Spring Merit Badge Day
When: Saturday, May 5, 2018
Time: Check-in starts 7:00am, Badges: 8:00am – 4:00pm
Where: Immanuel Presbyterian
9252 East 22nd Street, Tucson, Az 85710
Registration Closes April 27th, 2018
Cost: $8.00 per person, Lunch Included
To Register: complete form below
Questions?: Sarah Bodey
Class “A” uniform required for all Scouts
Merit Badges Offered:
Full-Day Merit Badges: Automotive Maintenance, Chess, Citizenship in the Community, Citizenship in the Nation, Citizenship in the World, Communications, Emergency Preparedness, Engineering, Environmental Science, First Aid
Half Day Merit Badges: ) Chemistry(am only), Crime Prevention (am & pm), Electricity (am & pm), Genealogy (am & pm), Indian Lore (am & pm), Law (am & pm), Nuclear Science (pm only), Plant Science (am & pm), Plumbing (am & pm), Programming (am & pm), Soil and Water Conservation (am & pm), Traffic Safety (am & pm), Woodwork (am & pm)
NO Pre-work Cit. in World, Indian Lore, Law, Nuclear Science, Plant Science, Plumbing, Soil and Water Conservation, and Traffic Safety
For All other badges see pre-work below !!
**** Badges in BOLD are new offerings for this clinic. ****
All requirements per: http://meritbadge.org/wiki/index.php/Merit_Badges
Tips for Scouts To Prepare:
– Pre-register !!!
–Bring a signed Blue card(s) for each Merit Badge you wish to do !!!
– Get a merit Badge Pamphlet – Available at the Scout Store
– Read the Pamphlet prior to attending the clinic !!
– Do the Pre-requisites, otherwise only a partial can be earned for many of the badges. Bringing the information or proof of completion such as a note signed by a troop leader for a pre-requisite is acceptable.
Pre-work: 12, bring a shirt to wear over your uniform that you can get dirty !!
- Find out about three career opportunities in the automotive industry. Pick one and find out the education, training, and experience required for this profession. Discuss this with your counselor, and explain why this profession might interest you.
6.a. Name two government agencies that are responsible for tracking the use of chemicals for commercial or industrial use. Pick one agency and briefly describe it responsibilities to the public and the environment.
- Demonstrate to your counselor that you know each of the following. Then, using Scouting’s Teaching EDGE, teach the following to a Scout who does not know how to play chess:
- The name of each chess piece
- How to set up a chessboard
- How each chess piece moves, including castling and en passant captures.
You may learn about Scouting’s Teaching EDGE from your unit leader, another Scout, or by attending training.
Citizenship in the Community
Pre-work: Requirement 3a,b,7a,b,c,8
- Do the Following:
- Attend a city/town council meeting, school board meeting, or municipal, county, or state court session.
- Choose one of the issues discussed at the meeting where a difference of opinion was expressed, and explain to your counselor why you agree with one of the opinions.
- Do the Following
- Identify three charitable organizations outside of Scouting that interest you and bring people in your community together to work for the good of your community.
- Pick ONE of the organizations you chose for requirement 7a. Using a variety of resources (including newspapers, fliers, and other literature, the internet, volunteers, and employees of the organization), find out more about this organization.
- With your counselor’s and your parent’s approval, contact the organization you chose for requirement 7b, and find out what young people can do to help. While working on this merit badge, volunteer at least eight hours or your time to the organization. After your volunteer experience is over, discuss what you learned with your counselor.
- 8. Develop a public presentation (such as a video, slide show, speech, digital presentation, or photo exhibit) about important and unique aspects of your community. Include information about the history, cultures, and ethnic groups of your community; its best features and popular places where people gather; and the challenges it faces. Stage your presentation in front of your merit badge counselor or a group, such as your patrol or a class at school.
Citizenship in the Nation
Pre-work: Requirement 2,3,6,8
- Do TWO of the following:
- Visit a place that is listed as a National Historic Landmark or that is on the National Register of Historic Places. Tell your counselor what you learned about the landmark or site and what you found interesting about it.
- Tour your state capitol building or the U.S. Capitol. Tell your counselor what you learned about the capitol, its function, and the history.
- Tour a federal facility. Explain to your counselor what you saw there and what you learned about its function in the local community and how it serves this nation.
- Choose a national monument that interests you. Using books, brochures, the Internet (with your parent’s permission), and other resources, find out more about the monument. Tell your counselor what you learned, and explain why the monument is important to this country’s citizens
- Watch the national evening news five days in a row OR read the front page of a major daily
newspaper five days in a row. Discuss the national issues you learned about with your
counselor. Choose one of the issues and explain how it affects you and your family.
- To complete requirement 6, you should do some research in advance on a speech of national historical
importance. We have found that Scouts have some difficulty doing this entirely at the Merit Badge class, resulting in partial completions.
