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Merit Badge Opportunities - NEW POSTINGS - 8.24.15!!!!!!!!

 

Merit Badge Courses Approved - September thru December 2015

 

September 26, 2015  Discovery Place  Digital Technology, Programming, Weather

September 27, 2015  Discovery Place  Space Exploration

October 17, 2015  Back Creek Presbyterian Church  Radio

November 7, 2015  Discovery Place  Chemistry, Electricity

November 8, 2015  Discovery Place  Electronics

November 13-15, 2015  North Carolina Transportation Museum, Spencer, NC, Rail Camp   Railroading MB

November 18, 21, 2015  Public Health

December 5, 2015  Discovery Place  Robotics

December 6, 2015  Discovery Place  Space Exploration

 

  

A "MASTER LIST" of all Merit Badges for the August thru December 2015 are listed below is available -   CLICK HERE for this document!!

 

 

Discovery Place Merit Badge Weekend

 

Electronics Merit Badge

 

Sunday, August 23, 2015, 12:30 pm to 4:30 pm

 

Website:  http://www.discoveryplace.org/

Location of event:  Discovery Place, 301 N Tryon St, Charlotte, NC 28202, 704 372 6261

Minimum class size:  8

Maximum class size:  20

Cost:  Cost is $35 for one class or $55 for two classes for registration before or on August 18, 2015.  For registration after August 18, cost is $40 for one class or $60 for two classes.

Scouts may register for a maximum of 2 classes during this weekend program.

Discovery Place is not able to offer a refund if a Scout is not able to attend.  However, if a Scout is not able to attend, he may notify Discovery Place of his situation and either recruit a Scout to take his place or ask Discovery Place to apply his paid fee toward his registration for a future merit badge program.

Method of registration:   Please call the Discovery Place at 704 372 6261 ext. 300 to register.  Scouts must register in advance to participate.

Registration opens:   Monday, July 6, 2015

Registration closes:   When class is full

Age requirement:  Ages 12 to 17

 

Blue card requirement:  Scouts must present to the counselor a separate blue card signed by their Scoutmaster indicating permission to participate in the course(s).

 

Parents are welcome to attend all sessions.

 

Electronics Merit Badge Preparation before class: 

1.  Print Merit Badge requirements from 

http://www.scouting.org/Home/BoyScouts/AdvancementandAwards/MeritBadges/mb-ELET.aspx

or

http://meritbadge.org/wiki/index.php/Electronics

or

workbook at http://meritbadge.org/wiki/images/e/ee/Electronics.pdf

2.  Scouts must Be Prepared by working on requirement 5a before class.  Write down a definition of  electrical current, voltage, electrical resistance, Ohm’s Law.  You can find good information at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Electric_current

Look for other sources of information also.  You must bring this written homework with you to class.

3.  Scouts must Be Prepared by working on requirement 5b before class.  Write down the names of 3 kinds of test instruments used in electronics.  You can find good information at

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Electrical_and_electronic_measuring_equipment

and

http://www.electropedia.org/iev/iev.nsf/index?openform&part=313

Write down basic information about an ammeter, voltmeter, and ohmmeter.

You must bring this written homework with you to class.

4.  Scouts must Be Prepared by working on requirement 6 at home and must write down information about careers in electronics and about the training and education needed for these careers.  You must bring this written homework with you to class.

5.  Scouts must read the merit badge book before class.

6.  Although not required, Scouts should complete Electricity Merit Badge before working on Electronics Merit Badge.

 

Partial or Full Completion:  Full completion of this merit badge is possible IF Scouts complete above preparations before class.

 

Food:  Food is available for purchase at Discovery Place.  Scouts may pack their own lunches and eat them in the dining area at Discovery Place.  Eating or drinking during the class sessions will not be allowed.

 

Clothing:  Scouts are expected to wear their field uniform (“Class A” uniform) with Scouts pants and shirt to demonstrate participation as a Scout and to reinforce Scouting values and behavior during the course.  Scouts must wear closed-toe shoes or boots (not sandals) with socks to classes for safety.

 

 

 

 

Discovery Place Merit Badge Weekend

 

Sunday, August 23, 2015, 4:30 pm to 6:00 pm

Cyber Chip course for Scouts and Parents

(Cyber Chip is not a merit badge but is required for

Digital Technology and Programming Merit Badges offered on

September 26, 2015.)

 

Saturday, September 26, 2015

Digital Technology Merit Badge, 10:15 am to 1:15 pm

Programming Merit Badge, 1:45 am to 5:30 pm

 

Website:  http://www.discoveryplace.org/

Location of event:  Discovery Place, 301 N Tryon St, Charlotte, NC 28202, 704 372 6261

Minimum class size:  8

Maximum class size:  20

 

Cost:  Cost is $10 for Cyber Chip class for registration before or on August 18, 2015.  For Cyber Chip class registration after August 18, cost is $15.

 

Cost is $35 for one merit badge class or $55 for two merit badge classes for registration before or on September 22, 2015.  For registration after September 22, cost is $40 for one class or $60 for two classes.

