Merit Badge College FAQ / Tips

October 18, 2009 by  
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Troop 88 Scouts and Parents…

A couple of notes to think about when considering attending a Merit Badge College:

* These Merit Badge Colleges can be an excellent opportunity to gain fairly easy access to a number of merit badge counselors, all located in the same place, on the same date. As you consider registering for one (or more) of these, please keep in mind the following “tips” (some of these several of you have already learned):

1. Once you decide to attend, sign up EARLY…many of the more popular merit badges (such as EAGLE required merit badges) fill up pretty quickly.

2. Before you sign up for specific merit badges, take a look at the prerequisites. If you want to COMPLETE the merit badge that day, you HAVE to go to each class with the prerequisites completed. Each Merit Badge College usually has a link that highlights which requirements need to be done BEFORE (or outside) of the merit badge class. Usually, the shorter the class (such as those Colleges which have more than one merit badge period in the AM or PM), the MORE prerequisites there are. Also look closely at the class schedule that’s posted on-line…some merit badges are held for more than one period. From experience, the better Colleges have one merit badge period in the morning, one in the afternoon. With a class of 15-20 Scout (usually), classes that last less than 2 hours, unless there is more than one counselor present, don’t have a lot of “substance” to them.

There is only enough time to go over a couple “group” requirements, and the rest of the time is often spent with the counselor reviewing everyone’s prerequisites.

3. Once you sign up for the merit badge(s) you want to work on, go to the website, and download the merit badge worksheet(s) for the particular merit badge you are working on, and get a copy of the merit badge pamphlet. Our troop library may have a copy you can sign out. These
days, you can find most of the information you need to complete the prerequisite requirements on-line, but the MERIT BADGE PAMPHLET is still your single best source of information. Make sure you cross-check the requirements listed on the front your worksheet with those listed in the pamphlet…some of our merit badge pamphlets are a little “dated”, and may not reflect any changes to the requirements. The merit badge worksheets are usually kept up-to-date, so they (almost always) reflect the most current requirements. The Boy Scout REQUIREMENTS 2009 also has the most current requirements for merit badges (and rank advancement), and is a GREAT resource for anyone actively working on merit badges (and rank advancement).

4. Do your “homework” early. Don’t wait until the night before to start on your prerequisites. Some requirements simply can’t be done at the last minute. Each of you have a lot of “competition” for your time…with school (and homework that goes with that), fall sports, family & church activities, not to mention the MANY Troop 88 activities that are planned. As you are reviewing the pamphlet, consider making some notes on your worksheet for as many of the requirements as you can, even if they are not prerequisites. Doing that will help you participate in class discussions, and help ensure you get the MOST out of your time in each class.

5. Please see me at a Scout meeting, call me at home at night, or send me an email, if you have any questions, or I can help you in your preparation. Let me know how it went….many of these Colleges appreciate feedback from the participants…what went well….and what can be improved for the next college.

6. Have fun!!!

Yours in Scouting,
Steve Best
Troop 88 Merit Badge Coordinator
303-419-7408 (cell)
303-953-15021 (home)

Merit Badge Colleges

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Nov 14th: Valley District Merit Badge College – The agenda is not available as of yet (check back on the Valley District’s website)
Nov 14th: Pikes Peak Council Merit Badge College (this is in Colorado
Springs, about 2.7 miles west of I-25, Exit 145.) 8:00am Merit Badge College
Nov 21st: Frontier District Merit Badge College Location: Monaco and
Nov 28th: Railroading Merit Badge


Steve Best
Troop 88 Merit Badge Coordinator

Eagle Project – Volunteers!

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Matthew S. Eagle Project is tentatively scheduled for October 22nd, 23rd and the 24th if needed.

Where: Meet at the Hess Road Bridge on the North West side just North of the underpass, weather permitting
Time: 8:00 am – 12:00 p.m.

Please park on either Nate Road just South of Hess Road and walk down bike path or park on Leesburg Road and walk down bike path. We will be planting nearly twenty (26) trees or more. Please bring your own gloves, water bottle and snack. If you have a shovel and a rake please bring that too. The first day will be digging the holes for the trees so come prepared. The second day we will be planting the trees. Please R.S.V.P. BY Sunday October 19, 2009 to 720-984-5561.

Planting date should be set for Thursday October 22, 2009 weather permitting. If weather is uncooperative then we will plan for Friday October 23,2009. Scouts please dress warm.

Concession Stand

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For those who did not want to work inside the haunt, we have another opportunity to help. We have put together a concession stand to give people something else to spend money on while they are in line and hopefully boost the profits for the troop. You don’t even have to dress up to help! Most of the nights are covered but we still need help. On the 25th and 31st we need one more person and on the 18th we need two. Please email me if you can help.

Thank you
Cheryl Woodruff

The current schedule is as follows:

  • Oct 18th-
  • Oct 23rd -Cheryl Woodruff/Amy Hunt
  • Oct 24th -Cheryl Woodruff/Amy Hunt
  • Oct 25th – Lisa Wright
  • Oct 29th – Lisa Wright/Sue Schulhoff
  • Oct 30th – Lisa Wright/Sue Schulhoff
  • Oct 31st – Cheryl Woodruff
  • House of Fear Schedule

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    We still have openings to work at the haunt. If you would like to work, please show up and sign in so we know that you worked! You can also send an email to Mrs. McClure and let her know what days you would like to work.

    Here are the days that we still have openings:
    Saturday, October 17th, 7:00-10:00pm
    Sunday, October 18th, 6:00-9:00pm
    Friday, October 23rd, 7:00-10:00pm
    Saturday, October 24th, 7:00-10:00pm
    Sunday, October 25th, 6:00-9:00pm
    Thursday, October 29th, 6:00-9:00pm
    Friday, October 30th, 7:00-10:00pm
    Saturday, October 31st, 7:00-10:00pm


    The House of Fear Update!

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    Great second night! Thanks for the new ghosts who came out to help tonight and of course the old veterans.

    But, where are the rest of the AWOL goblins? C’Mon lets go! We need you Sunday evening, and every haunting evening – please come do your part, Scouts AND Families.

    IMPORTANT: There were 20,000 coupons printed and we are out. We need any unused coupons brought back to the Haunted House so we can deliver to local businesses. If you have any at home please bring them in Sunday or asap.

    Popcorn Sales

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    One last notice. Orders for popcorn are due on Tuesday, October 20th. My understanding is that due to fall break there is no Troop meeting on Tuesday. So in order to get the orders to me I have a few options.

    · Option 1 – Fax to 303-627-9871.
    · Option 2 – E-mail to
    · Option 3 – I can set you up with an account at Trails End so you can place your order via Internet. To do this send me an e-mail requesting an account and I will send you a user name and password.
    · Option 4 – I setup a generic account at Trails End. Go to
    . Use User Name: 763795Troop75 and Password: JC643 and go to Ordering and click on October 26, 2009. I put a sample order in so you can see how it is done. Use the scout name and your e-mail address on one line only. Click on “Submit Completed Rows to Unit” and then Click “Exit” to get out of the system. This is kind of an experiment so hopefully it works. I will try to send a confirmation with order totals so you know I got it, but no promises as I am not sure how many to expect.
    · Option 5 – Deliver order form to my house (please email me for directions).

    As a final reminder all Show ‘n’ Sale returns need to be arranged and returned by Tuesday as well.

    David Garin