Merit Badge Workshops

Opportunities to attend Merit Badge Workshops offered by other providers are listed below. Scouts are welcome to enroll on their own.  Pre-registration is required.  Please check with the providers directly for the latest and most accurate information.

Railroading Merit Badge


Date:  11-4-17, 8:45am - 1:00pm
$15

Chicago Botanic Garden will be hosting a Railroading Merit Badge Workshop. This is a great opportunity to meet professionals in the railroad industry and learn from their experience. We will be working with model railroads as well as model railroad engineers who run the train garden here at CBG, visited by 70,000 visitors per year. Scouts must complete the Railroading Merit Badge Worksheet AND bring a signed Blue Card from their Scoutmaster.  Scouts who have not completed the worksheet will not be allowed to attend the workshop.

During the workshop, the speakers and merit badge counselor will review the worksheet as well as provide train demonstrations. We will not break for a formal lunch period, but please feel free to bring a snack that can be eaten between stations.  Parking is included for every registered Boy Scout. This program will take place on the Regenstein Learning Campus. Park in parking lot 5 or 6 and plan for a five-minute walk to the program space.  Preregistration is required.  For registration or for more information, call (847) 835-8239.  No refunds will be available for cancellations or no-shows.


Requirements

Worksheet
  


Radio Merit Badge (Jamboree on the Air)

WA9BSA Jamboree On The Air
OCT 20-22, 2017
Camp Kishwakee, Millhurst Rd., just south of Plano, IL

Pre-Registration and details: https://scoutingevent.com/?OrgKey=BSA127&calendarID=112120

Scouts of any age can participate, from Cub Scouts to Boy Scouts and Venturers, including girls. Once at the ham radio station, the communication typically involves talking on a microphone and listening on the station speakers. However, many forms of specialized communication may also be taking place, such as video communication, digital communication (much like sending a message on your smartphone but transmitted by radio), or communication through a satellite relay or an earth-based relay (called a repeater). The exchanges include such information as name, location (called QTH in ham speak), Scout rank, age, and hobbies. The stations you’ll be communicating with can be across town, across the country, or even around the world! The World Scout Bureau reported that nearly 1 million Scouts and almost 20,000 amateur radio operators participated in the 2015 JOTA, from more than 17,776 stations in 151 countries.

Radio Merit Badge will class will be Friday night starting about 6pm. All Scouts are welcome to attend. Please have adult leadership appropriate for your level of Scouting. All are encouraged to camp out if they wish. This event is free to all. Units are responsible for their own food and camping supplies. Bring your own water. The water at the camp is not safe to drink. There is a kybo available.

This is a very laid back event. There is no lights-out time. Being J.O.T.A. is a global event, time is relative to location. We may be up at 3am, but the World Scout Office is just going to lunch! Outside of the Amateur Radio program this is a pure camping event. You may come for the Radio Merit Badge class and come back the next day for the rest of the requirements if you wish. All Scouts remember to see your Scoutmaster for your Blue Card. It may be laid back, but you still need forms A and B of your Scout Physical! Registration opens at 5pm on Friday night. Please do not arrive really early. Setting up takes some time.

Anyone wishing to attend please contact Jason Peeler:


What is Ham Radio?

For more than a century, experimenters have developed the technology we use to keep in touch with one another.  With an amateur radio license, you can use a radio to communicate with people all over the world using computers, satellites, and even equipment you build yourself.


Chemistry Merit Badge

https://scoutingevent.com/127-2017ChemistryMB


All new program sponsored by the Chicago Section of the American Chemical Society! Complete all requirements for the Chemistry Merit Badge in a single session workshop. The session includes lecture and laboratory experience. You will get to interview a chemist in a small group setting during a pizza lunch. Choose one of three locations, the North Central College in Naperville or Oakton Community College in Des Plaines or College of Lake County in Vernon Hills (NEW LOCATION). Scouts must obtain and read the Chemistry Merit Badge Book (available at the Three Fires Councils Scout Shops) prior to the workshop.

Registration opens August 1 and is open to all councils.

Instructions and worksheet will be sent prior to the workshop for each boy registered. There are a limited number of scouts allowed each location so please register early. Deadline for registration is September 15 (no exceptions this year).

  • September 23, 2017 at North Central College  9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
  • October 14, 2017 at Oakton Community College  9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
  • October 28, 2017 at College of Lake County (Southlake Campus) 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.


