Merit Badge University

May 6, 2023  |  7:20 am - 4:00 pm

St. Andrews Catholic Church
827 Sheldon Rd.
Channelview, TX 77530

The Merit Badge Fair is an opportunity for Scouts in troops and crews to work towards one or two merit badges in person and up to three badges at home and have the requirements verified in person. These are not giveaway merit badges, and this is not a merit badge factory. Each Scout is expected to fulfill all the requirements by attending classes and reading the merit badge book and preparing ahead of time. Scouts are expected to participate fully during the class in order to receive full credit for the requirements completed onsite.

Adult participation is required to offer this event. Every unit with Scouts participating is expected to provide volunteers.

Registration

The registration fee is $21.50 and includes a patch and all materials needed for the merit badge class unless otherwise stated. An optional lunch can be purchased for $6.50. Registration is typically completed by parents, but can also be completed by the troop leadership. Registration is done only online using a credit card or electronic check. There is no onsite registration. Council refund policy.

Class sizes are limited and fill up fast. Classes will be canceled if a counselor is not found. (How to RegisterHow to Change a Class)

Register     Adult Volunteers

Important: Before registering check the Scout's school and troop calendar for conflicts. Check which merit badges the Scout has already completed. Have the Scout discuss which merit badges they should sign up for with their Scoutmaster or troop advancement chair. 

Merit Badge Classes / Prerequisites and Partials

When registering, if a class doesn't show up, then it's full. Some of the merit badges cannot be completed in the time we have which will result in a partial completion of the merit badge. Uncompleted requirements and/or prerequisites will be addressed by the respective Scouts and troops.  There may be some requirements in addition to the prerequisites that are not completed. For all merit badges, the Scout must read the merit badge book and bring it to class.

Merit Badge Classes
(click on course for requirements)

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*At Home

Prerequisites, Partials and Notes

American Heritage       See instructions below.
Backpacking       #4b, 5e, 7a, 7b, 8c, 8d. 9a, 9b. 9c, 9d, 9e, 10, 11a, 11b, 11c
Camping     #6b, 8c, 8d, 9a, 9b 
Citizenship in the Community     #3a, 3b, 4a, 4b, 4c, 5, 7a, 7b, 7c, 8
Citizenship in the Nation       #5, 6, 7, 8
Citizenship in the World     #3, 4, 7
Communication       #1a, 1b, 4, 5, 6, 6, 8; bring #3 (pre-written speech); bring laptopor chromebook to write and do research
Electricity         #2
First Aid       Prerequisites: must complete  #1 (Tenderfoot, Second Class, and First Class first aid requirements); Bring #5a (first aid kit), 5b, 14
Photography       #1a, Cyber Chip, 3, 8; bring cell phone or iPad
Public Speaking     #2, 4
Reading       See instructions below.
Scholarship       See instructions below.
Truck Transportation     #4a, 4b, 4c, 4d, 4e

Classes that are full will not show up in the online registration.
Classes will be added as additional merit badge counselors volunteer.

What to bring

  • Arrive no later than 7:20 am for check-in
  • BSA Annual Health and Medical Record (for all Scouting events (parts A and B for all Scouting events) 
  • Field uniform (Scout uniform)
  • Lunch, if not pre-ordered during registration
  • A blue card for each merit badge class (signed by the Scoutmaster)
  • Note-taking materials
  • Water bottle
  • Merit badge book for each class that has been read prior to the event
  • To prepare, Scouts are encouraged to complete the merit badge worksheet for each registered class found at www.meritbadge.org and bring the worksheet to class
  • Drinks, snacks, optional

Schedule

        7:20 - 7:50 am Check-in
  7:50 am Opening ceremony
  8:00 am - 11:30 AM classes
  11:30 - 12:00 pm Lunch
  12:30 - 4:00 pm PM classes 

Merit Badges Completed at Home

Scouts can complete the Scholarship, Reading and American Heritage Merit Badges at home and drop off the completed requirement in a notebook, clearly marked with the Scout's name at check-in. A registered merit badge counselor will review the requirements. Scouts can pick up their notebook at the end of the day.

Scouts are encouraged to use the meritbadge.org worksheets to help organize their work. (American Heritage.pdf,  Reading.pdf,  Scholarship.pdf) Word versions of these worksheets are also available.

