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BSA Publishes a New Eagle Project Book
BSA published a new Eagle Scout Project Workbook on May 20, 2014:
Here is a link to instructions on how to download the new workbook:
Third Way to Wear Eagle Scout Palms -
In January of 2014, the BSA Awards and Insignia Committee approved a third place on the Scout uniform for wearing Eagle Palms. Traditionally, Eagle Palms were and are worn on the Eagle medal ribbon by youth and adults and on the Eagle Scout Square Knot or the National Eagle Scout Association Square Knot by adults. In 2014, youth may also wear Eagle Palms directly on their Eagle Scout oval cloth patches. Placement on the patches is not specified. Read more at
Eagle Scout—Merit Beyond the Badge!
A must read: Baylor University Research Finds Eagle Scouts Have Positive, Lasting Influence on American Society.
Download pdf: "Boy-Scouts-Report"
Merit Badge Opportunities - NEW POSTING!!!
A "MASTER LIST" of all Merit Badges listed below is available - CLICK HERE for this document!!
NEW!!!! Discovery Place Merit Badge Weekend (Cyber Chip course, Weather Digital Technology, Programming & Space Exploration)!! Click on BADGES for Merit Badge worksheets!!!
Saturday, May 23, 2015
Weather Merit Badge, 10:15 am to 1:15 pm
Digital Technology Merit Badge, 10:15 am to 1:15 pm
Programming Merit Badge, 1:45 pm to 4:30 pm
Sunday, May 24, 2015
Space Exploration Merit Badge, 12:30 pm to 4:30 pm
Location of event: Discovery Place, 301 N Tryon St, Charlotte, NC 28202, 704 372 6261
Minimum class size: 8
Maximum class size: 20
Cost: $35 for one class or $55 for two classes for registration before or on May 19, 2015. For registration after May 19, cost is $40 for one class or $60 for two classes.
Scouts may register for a maximum of 2 classes during this weekend program.
Because Scouts registering for either or both of Digital Technology and/or Programming Merit Badges are required to have completed their Cyber Chip, qualified Scouts are encouraged, but not required, to register for both Digital Technology and Programming Merit Badges during the same weekend.
Discovery Place is not able to offer a refund if a Scout is not able to attend. However, if a Scout is not able to attend, he may notify Discovery Place of his situation and either recruit a Scout to take his place or ask Discovery Place to apply his paid fee toward his registration for a future merit badge program.
Method of registration: Please call the Discovery Place at 704 372 6261 ext. 300 to register. Scouts must register in advance to participate.
Registration opens: Monday, April 6, 2015
Registration closes: When class is full
Ages 12 to 17 for Weather and Space Exploration, ages 13 to 17 for Digital Technology and Programming
Blue card requirement: Scouts must present to the counselor a separate blue card signed by their Scoutmaster indicating permission to participate in the course(s).
Parents are welcome to attend all sessions.
Click HERE for Merit Badge flyer and course information!!
NEW!!!! The North Carolina Transportation Museum in Spencer, NC has posted their Railroading Merit Badge programs for 2015. Click on BADGE for Merit Badge worksheet!!!
Friday thru Sunday, November 13-15, 2015
Boy Scout Rail Camp featuring an opportunity for Scouts to work on Railroading Merit Badge will be held Friday-Saturday-Sunday, November 13-14-15, 2015. For more information, see http://www.nctrans.org/Special-Programs---Tours/Boy-Scout-Rail-Camp.aspx
For both events, the following guidelines apply:
1. Scouts must pre-register.
2. Scouts must attend as part of a patrol or Troop group, with 2 adult leaders present at all times.
3. The merit badge courses are supervised under the direction of an adult Scout leader registered with the Boy Scouts of America as a merit badge counselor and will be current on BSA Youth Protection at the time the courses are held.
4. Each patrol or Troop attending will be responsible for verifying the Scouts participation and knowledge of the subject matter and signing off the blue cards indicating completion of the merit badge. Merit badge course staff will not be signing off on completed merit badges.
Merit Badge Updates
On Saturday and Sunday of November 1 and 2, Scouts participated in 6 merit badge programs.
Discovery Place offered Electricity, Chemistry, and Electronics. Latta Nature Center offered
Environmental Science and Nature, with the courses conducted at Rural Hill Farm. Rural Hill Farm
also hosted Mammal Study.
The picture attached shows Scouts pose with a beaver tree near McDowell Creek at Rural Hill
Farm as they work on Nature Merit Badge.