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Merit Badge Rally - November 1, 8, 15, 2016

What: Merit Badge Rally
When: November 1, 8, 15, 2016 from 7:30-9:00
Where: LAUMC - specific class locations to be assigned on Nov. 1
Who: All Troop 33 Scouts, including first years
Cost: None, unless otherwise specified
Activity Coordinator: Deborah Schueren
How: Signups closed


We will be holding our annual merit badge rally for three weeks in November during our normal troop meeting time.  The rally offers Scouts a chance to earn one merit badge from a list of 6 Eagle-required and 3 elective badges taught by Troop 33 leaders and parents.  There will also be a new opportunity this year - the opportunity to work on select partials.  There will be no troop meeting for these 3 weeks, so all scouts (including first years) need to sign up for a merit badge class.

Scouts will generally be able to finish all requirements for elective merit badges, and complete the worksheets for Eagle required badges, IF they:
  • Attend ALL class sessions 
  • Complete ALL prerequisites 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 or online purchase)
  • Print out and bring the merit badge workbook from (links for each workbook are below)
  • Be an active participant in the class
NOTE: Most Eagle 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. PaulyMr. Kim 
Class size:  Minimum 6, Maximum 15
Pre-reqs: Must have 15 or more camping nights

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


Star and Life scouts on the Eagle trail - this is your only chance to get this badge over the course of the year - it is not offered at any of the various council midways. This merit badge requires a lot of time, effort and homework.  If you started the badge at Camp Oljato and would like to complete it, you are welcome to sign up as well.  Participation in all 5 sessions (3 Rally dates plus January 7 and 21) is required to complete this badge.  Scouts who have previously done the Cooking workshops with our counselors need to contact them directly to work on any remaining requirements.

Class size: Minimum 4, Maximum 18
Pre-reqs: TBD
  • Camping and backpacking cooking will be done on January 7 and 21
  • Participation in all 5 sessions required (3 rally sessions and January 7 and 21)
  • TBD fee for materials (food), not more than $40

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. BlasingMr. Hahn
Class size: Maximum 15
Pre-reqsBe prepared to discuss requirement 1 and 2; complete as many additional requirements as possible (and you'll have less follow up work to complete)
  • This is an excellent merit badge for first year Scouts
  • Requires keeping a record of chores for 90-days


(Note: due to the way the way signups for this event are done, all scouts will show up as adults.)

Personal Fitness

This Eagle required badge focuses on learning about the importance of fitness for life and how to make fitness part of each boy's life. Participants need to be committed to improving their fitness over a 12 week period starting in January.  During this class, the boys will complete the worksheets and will develop a personal fitness plan with their counselor. Tracking their personal fitness plan will begin January 8 and continue for 12 weeks.

Counselor: Mrs. Jones 
Class size: Minimum 4, Maximum 16
Pre-reqs: Read the merit badge book
  • Boys need to be able to make the baseline fitness test on January 8 4:00 p.m. at a Los Altos school location TBD
  • Participants need to be committed to improving their fitness over 12 weeks by following their personal fitness plan and tracking progress as required by the merit badge.
  • Most appropriate for boys who are at least First Class and at least 7th grade

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.
Class size: Minimum 4, Maximum 10
Pre-reqsReview the merit badge book and be prepared to discuss requirement #3
  • This is best saved for scouts who are 14 or older
  • Requires tracking your income and expenses for 13 weeks. You must either get a weekly allowance or earn money doing chores in order to fulfill this requirement.

Digital Technology

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

Class size: Minimum 4, Maximum 16
Pre-reqs:  CyberChip requirements; complete merit badge requirement #6


Electronics is the science that controls the behavior of electrons so that some type of useful function is performed. This is a hands on merit badge, where you will solder and build an electronic gadget.

Class size: Maximum 15
Pre-reqs: NONE
  • There will be a fee of $35 for this class for materials


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.

Counselor: Mr. Monaco 
Class size: Maximum 15
Pre-reqs: NONE

Judy Bergwerk,
Sep 26, 2017, 11:06 AM