Boy Scout Troop 168

Troop 168 is sponsored by Saint Patrick Parish, Carlisle, PA.

Photos from MBC Day #1: Jan 7, 2017

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sponsored by Troop 168

Session #1: January 7 
Session #2:  February 11
(weather make-up, if neededMarch 4)

Saint Patrick School
87 Marsh Drive, Carlisle PA 17015
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Troop 168 will host its 15th Annual Merit Badge College on Jan. 7 and Feb. 11, 2017.  (If needed, a weather make-up date is March 4, 2017.)  REGISTRATION opens at 9:00 AM on October 1, 2017! 

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Troop 168 welcomes all our visitor scouts to the 15th Annual Merit Badge College!   Registration will open 1 October at 9 AM and will close when all badges are full - which is usually by the end of the day. Cost is $10 per scout regardless of the number of badges and covers all expenses incurred in running this event including a patch for you and any supplies needed by the MBCs to assist you in completing the badge. This event is run in accordance with all policies and procedures contained in the BSA Guide to Advancement.

We are pleased to present this exciting event for the benefit of individual Scouts.  It is solely run by volunteers for scouts. Our commitment continues to be focused upon creating a learning environment to present the skills and training necessary to succeed and to further the Scout’s advancement goals while providing the opportunity to enjoy good fellowship and experience Boy Scouting at its best.   This Merit Badge College is not a program that guarantees advancement, nor is it a ‘merit badge factory.’   Unfortunately there have been parents who believe that just by attending, that their son should get the MB.   It is an opportunity for individual Scouts to meet with qualified counselors who help them earn the merit badges they need for advancement.   Please be aware that a Scout may not fully complete the requirements for a merit badge at the college. It is the Merit Badge Counselor, however, who determines, finally, whether or not the scout has satisfactorily completed the requirements for a merit badge.

The Scout Oath and The Scout Law shall be the code of Merit Badge College.  We are guests of Saint Patrick School and we will practice Leave No Trace principles.

Scouts are expected to wear Class A uniform

This year we are going to have sessions in February only for Partial MBs not offered in this year's group of MBs.  You must have at least 75% of the badge completed to sign up for this.  There will be a Partial Request block on the registration where you will list the badge and the items you have left to complete.  This will give us time to get a MBC for February.  This is new so we are going to see how it goes this year.

We will provide you a survey at session two requesting any feedback you may have.


01>. Individual scouts will select their MB Classes and payment must be registered using Eventbrite which is the same registration system the council uses to register for other events. It is a secure system that safeguards your financial transaction as we do not see any credit card information. MAKE SURE YOU PLACE A "1" ONE IN THE REGISTRATION FEE BLOCK AT THE TOP OF ALL THE BADGES SO YOU CAN MAKE PAYMENT.   IF YOU DO NOT MAKE PAYMENT, YOU ARE NOT REGISTERED.  Also, please be careful and don’t rush.  You have 15 minutes to complete your registration. There were way too many registrations with errors last year. If your registration is incorrect, it will be cancelled, you’ll have to start over and you may miss out on a class you want. . Each scout will receive an automatic receipt (“tickets”) after you complete your registration.  Please double check the contact email you enter into the registration as this is the one from which you will receive system emails.

02>. Search and Rescue MB,  Personal Fitness MB and Truck Transportation are a double class; they run 9:00-12:00 or 12:45-4:00.  Note: TRUCK TRANSPORTATION WILL HAVE A FIELD TRIP - DETAILS WILL BE PROVIDED BY THE MBC - PARENTS WILL NEED TO ASSIST WITH TRANSPORTATION.

03>. For some of the Eagle-required MBs, there are multiple sessions. For those badges, you will be assigned your MB Counselor shortly after registration closes so you can contact them as needed.

04>. Check-in for all scouts will begin at 8 AM each Saturday. Each scout is required to check in and you will receive your patch. For the purposes of this event any non-168 scout will be considered a provisional scout to the event since you are attending as an individual and not as a unit.  BRING YOUR TICKETS WITH YOU. It has the badges/times you are signed up for but you still need to check what classroom your MB is held in. If you only have afternoon classes, please check in no later than 12:00. We have established class size limits to ensure a quality experience for all Scouts. Many classes fill up quickly, so the sooner you register and enter schedules, the better opportunity your Scouts have to register for classes they want. With that in mind, please remember to schedule wisely.  A seat taken is no longer available to another Scout.

