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Upcoming Area Events & Information - Posted 1.20.20

Upcoming Merit Badge Workshops

NEW 2020 Merit Badge Classes!!! -  GREAT NEW ADDITIONS - UPDATED 1.20.20

CLICK HERE FOR UPDATED Merit Badge Course information

Scouts can register for merit badge workshops at Discovery Place Science at


These courses are scheduled:

Saturday, February 1, 2020          Robotics

Saturday, February 1, 2020          Weather

Sunday, February 2, 2020            Space Exploration


Saturday, March 7, 2020              Pulp and Paper

Saturday, March 7, 2020              Oceanography

Saturday, March 7, 2020              Programming

Sunday, March 8, 2020                 Chemistry

Sunday, March 8, 2020                Sustainability   


Saturday, May 2, 2020                 Oceanography

Saturday, May 2, 2020                  Energy

Saturday, May 2, 2020                 Space Exploration

Sunday, May 3, 2020                    Chess  


Saturday, June 20, 2020              Electricity

Saturday, June 20, 2020              Weather

Saturday, June 20, 2020              Chemistry   

Sunday, June 21, 2020                 Electronics


Saturday, August 29, 2020          Energy

Saturday, August 29, 2020          Engineering

Sunday, August 30, 2020             Chess

Sunday, August 30, 2020             Sustainability


Saturday, September 19, 2020     Robotics

Saturday, September 19, 2020     Oceanography

Sunday, September 20, 2020        Space Exploration


Saturday, November 7, 2020         Weather

Saturday, November 7, 2020         Programming

Saturday, November 7, 2020         Pulp and Paper

Sunday, November 8, 2020           Chess


Saturday, December 5, 2020         Electricity

Saturday, December 5, 2020         Chemistry

Sunday, December 6, 2020           Electronics

Sunday, December 6, 2020           Sustainability

Please call Discovery Place Science at 704 372 6261, extension 300 to register and pay.

For information on requirements, registration, and pre-course homework,

Click HERE for Merit Badge Guide - 2019 / 2020.

NEW UPDATED SESSIONS - Environmental Science Merit Badge

Discovery Place Nature, 1658 Sterling Road, Charlotte NC 28209


All on Saturdays -  9:00 am to 4:00 pm

March 14, 2020

May 9, 2020

Cost is $15 for one class for one person.

Please call Discovery Place Nature at 704 372 6261, extension 300 to register and pay.

For information on requirements, registration, and pre-course homework,

Click HERE for Merit Badge Guide

Public Speaking Merit Badge 

Saturday, January 25, 2020, at Beth Eden Lutheran Church, Newton, NC

Cost:  $5 

Click HERE for information on registration and pre-event homework.

NEW - Rifle Shooting Merit Badge (.22 caliber rifles)

Saturday, February 1, 2020 and

Saturday, April 4, 2020

Point Blank Range, 10726 Monroe Rd., Matthews, NC 28105

Information and links to online registration and payment;


NEW - Coin Collecting Merit Badge

Saturday, February 8, 2020, 10:00 am to 4:30 pm

2020 Charlotte Coin Club Annual Show

Website:   http://www.charlottecoinclub.org/show.htm

Location:  The Park Expo & Conference Center

800 Briar Creek (corner of Independence Blvd)., Charlotte, NC 28205

Click HERE for pre-event homework.


Engineering Merit Badge Day - REGISTRATION CLOSED - CLASS FILLED - 1.14.20!

Monday, February 17, 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

EnergyExplorium at McGuire Nuclear Station

13339 McGuire Nuclear Station Rd

Huntersville, NC 28078

The EnergyExplorium will host Scouts as part of National Engineers Week (EWeek) as they earn their Engineering Merit Badge.

NEW - Railroading Merit Badge

Friday-Saturday-Sunday, February 21-22-23, 2020   Rail Camp

Click HERE for information and registration.

NEW - PARI Scouts BSA Space Camps

Astronomy and Space Exploration Merit Badges

PARI (Pisgah Astronomical Research Institute)

1 Pari Dr, Rosman, NC 28772

828 862 5554


Friday-Saturday-Sunday, February 28 – March 1, 2020   Scouts BSA Boys Weekend

Information and registration:  https://71259.blackbaudhosting.com/71259/Boy-Scout-Space-Camp

Friday-Saturday-Sunday, March 13-14-15, 2020   Scouts BSA Girls Weekend

Information and registration:  https://71259.blackbaudhosting.com/71259/PARI-Scouts-Girls-Camp

Friday-Saturday-Sunday, April 24-25-26, 2020   Scouts BSA Boys Weekend

Information and registration:  https://71259.blackbaudhosting.com/71259/Boy-Scout-Space-Camp-24Apr2020

NEW - Snow Sports Merit Badge

Friday-Saturday-Sunday, February 28-29-March 1, 2020 

Click HERE for information and registration.

