Boy Scout Troop 168

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

What will the 17th patch look like?  … Stay tuned!

2020 TROOP 168 

17th Annual

Merit Badge College



Session #1:  March 7, 2020


Session #2: April 4, 2020





Saint Patrick School
87 Marsh Drive, Carlisle PA 17015

 
 ~ ~ ~ 2020 Merit Badges~ ~ ~

Citizenship in the World

Dentistry

Digital Technology

Emergency Preparedness

Family Life

Forestry

Geocaching


Graphic Arts
Indian Lore
Inventing
Personal Management
Plumbing
Radio
Safety 


Signs Signals and Codes
Space Exploration
Sustainability
Textile
Weather
Welding
Sustainability

DETAILS / LINKS

Troop 168 will host its 17th Annual Merit Badge College on March 7 and April 4, 2020.  REGISTRATION will open at 9:00 AM on December 8th, 2019.   
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Troop 168 welcomes all our visitor Scouts to the 17th Annual Merit Badge College!  Last year was one of our largest ever and with scouts from 8 different councils covering 5 states.  WE ARE ONCE AGAIN ABLE TO OFFER THIS EVENT FREE TO THE SCOUTS. Any assistance in helping us offset our costs is greatly appreciated.      

Registration will open December 8th at 9 AM; classes fill up quickly. PLEASE READ ALL THE NOTES BELOW BEFORE REGISTERING AND CLEAR YOUR CHOICES WITH YOUR UNIT LEADER.  Registration will close when classes are full usually within 2 days.  The scout will receive a confirmation email with their schedule immediately after checking out.  A copy of this registration is received by the carlislembc@comcast.net email at the same time.  Any errors or cancellations will be done by NBOF.
  
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 Merit Badge requirements can be found on scouting.org. 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. Questions about requirements completion are referred to the Merit Badge Counselor, copy to carlislembc@comcast.net

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 2020 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.    

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.  Personal Management is limited to 1st class and above scouts.

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.   Partial MB help. We are trying something new this year. Mr. Dave Stark and Mrs. Candice Stark will each have period 4 to assist the scout in completing partials.    The MBs they counsel are in an attachment at the bottom of this page.  
     a.  You sign up for this just like you would a regular MB.  
     b.  The rules for this are that you must have most of the badge already completed.  
   c. This is not to be used to start a badge. Preferably you only need one or two remaining requirements.
    d.  You must contact them well before the event - no exceptions or walk ins. You and the MBC need to be aware of what you need to do. 

05.  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. Ensure no one on one email communication. A safe way is to info carlislembc@comcast.net on any emails.  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. 

06. 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 must copy a second parent/guardian/Scoutmaster on emails to ensure two-deep leadership is maintained.

 

07. 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.    

 

08. 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 their 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.

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

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

11Scouts 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. The Merit Badge Counselors have provided the prerequisites for their badge. 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

12.  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.

13. 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, using two deep leadership, 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.

14. 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.

15. 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, 2019.  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


~ 2020 Pre-requisites  (updated 11.05.2018)


~ Citizenship in the World, Family Life 2020 Class Lists (to determine YOUR counselor's name)

~ Helpful ( but not required !!)  Merit Badge worksheets  
 

2019 Merit Badge College

Close to 300 Scouts registered for the 2019 Merit Badge College!  The Scouts were from seventy (80) 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.