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Merit Badge Rally - Oct 28, Nov 4, Nov 11, 2014

What: Merit Badge Rally
When: October 28, November 4, November 11, 7:30-9:00
Where: LAUMC Creekside and classrooms
Who: All Troop 33 Scouts
Activity Coordinators: Deborah Schueren and Tacy Witter
Deadline: Sign up by October 21, 7pm 


We will be holding our annual merit badge rally for three weeks in late October and early November during our normal troop meeting time.  The rally offers Scouts a chance to earn one merit badge from a list of 7 Eagle-required and 4 elective badges taught by Troop 33 leaders and parents.

Scouts will be able to complete most of the merit badges offered, IF they:
  • Attend ALL class sessions (no make-ups planned right now, though we are aware there are Scouts who will miss one week because of school trips)
  • 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.  A Scout will earn a partial if he does not complete the requirements, whether for missing a class or otherwise not finishing the requirements.  Scouts are able to work with counselors to complete partials.  

Below are the merit badges being offered.  Please review the requirements and prerequisites BEFORE you sign up.
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 15
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 6, Maximum 15
Pre-reqs: 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


Communication focuses on how people use messages to generate meanings within and across various contexts, cultures, channels, and media. The field of communication promotes the effective and ethical practice of human communication.

Counselor: Mr. Monaco & Mr. Gupta
Class size: Minimum 4, Maximum 10
Pre-reqs: Rank of Star or Life

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 15
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 & Mrs. Kolstad
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 & Mr. Pampeyan
Class size: Maximum 10
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
Earning the American Business merit badge can help Scouts learn practical business matters that will be useful throughout life. Learn about profits, discuss buying stocks and run your own small business.

CounselorMrs. Blasing
Class size: Maximum 10
Pre-reqs: None
  • Requires running a small business (such as selling things you have made or grown) for 3 months and tracking stocks you "buy" for 3 months

This merit badge concentrates on two-dimensional art, specifically drawing and painting in various media, including an introduction to design applications in the fields of graphic arts and industrial design, history and design principles, and how these fields relate to fine art.

CounselorMrs. Dickerson
Class size: Minimum 4
Pre-reqs: None

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. 

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
  • Field trip to Fremont Coin Club on Nov 11, leaving LAUMC at 6:15
    • One parent 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.

Counselor: Mr. Marcopulos & Mr. Stanley
Class size: Maximum 15
Pre-reqs: NONE
  • There will be a fee of $35 for this class for materials

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