MBC Prerequisites

Valley District Merit Badge College

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

Saturday, November 8th, 2014

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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 (2014)

  • 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:
Requirement #4: Render a subject of your choice in FOUR of these ways: pen and ink, watercolor, pencil, pastel, oil, tempera, or acrylic.
Classroom Requirements:
Bring pen and pencil to class.
Athletics Prior to Class:
N/A
Classroom Requirements:
Be prepared for oral examination on rules and procedures dealing with different track and field events.
Be prepared for physical activity, which may vary, depending on weather.
After Merit Badge College:
Swimming (group 3) will not available during this class. You can have a certified lifeguard, pool manager, or coach sign off on the time for the 20 or 40 yard swim.
Requirement #4 cannot be completed in class. Bring a Scoutmaster signed Prerequisites Form, if previously completed.
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.

Computers *

*This merit badge is being phased out at the end of the year
Prior to Class:
Complete requirement 4.
Classroom Requirements:
Come to class prepared to discuss items in requirements 6 and 7
Cooking



*This merit badge is now Eagle Required!
Prior to Class:
Complete 2a, 2b, 4a, 4b, 4c and 8
Classroom Requirements:
Complete 1a, 1b, 1c, 1d, 1e, 2c, 2d, 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)
Dentistry

*This merit badge is instructed by a Thornton, CO Dentist
Prior to Class:
TBD
Classroom Requirements:
Be prepared to take a plaster cast of your teeth!
After Merit Badge College:
Complete remaining merit badge requirements.
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:
Earn the First Aid merit badge. (Don't sign up without completing this!!!!) Complete requirements 5 and 8.
Energy Prior to Class:
Encouraged to do some, if possible all, requirements not to be done in class.

 

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

After Merit Badge College:
Requirements 1a, 4, 6a-e will have to be completed outside of class.
Requirements 1b will be completed after the rest of requirements are completed.


Engineering Prior to Class:
Encouraged to do some, if possible all, requirements not to be done in class.

Classroom Requirements:
Requirements 3, 4, 6, 7, 8, & 9 will be covered in class.


After Merit Badge College:
Requirements 1, 2, and 5 will have to be completed outside of class.

     

Entrepreneurship

 Prior to Class:
 Requirement 1

Classroom Requirements:
 Requirements 2, 4, 5 and 6
 


After Merit Badge College:
 Requirement 3

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
Fire Safety

Prior to Class:
Read merit badge pamphlet.
Conduct a home safety survey (req #6)
Research a fire safety-related career that interests you and describe the level of education required. (req #12)
Classroom Requirements:
Be prepared to discuss Req #1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 8

If we can go outide and have time we might do some of 7, 9, & 10
After Merit Badge College:
Complete requirements #7, 9, 10, 11
  

First Aid *

*This merit badge is instructed by Aurora Medical Team (AMT)
Prior to Class:
Req#1 - Complete all First Aid requirements through First Class
Req#2b - Bring your home made first aid kit to class
Write out the answers to 2a, 4b, 5a-i
Classroom Requirements:
Bring your scout book to class

This merit badge may be completed in class if Prereqs are completed.
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

Prior to Class:

MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS (For Level 1: NOOB)

A. Download the Game Design Merit Badge Workbook from Meritbadge.org

http://meritbadge.org/wiki/images/4/4f/Game_Design.pdf

 

B. Complete these requirements: 1A (All), 1B (All), 2 – pick five terms, define the terms and relate it to a specific game, 3 (All), 8B.

 

C. Prepare a Game Design Notebook. (Three ring binder recommended)

 

DO TO POWER UP (For Level 2: NOVICE - complete to get +1 Wisdom)

Complete level 1, and  then, with the help of a parent or guardian, review this Game Design presentation from Grand Canyon BSA which includes background on intellectual property #3. (15 minutes):

https://onedrive.live.com/view.aspx?resid=230BA863664A165A!1754&ithint=file%2c.pptx&app=PowerPoint&authkey=!AMN7qKX1E9rKuJM

 

DO TO GAIN EXPERIENCE POINTS (For Level 3: RULES LAWYER - complete to get +1 Intelligence)

Complete levels 1 and 2, and then, with the help of a parent or guardian, download both these infographics on gaming:

A. 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/

 

B. 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

 

DO FOR EXTRA LIVES (For Level 4: GRAND-MASTER - Complete to get +1 Constitution)

Complete levels 1-3, and then do one of the following:

A. With the help of a parent or guardian, find and analyze one free historical miniatures game on Junior General: http://www.juniorgeneral.org/

Use this analysis for one of your games in 1A.

 

B. With the help of a parent or guardian, read game designer Louis Coutney's experience creating his historical hexboard wargame DARK CRUSADE, and answer the question, "Did Louis get the game he wanted? If not, why not?":

http://boardgamegeek.com/thread/435445/designers-notes-words-wisdom-admonishment

 

DO TO FINISH THE QUEST (For Level 5: GROGNARD - Complete to get +1 Charisma)

Complete all previous levels, then bring and wear a name-tag you make for yourself with your first and last name, your troop number, and the title 'Grognard'. Use your graphic design skills to make this an attractive component. Do not let anyone help you with this.

 

Classroom Requirements:

"You are in a maze of twisty little passages, all alike."

Find classroom. Review Game Design workbook. Discuss design concepts,  including randomizer and user experience. Work on Requirement 4. Discuss the game design requirement (5, 6, & 7).

 

After Merit Badge College:

"All Your Base Are Belong to Us"

Requirements 5, 6, and 7. 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. Contact counselor to pitch game, meet with counselor to demonstrate final product.