NEW - Friday, March 27, 2020   Collections Merit Badge - Please Save This Date

6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.

Sardis Presbyterian Church Fellowship Hall

6100 Sardis Rd., Charlotte, NC 28270


NEW - Saturday, April 4, 2020, 8:00 am to 4:00 pm

Lees-McRae Merit Badge College

191 Main St., Banner Elk, NC 28604


Online registration opens December 1, 2019.

Schedule Your Own Scouts BSA STEM Nova Award Class

Scouts BSA STEM Up and Away Nova Award for Engineering

Scouts BSA members can complete requirements 3, 4, and 5 of the Up and Away Award with a dedicated visit to iFLY Charlotte (Concord).  

Website :  https://www.iflyworld.com/charlotte/

Click HERE for information on registration, scheduling, and cost.

Click HERE for Scouts BSA STEM Nova Award Requirements

Click HERE for Scouts BSA STEM Nova Award Video Suggestions

Click HERE for information on adult registration and training as a Nova Award Counselor and a Supernova Award Mentor - https://www.scouting.org/stem-nova-awards/volunteer-support/


NEW - Upcoming International Scouting Opportunities



January 4-10, 2020, Interamerican Region JamCam 2020, Foz Do Iguacu, Brazil



July 27 - August 6, 2020, European Jamboree EuroJam Polska



Additional events with BSA contingents (tentative):

Summer 2020, Caribbean Scout Jamboree (exact dates and location TBD)

July, 2021, 16th World Scout Moot, Ireland (exact date TBD) 


2021, 4th Interamerican Scout Moot, Argentina (exact date TBD)

2013, 25th World Scout Jamboree, Korea


Other international Scouting opportunities:

European Scout Voluntary Program


Participants must be 18 to 30 years old and must commit to serve on camp staff in Europe for at least 6 weeks. 


Kandersteg International Scout Centre


Schedule your own Merit Badge Courses


Aviation and Oceanography Merit Badges

USS Yorktown, Mt Pleasant SC (near Charleston)

Camping is available on-board.  More information:  http://www.patriotspoint.org/camping/

Yorktown provides instruction; troops must provide merit badge counselors to sign off blue cards.  Most but not all merit badge requirements are covered.

Click HERE for Aviation and Oceanography Merit Badge Flier

NEW - Indian Lore Merit Badge

Town Creek Indian Mound

509 Town Creek Mound Rd.

Mt. Gilead, NC 27306


An overnight stay may be available by special permit.

A Troop must have their own merit badge counselor to sign blue cards and to coordinate instruction.

Please call Mr. Daniel Alexi at 910 439 6802 for planning.


NEW - Scuba Merit Badge

Lake Norman Scuba LLC

482 River Hwy, Mooresville, NC 28117

Phone:  704 660 3483

Mr. Andrew Katsamas is a registered Scuba Merit Badge Counselor with Mecklenburg County Council.

Pre-course requirements:

Completion of Swimming Merit Badge

Completion of CPR training

Course completion requires 6 hours of pool instruction each day for 1 weekend and 6 hours of quarry diving instruction each day for 1 weekend and 1 hour review with the counselor.


2019 - Apache Awards Banquet

Congratulations to Apache District’s 2019 recipients of the following awards, and to all the scouters who were recognized by their units with the God Send Award.


District God Send Award – Laurie Breininger and Gary Wilson - Pack 79 and Andy Waligowski - Pack 7


Cub Scouters of the Year - Tony Fabiano - Pack 613 & Hector Soberson - Pack 249

Boy Scouters of the Year - Jason Bennett - Troop 3 & Don Denton - Troop 111



Venture Leader of the Year - Doug Whitaker- Crew 167


Commissioner of the Year – David Larsen


55 Years in Scouting

Congratulations to Del Whittaker who received a certificate for 55 Years in Scouting.

2019 District Award of Merit

The District Award of Merit is a Council award presented by districts in the same manner that the Silver Beaver is a national award presented by Councils.  The award is available to Scouters who render service of an outstanding nature at the district level.


Congratulations to members of the Apache District - District Award of Merit class:

pictured - Brian Tenholder - Troop 175, Tara Christensen - Pack 34, Sean Spainhour - Pack 258






Special award -

55 Years in Scouting

Congratulations to Del Whittaker who received a certificate for 55 Years in Scouting.












Opportunities for Eagle Projects

Hemby Program Center  Brace Family YMCA

The Hemby Center is located on Kuykendall Road; between Providence and McKee.

