MBC Prerequisites

Valley District Merit Badge College

Front Range Community College
3645 West 112th Avenue
Westminster, CO

Saturday, November 12th, 2016

Before Attending Merit Badge College...

  • READ THE MERIT BADGE PAMPHLET!
  • Prior to attending class, you must read the merit badge pamphlet and be ready to review the requirements for all merit badges you sign up for.
  • It is recommended that you complete the prerequisites listed for each merit badge in which you are interested. Some counselors may ask you to leave class if you have NOT completed the prerequisites.
  • If you complete some of the requirements prior to the Merit Badge College, bring a Scoutmaster signed Prerequisites Form or Blue Card showing completed requirements (i.e. or other documents signed by your scoutmaster or advancement chairperson, pictures, collections, etc.). Not all counselors will have time in class to sign for requirements completed before class. You may contact them after class and meet with them then.
  • Completion of prerequisites does NOT guarantee that you will complete the merit badge during class. On the other hand, failure to complete the prerequisites and to participate actively in the class will guarantee that you WILL NOT complete the requirements during class.
  • All changes, updates, etc. will be posted on this website as they become available.
  • Check this website often.
  • If you do not have access to the Internet at home, it is your responsibility to get access and read the prerequisites. (Use a friend's computer, school computer or public library.)
  • Any inappropriate behavior is unacceptable and you will be asked to leave the class and possibly the Merit Badge College.

After Merit Badge College...

  • Many merit badges will have requirements that must be completed outside of class (i.e Family Life, Personal Management, Personal Fitness, etc.). You will not be able to complete these merit badges during merit badge college.
  • Make sure you get the contact information of the counselor (name and phone number, minimally) so that you can contact the merit badge counselor after the college when you have completed the requirements.

Merit Badge Classes Offered (2016)

  • In the table below, the word PREREQUISITES is used loosely here. It is used to refer to requirements that cannot or will not be completed during the merit badge college class but if you have the skill level and/or desire, completing the prerequisites prior to the class will allow you to get more out of the interactive group environment that the merit badge college provides. Some of the requirements may be better understood and easier to earn after discussing them in class.
  • Click on the Merit Badge name link to view requirements of that merit badge.
Merit Badge
(Click Merit Badge Name
for Requirements)
(Eagle required in bold)
Prerequisites and other Useful Info
American Heritage Prior to Class:
Complete Requirement  #5.
Read the merit badge pamphlet prior to attending class
Classroom Requirements:
Plan to discuss your selection of influential Americans and organizations for requirement #2.
Plan to discuss current topics and how they were influenced by past events in American history for requirement #3
After Merit Badge College:
Requirements not completed will have to be completed outside of class.
Architecture Prior to Class:
Complete Requirements #1a, #1b, #4
Classroom Requirements:
Requirement #2a, #2b, #2c, #2d, #3a, and #5
After Merit Badge College:
Should all be done in class!
Art *

Prior to Class:
Nothing
Classroom Requirements:
All requirements will be covered in class. Bring pen and pencil!

After Merit Badge College:
Any missing requirements.

Athletics

Prior to Class: Read merit badge pamphlet and create notes for discussion. If you have started an athletic activities as needed for Req #2, 5  & 6 - PLEASE use the merit badge workbook (online) and begin documentation.

Classroom Requirements:
Be prepared for group discussion on rules and procedures as detailed in Req #1 & 4.
We will be doing some athletic activities during class in conjunction with Sports.  This fun stuff will be after we complete the other requirements.
After Merit Badge College:
Portions of requirements #2, 5, 6 may need to be finished.    

Automotive Maintenance Classroom Requirements:
Come to class in clothes that you can get dirty in, like jeans and a shirt - no sweat pants or loose clothes - no class "A" uniforms. Wear boots or work shoes. Bring paper and pen for class.
After Merit Badge College:
3.e.1 - Choose a car cleaner and wax product for the vehicle. Explain clear-coat paint and the precautions necessary for care. Clean and wax the vehicle, both inside and out.
5.d.Perform an oil change and oil filter change on the vehicle.
6.b.Flush and change the engine coolant in the vehicle according to the manufacturer's instructions.
Aviation

*This merit badge is instructed by an United Airlines Pilot using flight simulation software.
Prior to Class:
  1. Read through the Aviation MB pamphlet
  2. Print and bring with you the Aviation MB worksheet http://meritbadge.org/wiki/images/0/0c/Aviation.pdf
  3. Bring a pencil
  4. Complete requirement #5 and be prepared to discuss it during class
Basketry * Prior to Class:
Assemble a camp stool and bring it to class.
Classroom Requirements:
Class time will be used assembling a round basket and square basket if time allows. Both kits will be provided.
Chemistry * Prior to Class:
#4. a. Cut a round onion into small chunks. Separate the onion chunks into three equal portions. Leave the first portion raw. Cook the second portion of onion chunks until the pieces are translucent. Cook the third portion until the onions are caramelized, or brown in color. Taste each type of onion. Describe the taste of raw onion versus partially cooked onion versus caramelized onion. Explain what happens to molecules in the onion during the cooking process.       