 

Scouts may register for a maximum of 2 classes during this weekend program. 

Because Scouts registering for either or both of Digital Technology and/or Programming Merit Badges are required to have completed their Cyber Chip, qualified Scouts are encouraged, but not required, to register for both Digital Technology and Programming Merit Badges during the same weekend.

 

Discovery Place is not able to offer a refund if a Scout is not able to attend.  However, if a Scout is not able to attend, he may notify Discovery Place of his situation and either recruit a Scout to take his place or ask Discovery Place to apply his paid fee toward his registration for a future merit badge program.

 

Method of registration:   Please call the Discovery Place at 704 372 6261 ext. 300 to register.  Scouts must register in advance to participate.

Registration opens:   Monday, July 6, 2015

Registration closes:   When class is full

Age requirement:  Ages 12 to 17 for Weather and Space Exploration, ages 13 to 17 for Digital Technology and Programming

 

Blue card requirement:  Scouts must present to the counselor a separate blue card signed by their Scoutmaster indicating permission to participate in the course(s).

 

Parents are welcome to attend all sessions.

 

Cyber Chip is for Scouts and parents are requested to attend. 

 

Here is homework to do before the course:

 

1.  Before class, learn about Cyber Chip at

http://www.scouting.org/filestore/youthprotection/pdf/100-053.pdf

and

http://www.scouting.org/cyberchip.aspx

and

http://www.scouting.org/Training/YouthProtection/CyberChip/Grades6-8.aspx

and

http://www.scouting.org/Training/YouthProtection/CyberChip/Grades9-12.aspx

 

2.  Scouts in grades 6 to 8 and Scouts in grades 9 to 12 use different sections of the same workbook.  Before class, all Scouts should print the Cyber Chip workbook from

http://usscouts.org/advance/docs/Boy-Scout-Cyber-Chip.pdf

 

3.  Before class, please print, then review and sign with a parent and Scout leader, this document:

http://www.scouting.org/filestore/youthprotection/pdf/100-055_WB.pdf

 

4.  Before or after class, in your workbook, complete requirement 2 by writing the contract with your parent(s) on your use of computers and mobile devices.

 

5.  Before or after class, for Scouts in grades 6 to 8, go to www.netsmartz.org/scouting and watch the video “Friend or Fake” and two additional videos to learn how friends can help each other to stay safe online.

Document your activity in your workbook.

 

6.  Before or after class, for Scouts in grades 9 to 12, discuss with your parents the benefits and potential dangers teenagers might experience when using social media and give examples.

For Scouts in grades 9 to 12, go to www.netsmartz.org/scouting and watch three videos to learn about impact on teens

Document your activity in your workbook.

 

7.  After class, using the EDGE method, teach some aspect of “netiquette” to your troop or patrol.

 

Review EDGE method:

Explain how it is done.

Demonstrate the steps.

Guide learners as they practice.

Enable them to succeed on their own.

See http://www.scouting.org/filestore/pdf/26-242.pdf  pages 11-13, other websites by Google search.

 

With a buddy or your patrol, organize and execute a program to teach “netiquette” to your patrol or troop.  You may include Scout leaders and parents.

Topics might include:

Posting information, news, photos

Maintaining privacy

Appropriate use of social media

Chatting with strangers

 

Document your activity in your workbook.

 

8.  Discuss with your unit leader the acceptable standards and practices for using allowed electronic devices, such as phones and games, at your meetings and other Scouting events.

 

Document your activity in your workbook.

 

You may register for Digital Technology and/or Programming Merit Badge Courses before your complete your Cyber Chip, but you must complete your Cyber Chip to attend the Digital Technology and/or Programming Merit Badge Courses. 

 

Digital Technology Merit Badge Preparation before class: 

1.  Print Merit Badge requirements from 

http://www.scouting.org/Home/BoyScouts/AdvancementandAwards/MeritBadges/mb-DIG_TECH.aspx

or

http://meritbadge.org/wiki/index.php/Digital_Technology

or

workbook at http://meritbadge.org/wiki/images/d/d2/Digital_Technology.pdf

 

2.  Before class, Scouts must Be Prepared reading the merit badge book.

 

3.  Before class, Scouts must Be Prepared by completing their Cyber Chip.

 

4.  Before class, Scouts must make written notes on requirements 2, 3, 4.  For requirement 4 b, write down the names of 4 programs or apps that you or your family use.

 

5.  Before class, Scouts must complete requirement 5 b.  Although not required, performing a search on how to plan a campfire could be useful for many Scouts, because Communications Merit Badge requirement 8 includes an option to plan a campfire.

 

Before class, Scouts must review with a parent that requirement 5 c will be covered in class, if parent approves.  If a parent does not approve the Scout participating in this activity in class, the Scout or parent must convey that information to the Merit Badge Counselor before class begins.

 

6.  Before class, Scouts should complete requirement 6 at home and bring their completed digital projects to class on a CD or thumb drive (memory stick). 