Cost: $20 per scout fee covers supplies and lunch. This fee is non-refundable.

Please contact Fran Kravitz, Coordinator of the Chemistry Merit Badge, Chicago Section of the American Chemical Society for any additional questions.



STEMfest


October 21, 2017
10:00am to 5:00pm
Northern Illinois University
Convocation Center

STEMfest celebrates innovations in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM). Northern Illinois University STEM departments, student groups, regional corporations, museums, educators, and national labs are joining forces to present hundreds of activities that range in complexity to entertain people of all ages. 

Scout Patch Program at STEMfest:  Anyone interested in earning a patch should find the Scout and Youth Group table to obtain a worksheet of activities to complete as they explore STEMfest. When finished, participants can return to the table and purchase their choice of STEM patches.  Students who complete this year's activities may purchase patches. Large patches are $2, and the small circular disciplinary and rectangular alumnae patches are $1 each.


Coin Collecting Merit Badge


ILLINOIS NUMISMATIC ASSOCIATION
58TH ANNUAL COIN & CURRENCY SHOW
Pheasant Run Resort - Mega Center, 4501 E. Main St., Saint Charles, IL

SATURDAY SEPTEMBER 23, 2017 9am - 3pm

(Times below are from the 2016 Schedule.)
9:00 AM - Kids Treasure Hunt 
10:00 AM - Youth Collecting (Kids of all ages) Questions & Presentations 
1:00 PM - Youth Auction 

Free Admission & Parking

Attending this will complete requirement 10b of the Coin Collecting Merit Badge. If you are interested in completing the rest of the requirements, talk to Mr. Odean, Merit Badge Counselor.  A blue card signed by Mr Fox gets you started.  http://meritbadge.org/wiki/index.php/Coin_Collecting

Youth can go to different dealers and answer questions. For each correct answer they earn ILNA cash to be used at the auction at 1PM. The dealers donate books, coins, and guides to this auction. No one would leave empty handed. 

http://www.ilnaclub.org



Dresden Merit Badge Clinic & Campout

August 10-12, 2018

*Clinic 8/11/18, 7:30am-3:30pm ($5)
*Camping 8/10/18, 6:00pm-8/12/18, 11:00am ($45)

Registration closes 7/31/18.  Spots fill up quickly.

 

https://scoutingevent.com/702-DresdenMBC18


Program Guide:
https://scoutingevent.com/attachment/BSA702/document_15200144140_4749.pdf

Dresden’s Generating Station, the nation’s first full-scale, privately financed nuclear power plant, invites Boy Scouts & Girl Scouts to a Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) Merit Badge Clinic.  All participants will be provided a tour of the Nuclear Reactor Control Room simulator.  Lunch will be provided.  Please, refer to below prerequisites to successfully complete your merit badge.

All-inclusive camping weekend includes bus transportation to and from Dresden Station, activity badge and shirt, all meals provided, and an opportunity to participate in rifle and shotgun shooting ($10), COPE challenge course ($10), and swimming. Choose 2 of 14 merit badge options. Check out the 2018 Program Guide for more information.

*Fire Safety
*Nuclear Science
*Bird Study 
*Crime Prevention 
*Electricity 
*Electronics 
*Engineering 
*Finger Printing
*Medicine 
*Plumbing
*Automotive Maintenance 


Pre-requisites must be completed for any badges taken if a Scout wishes to complete the badge at Dresden. See the Dresden Merit  Badge Clinic Event Page for a complete list of pre-requisites, arrival instructions, and items to bring. 



SPACE JAMBOREE

August 3-5, 2018
Rantoul Airport
$55

Talk with an Astronaut on the ISS.  Interact with NASA as part of Space Exploration and Radio merit badges.  Be part of a Disaster Drill (First Aid, Emergency Preparedness Badges).  Space Jam’s Robotics, Metalworking, and Woodworking are awesome.  Many Eagle required badges are new choices.  40+ merit badges to choose from.

www.spacejamboree.com
www.Facebook.com/spacejamboree

Brochure
http://www.spacejamboree.com/files/SJ12_registration_Scouts.pdf

http://www.spacejamboree.com/files/SJ12OverviewFlier.pdf

Event Schedule
http://www.spacejamboree.com/files/SPACE%20JAM%2012%20SCHEDULE%20of%20Activities.pdf

Merit Badge Schedule
http://www.spacejamboree.com/files/SpaceJam12Spreadsheet.pdf

Prerequisites
http://www.spacejamboree.com/files/prerequisites.pdf




Microsoft Merit Badge Workshops

Workshops are $10 and require preregistration.
Locations include the Microsoft Store at Woodfield Mall.
The most current schedule of Microsoft Merit Badge Workshops is posted at the link below. 
 