#3. Construct a Cartesian diver. Describe its function in terms of how gases in general behave under different pressures and different temperatures. Describe how the behavior of gases affects a backpacker at high altitudes and a scuba diver underwater.

We will use the chemistry worksheet from Meritbadge.com http://www.meritbadge.org/wiki/index.php/Merit_Badges

Copies will not be provided in class. Fill in the areas you have researched ahead of time to show to me to complete the badge at the Merit Badge College.

Chess          

Prior to Class:
Read the merit badge pamphlet and practice against friends and family.
Classroom Requirements:
Req's to be completed in class are #1, #2, #4abcdf, and #5abc
Part of requirement #3 will be completed in class.
Bring pen or pencil to class to keep score.
After Merit Badge College:
#3 Using the EDGE method, teach a scout requirements 3a, 3b, and 3c.
Requirements #4e, #5d & #6 must be completed after class.

Prior to Class:
Markup a map of your community with items listed in #2a.
#2b. Chart the organization of your state or local govt, show top offices and tell whether they are elected or appointed.
#6. Bring a list of services (more than the FOUR listed in the requirements) that are funded by taxpayers. Be ready to explain why these services are important to your community.
Classroom Requirements:
Class will cover as many of the requirements as time allows.
You must bring lists, chart, and maps to class and actively participate in class discussion.
Discuss with your counselor which movie you'd like to view for Reqt #5.
Discuss with your counselor which charitable organization with which you'd like to volunteer to complete Reqt #7.
After Merit Badge College:
#3. Attend county/city/school board meeting/court session and explain to your counselor why you agree with one opinion more than you do another one.
#5. After getting your parents and MB counselor's approval, watch a Movie with a Meaning (short list of suggested movies) and discuss with your counselor what you learned from the movie.
#7. After getting your parents and MB counselor's approval, volunteer a minimum of 8 hours with the charitable organization of your choice and discuss what you learned with your counselor.
#8. Present to your patrol, troop, class or counselor, a presentation of the unique aspects of your community. (This requirement takes too much time for every scout to make their presentation during Merit Badge College).
Citizenship in the Nation Prior to Class:
Scouts should read: Visit a federal or government installation (req #2)
Watch News / Read Newspaper for 5 days in a row (req #3)
Classroom Requirements:
This class will cover as many of the requirements as time allows.
Since each scout must meet with a merit badge counselor in person to discuss many of the requirements, those requirements are not suited to be completed in a classroom setting.
Discuss with your counselor which speech of national historical importance you'd like to research to complete Reqt. #6.
Discuss National Issues you might include in your letter to an elected official (Senator or member of Congress from your congressional district) to complete Reqt. #8.
After Merit Badge College:
#2. Do TWO of the following:
#6. Read the speech of National Historic Importance that you discussed with your counselor.
#8. Write a letter to an elected official concerning the National Issue you discussed with your counselor.
Citizenship in the World          

My intent is to cover most of the requirements for the merit badge during the class.   I want to make this class a lively discussion that pertains to current Geopolitical and World topics.  A discussion on world governments and philosophies will also be given.  My discussions will be largely based upon the merit badge booklet, however, I will not follow it exactly.  I would like to have the participants discuss each of the aspects of requirement 3b in small groups.   If time should run short on the class, I will cut out requirement 3 b.   The participants can show me there work during the signing of the merit badge sheets to get credit.   So if you want to make sure to receive a completed merit badge, come prepared with 3b already done and ready to discuss with your fellow scouts.  Another thing that might be helpful with the discussions is to watch an international news broadcast the week before class-- BBC or Sky News should suffice for this.  Please read through the merit badge booklet as well for general reference. 

Prior to Class:  3b,

Classroom Requirements:  1, 2, 3a, 4a, 4b, 5, 6, and 7. 

After Merit Badge College:  None. 

Coin Collecting Prior to Class:
Read Merit Badge Pamphlet.
Watch and understand video on how coins are made.
Memorize collecting terms: obverse, reverse, reeding, clad, type set, date set.
Read a numismatic magazine or newspaper or this article on Australia's Lost MegaBeasts on new coins.
Understand terms: Federal Reserve System, Legal Tender, coin grades.
You can fill in the Coin Collecting Workbook with your answers.
Classroom Requirements:
* Bring FIVE different state quarters.
* Bring cent, nickel, dime, quarter, half-dollar, dollar - show mint marks and initials.
For requirement 9, the easiest option is 9d ("For each year since the year of your birth, collect a date set of a single type of coin". Pennies are easy to find with the different years. Yes, you will need this year's penny too).
* For requirement 10, the easiest option is 10d ("Do drawings of five Colonial-era U.S. coins.) Follow link to see colonial coins.
* If you have been to the U. S. Mint or given talk about coins to a group, please bring a note from your scoutmaster or parent with their phone number on it.

