March 23, 2024

Trinity Episcopal Church
3901 S Panther Creek Dr.
The Woodlands, TX 77381

Merit Badge University is an opportunity for Scouts in troops, crews and ship of any rank, to work on one or two merit badges. Class sizes are limited. Registration is done on a first-come, first-serve basis. 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. Adult participation is required to offer this event.

Registration

Scouts can sign up for up to 3 merit badge classes. In addition, Scouts can work on up to five merit badges at home and a merit badge counselor will review the materials during the event. 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. Classes that are full will not appear in the online registration system.

Before registering: 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. Before registering, check the Scout's school, sports and troop calendar for conflicts.

Imporant: Have the Scout's BSA ID number before registering.  The Scout's first and last name must match Scoutbook exactly. This is critical to identifying the Scouts in Scoutbook to ensure the Scout gets credit for requirements completed. The BSA ID number can be found: • Scoutbook (1. click on My Dashboard, 2. click on name of Scout 3. select Edit Profile), • MyScouting.org (1. click on the upper right icon 2. select My Profile), • BSA membership card, • ask the unit leader to check the unit roster.

Changes: Class changes can be made after registering if space is available. Check for additional merit badge class opportunities on the council Scout Days webpage.

The registration fee is $20 per Scout.

             Register (opens soon)

Classes and Prerequisites

Merit Badges
(click on class to see requirements)
Morning
9-12
Afternoon
1-4
Location
Prerequisites, Partials and Notes
Class size
 
Cycling   Creekwood Park Pavilion • Prerequisite: Read merit badge book.
• Requirements not covered: #6
20  
Emergency Preparedness   TEC Youth Building Lg Room • Prerequisite: Read merit badge book,  #1 (already earned First Aid Merit Badge) is a required prerequisite
• Requirements not covered: #1, 2c, 7a, 9
• Bring: #8b (picture of family emergency pack)
20  
Fire Safety   Butler Hall • Prerequisite: Read merit badge book.
• Requirements not covered: #6, 13
20  
First Aid  

TEC Youth Building Lg Room

• Prerequisite: Read merit badge book; must have completed all first aid requirements for Tenderfoot through First Class rank (refer to #1), complete #5b prior to camp
• Not covered: #5
• Bring:proof of #1 (e.g., screenshot of Scoutbook), #5a (first aid kit), completed worksheet
   
Personal Fitness   Butler Hall • Prerequisite: Read merit badge book, must complete #1 before the event
• Not covered: 6b, 8
• BSA Annual Health and Medical Record (Part A, B, C entitled Are You Going to Camp?) which requires a physical signed by a physician, completed worksheet
• Wear activity uniform (e.g., Scout shirt) and appropriate clothes for the fitness test including tennis shoes
25  
Safety & Traffic Safety   TEC Youth Bldg Room #1 • Prerequisite: Read merit badge books
• Not covered: Safety: #1a-d, 2a-b, 4, 5, 8
• Not covered: Traffic Safety : 2b
15  
Trial to First Class Skills   Outdoor Classroom • Not a merit badge
• Bring: backpack with 10 Scouting essentials plus a 2nd filled water bottle; Wear shoes suitable for short hikes
20  

Classes During Lunch Break

Fingerprinting  (lunch break)       • Prerequisite: Read merit badge book 30  

Packet Drop Off (complete all requirements at home and drop them off at check-in for review)

Collections^       • Prerequisite: Read merit badge book
• Bring all requirements in an envelope, folder or notebook clearly marked with the Scout's name. Collections Worksheet can be used. Photos can be used to demonstrate requirements except for #4.
• Special Instructions: Drop off requirements at check-in before 9am for review by the merit badge counselor and pick up after the event.
30  
Pets^       • Prerequisite: Read merit badge book
• Bring all requirements in an envelope, folder or notebook clearly marked with the Scout's name. Can use Pets Worksheet.
• Special Instructions: Drop off requirements at check-in before 9am for review by the merit badge counselor and pick up after the event.
30  
Reading^       • Prerequisite: Read merit badge book
• Bring all requirements in an envelope, folder or notebook clearly marked with the Scout's name. Suggest using Reading Worksheet
• Special Instructions: Drop off requirements at check-in before 9am for review by the merit badge counselor and pick up after the event.
25  
Scholarship^       • Prerequisite: Read merit badge book
• Bring all requirements in an envelope, folder or notebook clearly marked with the Scout's name. Include: completed workbook#1 (copy of report card), #3 (letter from principal/counselor), #5 (report)
​• Special Instructions: Drop off requirements at check-in before 9am for review by the merit badge counselor and pick up after the event.
   
Scouting Heritage        • Prerequisite: Read merit badge book
• Bring all requirements in an envelope, folder or notebook clearly marked with the Scout's name. Suggest using Scouting Heritage Workhseet
• Special Instructions: Drop off requirements at check-in before 9am for review by the merit badge counselor and pick up after the event.
30  
^For the Packet Drop-off Merit Badge, complete all requirements at home and drop them off.
Classes that are full will not show up in the online registration.

