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Colonial District, National Capital Area Council, BSA

MERIT BADGE JAMBOREE


Colonial District's First
Merit Badge Jamboree
9 January 1999

Plans are being firmed up for the District's first Merit Badge Jamboree. It will be held at Hayfield High School on Saturday, 09 January 1999 from 0830 until 4:00 p.m.

We are relying on you the Scoutmaster to help us in the registration process for this Jamboree. This way you will know who is going and what Merit Badges your scouts want to take and can give counseling beforehand if needed. Attached is a copy of the registration form. We need you to make copies for your Troop and give them out. We are next asking for you to collect the Registration forms and Registration Fee of $10.00 from each scout. Checks should be made out to NCAC. Then, bring them to the December Round Table and give them to Lucy Mitchell. If you cannot make the Round Table, then please mail them to Lucy Mitchell, 8311 Graceway Drive, Lorton, VA 22079 by 9 December 98.

Included in the $10.00 fee will be lunch and a Jamboree Patch which is the center section of a three patch display.

Behind each Merit Badge offered is a number in parenthesis. This number is how many hours is being spent at the Jamboree working on the Merit Badge. (Available on Paper Handout Only) Some of these badges can be earned at the Jamboree but some need extra work (Pre-requisites such as diagrams, write ups, building something, visiting somewhere etc.). Some courses will require extra $$$ for kits etc. Also, some badges will require some outside work to finish the badge such as cycling and skiing. We will send the bill for the extra fees with the confirmation of registration. We hope to get this out by the last week in December.

Please have the Scouts look at the list and pick out at least three to four choices. If his first choice is radio which is 6 hours is full, then we can schedule his second choice and third/fourth choice. We are limiting the number of merit badges that can be taken during the Jamboree to two (2).

We are planning on having a Merit Badge Midway where we hope to have some other unusual Merit Badge counselors set up with some examples of what their Badges are about. No instruction will take place here, only looking. We need volunteers for this.

Class "A" uniforms will be worn for the Jamboree. This would be a good time for the Scouts to show off their Merit Badge Sash, also.

Brief Schedule for the day

7:30 - 9:30......Set up time
8:30 - 9:00......Sign in
9:00 - 9:30......Opening Remarks and Expectations
9:30 - 4:00......Merit Badges
11:30 - 1:30....Lunch
4:00 - 5:00......Merit Badge Wrap Up (No closing planned)

If any Troop has Scouts or parents that would like to help, we can use them. They will get a free lunch. Scouts could earn service hours for helping.

We have an impressive list of merit badges that we are planning on offering if there is sufficient interest.

American Heritage

Archeology

Chemistry

Cinematography

Citizenship in Com.

Citizenship in Nat.

Citizenship in World

Collections

Crime Prevention

Cycling

Electricity

Electronics

Engineering

Finger Printing

Fire Safety

Genealogy

Indian Lore

Law

Medicine

Metalwork

Model Design & Bldg.

Music

Photography

Public Speaking

Radio

Railroading

Skiing

Space Exploration

Stamp Collecting

Surveying

Textile

Traffic Safety

Truck Transportation

Vet Medicine

Weather

If there are still some Merit Badge Counselors or anyone else out there (Scout, parent, grandparent) who would like to help out with any of these Merit Badges or with the Jamboree in general, we will welcome you with very open arms. Thank you

Lucy Mitchell 703-550-7602 lmmitchl@erols.com

Dave Stewart 703-461-7233 dstew76798@aol.com


For online information about Merit Badge Requirements you can visit http://www.meritbadge.com or http://usscouts.org/mb/index.html".


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