Prior to coming to the MB College, it will be necessary for each scout to complete or be prepared to complete the work on selected requirements for most merit badges (MB). Those requirements are categorized into one of two categories: 1) Prerequisite requirements (complete before the event) and 2) “Be Prepared” requirements (do or prepare before the event). The expectations for those two categories are described below.
Scouts are strongly encouraged to use the merit badge pamphlet for the MB as a resource to prepare for completion of all requirements. The pamphlets are available from another scout, a troop library, the council’s scout store, and on-line download (at scoutshop.org).
Completion of all requirements for the Cyber Chip (appropriate to your grade level) is the only prerequisite requirement to attend the MB College. It is a prerequisite for participation regardless which MB the scout signs up to take at the MB College. The scout must bring evidence of completion, such as a card or certificate.
If the scout has not completed the requirement before the event, it may prevent the scout from participating further in that MB activity at the event. In select cases, at the discretion of the MB counselor, when the scout has not completed the requirement before the event and are allowed to still participate in that MB activity, they will not be able to complete that requirement and will receive a partial completion of requirements for the MB.
“Be Prepared” requirements
Before the scout attends the MB College event, the expectation is for the scout to do the work to prepare to complete the requirement, such as:
- learn the required information,
- take notes,
- prepare something in writing,
- visit a place or location.
Thus, the scout is prepared to complete the final step at the event to complete a requirement by “showing their stuff” to the counselor. The preparation is so that the scout can demonstrate to his counselor upon arrival at the event, without any additional time or instruction, that he is able to meet the requirement as stated, such as being able to:
- Verbally discuss
- Verbally explain
- Verbally describe
- Present the required information (such as a list)
- Submit information in writing
- Provide a drawing, sketch, plan, etc.
The counselor may ask the scout to submit their work on some or all requirements in writing in advance to have time to review the scout’s preparation and reduce the time needed for the scout to complete the requirement at the event. In most cases, if the scout is not prepared to complete the requirement upon arrival, they will not be able to complete that requirement and will receive a partial completion of requirements for the MB.
See the MB listing for the specific “Be Prepared” requirements for each MB.
|Badge||Title||“Be Prepared” MB requirements||Special instructions|
|American Labor||1, 2, 5, 7, 8, 9||For “Be Prepared” requirements, email the work in writing to firstname.lastname@example.org prior to February 8, 2019. You should also bring a copy to the event.|
|Architecture||1a, 1b, 4||For “Be Prepared” requirements, bring the work in writing to the event.|
|Automotive Maintenance||See special instructions||Scouts will have the opportunity to complete the following requirements during the MB College, resulting in a partial completion of requirements for the MB: 2b; 2f; 4b; 8d; 10c; 11c; 11d. If the scout completes all requirements offered at the MB College, he/she will still have to complete the following requirements after the MB College to earn the MB: 1a; 1b; 2a; 2c; 2d; 2e; 2g; 2h; 2i; 3; 4a; 4c; 4d; 4e; 5; 6; 7; 8a; 8b; 8c; 9; 10a; 10b; 12. However, if the scout is able to complete these other requirements with a MB counselor before the MB College and brings the blue card showing their completion, the scout should be able to finish the MB at the MB College.|
|Chemistry||1d, 5, 6, 7||For “Be Prepared” requirements, bring the work in writing to the event.|
|Citizenship in the World||1, 3, 4, 6, 7||For “Be Prepared” requirements, bring the work in writing to the event.|
|Composite Materials||4, 6||For “Be Prepared” requirements, bring the work in writing to the event.|
|Dentistry||3, 4c, 7||For “Be Prepared” requirements, bring the work in writing to the event.|
|Digital Technology||6, 7, 9||For “Be Prepared” requirements, email the work in writing to email@example.com prior to 2/8/19|
|Electricity||2, 8, 9||For requirement 8, take a picture of your fuse or circuit breaker box to show to the counselor. For “Be Prepared” requirements, bring the work in writing to the event.|
|Electronics||6||For “Be Prepared” requirements, bring the work in writing to the event.|
|Graphic Arts||1, 2, 5, 7||Bring content for all “Be Prepared” requirements to session. All written content should be well composed and free of spelling or grammar errors. Participants are strongly encouraged to type their written information and may use the Graphic Arts workbook when applicable. For requirement 5b, participants should bring physical examples or printed images of examples. Finally, the participants must bring a bibliography listing source material and research for all written work and images.|
|Landscape Architecture||5||For “Be Prepared” requirements, bring the work in writing to the event.|
|Photography||8||Bring a DSLR – preferably Nikon or Canon. A few will be available for borrowing. For “Be Prepared” requirements, bring the work in writing to the event.|
|Plumbing||1, 2a, 2b||The drawing should be on 8 1/2 x 11 sheet of paper, with the answers on a separate sheet. Please bring your drawings and answers to the session in a binder of folder.|
|Programming||1, 2a, 2b, 3a, 3b , 4a, 4b, 4c, 6||For “Be Prepared” requirements, bring the work in writing to the event.|
|Sculpture||1, 2c, 3||For “Be Prepared” requirements, bring the work in writing to the event.
Requirement 1: After reading the sculpture pamphlet, please write down, safety precautions or procedures for:
Requirement 2c: We will be visiting The Gallery at Penn College. To prepare, please name three possible goals or reasons why a sculptor, or any artist, creates visual artworks. (See page 54 of the merit badge pamphlet).
Requirement 3: Please complete all questions and be prepared to discuss.
Please bring a photo copy or picture of a bird, animal or reptile of their choice, for reference while sculpting. If the scout chooses an animal, try to find a picture of it lying down. If he can also get a frontal and side view of the animal, bird or reptile’s head, that would be ideal. This will be used for 2A of the badge.
|Soil & Water Conservation||7||If you select 7b or 7c, bring a log of when and where you did the planting or seeding and pictures.|
|Sustainability||1, 4||Please review the attachment for additional instructions.|
|Welding||7||Wear long pants, closed toed shoes (leather shoes preferable) and long sleeve shirt. For “Be Prepared” requirements, bring the work in writing to the event.|