Merit Badge Opportunities


Whitewater Rafting Merit Badge

posted Feb 26, 2018, 2:15 PM by Webmaster Troop 13   [ updated Feb 26, 2018, 2:18 PM ]

In order to earn this merit badge, you must already have your Kayaking Merit Badge.  They can give you a partial if you do not have it.  This is a unique merit badge that runs from 10:00 am - 6:00 pm.  Please note driving times are 2:15 hrs.

This full-day program completes the Whitewater Merit Badge using our inflatable kayaks. The morning session includes discussion, instruction and on-water practice paddling the kayaks through specific maneuvers and rescue drills. The afternoon is an eight-mile paddle down a Class I-II section of the Deerfield in our "Funyaks". The cost is $35pp for the Funyak trip plus $25pp for the morning session.

Bring your own lunch or add lunch for $8pp.

Pre-requisite: Kayaking merit badge, although we will do "partials".

Crabapple Whitewater

2018 Available Dates

May 19, 20, September 15, 16 -
Please Note - May 19-20 is Troop 13's Cope Course Overnight.


2056 Mohawk Trail, Charlemont, MA 01339    Phone: 413-625-2288

GPS Coordinates: 42.620137, -72.765304

Merit Badges at Clarks Trading Post on June 2nd, June 9th or June 10th.

posted Feb 24, 2018, 3:06 AM by Webmaster Troop 13

For interesting Day trips, Clark's Trading Post is offering several merit badges.  (2.15 hr drive)

Merit Badge Fair

Boy Scout Merit Badge Fair

June 2, 2018
Railroading
Coin Collecting
Environmental Science
June 2 Registration
 
June 9, 2018
Geology
Music
Environmental Science
June 9 Registration
 
June 10, 2018
Railroading 
Mammal Studies
Geology
June 10 Registration

Clark's Trading Post in Lincoln, NH will be hosting three Merit Badge Fairs in June. We have talented Merit Badge Counselors that are specialized in Railroading, Mammal Study, Environmental Science, Music, Coin Collecting and Geology. After each presentation, the counselors will sign blue cards for Scouts who have attended and successfully completed all prerequisite work. This event does sell out, so book early.

REGISTRATION - Registration is online only and must be received by May 20, 2018 to participate. A non-refundable check or credit card for the full payment is required at the time of registration. Scouts are able to register independently or with their entire Troop for the Merit Badge Fair. We recommend Scouts attend no more than two Merit Badge presentations in one day.

COST - The cost is $18 per person, which includes both the Merit Badge Fair and entrance into the Clark's Trading Post Theme Park. Your ticket includes all rides, all shows, all day. (There is an additional $8 fee per Scout participating in the Geology badge).

FAMILY MEMBERS - The Scout's family is welcome to visit Clark's as well, but only Scouts and Troop Leaders are allowed into the presentations. Family members ages 4 and above will receive the $18 rate per person but they must be included in the registration.

CHECK-IN - Meet at the Anaconda Escape Gate from 9:30-10:30 for check-in. At that time, your group will turn in the prerequisite work, pick up tickets and receive a hand stamp that allows you to come and go from the park during the day. Should you be arriving later than 10:30 please go to the railroad station for check-in.

BLUE CARDS - The blue cards need to be signed in advance by your Scoutmaster and neatly filled out for each presentation you are taking. This includes the Scout's name, troop number, address and badge name on all three sections of the blue card. Simply attending a presentation does not mean a blue card will be signed. Scouts must complete prerequisite work, participate in discussions and activities and meet the requirements.

PREREQUISITES - Print the worksheet for each Merit Badge you wish to participate in by going to www.meritbadge.org. Complete the perquisites listed in the course description. Bring your worksheet, workbook, and pencils with you. If you completed prerequisite work that cannot be brought with you, please bring a photograph of the work you did. If multiple Scouts worked on the project, have each Scout submit a photograph with their work.

INCOMPLETE WORK - If a Scout is unable to complete all the prerequisite work by the day of the Merit Badge Fair, they will receive partial credit for the requirements fulfilled by the presentation. If the prerequisite work did not have enough content, the counselor will make notes for the Scout to correct. The Scout can mail improved or completed work along with their blue card to Clark's Trading Post with a self addressed stamped envelope. We will have the counselor look over your work and sign if complete.

