Merit Badge Fair

October 15, 2022  |  8:00 am - 3:30 pm

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

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. Merit badge completion will be returned via email to the Scoutmaster or advancement chair submitted during registration. Please allow for two weeks for processing after the conclusion of the event.

Adult participation is needed to offer this event. Every unit with Scouts participating is expected to provide volunteers. Every unit must have a representative from the troop remain on campus during the event. Representatives can switch out during the day but must check in at headquarters.

Troops who provide merit badge counselors for the event will given the opportunity to allow Scouts in their unit register early before registration opens to other units.

Registration

merit badge sashThe registration fee is $25 per Scout and includes lunch and supply costs. Lunch will be a Chick-fil-a sandwich, a bottle of water, and chips. A vegetarian and gluten-free option is available. 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 (How to register or change a class selection). Registration is completed online with a credit card or electronic check. Council refund policy

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

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The Scout's BSA member ID number is critical to identifying the Scouts in Scoutbook. The BSA ID number can be found: • Scoutbook (1. click on My Dashboard, 2. for a Scout - click on name of Scout, or for adult - click on My Account, 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. The BSA ID number is how the merit badge counselor will identify your Scout in Scoutbook to input advancements completed. 

Classes and Prerequisites

Please review the chart below for class information. As classes are added, this list will be updated.

 

Merit Badge Classes
(click on class for requirements)

Morning

Afternoon

Full Day

Prerequisites, Requirements Not Covered, Additional Items to Bring

American Business     • Prerequisite: Read merit badge book.
• Requirements not covered: #6
• Bring internet device and research or interview #6 notes
Camping     • Prerequisite: Read merit badge book
• Requirements not covered: #4, 5e, 7b, 8d, 9
Citizenship in the Community   • Prerequisite: Read merit badge book
• Requirements not covered: ​#2, 3, 4, 7
Citizenship in the Nation   • Prerequisite: Read merit badge book. Start watching the national news.
• Requirements not covered: ​#2, 3, 6, 8
Citizenship in the World   • Prerequisite: Read merit badge book. Prepare a current world event or geography topic to discuss during class.
• Requirements not covered: ​#3,4,7 - if you prepare ahead of class for presentation during class, it may be signed off
Coin Collecting     • Prerequisite: Read merit badge book
• Requirements not covered: #6
• Bring: 5 different state quarters plus 2 to trade
Communications   • Prerequisite: Read merit badge book
• Requirements not covered: ​#4,5,7,8
Composite Materials     • Prerequisite: Read merit badge book
• Requirements not covered: ​ TBD
Cooking     • Prerequisite: Read merit badge book, be prepared to discuss #7
• Requirements not covered: ​ #4-6, prepare #7 to complete in class
Emergency Preparedness   • Prerequisite: Read merit badge book
• Requirements not covered: ​#1
• Bring: sash, Merit Badge card, Scoutbook printout
Family Life   • Prerequisite: Read merit badge book
• Requirements not covered: ​#3, 4, 5, 6b
Fire Safety   • Prerequisite: Read merit badge book
• Requirements not covered: ​#6, do a home inspection
First Aid   • Prerequisite: Read merit badge book; #1 & 5b are required pre-requisites
• Bring #5a (first aid kit)
Indian Lore     • Prerequisite: Read merit badge book
• Requirements not covered: ​#3-4
Personal Fitness   • Prerequisite: Read merit badge book
• Requirements not covered: ​#1, 7, 8
• Bring: BSA Annual Health and Medical Record (Part A, B, C titled Are You Going to Camp?) which requires a physical.
• Wear activity uniform (e.g., Scout shirt) and appropriate clothes for the fitness test including tennis shoes;
Photography     • Prerequisite: Read merit badge book
• Requirements not covered: ​#7a & 7b
• Bring a copy of Cyber Chip for #1a and 
camera or cell phone camera to complete #4,5,6 in class. 
Radio     • Prerequisite: Read merit badge book
Stamp Collecting     • Prerequisite: Read merit badge book
• Requirements not covered: ​#7b
*Classes that are full will not show up in the online registration.
 Classes will be added as additional merit badge counselors volunteer.

Schedule

Time

Activity

8:00 am Check-in (one parent/unit must stay remain on campus)
8:30 - 11:30 am Morning Session
Tours of the newly renovated St. Thomas High School are available
11:30 am - 12:30 pm Lunch
12:30 - 3:30 pm Afternoon Session  

How to Register or Update a Registration

Click on the registration link, then click Register. 

Step 1: Select a participant: 
Step 2: If applicable, 
Step 3: Select a class 
Repeat step 2 and 3: , if needed if more than one class is offered in a day.
Continue steps 1, 2 and 3 for additional participants

Step 4: Review the schedule.
Step 5:  
Step 6:
Step 7: Select payment type  
Step 8: 

Classes that are full will not appear.

Change Classes

To modify your registration:

What to Bring

* BSA Medical forms and YPT certificates will be shredded at the end of the event. 

Partials and Completions

Attending 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.

Prerequisites: For all classes, the Scout must read the merit badge book prior to the event. Some merit badges have additional prerequisites.

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. Scouts who do not complete all the requirements for a particular merit badge will need to complete the badge with a registered merit badge counselor approved for that particular badge back with their unit. 

Drop off / Pick up

Please enter on the Memorial side, by the parking garage and proceed to the Main Building. Continue the flow to exit on Shepard. 
Parking: Participants can use the parking garage on the Memorial side. Incorrectly parked vehicles may be subject to St Thomas's regulations. Please park only in designated spaces.

  • Upon arrival, everyone entering the building will have their temperature checked by the Scouts taking Medicine Merit Badge. 
  • Troops should designate a representative to receive check-in materials. 
  • Bring a copy of BSA Annual Health and Medical Record. Forms will be shredded at the conclusion of the event. Do not bring originals. 
  • Before leaving campus, let your troop representative know. In the event you cannot find them, please let the organizers know before leaving.

Adult Volunteers

One adult volunteer per troop should remain on-site for the duration of the event. If you need to share this role with another adult, please let the check-In table know when you are switching. All adult volunteers should visit the Merit Badge/Volunteer Check-In table upon arrival. 

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.   

Event Volunteers

Adult participation is needed to offer this event. Every unit with Scouts participating is expected to provide volunteers. Every unit must have a representative from the troop remain on campus during the event. Representatives can switch out during the day but must check in at headquarters.

Troops who provide merit badge counselors for the event will given the opportunity to allow Scouts in their unit register early before registration opens to other units.

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 current 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

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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.