Merit Badge Fair

October TBD, 2020  |  7:00 am to 5:00 pm

Holy Covenant United Methodist Church
22111 Morton Rd.
Katy, TX 77449

The Merit Badge Fair is an opportunity for Scouts in troops, crews, or ships of any rank, to work on one or two merit badges. These are not giveaway merit badges, and this is not a merit badge factory. Each Scout is expected to prepare ahead of time (by reading the merit badge book and completing prerequisites), and to participate fully during the course in order to receive credit for the requirements completed. All Scouts are required to bring signed blue cards in order to work on merit badges.

Merit Badge Sash graphic

Adult participation is required to offer this event. Every unit with Scouts participating is expected to provide at least one volunteer for every six Scouts attending. Additional volunteers are needed and appreciated.

To print the page, scroll to the bottom and click on Printable View.

Registration

The cost to register is $10 per Scout which includes a patch and supplies. There is an extra $15 charge for the Cooking, Electronics, and Space Exploration badge. Registration can be completed by individuals or by the troop leaders. Registration closes 10/9/19.

At checkout, pay with a credit card, electronic check, or PayPal. Council refund policy

Registration opens in August.      2019 Prerequisites      Volunteer Staff Registration

Due to the popularity, and availability of counselors, some classes will fill up quickly. Scouts who register early have the best chance of getting the classes they want. Class sizes are limited. Classes will be canceled if a counselor is not found. Merit badge counselors are still needed.

Important: Before registering, check the Scout's school and troop calendar for conflicts. Check which merit badges the Scout has already completed. Have the Scout discuss which merit badges they should sign up for with their Scoutmaster or troop advancement chair.

Changes: Merit badge class selections can be changed after registering. See the instructions below or in your email receipt. 

Check for additional merit badge class opportunities on the council Scout Days webpage.

How to Register

Step 1: Select a participant: 
Step 2:
Step 3: Select a class 
Repeat step 2 and 3: 
Continue steps 1, 2 and 3 for additional participants

Step 4: Review the schedule.
Step 5:  
Step 6:
Step 7: Select payment type  
Step 8: 

Classes that are full will not appear.

What to Bring

Lunch

Scout needs to bring their own lunch or $5 cash for lunch (pizza or hotdog, plus chips, cookie and a drink). Additional snacks will be available for purchase, so bring extra cash. All food must be consumed in the gym. No food or drink is allowed to be consumed inside the classrooms. Adults are permitted to drink in classrooms, but only covered containers should be used. Scouts are expected to clean up after themselves.

Schedule

     7:00 - 8:00 am Registration 
  8:00 - 8:15 am Opening Ceremony
  8:30 am - 12:00 pm Morning sessions
  12:00 - 12:45 pm Lunch
  1:00 - 4:30 pm Afternoon sessions
  4:30 - 5:30 pm Clean-up (all Scouts help)
  5:00 pm Scouts dismissed 
 

What are the list of classes?

Morning Classes:
American Heritage
Automotive Maintenance
Camping
Chess
Citizenship in the Community
Citizenship in the Nation
Citizenship in the World
Coin Collecting
Communications
Digital Technology
Electricity
Emergency Preparedness
Family Life
Fire Safety
Geocaching
Geology
Home Repair
Law
Personal Fitness
Personal Management
Radio
Salesmanship
Scholarship
Space Exploration (extra $15)
Sustainability
Wilderness Survival

Afternoon Classes:
American Business
Camping
Chess
Citizenship in the Community
Citizenship in the Nation
Citizenship in the World
Coin Collecting
Communications
Cycling
Digital Technology
Electricity
Emergency Preparedness
Family Life
Fire Safety
Geocaching
Geology
Home Repair
Law
Personal Fitness
Personal Management
Reading
Salesmanship
Space Exploration (extra $15)
Sustainability
Wilderness Survival


All Day Classes:
Cooking (extra $15)
Electronics (extra $15)
First Aid

Prerequisites and Partials

The merit badge fair should not be considered another school where the pupils sit and stare for hours on end. Scouts should come prepared to participate in a seminar. The counselor's job is to encourage self-discovery and then check that each Scout has the minimum knowledge and does the requirements.

2019 Prerequisites

Preparation: Scouts should read the merit badge book prior to the Merit Badge Fair. Merit Badge books can be purchased at an area Scout Shop. Scouts should be ready to take notes and come prepared with a notebook with blank paper and a pencil. Remember one goal of the merit badge advancement system is to develop individual growth and initiative. 

Merit Badge Worksheet: Each Scout should read the merit badge pamphlet and prepared answers to each requirement before the merit badge fair. Scouts are encouraged to print the worksheets available at http://usscouts.org/usscouts/mb/worksheets/list.asp prior to the class and fill out the answers to prepare.

Prerequisites: Many merit badges require prerequisites to be completed at the merit badge fair. If a Scout does not complete the prerequisites, the Scout will need to complete the requirements with a troop or district merit badge counselor at a later date. Prerequisite requirements will be available when registering. Scouts should read the merit badge booklet in its entirety prior to class and be prepared to discuss.