 

7.  Before class, Scouts should research topics for requirement 9a at home and bring their notes to class.

 

 

Programming Merit Badge Preparation before class: 

1.  Print Merit Badge requirements from 

http://www.scouting.org/scoutsource/BoyScouts/AdvancementandAwards/MeritBadges/mb-PROG.aspx

or

http://meritbadge.org/wiki/index.php/Programming

or

workbook at http://meritbadge.org/wiki/images/a/a7/Programming.pdf

 

2.  Before class, Scouts must Be Prepared reading the merit badge book.

 

3.  Before class, Scouts must Be Prepared by completing their Cyber Chip.

 

4.  Before class, Scouts must Be Prepared by researching requirement 1b.  Make notes on your definitions of repetitive stress injuries, eyestrain.  Write down definitions for carpal tunnel syndrome, cubital tunnel syndrome, tendonitis, tennis elbow.

See http://rsi.unl.edu/

 

5.  Before class, Scouts must Be Prepared by researching requirements 2, 3, 4, and 6, and making written notes.

 

6.  Before class, Scouts must Be Prepared by checking out this BSA website:

http://boyslife.org/section/about-scouts/merit-badge-resources/programming/

 

In the section, Get Started Programming:

Click on a programming language you are familiar with, or a new one, follow the instructions to download the freeware, with permission from a parent. 

Become familiar with how this process works.

 

Repeat the process with a new programming language.

 

 

Partial or Full Completion:  Full completion of these merit badges is possible IF Scouts complete above preparations before class.

 

Food:  Food is available for purchase at Discovery Place.  Scouts may pack their own lunches and eat them in the dining area at Discovery Place.  Eating or drinking during the class sessions will not be allowed.

 

Clothing:  Scouts are expected to wear their field uniform (“Class A” uniform) with Scouts pants and shirt to demonstrate participation as a Scout and to reinforce Scouting values and behavior during the course.  Scouts must wear closed-toe shoes or boots (not sandals) with socks to classes for safety.

 

 

Discovery Place Merit Badge Weekend

 

Weather Merit Badge

 

Saturday, September 26, 2015, 10:15 am to 1:15 pm

 

Website:  http://www.discoveryplace.org/

Location of event:  Discovery Place, 301 N Tryon St, Charlotte, NC 28202, 704 372 6261

Minimum class size:  8

Maximum class size:  20

 

Cost:  Cost is $35 for one merit badge class or $55 for two merit badge classes for registration before or on September 22, 2015.  For registration after September 22, cost is $40 for one class or $60 for two classes.

 

Discovery Place is not able to offer a refund if a Scout is not able to attend.  However, if a Scout is not able to attend, he may notify Discovery Place of his situation and either recruit a Scout to take his place or ask Discovery Place to apply his paid fee toward his registration for a future merit badge program.

 

Method of registration:   Please call the Discovery Place at 704 372 6261 ext. 300 to register.  Scouts must register in advance to participate.

Registration opens:   Monday, July 6, 2015

Registration closes:   When class is full

Age requirement:  Ages 12 to 17 for Weather and Space Exploration

 

Blue card requirement:  Scouts must present to the counselor a separate blue card signed by their Scoutmaster indicating permission to participate in the course(s).

 

Parents are welcome to attend all sessions.

 

Weather Merit Badge Preparation before class: 

1.  Print Merit Badge requirements from 

http://www.scouting.org/scoutsource/BoyScouts/AdvancementandAwards/MeritBadges/mb-WEAT.aspx

or

http://meritbadge.org/wiki/index.php/Weather

or

workbook at http://meritbadge.org/wiki/images/a/a0/Weather.pdf

 

2.  Scouts must Be Prepared by completing requirement 1, 2, 4 in writing at home before class and must bring written results with them to class.

 

3.  Scouts must Be Prepared by researching cloud types for requirement 5.

 

Check out:

http://eo.ucar.edu/webweather/cloud3.html

and

http://www.weatherwizkids.com/weather-clouds.htm

 

6.  Scouts must Be Prepared by completing requirement 6 in writing at home before class and must bring written results with them to class.

 

7.  Scouts should learn about weather instruments.  Please write out definitions of

wind vane

anemometer

rain gauge

hygrometer

barometer

thermometer

See http://www.weatherwizkids.com/weather-instruments.htm

 

Scouts will complete requirement 9b during the class.

 

8.  To complete Weather MB on the day of the Weather MB class, Scouts must prepare an outline of a talk on a weather-related topic, such as,

lightning safety

flash flood safety

tornado safety

acid rain

For weather safety talks, know and explain weather warnings and weather watches.

 

Scouts must work with a parent or Scout leader to email a copy of their outline to the Weather MB counselor Chris Eckart at ChrisE@discoveryplace.org to obtain MB counselor review and approval before presenting the talk.  After the counselor approves the outline, Scouts must give the talk and document the activity in their Weather MH notebook with a Scout leader signature to be able to complete the Weather MB requirement.

