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Merit Badge Midway - March 14, 2015

What: Troop Merit Badge Midway
When: March 14, 2015 from 8:00-noon (except Swimming, which is March 15)
Where: LAUMC, except Swimming
Who: All Troop 33 Scouts in the Main Troop
Cost: Varies
Activity Coordinator: Deborah Schueren


The troop midway offers Scouts a chance to earn one merit badge from those listed below.  If signing up for Swimming, Scouts might have a chance to earn two merit badges over the weekend if space is available.

Scouts will be able to complete most of the merit badges offered, IF they:
  • Get a copy of, and read, the merit badge booklet (from Scout store or Troop Librarian)
  • Complete ALL pre-requisites and bring to class session
  • Get a signed blue card before class starts
  • Print out and bring the merit badge workbook from or the link listed for each merit badge
  • Be an active participant in the class
NOTE: Some badges require work that extends beyond the midway, so the Scout will earn a partial.  Also, if the Scout does not for any other reason complete the requirements, he will receive a partial.  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. 


In learning about astronomy, Scouts study how activities in space affect our own planet and bear witness to the wonders of the night sky: the nebulae, or giant clouds of gas and dust where new stars are born; old stars dying and exploding; meteor showers and shooting stars; the moon, planets, and a dazzling array of stars.

Counselor: Mr. MacLeod
Class sizeMinimum 2, Maximum 15
Pre-reqs: TBD
Note: There will be followup work as well, primarily for star viewing

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 2, Maximum 10
Pre-reqs: Have already started MB and need extra time to finish


Collecting can be an educational and financially rewarding pastime: A collector must educate himself about a specific subject, be able to tell which items are worth preserving, how to catalog and organize his collection, and how to evaluate the value of items.

Counselor: Mrs. Stanley
Class size:  Minimum 2, Maximum 10
Pre-reqs: Have a collection (not stamps or coins); complete requirement #1

Digital Technology

This merit badge was introduced in 2014 (it replaces Computers).

Counselor: Mr. Stanley & Mr. Pampeyan
Class size: Minimum 4, Maximum 16
Pre-reqs: Must attend March troop meeting and complete CyberChip requirements; complete merit badge requirement #6

Dog Care

Learn more about "man's best friend" and how to care for them.

Counselor: Mr. Pauly 
Class size: Minimum 2, Maximum 10
Pre-reqs: Print out workbook, and come to class with the following sections filled out:  1b, 1c, 2, 3b, 3c, 6, 7a, 7c, 7e, 7f, 7g, 7h, 10.
NoteCompletion of badge requires 2 months of taking care of your dog  and tracking activities.


Saving, producing, and using energy wisely will be critical to America's future. Scouts and other potential leaders of tomorrow must begin the hard work of understanding energy and the vital role it will play in the future.

Counselor: Mr. Marcopulos
Class sizeMinimum 2, Maximum 15
Pre-reqs: Complete requirement #4 (14 day log, so be sure to start 2 weeks before Midway)

Family Life

The family is the basic unit of society and is important to both individuals and communities. 
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: Mrs. Blasing
Class sizeMinimum 2, Maximum 15
Pre-reqs: Be prepared to discuss requirement 1 and 2; complete as many additional requirements as possible (and you'll have less follow up work to complete)
NoteRequires keeping a record of chores for 90-days


The practice of medicine has a rich history that spans several centuries. Since the first use of plants and other items as simple medicines and balms, many men and women have contributed to the advancement of the "healing arts", and this field holds a vast number of career opportunities.

Counselor: Mrs. Kim 
Class sizeMinimum 2, Maximum 10
Pre-reqs: Complete requirement #1 on worksheet.
Note: Requirement 7, visiting with a physician, will be 3/15 or 3/21.


There is a very close connection between the soil, the plants, and all animal life, including people. Understanding this connection, and the impact we have upon it, is important to preserving the wilderness, as well as to our own well-being as members of the web of nature.

Counselor: Mr. Webb
Class sizeMinimum 2, Maximum 15
Pre-reqs: TBD


Swimming is a leisure activity, a competitive sport, and a basic survival skill. Scouts who earn this badge will learn about safety when swimming and diving and how swimming can contribute to overall fitness and health.

CounselorMr. Galles and Mrs. Showalter
Class size: Maximum 16
Pre-reqs:  At least First Class; Must be able to swim continuously for 150 yards using the following strokes in good form and in a strong manner: front crawl for 25 yards, back crawl for 25 yards, sidestroke for 25 yards, breaststroke for 25 yards, and elementary backstroke for 50 yards; also must be able to demonstrate long, shallow dive.

This MB session will take place March 15 9-noon at Cupertino Hills Swim & Racquet Club, 22090 Rae Lane, Cupertino.  We'll need a minimum of 2 adults to stay and serve as rescue personnel.



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