Boy Scouts

(last updated June 18, 2020)

Since March 23rd, we have been offering the online Gigglin’ Marlin Boy Scout Merit Badge Academy of Courses. This has been a huge win-win for everyone!  Thank you for joining the classes and all the positive feedback!  We are enjoying keeping your kids engaged in productive activities!  If there is a Merit Badge you are looking for, you can make a suggestion to me and we will try to accommodate you!  We also are offering Private Classes too!

Thank you for your business! Tonya  

Upcoming Classes Added:   SEE THE FULL LIST OF COURSES OFFERED THROUGH DECEMBER ON THE BUTTON ABOVE (4/23/20)

All Boy Scout Merit Badge class portions are now available ONLINE through a webinar meeting with the Merit Badge Counselor!
Gigglin’ Marlin is embracing the new normal and offering classes thru Webex.com

SEE THE RULES FOR ONLINE MB CLASSES:
We will create a meeting through webex.com. You will receive an invitation by email inviting you to join: Gigglin Marlin MB Class.  This will be sent out on the day before.  We can have up to 20 on the online class with us.

1. You will need to use a device (phone, ipad, computer) that has a camera and a microphone.
2. You will need to download the app on your device and log in. Webex is a free app. The sign-in only requests an email, first name, last name and a password. EACH CHILD MUST HAVE THEIR OWN. DO NOT USE THE PARENTS NAME.  Siblings are fine to share. This is so the MB Counselor can call them by the name that is logged in.  It is too confusing with parent’s name in the field.
3. Please do this now and not at the beginning of the class. 
4. Accept the meeting to show me you will be attending.
5. Print the Merit Badge Workbook from our website, any supporting documents and have access the Boy Scout Textbook from our website below.  Print out a Blue Card if you do not have one. (also on our website below)

INFO FOR THE BLUE CARD:

Gigglin’ Marlin Dive & Swim, 4502 Almeda Rd, Houston, TX 77004. 281-445-3483
Omar Aquil, Dean Gordon, Tonya Merritt – MB Counselors

For the Meeting Day:
1. When you sign in to the meeting, we will have a roll call to verify who is signed in with the Merit Badge Counselor as if you were in person.
2. Once you have signed in and spoken with the counselor, PLEASE MUTE YOUR MICROPHONE.
3. During the class you will be able to see the Counselor and he will see you. Please do not create distractions. Act as if you were in person.
4. If you want to answer a question, you can unmute, speak your name and then answer. Then re-mute your microphone when you are finished so we don’t have audio feedback.
5. We are asking children to participate in an adult-type meeting. Please show us you are mature enough to complete training in this fashion. We are confident you will be successful! …..SUCCESS!!!  We are so PROUD of ALL of you!!!  AND THANKFUL FOR THE PARENTS of these amazing Scouts!!
6. At the end of the meeting, you will be asked to show the MB Counselor your completed blue card so we can verify you have completed it properly prior to sending it in to me. We will also go over all the pre-reqs to see what you have.  If there are supporting documents for other parts of the MB, you can show him those at this time to get a completed MB.

7.  If you have an incomplete MB, please only fill in the dates of the numbers that you completed on the blue card so the MB Counselor can sign the appropriate line items.

After the Meeting:

1. You will need to submit your completed blue card back to my email address at: swim@gigglinmarlin.com (Tonya is getting some help!  Swim@ also comes to my Barbie@gigglinmarlin.com email also so I will see all the responses.)
2. You must submit your blue card and supporting documents within 30 mins of the meeting finishing.
3. Make sure it is LEGIBLE, NON-BLURRY and COMPLETELY FILLED OUT. Otherwise, we cannot accept it. NO EXCEPTIONS.  You can send this as a scan (best way) but you can also fax (if anyone still has one! our fax: 713-521-1888) or you can take a picture (SEND IT AS A MEDIUM SIZE PICTURE PLEASE).  Verify it looks good prior to sending it please.
4. If you don’t submit it, you will not have your blue card to turn in for credit. If you contact us later, there is a $15 fee for us to research the details of your class, dates, etc.
5. MB Counselor will sign off on the completed portions of the blue cards and we will email them back to you in 1-2 days.  Be patient while we verify all supporting documents.

As of now, we will not charge an additional fees for the option of an online class but we will see how this goes and adjust accordingly.

Success is achieved when expectations are set in the beginning.  Thank you for being a part of our online world!

Since 2012 Gigglin’ Marlin has taken great pride in the opportunity to train your scout(s) and serve you.  Thank you for working with us in this period of transition!  We truly hope this is an amazing success for everyone! We see it as a WIN-WIN!
Thank you also for supporting our small business in Houston!!!  We truly appreciate it!! Bill & Tonya

IN CLASS OPTION: as of 3-30-20 we do not encourage this option – stay home – once the ban is lifted we will review this option again.  Thank you! Stay Safe and Learn From Home!

PRIVATE OPTION:
If the MB Counselor has time, we can set up a Private MB Course.  Pricing for the Private Rate is double the regular price.  You will have to call in to register and pay for this option.  If you have 4 or more scouts, we can set up a private for the regular pricing.  You will need to call in to set up the date/time with Tonya and then you can pay through the website or over the phone.