 

Alternatively, the Scout can present his weather safety talk outline to the Weather Merit Badge Counselor on the day of the course, return to his home troop to give his talk, document the activity in their Weather MH notebook with a Scout leader signature, and then contact Discovery Place to arrange a follow-up meeting at Discovery Place with the Merit Badge Counselor to get his blue card signed off to be able to complete the Weather MB requirement.

 

Good sources of information for a weather safety talk include:

 

http://www.nws.noaa.gov/com/weatherreadynation/#.VHag7NLF8l8

then click on Are You Weather-Ready? and pick a topic of interest.

 

www.myscouting.org

If you do not have an account, create one, then log in and go to E-Learning under Training, then scroll the course list under any of the tabs until you find Weather Hazards, then Take Course.  Make notes on the material, including questions and answers.

 

7.  Scouts must read the merit badge book before class.

 

Partial or Full Completion:  Full completion of this merit badges is possible IF Scouts complete above preparations before class.

 

Food:  Food is available for purchase at Discovery Place.  Scouts may pack their own lunches and eat them in the dining area at Discovery Place.  Eating or drinking during the class sessions will not be allowed.

 

Clothing:  Scouts are expected to wear their field uniform (“Class A” uniform) with Scouts pants and shirt to demonstrate participation as a Scout and to reinforce Scouting values and behavior during the course.  Scouts must wear closed-toe shoes or boots (not sandals) with socks to classes for safety.

 

 

Discovery Place Merit Badge Weekend

 

Space Exploration Merit Badge

 

Sunday, September 27, 2015, 12:30 pm to 4:30 pm

 

Website:  http://www.discoveryplace.org/

Location of event:  Discovery Place, 301 N Tryon St, Charlotte, NC 28202, 704 372 6261

Minimum class size:  8

Maximum class size:  20

 

Cost:  Cost is $35 for one merit badge class or $55 for two merit badge classes for registration before or on September 22, 2015.  For registration after September 22, cost is $40 for one class or $60 for two classes.

 

Discovery Place is not able to offer a refund if a Scout is not able to attend.  However, if a Scout is not able to attend, he may notify Discovery Place of his situation and either recruit a Scout to take his place or ask Discovery Place to apply his paid fee toward his registration for a future merit badge program.

 

Method of registration:   Please call the Discovery Place at 704 372 6261 ext. 300 to register.  Scouts must register in advance to participate.

Registration opens:   Monday, July 6, 2015

Registration closes:   When class is full

Age requirement:  Ages 12 to 17 for Weather and Space Exploration

 

Blue card requirement:  Scouts must present to the counselor a separate blue card signed by their Scoutmaster indicating permission to participate in the course(s).

 

Parents are welcome to attend all sessions.

 

Space Exploration Merit Badge Preparation before class: 

1.  Print Merit Badge requirements from 

http://www.scouting.org/scoutsource/BoyScouts/AdvancementandAwards/MeritBadges/mb-SPEX.aspx

or

http://meritbadge.org/wiki/index.php/Space_Exploration

or

workbook at http://meritbadge.org/wiki/images/7/7a/Space_Exploration.pdf

 

2.  Scouts must Be Prepared by completing all parts of requirement 1 abcd at home before class and must bring their written information with them to class to discuss. 

 

3.  Scouts must Be Prepared by completing requirement 2 at home before class and must bring written results with them to class. 

 

4.  Scouts must Be Prepared for requirement 3 by drawing a diagram of a rocket and labeling the parts from requirement 3.  A Google search shows many examples of rocket diagrams.

You must bring your rocket diagram to class.

 

5.  Scouts must Be Prepared by completing both parts of requirement 5a at home before class and must bring written results with them to class. 

For information on robotic missions, see

http://robots.open.ac.uk/space/missions.html

and

http://robots.open.ac.uk/space/pastmissions.html

 

For information on US manned space missions (Mercury, Gemini, Apollo, Space Shuttle), see

http://www.nasa.gov/missions/index.html#.VGbBEDTF8l8

 

6.  Scouts must Be Prepared by completing requirement 8 at home before class and must bring written results with them to class.

. 

7.  Scouts must read the merit badge book before class.

 

Partial or Full Completion:  Full completion of  this merit badge is possible IF Scouts complete above preparations before class.

 

Food:  Food is available for purchase at Discovery Place.  Scouts may pack their own lunches and eat them in the dining area at Discovery Place.  Eating or drinking during the class sessions will not be allowed.

 

Clothing:  Requirement 2 states:  Build, launch, and recover a model rocket.  Scouts will be outside for this activity.  Scouts should be prepared with clothing appropriate to the weather.  Please dress accordingly for the weather and ambient temperature.  You will need to dress in layers with a hat if your course is scheduled for a cold winter day. 


 


Discovery Place Merit Badge Weekend

 

Saturday, November 7, 2015

 

Electricity Merit Badge, 10:15 am to 1:15 pm

Chemistry Merit Badge, 1:45 pm to 5:30 pm

 

Website:  http://www.discoveryplace.org/

Location of event:  Discovery Place, 301 N Tryon St, Charlotte, NC 28202, 704 372 6261

Minimum class size:  8

Maximum class size:  20

Cost:  Cost is $35 for one class or $55 for two classes for registration before or on November 3, 2015.  For registration after November 3, cost is $40 for one class or $60 for two classes.

