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MB: Scholarship & Reading

LA Lone Scouts

Saturday, January 11, 2020 from 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM (PST)

MB: Scholarship & Reading

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Ticket Type Remaining Sales End Price Fee Quantity
Scout BSA (Grades 6-12)
Price listed is per Scout BSA for (a) the Scholarship Merit Badge Class, (b) one Skyslide experience, (c) Reading Merit Badge Class, (d) tour of the Library, (e) Event Patch for Reading, and (f) Event Patch for Skyslide.
1 Ticket Nov 15, 2019 $50.00 $0.00
Adult Chaperone (21+) with YPT
Price is for the Skyslide Experience. Adult chaperones to bring proof of YPT to check in.
3 Tickets Nov 30, 2019 $35.00 $0.00

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The LA Lone Scouts' Double Academics Merit Badge Day 2020 is open to all Scouts in Grades 6-12 for the 2019-2020 school year from any Troop or Council of the BSA, regardless of gender or rank.

We will be working on many of the requirements for both the Scholarship Merit Badge and the Reading Merit Badge. 

(a) Scholarship Merit Badge.

The Scholarship Merit Badge is one of the original 57 merit badges issued from the Boy Scouts of America in 1911.

Working on the Scholarship Merit Badge gives Scouts an opportunity to become more successful in school and their future. They will develop better study habits, master techniques in writing reports, and overall project management skills. 

We will be working on all requirements as written with ONE PRE-REQUISITE: Requirement 3. Please have your BSA Scout(s) bring his/her School Report Card for (a) 2018-2019 school year and/or (b) Term One Report Card of their 2019-2020 school year.

(b) Reading Merit Badge

Reading Merit Badge Requirements #1a, #1b, #1c and #3b will be completed on 01/11/20 at the LA Central Library - as described below:

Reading Requirement #1: Do EACH of the following:

  • Req #1a. Learn how to search your library's card catalog or computerized catalog by author, title, and subject.
  • Req #1b. With the assistance of your merit badge counselor or a librarian, select six books of four different types (such as poetry, drama/plays, fiction, nonfiction, biographies, etc.). Ask your librarian or counselor about award-winning books that are recommended for readers your age and include at least one of those titles.
  • Req #1c. Find the books in the library catalog. With your counselor's or a librarian's assistance, locate the books on the shelves.

Reading Requirement #3: Do ONE of the following:

  • Req #3a. From a catalog of your choice, fill out an order form for merchandise as if you intended to place an order. Share the completed form with your counselor and discuss it.
  • Req #3b. With your parent's permission, locate at least five Web sites that are helpful for your scouting or other activities. Write the Internet addresses of these sites in your log. Talk with your counselor or a librarian about safety rules for using the Internet. The Internet Scout Award meets Requirement #3b of the BSA Reading Merit Badge.

The Reading Merit Badge Sign-Off will take place on Saturday 02/01/2020 at the Griffith Observatory after 4:00 PM for the Scouts who have completed the following requirements by 01/31/2020:

  • Reading Requirement #1d: Read each book. Keep a log of your reading that includes the title of the book, the pages or chapters read, the date you completed them, and your thoughts about what you have read so far. Discuss your reading with your counselor. Using your log as a reference, explain why you chose each book and tell whether you enjoyed it and what it meant to you.
  • Reading Requirement #2Read about the world around you from any two sources: books, magazines, newspapers, the Internet (with your parent's permission), field manuals, etc. Topics may include sports, environmental problems, politics, social issues, current events, nature, religion, etc. Discuss what you have learned with your counselor.
  • Reading Requirement #4With your counselor's and parent's permission, choose ONE of the following activities and devote at least four hours of service to that activity.
    • #4a: Read to a sick, blind, or homebound person in a hospital or in an extended-care facility (bring signed note from the hospital or extended care facility on 02/01).
    • #4b: Perform volunteer work at your school library or a public library. (Bring signed note from librarian on 02/01).
    • #4c. Read stories to younger children, in a group or individually (bring signed note from group leader or parent on 02/01).



09:45 AM - SCOUTS CHECK IN with Merit Badge Counselor with Eventbrite Ticket printed in their Name.

10:00 AM - Reading and Scholarship Merit Badge Program

12:30 PM - Lunch (Bring Your Own or Purchase as Needed)

2:00 PM - Reading & Scholarship Program continues with Skyslide Experience

4:00 PM - Check Out.



1) PLEASE SIGN UP BSA SCOUT USNG HIS/HER FIRST-and-LAST-NAME with (a) his/her Parent’s email address, (b) COUNCIL NAME, and (c) TROOP Number.


2) Please check the email address used during the Eventbrite SignUp process on a regular basis as your response on behalf of your Scout is required at least ONCE by December 1, 2019.

3) Scouts must come in their Class A field uniform with

4) Scouts should start reading both the Reading Merit Badge booklet and the Scholarship Merit Badge booklet as soon as possible, and review the requirements.

5) Pre-Requisites:

  • Scholarship Requirement 3: Scouts are to bring their 2018-19 school year report card and/or their 2019-2020 First Term report card.

6) Parking in the general vicinity of the Grand Central Library starts at $9.00 per vehicle on the weekends. If taking the Metro, please disembark at Pershing Square.


==============FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS (FAQs) ==============

Are there ID or minimum age requirements to enter the event?

  • The Scholarship Merit Badge Program is Open to ALL BSA Scouts from ANY council/troop in Grades 6-12 and regardless of gender, age, or Rank.


What are the Pre-Requisites?

  • Please see DESCRIPTION and NOTES #5.

What are my transportation/parking options for getting to and from the event?

  • Parking is starts at $9.00 per vehicle on weekends in the general vicinity including Pershing Square and the Grand Central Library - please read posted signs.
  • If taking the metro, disembark at Pershing Square.


What can I bring into the event?

  • Please see NOTES #3.


What's the refund policy?

  • NO REFUNDS - the program will run, rain or shine. We will be indoors and inside the Grand Central Library and the OUE Skyspace most of the time.


Do I have to bring my printed ticket to the event?

  • YES - to check in.
  • Eventbrite ticket must be in SCOUT’s Name - see NOTES #1


Is my registration fee or ticket transferrable?

  • NO.


Is it ok if the name on my ticket or registration doesn't match the person who attends?

  • NO. Scouts should be signed up using their FIRST-and-LAST Name with their parents email address.



Can you contact me if there are cancelations? 

  • NOT POSSIBLE. We do not curate waiting lists and we do not track cancelation.

Who are the LA Lone Scouts? 

  • LA Lone Scouts are registered directly with the Western Los Angeles County Council of the BSA.
  • LA Lone Scouts consists of (a) Lone Scout Counselor (similar to Scoutmaster) and (b) Lone Scouts (13+ years old).
  • You can find out more about the LA Lone Scouts at   

Can anyone participate? 

Have questions about MB: Scholarship & Reading ? Contact LA Lone Scouts

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Central Library
630 W 5th Street
Los Angeles, CA 90071

Saturday, January 11, 2020 from 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM (PST)

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LA Lone Scouts

"LA Lone Scouts" consists of (a) one Lone Scout Counselor (similar to Scoutmaster) and (b) three Lone Scouts (youth 13-14 years old as of 09/15/19) who live in Los Angeles County, and (c) are registered directly with the Western Los Angeles County Council (WLACC) of the Boy Scouts of America. 


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