Boy Scout Troop 168

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



2018 TROOP 168 MBC


Session #1: March 10
Session #2:  April 7


Saint Patrick School
87 Marsh Drive, Carlisle PA 17015
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Art

Astronomy

Aviation - Double Session

Citizenship in the Community

Cooking

Crime Prevention

Digital Technology
Disabilities Awareness
Electricity
Emergency Preparedness
Engineering
Family Life
Farm Mechanics

Graphic Arts
Music
Personal Fitness - Double Session
Personal Management - 1st class and above
Reptiles and Amphibian Study
Surveying
Theater

American Red Cross: CPR / First Aid

Double Session OR 1 full-day (9AM- 3:30PM) session



DETAILS / LINKS

Troop 168 will host its 15th Annual Merit Badge College on March 10 and April 7, 2018.  REGISTRATION opened at 9:00 AM on January 6, 2018. It is now closed.  
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Troop 168 welcomes all our visitor Scouts to the 15th Annual Merit Badge College!   WE ARE OFFERING THIS EVENT FREE TO THE SCOUTS. We will be taking a free will offering at the event.  The only exception is the $15 fee required by the Red Cross for the certification course.   This is a 6 hour course so it takes 2 periods each Saturday. We are also offering a full day session which will be from 9 am to 3:30.   Adults may register for this class if Scouts don't fill it up.   

Registration opened 6 January at 9 AM; it is now CLOSED.  
You must attend both days; your class schedule will be the same each Saturday. This event is run in accordance with all policies and procedures contained in the BSA Guide to Advancement.  The registration link ) is at the bottom of the information we want you to read prior to registering.
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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 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.  

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






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1. 
Individual Scouts will select their MB Classes using the below link.  The 2018 MBC will use a new system that is solely controlled by the NBOF Council; any and all issues need to be sent to Christopher Styers at 717-854-7942 or [email protected].  (Unlike past years, we will not be able to correct any problems you experience. )  

You have to register for an account before you can register for the event.  Please be careful and don’t rush.   Each Scout will receive an automatic receipt (i.e., “tickets”) after completing registration.  Please double check the contact email you enter into the registration as this is the one from which you will receive system emails.

2.  Aviation MB and Personal Fitness MB are double classes; they run 9:00-12:00 or 12:45-4:00.  Note: Aviation WILL HAVE A FIELD TRIP.   DETAILS WILL BE PROVIDED BY THE MB Counselor - PARENTS WILL NEED TO ASSIST WITH TRANSPORTATION.

3.  For some of the Eagle-required MBs, there are multiple MB Counselors.  Scouts will be assigned a MB Counselor shortly after registration closes; you can contact them as needed.

4.  Check-in for all Scouts will begin at 8 AM each Saturday.  For the purposes of this event, you are attending as an individual and not as a unit.  We request at least one leader/parent from each unit stay on premises in case of emergency with the Scout.  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.

5. The opening ceremony will be at 8:45 AM each Saturday.

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

7. 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 register for 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 will be listed below.  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 MB 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. Scouts must have signed blue cards by their Scoutmaster to turn in at the first class

8.  Our MB counselors are all council approved and experienced in group instruction as prescribed in the Guide to Advancement paragraph 7.0.3.2.  Some of them have over 10 years experience with this event and they put a lot of time and effort into ensuring a positive experience for each Scout.

9. 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 linked below.

SUCCESS COMES TO THOSE BOYS 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 state to do so before starting.  Likewise, if a Scout cannot attend both sessions, it is his responsibility to call the counselor.

Many merit badges may require post-college counseling to complete and Counselors will be available to advise Scouts needing post-college completion. 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.  Personal Fitness will have a third session for the final testing; the MBC will provide information.

10. Other Concerns
All cell phones must be shut off while in the class. If Scouts are found texting, checking messages, or playing games, the phones will be taken from them, give to 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.

11. If we should have bad weather, notification will go out via email to the address you provided at registration.
 
NOTE:  REGISTRATION IS CLOSED. 
 
Registration systems questions?  Email [email protected] or call 717-854-7942

General questions can be sent to [email protected]



 
Linked are:

Merit Badge Requirements
~ 2018 Pre-requisites  (rev posted 01.16.2018 - only change was addition of graphic arts)

~ Helpful (but not required) Merit Badge worksheets  
 

Photos from MBC Day #1: Jan 7, 2017