Merit Badge and Career Exploration Days

The Merit Badge Day is an opportunity for Scouts in troops, crews or ships to work on requirements on merit badges with career professionals. 

merit badge sash

The merit badges are not give away merit badges but are selected for Scouts to not only earn a merit badge but learn from career professionals so that they can explore potential career opportunities. 

The merit badge classes are interactive and require active participation by each Scout. Merit badge class sizes are limited so that each Scout has the opportunity to learn about the career profession while working on merit badge requirements. Learn more about merit badge completions and partials.

All classes will begin at 9:00 and end at 3:00; please arrive early.

Registration

The registration fee is $20 per Scout for each class and includes a boxed lunch.  A $1.50 convenience fee is added to each transaction. Registration is completed online using a credit card or electronic check. There is no onsite registration. Council refund policy(How to register.) 

Important: Before registering, check the school and troop calendar for conflicts. Check which merit badges the Scout has already completed. Scouts must obtain approval from their unit leader before participating in the class.

BSA ID Number: Have the Scout's BSA ID number ready before registering. The correct BSA ID number 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. 

Volunteer Sign-up    What to Bring    Merit Badge Requirements 

Date

Merit Badge Classes
(click link to see the requirements)

Prerequisites, Notes,
Requirements Not Covered

Location & Time

Cost

Register
(click link to register)

October
10/8/22  Health Care Professions Prerequisite: Read merit badge book
#5 is not covered (visit a health care professional at their workplace).
#9 is not covered (serve as a volunteer at a health-related event)
Cockrell Scout Center
9 am - 3 pm
$20 Register
10/8/22 Law Prerequisite: Read merit badge book Cockrell Scout Center
9 am - 3 pm
$20 Register
10/8/22 Surveying Prerequisite: Read merit badge book Cockrell Scout Center
9 am - 3 pm
$20 Register
December
12/3/22 Health Care Professions Prerequisite: Read merit badge book
#5 is not covered (visit a health care professional at their workplace).
#9 is not covered (serve as a volunteer at a health-related event)
Cockrell Scout Center
9 am - 3 pm
$20 Register
12/3/22 Law Prerequisite: Read merit badge book Cockrell Scout Center
9 am - 3 pm
$20 Register
12/3/22 Surveying Prerequisite: Read merit badge book Cockrell Scout Center
9 am - 3 pm
$20 Register
*Class sizes are limited. Classes that are full will not show in the registration system.

How to Register or Update a Registration

Click on the registration link, then click Register. 

Step 1: Select a participant: 
Step 2: If applicable, 
Step 3: Select a class 
Repeat step 2 and 3: , if needed if more than one class is offered in a day.
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.

Change Classes

To modify your registration:

What to Bring

  • Application for Merit Badges (blue card) from Scoutbook, OR other proof of discussion with unit leader for each class signed by the unit leader.
  • Merit badge book for each class (available from the Scout Shop; read prior to the class)
  • Completed prerequisites
  • Documentation of any requirements that will not covered is optional, but highly recommended. (Learn more about partials.)
  • Note-taking materials and writing utensils
  • BSA Annual Health and Medical Record (Parts A & B for all Scouting events); bring a copy not the original
  • Field uniform (Scout uniform) or activity uniform (Scout t-shirt) is encouraged
  • Eat breakfast before arriving; lunch is included with event registration
  • Water bottle
  • Drinks and healthy snacks, optional 

Partials and Completions

Attending a merit badge class does not guarantee that a Scout will complete the merit badge, but it is an opportunity for Scouts to meet with qualified counselors, to help them work on the requirements needed to complete a merit badge.

Prerequisites: For all classes, the Scout must read the merit badge book prior to the event. Some merit badges have additional prerequisites.

Requirements not covered: Some of the requirements cannot be completed during the class. The Scout should bring documentation of requirements not covered. If the Scout does not complete the requirements not covered and bring documentation to the class, the Scout will receive a partial completion of the merit badge. Scouts who do not complete all the requirements for a particular merit badge will need to complete the badge with a registered merit badge counselor approved for that particular badge back with their unit. 

An Application for Merit Badges (blue cards) for each merit badge signed by the unit leader will need to be taken to the class. The merit badge counselor will document all requirements completed on the blue card and return it to the Scout before the Scout leaves the class. 

General Rules

  1. Scouts need to be prepared for each of the requirements of the merit badge class including reading the merit badge pamphlet before the class.
  2. Scouts are expected to participate fully during the class in order to receive full credit for the requirements completed onsite. 
  3. Scouts that do not behave appropriately in class will be asked to leave.
  4. 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.    

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 current Youth Protection Training (YPT). 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

 

Bill Berry
Council Advancement Committee Chair
 wmberry@outlook.com

Brendan Cronin
Advancement Committee Staff Advisor
 713-756-3308
 brendan.cronin@scouting.org