Clark's Trading Post
Attention: Anne Englert
PO Box 1
Lincoln, NH 03251

SUPPLIES - Bring pencils, paper, Merit badge book, Merit Badge Work Sheet and a smile. For Scouts taking the Geology presentation there is an additional $8 fee per person for supplies. Geology Scouts must also bring a notebook with at least 15 pages to record rocks and minerals.

UNIFORM - Class 'A' uniforms are preferred for this event.

FOOD - Lunch, drinks and snacks are available for purchase at Clark's. You may also choose to bring a bagged lunch if you so desire.

QUESTIONS - If you have questions the best way to reach me is to email Anne Englert at info@ClarksTradingPost.com or call 603-745-8913 Extension 19.

Course Decriptions

Bob Henderson works with Boy Scouts on their Railroading Merit Badge
Bob Henderson works with Boy Scouts on their Railroading Merit Badge

RAILROADING
June 2 & 10 from 10:30-12:00

Presented by Bob Henderson, railroad enthusiast and locomotive engineer for over 30 years. You will learn about railroad safety, signs and signals. During a walking tour discover the history of our railroad equipment including locomotives (both running and on display), a unique railbus and an authentic railroad covered bridge. The session will conclude with a ride on the White Mountain Central Railroad departing at 11:30. This presentation will fulfill requirements 4, 5, 6, 7 & 8b1 & 8b2 for the Boy Scout Railroading merit badge. Please complete requirements 1, 2, and 3 as prerequisites so the merit badge counselor can sign off on your blue card.

Bob Henderson points out the steam dome on the 1906 Baldwin locomotive to the Boy Scouts
Bob Henderson points out the steam dome on the 1906 Baldwin locomotive to the Boy Scouts

MAMMAL STUDY
June 10 from 1:00-2:00

Murray Clark presenting Mammal Studies at the Merit Badge Fair with help from Eagle Scout Dylan Grabinsky
Murray Clark presenting Mammal Studies at the Merit Badge Fair with help from Eagle Scout Dylan Grabinsky

Presented by Murray Clark, bear trainer and bear keeper at Clark's Trading Post. The bear keeper will cover information on the life cycle of both our captive bears and wild bears. They will discuss age, diet, habitat and birth of the black bears. This presentation will fulfill requirements 1, 2 & 4c for the Boy Scout Mammal Study merit badge. Please complete requirements 3 & 5 as prerequisites so the merit badge counselor can sign off on your blue card. The Scouts will be able to enjoy the 30-minute bear show at either 12:00 or 3:00.

Murray Clark discussing the life cycle of Ursus Americanus with the Boy Scouts
Murray Clark discussing the life cycle of Ursus Americanus with the Boy Scouts

GEOLOGY
June 9 - 10:30-12:00 and June 10 - 3:00-4:30

Presented by Christopher Englert, Marine Geologist and Hydrographer. This presentation is tailored to meet the Mineral Resources Option of the geology badge requirements listed on Boy Scouts of America website (scouting.org). This presentation will have a hands-on portion sorting gemstones using a panning sluice. Each scout will leave with a collection of rocks and minerals. A notebook with at least 15 lined pages is required for recording the collection.Concepts introduced include general geology-based terminology, scales of hardness, and geology career opportunities. This presentation will fulfill Boy Scout Geology requirements 1, 3, 4a, 5c1, 5c2, 5c3, and 5c4. Please complete requirements 2 and 5c5 as prerequisites so the merit badge counselor can sign off on your blue card. There is an additional fee of $8 per person for the geology presentation for gemstone supplies.

Boy Scouts mining for gemstones and fossils with Chris Englert during Geology presentation
Boy Scouts mining for gemstones and fossils with Chris Englert during Geology presentation

ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE
June 2 & 9 - 3:00-4:00

Air Pollution
Presented by Sylvia Clark, Project Manager at Stonecipher & Clark Environmental Solutions, a local environmental consulting business that specializes in environmental assessments, cleanups, compliance & permitting, underground storage tank removals, and visible emissions testing. This presentation will fulfill Boy Scout requirements 3a, 3b, 3c, 3d, 3e, 3f, 5 and 6 for the Environmental Science merit badge. Please complete requirements 1, 2 & 4 as prerequisites so the merit badge counselor can sign off on your blue card.

