Elkton Merit Badge College
We are still recruiting additional MB Counselors for this event to offer additional Merit Badges or increase capacity in current offerings. Please contact the MB College Dean, Kristina Breidenbach at firstname.lastname@example.org, if you are willing to serve as a MB Counselor for this event.
MERIT BADGE COLLEGE IS COMING!!!
Join hundreds of Scouts from the Del-Mar-Va Peninsula and surrounding area for this exciting, classroom-based opportunity to help Scouts earn their merit badges. Quality programs, top-notch instructors, and smiling staff make this the must-attend event of the year.
When: Saturday, January 7th, and Saturday, February 25th, 2023. Scouts must attend both sessions to complete the selected Merit Badges.
Where: Elkton High School (110 James St., Elkton, MD)
Time: 8 AM check-in until 4 PM
Cost: $30 per Scout ($5 Late Fee if registered after 12/25/2022)
This is a CLASS A event. All Scouts and Scout Leaders should demonstrate their Scout Spirit in word and deed. Please wear your uniform.
There are less than 100 available spots remaining- DON’T MISS IT!!!!!
Click HERE to see the class list. - Will continue to update as additional MB Counselors are secured
Click HERE for the Class Map of the School and Lunch Schedules (Coming Soon)
Click HERE to see the prereqs.
NEW THIS YEAR - Pre-printed Blue Cards are not required. Blue Cards and Class Records can be printed after the second day of the event from the online system.
Lunch is not provided as a part of this event. Scouts are encouraged to bring a bag lunch or plan to purchase lunch from either a local eatery or the Troop vending in the school.
This is a CLASS A event. Photographers and videographers are expected as well as visiting dignitaries. All Scouts and Scout Leaders should demonstrate their Scout Spirit in word and deed. Please wear your uniform.
Cell Phones - A Scout is Courteous - If you must have a cell phone, set it to silent/vibrate. Demonstrate respect for the instructors and other classmates and do NOT make or take calls or text messages during class time.
Scouts are expected to secure a MB pamphlet in advance of the MBC and to have read it.
Prerequisite information and course catalogs can be found above. It is the Scout's responsibility to be familiar with and complete any prerequisite, project or other outside work prior to the MBC and present the work or evidence to the counselor. A note from the Scoutmaster or a signed prior partial MB Card may be useful in this. The Merit Badge Counselor has the discretion to determine if the Scout has met the requirements.
GUIDANCE FOR SCOUTS ATTENDING THE MBC
The Merit Badge College is an opportunity to learn from subject matter experts in career or lifelong hobby subjects. We seek out experts in areas that may be difficult for you to find such as Electronics or Archeology.
1.) Pick a Merit Badge
From the Course Catalog, you can select a number of Merit Badges that you have an interest in taking. We expect that you will talk to your Scoutmaster and parents about which badge to take. But in the end, we expect you to select a topic that you truly wish to learn about. Don't let rank advancement be the only consideration.
2.) Consider Your Age
While there is not an age or grade requirement for any merit badge, certain classes at the MBC are recommended for older Scouts. In the short duration of a single day, the nature and amount of material covered in these classes will possibly make it difficult for a younger Scout to keep up. This can slow the pace of the class and the class will not complete in the intended material. We want you to enjoy what you do here so you will do it well. (Note: The DMVC Advancement Committee has given guidance for us to limit participants in the new Citizenship in Society MB at MB Colleges to those Scouts who are 14 to 17 years old for this calendar cycle. The Counselor instructions for the badge require that class sizes be exceptionally small and that participants in each class be within a 2 year age range.)
3.) Getting Ready for MBC Day (Read the book)
OK. So, you have selected your badges and registered online. Congratulations! The next thing that you should do, if you have not already done so, is to get a copy of the Merit Badge pamphlet for yourself. (Read the book.) You should read through the pamphlet so that you are completely familiar with it. In fact (Read the book.) you may want to read it through more than once. (Read the book.)
We do not guarantee that you will complete any badge. Many MB classes will have published a list of pre-requisites. These are requirements that you should complete before MBC day. When you complete them, bring all material to class with you such as notes, pictures, writings, reports, letters. (Read the book.) It is up to you to make sure that you complete every requirement. Even if they are not listed, some requirements may by their nature not be doable in a classroom. (Read the book.) You should at least attempt to complete these before the MBC. If you can do this, then you will get the most out of the workshop. If you do not, then you won't (Read the book.)
4.) Blue Merit Badge Cards
You will be able to print class records and blue cards following the second session of MB College. Counselors will post records in the event registration system. Each Scout should discuss their merit badge selections with their Scoutmaster before registering for the event as your registration indicates you have approval for taking the class. Counselors are not required to keep offline records. Some will but some will not.
5.) ON MBC Day LEARN and ACHIEVE
This is a Class A event. Proudly wear your uniform. Make sure to have your Blue Merit Badge Card and any prerequisite work that you have done (or its proof) with you.
EXCELLENCE IS NOT AN ACT... EXCELLENCE IS A HABIT...BE EXCELLENT!
PROPER SCOUT BEHAVIOR IS EXPECTED. EACH SCOUT IS AN AMBASSADOR TO THE HOST SCHOOL.