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NEW - 2016 Scouting for Food Leader's Guide - POSTED 12.8.15
NEW MERIT BADGE OPPORTUNITIES FOR 2016!!!!!!!!!! - POSTED 12.29.15
Discovery Place and Charlotte Nature Museum (near Freedom Park, a division of Discovery Place) are pleased to announce programs for Scout advancement in 2016!!!!!!
New for 2016 are
1. Cub and Webelos Adventure Workshops at Discovery Place that dens, packs, families can schedule on their own
2. An expanded array of scheduled merit badge courses at Discovery Place and at Nature Museum
3. Opportunities for Scouts to schedule merit badge courses for their patrols or troops at Discovery Place and Nature Museum
Click on highlighted text for document links........
Discovery Place Cub and Webelos Adventures in 2016
Discovery Place Merit Badge Workshops in 2016, Overview and Details
Discovery Place and Nature Museum Merit Badge Workshops Schedule for 2016
Nature Museum Merit Badge Workshops in 2016, Overview and Details
Merit Badge Counseling for Scouts, Parents, Unit Leaders, and Counselors
BSA Buddy System and Merit Badge Completion
First Aid Merit Badge Courses
First Aid Prerequisites (only) for
Swimming and Lifesaving Merit Badges (including CPR)
Tenderfoot, Second Class, and First Class First Aid Requirements
Schedule your own merit badge course with your own unit: Ms. Rita Dilling offers “schedule your own” First Aid advancement, First Aid Merit Badge and CPR courses for Scouts, patrols, or troops who would like a customized schedule. The group must achieve a minimum class size of 8. The scheduling must work with space, staffing, date and time resources available through the unit and Ms. Dilling. A lead Scout, with adult supervision, should call or email Ms. Dilling to plan the event. Copies of all Scout emails should be sent to a parent or Scout leader to follow BSA Youth Protection guidelines for 2-deep adult leadership with Scouting activities with youth.
Ms. Rita Dilling is a retired nurse, a American Heart Association certified First Aid and CPR Instructor, and a Merit Badge Counselor registered with Mecklenburg County Council. She is current on BSA Youth Protection.
Because Scouting First Aid covers a lot of material, courses are divided in manageable sections.
Half-day Swimming and Lifesaving Merit Badges session:
This session covers CPR and first aid requirements for Swimming and Lifesaving Merit Badges. Ms. Dilling will sign off these requirements on blue cards for Scouts who demonstrate these skills at the end of the session. Scouts who already have earned First Aid Merit Badge can attend this session to complete requirements for Swimming and Lifesaving Merit Badges. The cost for this half-day session is $15.
CLICK HERE for course flyer!!
Coin Collecting Merit Badge
Saturday, February 13, 2016, 10:00 am to 4:30 pm
2016 Charlotte Coin Club Annual Show
Show dates: February 12 - 14, 2016
Show hours: 10-6 Friday and Saturday, 10-4 Sunday
Location of event: Metrolina Expo Center, 7100 N Statesville Rd, Charlotte, NC
Minimum class size: 8
Maximum class size: 20
Cost: There is no charge for participation.
Method of registration: Parent or Scout leader must register participating Scouts in advance by email to email@example.com with
Parent phone #
Parent email address
Registration opens: When announcement is distributed and posted
Registration closes: Thursday, February 11, 2016, or when class is full.
Age requirement: Ages 11 to 17
Rank requirement: There are no rank requirements.
CLICK HERE for Merit Badge flyer
Rifle Shooting Merit Badge Courses
February 27th, April 23 and November 19, 2016
The Shooting Sports Committee is putting on a Merit Badge Class for the Rifle Merit Badge with the help of the folks at POINT BLANK RANGE - South Charlotte [actually in Matthews on Monroe Road just past the intersection of Highway 51/W. John St.]. Boys should be First Class or 13 years old for Class. Scouts will need to sign up on the Website, bring their own lunch, $5 for ammo and a Blue Card signed by their Unit Leader. For more information you may contact Mr. Williams, Chairman. Registration for Class is here.
CPCC Harper Welding Merit Badge Day
Saturday, March 12, 2016
8:00 am to 1:00 pm
Location of event: The course will be held at the CPCC Harper Campus at
315 W Hebron Street, Charlotte, NC 28273. For directions and map, see
Minimum class size: 12
Maximum class size: 40
Method of registration: Parent or Scout leader should email merit badge counselor Mr. John McPherson at firstname.lastname@example.org, with Scout name, troop #, parent name, parent or other adult contact email address.
Registration opens: As soon as opportunity is posted.
Registration closes: When class is full
Age requirement: Ages 13 to 17
Transportation: Scouts are encouraged to carpool. Scouts must arrange their own transportation
to the CPCC Harper campus.
CLICK HERE for Merit Badge flyer
CPCC Merancas Merit Badge Day
Saturday, March 19, 2016, 8:00 am to 2:30 pm
Automotive Maintenance, Emergency Preparedness, Farm Mechanics,
Fingerprinting, Fire Safety, First Aid, Law, Photography and Welding
The courses will be held at the CPCC Merancas Campus at 11930 Verhoeff Drive, Huntersville, NC 28078. For directions and map see, http://www.cpcc.edu/campuses/merancas/directions-map
CPCC Merancas is recognized for its programs in Public Safety (including Criminal Justice, Fire Protection, Applied Forensics, EMT and Law Enforcement training) and Transportation.
Systems (including Auto Body, Automotive, Heavy Equipment and Race Car Technology degrees and certifications). See http://www.cpcc.edu/campuses/merancas
Class sizes are limited by space and resources to provide a program of high quality and safety to every Scout.
CLICK HERE for Merit Badge flyer
Automotive Maintenance Merit Badge
Saturday, April 9, 2016, 9:30 am to 1:00 pm
Charlotte Motor Speedway (Charlotte Auto Fair)
The Hornets Nest Region AACA is offering Youth Program education sessions at the Charlotte AutoFair at CMS on Sat. April 9th at 9:30 am and 1:00 pm.
•Boy Scout merit badge class on Automotive Maintenance.
* includes engine function, brakes, tires, ignition/electrical, etc
•Info on buying your first used car –list on what to look for.
•Safety Checklist on preparing your vehicle for a trip.
CLICK HERE for more program flyer.
CLICK HERE for hyperlink to Merit Badge page.
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 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.