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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!!!
NEW!!!!!! Radio Merit Badge - REGISTRATION CLOSED - FULL CLASS / 10.14
Saturday, October 18, 2014 / 9:00 am to 3:00 pm to coincide with Jamboree on The Air (JOTA) 2014
Location: Back Creek Presbyterian Church, Scout Troop 29 barn, 1821 Back Creek Church Road, Charlotte, NC 28213
Click HERE for Merit Badge Flyer!!
Click HERE for Radio Merit Badge Worksheet or click on BADGE!
NEW!!!! Discovery Place Merit badge Weekend (Electricity, Chemistry, Electronics Merit Badges), Satuday, November 1 and 2, 2014
Saturday, November 1, 2014 - click on BADGE for MC worksheet!!
Electricty Merit Badge, 10:00 am to 1:00 pm
Chemistry Merit Badge, 2:00 pm to 5:30 pm
Sunday, November 2, 2014
Electronics Merit Badge, 12:30 pm to 4:00 pm
Click HEREfor Merit Badge Flyer and course information!!
NEW!!!!! Hornaday Merit Badge Weekend - November 1 and 2 (Enviromental Science, Nature, Mammal Study) - Davidson School House Shelter - click on BADGES for MB worksheets!!
The Mecklenburg County Council Conservation Commitee in cooperation with staff at Latta Plantaion Nature Center is offering a of program merit badge courses to promote conservation, natural sciences, Outdoor (Leave no Trace) Ethics and the Hornaday Awards.
Camping overnight is optional and is not required, however he must be accompanied by one supervisong adult from each Troop represented. Click HERE for the merit badge flyer and course information!!
November 1 and 8, 2014 Woodwork Merit Badge (8:30 until 1:00 with open shop after that until 2:00 pm) Jackson Park Ministries Woodshop - click on BADGE for MB worksheet!!
Sessions will be offered again by Jim Emery of Troop 80 and the Charlotte Woodworkers Association. Both sessions are required to complete the merit badge. As with any merit badge, please read the merit badge pamphlet before coming to the session. Cost for the session is Free. Material costs, depending on your project. The cost will be up to the scout. The association will supply the pen kit.
Registration by Email: email@example.com Include Troop #, email address and contact phone # JPM Warehouse Facility, 4001-B Sentry Post Drive, Charlotte, NC 28208
(Cross street: West Blvd & Billy Graham)
NEW!!!! Public Health Merit Badge - registration open November 3!! Click on BADGE for Merit Badge worksheet!!!
Thursday, November 20, 2014, 6:00 pm to 7:00 pm at Mecklenburg County Health Department
Saturday, November 22, 2014, 9:30 to 10:15 am at The Roasting Company
Sunday, November 23, 2014, 2:00 to 4:00 pm at Myers Park Presbyterian Church Oxford Hall
Click HERE for Merit Badge flyer and course information!!!
Merit Badge Updates
On Saturday, 02/08/2014, 24 Scouts gathered at the UNCC Student Union where they checked in for Astronomy Merit Badge class with physics professor Dr. Susan Trammell and her teaching team of staff and undergraduate and graduate students. After an introductory session on refracting and reflecting telescopes in the lab, Scouts participated in a demonstration of photon capture as cotton balls rained down from a balcony into different size buckets to show the advantage of large diameter telescopes to capture light. When the sky cleared at lunchtime, Scouts used filtered telescopes outside to see sun spots and solar prominences and learned about the magnetic fields that cause them. Later during daylight they observed the seas and highlands of the moon. They learned about regolith (moon dust) and crater ejecta blankets by splashing "meteor" balls into trays of flour topped with cocoa dust.
After lunch, Scouts used hands-on instruments for light analysis and spectography and heat imaging, all important tools of astronomy. They practiced the orbital positions of the sun, earth, and moon to show moon phases and solar and lunar eclipses. They used Starry Night software to learn about constellations and planetary motion. The day ended with a walk to the UNCC Observatory for observations of the planet Jupiter and 4 of its moons, the Orion Nebula, the Pleiades, and the moon along the lunar day-night terminator line to see outlines of craters.
The Scouts appreciated the work of Dr. Trammell and all of her staff in creating for them such a fine and fun experience in learning science at UNCC.