With your parents permission, use the internet or library to find out about the author and be able to tell about the person who gave the speech. You will need to explain the importance of the speech at the time it was given. Choose a sentence or two that has significant meaning to you.
There are many speeches of American national importance, here are five that could be used (pick one):
Martin Luther King, Jr., “I have a Dream”, delivered at the Lincoln Memorial by American civil rights activist Martin Luther King Jr. during the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom on August 28, 1963, in which he calls for an end to racism in the United States and called for civil and economic rights.
President Abraham Lincoln, Gettysburg Address, delivered November 19, 1863 at the dedication of the Gettysburg Cemetery.
Patrick Henry, “Give Me Liberty or Give Me Death”, To the Second Convention of Delegates Richmond, Virginia, 4 March 23, 1776.
President Ronald Reagan: Brandenburg Gate Speech, Delivered 12 June 1987, West Berlin, Germany.
President John F. Kennedy: Inaugural Address, Delivered January 20, 1961, Washington, D.C.
- Name your two senators and the member of Congress from your congressional district. Write a letter about a national issue and send it to one of these elected officials, sharing your view with him or her. Show your letter and any response you receive to your counselor.
Please note that this requires that Scouts send the letter and that that they bring the letter and response if any to the Merit Badge Day. Responses are not required.
Please note. This is not an easy Merit Badge. Scouts who have not completed the pre-work will receive a partial for this badge. This is a full day of classroom work, we have found that it is more appropriate for Scouts in 7th grade and above or Scouts who have completed the workbook. The workbook is found at: http://usscouts.org/mb/worksheets/Citizenship-in-the-Nation.pdf
Citizenship in the World
See Registration/Notification or registration website for pre-work/counselor expectations.
Pre-work: 2,4a &b, 5 ,7a or b
- Prepare a notebook of newspaper and other clippings that address crime and crime prevention efforts in your community.
- After doing EACH of the following, discuss with your counselor what you have learned.
- Inspect your neighborhood for opportunities that may lead to crime. Learn how to do a crime prevention survey
- Using the checklist in this (the merit badge) pamphlet, conduct a security survey of your home and discuss the results with your family.
- Teach your family or patrol members how to protect themselves from crime at home. at school, in your community, and while traveling.
- Do ONE of the following:
- Assist in the planning and organization of a crime prevention program in your community such as Neighborhood Watch, Community Watch, or Crime Stoppers. Explain how this program can benefit your neighborhood.
- With your parent’s and counselor’s approval, visit a jail or detention facility or a criminal court hearing. Discuss your experience with your counselor.
- Complete an electrical home safety inspection of your home, using the checklist found in the Electricity merit
badge pamphlet or one approved by your counselor. Discuss what you find with your counselor.
- Make a floor plan wiring diagram of the lights, switches, and outlets for a room in your home. Show which fuse or circuit breaker protects each one.
- Do the following:
- Read an electric meter and, using your family’s electric bill, determine the energy cost from the meter readings.
Pre-work: 2 & 6b
- Select an engineering achievement that has had a major impact on society. Using resources such as the Internet (with your parent’s permission), books, and magazines, find out about the engineers who made this engineering feat possible, the special obstacles they had to overcome, and how this achievement has influenced the world today. Tell your counselor what you learned.
- b. Using electricity. Make a list of 10 electrical appliances in your home. Find out approximately how much electricity each uses in one month. Learn how to find out the amount and cost of electricity used in your home during periods of light and heavy use. List five ways to conserve electricity.
Some useful resources:
Pre-work: Requirement 1, 2b, 2c, 6c 7b, 8b, 9a
Please submit all paperwork with your First and Last Name, Unit Name (Troop, Crew, etc.), Number, and District. If you are from a Council other than Catalina please include that also. All paperwork must be typed so that it can be read faster since there will be many Scouts attending.
- This requirement must be earned outside this class. It is not needed to take the class, but being very familiar with first aid and the First Aid merit badge requirements is highly recommended.
2b Bring your chart to the class.
2c Bring your kit to class (whether purchased or built), and the plan you made for your family. Discuss the plan with your family before coming to class. Have your family s responses typed out and bring it to class.
6c Do this before the class. Type your findings and bring them to class with you.
7b.Prepare a written plan & bring a copy of your troops plan.
8b Bring your personal emergency service pack and your prepared family emergency kit.
9a Here is a safety checklist if you choose that option. Please write OK next to those items that passed. Please write UNSAFE next to those items that need correction. Please write NOT SURE next to those items you have questions on to determine it as OK or UNSAFE.
- Check to make sure extension cords are in good condition.
That is they aren’t frayed, showing exposed wires, or other signs of damage. They shouldn t be run under carpet or in high traffic areas.
- Check any outlets for overloading, do any of them have multiple items plugged in?
- Are all the GFCI outlets in your home working?
- Each one in your home has a battery one year old or less?
- Has been tested in the past month?
Multi-Purpose Fire Extinguisher (usually an ABC type):
- Is it charged and in the green?
