Troop 88 Scouts and Parents…
A couple of notes to think about when considering attending a Merit Badge College:
* These Merit Badge Colleges can be an excellent opportunity to gain fairly easy access to a number of merit badge counselors, all located in the same place, on the same date. As you consider registering for one (or more) of these, please keep in mind the following “tips” (some of these several of you have already learned):
1. Once you decide to attend, sign up EARLY…many of the more popular merit badges (such as EAGLE required merit badges) fill up pretty quickly.
2. Before you sign up for specific merit badges, take a look at the prerequisites. If you want to COMPLETE the merit badge that day, you HAVE to go to each class with the prerequisites completed. Each Merit Badge College usually has a link that highlights which requirements need to be done BEFORE (or outside) of the merit badge class. Usually, the shorter the class (such as those Colleges which have more than one merit badge period in the AM or PM), the MORE prerequisites there are. Also look closely at the class schedule that’s posted on-line…some merit badges are held for more than one period. From experience, the better Colleges have one merit badge period in the morning, one in the afternoon. With a class of 15-20 Scout (usually), classes that last less than 2 hours, unless there is more than one counselor present, don’t have a lot of “substance” to them.
There is only enough time to go over a couple “group” requirements, and the rest of the time is often spent with the counselor reviewing everyone’s prerequisites.
3. Once you sign up for the merit badge(s) you want to work on, go to the meritbadge.org website, and download the merit badge worksheet(s) for the particular merit badge you are working on, and get a copy of the merit badge pamphlet. Our troop library may have a copy you can sign out. These
days, you can find most of the information you need to complete the prerequisite requirements on-line, but the MERIT BADGE PAMPHLET is still your single best source of information. Make sure you cross-check the requirements listed on the front your worksheet with those listed in the pamphlet…some of our merit badge pamphlets are a little “dated”, and may not reflect any changes to the requirements. The merit badge worksheets are usually kept up-to-date, so they (almost always) reflect the most current requirements. The Boy Scout REQUIREMENTS 2009 also has the most current requirements for merit badges (and rank advancement), and is a GREAT resource for anyone actively working on merit badges (and rank advancement).
4. Do your “homework” early. Don’t wait until the night before to start on your prerequisites. Some requirements simply can’t be done at the last minute. Each of you have a lot of “competition” for your time…with school (and homework that goes with that), fall sports, family & church activities, not to mention the MANY Troop 88 activities that are planned. As you are reviewing the pamphlet, consider making some notes on your worksheet for as many of the requirements as you can, even if they are not prerequisites. Doing that will help you participate in class discussions, and help ensure you get the MOST out of your time in each class.
5. Please see me at a Scout meeting, call me at home at night, or send me an email, if you have any questions, or I can help you in your preparation. Let me know how it went….many of these Colleges appreciate feedback from the participants…what went well….and what can be improved for the next college.
6. Have fun!!!
Yours in Scouting,
Troop 88 Merit Badge Coordinator
Nov 14th: Valley District Merit Badge College – The agenda is not available as of yet (check back on the Valley District’s website)
Nov 14th: Pikes Peak Council Merit Badge College (this is in Colorado
Springs, about 2.7 miles west of I-25, Exit 145.) 8:00am Merit Badge College
Nov 21st: Frontier District Merit Badge College Location: Monaco and
Nov 28th: Railroading Merit Badge
Troop 88 Merit Badge Coordinator
Subject: Altare Dei session beginning at St. Thomas More – first meeting on September 20, 3 pm
Catholic Scouts (and parents/guardians) interested in earning the Ad Altare Dei during 2009-2010 religious awards cycle:
What, When, Where:
An Ad Altare Dei (AAD) orientation and introduction meeting for Boy Scouts (and their parents) will be held at St Thomas More (STM) on Sunday, September 20 from 3 pm to 5:15 pm at the school cafeteria. Signs will be posted; the school is located behind church.
- Eligibility: Catholic Boy Scouts who have completed the 6th grade (regardless of troop or parish).
- Scouts: please attend in uniform as this a scouting activity, and you are setting an example for other Catholic scouts.
- I will end this session on time for those who wish to STM 5:30 pm mass.
- The first 30 minutes or so sets the expectations of the program – I would ask parents to stay for that part – and then jump I will into Section One: Introduction.
- Also, please bring your Scout Handbook, bible, pen/pencil, and AAD Scout Manual. (Note: The AAD Scout Manual is available at the Boy Scout Shop – don’t buy the Counselor’s and Review Guide, or online at https://www.praypub.org/praypub/ProductList.asp. If you don’t yet have the AAD Scout Manual, or just want to learn about the program, no problem, just ring paper too and prepare to take notes so you can capture requirements to fill in later.
Key dates to put on calendars now–additional AAD meetings will also be scheduled:
Scouting Religious Award Retreat (registration attached) Note: For AAD candidates attending the Retreat expect the section on Holy Orders to be covered. I don’t spend time on this in class.
January 23 (Colorado Springs) or January 30 (Parker)
Boards of Review
Scout Sunday (awards presented or available)
By way of this email, I am extending an invitation to others who want to earn this Catholic Scouting award. I am looking forward to the Retreat as well – feel free to share the flyer with other scouts.
Questions? Please call or respond.
Yours in Catholic Scouting,
Chair, Scouting Religious Awards
Arapahoe District, Denver Area Council
Philmont 2009 – Denver Area contingent
Trek 4 Lead Advisor
Assistant Scoutmaster 2 (Quartermaster), Troop 910
Denver Area Council
2010 National Jamboree
Hi Troop, Mrs. Hawkins passed this along, for anyone wanting some advanced first aid training.
On Sept 19th & 20th, the Aurora Medical Team is offering a 16 hour Wilderness First Aid & CPR class in Parker from 9am until 5pm at the building formerly known as the Parker Fire District Headquarters on 10235 Parkglenn Way. Cost is very reasonable at $75 per person. This class will satisfy the Philmont requirements. To sign up, please go to: http://amedteam.fredf.org/firstaid7/?new
**NOTE: This does not sign off the First Aid Merit Badge – it only helps the scout work towards the First Aid Merit Badge.
Troop 88 will be opening the Parker Town Council with the Flag Ceremony on September 14. We will need 8-10 boys in uniform Monday evening for Flags. (Time to be determined shortly).
If you are working on your Citizenship in the Community – this makes an excellent night to go, as it is a required item in the Merit Badge. (3/a Attend a city or town council or school board meeting, or a municipal; county, or state court session.)
More information on this event will follow at Troop meetings.