Written by Administrator Friday, 20 March 2015 18:20
Inspiration and excitement. Those were the two emotions expressed by those in the Cinemotography Merit Badge Class at the Merit Badge Challenge at Fairfield High School. And those two words seemed to echo across multiple sites and communities across the Dan Beard Council.
4 different sites hosted nearly 2,000 Scouts throughout January, February, and March to help them work on Merit Badges, and more importantly, gain new experiences and exposure to interesting activities and potential careers. "These kids have an opportunity to see and participate in things they have never experienced before," said Tom Montgomery, founder of the Fairfield site Merit Badge Challenge nearly 20 years ago. "Everything from creating a movie, to home cooking, to learning how to properly extinguish a fire." Upon my vist, the depth of opportutnites across the various sites was certainly clear. But what stood out even more was the subject matter. I watched as one group of Scouts worked feverishly to assemble their robot. Using laptops to program the chips on them, disassembling, making adjustments, reassembling, and then watching as they put their creation to life. I found myself completely enthralled as I listened to the Northern Kentucky Search and Rescue team explain to a group of Scouts how precise a rescue dog can be and showcasing some of his skills. And I watched as Scouts faces lit up with excitement as they got to learn how to properly use a fire hose thanks to the local fire department in Bethel.
Merit Badge Challenge is a Council wide event that helps to pair Scouts with counselors and industry professionals to help them earn various Merit Badges. Between the 4 different sites, nearly 100 different merit badges are offered. This year's sites included Fairfield High School, Sycamore High School, Dixie Heights High School in Northern Kentucky, and Grant Career Center in Bethel. Scouts gather over the course of 2 to 3 Saturdays to work on multiple merit badges. Each of the venues offer a variety of merit badge options and they try to have a little bit of fun in the process. The Fairfield site awards a mock Oscar trophy each year for best film in its Cinematography Merit Badge Class. The award is voted on by the youth and presented at the final closing. "Our goal is for the kids to have some fun, gain exposure to some new things, and learn a few new life skills along the way," said one of the leaders at the Dixie Heights site. "We know one day they'll look back and think to themselves 'When did I learn that?' and realize it was in Scouting.
Check out some of the photos and video from the 2015 Merit Badge Challenge:
|Scouts experience what it is like and the proper technique to use a firehose.||Scouts gather in the main area at Dixie Heights between classes.||Scouts get to see two members of the Search and Rescue squad and hear about the techniques used.|
Written by Administrator Tuesday, 10 August 2010 19:14
*NEW THIS YEAR:
Scouts can enter a contest to design the patch for Merit Badge Challenge! Design your own patch concept, submit it online, and we'll work with the winner to create the official Merit Badge Challenge patch for 2015. Check out all of the contest rules and submit your design at:
Updated overview video of the registration process. The video now also shows how to make an edit/change using the grey summary box when going through registration. Did you accidentally click the wrong activity? Remove it using the summary box (not the browser back button). Use the Scout Info Collection Sheet below to collect each participants information prior to online registration.
Written by Administrator Wednesday, 08 January 2014 00:31
Written by Administrator Wednesday, 08 January 2014 00:22
There are two major revisions that should be considered separately.
The first is that Cooking merit badge will become Eagle-required beginning Jan. 1, 2014.
The second is a major overhaul to the requirements, which will take effect Jan. 1, 2015. View the new requirements for the badge here
When will Cooking merit badge become required to earn the Eagle Scout Award?
Beginning Jan. 1, 2014. Regardless of when a Scout earned the Life rank or began working on Eagle, unless he fulfills all the requirements — with the exception of his board of review — before Jan. 1, 2014, he must earn the Cooking merit badge to become an Eagle Scout.
What about the new requirements?
The process for implementing changes to merit badges is covered in the Guide to Advancement, topic 188.8.131.52, “What to Do When Requirements Change.” The changes to Cooking will first appear in a revised merit badge pamphlet that will be released during 2013. The new requirements then become effective Jan. 1, 2015, with the release of Boy Scout Requirements, No. 34765.
What if a Scout has already started earning Cooking with the old requirements?
The Guide then allows the following options for the period of time between the release of the revised pamphlet and the Jan. 1, 2015, effective date:
If Scouts have already started on the merit badge, they may switch to the new requirements or continue with the old ones until the badge is completed.
If Scouts have not already started on the merit badge, they may opt to use the new requirements and the new pamphlet.
If work on the merit badge begins before Jan. 1, 2015, they may use the old requirements and old pamphlet until the badge is completed.
Is there a time limit involved?
The Guide to Advancement, under the same topic, goes on to say, “There is no time limit between starting and completing a badge, although a counselor may determine so much time has passed since any effort took place that the new requirements must be used.” This will apply to Cooking merit badge as well.
My Scout earned Cooking merit badge before it became Eagle-required. Does he have to earn it again?
No. Scouts who already earned Cooking merit badge are not required to re-earn the badge under the new requirements in order to qualify for Eagle.
The Eagle-required Cooking merit badge will have a silver border. Can a Scout who already earned Cooking switch his badge from the green-bordered version to one with the silver border?
Yes. Once the Supply Group has released a new Cooking merit badge patch with a silver border — signifying it is Eagle-required — then any Scout who earned and received a green-bordered Cooking patch (regardless which requirements were involved) may purchase or be presented with one that has a silver border.
A Cooking merit badge certificate or blue card must be presented to buy the new patch. The green-bordered patch may then be retained as a keepsake.
Can this Scout wear both versions on his sash?
No. Scouts are not permitted to wear both merit badge patches at the same time.
Will there be a trade-in program for exchanging for the silver version?
No.Last Updated on Wednesday, 08 January 2014 00:35
Click here for the most current list of Merit Badges, as listed on the National BSA website.
New Merit Badges this year include Kayaking, Search and Rescue, and Welding.
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