We will find two of your coins in two different coin catalogs in class to complete requirement #5a.
Numismatic magazines will be available in class to complete requirement #5b.
After Merit Badge College:
Finish whatever requirements you didn't finish in class.
Collections Prior to Class:
Research career opportunities in collecting. Find out the education, training, and experience required.
Classroom Requirements:
* Bring a short written report or outline with a detailed description of your collection.
* Bring all or part of you collection or a picture of it (if you can't bring it).
* Be prepared to discuss your collection with the counselor.
After Merit Badge College:
Finish any remaining requirements with counselor.
Communications

Prior to Class:
#3. Write a five-minute speech. Give it at a meeting of a group. ( I am very picky on signing this off, I will need a signed affidavit or videotape.  There will not be opportunity in class to give the speech ) 
#4. Interview someone you know fairly well, like, or respect because of his or her position, talent, career or life experiences. Listen actively to learn as much as you can about the person. Then prepare and deliver to your counselor an introduction of the person as though this person were to be a guest speaker, and include reasons why the audience would want to hear this person speak. Show how you would call to invite this person to speak. ( Please read this requirement carefully ) 
#5. Attend a public meeting (city council, school board, debate) approved by your counselor where several points of view are given on a single issue. Practice active listening skills and take careful notes of each point of view. Present an objective report that includes all points of view that were expressed, and share this with your counselor.  ( Even if you think there wasn't a debate bring what you have ) 
#7. Bring evidence to class of work you have done on this requirement, (for example, if you chose 7a, bring a copy of the message that you wrote).
#8. Plan a troop court of honor or campfire program. Have the patrol leaders' council approve it, then write the script and prepare the program. Serve as master of ceremonies. (There will be, time permitting discussion on how to plan a court of honor. if you have done this I will need a scoutmaster affidavit or please bring the script AND the program ).
#9. It would be useful if you come prepared to discuss a career in which you are interested. 
     

Classroom Requirements:

#1d.  List as many ways as you can think of to communicate with others.  For each type of communication discuss with your counselor an instance when that method might not be appropriate.
#2a.  Think of a creative way to describe yourself using for example, a collage, short story or autobiography, drawing or series of photographs, or a song or skit.  Using the aid you created, make a presentation to your counselor about yourself.
#6.  With your counselors approval, develop a plan to teach a skill or inform someone about something.  Prepare teaching aids for your plan.  Carry out your plan. with your counselor determine whether the person has learned what you intended.
#8  Discussion on accomplishing this requirement only.

After Merit Badge College:

#6 Finish evaluation of success.
#8 Discuss your Court of Honor or Campfire Program.  Provide evidence.

Cooking



*This merit badge is now Eagle Required!
Prior to Class:
Complete 2a, 2b, 4b, 4c and 8
Classroom Requirements:
Complete 1a, 1b, 1c, 1d, 1e, 2c, 2d, 4a, 3a, 3b, 5a, 5b and 8(if done prior to class or will need follow up as homework). Bring a printed copy of the Cooking MB Worksheet.
After Merit Badge College:
Complete 5c, 5d, 5e, 5f, 6a - 6g, 7a - 7e, 8 (If not done prior to class)
Crime Prevention Prior to Class:
Complete #2, #4a, #4b, #5, #6a or #6b, #9.
The checklist for #4b is in the Crime Prevention MB Pamphlet and HERE
Classroom Requirements:
Most of the rest of the requirements will be discussed in class
After Merit Badge College:
Complete requirement #7b (visit a jail or detention facility)
Digital Tech

Prior to Class:
Complete your Cyber Chip and bring proof to class.
Classroom Requirements:
2ab, 2abcde, 4abc, 5abc, 6(three of)qbcde, 7abc, 8ac, 9a
After Merit Badge College:
None

Dog Care Prior to Class:
#4 For two months, keep and care for your dog. Maintain a log of your activities during this period that includes these items: feeding schedule, types of food used, amount fed, exercise periods, training schedule, a weekly body weight record, grooming and bathing schedules, veterinary care if necessary, and costs. Also include a brief description or picture of the type of housing/shelter arrangements you have for your dog.

#5 Explain the correct way to obedience train a dog and what equipment you would need. Show with your dog (for merit badge college... this means bring a brief written statement signed by a parent that you have done it) any three of these commands: "come," "sit," "down," "heel," "stay," "fetch," or "get it," and "drop it."

