Merit Badge Fair

Saturday, March 3, 2018

Holy Covenant United Methodist Church
22111 Morton Road, Katy, TX 77449

Boy Scout Merit Badge Fair is an opportunity for Boy Scouts, Venturers, or Sea Scouts of any rank, to work on merit badges. A Scout has the opportunity to work on requirements for 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.

2017 Merit Badges Offered: Camping, Citizenship of the Nation, Citizenship of the World, Coin Collecting, Communications, Digital Technology, Electronics, Engineering, Family Life, Fire Safety, First Aid, Fishing, Geocaching, Geology, Home Repairs, Law, Photography, Plumbing, Scouting Heritage, Soil and Water Conservation, Sustainability

Registration

The cost to register is $8.50 for the first Scout and $7 for each additional Scout. Registration can by completed by individuals or by the troop leaders. Check for additional merit badge class opportunities on the council Scout Days webpage.

Registration opens in late January / early February.

       Volunteer Staff Registration

Due to 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 to 15. Classes will be canceled if a counselor is not found. Merit badge counselors are still needed.

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

Registration is done through Doubleknot. Council refund policy.

How to Register - Click on the Register button

Step 1: Select a participant 
Step 2: Select a category (morning)
Step 3: Choose merit badge (click “+” sign)
Repeat step 2 and 3 for afternoon class
Continue steps 1, 2 and 3 for additional participants

Step 4: Review the schedule at the bottom of the page
Step 5: Click continue and the bottom of the page 
Step 6: Checkout
Step 7: Payment

What to Bring

  • Blue card for each merit badge signed by the Scoutmaster
  • Merit badge book for each merit badge, read prior to class; purchase at the Scout Shop.
  • BSA Annual Health and Medical Record (Parts A & B for all Scouting events)
  • Lunch, or $5 cash
  • Water and snacks
  • Field uniform (Scout uniform) is encouraged
  • Notebook paper and writing utensil

Preparation

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 boy has the minimum knowledge and does the requirements. Each Scout should have read his merit badge pamphlet and prepared answers to each requirement. 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.

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. 

Prerequisites and Partials

Many merit badges require prerequisites to be completed at the merit badge fair. If a Scout does not complete the prerequisites, the Scout may complete those 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.

If a Scout is unable to complete his merit badge, the partial completion will be noted on his 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—along with him attending the session.

Recycle Opportunity

We will have a recycling truck from Technocycle that will be visiting the TSD Merit Badge Fair on March 25. All scouts are encouraged to bring electronic technology items to be recycled. It will be available most of the day, including lunch, for people to observe what a mobile technology disposal truck looks like. They don't accept TV's, CRT monitors, or alkaline batteries. In addition, they don't accept household appliances like microwaves, fans, etc. They will be crushing hard drives for us. Please take advantage of this opportunity to Recycle and Reuse.

Schedule

     8:00 - 8:30 Registration
  8:30 - 8:45 Opening ceremony
  9:00 - noon Morning sessions
  12:00 - 12:45 Lunch
  1:00 - 4:00 Afternoon sessions

Conduct and Discipline

As a participant of the Merit Badge Fair, Scouts must:

  • Observe the Scout Oath (or Promise) 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 my 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. 

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. Your encouragement and occasional “refocusing of purpose” that boys your son’s age require will be invaluable. 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 boys 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. The boys 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 Boy Scout 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. BSA Guide to Safe Scouting policies must be followed and all participants must follow youth protection guidelines at all Scouting events. Highlights include:

  • Two-deep leadership on all outings required.  
  • No one-on-one contact between adults and youth members. 
  • The buddy system should be used at all times. 
  • Discipline must be constructive.

Youth Protection Guidelines     Guide to Safe Scouting     Enterprise Risk Management

Contact

For questions, contact Philip Cox at philipcoxjr@gmail.com or 832-808-1939, or the district activities chair.