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MBU5 Offerings

Worksheets can be found here or here.

Non – Merit Badges

 Adult Indoor Training

  • Adult Leader Training will take place in Trinity Lounge – Across from the CUBE.

 Adult Wood Carving

  • See Lottery Instructions
  • Entry level class taught by Master Woodcarver Steve McCann
  • Limited to 5 based on equipment
  • AM & PM Sessions

Venturing.svgVenturing Program

  • Must be a Venture Crew Member to participate
  • Select one of the following programs
  • Venture Program A
    • Project Management (Path Finder Level)
    • Limited to 16
    • Shotgun Shooting in the afternoon
      • Bring warm clothes
      • Bring $10 to the range
  • Venture Program B
    • Time Management & Goal Setting (Discovery Award level)
    • Unlimited
    • Shotgun Shooting in the afternoon
      • Bring warm clothes
      • Bring $10 to the range
  • Adult Venture Leader Training
    • Online:  Bring your own laptop

Trail to First Class

  • Limited to 20 Scouts per session.
  • AM & PM Sessions
  • BRING:
    • Scoutbook!
    • Warm Clothes!
  • Team of Adult Instructors
  • Tailord to individuals

Merit Badges

Architecture

  • Requirements
  • AM & PM Sessions
  • Limited to 30 Scouts per session.
  • Prerequisite
    • Make a sketch of a building you most admire
  • Review MB and come prepared

Art (FULL)

  • Requirements
  • Full Day Session
  • Review MB and come prepared
  • Limited to 15 Scouts
  • BRING:
    • Two works of art created in the last two years meeting part of Requirement 4
    • A small personal items that will be used as the subject for work to be created at MBU
    • An object from home that you can place a logo on.  Logo to be designed at MBU.
    • (For those not electing to do the Logo, they will complete 5a.)
  • Likely to be completed at MBU

Astronomy

  • Requirements
  • AM & PM Sessions, and Friday Night (time to be determined & weather dependent)
  • Review MB and come prepared
  • Limited to 30 Scouts per session
  • BRING Prerequisites:
    •  4a-4c & 6a-6b
    • Warm clothes for Friday night observatory session
  • Postrequirement: Submit a written report after the visit to the observatory
  • Cannot be finished at MBU

Aviation (FULL)

  • Requirements
  • Classroom session at MBU
  • Full Day Session Only
  • Review MB and come prepared
  • Limited to First Class & above
  • Limited to 10 Scouts
  • Includes a visit to the Helena Airport
    • Bring Warm Clothes!
  • Includes use of FAA Flight Simulator
  • May be finished at MBU

 Chemistry

  • Requirements
  • AM & PM Sessions
  • Limited to 20 Scouts per session
  • Review MB and come prepared
  • Likely to be completed at MBU

Chess

  • Requirements
  • AM & PM Sessions
  • Limited to 8 Scouts per session in order to complete the tournament
  • Prerequisites
    1. Have played chess before and have at least seen how the pieces move.
    2. BRING a good chess set. Please no exotic styles of chess pieces. If you don’t have a chess set you can bring, that’s okay as long as some scouts bring one.
    3. BRING a chess clock if you happen to have one but not necessary.
    4. Google search and read about the history and origins of chess.
    5. Look up the US Chess federation at www.uschess.org. Explore the website and read a few things that interest you. Suggest the “New to Chess” page where you can find information on the history of chess, 10 top tips for beginners, and FAQs.
    6. Be familiar with chess notation. A good 5 minute youtube video on chess notation can be found at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5_uEUwfKUhc or simply Google “how to record a chess game” and it should come up in your search
    7. BRING a signed note from parents or scout leader that you have completed #4-6.

 Citizenship in the Nation Class (FULL)

  • Requirements
  • Bring your Worksheet
  • AM & PM Sessions
  • Limited to 25 scouts per session
  • Review the MB and come prepared to discuss each item
  • Requirement 2 is offered below
  • Requirements 1, 4, & 7 will be a lecture and discussion as time permits.
    • This is dependent on each class and one session may complete more work than the other session.
    • This is also dependent on the number of scouts present in each class and their school experience.
  • Prerequisites
  • Bring a separate worksheet with Requirements 3, 6, and 8 completed.  Write your name, address, unit number, and Scoutmaster on it.  This will be handed off to the counselor and you may not get this worksheet back.  Bring a different worksheet to take notes for the other requirements that you will keep.
    • 3. Watch the national evening news five days in a row OR read the front page of a major daily newspaper five days in a row. Discuss the national issues you learned about with your counselor. Choose one of the issues and explain how it affects you and your family.
      • Take notes on your worksheet for each day and bring them to MBU.  Note that this is National not Local news.
    • 6. With your counselor’s approval, choose a speech of national historical importance. Find out about the author, and tell your counselor about the person who gave the speech. Explain the importance of the speech at the time it was given, and tell how it applies to American citizens today. Choose a sentence or two from the speech that has
      significant meaning to you, and tell your counselor why.

      • Bring notes on your worksheet about the speech.
      • Bring notes on your worksheet to discuss the person, time, how it applies, and discuss the significant meaning to you.
    • 8. Name your two senators and a member of Congress from your congressional district. Write a letter about a national issue and send it to one of these elected officials, sharing your view with him or her. Show your letter to your counselor, along with any response you might receive.
      • Bring worksheet with names filled in.
      • Bring a copy of the letter or a printout of the communication.
  • It is the intent at MBU that all requirements will be discussed in class if time permits.  Each scout will be asked to complete their worksheets as the class progresses.  The counselor may elect to have the scouts meet individually with counselors back at their troop.   This should work well if the scouts complete their worksheets as instructed.