05>. The opening ceremony will be at 8:45 each Saturday.

06>. Lunch is between 12:00-12:40 and can be purchased from the concession stand or you can bring your own.

07>. Scouts should:

. . . . . a. Remember that Badges will be first come, first serve. THIS IS ONE OF THE MOST POPULAR EVENTS IN THE COUNCIL AND SPACE FILLS UP FAST, SO REGISTER EARLY.

. . . . . b. Review your badge choices. Scouts may only register for 2 Eagle-required Badges and up to 4 badges in total.  2nd Class Scouts and below should consider only signing up for 2 or 3 total. The Goal is to have Scouts finish the badges they register for so please sign up only for those you plan to work on and complete. Our experience is that Scouts and parents sign up for more than they can accomplish in the time allotted. Consider Your Age. While there is not an age or grade requirement for any merit badge, certain classes at the MBC are recommended for older Scouts.  In the short duration of a single day, the nature and amount of material covered in these classes will possibly make it difficult for a younger Scout to keep up.  This can slow the pace of the class and the class will not complete the intended material. We want you to enjoy what you do here so you will do it well.

. . . . . c. READ THE PREREQUISITES CAREFULLY. A list of pre-requisites for each merit badge is listed on the website. Remember, many badges will include work on additional requirements not completed at the college. Be sure you understand your obligation is to be prepared to complete a merit badge. It is pretty obvious to the counselors if the Scout completed the material by himself. If projects are required that can be done prior to the college please make sure that the Scout brings these materials to class.  It is the discretion of the counselor to approve such work.  It is each Scout’s own responsibility to bring the “notes,” “demonstrations,” “showings,” “completed projects” and any special equipment required for the merit badges he seeks. Filling out a worksheet DOES NOT constitute completion of the requirement.

. . . . . d. Have signed blue cards ready to turn in to the MB Counselor at the first class. Your card is your ONLY record of achievement at the MBC.  Keep it safe.  You must have with you a Merit Badge Card for every badge.  Before the MBC, you should fill out the card with the applicable information on the front and back of the card.

08>. Our MB counselors are all council approved and experienced in group instruction as prescribed in the Guide to Advancement paragraph  Some of them have over 10 years experience with this event. Merit Badge College will use the latest requirements as specified in the official BSA publications for all merit badges. Scouts should have a current merit badge book. If Scouts do not have their prerequisites completed, they will not complete the badge. No exceptions. Prerequisites and counselors information will be posted on .

SUCCESS COMES TO THOSE SCOUTS WHO ARE, INDEED, PREPARED. Scouts, not their parents, are responsible to contact the counselors if they have any questions about the prerequisites or if the instructions states to do so before starting.  Likewise, if a Scout cannot attend both sessions, it is his responsibility to contact the counselor.

Many merit badges may require post-college counseling to complete and Counselors will be available to advise Scouts needing post-college completion. Personal Fitness is one of those badges this year.  Please take advantage of this opportunity. Make sure you write down the counselor's contact information so that you can communicate effectively with the counselor and don’t delay to finish the work needed for the badge.

09>. Cell Phones:  A Scout is courteous .... All cell phones must be shut off while in class. If Scouts are found texting, checking messages, or playing games, they will surrender their phones to be placed at the registration table and returned at end of the day. The counselor is the final authority in the classroom. Disruptive Scouts not displaying proper classroom behavior or who are clearly unprepared to participate will be sent to the registration table by counselor. Scouts will remain in classrooms until their dismissal times. This reduces the congestion and noise in the hallways.

10>. If any notifications are required due to inclement weather, they will be issued to the email address you provide at registration.


11>.  Direct any/all event questions to [email protected]

12>.  Direct all Merit Badge questions to your specific MB Counselor (Email us for your Citizenship in the World, Environmental Science and Communication MBC).


Details / Links

  • Contact information for 2017 Merit Badge Counselors:  2017 MBCs