Col. James T. Hatfield Merit Badge Challenge

2023 Merit Badge Challenge!

 
Our Merit Badge Challenge Committe is working hard to plan the 2023 Merit Badge Challenge.
Would you like to be part of the planning team? Reach out to Michelle Byrne to see how you can get involved!
 
NEW this year! We are asking counselors to assist us by registering online for the location(s) and badge(s) that they would like to counsel. Each site has their own registration. Please register by the early bird registration date so we can provide Scouts and unit leaders with a complete and accurate schedule. Feel free to reach out to anyone on the Committee if you have questions.

Click on the button to the right for the Fairfield Merit Badge Challenge class matrix. We are still trying to recruit counselors for this event. The matrix will be updated on Monday, December 5th.

If you would like to participate and be a counselor for this event or any of our events, please register at the links above.

Fairfield High School

January 21, February 18 and 25, 2023
Located at 8800 Holden BLVD, Fairfield, OH 45014

Merit Badge offerings and schedule will be published on Nov. 28, 2022

Registration for merit badges will open on Dec. 16, 2023 at 6:00 pm.

Registration will close January 13, 2023

Grant Career Center

February 11, February 25 & March 11, 2023 (Snow Date: March 18, 2023)
Located at Grant Career Center, 718 W. Plane St. Bethel, OH

Merit Badge offerings and schedule will be published on Dec. 19, 2022

Registration for merit badges will open on Jan. 3, 2023 at 6:00 pm

Registration closes January 28, 20230 pm

NORTHERN KENTUCKY SITE

March 18 & April 1, 2023 
Located at Grant County High School, 715 Warsaw Rd., Dry Ridge KY, 41035

March 18 & April 1, 2023

Merit Badge offerings and schedule will be published on Feb. 3, 2023

Registration opens Feb. 21st, 2023 at 6:00 pm

Registration closes March 11, 2023

Merit Badge Challenge Specifics:

Merit Badge Challenge is available to all registered Scouts. The cost to attend this event will be $30. This popular event improves advancement for all attending troops/crews and provides our youth the opportunity to explore vocations and new hobbies.

Merit Badge Challenge is an opportunity to bring Scouts and Counselors together. Emphasis is placed on those merit badges that lend themselves to an indoor or wintertime activity such as Chemistry, Law, Computers, Communication, and Citizenship badges. Various class schedules and merit badge availability will be posted here for each of the venues.

Attendance at each location is limited based on counselor participation. Therefore, the registration at one or more badges may close out before the published registration deadline. Availability of counselors may be limited. So early registration is strongly recommended.

Thank You

Dan Beard Council and the Merit Badge Challenge Committee would like to thank everyone who participated in the 2022 Merit Badge Challenge. Merit Badge Challenge was offered at 4 different locations in the Greater Cincinnati area over a combined 10 Saturdays. This program gave 1,125 Scouts the opportunity to earn between 1-4 merit badges of the 87 different merit badges offered. This program would not have been possible without the commitment and generous support of the 142 merit badge counselors and numerous other support staff who donated their time and talents to provide our Scouts with these advancement opportunities.

What is Merit Badge Challenge:
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 different sites, nearly 100 different merit badges are typically offered.

“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.” 
 
Scouts gather over the course of 2 to 3 Saturdays to work on the completion of 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.

2023 Merit Badge Challenge!

Group Registration is Now Open. This is an opportunity for unit leaders to enter the NAMES ONLY of the Scouts they want to register. Merit Badge selections will begin on the dates specified by each location.

Completion Records

The merit badge counselors have been requested to update the Scouts completion records on the registration site, mycouncil.danbeard.org according to this schedule:

  • Fairfield-4/3/2022
  • Bethel-4/10/2022
  • Central (Summit Country Day School)-4/17/2022
  • N Kentucky (Scott HS)-4/24/2022

The following day, the completions records will be emailed to the person who created the registration and, if the Scout was registered for the event as a unit, the Unit Leader in the Unit registration as well. Please make sure that this email address: no-reply@danbeard.org is marked as “Not Junk” or a safe email address or check your Junk and Spam folders for these completion records.

