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Merit Badge College 2023

Registration is now open for the Merit Badge College at Pennsylvania College of Technology to be held on Saturday, February 18, 2023.  Please carefully read the information on the site, especially the information on completion of the Be Prepared requirements.  

{https://susquehannabsa.org/2022-merit-badge-college/}. 

New Merit Badge – Citizenship in Society

BSA has approved a new merit badge, Citizenship in Society, that Scouts may earn in 2022 starting on 1/1/2022.

The goal of the Citizenship in Society merit badge is to help educate Scouts on what diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) are; why they are important; and how to lead ethically and inclusively to contribute to the cultivation of an environment of belonging for all Scouts.  This merit badge is one of the educational and awareness initiatives the BSA is implementing to ensure every youth feels welcomed and wholly included, to achieve a sense of belonging with the Scouts, and to prepare them for success in our ever-evolving world.

This merit badge is unique in that it will involve a different experience for the Scout to earn it.  The merit badge has no pamphlet that provides the answers or information to meet each requirement.  Instead, it will require a Scout to do their own research and to dig as deeply and as detailed as the Scout desires.  Scouts should plan for multiple sessions over an extended period of time to complete this merit badge.

Anyone can find the most current requirements for this merit badge on this site and on the page “The Merit Badge Program”, then finding the “Requirements” section and clicking on the link.

The Citizenship in Society merit badge will become a required merit badge to earn the rank of Eagle starting on July 1, 2022.  The total minimum number of merit badges to earn the rank of Eagle remains as 21.

If a Scout completes all of the requirements for the rank of Eagle by June 30, 2022, the Citizenship in Society merit badge is not a required merit badge.

The Citizenship in Society merit badge is a required merit badge for every Scout that completes one or more of the requirements for the rank of Eagle on July 1, 2022 and thereafter.

Continuing advancement with COVID-19.  BSA National has provided questions and answers regarding advancement changes temporarily approved to deal with closures, cancellations, or other issues caused by the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19).  Note: most of the temporary changes, supensions, and deferments have been removed as of March 1, 2022.  Click this link to view the Q and A’s {link}.  Updated 2/23/2022 – Note: the most recent updates are indicated by a diamond in front of the question.

 

 Updated Merit Badge Requirements.

Attention Scouts, unit leaders, and merit badge counselors.

At the start of every year, BSA National publishes updates to the requirements for selected merit badges.  The update of the requirements for a merit badge will include one or more of the following types of changes: 1) modification of a previously established requirement, 2) addition of a new requirement, 3) deletion of a previously established requirement, and/or 4) reordering of previously established requirements.

In 2022, BSA National has updated the requirements for the following eighteen (18) merit badges.  The updated requirements go into effect on 1/1/2022.

Archaeology                                               Lifesaving

Collections                                                  Motorboating

Digital Technology                                     Photography

Disability Awareness                                 Public Health

Electricity                                                     Rowing

Electronics

Fish and Wildlife Management                Sports

Fishing                                                         Theatre

Fly-Fishing                                                   Woodwork

Health Care Professions (was Medicine)

Any Scout starting any of these eighteen merit badges in 2022 must meet the new requirements.  Anyone can find the most current requirements for every merit badge, including the merit badges with updated requirements, on this site and on the page “The Merit Badge Program”, then finding the “Requirements” section and clicking on the link.

Eagle Scout Service Project Workbook

Attention Scouts and unit leaders.

The most current version of the Eagle Scout Service Project Workbook is dated January 2021.  Eagle Scout candidates must use the most current version of the workbook published by BSA National available at the time they begin development of their proposal.  Thus, all Eagle Scout candidates must use the version of the Eagle Scout Service Project Workbook dated January 2021.  Contact your District Advancement Committee if there are any questions.

Anyone can find the current version of the Eagle Scout Service Project Workbook, dated January 2021 on this site and on the page “Information and Resources for Life to Eagle Advancement”, then finding the “Workbook and Application” section and clicking on the link.

Scoutbook, the BSA’s online tool for managing and tracking Scouting advancement, is now completely, totally, 100 percent free.

 

For more information click on this link.

The link for Scoutbook is here.

 

Eagle Project and Application Guide.  The Council Advancement Committee has created a guide to provide information to assist Scouts and adult leaders in the Susquehanna Council to properly complete an Eagle Scout service project and submit a complete packet for application for the rank of Eagle Scout.  The information is organized into six phases, with key points, steps, and notes provided for each phase.  It is intended to answer many frequently asked questions and preclude common mistakes.  It is available on the council’s advancement page: “Information and Resources for Life to Eagle Advancement” {click here}.

 

Susquehanna’s in-person Merit Badge College is returning in 2023!

 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 18, 2023

Event location is the Pennsylvania College of Technology campus in Williamsport.

Tentative Schedule of Events

Time Event
7:30 – 8:00 am Check-in: ACC/Auditorium
8:00 – 8:20 am Welcome
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
4:00 pm Check-out
Depart Campus

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).

Prerequisite requirements

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 2/1/22 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:

  • research,
  • 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.

Refund policy

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 2/14/23) .

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 2/14/23).

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 2/15/23 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.

 

Susquehanna’s in-person Merit Badge College is returning in 2023!

 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 18, 2023

Event location is the Pennsylvania College of Technology campus in Williamsport.

Tentative Schedule of Events

Time Event
7:30 – 8:00 am Check-in: ACC/Auditorium
8:00 – 8:20 am Welcome
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
4:00 pm Check-out
Depart Campus

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).

Prerequisite requirements

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 2/1/22 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:

  • research,
  • 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.

Refund policy

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 2/14/23) .

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 2/14/23).

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 2/15/23 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.