Fall Merit Badge Fair

October 21, 2017

St. Thomas High School
4500 Memorial Dr.
Houston, Texas 77007

8:30 am - 4:00 pm

The Merit Badge Fair is an opportunity for Boy Scouts or Venturers, of any rank, to work on several merit badges. All Scouts are required to bring signed blue cards in order to work on merit badges. The fair is limited to the first 400 registered Scouts. Adult participation is required to offer this event. Every unit with Scouts participating is expected to provide volunteers.  

merit badge sash

Registration

The registration fee is $16.50 per Scout and includes lunch, supply costs, and a participation patch. Lunch will be a Chick-fil-a sandwich, bottle of water and chips. Additional snacks will be available for purchase. Scouts can choose two half-day classes or one of the four full-day courses.

Before registering, have the name and email address of your troop's Scoutmaster and advancement chair.  This will be requested during the registration process.

Registration opens in September.             Volunteer Sign Up

What to Bring

Important Procedures

  1. Class assignments will be available to each troop advancement chair prior to the fair. Class assignments will NOT be sent to an individual Scout.  The advancement chair will notify Scouts; Scouts may swap classes within the troop. Other changes are NOT possible.  Do not show up the day of the fair to see what’s available.  
  2. The number of Scouts per merit badge class will be limited to better teach and complete the badge work. 
  3. Scouts must provide their own merit badge book, which must be read before the class.
  4. Scouts may need to bring items to participate and complete prerequisities.
  5. Marit badges have requirements that need to be met before the fair in order to complete the badge that day. Check the requirements.
  6. Classes will not all end at the same time; therefore, Scouts will be required to go to a common activity area when their class concludes.  Roaming of the halls and grounds will NOT be allowed. 
  7. NO Scout should leave without checking with the adult volunteer from his troop and the registration table.
  8. If a Scout is unable to attend once registered, please contact troop advancement chair.
  9. Requirements for all merit badges are found at www.scouting.org/scoutsource/BoyScouts/AdvancementandAwards/MeritBadges.aspx

NOTE: Scouts who have not read the merit badge book and are not prepared for the class may be asked to leave the class. Scouts that do not behave appropriately in class will be asked to leave. There will be NO refunds for those asked to leave a class because of failure to be prepared, wear their uniform, or because of behavior.

Schedule

8:30 Check-in
9:00 - noon Morning Classes
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm Lunch
1:00 pm - 4:00 pm Afternoon Classes

 

Merit Badges and Prerequisites

Merit Badge Class

Number of Classes 

Prerequisities

AM

PM

 

American Business 1   Complete requirement 3b, 5.
Architecture 1   Requirements #4 and 5.
Auto Maintenance    1 Requirement #11 must be done in advance to receive completion.
Camping 1 1 Will be partial unless 20 nights of camping have been completed. Bring proof of camping nights.
Chess 1

All day course. Can be completed.  Extra $15 charge.

Citizen in the Community * 1 1 Requirements #3, 4, 7 and 8 must be done in advance or partial will be given. Scoutmaster's signature is required for #3,4,7&8. Scout must bring a map of the Houston area.
Citizen in the Nation* 1 1 Requirements #2 and 3 must be done in advance or partial will be given. Scouts must bring #6 (speech) and #8 (letter he wrote to Congressman, plus any reply).
Citizen in the World* 1 1 Bring requirements # 4b, 4c, and 5c. Bring Scoutmaster’s signature for requirement #7 or a partial will be given. Recommended for older Scouts.
Communications* 1 1 Bring completed requirements #4, 5, 7 and 8 signed off or partial will be given.  Requirement #3 (speech) must be prepared in advance and brought to the event.
Digital Technology 1 1 Bring a flash drive.
Electricity 1   Complete requirement 2. Bring a family electric bill.
Emergency Preparedness* 1 1 Eagle Badge. Requirements #2bc, 7, 8 and 9 or partial will be given. First Aid merit badge is a prerequisite. Recommended for older Scouts.
Entrepreneurship 1   Can be completed.
Family Life* 1 1 Bring proof of completion for requirements 3,4,5 or a partial will be given.
First Aid* 1 All day course. Must have completed first aid advancements for Tenderfoot, Second, and First Class Ranks with a note from your Scoutmaster or signed Scout Handbook. Bring first aid kit (requirement #2b per suggested list), review #5, bring note from Scoutmaster for #7 is completed. 
Fishing   1 Complete #9
Game Design 1   Can be completed time permitting.
Inventing 1 1 Bring completed requirements #8.
Law 1   Complete requirement 4.
Personal Fitness 1   Requirement #1 (Doctor’s visit) is mandatory.  Bring Scoutmaster’s signature for requirements #7 & 8 or a partial will be given.
Personal Management* 1 1 Bring proof of completion for requirements #1, 2a, 5, 9a, and 9b. Recommended for older Scouts.
Photography 1

All day course. Can be completed. Need to bring a digital camera or partial will be given.

Public Health 1 1 Bring requirements #5 and 7.
Public Speaking 1 1 Can be completed.
Soil and Water Conservation 1 All day course. Can be completed. Bring clipboard, waterbottle, $3 for merit badge book, comfortable shoes that can get dirty, hat / sun protection, Clipboard. 
Space Exploration 1   Requirements #2 and 7. Extra $15 charge.
Sustainability* 1   Complete requirement 2 "Stuff" A.

Notes
  1. (*) Denotes Eagle required Merit Badge.
  2. You can sign-up for only one class for the day, but the cost will remain $15 for the fair. 
  3. Merit Badges can generally be completed if the prerequisites are completed before class, although there is no guarantee all requirements will be finished in class.
  4. Merit Badge requirements;  www.scouting.org/scoutsource/BoyScouts/AdvancementandAwards/MeritBadges.aspx  

Event Volunteers

It is the purpose of the Boy Scouts to provide an exciting program for boys and young adults to build character, to train in the responsibilities of participating citizenship and to develop personal fitness. Providing advancement opportunities is a primary part of this educational program. The Merit Badge Fair can only be offered to our Scouts if adults assist in running the event.  

Volunteer Sign-Up

Unit Coordinator

Each unit that sends Scouts must have at least one adult on site at all times to coordinate the unit's Scouts. The unit coordinators are encouraged to also help serve as event staff.

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

          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

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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 Julian Pittman or the district activities chair.