- Is it 6 years old or less?
Is the lint filter screen clean?
Is it easily visible from the street for the Fire Department or Police in an emergency?
Water Heater / Furnace:
Are there any combustible (burnable) objects near them?
Pre-work: Requirement 3e, 6
As an example- to fulfill prerequisite merit badge requirements write a 100 word report on an endangered species in your state AND identify (write down) 3 careers in environmental science and select your favorite and write down the education and experience required to work in this career.
- Do only ONE activity in the following category
- Endangered Species
- Do research on one endangered species found in your state. Find out what its natural habitat is, why it is endangered, what is being done to preserve it, and how many individual organisms are left in the wild. Prepare a 100-word report about the organism, including a drawing. Present your report to your patrol or troop.
- Do research on one species that was endangered or threatened but which has now recovered. Find out how the organism recovered, and what its new status is. Write a 100-word report on the species and discuss it with your counselor.
- With your parent’s and counselor’s approval, work with a natural resource professional to identify two projects that have been approved to improve the habitat for a threatened or endangered species in your area. Visit the site of one of these projects and report on what you saw.
- Find out about three career opportunities in environmental science. Pick one and find out the education, training, and experience required for this profession. Discuss this with your counselor, and explain why this profession might interest you.
- Satisfy your counselor that you have current knowledge of all first aid requirements for Tenderfoot Rank, Second Class Rank, and First Class Rank. (signed note from Scoutmaster or scout book with requirements signed off satisfy this requirement).
- Bring a first aid kit you assembled to the MB Day.
2b. Keep a journal for 6 weeks. You must write in it at least once a week
- With your parents help choose a relative or family acquaintance you can interview in person, by telephone or by e-mail or letter. Record the information you collect so you do not forget it.
4b Obtain at least one genealogical document that supports an event that is or can be recorded on your pedigree chart or family group record. The document could be found at home or at a government office, religious organization, archive or library,
- Begin your family tree by listing yourself and include at least two additional generations. You may complete the requirement by using the chart provided in the Genealogy merit badge pamphlet or the genealogy software program of your choice
Pre-work: Requirements #7 and #8.
- Name and tell about careers in agronomy, horticulture, and botany. Write a paragraph about a career in one of these fields that interests you.
Pre-work: 8. Option 3 Field Botany (we select the Field Botany option because it can be completed within a shorter timeframe than the other options. Considerable pre-work is still required.
- Visit a park, forest or other natural area near your home. While you are there:
1) Determine which species of plants are the largest and which are the most abundant. Note whether they cast shade on other plants. 2) Record environmental factors that may influence the presence of plants on your site, including latitude, climate, air and soil temperature, soil type and pH, geology, hydrology, and topography. 3) Record any differences in the types of plants you see at the edge of a forest, near water, in burned areas, or near a road or railroad. Complete A, and make a list for A1, A2, and A3.
- Select a study site that is at least 100 by 100 feet.
Make a list of the plants in the study site by groups of plants: canopy trees, small trees, shrubs, herbaceous wildflowers and grasses, vines, ferns, mosses, algae, fungi, lichens. Find out which of these are native plants and which are exotic (or nonnative). Complete B and make the lists by groups. (Counselor’s suggestion is to visit a local wash or native area for Requirement A and B. Pick and area with diversity).
- After gaining permission, collect, identify, press, mount, and label 10 different plants that are common in your area. Tell why voucher specimens are important for documentation of a field botanist’s discoveries. (Counselor’s suggestion is to visit a local nursery. Most will not mind if you clip a few leaves. Ask permission. There are also a diversity of plants at most schools, and especially at the University of Arizona).
Requirement F: Choose ONE of the following alternatives and complete EACH of its requirements. Counselor’s suggestion is to perform #4 and access an Herbarium on-line).
- Herbarium Visit
- Write ahead and arrange to visit a herbarium at a university, park, or botanical garden; OR, visit a herbarium Web site (with your parent’s permission).
- Tell how the specimens are arranged and how they are used by researchers. If possible, observe voucher specimens of a plant that is rare in your state.
- Tell how a voucher specimen is mounted and prepared for permanent storage. Tell how specimens should be handled so that they will not be damaged.
- Tell about the tools and references used by botanists in an herbarium.
Complete 4a and be prepared to discuss 4b,4c,4d
Pre-work: Complete the following: Cyber Chip (http://www.netsmartz.org/scouting).
Bring a Laptop or Tablet computer if possible, scouts may have to share computers or tablets.
Search and Rescue
Pre-work: 4,10. Counselor strongly suggests buying and reading the Merit Badge book prior to the , pay particular attention to the incident command structure known as ICS.
- Find out who in your area has authority for search and rescue and what their responsibilities are.
- Find out about three career or volunteer opportunities in search and rescue. Pick one and find out the education, training, and experience required for this professional or volunteer position.
Soil and Water Conservation
Pre-work: Earn your Tote-n-Chip card