Partials: If a Scout is unable to complete the merit badge, the partial completion will be noted on the blue card, which will be given back to the Scout. Merit badge counselors are not always available to serve as a counselor after merit badge fair ends unless arrangements are made. Remember that A youth member must not meet one-on-one with an adult. Sessions with counselors must take place where others can view the interaction, or the Scout must have a buddy: a friend, parent, guardian, brother, sister, or other relatives—or better yet, another Scout working on the same badge.

Recycle Opportunity

We will have a recycling truck from Technocycle that will be visiting the Merit Badge Fair so Scouts can observe what a mobile technology disposal truck looks like. Participants are encouraged to bring electronic technology (e.g., hard drives, cell phones) items to be recycled. They don't accept TV's, CRT monitors, alkaline batteries or household appliances (e.g., microwaves, fans). Please take advantage of this opportunity to recycle.

Conduct and Discipline

Scouts must:

  • Observe the Scout Oath and the Scout Law.
  • Attend the classes.
  • Be personally responsible for breakage, damage, or loss of property.
  • Be courteous to other students, counselors, and staff.
  • Clean up classroom at the end of each session.
  • Clean up trash after eating lunch.
  • Keep cell phone in their pocket, unless for emergencies 

Health, Safety, and First Aid

  • No running inside or outside the school.
  • No roller blades, roller shoes, roller skates, or skateboards are allowed.
  • No alcohol, illegal drugs, fireworks, firearms, slingshots, or anything else that might distract from the learning environment. No tobacco or coffee for Scouts.
  • The first aid station location will be announced during the opening ceremony

Lost and Found

The lost and found will be located at the registration tables. 

Change Merit Badge Classes

To modify your registration:

  • Logon or copy and paste the following url into your browser: https://samhoustonbsa.doubleknot.com/signon/2563
  • To obtain your User ID and Password, select the Need help logging on? link.
  • Follow the prompts to obtain the password and logon to Doubleknot.
  • Logging in will bring you to the Summary tab showing your current registration, reservations and/or memberships.
  • Click on the desired action button to make a payment or view the details and update the registration. Please note that changes to a registration may be restricted after a certain date, so the update action may not appear. Also, some classes might be full. 

Adult Volunteers

Adult participation is required to offer this event. Every unit with Scouts participating is expected to provide at least one volunteer for every six Scouts attending. Additional volunteers are needed and appreciated. Adults can serve on event staff or as merit badge counselors.

Event Staff 

Successful Scouts have the support and guidance of parents. The parents are a treasure trove of information that can benefit every young man in our leadership program. The successful leader in Scouts learns quickly to be successful in everything they attempt.

Adults are needed to set up the facilities before the fair starts, handle registration, act as "roamers" to look out for issues that need to be resolved, assist the merit badge counselors, and to help clean-up after the event is over.  Volunteers who work directly with the youth must have current Youth Protection Training. YPT can be taken at www.myScouting.org

Volunteer for Staff

          Merit Badge Counselors

Merit badge counselors are needed to run the merit badge classes. Merit badge counselors must be registered with the council and have up to date Youth Protection Training. YPT can be taken at www.myScouting.org. It is our goal for the Scouts to be afforded opportunities to share resources from other troops with diverse occupations and skills. Participants will be expected to complete all the requirements as indicated by the Boy Scouts of America. Merit badge counselors should wear their Scout uniform if possible.  

The merit badge counselor is a key player in the advancement program. Whatever your area of expertise or interest—whether it is a special craft or hobby (basketry, leatherwork, coin collecting), a profession (veterinary medicine, aviation, engineering), or perhaps a life skill (cooking, personal management, communications)—as a merit badge counselor, you can play a vital role in stirring a young man's curiosity about that particular topic. By serving as a merit badge counselor, you offer your time, knowledge, and other resources so that Scouts can explore a topic of interest.

Volunteer as a Merit Badge Counselor         

Scouting Safely

Safety is Your Responsibility posterThe BSA's Commitment to Safety is ongoing and we want you to know that the safety of our youth, volunteers, staff, and employees cannot be compromised. The Boy Scouts of America puts the utmost importance on the safe and healthy environments for its youth membership. The Sam Houston Area Council takes great strides to ensure the safety of its youth as well as the adult volunteer leadership that interacts with them. 

BSA Guide to Safe Scouting policies must be followed. All participants must follow Youth Protection Guidelines at all Scouting events. Highlights include:

  • Two-deep leadership on all outings required.  
  • One-on-one contact between adults and youth members is prohibited. 
  • The buddy system should be used at all times. 
  • Discipline must be constructive.

Health and safety must be integrated into everything we do, to the point that no injuries are acceptable beyond those that are readily treatable by Scout-rendered first aid. As an aid in the continuing effort to protect participants in a Scout activity, the BSA National Health and Safety Committee and the Council Services Division of the BSA National Council have developed the "Sweet Sixteen" of BSA safety procedures for physical activity. These 16 points, which embody good judgment and common sense, are applicable to all activities.

Youth Protection Guidelines     Guide to Safe Scouting      Sweet Sixteen      Enterprise Risk Management

Contact

For questions, contact your Scoutmaster. 

Scoutmasters can contact Frank Ocon at frank.ocon@gmail.com or 281-642-5848, or the district activities chair.