Scouts may register for a maximum of 2 classes during this weekend program.

Discovery Place is not able to offer a refund if a Scout is not able to attend.  However, if a Scout is not able to attend, he may notify Discovery Place of his situation and either recruit a Scout to take his place or ask Discovery Place to apply his paid fee toward his registration for a future merit badge program.

Method of registration:   Please call the Discovery Place at 704 372 6261 ext. 300 to register.  Scouts must register in advance to participate.

Registration opens:   Monday, September 28, 2014

Registration closes:   When class is full

Age requirement:  Ages 12 to 17

 

Blue card requirement:  Scouts must present to the counselor a separate blue card signed by their Scoutmaster indicating permission to participate in the course(s).

 

Parents are welcome to attend all sessions.

 

Chemistry Merit Badge Preparation before class: 

1.  Print Merit Badge requirements from 

http://www.scouting.org/Home/BoyScouts/AdvancementandAwards/MeritBadges/mb-CHEM.aspx

or

http://meritbadge.org/wiki/index.php/Chemistry

or

workbook at http://usscouts.org/mb/worksheets/Chemistry.pdf

2.  Scouts must Be Prepared by researching requirements 6 b, c, d, 7 b before class and by writing down some information about these topics in their notebooks.

3.  Scouts must read the merit badge book before class.

 

Electricity Merit Badge Preparation before class: 

1.  Print Merit Badge requirements from 

http://www.scouting.org/Home/BoyScouts/AdvancementandAwards/MeritBadges/mb-ELEC.aspx

or

http://meritbadge.org/wiki/index.php/Electricity

or

workbook at http://usscouts.org/mb/worksheets/Electricity.pdf

2.  Scouts must Be Prepared by completing requirement 2 before class and must bring their completed home inspection checklist signed by an adult with them to class.  The workbook at http://usscouts.org/mb/worksheets/Electricity.pdf contains a Home Inspection Checklist for requirement 2 on pages 7 and 8.

3.  Scouts must Be Prepared by completing complete requirements 8 and 9a at home and bring written results with them to class.  Here is information on how to read an electric meter:

http://energy.gov/energysaver/articles/how-read-your-electric-meter

and/or

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qXMtwuC3RB8

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nnvWjHeK7IQ

4.  Scouts must read the merit badge book before class.

Partial or Full Completion:  Full completion of any of these merit badges is possible IF Scouts complete above preparations before class.

 

Food:  Food is available for purchase at Discovery Place.  Scouts may pack their own lunches and eat them in the dining area at Discovery Place.  Eating or drinking during the class sessions will not be allowed.

 

Clothing:  Scouts are expected to wear their field uniform (“Class A” uniform) with Scouts pants and shirt to demonstrate participation as a Scout and to reinforce Scouting values and behavior during the course.  Scouts must wear closed-toe shoes or boots (not sandals) with socks to classes for safety. 

 

 

 

 



Discovery Place Merit Badge Weekend

 

Electronics Merit Badge

 

Sunday, November 8, 2015, 12:30 pm to 4:30 pm

 

Website:  http://www.discoveryplace.org/

Location of event:  Discovery Place, 301 N Tryon St, Charlotte, NC 28202, 704 372 6261

Minimum class size:  8

Maximum class size:  20

Cost:  Cost is $35 for one class or $55 for two classes for registration before or on November 3, 2015.  For registration after November 3, cost is $40 for one class or $60 for two classes.

Scouts may register for a maximum of 2 classes during this weekend program.

Discovery Place is not able to offer a refund if a Scout is not able to attend.  However, if a Scout is not able to attend, he may notify Discovery Place of his situation and either recruit a Scout to take his place or ask Discovery Place to apply his paid fee toward his registration for a future merit badge program.

Method of registration:   Please call the Discovery Place at 704 372 6261 ext. 300 to register.  Scouts must register in advance to participate.

Registration opens:   Monday, September 28, 2014

Registration closes:   When class is full

Age requirement:  Ages 12 to 17

 

Blue card requirement:  Scouts must present to the counselor a separate blue card signed by their Scoutmaster indicating permission to participate in the course(s).

 

Parents are welcome to attend all sessions.

 

Electronics Merit Badge Preparation before class: 

1.  Print Merit Badge requirements from 

http://www.scouting.org/Home/BoyScouts/AdvancementandAwards/MeritBadges/mb-ELET.aspx

or

http://meritbadge.org/wiki/index.php/Electronics

or

workbook at http://meritbadge.org/wiki/images/e/ee/Electronics.pdf

2.  Scouts must Be Prepared by working on requirement 5a before class.  Write down a definition of  electrical current, voltage, electrical resistance, Ohm’s Law.  You can find good information at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Electric_current

Look for other sources of information also.  You must bring this written homework with you to class.

