Merit Badge Fair

October 23, 2021 

The Merit Badge Fair is an opportunity for Scouts in troops, crews or ships to work on requirements for one or two merit badges. These are not give-away merit badges. Each Scout is expected to fulfill all the requirements by reading the merit badge book before the event, attending the class, completing prerequisites, and to participate fully during the class in order to receive full credit for the requirements offered. All Scouts are required to bring blue cards signed by their Scoutmaster in order to work on merit badges. 

Adult participation is needed to offer this event. Every unit with Scouts participating is expected to provide volunteers.

Event Feedback

merit badge sash

Registration

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. Registration is on a first-come, first-serve basis. Merit badge class sizes are limited.

Important: Before registering, read the prerequisites below. Check your Scout's school and troop calendar for conflicts. 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. 

Registration is typically completed by parents, but can also be completed by the troop leadership. Registration is completed online with credit card, or electronic check. Council refund policy. Registration closes 10/12/19.

Information needed to register: BSA ID number, Scout's rank, troop number, district name, Scoutmaster name and email, and troop advancement chair and email.

Registration opens in August. 

The Scout's BSA member ID number is critical to identifying the Scouts in Scoutbook. Find your Scout's BSA Member ID at the bottom-center of their BSA membership card, ask their unit leader, or look it up in my.scouting.org (under Menu, then My Profile) or Scoutbook (under My Profile, then Edit Profile). The BSA ID number is how the merit badge counselor will identify your Scout in Scoutbook to input advancements completed.

Classes and Prerequisites

Some classes meet multiple days.

Merit Badge
(click on class for requirements)

Date(s)
(CST)

Time

Prerequisites

Archaeology TBD Opens soon  
Citizenship in the Community Oct. 17, Sat. 12-1 pm partial
Citizenship in the Nation Oct, 17, Sat.
Oct. 24, Sat.
3-4:30 pm
9:30-11:00 am
#2, 3, 5, 8
Communication Oct, 17, Sat.
Oct. 24, Sat.
11 am - 12 pm
10 am - 12 pm
#5, 7a, 8
Emergency Preparedness Oct. 17, Sat.
Oct. 20, Tu.
Oct. 22, Th.
Oct. 24, Sat.
10 am - 12 pm
7 - 8:00 pm
7 - 8:00 pm
10 am - 12 pm
#1
Genealogy Oct. 17, Sat. 11 am - 12 pm  
Fish and Wildlife Management Oct. 20, Th. 7-8:30 pm partial
Fly Fishing TBD Opens soon partial
Moviemaking Oct. 17, Sat.
Oct. 24, Sat.
9:30 - 10:30am
1:30-3:00 pm
partial
Public Health TBD Opens soon partial
Scouting Heritage Oct. 18, Sun.
Oct. 21, Wed.
Oct. 22, Th.
Oct. 24, Sat.
4-5:00 pm
5:30-7:00 pm
6:30-8:00 pm
10-11:30 am
 

What to Bring

  • Merit Badge book for each class (read before class)
  • Proof of prerequisites; completed before the event
  • BSA Annual Health and Medical Record (Part A & B for any Scouting event) for every person attending
  • Scouts should wear their field uniform (Scout uniform)
  • Cash, optional for snacks
  • Notebook and writing utensil

Personal Fitness Merit Badge participants may wear an activity uniform and appropriate clothes for the fitness test including tennis shoes. They also need to bring BSA Annual Health and Medical Record (Part A, B, C entitled Are You Going to Camp?) which required a physical.

How to Register

How to Register - Click on the Register button

Step 1: Select a participant 
Step 2: Select a category
Step 3: Choose merit badge (click “+” sign)
Continue steps 1, 2 and 3 for additional participants
Step 4: Review the schedule at the bottom of the page
Step 5: Click continue at the bottom of the page 
Step 6: Checkout
Step 7: Payment

Classes that are full will not appear.

Change Merit Badge Classes

To modify your registration:
  • Logon to https://samhoustonbsa.doubleknot.com.
  • To obtain your User ID and Password, select the Need help logging on? link.
  • Follow the prompts to obtain the password and logon to Doubleknot.
  • Logging in will bring you to the Summary tab showing your current registration, reservations and/or memberships.
  • Click on the desired action button to make a payment or view the details and update the registration. Please note that changes to a registration may be restricted after a certain date, so the update action may not appear. Also, some classes might be full.  

How to Prepare

  • Merit badge book for each class (read before class)
  • Internet-ready device capable of running a video conference application (e.g., Zoom)
  • Proof of prerequisites; completed before the event
  • Scouts should wear their field uniform (Scout uniform)
  • Notebook and pen or pencil
 

Important Procedures

  • Class requirements and any scheduled video meetings will be provided in Google Classrooms by the start of the merit badge fair.
  • Scouts may access the Merit Badge Google Classrooms at any time during the Merit Badge Fair.
  • For any video or telephonic meetings, Scout should have a parent or guardian in the room with them. Please refrain from using headphones and earbuds etc. In the case of a video conference, please turn on your video and have the correct name visible.
  • Requirements for all merit badges can be found at www.scouting.org/scoutsource/BoyScouts/AdvancementandAwards/MeritBadges.aspx
  • Scouts that do not behave appropriately in class will be asked to leave.
  • 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.

Advancements Completed

A list of advancements completed will be entered into each Scout's Scoutbook account using the BSA ID provided during registration by the merit badge counselor. If advancements completed do not show in Scoutbook 30 days after the event, contact the merit badge counselor who taught the class or the Merit Badge Day event chair.  

Event Volunteers

It is the purpose of the event to provide an exciting program for youth 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.  This year, if you can volunteer to be a second adult in the video/teleconference meetings, please let us know. Parents are always welcome! Volunteers who work directly with the youth must have current Youth Protection Training. YPT can be taken at www.myScouting.org

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 youth require will be invaluable. The successful leader in Scouts learns quickly to be successful in everything they attempt.

Adults are needed to set up 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 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 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 youth'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

Late-Breaking Information

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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

Contacts

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