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Be sure to pay attention to lottery instructions for the merit badges listed as selected by lottery.

Here’s a grid of classes and requirements MBU Helena Classes

Worksheets can be found here or here.

 Adult Wood Carving – Entry Level

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

 Adult Wood Carving – Advanced Level

  • Lottery signup See Lottery Instructions
  • Advanced level class taught by Master Woodcarver Steve McCann
  • Limited to 5 based on equipment
  • PM Session

Venturing.svgVenturing Program

  • Must be a Venture Crew Member to participate, except Project Management, open to Scouts who will be working on Eagle projects.
  • Select one of the following programs
  • Venture Program A
    • Project Management (Path Finder Level)
    • Limited to 16
    • Activity in the afternoon
      • Bring warm clothes
  • Venture Program B
    • Time Management & Goal Setting (Discovery Award level)
    • Unlimited
    • Activity in the afternoon
      • Bring warm clothes
  • Venture Program C
    • Mentoring Training (Summit Award Level)
    • Unlimited
    • Activity in the afternoon
      • Bring warm clothes

Merit Badges

downloadArchery

  • Requirements
  • AM Session Only
  • $5 fee
  • Held at MT Wild Education Center
  • Review MB and come prepared
  • Limited to 12 Scouts
  • May 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 completed at MBU

Automotive Maintenance

  • Requirements
  • AM & PM Sessions
  • Review MB and come prepared
  • Limited to 10 Scouts per session
  • Limited to 13 years or older
  • BRING :
    •  Warm clothes – Will be outside for the majority of the time.
  • Likely to be completed at MBU

Aviation

  • Requirements
  • Classroom session at MBU
  • Full Day Session
  • 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 completed at MBU

downloadBird Study

  • Requirements
  • PM Session
  • Review MB and come prepared
  • Limited to 12 Scouts
  • Includes a visit to Spring Meadow Lake
  • Postrequisites: Requirements 5 & 6
  • Bring the following:
    • Appropriate clothes in consideration of the weather (you will be outside)
    • Appropriate footwear
    • Drinking Water
    • Plastic Soda or Milk bottle or Pine Cone
    • Paper or Plastic Bag
    • Day Pack to Carry It All
    • A clipboard or something hard to write on
    • Pen or pencil
  • Cannot be completed at MBU

imagesBugling

  • Requirements
  • AM & PM Sessions
  • Limited to 30 Scouts per session
  • Review MB and come prepared
  • For trumpet players with a minimum of 2 years of school band or private lessons.
  • Need to bring your own instrument
  • Cannot be completed at MBU (need 3 months bugling for your troop to complete).

 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.
    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. Go to the bottom and click on “New to Chess”.  Read 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 parent or scout leader that you have completed #4-6.  This is MANDATORY in order to complete the merit badge at MBU.  Otherwise you will earn a partial.
  • Likely to be completed at MBU

 Citizenship in the Nation Class

  • 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 in the tour class.
  • 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 warm clothes
  • Meets CIN 2b: Tour of State Capitol (both AM and PM Sessions) and,
  • Meets 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
  • Full day
  • 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
  • Likely to be completed at MBU

 Fire Safety

  • Requirements
  • Full Day Session
  • Limited to 15 Scouts
  • 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 sessions near lunch.
  • Review MB and come prepared
  • Likely to be completed at MBU

 First Aid

  • 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
  • Likely to be completed at MBU
  • Bring
    • Your own GPS device and know how to use it.
    • Warm Clothes!!!

downloadHorsemanship

  • Lottery signup MBU7 Lottery Instructions
  • Requirements
  • Full day session
  • Limited to 10 scouts
  • Bring:
  • Water bottle & warm clothes for riding outside
  • Will be bused off campus and lunch will be provided
  • Likely to be completed at MBU

downloadLaw

  • Requirements
  • AM & PM Sessions
  • Review MB and come prepared
  • Likely to be completed at MBU

download Metalwork

  • Lottery signup MBU7 Lottery Instructions
  • Requirements
  • AM & PM Sessions
  • Limited to 4 Scouts per session
  • Wear clothing that is flame resistant (e.g., no nylon), long pants, tee shirts are fine, and enclosed toe shoes.
  • We will provide eye and ear protection.
  • Review MB and come prepared
  • Likely to 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

downloadMusic

  • Requirements
  • AM & PM Sessions
  • Review MB and come prepared
  • Prerequisite – requirement 3a, 3b, or 3c. (3d will be completed in class).
  • Likely to be completed at MBU if prerequisites are completed.

downloadPersonal Management

  • Requirements
  • AM Session
  • Review MB and come prepared
  • Requirements covered: 1b1, 1b3, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, part of 9, 10. Prerequisite: Requirement 1b, 1b2. Requirements 2, 8, part of 9 will be discussed but not completed.
  • Cannot be completed at MBU.

download-1 Photography

  • Requirements
  • AM & PM Sessions
  • Limited to 15 Scouts per session
  • Bring your own camera
  • Review MB and come prepared
  • Likely to be completed at MBU

Pioneering

  • Requirements
  • Full day session
  • Limited to First Class and above
  • Limited to 6 Scouts
  • Need to know your clove hitch, timber hitch, diagonal lashing and square lashing.
  • Review MB and come prepared
  • Possible to be completed at MBU

 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

 Robotics

  • Lottery signup MBU7 Lottery Instructions
  • Requirements
  • AM Session
  • Limited to 10 Scouts per session
  • 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.
  • Likely to be completed at MBU.

download-2 Shotgun

  • Lottery signup MBU7 Lottery Instructions
  • Requirements
  • All Day
  • Limited to 13 and older
  • Limited to 10 Scouts
  • Bring warm clothes.
  • $10 fee
  • Review MB and come prepared
  • May be completed at MBU

 Space Exploration

  • 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

download Weather

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

download-3 Welding

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