3.  Scouts must Be Prepared by working on requirement 5b before class.  Write down the names of 3 kinds of test instruments used in electronics.  You can find good information at

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Electrical_and_electronic_measuring_equipment

and

http://www.electropedia.org/iev/iev.nsf/index?openform&part=313

Write down basic information about an ammeter, voltmeter, and ohmmeter.

You must bring this written homework with you to class.

4.  Scouts must Be Prepared by working on requirement 6 at home and must write down information about careers in electronics and about the training and education needed for these careers.  You must bring this written homework with you to class.

5.  Scouts must read the merit badge book before class.

6.  Although not required, Scouts should complete Electricity Merit Badge before working on Electronics Merit Badge.

 

Partial or Full Completion:  Full completion of any of these merit badges is possible IF Scouts complete above preparations before class.

 

Food:  Food is available for purchase at Discovery Place.  Scouts may pack their own lunches and eat them in the dining area at Discovery Place.  Eating or drinking during the class sessions will not be allowed.

 

Clothing:  Scouts are expected to wear their field uniform (“Class A” uniform) with Scouts pants and shirt to demonstrate participation as a Scout and to reinforce Scouting values and behavior during the course.  Scouts must wear closed-toe shoes or boots (not sandals) with socks to classes for safety. 

 


 

The North Carolina Transportation Museum in Spencer, NC has posted their Railroading Merit Badge programs for 2015.  Click on BADGE for Merit Badge worksheet!!!


Friday thru Sunday, November 13-15, 2015


Boy Scout Rail Camp featuring an opportunity for Scouts to work on Railroading Merit Badge will be held Friday-Saturday-Sunday, November 13-14-15, 2015.  For more information, see http://www.nctrans.org/Special-Programs---Tours/Boy-Scout-Rail-Camp.aspx

For both events, the following guidelines apply:
1.  Scouts must pre-register.
2.  Scouts must attend as part of a patrol or Troop group, with 2 adult leaders present at all times.
3.  The merit badge courses are supervised under the direction of an adult Scout leader registered with the Boy Scouts of America as a merit badge counselor and will be current on BSA Youth Protection at the time the courses are held. 
4.  Each patrol or Troop attending will be responsible for verifying the Scouts participation and knowledge of the subject matter and signing off the blue cards indicating completion of the merit badge. 
Merit badge course staff will not be signing off on completed merit badges.

 

 

 


 
 

Discovery Place Merit Badge Weekend

 

Robotics Merit Badge

 

Saturday, December 5, 2015, 10:15 am to 5:30 pm

 

Website:  http://www.discoveryplace.org/

Location of event:  Discovery Place, 301 N Tryon St, Charlotte, NC 28202, 704 372 6261

Minimum class size:  8

Maximum class size:  20

Cost:  Cost is $35 for Space Exploration and $55 for Robotics for registration before or on December 1, 2015.  For registration after December 1, cost is $40 for Space Exploration or $60 for Robotics.  Scouts may register for either one or both classes during this weekend program.

Discovery Place is not able to offer a refund if a Scout is not able to attend.  However, if a Scout is not able to attend, he may notify Discovery Place of his situation and either recruit a Scout to take his place or ask Discovery Place to apply his paid fee toward his registration for a future merit badge program.

Method of registration:   Please call the Discovery Place at 704 372 6261 ext. 300 to register.  Scouts must register in advance to participate.

Registration opens:   Monday, October 26, 2015

Registration closes:   When class is full

Age requirement:  Ages 12 to 17 for Space Exploration, ages 13 to 17 for Robotics

 

Blue card requirement:  Scouts must present to the counselor a separate blue card signed by their Scoutmaster indicating permission to participate in the course(s).

 

Parents are welcome to attend all sessions.

 

Robotics Merit Badge Preparation before class: 

1.  Print Merit Badge requirements from 

http://www.scouting.org/scoutsource/BoyScouts/AdvancementandAwards/MeritBadges/mb-ROBO.aspx

or

http://meritbadge.org/wiki/index.php/Robotics

or

workbook at http://meritbadge.org/wiki/images/7/7a/Robotics.pdf

 

2.  Scouts must Be Prepared by researching requirement 3 before class and by writing down some information about these topics in their notebooks.  Take photos or videos to illustrate

3 of the 5 major fields of robotics or find links to web pages that show these fields, and bring this information to class on a memory stick or on smart phone or printed or written on paper

 

3.  Requirement 6 has a choice of 2 activities for completion. 

 

Because local robotics competitions are rare, Scouts are encouraged to choose requirement 6 b.

Choice b is to find out information on robotics competitions. 

Scouts must Be Prepared by researching requirement 6 b before class and by writing down some information about these topics in their notebooks.

 

Check out information on youth robotics competitions in North Carolina at

http://ncfirstrobotics.org/

Please note a local youth robotics competition event on Saturday, January 3, 2015, in Cornelius.