#8 Visit a veterinary hospital or an animal shelter and give a report about your visit to your counselor.

Bring a signed Prerequisite Form or Blue Card showing that you have completed the above, if done prior to class.
Classroom Requirements:
We will attempt to cover the rest of the material in class, but there is a lot to cover.

Drafting

Prior to Class:
             Req 7
Classroom Requirements:
             Req 1, 2, 4 and 5 - Bring pencils and paper!
After Merit Badge College:
             Req 3 and (6a or 6b) - Item 3 can be any common computer illustrator. Ask the instructor for details. 
     

Electricity / Electronics*          

Electronics:

·         Prior to Class: 

o   Read the Merit Badge Pamphlet prior to attending class.

o   Bring a copy of the Electronics Merit Badge Workbook to use in class.  ( http://www.meritbadge.org/wiki/images/e/ee/Electronics.pdf )

o   Complete Requirements #3a and #3b demonstrating how to solder and de-solder electronic components.    Bring a signed paper to show that this has been completed.

·         Classroom Requirements:

o   All Requirements (except 3a and 3b) can be completed during the class.

·         After Merit Badge College:

o   Requirements not completed during Merit Badge College will need to be completed outside of class.

 

Electricity:

·         Prior to Class: 

o   Read the Merit Badge Pamphlet prior to attending class.

o   Bring a copy of the Electricity Merit Badge Workbook to use in class.  (http://www.meritbadge.org/wiki/images/9/9f/Electricity.pdf  )

o   Complete Requirements #2, #8,  #9a.   Bring a signed paper from your parents along with your written results in the Electricity workbook to show that this has been completed.

·         Classroom Requirements:

o   All Requirements (except 2, 8, and 9a) can be completed during the class.

·         After Merit Badge College:

o   Requirements not completed during Merit Badge College will need to be completed outside of class.

     
Emergency Preparedness Prior to Class:
Requirements 6c, 7, 8 and (9a or 9b or 9c)
Energy

Prior to Class:
Encouraged to do 1a, 4, 6a-e.

  

 Classroom Requirements:
Requirements 2, 3, 5, 7, 8 will be covered in class.

After Merit Badge College:
Requirements 1b will be completed after the rest of requirements are completed.

Engineering

Prior to Class:

Read the Merit badge pamphlet.  Complete requirements 1, 2, and 5
Classroom Requirements:
Requirements 3, 4, 6, 7, 8, & 9 will be covered in class.

After Merit Badge College
None

Entrepreneurship

 Prior to Class:
 Requirement 3
Classroom Requirements:
 Requirements 1, 2, 4, 5 and 6
 

After Merit Badge College:
 None

Family Life Prior to Class:
Read the Merit Badge book.

If you have started a worksheet bring it to class with you.

Classroom Requirements:      

Requirements 1, 2, 6a and 7

All requirements will be discussed in class

After Merit Badge College:
Requirements 3, 4, 5 and 6b
Fingerprinting *

Prior to Class:
Read the merit badge pamphlet
Memorize fingerprint types
Classroom Requirements:
Bring merit badge pamphlet to class

After Merit Badge College:
Any missing requirements.

Fire Safety

Prior to Class:
Read merit badge pamphlet, conduct online research, & create notes to discuss for Req #1b, 2, 3, 4, 5, 8, 10, 11, 12.
Note that we will talk as a group about what you have found in your research concerning these items
Conduct a home safety survey Req #6.  Bring this to class.
Complete Req #7 & 9 with a scout leader and/or parent.  Have them write a quick note that you completed this. Research as noted for Req #1b, 2, 3, 4, 5, 8, 10, 11, 12 is essential in order for us to have a lively discussion instead of a boring lecture.
Classroom Requirements:
Be prepared to discuss requirements as noted above (1b, 2, 3, 4, 5, 8, 10, 11, 12).
We will not be able to complete 6, 7 & 9, so please complete prior to class.
After Merit Badge College:
Complete requirements (N/A - assuming all the above were completed prior to class).  

First Aid *


Prior to Class:
Bring your home first aid kit with you to class.
Classroom Requirements:
Bring your scout book to class, all requirements will be covered in class.
After Merit Badge College:
Any missing requirements.
               
