Susquehanna’s in-person Merit Badge College is back!
Sponsored by Susquehanna Council, BSA and Pennsylvania College of Technology (Penn College)
State-of-the-art instructional labs and expert Penn College faculty will enable Scouts to earn up to three different merit badges during this one-day event. Scouts can select from 19 merit badges.
Registration Fee is $50.00
Registration will open on Monday, December 13th, 2021.
Event Date is February 19, 2022
Event location is the Pennsylvania College of Technology campus in Williamsport.
Tentative Schedule of Events
|7:30-8:00 am||Check-in: ACC/Auditorium|
|8:30 am-10:30 am||First Merit Badge Session|
|10:45 am- 12:45 pm||Second Merit Badge Session|
|12:45-1:45 pm||Lunch (provided for Scouts)|
|2:00-4:00 pm||Third Merit Badge Session|
All participants (Scouts and adults) must comply with all health and safety guidelines in effect at Penn College during the MBC. At present, Penn College’s mask guidelines are: Masks are required to be worn in on-campus buildings, regardless of vaccination status. No bandanas or homemade/loose fitting masks are permitted.
Prerequisites and Be Prepared requirements:
Prior to coming to the Merit Badge College, it will be necessary for each scout to complete or be prepared to complete the work on selected requirements for most merit badges (MB). Those requirements are categorized into one of two categories: 1) Prerequisite requirements (complete before the event) and 2) “Be Prepared” requirements (do or prepare before the event). The expectations for those two categories are described below.
Scouts are strongly encouraged to use the merit badge pamphlet for the MB as a resource to prepare for completion of all requirements. The pamphlets are available from another scout, a troop library, the council’s scout store, and on-line download (at scoutshop.org).
A current completion of all requirements for the Cyber Chip (appropriate to your grade level) is the only prerequisite requirement to attend the MB College. It is a prerequisite for participation regardless which MB the scout signs up to take at the MB College.
The scout must bring evidence of completion, such as a card or certificate. The completion date for the Scout’s Cyber Chip must be 2/1/21 or later to be counted as current for this event.
If the scout has not completed the requirement before the event, it will prevent the scout from participating further in the MB offerings at the MB College.
“Be Prepared” requirements
Before the scout attends the MB College event, the expectation is for the scout to do the work to prepare to complete the requirement, such as:
- learn the required information,
- take notes,
- prepare something in writing,
- visit a place or location.
The “Be Prepared” requirements are mandatory homework for the scout to prepare to meet those requirements. Thus, the scout is prepared to complete the final step at the event to complete a requirement by “showing their stuff” to the counselor. The preparation, prior to the event, is so that the scout can demonstrate to his counselor upon arrival at the event, without any additional time or instruction, that he is able to meet the requirement as stated, such as being able to:
- Verbally discuss
- Verbally explain
- Verbally describe
- Present the required information (such as a list)
- Submit information in writing
- Provide a drawing, sketch, plan, etc.
The counselor may ask the scout to submit their work on some or all requirements in writing in advance to have time to review the scout’s preparation and reduce the time needed for the scout to complete the requirement at the event.
In most cases, if the scout is not prepared to complete the requirement upon arrival, they will not be able to complete that requirement and will receive a partial completion of requirements for the MB.
See the MB listing for the specific “Be Prepared” requirements and special instructions for each MB.
A. The Council will refund prepaid fees, less an administrative fee of 10% of all prepaid, if the notice of cancellation or withdrawal is received in writing at the Scout Service Center more than 21 days prior to the start date of the event/activity (before 1/27/22).
B. The Council will refund 50% of all prepaid fees if notice of cancellation or withdrawal is received at the Scout Service Center within a timeframe of 21 days or less before the start date of the event or activity than 3 days before the start date of the event/activity (from 1/27/22 through 2/15/22) .
C. The Council will not refund any of the prepaid fees if notice of cancellation or withdrawal is received at the Scout Service Center within a timeframe of 3 days or less before the start date of the event or activity (after 2/15/22).
D. In the event a Scout can no longer attend the Merit Badge College, you may contact Dennis Dugan to determine if it is possible to transfer your fees to another Scout without any fees.
E. Requests must be made via e-mail before 2/16/22 to receive any refund of payments.
F. If the event is canceled due to inclement weather or another unforeseen circumstance, the Council will try to provide a partial refund depending on the expenses already incurred for the event.