There may be instances where the Scouts are still working with counselors on some badges. These completion records will continue to be available for as long as we are using this registration system. The merit badge completion records are accessible by participants or unit leaders, depending on who made the registration, to review at your convenience once they are updated.  Please see below for the instructions on how to access the completion records.

There also may be instances of Scouts receiving a partial on a merit badge. In the event that a Scout receives a partial and the counselor the Scout had at Merit Badge Challenge is no longer available, a Scout may complete the badge with a different counselor. A Scout can find a merit badge counselor by asking their Unit Leader or Advancement Coordinator or by going to this website: Find a Merit Badge Counselor – Boy Scouts of America, Dan Beard Council

**Please note that counselors will not be making any ScoutBook connections and the registration system does not sync or connect with ScoutBook or Internet Advancement. Scouts are responsible for giving their completion records to their Unit Leaders who will then be responsible for recording the advancement in whichever way the Unit chooses to record advancement**

Instructions for Downloading Completion Records

  • Log into mycouncil.danbeard.org using the same email that was used to create the registration
  • Click on My Events
  • Select Merit Badge Challenge event
  • Click on the Attendee name
  • On the left banner, click on Requirements
  • In the upper right-hand corner, click on You Can
  • Select Download Completion Records
  • Go to mycouncil.danbeard.org and log in using the same email that created the Unit registration
  • Click on My Events
  • Click on the event that you want to access the Completion Records for.
  • Click on Your Groups for this Event (on the line with the arrow)
  • On the left side banner, click on Members
  • Click on You Can in the upper right-hand corner and choose Download Completion Records

OR

  • If you only want to download the records for one participant, click the View button to the left of the participant’s name, click on the Requirements tab, click on the You Can button on the Program Session line and choose Download Completion records.

 Helpful Tips for Using the Registration System

➢  Make sure that you are logged into the registration system. 

➢ Click on Accounts at the top right of the page 

➢ Click on Orders on the left side menu 

➢ Click the “VIEW” button beside the order for the merit badge challenge 

➢ Click the View Dashboard button 

➢ Click on Members on the left side menu 

➢ Click on the view rectangle next to the Scout’s name that you wish to add Merit Badges. 

➢ Click on the Activities tab across the top. 

➢ Click on Add/Remove Activities. If you are replacing a badge with a different badge in the same time slot, you will have to Remove the badge before you can add the one you want. 

➢ Then choose your activities you would like to add or change. 

➢ When finished, click on Return. 

➢ When all the selections have been made, Click on General on the left and complete your transaction by checking out. 

➢ Go to mycouncil.danbeard.org 

➢ Make sure that you are logged into the registration system. 

➢ Click on Account at the top right of the page 

➢ Click on Orders on the left side menu 

➢ Click the “VIEW” button beside the order for the merit badge challenge 

➢ Click the View Dashboard button next to the Unit registration item 

➢ Click on Members on the left side menu 

➢ Click add new (blue box in the upper left-hand corner) 

➢ Go to mycouncil.danbeard.org 

➢ Make sure that you are logged into the registration system. 

➢ Click on My Events 

➢ Click on the event that you want to access the Completion Records for. 

➢ Click on Your Groups for this Event (on the line with the arrow) 

➢ On the left side banner, click on Members 

➢ Click on You Can in the upper right-hand corner and choose Download Completion Records 

➢ If you only want to download the records for one participant, click the View button to the left of the participant’s name, click on the Requirements tab, click on the You Can button on the Program Session line and choose Download Completion records. 

➢ Log into mycouncil.danbeard.org using the same email that was used to create the registration 

➢ Click on My Events 

➢ Select Merit Badge Challenge event 

➢ Click on the Attendee name 

➢ On the left banner, click on Requirements 

➢ In the upper right-hand corner, click on You Can 

➢ Select Download Completion Records 

UPDATE: Fairfield Merit Badge Challenge, scheduled for Saturday, February 5, 2022 has been cancelled due to inclement weather. The make-up day for this event is Saturday, March 5, 2022.