See http://www.usfirst.org/whats-going-on/event/15359?ProgramCode=FRC

 

Check out youtube.com.  You might search for “youth robot competition” or “youth robot competition Lego”.

 

Here is information on a local robotics team at CPCC:  http://www.yetirobotics.org/wp/

 

Check out the dancing robot from Gastonia at http://www.cyberkidsrobotics.com/

 

Check out http://zerorobotics.mit.edu/

 

Check out Entrepreneur High School in Charlotte at http://www.entrepreneurhighschool.org/home.html

And

http://skillsusa.org/competitions/skillsusa-championships/contest-descriptions/

Open the panels for

Robotics: Urban Search and Rescue (Demonstration)

and view some of the videos showing robots in competition settings.

 

4.  Scouts must Be Prepared by researching requirement 7 before class and by writing down some information about these topics in their notebooks.

 

5.  Scouts must read the merit badge book before class.

 

Partial or Full Completion:  Full completion of this merit badges is possible IF Scouts complete above preparations before class.

 

Food:  Food is available for purchase at Discovery Place.  Scouts may pack their own lunches and eat them in the dining area at Discovery Place.  Eating or drinking during the class sessions will not be allowed.

 

Clothing:  Scouts are expected to wear their field uniform (“Class A” uniform) with Scouts pants and shirt to demonstrate participation as a Scout and to reinforce Scouting values and behavior during the course.  Scouts must wear closed-toe shoes or boots (not sandals) with socks to classes for safety.


 


Discovery Place Merit Badge Weekend

 

Space Exploration Merit Badge

 

Sunday, December 6, 2015, 12:30 pm to 4:30 pm

 

Website:  http://www.discoveryplace.org/

Location of event:  Discovery Place, 301 N Tryon St, Charlotte, NC 28202, 704 372 6261

Minimum class size:  8

Maximum class size:  20

 

Cost:  Cost is $35 for one merit badge class or $55 for two merit badge classes for registration before or on December 1, 2015.  For registration after December 1, cost is $40 for one class or $60 for two classes.

 

Discovery Place is not able to offer a refund if a Scout is not able to attend.  However, if a Scout is not able to attend, he may notify Discovery Place of his situation and either recruit a Scout to take his place or ask Discovery Place to apply his paid fee toward his registration for a future merit badge program.

 

Method of registration:   Please call the Discovery Place at 704 372 6261 ext. 300 to register.  Scouts must register in advance to participate.

Registration opens:   Monday, October 26, 2015

Registration closes:   When class is full

Age requirement:  Ages 12 to 17 for Weather and Space Exploration

 

Blue card requirement:  Scouts must present to the counselor a separate blue card signed by their Scoutmaster indicating permission to participate in the course(s).

 

Parents are welcome to attend all sessions.


Space Exploration Merit Badge Preparation before class: 

1.  Print Merit Badge requirements from 

http://www.scouting.org/scoutsource/BoyScouts/AdvancementandAwards/MeritBadges/mb-SPEX.aspx

or

http://meritbadge.org/wiki/index.php/Space_Exploration

or

workbook at http://meritbadge.org/wiki/images/7/7a/Space_Exploration.pdf

 

2.  Scouts must Be Prepared by completing all parts of requirement 1 abcd at home before class and must bring their written information with them to class to discuss. 

 

3.  Scouts must Be Prepared by completing requirement 2 at home before class and must bring written results with them to class. 

 

4.  Scouts must Be Prepared for requirement 3 by drawing a diagram of a rocket and labeling the parts from requirement 3.  A Google search shows many examples of rocket diagrams.

You must bring your rocket diagram to class.

 

5.  Scouts must Be Prepared by completing both parts of requirement 5a at home before class and must bring written results with them to class. 

For information on robotic missions, see

http://robots.open.ac.uk/space/missions.html

and

http://robots.open.ac.uk/space/pastmissions.html

 

For information on US manned space missions (Mercury, Gemini, Apollo, Space Shuttle), see

http://www.nasa.gov/missions/index.html#.VGbBEDTF8l8

 

6.  Scouts must Be Prepared by completing requirement 8 at home before class and must bring written results with them to class.

. 

7.  Scouts must read the merit badge book before class.

 

Partial or Full Completion:  Full completion of  this merit badge is possible IF Scouts complete above preparations before class.

 

Food:  Food is available for purchase at Discovery Place.  Scouts may pack their own lunches and eat them in the dining area at Discovery Place.  Eating or drinking during the class sessions will not be allowed.

 

Clothing:  Requirement 2 states:  Build, launch, and recover a model rocket.  Scouts will be outside for this activity.  Scouts should be prepared with clothing appropriate to the weather.  Please dress accordingly for the weather and ambient temperature.  You will need to dress in layers with a hat if your course is scheduled for a cold winter day. 

