San Francisco, California
London, United Kingdom
Merit Badge Day is $10 per scout (CASH). Lunch, Snacks, and Drinks are included.
Full uniform required. Bring a plate and fork for lunch (email me ASAP if you have a restriction)
Bring 2 pens and paper.
Please see pre-work below
Geocaching Merit Badge:
1) Be prepared to talk about types of injuries and challenges when hiking
2) Explain how the Global Positioning System (GPS) works. Then, using Scouting's Teaching EDGE, demonstrate to your counselor the use of a GPS unit. Include marking and editing a waypoint, changing field functions, and changing the coordinate system in the unit.
3) Be prepared to do the following:
Show you know how to use a map and compass and explain why this is important for geocaching.
Explain the similarities and differences between GPS navigation and standard map-reading skills and describe the benefits of each.
Explain the UTM (Universal Transverse Mercator) system and how it differs from the latitude/longitude system used for public geocaches.
Show how to plot a UTM waypoint on a map. Compare the accuracy to that found with a GPS unit
4) Review following site: http://www.geocaching.com/
Be prepared to talk about the site a bit. What is the geocaching game
GPS unit if you have one
Coin Collecting Merit Badge
5b) Read a numismatic magazine or newspaper and tell your counselor about one article you read and what you learned. A free online source ishttp://www.coinweek.com/
6) Be prepared to describe the 1999-2008 50 State Quarters Program. Collect and show your counselor five different quarters you have acquired from circulation.
7) Collect from circulation a set of currently circulating U.S. coins. Include one coin of each denomination (cent, nickel, dime, quarter, half-dollar, dollar). For each coin, be prepared to locate the mint marks, if any, and the designer's initials, if any.
9) Do ONE of the following:
Collect and identify 50 foreign coins from at least 10 different countries.
Collect and identify 20 bank notes from at least five different countries.
Collect and identify 15 different tokens or medals.
For each year since the year of your birth, collect a date set of a single type of coin.
10) Be prepared to give a talk about your coin collection, why coin collecting interests you and how friends can learn more.
Citizenship in the World Merit Badge
Do the following:
a. Pick a current world event. In relation to this current event, discuss with your counselor how a country's national interest and its relationship with other countries might affect areas such as its security, its economy, its values, and the health of its citizens.
b. Select a foreign country and discuss with your counselor how its geography, natural resources, and climate influence its economy and its global partnerships with other countries.
Do TWO of the following and share with your counselor what you have learned:
a. Visit the Web site (With your parent/guardian's permission) of the U.S. State Department. Learn more about an issue you find interesting that is discussed on this Web site.
b. Visit the Web site (With your parent/guardian's permission) of an international news organization or foreign government, OR examine a foreign newspaper available at your local library, bookstore, or newsstand. Find a news story about a human right realized in the United States that is not recognized in another country.
c. Visit with a student or Scout from another country and discuss the typical values, holidays, ethnic foods, and traditions practiced or enjoyed there.
d. Attend a world Scout jamboree.
e. Participate in or attend an international event in your area, such as an ethnic festival, concert, or play.
First Aid Merit Badge:
Prepare a first aid kit for your home. Display and discuss its contents with your counselor. (bring this with you)
Plumbing Merit Badge:
1. Read the plumbing merit badge pamphlet (optional, but highly recommended)
2. Complete requirements 1a, 1b, and 1c before class and document your findings in the attached worksheet. Bring this work sheet (all pages) to class. Requirements 2-8 will be completed in class. May require doing some research and/or visiting/contacting your community's building code department.
4. Bring a pair of work gloves (snug fitting if possible) and safety glasses to class.
Hiking Merit Badge
Bring a note from your scoutmaster or parent about hikes you have finished that fit the following requirements:
- Take five hikes, each on a different day, and each of at least ten continuous miles. Prepare a hike plan for each hike.*
- Take a hike of 20 continuous miles in one day following a hike plan you have prepared.*
- After each of the hikes (or during each hike if on one continuous "trek") in requirements 5 and 6, write a short report of your experience. Give dates and descriptions of routes covered, the weather, and interesting things you saw. Share this report with your merit badge counselor.
Bring a day pack fully packed for a 20 mile day hike.
Backpacking Merit Badge
Bring a backpack with all supplies needed for a 3 day hike. If you do not have a backpack then bring these items with you in a bag. Bring a backpacking stove if you have one.
Engeneering Merit Badge
Find out about three career opportunities in engineering. Pick one and research the education, training, and experience required for this profession. Discuss this with your counselor, and explain why this profession might interest you.
Cooking Merit Badge
Bring a plate and a fork.
Salesmanship Merit Badge
Do ONE of the following:
a. Interview a person and learn the following:
1. What made the person choose sales as a profession?
2. What are the most important things to remember when talking to customers?
3. How is the product or service sold?
4. Include your own questions.
b. Interview a retail store owner and learn the following:
1. How often is the owner approached by a sales representative?
2. What good traits should a sales representative have? What habits should the sales representative avoid?
3. What does the owner consider when deciding whether to establish an account with the sales representative?
4. Include your own questions.
Investigate and report on career opportunities in sales, then do the following:
a. Prepare a written statement of your qualifications and experience. Include relevant classes you have taken in school and merit badges you have earned.
b. Discuss with your counselor what education, experience, or training you should obtain so you are prepared to serve in that position.
Citizenship in the Community
This is to be done before or after the class…
- Do the following:
a. Attend a city or town council or school board meeting, or a municipal; county, or state court session.
b. Choose one of the issues discussed at the meeting where a difference of opinions was expressed, and explain to your counselor why you agree with one opinion more than you do another one.
- Choose an issue that is important to the citizens of your community; then do the following:
a. Find out which branch of local government is responsible for this issue.
b. With your counselor's and a parent's approval, interview one person from the branch of government you identified in requirement 4a. Ask what is being done about this issue and how young people can help.
c. Share what you have learned with your counselor.