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Learn Scouting Skills, Get 16 Merit Badges this Summer!

 

For Scouts BSA youth: participants can select a Trail to First Class plus one merit badge program or a two-merit badge weekly program.

Our non-scouting friends are encouraged to participate as well, and will receive a certificate upon completion.

The Benefits: Efficiency + Education

Weekly Coaching

Each week participants will attend three one hour zoom meetings per merit badge or TTFC (for a total of 6 hours per week), which will be scheduled Monday-Friday during normal summer camp merit badge times (9am, 10am, 11am, 1pm, 2pm, 3pm, 4pm).

Small Group, Live Sessions

There will be no more than 15 participants per session.

Recorded Sessions

We’ll be recording all the sessions this summer, so if you go on vacation or an adventure, you can catch up on what you missed when you return. Depending on the day, you might miss out on a chance to complete a requirement, but you can always contact your instructor to help guide you through.

Experienced Summer Camp Staff

sessions will be presented live by our own summer camp staff; who will facilitate discussions, demonstrate skills, assign adventures (homework) to be completed outside of meeting time, and review progress.

Counselor Access

When not running classes, these staff will be easily reached through email and office hours style zoom meetings.

Supplies Delivered Straight to You

Ahead of each week, you’ll receive a package in the mail containing the merit badge books for the week, and supplies to help you work towards merit badge completion. Registrants for the TTFC program will receive a box dedicated to the many skills and competencies you’ll be working to master this summer.

Grid Sheets for Completion

Just like the digital merit badges this past spring, grid-sheets will be available online, and at the end of the summer all completed and partial merit badges will be sent to your scouting unit. Note: Scoutmasters will need to complete a digital form for each participant to start the merit badge.

100% Completion or Pretty Darn Close

Due to Covid-19, merit badge completion percentages will not always be 100%, whether requirements state you must visit a location or complete community service or attend and event, but know that our creative staff will work to get you as far as possible in the process given our current circumstances.

Please note: if you do not already have an account in our event registration system, you will need to create one.

Merit Badge Courses

Below are the 8-week merit badge courses to choose from. You may purchase individually for $60 each, or as a part of the packages above.  Merit badges are included in the kits above or individually by the deadlines listed below.

Week 1: Choose your Own Adventure

June 28-July 4, 2020

Hiking and Reading  merit badges

Deadline to register: June 23

Details

First, you will learn how to do hikes.  Start small and work up to a day-long 20 mike hike. (Hiking Merit Badge).  Next discover the adventures of the imagination through reading.  Step into the past, learn a skill, or they mystically world of fiction. (Reading Merit Badge).  These two programs will be kicked off during this first week and continued through all 8 weeks as participants hike and read their way throughout their summer.

Week 2: Being Prepared

July 5-11, 2020

Public Health and Fire Safety merit badges

Deadline to register: June 30

Details

How do you protect yourself, your family, and your community?   How to prepare your home and neighborhood to prevent fire?   What are you to do with Covid-19?  What other risks should you be prepared for.   We will dive into the world of Fire Safety and Public Health.

Week 3: Your World View

July 12-18, 2020

Citizenship in the World and American Cultures merit badges

Deadline to register: July 7

Details

We live our lives in a rather small geographic area.   How well do we know our community? In our community, nation and world people come from many different races, religions, levels of privilege, and security.   As a citizen, how do we participate as a citizen of the world, our nation, our community?   What can we do to promote fairness, justice, and liberty for all?   We will look at our American cultures and our role as citizens of the world.

Week 4: Be a Builder

July 19-25, 2020

Architecture and Engineering merit badges

Deadline to register: July 14

Details

Let’s get outside and witness the artistic talents of the fantastic buildings, bridges, and roads.  How did we create machines, and processes that make our day to day lives better.  How do engineers design such incredible machines, structures and systems?   How does an Architect go from an idea to amazing buildings and structures.   This week we will take a look at engineering and architecture and how these fields impact our community.

Week 5: The Power of Power 

July 26-August 1, 2020

Nuclear Science and Electricity merit badges

Deadline to register: July 21

Details

You turn a switch, and your light goes on, the microwave cooks or the temperature of the room begins to change.  This all happens through the world of power generation and electricity.   How does electricity work, how is power generated?  We will also take a look at nuclear science in both its role in power generation but also other uses that affect our world.  

Week 6: Save the Planet

August 2-8, 2020

Soil & Water and Sustainability merit badges

Deadline to register: July 28

Details

Each day we are faced with opportunities to protect our environment or to cause it harm.  Some decisions seem small but add up quickly.   Some are large in their own right.   We will take a big look at the things that cause harm to our environment and how we can use sustainable tactics to reduce, reuse, and recycle.  Discover the world of soil and water conservation and sustainability.

Let’s Get Digital 

August 9-15, 2020

Animation and Digital Technology merit badges

Deadline to register: August 4

Details

We are in a digital age.  Most future jobs will involve digital technology.   How do we use this technology to tell stories, to communicate, to get work done.  We will also take a look at the world of animation technology.  This is the week to turn bits and bytes into adventure.

Week 8: The World of Creativity

August 16-22, 2020

Photography and Art merit badges

Deadline to register: August 11

Details

Creative expression is another way to communicate in our world.  Whether you are using a pen, paint, coal or even a photograph.  You create an image that stands alone.  This creation will stimulate different thoughts to different people.  This week we will use art and photography to tell a story. 

Please note: if you do not already have an account in our event registration system, you will need to create one.