Fishing Prior to Class:
Practice tying Req #4 knots.
Classroom Requirements:
Be prepared to discuss Req #1, 2, 5, 6, 7, 8
Be prepared to tie the knots in Req #4
After Merit Badge College:
Req #3 - Demonstrate the proper use of two different types of fishing equipment.
Req #9 - Catch two different kinds of fish and identify them (there are no fish in the puddles on the school parking lot)
Fly Fishing Prior to Class:
Practice tying Req #3 knots.
Classroom Requirements:
Be prepared to discuss Req's #1, 2, 3, 4, 7, 8, 9
Be prepared to tie the knots in Req #3
After Merit Badge College:
Schedule a meeting with counselor to complete Req's #5, 6, 10
Game Design

Before Class - complete steps 1 to 5:

  1. Download the Game Design Merit Badge Workbook from Meritbadge.org
    http://meritbadge.org/wiki/images/4/4f/Game_Design.pdf
  2. Complete these Requirements: 1A (All), 1B (All), 2 – pick five terms, define the terms and relate it to a specific game, 3 (All)
  3. With the help of a parent or guardian, find and analyze one free historical miniatures game on Junior General. Use this analysis for one of your games for Requirement 1A.
    http://www.juniorgeneral.org/
  4. Prepare a Game Design Notebook (Three ring binder recommended) with an outline of your game concept. Remember, you must have your merit badge counselor’s approval of your concept before you begin creating the prototype.
  5. With the help of a parent or guardian, access these three web pages:
    1. For help with 8B: HOW TO BECOME A GAME DESIGNER
      http://www.infographicsarchive.com/tech-and-gadgets/infographic-how-to-become-a-game-designer/#prettyPhoto/1/
    2. For the impacts of video gaming on gamers. Discuss this with your parent or guardian:
      http://visual.ly/programmed-demise-how-game-addiction-ruining-boys
    3. Review the Game Design FAQ on the Boy's Life Page (click images for the full answer): 
      http://boyslife.org/section/about-scouts/merit-badge-resources/game-design/ask-a-game-design-expert/

Note: If these pre-class prerequisites are not completed, it will be almost impossible to complete this merit badge in a timely fashion. 

 In Class we will:

  1. Review your Game Design workbook.
  2. Review your Game Design notebook. 
  3. Discuss design concepts, including randomizer and user experience. 
  4. Review and discuss work for Step B above. 
  5. Complete Requirements 4 and 8B. 
  6. Discuss the game design requirement (5, 6, & 7) and the testing lifecycle.

 After Class: 

  1. Complete Requirements 5, 6, and 7 (design/test cycle). 
  2. Record your work in a game design notebook. You must have your merit badge counselor’s approval of your concept before you begin creating the prototype. 
  3. Meet with counselor to discuss your play testing process and demonstrate your final product. Plan to attend a post-college game review session to be held 12/17/16 (Details shared in class.)
Genealogy Prior to Class:
If you have completed the following, you should be able to complete the merit badge during the class.  If you cannot complete the following, come and get ideas on how to complete these requirements.
Req #2. EITHER bring a time line & report for you or a relative OR your journal with at least 6 consecutive weeks of entries.

Req #3. Interview a family member and bring a record of that interview. 

Req #4b. Bring a copy of any genealogical document for one of the people shown on one of the charts for requirement 6 or 7.

Req #6. Bring a copy of a pedigree chart that shows you, your parents, and your grandparents (if you have the information available, also include your great grandparents - it's not a merit badge requirement, but it is more likely to provide information that can be found in internet research sources).  Include, where possible, vital statistics for birth (when/where), marriage (who/when/where) and death(when/where) on the chart.

Req #7. Bring two family group records: one for your family (you, your parents, your siblings), and one for one of your parents with their parents & siblings. Include the same vital statistics as for requirement #6 for each individual. 
Classroom Requirements:
We will discuss all requirements in class.

After Merit Badge College:
If you cannot complete the following, come and get ideas on how to complete these requirements after the college.
 GeocachingPrior to Class:
1-Bring $5 to pay for the Travel Bug that needs to be monitored for 30 days.
2-Bring a smart phone or GPS devise
3-Bring 1 plastic jar (like a peanut butter or mayonnaise jar with a large lid)
Classroom Requirements:
All requirements
To complete this Merit Badge you must:
Montior the Travel Bug
Golf Prior to Class:
You must read the Merit Badge Pamphlet, esp. rules section
Req #8 - play 18 holes of golf, or two 9 hole rounds
Classroom Requirements:
All requirements except 7 & 8 will be completed in class.
Part or all of requirement 7 will likely have to be completed outside of class, depending on the weather.
Bring a golf club, preferably an iron, if possible.
To complete this Merit Badge you must:
Req #8 - play 18 holes of golf, or two 9 hole rounds
Graphic Arts



Prior to Class:
It would be great if the Scouts could print this Graphic Arts Workbook and bring it with them to the class. If you are already working on a design for requirement 3, I would like them to bring that to the class so that I can discuss it with them.
Classroom Requirements:
Requirements #1, 2, 5, 7 will be worked on in class. I will also talk to the Scouts about the design process and they will have some time to work on a design that they may ultimately decide to complete for requirements 3 and 4.

