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2017 Boy Scout Animal Science Merit Badge at MN STATE FAIR
Come join a VIP behind-the-scenes look at farm animals on display at the Minnesota State Fair while earning the Boy Scout Animal Science merit badge.
Appropriate for mature youth 6th Grade and older
Our $45 Early Bird ticket sales for this event ends March 1.
Last year we sold out quickly!
If there are still spots available after March 1, tickets then go up $10.
We need an accurate headcount early to plan for this amazing opportunity.
HINT: Buy State Fair Tickets $10 online
ABOUT OUR VIP SCOUT EXPERIENCE:
We will introduce you to farmers and youth competitors at the STATE FAIR as we visit different barns and complete requirements together. Enrollment is limited, to be sure to register early.
To follow biosecurity policies, only the scout and the accompanying adult may attend our sessions -- We will send more details in your final confirmation. This is designed for all youth, so please let us know if you need special accommodations. Explorers and Girl scouts who are entering 6th grade and older may register for this event too.
Don't worry --- if you know absolutely nothing about cattle or farm animals, you'll be just fine. We don't expect that you've already earned the badge when you come but you should read the materials we send you prior to the event and do some of the paperwork as best as you can because you will get much more out of this experience. This is a teaching workshop, not just a walkin and sign off event and it is JAM PACKED.
1) Regardless of your type of scouting, print off the Badge worksheet and bring it with you inside a 3 ring binder so you have something sturdy to write on. Bring two pencils or pens.
Although this event is designed to be a teaching workshop, we strongly encourage you to read the badge booklet prior to the event so that you are familiar with terms and complete as much of the writing as you can in advance. If for any reason you don't complete all the requirements during our event, you can email them to the merit badge counselor for final sign off.
2) Boy Scouts only: Get your blue card from your troop and start filling it out. Bring it with you
3) Purchase your state fair tickets.
Link: http://www.mnstatefair.org/tickets_discounts/admission.html Fair tickets are $10 online
You MUST be accompanied by an adult to attend our classes.
We encourage them to fully participate and learn with you.
This is designed for a scout and an adult together or at a 1:3 scout to adult ratio at the most.
Be sure to wear your uniform during our event -- represent scouting well and it will help keep us together in the crowds.
We strongly encourage you to wear boots because we will be around animals and potentially waste. Many people will wear their "walking shoes" to the fair and change into boots when we start, then bag up the boots and leave. Make sure you clean the boots when you're home.
Bring a sack lunch to eat during our break time at 530.
We are NOT going to have time to go to concessions, so you must bring snacks/food with you.
We encourage you to bring a refillable water bottle.
Our tentative schedule that will be adjusted when 4H judging times are confirmed:
3 PM Meet at the Poultry Building
Meet with ARBA rabbit breeders from STEM Bunnies. Gestation. Genetics.Biodiversity
4 PM Cattle Building
5 PM Sheep Building -- Sheep and Goats
530 PM Break. Eat sack lunch
545 PM Swine Building
6:15 PM Horse Barn / Equimania
7:00 PM CHS Miracle of Birth Building
8:00 PM Complete any remaining paperwork
8:30 PM Optional service project -- more details to follow
Departure no later than 9 PM
We look forward to seeing you at the Fair for this amazing learning opportunity we wish we had when we were kids!! We provide thank you gifts to each of our youth farmers and their animals who present during our workshop, so your registration helps support these fine young people too!
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