 = Eagle Scout Required 

What to Bring

  • BSA Annual Health and Medical Record (Parts A & B for all Scouting events); bring a copy not the original
  • For each merit badge class, bring:
    ⇒ Merit badge book (available from the Scout Shop; read prior to the class)
    ⇒ Proof of completed prerequisites and any items noted to bring
    Documentation of any requirements that will not be covered is optional, but highly recommended. (Learn more about partials.)
    Blue Cards are not needed
  • Note-taking materials and writing utensils
  • Field uniform (Scout uniform) or activity uniform (Scout t-shirt) is encouraged
  • Eat breakfast before arriving; 
  • Sack lunch
  • Water bottle
  • Drinks and healthy snacks, optional 

Label everything you bring. The lost and found will be located at the check-in tables.

Cell phones or electronic devices should only be used at the direction of the counselor. Keep personal use to between classes or during lunch.

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

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. 

Only use merit badge information from the Boy Scouts of America's official website: www.scouting.org/meritbadges.aspx.

Prerequisites and Partials

partislAttending a merit badge class does not guarantee that a Scout will complete the merit badge, but it is an opportunity for Scouts to meet with qualified counselors, to help them work on the requirements needed to complete a merit badge. 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. The counselor's job is to encourage self-discovery and then check that each Scout has the minimum knowledge and does the requirements. Scouts should be ready to take notes and come prepared with notetaking materials and writing utensils. Remember one goal of the merit badge advancement system is to develop individual growth and initiative. 

Prerequisites: For all classes, the Scout must read the merit badge book prior to the event. Merit Badge books can be purchased at an area Scout Shop. Scouts are to be prepared to answer the questions to each of the requirements before the merit badge fair; Scouts can utilize the worksheets at http://usscouts.org/usscouts/mb/worksheets/list.asp to help them prepare. 

Some merit badges require additional prerequisites to be must be completed before the merit badge fair. 

Requirements not covered: Some of the requirements cannot be completed during the class. The Scout should bring documentation of requirements not covered. If the Scout does not complete the requirements not covered and bring documentation to the class, the Scout will receive a partial completion of the merit badge. 

Partials: If the Scout does not complete the requirements not covered and bring documentation to the class, the Scout will receive a partial completion of the merit badge. The partial completion will be noted on the blue card, given to the Scout at the completion of the class. Scouts will need to complete the badge with a registered merit badge counselor approved for that particular badge back with their unit. Merit badge counselors are not usually available to serve as a counselor after merit badge fair ends unless arrangements are made. Find a list of merit badge counselors by logging into http://scoutbook.scouting.org with your my.scouting userID and password, click on My Dashboard, Administration, your unit and scroll down the page. 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.

Advancements Completed

Blue cards are not issued at the event. Approximately two weeks after the event, a list of advancements completed will be sent to the Scoutmaster and advancement chair listed in the registration. Questions after the fair regarding the merit badge, contact the merit badge counselor who taught the class or the Merit Badge Day event chair. 

Schedule

Scouts sign up for two merit badges or for an all-day class.  The Scouts experience a quality merit badge session during a single day to mimic what would normally take a week at summer camp (1 hr to 1.5 hours for 5 days).  But please note, this event is not meant to replace the summer camp experience but only to give the opportunity for Scouts to achieve a merit badge from a local counselor.

How to Register or Update a Registration

Click on the registration link, then click Register. 

Step 1: Select a participant: 
Step 2:
Step 3: Select a class 
To add drop-off badges, repeat step 2 and 3 and select category: 
Continue steps 1, 2 and 3 for additional participants

Step 4: Review the schedule.
Step 5:  
Step 6:
Step 8: 

Classes that are full will not appear.

Change Classes

To modify your registration:

  • Login or use the direct link in the emailed receipt.
  • To obtain your User ID and Password, click on 
  • Click on the Registrations tab. 
     
  • Click on Updates/Edits. 
    Classes that are full will not appear. Doubleknot Support. 

Conduct and Discipline

As a participant, Scouts must:

  • Observe the Scout Oath (or Promise) and the Scout Law.
  • Attend the full time of the class.
  • Be personally responsible for breakage, damage, or loss of property.
  • Be courteous to other students, counselors, and staff.
  • Clean up the classroom at the end of each session.
  • Clean up trash after eating lunch.
  • Keep cell phone in your pocket when in class.
  • Scouts need to be prepared for each of the requirements of the merit badge class including reading the merit badge pamphlet before the class.
  • Scouts are expected to participate fully during the class in order to receive full credit for the requirements completed onsite. 
  • Scouts that do not behave appropriately in class will be asked to leave.
  • If a Scout is unable to attend once registered, please use the link provided in the emailed receipt to delete the class so a spot can be opened up for another Scout. Council Refund Policy.

Volunteers

Registered merit badge counselors are needed to teach merit badge classes. In addition, adults are needed to help with check-in and various other tasks. Please contact the Advancement Chair or Programs Chair to volunteer.

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 Scouts 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 youth must have current Youth Protection Training. YPT can be taken at my.Scouting.org

Merit Badge Counselors

merit badge counselorsMerit 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 my.Scouting.org. It is our goal for the Scouts to be afforded opportunities to share resources from other troops with diverse occupations and skills. The Scouts 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.

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

Contacts

For questions, contact the Merit Badge Day chair or district activities chair.