  • American Business Merit Badge

    American Business: $60


    All Upcoming Dates TBD

  • American Cultures Merit Badge

    American Cultures: $60


    All Upcoming Dates TBD

  • American Heritage Merit Badge

    American Heritage: $60


    All Upcoming Dates TBD

  • Animal Science Merit Badge

    Animal Science Merit Badge – $50: Wear Class A Uniform, bring your scout book, pen or pencil, blue card, lunch, and money for vending machine.


    Prerequisite’s: none – Everything will be completed during the class.

    Saturday, April 4, 2020 – 10:30am-3pm

    Thursday, June 18, 2020 – 10:30am-3pm

  • Backpacking Merit Badge

    Backpacking Merit Badge – $60: Wear Class A Uniform, bring your scout book, pen or pencil, blue card, lunch, and money for vending machine.


    Items that need to be completed at home: 9, 10 and 11

    Dates TBD

  • Bird Study Merit Badge

    Bird Study Merit Badge – $60:   Wear Class A Uniform, bring your scout book, pen or pencil, blue card, lunch, and money for vending machine.


    Items that need to be completed at home:  2, 5, 8, 9

    Dates TBD

  • Camping Merit Badge

    Camping Merit Badge – $55:   Wear Class A Uniform, bring your scout book, pen or pencil, blue card, lunch, and money for vending machine.


    Items that need to be completed at home: 5e, 7ab, 8d, 9, 10 (Merit Badge will be signed off upon completion of these items)

    All Upcoming Dates TBD

  • Chemistry Merit Badge

    Chemistry Merit Badge – $60:   Wear Class A Uniform, bring your scout book, pen or pencil, blue card, lunch, and money for vending machine.


    Items that need to be completed at home: TBD

    Dates TBD

  • Chess Merit Badge

    Chess Merit Badge – $50:   Wear Class A Uniform, bring your scout book, pen or pencil, blue card, lunch, and money for vending machine.


    Items that need to be completed at home: We should be able to complete all sections while you are here.

    Tuesday, June 30, 2020 – 10:30am-2:30pm

    Saturday, August 29, 2020 1:30pm-5:30pm

  • Citizenship in the Community Merit Badge

    Citizenship in the Community – $60:   Wear Class A Uniform, bring your scout book, pen or pencil, blue card, lunch, and money for vending machine.


    Items that need to be completed at home: 2a, 3ab & 7abc (Merit Badge will be signed off upon completion of these items)

    Saturday, May 2, 2020 – 10:30am – 2:30pm

    Tuesday, June 16, 2020 – 10:30am – 2:30pm

    Saturday, July 18, 2020 – 10:30am – 2:30pm

    Wednesday, August 19, 2020 – 10:30am – 2:30pm

    Saturday, Ocober 24, 2020 – 3pm-7pm

    Wednesday, December 30,2020 – 10:30am-2:30pm

  • Citizenship in the Nation Merit Badge

    Citizenship in the Nation – $50:   Wear Class A Uniform, bring your scout book, pen or pencil, blue card, lunch, and money for vending machine.


    Items that need to be completed at home: 2a, 3 & 8 (Merit Badge will be signed off upon completion of these items)

    Saturday, May 2, 2020 – 2:30pm – 5:30pm

    Wednesday, June 24, 2020 – 10:30am – 1:30pm

    Saturday, July 18, 2020 – 2:30pm – 5:30pm

    Thursday, August 20, 2020 – 10:30am – 1:30pm

    Saturday, October 17, 2020 – 10:30am – 1:30pm

    Friday, January 1, 2021 – 10:30am – 1:30pm

  • Citizenship in the World Merit Badge

    Citizenship in the World – $50:   Wear Class A Uniform, bring your scout book, pen or pencil, blue card, lunch, and money for vending machine.


    Items that need to be completed at home: 7 (Merit Badge will be signed off upon completion of these items)

    Saturday, May 16, 2020 – 10:30am – 2:30pm

    Monday, June 29, 2020 – 10:30am – 2:30pm

    Saturday, July 25, 2020 – 3pm-7pm

    Friday, August 21, 2020 – 10:30am – 2:30pm

    Saturday, October 31, 2020 – 10:30am – 2:30pm

    Saturday, January 2, 2021 – 10:30am – 2:30pm

  • Coin Collecting Merit Badge

    Coin Collecting Merit Badge – $60: Wear Class A Uniform, bring your scout book, pen or pencil, blue card, lunch, and money for vending machine.
    Items that need to be completed at home: 5b, 7, 9, 10


    Dates TBD

  • Communication Merit Badge

    Communications – $50:   Wear Class A Uniform, bring your scout book, pen or pencil, blue card, lunch, and money for vending machine.


    Items that need to be completed at home: 5, 7a & 8 (Merit Badge will be signed off upon completion of these items)

    Saturday, May 16, 2020 – 2:30pm – 6:30pm

    Saturday, June 20, 2020 – 3pm-7pm

    Friday, July 24, 2020 – 10:30am-2:30pm

    Friday, August 12, 2020 – 10:30am-2:30pm

    Wednesday, November 25, 2020 – 2pm-6pm

    Monday, December 21, 2020 – 2pm-6pm

  • Cooking Merit Badge

    Cooking – $50:   Wear Class A Uniform, bring your scout book, pen or pencil, blue card, lunch, and money for vending machine.


    Items that need to be completed at home: 4, 5, & 6 (Merit Badge will be signed off upon completion of these items)

    Wednesday, April 15, 2020 3:30-7pm

    Saturday, April 18, 2020 – 10:30am – 2pm

  • Cycling Merit Badge

    Cycling Merit Badge – $60:   Wear Class A Uniform, bring your scout book, pen or pencil, blue card, lunch, and money for vending machine.


