Boy Scout Troop 168

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

What will the 16th patch look like?  … Stay tuned!

2019 TROOP 168 MBC



Session #1:  March 9, 2019

Session #2: March 30, 2019





Saint Patrick School
87 Marsh Drive, Carlisle PA 17015

 
 ~ ~ ~ 2019 Merit Badges~ ~ ~

American Business

American Cultures

American Heritage

Automotive Maintenance

Chemistry

Citizenship in the Nation

Coin Collecting


Digital Technology
Exploration
Fire Safety - Double Session
First Aid
Journalism
Mining in Society - Double Session
Oceanography 


Personal Fitness - Double Session
Railroading
Reptiles and Amphibian Study
Scouting Heritage
Search and Rescue - Double Session
Surveying - Double Session
Sustainability

American Red Cross: CPR 30 March ONLY

Full-day (9AM- 3:30PM) session



DETAILS / LINKS

Troop 168 will host its 16th Annual Merit Badge College on March 9 and March 30, 2019.  REGISTRATION will open at 9:00 AM on December 8th, 2018.   
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Troop 168 welcomes all our visitor Scouts to the 16th Annual Merit Badge College!  Last year was our largest ever and we had scouts from 8 different councils participating including one group that camped out the Fridays before.  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 $20 fee required by the Red Cross for the certification course.  This course is only offered on March 30th and is a 6 hour course so it takes a full day session which will be from 9 am to 3:30.   Adults may register for this class.    

Registration will open December 8th at 9 AM; classes fill up quickly.  
  
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, 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 email the attendees a survey after session two requesting any feedback you may have; please feel free to provide comments any time. 

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01. 
Individual Scouts will select their MB Classes using the below link.  The 2019 MBC will again use the 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 christopher.styers@scouting.org.  (Unlike past years, we will not be able to correct any problems you experience. )  

You have to register for an individual TENTAROO 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.

02.  Fire Safety, Surveying, Mining in Society MB, Surveying MB, Search and Rescue MB and Personal Fitness MB are double classes; they run 9:00-12:00 or 12:45-4:00. Note: Mining in Society and Fire Safety WILL HAVE A FIELD TRIP.   DETAILS WILL BE PROVIDED BY THE MB Counselor - PARENTS WILL NEED TO ASSIST WITH TRANSPORTATION.

03.  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.

04.  Scout’s Merit Badge/Scout’s Work - The Scout should communicate with the Merit Badge Counselor(s) rather than parent(s)/ guardian(s).  If the Scout uses his parent/guardian’s email, that’s fine … as long as it is the Scout who communicates.  If a Scout is uncomfortable with email, he can … with parent/guardian/adult within hearing vicinity … call the merit badge counselor or arrange to meet in a public setting with others present. 

05. Two-deep leadership - When a Scout contacts the Merit Badge Counselor through email, remember to copy your parent/guardian/Scoutmaster in order to comply with two-deep leadership specified in BSA safeguards:    

Two-deep leadership and no one-on-one contact between adults and youth members includes digital communication. Leaders may not have one-on-one private online communications or engage one-on-one in other digital activities (games, social media, etc.) with youth members. Leaders should copy a parent and another leader in digital and online communication, ensuring no one-on-one contact exists in text, social media, or other forms of online or digital communication.

 

When a Scout emails through their parent’s/guardian’s email account, they should still copy a second parent/guardian/Scoutmaster on emails to ensure two-deep leadership is maintained.

 

06. BSA Safety Guidelines  -  Several Merit Badges require projects.  Don’t forget to factor in BSA’s safety guidelines including BSA’s Age Guidelines for Tool Use and Work at Elevations or Excavations.  (FYI, these will also be important as you eventually plan your Eagle project.)  Please make sure YOU can use the proper equipment to complete your suggested project.    

 

07. 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.

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

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

10Scouts 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

11.  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.

12. 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.

13. 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.

14. If we should have bad weather, notification will go out via email to the address you provided at registration.
 
NOTE:  Registration opens on December 8, 2018.  Until then, below links are inactive.




 
Registration systems questions?  Email christopher.styers@scouting.org or call 717-854-7942

General questions can be sent to carlislembc@comcast.net



 
Linked are:

Merit Badge Requirements


~ 2019 Pre-requisites  (updated 11.05.2018)


~ Helpful (but not required) Merit Badge worksheets  
 

2018 Merit Badge College

Over 330 Scouts registered for the 2018 Merit Badge College!  The Scouts were from seventy (70) Troops representing eight (8) different Councils including units from New Jersey, West Virginia, Northern Virginia and the Mason Dixon line!

Thanks to all those who helped the effort - twenty-six (26) Merit Badge Counselors; volunteers who staffed the registration table; and ... Troop 168 families/friends who staffed the concession stand!  All told, over 50 volunteers helped with this event.