Merit Badge Fair

October 20, 2018

St. Thomas High School

4500 Memorial Drive, 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.

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The registration fee is $15 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.

Registration opens in September 2018.

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

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.

2016 Schedule

Merit Badge Class

Number of Classes  Prerequisities
American Business   1 Complete requirement 2a.
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.
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.
Dog Care   1 Caring for a dog for two months to complete.
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 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), review #5, bring note from Scoutmaster for #7 is completed. All day course.
Inventing 1 1 Bring completed requirements #8.
Law 1   Complete requirement 4.
Painting 1 1 Can be completed.
Personal Fitness 1 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 Can be completed. Need to bring 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   Can be completed.
Space Exploration 1   Requirements #2 and 7.
Sustainability* 1 1 Complete requirement 2 "Stuff" A.
Veterinary Medicine 1   Can be completed.
Woodcarving   1 Must have Totin' Chip.


  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. (no refunds).
  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;

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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. 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


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