Troop 168 is sponsored by Saint Patrick Parish, Carlisle, PA.
Photos from MBC Day #1: Jan 7, 2017
2018 CARLISLE MBC sponsored by Troop 168
Session #1: March 10
Session #2: April 7
Saint Patrick School
87 Marsh Drive, Carlisle PA 17015
~ ~ ~ 2018 Merit Badges ~ ~ ~
Citizenship in the Community
Personal Management - 1st class and above
Reptiles and Amphibian Study
American Red Cross / CPR / First Aid
Details / Links
Troop 168 will host
its 15th Annual Merit Badge College on March 10 and April
7, 2018. REGISTRATION opens at 9:00 AM on January 2, 2018!
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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. The only exception is the $15 fee required by the Red Cross for the certification course. Registration will open 2 January at 9 AM and will close when all badges are full - which is usually by the end of
the day. You must attend both days and 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.
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.
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.
are expected to wear Class A uniform.
We will provide you a survey at
session two requesting any feedback you may have.
1. Individual Scouts will select their MB
Classes using Eventbrite. It is a secure system that safeguards your
information .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 (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 sessions. For those badges, you will be assigned your MB Counselor
shortly after registration closes so you can contact them as needed.
4. 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-T168 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.
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 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
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
188.8.131.52. 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
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 http://www.bsatroop168.com/ .
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
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.
cell phones must be shut off while in the class. If Scouts are found texting,
checking messages, playing games they 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.
If we should have bad weather,
notification will go out via email to the address you provided at registration.