Adult Volunteers

Adult participation is required to offer this event. Every unit with Scouts participating is expected to provide at least one volunteer for every six Scouts attending. Additional volunteers are needed and appreciated. Adults can serve on event staff or as merit badge counselors.

Event Staff 

Successful Scouts have the support and guidance of parents. The parents are a treasure trove of information that can benefit every youth in our leadership program. The successful leader in Scouts learns quickly to be successful in everything they attempt.

Adults are needed to set up the facilities before the fair starts, handle registration, act as "roamers" to look out for issues that need to be resolved, assist the merit badge counselors, and to help clean-up after the event is over.  Volunteers who work directly with the youth must have current Youth Protection Training. YPT can be taken at www.myScouting.org

Volunteer for Staff

          Merit Badge Counselors

Merit badge counselors are needed to run the merit badge classes. Merit badge counselors must be registered with the council and have up-to-date Youth Protection Training. YPT can be taken at www.myScouting.org. It is our goal for the Scouts to be afforded opportunities to share resources from other troops with diverse occupations and skills. The youth will be expected to complete all the requirements as indicated by the Boy Scouts of America. Merit badge counselors should wear their Scout uniform if possible.  

Youth Protection Training

Since this event is being held at a Catholic Church, all adults onsite must complete Safe Haven /  CMG Connect training at least 30 days prior to the event. Catholic Mutual Group (CMG) Safe Haven is an online video-based safe environment training for all adults 18 years of age and older that assists volunteers in becoming more aware of the environment around them and consists of three vignette-style videos that are approximately 60 minutes total in length, with a criminal background check included at the end of the training.

Safe Haven /  CMG Connect training

The merit badge counselor is a key player in the advancement program. Whatever your area of expertise or interest—whether it is a special craft or hobby (basketry, leatherwork, coin collecting), a profession (veterinary medicine, aviation, engineering), or perhaps a life skill (cooking, personal management, communications)—as a merit badge counselor, you can play a vital role in stirring a young man's curiosity about that particular topic. By serving as a merit badge counselor, you offer your time, knowledge, and other resources so that Scouts can explore a topic of interest.

Volunteer as a Merit Badge Counselor   

How to Register

How to Register

Step 1: Select a participant: 
Step 2:
Step 3: Select a class 
Repeat step 2 and 3: 
Continue steps 1, 2 and 3 for additional participants

Step 4: Review the schedule.
Step 5:  
Step 6:
Step 7: Select payment type  
Step 8: 

Classes that are full will not appear. 

How to Change Merit Badge Classes

To modify your registration:

  • Logon to https://samhoustonbsa.doubleknot.com/signon/2562
  • To obtain your User ID and Password, select the Need help logging on? link.
  • Follow the prompts to obtain the password and logon to Doubleknot.
  • Logging in will bring you to the Summary tab showing your current registration, reservations and/or memberships.
  • Click on the desired action button to make a payment or view the details and update the registration. Please note that changes to a registration may be restricted after a certain date, so the update action may not appear. Also, some classes might be full. 

Scouting Safely

Safety is Your Responsibility posterThe BSA's Commitment to Safety is ongoing and we want you to know that the safety of our youth, volunteers, staff, and employees cannot be compromised. The Boy Scouts of America puts the utmost importance on the safe and healthy environments for its youth membership. The Sam Houston Area Council takes great strides to ensure the safety of its youth as well as the adult volunteer leadership that interacts with them. 

BSA Guide to Safe Scouting policies must be followed. All participants must follow Youth Protection Guidelines at all Scouting events. Highlights include:

  • Two-deep leadership on all outings required.  
  • One-on-one contact between adults and youth members is prohibited. 
  • The buddy system should be used at all times. 
  • Discipline must be constructive.

Health and safety must be integrated into everything we do, to the point that no injuries are acceptable beyond those that are readily treatable by Scout-rendered first aid. As an aid in the continuing effort to protect participants in a Scout activity, the BSA National Health and Safety Committee and the Council Services Division of the BSA National Council have developed the "Sweet Sixteen" of BSA safety procedures for physical activity. These 16 points, which embody good judgment and common sense, are applicable to all activities.

Youth Protection Guidelines     Guide to Safe Scouting      Sweet Sixteen      Enterprise Risk Management

Contacts

For questions, contact Aurelia Zapata or Rory Collins.