 

 

 

BSA Publishes a New Eagle Project Book  

 BSA published a new Eagle Scout Project Workbook on May 20, 2014:

http://blog.scoutingmagazine.org/2014/06/24/eagle-scout-service-project-workbook-tweaked-to-make-your-job-easier/ 

http://www.mccscouting.org/ScoutingPrograms/Advancement/EagleScoutInformation.aspx

 

Here is a link to instructions on how to download the new workbook:

http://www.scouting.org/scoutsource/boyscouts/advancementandawards/eagleworkbookprocedures.aspx


Third Way to Wear Eagle Scout Palms -

In January of 2014, the BSA Awards and Insignia Committee approved a third place on the Scout uniform for wearing Eagle Palms.  Traditionally, Eagle Palms were and are worn on the Eagle medal ribbon by youth and adults and on the Eagle Scout Square Knot or the National Eagle Scout Association Square Knot by adults.  In 2014, youth may also wear Eagle Palms directly on their Eagle Scout oval cloth patches.  Placement on the patches is not specified.  Read more at
http://blog.scoutingmagazine.org/2014/05/01/now-theres-a-new-third-way-to-wear-eagle-scout-palms/


Eagle Scout—Merit Beyond the Badge!


A must read: Baylor University Research Finds Eagle Scouts Have Positive, Lasting Influence on American Society.

Download pdf: "Boy-Scouts-Report"

 


 

Merit Badge Updates

On Saturday and Sunday of November 1 and 2, Scouts participated in 6 merit badge programs. 

Discovery Place offered Electricity, Chemistry, and Electronics.  Latta Nature Center offered

Environmental Science and Nature, with the courses conducted at Rural Hill Farm.  Rural Hill Farm

also hosted Mammal Study.  

The picture attached shows Scouts pose with a beaver tree near McDowell Creek at Rural Hill

Farm as they work on Nature Merit Badge.

 

 

 

 

Apache District Meeting and Roundtable!

         Updated: 8/12//15

Thursday, August 13th, at Providence United Methodist Church (map)
6:15 pm Committee Meeting
7:30 pm Roundtable Meeting
8:10 pm with Cub Scout and Boy Scout  breakout meetings.


Check out our Roundtable Page for current themes and features!

Also get Roundtable Agenda downloads in pdf format.

See You There!

Angie White
Roundtable Commissioner

Apache Chapter - Order of the Arrow

        Updated: 8/12/15

         Monthly Chapter Meeting:
         Providence United Methodist Church
         7:30 pm - 8:30 pm
         At District Roundtable

         Visit the Catawba Lodge website!

We are asking that each troop bring at least one Order of the Arrow Troop Representative to this meeting.  All are welcome to attend.  The following is our meeting agenda for August 13, 2015.

Grow the success of Your Troop’s OA program!  Help your scouts be a part of leadership in their Troop as well as at the chapter level!
 
With questions, please contact: Chapter Chief Chalmers Middleton

Past Chapter Chief - Chester Ayd

Al Nedrich                    Larry Unferth      
Apache OA Adviser     Co-Advisor           
704.333.0001              704.607.1547      

Tony Roux                    AJ Ayd
Co-Advisor                   Co-Advisor
704.315.7103              704.954.4793

Apache District Committee Chairman's Message!

         Updated: 07/07/12

Stuart Tucker
Apache District Committee Chariman

To Apache Unit Leaders:
Apache District Notes: OA Adult Nominations


See District Chairman's Message on District Chairman's page.

 

Council News

         Updated: 06/15/12

Cash In, Trash Out
BSA Tour and Activity Plan-Update
Lowe's National Eagle Scout Project Impact Grant
Sign Up for 2013 Jamboree & 2012 Summit Shakedown Today!
North Carolina Eagle Scouts

read more >>


 

 

 

 

HELP WANTED!

Unit Commissioner to help Units succeed. Provide units with meaningful service that delivers Scouting ideals to youth, brings about membership growth, and ensures on-time charter renewal.

We are always in need of a new commissioner!

Contact: John Sequeria

Youth Protection

Youth Protection Training-Now Mandatory for All Leaders

IMPORTANT CHANGES TO 
THE BOY SCOUTS OF AMERICA 
YOUTH PROTECTION TRAINING POLICIES

To increase awareness of this societal problem and to create even greater barriers to abuse than already exist today in Scouting, the Boy Scouts of America is implementing several important changes to further enhance its Youth Protection policies. Please read on for more details of this change effective June 1, 2010.


Updated Youth Protection Policies

Frequently Asked Questions

New Delivery Method

Attention Cub Scout Leaders!!!


     
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Posted: 05/19/10

 

Apache District Key 4

 
 

You may obtain further information related to our district by e-mail to our Key 4 contacts or by a telephone call to our District Director or District Executive.

Key 4 Contacts:
District Chairman, Stuart Tucker, Chairman@ApacheMCC.org
District Commissioner, Don Herzhauser, Commissioner@ApacheMCC.org
District Director, John Crapster, John.Crapster@Scouting.org or 704.342.9324
Senior District Executive, John Bittinger,  John.Bittinger@Scouting.org or 704.342.9336

 

Send comments, questions or suggestions about the Apache District Sections of this web site to the Apache District Webmaster / Al Nedrich.