MERIT BADGE CHALLENGE 2020

February 1 – March 28, 2020

Only $15 per Scout

(Includes a Merit Badge Challenge Patch!)

REGISTRATION DETAILS

Unit Registration is now open. This is an opportunity for units to register the names and registration data only for the Scouts who are participating in their unit. You will need their names, date of birth and an email (can be a parent email). There will be a $5 charge for each Scout that you register. If your unit has a lot of Scouts, you can go to your unit’s dashboard at mycouncil.danbeard.org and upload a current roster for your unit.

Completion records will be done through the registration system like they were last year at the Virtual Merit Badge Challenge. There will not be any blue cards submitted or ScoutBook connections made.

COST:

It is $5 to register a Scout and $5 for each merit badge they register for.

PREREGISTER YOUR UNIT

For entire Unit Registrations, start by clicking HERE. You can watch several short videos below that will walk you through the process as well.

2022 DATES & LOCATIONS

We are currently working with various school districts to confirm locations for Merit Badge Challenge this winter.  As one might expect, each school district is handling health and safety protocols a little bit differently in the current environment and regular updates are occurring. Additional details will continue to be posted here.

While a preliminary class list will be made available for the different locations on Friday December 10, 2021. Classes will continue to be added as counselors confirm with site coordinators.

FAIRFIELD SITE

UPDATE: Fairfield Merit Badge Challenge, scheduled for Saturday, February 5, 2022 has been cancelled due to inclement weather. The make-up day for this event is Saturday, March 5, 2022.

January 22, February 5, and February 19, 2022
Registration closes January 11, 2022

Snow Date: March 5, 2022
Located in Fairfield, OH at Fairfield High School

REGISTRATION INFORMATION

DO NOT REGISTER INDIVIDUAL SCOUTS AS A GROUP!

 

Individual scouts who register as a unit or group prevent the actual units from using this feature. Scouts who are signing up as individuals need to wait until December 20, 2021 at 6:00pm at which time the Individual registration will be made available.

The Unit (Group) selection is ONLY for Unit LEADERS who want to add their Scouts’ names before registration actually opens. It DOES NOT give anyone access to early merit badge selection.

Refund Policy

Due to the high demand of this event and many of the classes, there will be no refunds for multiple registrations. Individuals or groups that cancel a program reservation 30 days prior to the date of the event will receive a refund of fees paid, less a 15% administrative charge. No refunds will be given after the 30-day cancellation deadline. Fees are transferable to a previously unregistered scout.

If you have any questions about this, please email Michelle Byrne at michelle.byrne@scouting.org.

HOW TO UPLOAD YOUR UNIT ROSTER VIDEO

SESSIONS

Sycamore & Bethel (Grant Career) Locations:

Session A = 8:30-9:45

Session B = 10:00-11:15

Session C = 11:30-12:45

Session A-B = 8:30-11:15

Session A-C = 8:30-12:45

Fairfield Location:

Session A = 8:30-9:45

Session B = 10:00-11:15

Session C = 11:30-12:45

A-B = 8:30-11:15 (Cooking)

B-C = 10:00 – 12:45 (Aviation & Railroading)

A-C = 8:30-12:45
(First Aid & Emergency Preparedness)

Scott High School (NKY) Location:

Session A = 8:30-9:50

Session B = 10:05-11:25

Session C = 12:05-1:25

Session D = 1:40-3:00

Session A-B = 8:30-11:25

Session B-C = 10:05-1:25

Session C-D = 12:05-3:00

REGISTRATION PROCESS VIDEO

Below is an 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. 

RESOURCES

"Across my visits to MBC, the depth of opportunities 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. Unique experiences that maybe, just maybe, ignite a career passion comparable to the likes of Steven Spielberg who attributes his storied film-making career to earning Cinematography Merit Badge as an 11 year old Scout."

Questions? Please contact Michelle Byrne at michelle.byrne@scouting.org.