Requirement 4 asks them to produce a design using one of four methods - offset lithography, screen printing, electronic/digital printing, or relief printing. Of these, the most common for Scouts to complete is the digital printing option. I will discuss the other methods with them and if they decide to use one of these methods that would be great.

Requirement 6 asks them either visit a newspaper printing plant, a retail printing facility, a school's graphic arts program, or three web sites related to graphic arts. It would great if they could visit an actual production facility or a graphic arts school, but it is also acceptable to accomplish this using the computer. If they do this before the class they should be prepared to discuss their visit or the web sites with me on Saturday. It will also be possible for Scouts to accomplish this after Saturday.

After Merit Badge College:
My experience with this merit badge is that if Scouts come to the class prepared and with their outside activities under their belt then they can complete it on Saturday. If they leave things to be done after Saturday then the success rate drops off. I will follow up with all the Scouts who are not able to complete the merit badge requirements on Saturday

Home Repairs Classroom Requirements:
Bring a screen to repair or an item that needs to be glued

Indian Lore

Prior to Class:
Read the Merit Badge Pamphlet.
Complete requirement 2 
Classroom Requirements:
All remaining requirements.
After Merit Badge College:
Any missing requirements.
Inventing

Prior to Class:
Read the Merit Badge Pamphlet.
Classroom Requirements:
All remaining requirements.
After Merit Badge College:
Any missing requirements.

Journalism


Prior to Class:
Read the Merit Badge Pamphlet.
Choose either Req #2a or #2b and complete requirements for either.
Learn the differences between a hard news story and a feature story. Explain what is the “five W’s and H.”
Classroom Requirements:
Participate in discussions about terms and articles
After Merit Badge College:
Complete remaining requirements.
Law


Prior to Class:
Complete the following:
  • Req #4 - Ask five people (not more than one from your immediate family) about the role of law enforcement officers in our society. Discuss their answers with them. Go to a law enforcement officer in your neighborhood and ask about his or her responsibilities and duties. Report your findings.
  • Req #6 - Do ONE of the following:
    1. Attend a session of a civil or criminal court. Write 250 words or more on what you saw.
    2. Plan and conduct a mock trial with your troop or school class. After the trial is over, discuss it with the group.
  • Req #7 - Arrange a visit with a lawyer who works for a business, bank, title company, or government agency. Find out his or her duties and responsibilities.
  • Req #9 - Make a list of 15 jobs which deal with some aspect of law or legal processes.
Classroom Requirements:
Be prepared to discuss Req's: 1, 2, 3, 5, 8, 10, 11
To complete this Merit Badge you must:
If you did not complete Req's 4, 6, 7 and 9 prior to class, you must do so after class.
Leatherwork

Prior to Class:

Do ONE of the following:

a. Learn about the commercial tanning process. Report about it to your merit badge counselor.

 b. Tan the skin of a small animal (Ray's more: your little brother does not count). Describe the safety precautions you will take and the tanning method that you used. (Ray's note: be *really* careful about this one: 

- the requirement does not include killing an animal

- this is one of those things that could get you in trouble with urban/suburban schools and neighbors if you even talk about it)

On second thought, don't try this one.

 c. Braid or plait an article out of leather or vinyl lace.

 d. Visit a leather-related business. This could be a leathercraft supply company, a tannery, a leather goods or shoe factory, or a saddle shop. Report on your visit to your counselor.

(Ray's note: Bring a catalog or business card from the business. This is probably the most commonly done requirement. Some of the closest are:

-Tandy Leather 7355 W. 88th Ave. Westminster

- Colorado Saddlery Co. 765 Moss St. Golden 

- Happy Horse Tack & Saddle Shop. 113 Peterson St. Fort Collins

Classroom Requirements: Remaining requirements will be covered in class.

After Merit Badge College: None

Medicine


Prior to Class:
 None
Classroom Requirements:
 All requirements.
After Merit Badge College:
 None
Model Design & Building

Prior to Class:
Complete Req #3, #4 and #5.

Bring Totin Chip to class with you. If you don't have it talk to your Scout Master about earning it. You must bring proof to class.

After Merit Badge College:
 Complete Req #3, #4 and #5 if you already haven't done so.  

 Music Prior to Class:

If you have completed any of the requirements for  3 or 4 please bring proof, or the music or instrument to class to have reviewed.

Classroom Requirements:

We will cover requirements 1, 2 and 3D in class. If you choose requirement 4A, please be prepared to teach the class 3 simple songs. Please bring several copies of the music for the class to share.

After Merit Badge College:

If you had not competed requirements 3 or 4 prior to or during class you will need to contact counselor to sign off after completion.

Painting

Prior to Class:
Research information for requirement 8. 

Classroom Requirements:
Requirements 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7 and 8.