DIGITAL TECHNOLOGY MERIT BADGE
ASTRONOMY MERIT BADGE
GAME DESIGN MERIT BADGE
ANIMATION MERIT BADGE
MOVIE MAKING MERIT BADGE
PROGRAMMING MERIT BADGE
PHOTOGRAPHY MERIT BADGE



Merit Badge Classes by DuPage County Forest Preserve (2017-2018)


http://dupageforest.org/scout_merit_badge_program/

$30 Classes

Hey, Scouts, add a different badge to your sash the second Saturday of each month September – June. These fun, hands-on programs are for ages 10 – 17 and are $30 per Scout per program. 

Most of the options below have requirements that Scouts must complete in advance and turn in at the program. To check out each prerequisite or to register, click here. Questions? Call Fullersburg Woods Nature Education Center at (630) 850-8112.

First Aid
Sept. 9, 2017 • 9 a.m. – Noon • Fullersburg Woods Nature Education Center

Nature
Oct. 14, 2017 • 9 a.m. – Noon • Fullersburg Woods Nature Education Center

Mammal Study
Nov. 11, 2017 • 9 a.m. – Noon • Willowbrook Wildlife Center

Geology
Dec. 9, 2017 • 9 a.m. – Noon • Fullersburg Woods Nature Education Center

Architecture
Jan. 13, 2018 • 9 a.m. – Noon • Mayslake Peabody Estate

Animal Science
Feb. 10, 2018 • 9 a.m. – Noon • Kline Creek Farm

Weather
March 10, 2018 • 9 a.m. – Noon • Fullersburg Woods Nature Education Center

Fly-Fishing
April 14, 2018 • 9 a.m. – Noon • Fullersburg Woods Nature Education Center

Forestry
May 12, 2018 • 9 a.m. – Noon • Fullersburg Woods Nature Education Center

Reptile and Amphibian Study
June 9, 2018 • 9 a.m. – Noon • Willowbrook Wildlife Center

Law Merit Badge

Kane County Law Library’s 18th Annual Law Merit Badge Day
Saturday, March 3, 2018
9:00 am to 4:30 pm

http://threefirescouncil.org/portfolio/kane-county-law-merit-badge-day/

Where: Kane County Judicial Center

*lunch will be provided*

There is an $8 non-refundable registration fee

Please send check made out to "KCLL" along with registration form

You MUST pre-register by February 24th

Attending Boy Scouts must be a 1st class Scout or higher and have studied the Law Merit Badge Booklet

Attendees should be in BSA uniform and bring their ‘blue cards’

!!Registration is limited to 30 Scouts!!

Directional queries may be asked of the Kane County Law Library & Self Help Legal Center.

Worksheet:
https://meritbadge.org/wiki/index.php/Law


Welding Merit Badge


Friday, February 2nd, 2018, 5:30-8:30pm
Council Program Center (7194 Vandiver Rd., Cherry Valley)
*Safety Overview 

Saturday, February 3rd, 2018, 8am-12:30pm
Rock Valley College (Southwest Corner of the RVC Samuelson Road Center)
4151 Samuelson Rd
Rockford, IL. 61109
*Hands on welding instruction and activity

This merit badge opportunity is offered by Boy Scouts of America, Rock Valley College and The American Welding Society – Blackhawk Chapter.
Scouts must be at least 12 years old by this date.
All participants must turn in a completed activity consent form (19-673.pdf) to attend either session.

See the flyer for contact info & more details:

http://www.blackhawkscouting.org/files/d/usr/178/Welding%20Merit%20Badgeflyer2018.pdf



Merit Badge University


2-17-2018

York High School, 355 West St. Charles Road, Elmhurst, Illinois 60126

 7:30 am - 4:30 pm


http://www.tfcmeritbadgeuniversity.org

https://www.facebook.com/meritbadgeuniversity/


When Potawatomi Trails District started MBU 20 years ago - less than 100 Scouts attended our first event. Today, nearly 3,000 Scouts from several States attend this single-day event - making our MBU one of the largest in the Nation! MBU is held annually at York High School and concurrently at Elmhurst College in Elmhurst, Illinois. We teach over 90 merit badges in a single day. 

