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Scouter Success Seminar - September 24, 2016 @ CPCC Levine Campus
Registration is now open for Scouter Success Seminars 2016. Join us for Mecklenburg County Council’s Fall training event. Opportunities are open for both Scouters and Boy Scouts (minimum age or rank requirements).
Registration fee, which includes lunch, is $25 for a day full of learning and sharing. Registration for Den Chief training is $15.
There is an additional $10 registration fee for CPR/AED/First Aid certification. Early registration is appreciated. Online payment is available. Payment not made online or for walk-in registration will be $40, due to associated increased lunch costs.
More information about course content and the registration link may be found at www.mcctraining.org. See you September 24 at CPCC, Levine Campus, Matthews, NC.
Follow Us on Twitter
The Apache District Marketing Team is pleased to announce that we have started a Twitter account, @ApacheDistrict. The Twitter account will be used to share District Event information as well as highlight Scout related stories from our District. If you have stories or information you'd like to share you can email us at ApacheDistrictTwitter@gmail.com Don’t wait, please follow us and tell your Scouting friends.
NEW - Apache Events Master Calendar: The following MASTER document details all available Training (Adult and Youth, STEM, High Adventure), Merit Badge, Cuboree, Day Camp, Camporee, Venturing, District, Council, National Programs and Order of the Arrow events within our region.
CLICK HERE for Master Calendar!! (June edition)
NEW - Apache District First Aid Competition: NOVEMBER 5, 2016 / Put Your Skills to the Test - Compete Against Other Scouts. Competition will be a rotational; skills based assessment between multiple patrol of 5-8 Scouts.
For more information please contact David Campbell @ 302.245.9642 or email - firstname.lastname@example.org
CLICK HERE for Event Flyer!!
MERIT BADGE OPPORTUNITIES FOR 2016!
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........
Merit Badge Counseling for Scouts, Parents, Unit Leaders, and Counselors
BSA Buddy System and Merit Badge Completion
Discovery Place Wolf, Bear, and Webelos Adventure Schedule-Your-Own Courses in 2016
Wolf: Air of the Wolf, Digging in the Past
Bear: Forensics, Robotics, Super Science, Make It Move
Webelos: Earth Rocks, Adventures in Science
For information, click here Cub Scout Workshop doc
Discovery Place Merit Badge Workshops 2016
Saturday, August 27 10:15 a.m. to 1:15 p.m Energy
Saturday, August 27 1:45 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. Engineering
Sunday, August 28 12:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m Chess
Saturday, September 24 10:15 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Robotics
Sunday, September 25 12:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Space Exploration
Sunday, September 25 4:30 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. Cyber Chip
Saturday, November 5 10:15 a.m. to 1:15 p.m. Weather
Saturday, November 5 10:15 a.m. to 1:15 p.m. Digital Technology
Saturday, November 5 1:45 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Programming
Sunday, November 6 12:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Model Design and Building
Saturday, December 3 10:15 a.m. to 1:15 p.m. Electricity
Saturday, December 3 1:45 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. Chemistry
Sunday, December 4 12:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Electronics
For information, click here DP Merit Badges 2016 details
Nature Museum Merit Badge Workshops 2016
Saturday, August 6 10:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Environmental Science
Saturday, September 24 10:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Environmental Science
Saturday, November 5 10:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Geocaching
Saturday, December 3 12:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. Environmental Science
For information, click here NM Merit Badges 2016 details
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!!
Rifle Shooting Merit Badge Courses
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.
Railroading Merit Badge
Boy Scout Rail Camp
N.C. Transportation Museum, Spencer, NC
June 24-26 and November 11-13, 2016
The N.C. Transportation Museum in Spencer, NC is offering its Boy Scout Rail Camp, the largest event of its type in the nation, in two sessions in 2016. The first is June 24-26. The second is November 11-13. Discount pricing is available for early registration. Scouts are able to work on Railroading Merit Badge during this event. For more information, see
Radio Merit Badge
Saturday, October 15 2016, 9:00-3:00 to coincide
with Jamboree on the Air (JOTA) 2016
Boy Scouts will be able to earn Radio Merit Badge by completing all requirements.
Registration requied? YES. Parents or Scout Leaders must register Scouts by emial to Merit Badge Counselor Paul Trotter at email@example.com with
Parent phone #
Parent email address
Email registration will open on September 1, 2016
Ages: 11-17 There are no rank requirements to participate.
Class Size: THe maximum numner of Scouts for this course is 25. Scouts will be divided into groups to work on clasroom and radio activities.
Location: Back Creek Presbyterian Church and Scout Troop 49 barn,
1821 Back Creek Church Road, Charlotte, NC 28213
CLICK HERE for course flyer!!
Environmental Science Merit Badge
Charlotte Nature Museum
Saturday, August 6, 2016, 10:00 am to 4:30 pm
Saturday, September 24, 2016, 10:00 am to 4:30 pm
Saturday, December 3, 2016, 10:00 am to 4:30 pm
Please bring all written homework with you to class to receive credit.
Requirements to be completed before class: 2, 3d, 3e, 3f, 6
1. Scouts must Be Prepared by completing requirement 2 at home and by bringing written results with them to class. The workbook contains the terms: https://meritbadge.org/wiki/images/3/3a/Environmental_Science.pdf
2. Scouts must Be Prepared by completing requirement 3d before class and must bring their completed work to class.
3. Scouts must Be Prepared by completing requirement 3e before class and must bring their completed work to class. Here is some information on endangered animals in North Carolina: http://www.fws.gov/raleigh/es_tes.html
4. Scouts must Be Prepared by completing requirement 3f at home and must bring their completed work to class. Here is some information on reducing pollution at home: http://epa.gov/oaqps001/peg_caa/reduce.html
5. Scouts must Be Prepared by completing requirement 6 at home and must bring their completed work to class. Here is some information on career opportunities in environmental science: http://www.collegexpress.com/interests/science-and-engineering/articles/studying-sciences/environmental-science-majors-and-potential-careers/
Requirements covered in workshop: 1, 3a1, 3b3, 3c2, 4a, 5
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"