Council Merit Badge Days

October 8, 2022
December 3, 2022

Cockrell Scout Center
2225 N Loop W
Houston, Texas 77008

More information coming soon!

Merit Badge Days are an opportunity for Scouts in troops, crews or ships to work towards one or two merit badges. These are not give-away merit badges, and this is not a merit badge factory. Each Scout is expected to fulfill all the requirements by reading the merit badge book ahead of time, attending classes and doing prerequisites. Scouts are expected to participate fully during the class in order to receive full credit for the requirements completed onsite. 



Registration

The registration fee is $TBD for the first Scout and $TBD for each additional Scout who registers at the same time. (How to register.)

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

BSA ID Number: Have the Scout's BSA ID number ready before registering. The Scout is critical to identifying the Scouts in Scoutbook to ensure the Scout gets credit for requirements completed. The BSA ID number can be found: • Scoutbook (1. click on My Dashboard, 2. for a Scout - click on name of Scout, or for adult - click on My Account, 3. select Edit Profile), • MyScouting.org (1. click on the upper right icon 2. select My Profile), • BSA membership card, • ask the unit leader to check the unit roster

Changes: Class changes can be made after registering using the link provided in the emailed receipt. (How to change classes.)

Class sizes are limited. Classes that are full will not show in the registration system.

Registration is completed online using credit card or electronic check. There is no onsite registration. Council refund policy.

Register (opens in the summer)       Volunteer Sign-up    What to Bring  

Merit Badges and Prerequisites

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 with their unit leader. 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 prior to the event.

An Application for Merit Badges (blue cards) is not required; a few weeks after the event, all of the completed requirements will be posted directly into Scoutbook by the merit badge counselor. Scouts will also receive a list of requirements completed before leaving the event.

Tentative Merit Badge Classes
(click on the link to see the requirements)
 

Oct 8th

 Dec 3rd

Notes, Requirements Not Covered, and Prerequisites

Health Care Professions TBD; read merit badge book
Law TBD; read merit badge book
Public Health TBD; read merit badge book
Surveying TBD; read merit badge book
*classes that are full will not show in the registration system

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 Class Selections

To modify your registration:

  • Logon to https://samhoustonbsa.doubleknot.com.
  • 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.  

What to Bring

  • Merit badge book for each class (available from the Scout Shop; read prior to the Merit Badge Fair)
  • Completed prerequisites 
  • Note taking materials
  • BSA Annual Health and Medical Record (Parts A & B for all Scouting events) 
  • Field uniform (Scout uniform)
  • Sack lunch
  • Water bottle
  • Snacks, drinks, optional
  • Participants do not need to bring a blue card.

Schedule

Time Activity
8:00 am Check-in
8:30 pm Morning classes
12:00 pm Lunch
1:00 Afternoon classes
4:30 Cleanup

General Rules

  1. Scouts need to have read the merit badge pamphlet before Council Merit Badge Day and be prepared for each of the requirements.
  2. Attendance in class does not mean a Scout will complete the merit badge.
  3. Scouts who do not complete all the requirements for a particular merit badge at Council Merit Badge Day will need to complete the badge with a registered merit badge counselor approved for that particular badge back in their unit.
  4. The Council Merit Badge Day is not a program that guarantees advancement, but it is an opportunity for Scouts to meet with qualified counselors, to help them work on merit badges needed for advancement.
  5. If a Scout is unable to attend once registered, please use the link provided in the emailed receipt to delete the class so a spot can be opened up for another Scout. Council Refund Policy.
  6. Scouts who have not read the merit badge book and are not prepared for the class may be asked to leave the class.
  7. Scouts that do not behave appropriately in class will be asked to leave.   

Event Volunteers

It is the purpose of the event to provide an exciting program for youth and young adults to build character, to train in the responsibilities of participating citizenship and to develop personal fitness. Providing advancement opportunities is a primary part of this educational program. The Merit Badge Days can only be offered to our Scouts if adults assist in running the event.  

Volunteer

 
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. Your encouragement and occasional “refocusing of purpose” that Scouts your child’s age require will be invaluable. 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

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. Participants 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.  

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 Scout'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

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, please contact TBD.