MBU 2018 will be held on 2-17-2018 at York High School, 355 West St. Charles Road, Elmhurst, IL 60126. Some classes to be taught at Elmhurst College, 190 Prospect Avenue, Elmhurst, IL 60126. Check-in for ALL CLASSES will be at York High School. Buses will transport students to/from Elmhurst College.

General Registration opens on January 7, 2018 at 12:01am. Registration will close on February 9, 2018 at 11:59pm. 

Cost is $45 per student and includes hot lunch and a cool MBU Patch.

Follow us on Facebook for the latest MBU news and updates.


Register Online:

https://scoutingevent.com/127-MBU2018


Class Catalog:

http://nebula.wsimg.com/49554fc8373a54133a2cfde204d62076?AccessKeyId=61525FA064844CABF064&disposition=0&alloworigin=1


Class Schedule:

http://nebula.wsimg.com/a92ecf75dd5506346ce84ca7f347f01e?AccessKeyId=61525FA064844CABF064&disposition=0&alloworigin=1


Adult Training Academy
Three Fires Council's Training Expo is an extension of our day-long Merit Badge University. While nearly 3,000 Scouts attend MBU right around the corner, adult leaders have an opportunity for learning and fellowship too! Earn your Trained tab for your Scouting leadership role. Get the latest on prepping your Scout for advancement to Eagle. Earn a two-year certificate in 1st Aid, CPR & AED. Attend BALOO training and MORE! Registration is open to all Scouting adult leaders and volunteers. Registration and payment is online only. Cost (TBD ~$35) includes a hot lunch. Visit www.threefirescouncil.org to register.  General registration will open in January 2018.



Snow Sports Merit Badge
1-29-17 Troop 41 Outing
Sunburst Winter Park,  Kewaskum, Wisconsin


http://www.skisunburst.com/groups/scouts-churches-schools/

Looking for a great winter activity to enhance your meetings? Bring your scouts to Sunburst to earn their Snow Sports Merit Badge!  Clinics are held on selected Sundays with sessions from 9:30am to 4 pm.

This program is recommended for intermediate skiers & snowboarders. Pre-registration required. Register individually here: http://www.skisunburst.com/groups/scouts-churches-schools/

Program: $15  |  Lift Ticket: $30  |  Rentals: $15
Group Sales at (262) 626-8404

Non skiing scouts and family can also choose to go tubing.  Sunburst's claim to fame is being one of the 10 best tubing parks in the US.
http://www.skisunburst.com/passes_rentals/tubing-admission/

Sunburst Winter Sports Park is about a 2.5 drive from the Community Building and about 45 minutes north of Milwaukee. 

If your Scout is going with Troop 41, contact Mr. Liu so he can register all the scouts who are interested in going as a group.




White Eagle Merit Badge Day

2018 White Eagle District Merit Badge Day

2/17/2018 7:00 AM - 4:30 PM 

Byron Nuclear Plant 4450 N German Church Road, Byron, IL 61010

Cost is $20.00 per scout until February 1, 2018

Cost is $25.00 per scout after February 1, 2018

Cost is $5.00 Adult - (for Lunch)

Cost includes – 6-inch Turkey & Cheese Sub, Chips, Cookies & Bottle of Water

No Registration after Saturday, February 10, 2018

We will be using on-line registration that opens December 8, 2017.

REGISTER HEREExternal Link

http://blackhawkscouting.doubleknot.com/registration/calendardetail.aspx?ActivityKey=2273593&OrgKey=3296



List of Classes:

http://blackhawkscouting.doubleknot.com/document/2018-white-eagle-merit-badge-day/177902


Merit Badges Offered:

*Chemistry

*Citizenship in the Community

*Citizenship in the Nation

*Citizenship in the World

*Communications

*Cooking

*Crime Prevention

*Dentistry

*Electricity

*Emergency Preparedness

*Energy

*Engineering

*Environmental Science

*Family Life

*Fire Safety

*Law

*Nuclear Science

*Personal Management

*Welding




Cooking Merit Badge


Troop 41 will be working on the Cooking Merit Badge led by Mr. Hauge.

Requirements:

Worksheet:




Scouts can earn their Astronomy Merit Badge by attending the following session.
Save the date!