MUSIC
June 9 - 12:30-2:30

Bonesfest

Rhythm Bones SocietyPresented by Sky Bartlett and several members of the Rhythm Bones Society. Scouts will learn about an instrument that dates back as far as recorded civilization! Although initially made from actual rib bones, most modern-day rhythm bones are made from wood and played in a similar fashion to the spoons. Each Scout will have the opportunity to make a set of rhythm bones, learn to play the instrument, and attend a show featuring some of the most renowned bones players in the country! Scouts will be able to participate in a live concert at Clark's with the Rhythm Bones Society players as a part of the badge requirement. You will be thrilled to the BONES! This presentation will fulfill requirements 1, 3a, 4c & 5 for the Boy Scout Music merit badge. Please complete requirements 2 and 3b as prerequisites so the merit badge counselor can sign off on your blue card.

COIN COLLECTING
June 2 - 1:00-2:30

Ellie Harvey of Littleton Coin Company in Littleton, New Hampshire
Ellie Harvey of Littleton Coin Company

Presented by Ellie Harvey from Littleton Coin Company in Littleton, New Hampshire. You will learn about the exciting hobby of coin collecting. During the presentation you will be able to look at and handle coins from the United States and all over the world! Each participating Scout will leave the event with a collector quality folder, 50 coins from over 40 countries, several booklets for coin collecting, a magnifier, coin pouch and more. This hands-on presentation is tailored to meet requirements 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 8, and 9a for the Boy Scouts Coin Collecting Badge. Please complete requirements 6, 7 and 10b at home prior to the event. For requirements 6 & 7 Scouts need to have their coins in a container or zip lock bag with their name and troop number. There is an additional fee of $15 per person for coin collecting supplies.

Coins

Special discounts for Boy Scouts in uniform will include the following:

  • 10% off one item coupon in the main gift shop
  • A one scoop make your own sundae for only $3 plus tax
  • Scouts may mine for gemstones (green bag) for just $8 per bag
  • Dip a pair of straight candles for $3
  • Buy a souvenir mug for $6 and have free soda refills all day
  • $5 off a photo at Kilburn's Photo Parlor. Limit one per group.

Campgrounds within ten miles of Clark's Trading Post:
Country Bumpkins: Lincoln, NH 603-745-8837
Lost Valley Campground: North Woodstock, NH 603-745-8321
Maple Haven Campground: North Woodstock, NH 603-745-3350
Waterrest Campground: Woodstock, NH 603-745-2586
Woodstock KOA Campground: Woodstock, NH 603-745-8008

White Mountain National Forest Campgrounds:
Wildwood: Easton, NH
Hancock: Lincoln, NH
Big Rock: Lincoln, NH

NH State Park Campgrounds:
Lafayette Place: Franconia, NH
Cannon Mountain RV Park: Franconia, NH

Boy Scout Merit Badge Fair Registration

Clark's Trading Post
PO Box 1
110 Daniel Webster Highway
Lincoln, NH 03251

Stamp Collecting Merit Badge April 14

posted Feb 5, 2018, 4:03 AM by Webmaster Troop 13   [ updated Feb 26, 2018, 2:20 PM ]

BOY SCOUT STAMP COLLECTING MERIT BADGE PROGRAM
SATURDAY APRIL 14 
​9:30 - 1:30 

Registration fee: $21.
Scouts take home hundreds of stamps and meet all badge requirements. Individual scouts are welcome.
For more information and/or to register email to scouts or call 617-784-5838.
Spellman Museum of Stamps and Postal History, 241 Wellesley St, Weston, MA 02493

April Vacation Week Spirit of Adventure Merit Badge Camp

posted Jan 27, 2018, 3:23 AM by Webmaster Troop 13   [ updated Feb 26, 2018, 2:26 PM ]


STEM CAMP 2018

Grades 6-12

 

