May 16, 2020
Lone Star College - Tomball
30555 Tomball Parkway
Tomball, TX 77375 (Directions)
Merit Badge University (MBU) is an opportunity for Scouts in troops or crews to work on several merit badges. All Scouts are required to bring signed blue cards in order to work on merit badges.
These are not give-away merit badges, and this is not a merit badge factory. Each Scout is expected to fulfill all the requirements by reading the merit badge book ahead of time, attending classes and doing prerequisites. Scouts are expected to participate fully during the class in order to receive full credit for the requirements completed.
Important: All troops are required to send at least one adult for every five Scouts registered to be a merit badge counselor or room volunteer and one merit badge counselor for every 10 Scouts. If there is just one Scout attending, at least one adult needs to volunteer and be onsite all day. The first 40 adults to register as a room volunteer will get a free lunch. Parents attending all day, but not volunteering can order a lunch.
The registration fee is $26.50 and covers an event patch and lunch. Registration is on a first-come, first-serve basis. Merit badge class sizes are limited. Registration is typically completed by parents, but can also be completed by the troop leadership.
Registration is done online with a credit card, electronic check or PayPal. There is no onsite registration. Council refund policy. Registration closed April 23, 2019.
Registration opens in March. Merit Badge Counselor Registration Registration for Adult Room Volunteers opens in March.
Important: Before registering, check your Scout's school and troop calendar for conflicts. Each Scout is to discuss which merit badges they should register for with their Scoutmaster or troop advancement chair. Check which merit badges the Scout has already completed. See the BSA website for more information about the specific requirements for each badge.
Changes: Class changes can be made after registering using the link provided in the emailed receipt.
Check for additional merit badge class opportunities on the council Scout Days web page.
How to Register - Click on the MBU Registration button
Step 1: Select a participant
Step 2: Select a category (morning)
Step 3: Choose merit badge (click “+” sign)
Repeat step 2 and 3 for afternoon class
Continue steps 1, 2 and 3 for additional participants
Step 4: Review the schedule at the bottom of the page
Step 5: Click continue and the bottom of the page
Step 6: Checkout
Step 7: Payment
Merit Badge Classes
Due to popularity, and availability of counselors, some classes will fill up quickly. Scouts who register early have the best chance of getting the classes they want. Class sizes are limited. Classes that are full will not show up in the registration system.
Astronomy, Camping, Chess, Citizenship in the Community, Citizenship in the Nation, Communication, Emergency Preparedness, Engineering, Entrepreneurship / Salesmanship, Environmental Science, Genealogy, Indian Lore, Landscape Architecture, Law, Personal Management, Sustainability, Weather
Camping, Chess, Citizenship in the Community, Citizenship in the Nation, Citizenship in the World, Communication, Emergency Preparedness, Engineering, Environmental Science, First Aid, Indian Lore, Law, Personal Management
What to Bring
- Field uniform
- Water bottle
- Blue card signed by the Scoutmaster for every class. Blue cards will not be provided.
- Note taking materials
- Merit badge book for every class that has been read prior to the event.
- Documentation of prerequisites completed prior to class
- BSA Health and Medical forms (Parts A & B) for every participant
See the BSA website for more information about the specific requirements for each badge.
Pre-requisites for all Scouts
2019 Merit Badge Prerequisites
||7:00 - 7:50 am
||8:00 - 11:55 am
||12:00 - 12:55 pm
||1:00 - 5:00 pm
All troops are required to send one adult for every five Scouts registered to be a merit badge counselor or room volunteer. If there is just one Scout attending, at least one adult needs to volunteer and be onsite all day. It is the purpose of the Scouting is to provide an exciting program for youth to build character, to train in the responsibilities of participating citizenship and to develop personal fitness. Providing advancement opportunities is a primary part of this educational program.
Merit Badge Counselors
Merit badge counselors are needed to run the merit badge classes. Merit badge counselors must be registered with the council and have up to date Youth Protection Training. YPT can be taken at www.myScouting.org. It is our goal for the Scouts to be afforded opportunities to share resources from other troops with diverse occupations and skills. The youth will be expected to complete all the requirements as indicated by the Boy Scouts of America. Merit badge counselors should wear their Scout uniform if possible.
The merit badge counselor is a key player in the advancement program. Whatever your area of expertise or interest—whether it is a special craft or hobby (basketry, leatherwork, coin collecting), a profession (veterinary medicine, aviation, engineering), or perhaps a life skill (cooking, personal management, communications)—as a merit badge counselor, you can play a vital role in stirring a young man's curiosity about that particular topic. By serving as a merit badge counselor, you offer your time, knowledge, and other resources so that Scouts can explore a topic of interest.
Room volunteers are parents that assist the merit badge counselor. Room volunteers must have current Youth Protection Training. YPT can be taken at www.myScouting.org. Successful Scouts have the support and guidance of parents. The parents are a treasure trove of information that can benefit every young man in our leadership program. Your encouragement and occasional “refocusing of purpose” that youth require will be invaluable. The successful leader in Scouts learns quickly to be successful in everything they attempt.
The BSA's Commitment to Safety is ongoing and we want you to know that the safety of our youth, volunteers, staff, and employees cannot be compromised. BSA Guide to Safe Scouting policies must be followed and all participants must follow youth protection guidelines at all Scouting events. Highlights include:
- Two-deep leadership on all outings required.
- No one-on-one contact between adults and youth members.
- The buddy system should be used at all times.
- Discipline must be constructive.
Youth Protection Guidelines Guide to Safe Scouting Enterprise Risk Management
For questions, contact Kat Amundsen