Saturday 11-18-17 and 2-24-18
7:15am-12:30pm

U-46 Planetarium
312 Watch St., Elgin, IL
Cost: $10

To learn more about Scouts earning their Astronomy Merit Badge, click here:



Surveying Merit Badge

Saturday, October 1, 2016
9:00 AM to 3:00 PM
Northern Illinois University campus - Davis Hall at 218 Normal Road, DeKalb, IL 


Flier: http://www.threefirescouncil.org/images/Districts/FV/files/2016_FV/Surveying_Merit_Badge_2016.pdf

Come dressed to be outdoors most of the day – just like a Troop hike be prepared for the weather and bring a water bottle!

Bring a calculator and something to write with. Have your Scoutmaster sign your Blue Card and bring it! Please have a parent or Troop leader attend with your Scouts!

To register for the Surveying Merit Badge Clinic please e-mail to the address below with your name, Troop# and phone number. As we get closer to the day there will be an announcement e-mailed with final information about the day. For any questions on the Surveying MB day please contact Kory Allred at kallred1@niu.edu Kory is a graduate student, teacher and MB counselor and will respond as quickly as possible.


Prerequisites: Complete the Surveying Merit Badge worksheet parts 1, 6, 7 & 8 before coming to campus. We will do the surveying field work for parts 2, 3, 4 & 5 at a site in DeKalb. For part #6 you can look up your home address at your local county recorders website to print a copy of the deed to work with.

Kane County: http://www.kanecountyrecorder.net/ DuPage County: http://www.dupageco.org/recorder/




Aviation Merit Badge


Pilots, aviation enthusiasts, police/fire/rescue departments, media/press, and the general public are all invited to drive-in\fly-in to DuPage Airport (KDPA) for the Fox Valley Composite Squadron Open House, FAA Safety Seminar, Aviation Merit Badge Class/Flights and User Lunch on Sunday, September 25, 2016 from 11:00 AM till 5:00 PM.

OPEN HOUSE (11-5 PM): Civil Air Patrol, the official auxiliary of the US Air Force, is tasked with Search & Rescue, Aerospace Education, and Cadet Programs (for youth ages 12-21) and is always in need of volunteers like you! Come learn how youth and adult members alike can serve on exciting volunteer missions for America. Aircraft displays, flight simulators, information booths, and live demonstrations are just a few of the attractions open to everyone.

LUNCH (12-3 PM): Join us for a freshly cooked hotdog lunch, along with snacks and cold refreshments (for a small donation only), and then enjoy our Civil Air Patrol open house, FAA aviation safety seminar and Boy Scout Aviation Merit Badge Class & Flights.

BOY SCOUT AVIATION MERIT BADGE CLASS & FLIGHTS (11-5 PM): We’ve partnered with the Boy Scouts of America, Three Fires Council, to host an Aviation Merit Badge Class and Demonstration Flights. Everyone, especially children interested in aerospace, are invited to attend the class and learn about aviation. Boy Scouts registered with the council will enjoy actual flights in various aircraft after the class (see registration form below). Please note that the flights are not hosted by Civil Air Patrol; These are performed by volunteer private pilots unrelated to Civil Air Patrol. Participation on a flight is optional for Scouts and have a small donation to help offset cost of fuel. Schedule for Scouts:
11AM – 1PM: Aviation Class
1PM – 2PM: Lunch (bring a lunch or we have hotdog lunch for small donation)
2PM – 5PM: Choice of Flight (for $25 donation), Tower Tour (free) or Paper Airplane Project (free)

Be sure to register for the Aviation Class and Flights using the form below.

FAA SAFETY SEMINAR (2-4 PM): Join the Civil Air Patrol (CAP) for a 2-hour seminar covering everything you need to know about small unmanned aerial systems (sUAS), UAVs, RPVs, drones — whatever you want to call them — for recreational, photography\videography, commercial operations, search and rescue, law enforcement and more. This session will brief you on applications\usage, safety issues, best practices, Federal Aviation Regulations (FARS), and especially the new FAA FAR Part 107 for Commercial sUAS Operations. Learn how CAP is now augmenting their flight operations with drones for their Disaster Recover and Search & Rescue operations. Static displays, demonstrations and lunch will also be available as part of this CAP Open House seminar.

Registration

Attendance is open to EVERYONE! But, if you are a Boy Scout seeking to get the Aviation Merit Badge or a pilot seeking credit for the FAA Wings Safety Program… REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED! Please complete and submit the form on website before 9/23/2016.



OTHER MERIT BADGE OPPORTUNITIES


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