April 16th– April 20th 2018

Week-long Day Camp 

 

 

Older scientists, boys and girls in the 6th through 12th grade, will choose a pathway themed around STEM activities including field trips, visits from scientists and engineers and hands-on projects. Scouts will earn the corresponding merit badges. Pathway choices are:

 

Introduction to Robotics: Pathway includes introduction to robotics using lego Mindstorm kits, a field trip to iRobot, instruction by a high school robotics team & a chance to earn the Robotics Merit Badge

 

Advanced Robotics: Pathway includes instruction by scientists within the field, a field trip to Amazon Robotics and a chance to earn the Robotics Merit Badge. Scientists must have experience using lego Mindstorm before.

 

Energy and Electricity: Pathway includes learning about electromagnetic energy, fusion, playing with a Geiger Counter, field trip to MIT Fusion Lab, instruction by MIT Researchers,
and a chance to earn Electricity, Energy and Nuclear Science Merit Badges.

 

Engineering: Pathway includes working with engineers from all throughout Boston, a field trip to the WIT Engineering Department, working with engineers from NVBots, access to the 3d printer at New England Base Camp and a chance to earn the Engineering and Inventing Merit Badges.

 

Arts and Animation: Pathway includes making art with science, making your own digital cartoons, a field trip to FableVision, instructed by Animators at FableVision and Scientists at MIT Lincoln Labs and a chance to earn the Animation, Art, and Movie Making Merit Badges.

 

Architecture and Design: Pathway includes design and layout landscaping, a field trip to WIT Architecture Department and a chance to earn the Architecture, Drafting, and Landscape Architecture Merit Badges.

 

 

 

20% off for scientists with the Adventure Card! Login with your Card-holder’s User ID.



Stamp Collecting Merit Badge Jan 13, 2018

posted Nov 18, 2017, 6:42 AM by Webmaster Troop 13

BOY SCOUT STAMP COLLECTING MERIT BADGE PROGRAM 
SATURDAY January 13 9:30 - 1:30
Registration fee: $21. 

Scouts take home hundreds of stamps and meet all badge requirements. Individual scouts as well as whole troops are welcome.
For more information and/or to register email to scouts or call 617-784-5838.


Spellman Museum of Stamps and Postal History
241 Wellesley St, Weston, MA 02493

Recent comment from a scout's parent:
"Wow, what sparks we saw in our son's eyes when he came home! You truly inspired these children, and ignited their passion for stamps, countries, geography, history and all through the love of this little rectangular piece of paper! Thank you thank you thank you. Please keep up your beautiful work, you can truly make a difference in our over-satiated mega-consumeristic, technology oriented world." 

Get Merit Badges on Saturdays at Camp Sayre in Milton with your Scoutbook app

posted Sep 11, 2017, 12:19 PM by Webmaster Troop 13   [ updated Sep 11, 2017, 12:26 PM ]

Scout Programs

Boy Scouts (and Girl Scouts) make up the majority of the campers and participants at all Base Camp locations.

The Saturday Scout Open Program is the cornerstone of all programming at Base camp. Scout groups can add onto their program experience by participating in High Adventure Programs. All Saturday programs provide advancement opportunities for Scouts at all levels. Additionally, all Base Camps Support Scout Book, making the record keeping for all advancement instantaneous. Additionally, Scouts have access to a wide range of lodging opportunities, from cabin camping, to lean to shelters and tent camping.

Saturday Program

Join us for our Saturday program! Either at our main camp in Milton, MA or at Lone Tree in Kingston, NH. Work on or complete your Merit Badges! Our staff can help Scouts complete or start merit badges. We specialize in all the requirements that say “Do.” Be sure to bring your Scout Book app so you can receive credit for your successes immediately! Come and give archery a try and then head over to the Axe Yard to learn to chop/split and plain a log.

Be sure to save some time to go rock climbing, throw a tomahawk, test your skills at outdoor cooking and dig up a dinosaur. 

Merit Badge options include: camping, cooking, lifesaving, swimming, archery, rifle shooting, orienteering, pioneering, Indian Lore, American cultures, mammal study, soil and water conservation, bird study, weather, forestry, insect study, chess, robotics, basketry, space exploration, geology and more. Saturday fun begins at Base Camp.