After Merit Badge College:
Any missing requirements.     

Personal Management

Prior to Class:
Do Requirement #1.  Work with your family to complete this and be prepared to talk about it in groups at the college.
Classroom Requirements:
We will cover/complete requirements 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, during class (time and your participation willing).

After Merit Badge College:

2, 8, 9, 10 - We will talk briefly about the concepts in requirement #2, but the 3 month budget will obviously not be completed in class.  8/9/10 will not be handled in class at all.

 PhotographyPrior to Class:
 Read the entire Photography Merit Badge pamphlet, bring a digital camera and cord to download photos to a laptop, and research information for requirement 5.
Classroom Requirements:
 Requirements 1, 2, 3, (4a or 4b) and 5.

After Merit Badge College:
 Any missing requirements.

Plumbing

Prior to Class:
Complete and bring with you the plumbing merit badge workbook found at http://usscouts.org/mb/worksheets/Plumbing.pdf 
Classroom Requirements:
Req #1, #2, #3, #4, #5 ,#7 and #8
After Merit Badge College:
Complete Req #6 at Home Depot or Lowes.
     

Public Speaking Prior to Class or After Merit Badge College:
  • Req #1 - Give a three- to five-minute introduction of yourself to an audience such as your troop, class at school, or some other group.
  • Req #2 - Prepare a three to five minute talk on a topic of your choice that incorporates body language and visual aids.
  • Req #4 - Select a topic of interest to your audience.  Collect and organize information about the topic and prepare an outline.  Write an eight- to 10-minute speech, practice it, then deliver it in a conversational way.
Bring a Scoutmaster signed Prerequisites Form if previously completed.
Classroom Requirements:
  • Req #3 - Give an impromptu talk of at least two minutes...
  • Req #5 - Show you know parliamentary procedure by leading a discussion...
Reading

Prior to Class:

BRING LIBRARY CARD!!
Req #1 - know how to use the card catalog of your local library
           - Pick SIX books to read (FOUR different types) and find them in the library.
Req #2 - read two articles about the world around you.
Req #3 - bring either completed Catalog Order Form or a list of FIVE websites that help with scouting.
Req #4b - bring a note signed by the school librarian stating you've completed 4 hours of volunteer work at your school library.

Bring the SIX books you are selecting to read.
Classroom Requirements:
Participate in discussions about:
    Internet Safety and articles about the world around you
After Merit Badge College:
Finish reading your SIX books, keeping a reading log of pages read each night, your thoughts on the book as you read it and whether you enjoyed it or not and why. ji
     

Robotics Prior to Class:
Read Merit Badge Pamphlet
Classroom Requirements:
Be prepared to build and program a robot in class (robot kits supplied).
Sign up early as this is a high demand class and a LOT of fun.
After Merit Badge College:
Attend a Robot Competition (at CSU?)
Salesmanship Prior to Class:
Think about an item or service that you would be interested in selling.
Item #'s 2, 6 & 7 should be reviewed. You can either work on these before class or after.
Be prepared to present your sales plan in class (#3).
Classroom Requirements:
Bring an item or service that you would like to sell. You will be making a presentation to the class (#4). We will use the Denver Metro area as the selling territory.
After Merit Badge College:
The record or cost sheet (item # 5) will need to be done after class. If a scout can bring their sales records of popcorn or scout show tickets and explain their techniques, this will qualify for item 5a. If items #2, 6 & 7 are not done prior to class, they will need to be completed after Merit Badge College.
Scholarship Prior to Class:
  • Req #1 - Bring a report card that shows you have a B average OR bring two report cards, that later one showing improvement in your grades over the first one.
  • Req #2 - Do TWO
    • Bring a list of educational places located where you live (other than schools).
    • Interview two professionals (Troop Leaders!) about their jobs.
    • Bring your daily planner to discuss with counselor
    • Fill out (Dis)Advantages FORM
  • Req #3 - Bring note from principal
  • Req #4 - Do ONE of the following:
    a. Show that you have taken part in an extracurricular school activity, and discuss with your counselor the benefits of participation and what you learned about the importance of teamwork.
    b. Discuss your participation in a school project during the past semester where you were a part of a team. Tell about the positive contributions you made to the team and the project.
  • Req #5  - Bring written / typed 250 - 300 word report
Classroom Requirements:
Discuss your involvement in either an extracurricular school activity or school project where you were part of a team.
After Merit Badge College:
Complete missing requirements from above.
Scouting Heritage Prior to Class:
 Read the Merit Badge Pamphlet. 4, 5, 6, 7, 8
Classroom Requirements:
 1, 2, 3
After Merit Badge College:
 None
Skating (Inline) Prior to Class:
You will need to bring your skates and a helmet.  Knee pads, elbow pads and wrist guards are also recommended.  
Classroom Requirements:
Safety rules will be covered in class.