     
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.
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
Inventing Prior to Class:
Read the entire Merit Badge Pamphlet
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:
TComplete 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:
Visit a leather-related business (eg. Tandy Leather Store or saddle shop) before coming to class. Read the Merit Badge Pamphlet and know the terms.
Classroom Requirements:
Come to class prepared to work on a leather project. The leather project will be provided by Merit Badge College. Bring pencils and paper.
Medicine


During the lunch hour we will be holding a health fair, where people can come and have a health screen performed by the students. Please make sure to check in with the counselor during lunch to get credit for this portion.           

Please read the merit badge pamphlet and be prepared to "work during your lunch period" so you can participate in a "HEALTH FAIR." You must participate in order to get this Merit Badge.
This Merit badge must be signed up for well in advance of the Merit Badge College.

Model Design & Building Prior to Class:
Complete Req #3, #4 and #5, if possible. There will not be sufficient time in the class for you to complete these requirements in the class, even if you were to bring the supplies to do it.
Music


Prior to Class:
Bring proof of completing of any of the following that you have done.
  • #3 Do TWO of the following:
    1. Attend a live performance, or listen to three hours of recordings from any two of the following musical styles: blues, jazz, classical, country, bluegrass, ethnic, gospel, musical theater, opera. Describe the sound of the music and the instruments used. Identify the composers or songwriters, the performers, and the titles of the pieces you heard. If it was a live performance, describe the setting and the reaction of the audience. Discuss your thoughts about the music.
    2. Interview your parents and grandparents about music. Find out what the most popular music was when they were your age. Find out what their favorite music is now, and listen to three of their favorite tunes with them. How do their favorites sound to you? Had you ever heard any of them? Play three of your favorite songs for them, and explain to them why you like these songs. Ask them what they think of your favorite music.
    3. Serve for six months as a member of a school band, choir, or other local musical group; or perform as a soloist in public six times.
    4. List five people who are important in the history of American music and explain to your counselor why they continue to be influential. Include at least one composer, one performer, one innovator, and one person born more than 100 years ago.
  • #4 Do ONE of the following:
    1. Teach three songs to a group pf people. Lead them in singing the songs, using proper hand motions.
    2. Compose and write the score for a piece of music of 12 measures or more.
    3. Make a traditional instrument and learn to play it.
    4. Cataolg your own or your family's collection of 12 or more compact discs, tapes, or records. Show how to handle and store them.
Classroom Requirements:
Class will cover requirements 1 and 2.
Painting Prior to Class:
Projects will not be done in class - there are no walls at the college that we are allowed to paint.
If completed, bring signed Prerequisites Form for requirement #3.
Classroom Requirements:
Come prepared to discuss what two items you will be painting.
After Merit Badge College:
You will have to contact the counselor after the class to complete this merit badge.
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.

Photography


Prior to Class:
Read the entire Photography Merit Badge pamphlet.
  • Req #2 - Write out on paper and legible using bullet points or short paragraphs and drawings for the type of camera (digital or film) you are using or will be using to complete the merit badge.
  • Req #3 - The easiest way to do this is make 2 columns on your paper and list advantages and disadvantages for each camera type.
  • Req #4 - Bring your written ideas for this requirement to class.
  • Req #5 - Write out on paper using bullet points or short paragraphs. Pick a career idea that you would really consider.
Classroom Requirements:
Be prepared to discuss Req #1 in class.

Bring the your camera or the camera you will be using to complete the merit badge.

Bring at least 2 and no more than 4 of your best images to share with the class. Be ready to tell why you like them. A computer and projector to display digital images.

After Merit Badge College
You will need to meet with any counselor after class to complete Req #4.

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 - Write an eight- to 10-minute speech, practice it...
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.
Classroom Requirements:
Participate in discussions about:

  • Internet Safety
  • 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.

5. Learn about the history of your unit or Scouting in your area. Interview at least two people associated with your troop, etc.

6. Make a collection of personal patches and other Scouting memorabilia. Bring this collection to share.

7. Reproduce the equipment for an old-time Scouting game, etc.

8. Interview at least three people over the age of 40 that were Scouts (the counselor for this class can count as one). etc.

Classroom Requirements:
No. 1, 2, 3, and 4c. will be covered.
After Merit Badge College:
Should be complete in class!
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.

Sports Prior to Class:
Read merit badge pamphlet.

Classroom Requirements:
Be prepared to discuss Req #1, 2, 3,  
After Merit Badge College:
Complete requirements #4, 5


Stamp Collecting Prior to Class:
TBD
Classroom Requirements:
TBD
After Merit Badge College:
TBD
Sustainability Prior to Class:
  • Req #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.
  • Req #4 - Explore TWO of the following categories (Plastic waste, Electronic waste, Food waste, Species decline, World Population, Climate Change). Have a discussion with your family about the two you select. In your discussion, include your observations, and best and worst practices. Share what you learn with your counselor.
Classroom Requirements:
The class discussion will be from the work you have done prior to class. If you do NOT do the "Prior to Class" work, there is little reason to attend the class. If you have questions on the remaining requirements, you'll have the opportunity to ask the counselor for clarification.
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 if you have further questions.
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

*This merit badge is instructed in part by Westminster Police Department.
Prior to Class:
Read the Merit Badge pamphlet.
Come prepared to participate!!
Weather

Prior to Class: None

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

After Merit Badge College: Complete Req (9a or 9b) AND (10a or 10b)

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 the Aurora Medical Team. 
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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