Scoutbook

New England Base camp is Powered by Scouting – and Scout Book fuels the engine. Be sure to bring your Scout Book App with you to camp. Our weekend staff is certified and can sign off on countless merit badges, rank advancements. The Camp is fully loaded with a strong wifi signal and with a Scout Store on premises, if the Scout leader approves, the unit can even print the advancement report and buy the patches in the shop that same day! 

Note:  Every Troop 13 scout is on scoutbook.  Your parents were sent the invitation and they have access to scoutbook via smartphones.  Log onto scoutbook while you are at New England Base Camp and get your merit badge requirements signed off.  

Multiple Merit Badges at Broadmoor Audubon

posted Sep 6, 2017, 3:56 PM by Webmaster Troop 13   [ updated Sep 6, 2017, 4:04 PM ]

Get together a group of Troop 13 Scouts and select a class at Broadmoor Audubon in Natick.  The selection of Merit Badge classes is in the link below.  Cost is per class, so select a class and let me know and I will put the class on our website.  Contact - lisaedunn@hotmail.com

Contact details for Broadmoor Scout program - Joy Marzolf   jmarzolf@massaudubon.org

Knox Trail Council 2017 Autumn Merit Badge College Sun, Dec 3 @ 12:00 pm - 5:30 pm

posted Sep 1, 2017, 1:41 AM by Webmaster Troop 13

Need or want some merit badges?  Knox-Trail Council will be holding its December MBU at Assabet Valley Regional Technical High School 215 Fitchburg St.
Marlborough, MA.

Explore, Learn, Achieve!

The 2017 Autumn Merit Badge College is held from 12:30-5:30 pm at Assabet Valley Regional Technical High School in Marlborough.

Scouts choose 2 merit badges.  Each class is two hours and twenty-five minutes. To complete the badges in this time frame requires prerequisites and often a field trip.

The badges offered are: American Business, American Cultures, Art, Chess, Coin Collecting, Collections, Crime Prevention, Disabilities Awareness, Drafting, Fingerprinting, Fire Safety, Geneology, Graphic Arts, Indian Lore, Medicine, Movie Making, Music, Photography, Public Speaking, Salesmanship, Scouting Heritage, Sculpture, and Stamp Collecting.

This awesome opportunity will help Scouts earn some Merit Badges that are not typically done in the troop setting.

PLEASE NOTE THAT SCOUTS WILL NEED TO BORROW OR PURCHASE MERIT BADGE PAMPHLETS.

MERIT BADGE COLLEGE PREREQUISITES

Check-in begins at 12:00 noon for Scouts and costs $25.  Please refer to your email receipt for class listings and times.

Registration Deadline is:  11/28/17

 

** REGISTRATION OPENING SOON **

September Bass Pro Shops hosts Fishing, Rifle Shooting and Fish & Wildlife Merit badge workshops

posted Aug 14, 2017, 9:22 AM by Webmaster Troop 13   [ updated Aug 14, 2017, 10:38 AM ]

September is Merit Badge month for the Boy Scouts of America at Bass Pro Shops. We are offering 3 different merit badge classes throughout the month of September. We have Fishing, Rifle Shooting, and brand new this year Fish and Wildlife Management. See the full schedule below. Space is limited so call in today to book your spot. (508) 216-2000

A Blue Card is required - the workshop will cover the entire badge.  

Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays beginning at 6:00 pm with a class limit of 10

2017 September Merit Badge Schedule

Tuesday, September 5 Fishing
Wednesday, September 6 Rifle Shooting
Thursday, September 7 Fish and Wildlife Management - Cancelled due to a Patriots game.  

Tuesday, September 12 Rifle Shooting
Wednesday, September 13 Fish and Wildlife Management
Thursday, September 14 Fishing

Tuesday, September 19 Fish and Wildlife Manager
Wednesday, September 20 Fishing
Thursday, September 21 Rifle Shooting

Tuesday, September 26 Fishing
Wednesday, September 27 Rifle Shooting
Thursday, September 28 Fish and Wildlife Management

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