    Items that need to be completed at home: 7ab (Merit Badge will be signed off upon completion of these items)

    All Upcoming Dates TBD

  • Dentistry Merit Badge

    Dentistry – $50:   Wear Class A Uniform, bring your scout book, pen or pencil, blue card, lunch, and money for vending machine.


    Items that need to be completed at home: 3 (Merit Badge will be signed off upon completion of these items

    Dates TBD

  • Disability Awareness

    Disability Awareness – $50:   Wear Class A Uniform, bring your scout book, pen or pencil, blue card, lunch, and money for vending machine.


    Items that need to be completed at home:

    Saturday, August 29, 2020 – 10:30am-1:30pm

  • Dog Care Merit Badge

    Dog Care Merit Badge – $60:   Wear Class A Uniform, bring your scout book, pen or pencil, blue card, lunch, and money for vending machine.


    Items that need to be completed at home:  4, 8

    Dates TBD

  • Emergency Preparedness Merit Badge

    Emergency Preparedness – $50:   Wear Class A Uniform, bring your scout book, pen or pencil, blue card, lunch, and money for vending machine.


    Items that need to be completed at home:

    #1 Must complete FIRST AID MERIT BADGE.  We also teach that MB here!  

    7b Prepare written plan

    9 Choice: safety checklist, develop family escape plan or develop family accident prevention program (updated 4-7-20)
    Merit Badge will be signed off upon completion of these items.

    Dates:

    June 27, 2020

    July 27.2020

  • Energy Merit Badge

    Energy Merit Badge – $60:   Wear Class A Uniform, bring your scout book, pen or pencil, blue card, lunch, and money for vending machine.


    Items that need to be completed at home:  1a, 2b, 4, 6

    Dates TBD

  • Entrepreneurship Merit Badge

    Entrepreneurship: $60


    All Upcoming Dates TBD

  • Environmental Science Merit Badge

    Environmental Science – $60:   Wear Class A Uniform, bring your scout book, pen or pencil, blue card, lunch, and money for vending machine.


    Items that need to be completed at home: 3g (know your bee allergies) & 4a (make a plot and study it) updated 4-7-20

    Merit Badge will be signed off upon completion of these items

    Dates TBD

  • Exploration Merit Badge

    Exploration Merit Badge – $60:   Wear Class A Uniform, bring your scout book, pen or pencil, blue card, lunch, and money for vending machine.


    Items that need to be completed at home: 5, 6, 7, 8

    Dates TBD

  • Family Life Merit Badge

    Family Life – $50:   Wear Class A Uniform, bring your scout book, pen or pencil, blue card, lunch, and money for vending machine.


    Items that need to be completed at home: 3, 4 & 5 (Merit Badge will be signed off upon completion of these items)

    Monday, April 13, 2030 3:30-630pm

    Saturday, June 6, 2020 – 2pm-5pm

    Thursday, July 16, 2020 – 10:30am-1:30pm

    Thursday, August 13, 2020 – 10:30am-1:30pm

    Monday, October 12, 2020 – 10:30am-1:30pm

    Saturday, December 12, 2020 – 10:30am-1:30pm

  • First Aid Merit Badge

    First Aid – $50:   Wear Class A Uniform, bring your scout book, pen or pencil, blue card, lunch, and money for vending machine.


    Items that need to be completed at home: 1 (Merit Badge will be signed off upon completion of these items)  This portion can be covered in class if needed.

    Thursday, April 9, 2020 3-6:30pm

    Saturday, June 13, 2020 – 10:30am-2pm

    Wednesday, July 8, 2020 – 10:30am-2pm

    Saturday, August 1, 2020 – 1:30pm-5pm

    Monday, September 28, 2020 – 10:30am-2pm

    Wednesday, November 25, 2020 – 10:30am-2pm

    Monday, December 28, 2020 – 1:30pm-5pm

  • Gardening Merit Badge

    Gardening Merit Badge – $60:   Wear Class A Uniform, bring your scout book, pen or pencil, blue card, lunch, and money for vending machine.


    Items that need to be completed at home:  2, 4, 5, 8

    Dates TBD

  • Genealogy Merit Badge

    Genealogy Merit Badge – $60:   Wear Class A Uniform, bring your scout book, pen or pencil, blue card, lunch, and money for vending machine.


    Items that need to be completed at home:  2, 3, 5, 6

    Dates TBD

  • Hiking Merit Badge

    Hiking Merit Badge – $55:   Wear Class A Uniform, bring your scout book, pen or pencil, blue card, lunch, and money for vending machine.


    Items that need to be completed at home:  We are offering all the hikes on separate days or you can do some on your own. (Merit Badge will be signed off upon completion of these items)

    Additional Hiking Days to Complete the Merit Badge (all dates TBD) –

    10 mile hike $25

    15 mile hike $50

    20 mile hike $50

  • Insect Study Merit Badge

    Insect Study Merit Badge – $60:   Wear Class A Uniform, bring your scout book, pen or pencil, blue card, lunch, and money for vending machine.


    Items that need to be completed at home:  5, 6, 9, 10

    Dates TBD

  • Journalism Merit Badge

    Journalism Merit Badge: $60


    All Upcoming Dates TBD

  • Law Merit Badge

    Law Merit Badge – $55:   Wear Class A Uniform, bring your scout book, pen or pencil, blue card, lunch, and money for vending machine.


