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Merit Badge Rally - Nov 5, Nov 12, & Nov 19, 2013

What: Merit Badge Rally
When: November 5th, 12th, and 19th, 2013 - 7:30-9:00pm each night
Where: LAUMC Classrooms
Who: All Troop 33 Scouts
Activity Coordinators: Tacy Witter & Kalai Kulandaivelu


We will be holding our annual merit badge rally for three weeks in November.  The rally offers Scouts a chance to earn one merit badge from a list of 6 Eagle-required and 6 elective badges taught by Troop 33 leaders and parents.

In order to earn a merit badge Scouts MUST:
  • Attend ALL class sessions (no make-ups are planned)
  • Complete ALL pre-requisites and bring to first class session
  • Complete ALL required homework
  • Get a signed blue card before class starts
  • Get a copy of the merit badge booklet (from Scout store or Troop Librarian)
  • Print out and bring the merit badge workbook from
  • Be an active participant in the class
NOTE: Some badges require work that extends beyond the three week rally.


Camping is one of the best-known methods of the Scouting movement. When he founded the Scouting movement in the early 1900s, Robert Baden-Powell encouraged every Scout to learn the art of living out-of-doors. He believed a young person able to take care of himself while camping would have the confidence to meet life's other challenges, too.

Counselor: Mr. Pauly & Mr. Kim
Class size:  Minimum 6, Maximum 20
Pre-reqs: 8d, 9a, 9b, and 9c (see below)
  • Must have 18 or more camping nights (9a)
  • Must have satisfied required camping experiences (9b)
  • Must have satisfied cooking requirement (8d)

Citizenship in the Community

A nation is a patchwork of communities that differ from each other and may be governed differently. But regardless of how local communities differ, they all have one point in common: In the United States, local government means self-government. Good citizens help to make decisions about their community through their elected local officials.

Counselor: Mr. Dhalla & Mrs. Stanley
Class size: Minimum XX, Maximum YY
Pre-reqs: TBD
  • TBD

Citizenship in the World

Scouts who earn the Citizenship in the World merit badge will discover that they are already citizens of the world. How good a world citizen each person is depends on his willingness to understand and appreciate the values, traditions, and concerns of people in other countries.

Counselor: Mr. Mellea
Class size: Minimum 10, Maximum 15
Pre-reqs: Completed 7th grade
  • TBD
Emergency Preparedness
Scouts are often called upon to help because they know first aid and they know about the discipline and planning needed to react to an emergency situation. Earning this merit badge helps a Scout to be prepared by learning the actions that can be helpful and needed before, during, and after an emergency.

Counselors: Mr. Webb
Class size: Maximum TBD
Pre-reqs: First Aid merit badge
  • This is best saved for Scouts who are 13 or older
Family Life
As Scouts earn this merit badge, they will realize why it is important to know more about family life and how to strengthen their families. 

Counselors: Mr. Ottoes and Mrs. Kuditipudi
Class size: Maximum 15
Pre-reqs: NONE
  • This is an excellent merit badge for first year Scouts
  • Requires keeping a record of chores for 90-days

Personal Management

Personal management is about mapping a plan for your life that will involve setting short-range and long-range goals and investigating different ways to reach those goals. Education, training, and experience all help make your goals become a reality. To achieve your goals, you will choose the best path and make a commitment to it, while remaining flexible enough to deal with changes and new opportunities.

Counselor: Mr. Mayer & Mrs. Blasing
Class size: Maximum 8
Pre-reqs: TBD
  • This is best saved for Scouts who are 14 or older
  • Requires tracking your income and expense for 13 weeks

American Business
Cancelled due to lack of sign-ups...
Earning the American Business merit badge can help Scouts learn practical business matters that will be useful throughout life. Learning how businesses function will help you understand society and uncover a number of career options.

CounselorMrs. Blasing
Class size: Minimum MIN, Maximum MAX
Pre-reqs: TBD
  • TBD

Coin Collecting

Coin collecting is one of the oldest of all hobbies. Hoards of ancient coins found in excavations indicate that coins were one of the first collectibles. From earliest times, people valued coins not only as a means of trading and storing wealth, but also as miniature works of art.  Be prepared for a Field Trip to Fremont where there is a collecting club. Need a volunteer to assist in the transport of scouts for Field trip

Counselor: Mr. Bernstein (resident numismatist)
Class size: Minimum 6, Maximum 8
Pre-reqs: #6, #7 and #9
  • Scouts should bring a magnifying glass and stapler if possible
  • Scouts are encouraged to bring any of their coins or currency that they would like to identify or discuss
  • Meet at 6:30pm on November 12 meeting for field trip to Fremont Coin Club
    • Parents needed to drive!


Electronics is the science that controls the behavior of electrons so that some type of useful function is performed. Today, electronics is a fast-changing and exciting field.

Class size: Maximum 15
Pre-reqs: NONE
  • There will be a fee of $35 for this class for materials
Cancelled due to lack of sign-ups...
Orienteering, the use of map and compass to find locations and plan a journey, has been a vital skill for humans for thousands of years. Orienteering is also a recognized sport at the Olympic Games, and thousands of people participate in the sport each year in local clubs and competitions.

Counselors: Mrs. Townsend and Mr. Wilken
Class size: Minimum MIN, Maximum MAX
Pre-reqs: XXX
  • TBD
Beyond capturing family memories, photography offers a chance to be creative. Many photographers use photography to express their creativity, using lighting, composition, depth, color, and content to make their photographs into more than snapshots. Good photographs tell us about a person, a news event, a product, a place, a scientific breakthrough, an endangered animal, or a time in history.

Counselors: Mr. Monaco and Mr. Biesty
Class size: Minimum MIN, Maximum MAX
Pre-reqs: XXX
  • TBD
Rifle Shooting
Unless a rifle is handled incorrectly or recklessly, it is not dangerous. A rifle, like any other precision instrument, is manufactured to perform a specific task and can do so at no risk to the user or others. By earning this badge, Scouts can develop their shooting skills while learning safe practices.

Counselor: Mr. Browning
Class size: Minimum 10, Maximum 20
Pre-reqs: None
  • This class includes TWO range outings, Friday 11/8 & 11/15
  • Must "qualify" which takes practice, plan on two range outings
  • Qualification takes patience and perseverance