At least 75% of class time will be dedicated to skating.  If you don’t bring equipment, you will not complete the merit badge in one day.

After Merit Badge College:

Come ready to skate!  If you are prepared you should be able to complete this merit badge in one day.

 Space ExplorationPrior to Class:
None
Classroom Requirements:
1abcd, 4abcd, 5a(b orc), 6b, 7abcd, 8abcdefghi 
After Merit Badge College:
2

Note: Scouts are welcome to bring any rockets that they have previously created; however absolutely no engines (new or used) or igniters are allowed in the college.

Weather permitting we will launch the rockets from a nearby park.

Classroom requirements - computer lab, craft room to build rockets
Sports

Prior to Class:
Read merit badge pamphlet and create notes for discussion. 
If you have started a sport and/or exercise routine as needed for Req #4 & 5 PLEASE use the merit badge workbook (online) and begin documentation.

Classroom Requirements:
Be prepared to discuss Req #1, 2, 3. We will be doing some sports activities during class in conjunction with Athletics.  This fun stuff will be after we complete the other requirements.

After Merit Badge College:
Portions of requirements #4, 5 may need to be finished.

Stamp Collecting Prior to Class:
TBD
Classroom Requirements:
TBD
After Merit Badge College:
TBD
SustainabilityPrior to Class:

Requirement #1 - write in your own words the meaning of sustainability. Explain how you think conservation and stewardship of our natural resources relate to sustainability. Have a family meeting, and ask family members to write down what they think sustainability means. Be sure to take notes.

Requirement # 3 A & B – Investigate planetary life-support system and impact of production of raw materials and be prepared to discuss

Requirement # 6 - Investigate career opportunities in sustainability field and be prepared to discuss

Print off a Sustainability Merit Badge workbook for use in class.

Classroom Requirements:

Discuss requirement # 1 – meaning of sustainability

Class will review what is required for all parts of #2, 4 & 5

Class discussion of Requirement # 3 A & B

Class discussion of Requirement #6

After Merit Badge College:

There is significant work to be done to complete this Eagle required merit badge. You will have the counselors contact information for future work.

Theater Prior to Class:
Bring completed Req #1 & #2
Show proof of the completed requirement #3 with either:
  • a Scoutmaster signed Prerequisites Form, or
  • a merit badge blue card(signed by their scoutmaster or advancement chair, with telephone number to confirm).
Read the merit badge pamphlet.

Classroom Requirements:

  • Be prepared to mime or pantomime ANY of the parts picked by your counselor for Requirement #4.
  • Know the definitions for Requirement #5.
  • Have two short features already prepared to complete Requirement #6 in class.
Traffic Safety


Prior to Class:
Read the Merit Badge pamphlet.
Come prepared to participate!!
Weather

Prior to Class: Either 9a or 9b. Bring proof to class.

Classroom Requirements: We cover requirements 1 - 8 and 10, 11 in class.

After Merit Badge College: Complete 9a or 9b if it wasn't previously done.

Wood Carving Classroom Requirements: We will be working on some projects!
  • Bring Totin' Chip to get Req #2a signed off
  • Bring a quality carving tool or official Boy Scout pocket knife
  • Bring a project to carve, eg. neckerchief slide, or other project
  • Bring assorted sand paper.
After Merit Badge College:
Requirement #4 may have to be finished after class.
Requirements #6 & #7 are expected to be completed after the class.
CPR Certification
(Scouts and Adults)
CPR & AED Certification provided for Scouts, Adults and family members by Front Range CPR. 
Life To Eagle
(Scouts and Adults)
This informational class will help both scouts and their parents learn all the steps to the rank of Eagle Scout.
Scoutmaster and Assistant Scoutmaster Specific Leadership Training
(Adults Only)
Required Training for all Scoutmasters and ASMs (2012).

Sign up for this Adult Class at this LINK or cut / paste this link into your browser window:   http://www.denverboyscouts.org/event/1238420

Do NOT use the Merit Badge College Registration for this Class!!!!
Cub Scout Leader Position Specific Training
(Adults Only)
Training for Cub Scout Leadership Positions.

Sign up for this Adult Class at this LINK or cut / paste this link into your browser window:   http://www.denverboyscouts.org/event/1238423

Do NOT use the Merit Badge College Registration for this Class!!!!
Merit Badge Counselor Training
(Adults Only)
Training for Merit Badge Counselors.

Sign up for this Adult Class at this LINK or cut / paste this link into your browser window:   http://www.denverboyscouts.org/event/1442112

Do NOT use the Merit Badge College Registration for this Class!!!!
* - This merit badge may be completed in class if prerequisites are completed.
Last Modified 10/28/13

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