    Items that need to be completed at home: 4 (visit w/ LEO officer), 7 (visit w/lawyer (Merit Badge will be signed off upon completion of these items)

    Tuesday, June 9, 2020 – 10:30am-3pm

    Tuesday, December 22, 2020 – 10:30am-3pm

  • Lifesaving Merit Badge

    Lifesaving Merit Badge Course – $65:  10:30am – 3 to 4pm.  Times are approximate based on number of students and abilities.  Wear Class A Uniform, bring scout book if you are not at least First Class, blue card, bring swim suit, towel, goggles, lunch, money for vending machine, clothes to get in the pool (pants and shirt).


    Prerequisites: Aquatics Section in the Scout Book: 5abcd & 6abcde

    Prerequisites can be completed the day of the merit badge for an additional $25

    Saturday, April 25, 2020 – 10:30am-3pm

    Saturday, May 23, 2020 – 10:30am-3pm

    Saturday, June 20, 2020 – 10:30am-3pm

    Thursday, June 25, 2020 – 10:30am-3pm

    Wednesday, July 15, 2020 – 10:30am-3pm

    Saturday, July 25, 2020 – 10:30am-3pm

    Saturday, August 22, 2020 – 10:30am-3pm

    Saturday, September 19 2020 – 10:30am-3pm

    Saturday, October 24, 2020 – 10:30am-3pm

    Saturday, November 21, 2020 – 10:30am-3pm

    Saturday, December 19, 2020 – 10:30am-3pm

  • Medicine Merit Badge

    Medicine – $50:   Wear Class A Uniform, bring your scout book, pen or pencil, blue card, lunch, and money for vending machine.


    Items that need to be completed at home: 10 (Merit Badge will be signed off upon completion of these items)

    Dates TBD

  • Mining in Society Merit Badge

    Mining in Society Merit Badge – $50: Wear Class A Uniform, bring your scout book, pen or pencil, blue card, lunch, and money for vending machine.


    No Prerequisite’s/Items to be completed at home:  All items will be completed in class.

    Saturday, April 11, 2020 – 2pm – 6:30pm

    Friday, June 26, 2020 – 10:30am-3pm

    Wednesday, December 30, 2020 – 2:30pm-7pm

  • Music Merit Badge

    Music Merit Badge – $60:   Wear Class A Uniform, bring your scout book, pen or pencil, blue card, lunch, and money for vending machine.


    Items that need to be completed at home:  3, 4

    Dates TBD

  • Personal Fitness Merit Badge

    Personal Fitness – $50:   Wear Class A Uniform, bring your scout book, pen or pencil, blue card, lunch, and money for vending machine.


    Items that need to be completed at home: 1, 6, 7 & 8 (Merit Badge will be signed off upon completion of these items)

    #1 – physical exam by a Physician on the scout medical form

    #6 –  flexibility, fitness and aerobic test along with the body composition as described in the personal fitness textbook on our website.

    #7 – outline a 12 week physical fitness program using the results of your fitness test (#6)

    #8 – complete the physical fitness program from #7 and keep a log and show the MB Counselor

    Friday, April 17, 2020 3-7pm – UPDATED from THURS, APR 16th

    Saturday, May 30, 2020 – 10:30am – 1:30pm

    Monday, July 6, 2020 – 10:30am-1:30pm

    Saturday, August 22, 2020 – 3pm-6pm

    Thursday, December 31, 2020 – 10:30am – 1:30pm

  • Personal Management Merit Badge

    Personal Management – $55:   Wear Class A Uniform, bring your scout book, pen or pencil, blue card, lunch, and money for vending machine.



    Items that need to be completed at home: 2a & 8 (Merit Badge will be signed off upon completion of these items)

    Tuesday, April 14, 2020 3:30-8:30pm

    Friday, July 3, 2020 – 10:30am-3:30pm

    Monday, July 20, 2020 – 10:30am-3:30pm

    Saturday, October 10, 2020 – 2pm-7pm

    Wednesday, December 23, 2020 – 10:30am-3:30pm

  • Pets Merit Badge

    Pets Merit Badge – $60:   Wear Class A Uniform, bring your scout book, pen or pencil, blue card, lunch, and money for vending machine.


    Items that need to be completed at home:  1, 4

    Dates TBD

  • Public Health Merit Badge

    Public Health  Merit Badge – $60:   Wear Class A Uniform, bring your scout book, pen or pencil, blue card, lunch, and money for vending machine.


    Items that need to be completed at home: 

    Dates TBD

  • Public Speaking Merit Badge

    Public Speaking Merit Badge – $60:   Wear Class A Uniform, bring your scout book, pen or pencil, blue card, lunch, and money for vending machine.


    Items that need to be completed at home:  3, 4

    Dates TBD

  • Radio Merit Badge

    Radio Merit Badge – $60:   Wear Class A Uniform, bring your scout book, pen or pencil, blue card, lunch, and money for vending machine.


    Items that need to be completed at home: TBD

    Dates TBD

  • Reading Merit Badge

    Reading Merit Badge – $60:   Wear Class A Uniform, bring your scout book, pen or pencil, blue card, lunch, and money for vending machine.


    Items that need to be completed at home:  1, 3,4, 5, 6

    Dates TBD

  • Reptile and Amphipian Study Merit Badge

    Reptile Merit Badge – $50: Wear Class A Uniform, bring your scout book, pen or pencil, blue card, lunch, and money for vending machine.