It is a 21-acre site housing a Preschool, Afterschool Program and Eagle Rock Day Camp.  Plenty of opportunities  for Eagle Scout Service Projects.   

For further details:please contact:  Mr. Ben Penegar, Executive Director of the Brace Family YMCA ben.penegar@ymcacharlotte.org   Phone: (704) 716-4209

NEW - President James K. Polk Historic Site update!! - posted 10.1.19

The staff and support group at the President James K. Polk Historic site in Pineville  greatly appreciate the Eagle Scout Service Projects which have been completed at the site.  However, for the time being, they do not have any new projects.   Keep checking Around the Campfire for future updates."

Midland Commons Apartments 

Midland Commons is a low income senior housing community.  It is owned by National Church Residences a nonprofit organization that provides affordable housing to seniors 62 years old or older and persons with disabilities.  They have several potential project, but especially the need for a raised community garden.


Background information from the Service Coordinator:


“Last year we started our first community garden which took the majority of my residents back to their gardening days. Everyone was excited and worked hard making our garden the best. However, Midland Commons has some residents in wheelchairs and lack range of motion to bend and kneel; this prevents them from participating in our garden.


As Service Coordinator, I am attempting to add some cheer to their lives during this spring and summer time by having raised garden beds installed and wanted to know if your Boy Scouts Unit would take this project on? I hear the Boy Scouts have an “Eagle Project” and can’t think of a better project where the boys would gain wisdom from Midland Commons residents and improve their gardening, project management and construction knowledge.”

For further details, please contact Jonas Richardson, Service Coordinator at (704) 395-8777 or 0827.  His email address is  sc@ncr.org

Reed's Gold Mine

Located in nearby Midland, NC, not far from the Belk Scout Camp, and just a 30-minute drive from the Ballantyne area, this is the site of the first gold mine in the United States. For information about merit badges and Eagle service projects call Mike Scott at (704) 721- 4653.

Comments, suggestions and potential Eagle Service Projects


If you have comments, suggestions or potential Eagle Service Projects, send an e-mail to:   w.kalbas@gmail.com.



Keep the Outing in Scouting.  Check out the latest Where To Go Camping Guide


Looking for great places to camp? Each year the Catawba Lodge of the Order of the Arrow, prepares an update to the Where To Go Camping Guide (WTGCG).  The 2019 version has now been published to the web at 




The WTGCG contains information on Mecklenburg County Council and BSA camping policies and our Council camps.  You can discover where your unit might go car camping or backpacking or canoe camping with sample trips that units have taken.  The Guide also contains information on camping in association with unit, council, regional, and national training programs, on camping at BSA National High Adventure Bases and at National and World Scout Jamborees



Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden – Belmont, NC - posted 9.4.18

Eagle Service Project and other volunteer opportunities

Eagle Scout projects are a great way for the Garden to not only work with individual Scouts to complete this major milestone, but also to enhance the Garden itself.  Garden staff will work with scouts to ensure all projects fall within Garden parameters.  Scouts interested in completing their service project at the Garden must contact the Volunteer Manager to set up their initial meeting.  The Garden also offers opportunities to fulfill community service hour needs throughout the year.  Whether it’s spending some time with our horticulture staff or helping out at one of our many weekend events, there are endless volunteer opportunities at the Garden!  Please feel free to contact

Heather Wiley, Volunteer Manager at (704) 829-1257 or Wiley@dsbg.or

Carolina Outdoors Radio Show

Looking for some great information on hiking, fishing, camping or wonderful places to visit, camp, or hike?  Listen to Bill Bartee and Don Yager on “Carolina Outdoors Radio Show.   You can hear them on WBT radio (1110 AM or 99.3 FM) on Saturday mornings at 5 a m. Or better yet, or download their podcasts and listen to them at your convenience.  You can access their podcasts from http://jessebrowns.com

Bill is an Eagle Scout and the owner of Jesse Browns.  He and Don have been doing the show for nearly 20 years.


Carolina Thread Trail

Looking for new places to Hike, Bike Walk, Run, Paddle, Learn, or Volunteer
Check out Carolina Thread Trail -

Also view the excellent interactive Map - http://www.carolinathreaedtrai.org/map/

The Carolina Thread Trail (The Thread) is an exciting project that’s creating a regional network of greenways, trails and blueways that reaches 15 counties, 2 states and 2.3 million people. There are 141 miles of The Thread open to the public – linking people, places, cities, towns and attractions. 

Fishing Resources

Looking for places to take your kids fishing?

Both the Mecklenburg County Parks and Recreation Department


And the North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission have EXCELLENT websites.  The N C Fishing Access map is AWESOME!


For further details please visit:




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