 Citizenship in the Nation (CIN) Tour

  • AM & PM Sessions
  • Limited to 30 scouts per session
  • Bring the Worksheet (maybe on a clipboard or in a binder to takes notes at the Capitol)
  • Meets CIN 2b: Tour of State Capitol (both AM and PM Sessions) and,
  • CIN 2a: Visit a place on the National Registry of Historic Places
  • Adult Chaperones are needed for the tour.
    • We need 2 adults to serve as chaperones for the AM session and the PM session.

 Citizenship in the World

  • Requirements
  • Worksheet
  • AM&PM Sessions
  • Limited to 20 scouts per session
  • Before coming to the class, each participant must:
    • Review both the Requirements page and the Merit Badge Workbook
    • Using the websites shown on the Requirements page (or similar sources), prepare notes on the Workbook responding to each step.
  • Likely to be completed at MBU

Cooking 

  • Requirements
  • AM & PM Sessions
  • Limited to First Class & above.
  • Limited to 30 Scouts per session
  • Review MB and come prepared
  • Cannot be completed at MBU
  • Post requirements (off-site cooking):
    • A sample plan to complete Requirements 5-7 will be discussed
    • Requirements 5-7 cannot be completed at MBU
  • Consider bringing a Troop or backpacking cookbook
  • Cannot be completed at MBU

Dog Care

  • Requirements
  • AM & PM Sessions
  • Limited to 15 scouts per session
  • Review MB and come prepared
  • Can not be completed at MBU
  • Post Requirement:
    • #4 (For 2 months… maintain a log…)
    • #8 (Visit a Veterinary Hospital or Animal Shelter…)
  • Cannot be completed at MBU

 Engineering

  • Requirements
  • AM & PM Sessions
  • LImited to 30 Scouts per session
  • Review MB and come prepared

 Farm Mechanics

  • Requirements
  • AM & PM Sessions
  • Limited to 10 Scouts
  • Review MB and come prepared

 Fire Safety

  • Requirements
  • AM & PM Sessions
  • Limited to 15 Scouts per session
  • Prerequisites
    • Requirement 6A finished at home and presented at the session.
    • (Draw a home fire-escape plan, create a home fire-drill schedule, and conduct a home fire drill.)
  • Tour of local fire station will occur with AM & PM sessions during lunch.
  • Review MB and come prepared

 First Aid (FULL)

  • Requirements
  • Full Day Session
  • Limited to Tenderfoot Rank or Above
  • Class size limited to 10 scouts.
  • Bring
    • 2d. First Aid Kit for Home
  • Likely to be completed at MBU

Geocaching

  • Requirements
  • AM & PM Sessions
  • Limited to 12 Scouts
  • Review MB and come prepared
  • Bring
    • Your own GPS device and know how to use it.
    • Warm Clothes!!!
  • Not able to be completed at MBU
    • Requirement #9 will need to be done outside of MBU.

Mining in Society

  • Requirements
  • Full day session
  • Limited to 12 years old or older
  • Limited to 12 Scouts
  • Review MB and come prepared
  • Cannot be completed at MBU

Movie Making

  • Requirements
  • Full day session
  • Limited to 10 Scouts
  • Review MB and come prepared
  • Bring
    • Warm Clothes
    • Old Clothes that can have makeup applied to them
  • Likely to be completed at MBU

 Nuclear Science

  • Requirements
  • Full day session
  • Limited to 10 Scouts
  • May be completed at MBU
  • Review MB and come prepared

Radio

  • Requirements
  • All Day Session
  • Limited to 30 Scouts
  • Will use local Ham Radio Operators Mobile Unit
  • Prerequisite
    • “Find out about three career opportunities in radio.  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. “
  • Review MB and come prepared
  • Likely to be completed at MBU

  Reading

  • Requirements
  • AM & PM Sessions
  • Limited to 30 Scouts per session.
  • With no prior preparation, Scouts should be able to pass off the following requirements at MBU: 1(a) and 3(a)
  • With some prior preparation, Scouts may be able to pass off the following requirements at MBU: 2, 3(b), and 4 (a), (b), or (c)
  • Review MB and come prepared
  •  Can not be complete at MBU

 Robotics (FULL)

  • See Lottery Instructions
  • Requirements
  • AM & PM Sessions
  • Limited to 10 scouts
  • No additional Fee
  • To Complete this Merit Badge – Scouts need to read the MB Pamphlet ahead of time.  It is strongly encouraged to purchase and read ahead of time.
  • MBU only does the hands on Portion!

Image result for safety merit badge scouting.orgSafety

  • Requirements
  • Worksheet
  • AM & PM Sessions
  • Limited to 30 Scouts per session
  • Prerequisites
    • #2 a.  Using a safety checklist approved by your counselor, make an inspection of your home. Identify any hazards found and explain how these can be corrected. (See pages 9-10 in Worksheet)
    • #2 b. Review or develop your family’s plan of escape in case of fire in your home. As you develop the escape plan with family members, share with them facts about the common causes of  fire in the home, such as smoking, cooking, electrical appliances, and candles.
    • #5. Plan and complete a safety project approved by your counselor for your home, school, place of worship, place of employment, or community.

 Image result for scouting heritage merit badge Scouting Heritage

  • Requirements
  • PM Session only
  • Limited to 20 Scouts
  • Not able to be completed at MBU unless Scout comes with below completed
    • Requirements #5, #6, #8 will need to be done outside of MBU.

 Space Exploration (FULL)

  • Requirements
  • Full Day Session
  • Limited to 10 scouts
  • Additional Cost of $10 for model rocket.  Model Rocket will be provided at MBU and can be taken home.  Launchpads are provided by MBU and will not be available to take home.
  • Bring
    • Warm Clothes!
  • Likely to be completed at MBU


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