    Prerequisite’s/Items to be completed at home: 8a, 8b

    Monday, June 22, 2020 – 10:30am-3pm

    Saturday, September 12, 2020 – 1:30pm-6pm

  • Rifle Shooting

    Rifle Shooting


    This class will only be offered in person so it will be a safe and controlled environment.  Students will NOT be allowed to bring in firearms or live ammunition.

    Instructor: Dean Gordon – former military corpsman with two deployments and shooting experience over 20 years.

    Dates TBD

  • Robotics Merit Badge

    Robotics Merit Badge – $60:   Wear Class A Uniform, bring your scout book, pen or pencil, blue card, lunch, and money for vending machine.


    Items that need to be completed at home:  4, 6

    Dates TBD

  • Salesmanship Merit Badge

    Salesmanship Merit Badge – $50:   Wear Class A Uniform, bring your scout book, pen or pencil, blue card, lunch, and money for vending machine.


    Items that need to be completed at home: 2cd, 7a (Merit Badge will be signed off upon completion of these items)

    Thursday, August 6, 2020 – 10:30am-2:30pm

    Saturday, October 3, 2020 – 1:30pm-5:30pm

    Tuesday, December 29, 2020 –  10:30am-2:30pm

  • Scouting Heritage Merit Badge

    Scouting: $60

    All Upcoming Dates TBD

  • Scuba Diving Merit Badge Course Dates

    Scuba Diving Merit Badges are offered every week in conjunction with the PADI Open Water Scuba Diver Course.  The Scuba Diving Merit Badge Course is FREE if you take and pay full price for the PADI Open Water Diver Course directly with Gigglin’ Marlin Dive & Swim (must be taken within 1 week of your certification course for the free Merit Badge).  If you are already certified or pay for the Open Water Course with another Company, course fee is $50.  Call to make an appointment to go over the material with one of our Merit Badge Counselors. 281-445-3483


    Prerequisites: Current Swim Test, Swimming Merit Badge & Open Water Scuba Course

    Appts can be set upon completion of OW Course!

  • Search and Rescue Merit Badge

    Search and Rescue Merit Badge


    Dates TBD

  • Signs, Signals and Codes Merit Badge

    Signs, Signals and Codes Merit Badge


    Class Dates TBD

  • Snorkeling Award

    Snorkeling Award for snorkeling safety awareness is the recommended procedure conducting BSA swimming activities using masks, fins, and snorkels.  Safe Swim Defense guidelines are applicable and Snorkeling Safety clarifies and extends Safe Swim Defense concepts to situations encountered during training and open water snorkeling.

    Prerequisites: BSA swim test – $10 at our store

    Call to schedule your date! Available most days! 281-445-3483, ask for Tonya

  • Sports Merit Badge

    Sports Merit Badge – $60:   Wear Class A Uniform, bring your scout book, pen or pencil, blue card, lunch, and money for vending machine.


    Items that need to be completed at home: 5

    Dates TBD

  • Stamp Collecting Merit Badge

    Stamp Collecting Merit Badge – $50: Wear Class A Uniform, bring your scout book, pen or pencil, blue card, lunch, and money for vending machine.


    Prerequisite’s/Items to be completed at home: 5, 6a, 7e, 8e

    Monday, August 3, 2020 – 10:30am-3pm

    Monday, December 21, 2020 – 10:30am-3pm

  • Sustainability Merit Badge

    Sustainability Merit Badge – $55:   Wear Class A Uniform, bring your scout book, pen or pencil, blue card, lunch, and money for vending machine.



    Items that need to be completed at home: 1, 2 – each category that relate to “your household”, 4, 5 (Merit Badge will be signed off upon completion of these items)

    Thursday, June 4, 2020 – 10:30am-3pm

    Friday, July 17, 2020 – 10:30am-3pm

    Tuesday, August 11, 2020 – 10:30am-3pm

    Monday, November 23, 2020 – 10:30am-3pm

    Saturday, December 26, 2020 – 10:30am-3pm

  • Swimming Merit Badge

    Swimming Merit Badge Courses – $65 – 10:30am – 2 or 3pm  Times for the course are subject to the number of students and abilities.  Wear Class A Uniform, bring scout book if you are not at least First Class, blue card, bring swim suit, towel, goggles, lunch, money for vending machine.


    Prerequisites:   Aquatics Section in the Scout Book: 5abcd & 6abcde

    Prerequisites can be completed the day of the merit badge for $25.

    Saturday, April 11, 2020 – 10:30am – 2pm

    Saturday, May 9, 2020 – 10:30am – 2pm

    Saturday, June 6, 2020 – 10:30am – 2pm

    Wednesday, June 10, 2020 – 10:30am – 2pm

    Saturday, July 11, 2020 – 10:30am – 2pm

    Thursday, July 30, 2020 – 10:30am – 2pm

    Saturday, August 8, 2020 – 10:30am – 2pm

    Wednesday, August 12, 2020 – 10:30am – 2pm

    Saturday, March 14, 2020 – 10:30am – 2pm

    Saturday, September 5, 2020 – 10:30am – 2pm

    Saturday, October 10, 2020 – 10:30am – 2pm

    Saturday, November 7, 2020 – 10:30am – 2pm

    Saturday, December 5, 2020 – 10:30am – 2pm

  • Truck Transportation Merit Badge

    Truck Transportation Merit Badge


    Dates TBD

  • Traffic Safety

    Traffic Safety Merit Badge – $60:   Wear Class A Uniform, bring your scout book, pen or pencil, blue card, lunch, and money for vending machine.


