this event. (A limited number of spots are available for the Reading and Scholarship Merit Badges to be reviewed with the Counselors during lunch).
  • These are not "give-away" merit badges; and this is not a "merit badge factory."
    • Each Scout is expected to fulfill all the requirements by reading the Merit Badge book assigned for the class, attending classes, doing homework, and completing any required prerequisites before they come.
If a requirement uses words like "show," "demonstrate," or "discuss," then every Scout must do that.
Just filling out the workbook is NOT sufficient.
    What Merit Badges are being offered?
    American Business, Archaeology, Automotive Maintenance, Aviation, Chemistry, Chess, Citizenship in the Community*, Communication*, Crime Prevention, Electricity, Engineering, Fire Safety, Geology, Indian Lore, Movie Making, Photography, Public Health, (Reading), (Scholarship), Space Exploration, Sustainability*, Traffic Safety and Weather.

    For full day class selections, please select your top 2 choices. We will do our best to get you into your top choice.
    • If you are not selecting one of the full day classes, you can select from the list of half day classes. 
    • Please select your top 2 choices. We will do our best to place you in your top selections. 
    • We ask for 2 choices as some courses may run at the same time or may be cancelled due to lack of interest. 
    *notes Eagle Required 


    Who can attend the Merit Badge Day?
    This event is open to registered Boy Scouts, Varsity Scouts, and Venture Scouts who are qualified to work on Boy Scout advancement. 

    When and Where will the Merit Badge University be held?
    When: Saturday March 28, 2020
    Where: Woodlake United Methodist Church,

    What is the schedule for the day?
    Registration/ Check In 7:30 am - 8:15 am (Main Building) 
    Opening Ceremony 8:15 am 
    Morning Session 8:30 am - 11:30 am
    Lunch 11:30 am - 12:30 pm
    Afternoon Session 12:30 pm - 3:30 pm 
    Check Out 3:45 pm (Side Doors of School Building)

    A payment of $10 for the cost of the event (includes class supplies, pizza lunch, chips and drink) will be due once you complete this registration. 
    Please note NO REFUNDS will be given.
     
    When is the registration cutoff? 
        The registration cutoff date is Friday, March 20, 2020 or when classes are full.

    Should I wear my Scout uniform?
    Wear your Class A uniforms at all times unless otherwise instructed by your Merit Badge counselor.

    Health and Safety
    • Scouts should take their own medicine as needed before arriving.
    • No running inside the buildings.
    • No alcohol, illegal drugs, fireworks, firearms, slingshots, tobacco or anything else that might distract from the learning environment will be allowed.
    How should I plan for snacks and lunch?
    Lunch will be provided by Boy Scout Troop 2860. Please bring your water bottle.
    Snacks may be available for purchase during breaks.

    Conduct and Discipline

    By registering, scout participants agree, "As a participant of the Merit Badge Day, I will:
    1. Observe the Scout Oath (or Promise) and the Scout Law. 
    2. Wear my official Class A uniform. 
    3. Attend the classes I am assigned and stay with the group at all times. 
    4. Be personally responsible for breakage, damage, or loss of property. 
    5. Be courteous to other students, counselors, and staff. 
    6. Clean up my classroom or area where we worked (Leave No Trace) at the end of each session. 
    7. Clean up my trash after eating a snack or lunch. 
    What about Blue Cards?
    All Scouts must bring signed (by troop leader) blue cards with them.

    What preparation do I need before I come?
    • You must read the merit badge pamphlet for the badge you are taking before your class begins. 
    • Every Scout is required to come prepared to participate! 
    • Scouts must exhibit courteous and respectful behaviors toward the counselors who are leading the classes. 
    • Scouts are encouraged to print the worksheets available at https://www.scouting.org/programs/scouts-bsa/advancement-and-awards/merit-badges/
    • If there are pre-requisites listed when you register, the scout must be complete them before the event. 
    Partial Completion
    • If a Scout does not come prepared and is unable to complete his merit badge, a “partial” completion will be noted on his blue card and it will be returned to the scout.
    • Merit Badge Day counselors are seldom available to serve as counselor after the event ends, unless arrangements are made which are acceptable to the Scout, his parents, and the counselor.
    Questions?
    Email Troop 2860 at MeritBadgeDay@Troop2860.org

    If you chose to mail a check:

    Make it payable to "TROOP 2860"
    Mail to: Woodlake United Methodist Church, c/o Troop 2860 Attn: Hope Mezynski, 15640 Hampton Park Dr, Chesterfield, VA 23832


    Please complete and email the following to MeritBadgeDay@Troop2860.org
    Signed BSA Activity Consent Form
    Bring (DO NOT EMAIL) Completed, current BSA Medical Forms Parts A&B



    NO SCOUT CAN PARTICIPATE WITHOUT A SIGNED BSA ACTIVITY CONSENT FORM AND COMPLETED BSA MEDICAL FORM

    Once selections are made, payment, medical forms and activity consent is received, you will receive an email with confirmation to attend on March 28, 2020.

    There are NO REFUNDS 

    Scouts: Be sure to bring a water bottle, paper, pencil, signed BLUE CARDS, BSA Scout Handbook, merit badge book & merit badge worksheet(s).
    We will be selling some snack options throughout the day.

    You can sign up at the Troop 2860 Store which can be found here.