    Items that need to be completed at home: 3, 4, 5

    Dates TBD

  • Veterinary Medicine Merit Badge

    Veterinary Medicine Merit Badge – $60:   Wear Class A Uniform, bring your scout book, pen or pencil, blue card, lunch, and money for vending machine.


    Items that need to be completed at home:  6

    Dates TBD

  • Weather Merit Badge

    Weather Merit Badge – $50: Wear Class A Uniform, bring your scout book, pen or pencil, blue card, lunch, and money for vending machine.

    Prerequisite’s/Items to be completed at home:  9a or 9b


    Friday, April 10, 2020 – 10:30am – 3pm

    Wednesday, July 1, 2020 – 10:30am – 3pm

    Saturday, August 8, 2020 – 2pm – 6:30pm

    Saturday, November 14, 2020 – 10:30am – 3pm

Backpacking Merit Badge

BACKPACKING MERIT BADGE – Cost $60-

Requirements

Bird Study Merit Badge

Chemistry Merit Badge

CHEMISTRY MERIT BADGE – Cost $60

Requirements
Predict what would happen if you placed an iron nail in a copper sulfate solution. …Describe how you would separate sand from water, table salt from water, oil from water, and gasoline from motor oil. Describe the difference between a chemical reaction and a physical change.

Citizenship in the Community

Citizenship in the Nation

Citizenship in the World

Coin Collecting Merit Bagde

Communications

Cooking

Crime Prevention Merit Badge

CRIME PREVENTION MERIT BADGE – Cost $60

Requirements
Requirements for the Crime Prevention merit badge: Do the following: …

Dentristry

Dog Care

DOG CARE MERIT BADGE – Cost $60

Requirements
Requirements for the Dog Care merit badge: Do the following: …
Describe some common characteristics of the dogs that make up each of the seven major dog groups. Tell some specific characteristics of seven breeds of dogs (one from each major group), OR give a short history of one breed.

Emergency Preparedness

Energy Merit Badge

Environmental Science

Exploration

EXPLORATION MERIT BADGE – Cost $60

Requirements
Requirements for the Exploration merit badge: After learning about the history and importance of exploration, Scouts plan, prepare for and go on an actual expedition. The expedition need not be to Mount Everest or the Marianas Trench. Scouts must plan and take a trip to somewhere of interest to them; it can be close by or far away. It can be a troop activity or a small-scale excursion.

Family Life

First Aid

Gardening Merit Badge

Lifesaving Merit Badge

Lifesaving merit badgeLIFESAVING MERIT BADGE – Cost $50

No Boy Scout will ignore a plea for help. However, the desire to help is of little use unless one knows how to give the proper aid. The main purpose of the Lifesaving merit badge is to prepare Scouts to assist those involved in water accidents, teaching them the basic knowledge of rescue techniques, the skills to perform them, and the judgment to know when and how to act so that they can be prepared for emergencies.

Requirements

      • Before doing requirements 2 through 15:
      • If the Boy Scout is not at least First Class, we offer these Prerequisites the day of the Merit Badge for an additional $25.
        • Complete Second Class rank requirements 8a through 8c and First Class rank requirements 9a through 9c.
          • Second Class rank requirements 8a through 8c:
          • (8a) Tell what precautions must be taken for a safe swim.
          • (8b) Demonstrate your ability to jump feetfirst into water over your head in depth, level off and swim 25 feet on the surface, stop, turn sharply, resume swimming, then return to your starting place.
          • (8c) Demonstrate water rescue methods by reaching with your arm or leg, by reaching with a suitable object, and by throwing lines and objects. Explain why swimming rescues should not be attempted when a reaching or throwing rescue is possible, and explain why and how a rescue swimmer should avoid contact with the victim.
          • First Class rank requirements 9a through 9c:
          • (9a) Tell what precautions must be taken for a safe trip afloat.
          • (9b) Successfully complete the BSA swimmer test.*
          • (9c) With a helper and a practice victim, show a line rescue both as tender and as rescuer. (The practice victim should be approximately 30 feet from shore in deep water.)
        • Swim continuously for 400 yards using each of the following strokes in a strong manner for at least 50 continuous yards: front crawl, sidestroke, breaststroke, and elementary backstroke.
      • Explain the following:
            • Common drowning situations and how to prevent them.
            • How to identify persons in the water who need assistance.
            • The order of methods in water rescue.
            • How rescue techniques vary depending on the setting and the condition of the person needing assistance.
            • Situations for which in-water rescues should not be undertaken.
      • Demonstrate “reaching” rescues using various items such as arms, legs, towels, shirts, paddles, and poles.
      • Demonstrate “throwing” rescues using various items such as lines, ring buoys, rescue bags, and free-floating supports. Successfully place at least one such aid within reach of a practice victim 25 feet from shore.
      • Show or explain the use of rowboats, canoes, or other small craft in performing rescues.
      • List various items that can be used as rescue aids in a noncontact swimming rescue. Explain why buoyant aids are preferred.
      • Perform the following equipment-based rescues for a conscious practice subject 30 feet from shore. Use a proper entry and a strong approach stroke. Speak to the subject to determine his condition and to provide instructions and encouragement.
            • Present a rescue tube to the subject, release it, and escort the victim to safety.
            • Present a rescue tube to the subject and use it to tow the victim to safety.
            • Present a buoyant aid other than a rescue tube to the subject, release it, and escort the victim to safety.
            • Present a buoyant aid other than a rescue tube to the subject and use it to tow the victim to safety.
            • Remove street clothes in 20 seconds or less and use a nonbuoyant aid, such as a shirt or towel, to tow the subject to safety. Explain when it is appropriate to remove heavy clothing before attempting a swimming rescue.
      • Explain the importance of avoiding contact with an active victim and describe lead-and-wait tactics.
      • Perform the following nonequipment rescues for a conscious practice subject 30 feet from shore. Begin in the water from a position near the subject. Speak to the subject to determine his condition and to provide instructions and encouragement.
        • Provide a swim-along assist for a calm, responsive, tired swimmer moving with a weak forward stroke.
        • Perform an armpit tow for a calm, responsive, tired swimmer resting with a back float.
        • Perform a cross-chest carry for an exhausted, passive victim who does not respond to instructions to aid himself.
      • In deep water, show how to escape from a victim’s grasp on your wrist. Repeat for front and rear holds about the head and shoulders.
      • Perform the following rescues for an unconscious practice subject at or near the surface 30 feet from shore. Use a proper entry and strong approach stroke. Speak to the subject and splash water on him to determine his condition before making contact. Remove the victim from the water, with assistance if needed, and position for CPR.
            • Perform an equipment assist using a buoyant aid.
            • Perform a front approach and wrist tow.
            • Perform a rear approach and armpit tow.
      • Describe how to respond if a victim submerges before being reached by a rescuer, and do the following:
            • Recover a 10-pound weight in 8 to 10 feet of water using a feetfirst surface dive.
            • Repeat using a headfirst surface dive.
      • Demonstrate knowledge of resuscitation procedures:
            • Describe how to recognize the need for rescue breathing and CPR.
            • Demonstrate proper CPR technique for at least 3 minutes using a mannequin designed to simulate ventilations and compressions.
      • Demonstrate management of a spinal injury:
            • Explain the signs and symptoms of a spinal injury.
            • Support a faceup victim in calm, shallow water.
            • Turn a subject from a facedown to a faceup position while maintaining support.
      • Show that you know first aid for other injuries or illnesses that could occur while swimming or boating, including hypothermia, heat reactions, muscle cramps, sunburn, stings, and hyperventilation.

Medicine

Personal Fitness

Personal Management

Public Health

PUBLIC HEALTH MERIT BADGE – Cost $60

Requirements
Requirements for the Public Health merit bade: Explain the role of your health agency as it relates to the outbreak of diseases. Discuss the kinds of public assistance the agency is able to provide in case of disasters such as floods, storms, tornadoes, earthquakes, and other acts of destruction. Your discussion can include the cleanup necessary after the disaster.

Radio Merit Badge

RADIO MERIT BADGE – Cost $60

Requirements
Requirements for the Radio merit badge: … The differences between broadcast radio and hobby radio. The differences between broadcasting and two-way communications. Radio call signs and how they are used in broadcast radio and amateur radio. The phonetic alphabet and how it is used to communicate clearly.

Traffic Safety

TRAFFIC SAFETY MERIT BADGE – Cost $60

Requirements
Requirements for the Traffic Safety merit badge: Do the following: …
List five common distractions, explain how driver distractions contribute to traffic accidents, and tell how drivers can minimize distractions. Describe how volunteer drivers can plan to be alert when transporting Scouting participants.

Scuba Merit Badge

SCUBA DIVING MERIT BADGE – Cost $50

SCUBA DIVING MERIT BADGE

Boy Scouts of America Scuba Diving merit badge

Achievement of the Scuba Diving merit badge will result in a PADI Open Water Diver Certification. This is a lifetime certification that is only the first step into an endless world of new experiences, adventure and fun.

Counselors for the Scuba Diving merit badge must be registered with the Boy Scouts of America and be approved by the district/council advancement committee.

Like other merit badges, the Scuba Diving merit badge has been developed to teach and train youth in a manner consistent with the overall goals and values of the Boy Scouts of America.

The merit badge counselor should be fair and consistent when presenting and evaluating the knowledge and skills specified by the requirements. None of the requirements may be modified or omitted.

Scuba industry standards for Open Water Diver Certification require the student to be at least 15 years of age. Students under the minimum age who meet open water scuba performance requirements may qualify for a special certification that allows them to dive with an adult buddy who has, as a minimum, an open water scuba certification. Several of the scuba organizations recognized by the BSA offer “junior” open water certifications for those as young as 10; others have a minimum age of 12. Such junior open water diver certifications satisfy Scuba Diving merit badge requirement 4.

Requirements

Do the following:
Show that you know first aid for injuries or illnesses that could occur while scuba diving, including hypothermia, hyperventilation, squeezes, decompression illness, nitrogen narcosis, motion sickness, fatigue, overexertion, heat reactions, dehydration, injuries by aquatic life, and cuts and scrapes.
Identify the conditions that must exist before performing CPR on a person, and explain how to recognize such conditions. Demonstrate the proper technique for performing CPR using a training device approved by your counselor.
Before completing requirements 3 through 6, earn the Swimming merit badge.
Discuss the Scuba Diver’s Code with your merit badge counselor, and explain the importance of each guideline to a scuba diver’s safety.
Earn an Open Water Diver Certification from a scuba organization recognized by the Boy Scouts of America scuba policy.
Explain what an ecosystem is, and describe four aquatic ecosystems a diver might experience.
Find out about three career opportunities in the scuba industry. Pick one and find out the education, training, and experience required for this profession. Discuss this with your counselor, and explain why this profession might interest you.

Sports

SPORTS MERIT BADGE – Cost $60

Requirements
Requirements for the Sports merit badge: Explain to your counselor the most likely hazards you may encounter while playing sports, and what you should do to anticipate, help prevent, mitigate, and respond to these hazards.

Swimming Merit Badge

Swim merit badgeSWIM MERIT BADGE – Cost $50
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, how swimming can contribute to overall fitness and health, and gain some basic competitive swimming skills.

Requirements

    • If the Boy Scout is not at least First Class, we offer the Prerequisites the day of the Merit Badge for an additional $25.

NOTE: The requirements for the Swimming merit badge have been revised. A Scout who has already started working on the merit badge when the 2014 edition was introduced, may continue to use the same merit badge pamphlet to earn the badge and fulfill the requirements therein. In other words, the Scout need not start over again with the new pamphlet and revised requirements. The revised requirements as presented here become official Jan. 1, 2015, and will appear in the 2015 Boy Scout Requirements book.

Do the following:

      1. Explain to your counselor how Scouting’s Safe Swim Defense plan anticipates, helps prevent and mitigate, and provides responses to likely hazards you may encounter during swimming activities.
      1. Discuss the prevention and treatment of health concerns that could occur while swimming, including hypothermia, dehydration, sunburn, heat exhaustion, heatstroke, muscle cramps, hyperventilation, spinal injury, stings and bites, and cuts and scrapes.
    • Before doing the following requirements, successfully complete the BSA swimmer test: Jump feetfirst into water over the head in depth. Level off and swim 75 yards in a strong manner using one or more of the following strokes: sidestroke, breaststroke, trudgen, or crawl; then swim 25 yards using an easy, resting backstroke. The 100 yards must be completed in one swim without stops and must include at least one sharp turn. After completing the swim, rest by floating.
    • Swim continuously for 150 yards using the following strokes in good form and in a strong manner: front crawl or trudgen for 25 yards, back crawl for 25 yards, sidestroke for 25 yards, breaststroke for 25 yards, and elementary backstroke for 50 yards.

Do the following:

      1. Demonstrate water rescue methods by reaching with your arm or leg, by reaching with a suitable object, and by throwing lines and objects. Explain why swimming rescues should not be attempted when a reaching or throwing rescue is possible, and explain why and how a rescue swimmer should avoid contact with the victim.
      1. With a helper and a practice victim, show a line rescue both as tender and as rescuer. The practice victim should be approximately 30 feet from shore in deep water.

Do the following:

      1. Float faceup in a resting position for at least one minute.
      1. Demonstrate survival floating for at least five minutes.
      1. While wearing a properly fitted U.S. Coast Guard–approved life jacket, demonstrate the HELP and huddle positions. Explain their purposes.
      1. Explain why swimming or survival floating will hasten the onset of hypothermia in cold water.
      1. In water over your head, but not to exceed 10 feet, do each of the following:
      1. Use the feetfirst method of surface diving and bring an object up from the bottom.
      1. Do a headfirst surface dive (pike or tuck), and bring the object up again.
      1. Do a headfirst surface dive to a depth of at least 5 feet and swim underwater for three strokes. Come to the surface, take a breath, and repeat the sequence twice.
      1. Following the guidelines set in the BSA Safe Swim Defense, in water at least 7 feet deep*, show a standing headfirst dive from a dock or pool deck. Show a long shallow dive, also from the dock or pool deck.  *If your state, city, or local community requires a water depth greater than 7 feet, it is important to abide by that mandate.
      1. Explain the health benefits of regular aerobic exercise, and discuss why swimming is favored as both fitness and therapeutic exercise.

Veterinary Medicine

VETERINARY MERIT BADGE – Cost $60

Requirements
Requirements for the Veterinary Medicine merit badge: Discuss with your counselor the roles a veterinarian plays in the following:
Companion or small animal medicine, and equine medicine Food animal or large animal medicine Exotic animal medicine Marine animal medicine (mammal and fish) Poultry medicine Wildlife medicine and aquaculture medicine Discuss with your counselor the roles a veterinarian plays in the following: Public health medicine and zoonotic disease surveillance and control The military Food safety and inspection Laboratory animal medicine and research Teaching and government Describe the training required to become a veterinarian.

Genealogy Merit Badge

Insect Study Merit Badge

Music Merit Badge

Pets Merit Badge

Public Speaking Merit Badge

Reading Merit Badge

Robotics Merit Badge

Boy Scout Swim Test

 Young swimCost $10 – (Swim Test is included in Aquatic PreReqs)

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Swimmer

  1. Jump feet first into water over the head, level off, and begin swimming.
  2. Swim 75 yards in a strong manner using one or more of the following strokes: side, breast, trudgen, or crawl. Swim 25 yards using an easy, resting backstroke.
  3. The 100 yards must be completed without stops and must include at least one sharp turn.
  4. Rest by floating…Long enough to demonstrate ability to rest when exhausted.

Beginner

  1. Jump feet first into water over the head, level off, and begin swimming.
  2. Swim 25 feet on the surface.
  3. Stop, turn, and resume swimming back to the starting place.

Non-Swimmer

Did not complete either of the swimming tests.