Merit Badge Midway

Event Details

February24
Saturday, February 24, 2018 from 8:00am to 3:30pm
Ralston Middle School, Belmont
2675 Ralston Ave, Belmont, CA 94002
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Activity Information

Full

Appointments

Audience: Youth
Appointment are ONLY for when you believe you  have fully completed ALL the requirements for  a merit badge and just need to meet with a counselor to review them, talk about them, or be tested on them before getting the blue merit badge card signed off as a fully completed merit badge. 
Sessions
Full
Capacity: 2
Title: 9:30 AM

Saturday, February 24, 2018 - 9:30 AM to 10:30 AM
Full
Capacity: 2
Title: 10:30 AM

Saturday, February 24, 2018 - 10:30 AM to 11:30 AM
Full
Capacity: 4
Title: 12:30PM

Saturday, February 24, 2018 - 12:30 PM to 1:30 PM
Full
Capacity: 4
Title: 1:30pm

Saturday, February 24, 2018 - 1:30 PM to 2:30 PM
Full
Capacity: 4
Title: 2:30PM

Saturday, February 24, 2018 - 2:30 PM to 3:30 PM
Available to these Registration Types
In-Council Scout
Out of Council Scout

Citizenship in the Community

Audience: Youth
Sessions
 
Title: AM Class (Instructor 2)
Location: Ralston Middle School, 2675 Ralston Ave, Belmont, CA 94002

Saturday, February 24, 2018 - 8:30 AM to 11:30 AM
Full
Capacity: 21
Title: AM Class (Instructor 1)
Location: Ralston Middle School, 2675 Ralston Ave, Belmont, CA 94002

Saturday, February 24, 2018 - 8:30 AM to 11:30 AM
Full
Capacity: 20
Title: PM Class (Instructor 1)
Location: Ralston Middle School, 2675 Ralston Ave, Belmont, CA 94002

Saturday, February 24, 2018 - 12:30 PM to 3:30 PM
Full
Capacity: 20
Title: PM Class (Instructor 2)
Location: Ralston Middle School, 2675 Ralston Ave, Belmont, CA 94002

Saturday, February 24, 2018 - 12:30 PM to 3:30 PM
Prerequisites
Some or all of Requirements #2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, & 8 need to be completed before attending Midway if you plan on completing the badge that day. A link to a worksheet for completing this badge is attached.  Please download it and print it out for your use at home.  http://www.usscouts.org/usscouts/mb/worksheets/Citizenship-in-the-Community.pdf

NOTE:  If you fail to contact the counselor and get the pre-approvals as required prior to working on requirements 4b and 7 (also on #5 if you want to watch a different movie that is not on the pre-approved list shown below) the counselor will have full discretion as to whether or not they will sign off on those particular requirements.  For requirement 5, the counselors have provided a pre-approved list.  You only have to contact your counselor about #5 if you want to watch a different movie that is not on that list.

NOTE:  Each scout (not a parent/guardian) must do his own contacting of the counselor about getting the pre-approvals on 4b and 7 (and also on #5 if you want to watch a different movie that is not on the pre-approved list).  The counselors will not respond to emails making inquiries for more than one scout, i.e. each scout needs to send his own emails.

Requirement #2a:  Bring a map of your community.  Be prepared to point out the locations of the buildings listed in the merit badge requirements.  (It would save time in class if you marked the map for these buildings and numbered each spot and then put a key on the map telling what each number represents):

  • City Hall
  • County Courthouse (if you live in the city that is the county seat)
  • Public Works Department’s facilities-These are often called corporation yards for where they keep heavy equipment.  Would also include any water treatment facilities if located in the town where you live
  • Fire station nearest your home
  • Police station nearest your home 
  • Hospital nearest your home
  • Any historical buildings in your town, or other points of interest.

Requirement #2b:  Make and bring a “tree” type organization chart of the government of your city or for the state of California.  The top level would be the public as the “electorate” and the next level down would be the city or town council or mayor (or governor if you chart the state organization).  If you live in an incorporated city (examples being Foster City or San Mateo), or a township (examples being Atherton and Woodside) you should consider adding another layer that shows your city or town’s major departments and the names of the department heads.  For most cities or towns this would include departments for police, fire, library, public works, parks and recreation, city attorney, city clerk, finance, planning / inspection, etc.   

You should definitely be aware prior to Midway of where you live, that is, is your home inside a city’s or township’s limits, or in an unincorporated area of your county?  What is the name of your county of residence?   This is because some cities, like Belmont and San Carlos, have a joint Fire District instead of their own separate Fire Departments (like Foster City or San Mateo).  If you live outside an incorporated city or a township (that is, in what is called an unincorporated area of your county), you most of these type services through specially created districts that provide the various services.  Examples would be Fire Protection Districts, Water Districts, Sanitation Districts (garbage hauling), Mosquito Abatement Districts, etc.  Instead of a local police agency your Law Enforcement would be provided by the County Sheriff’s Department.   Even if you live in an incorporated city or a township, some of your services may not be provided by your city or town, but by a special purpose district.  Be able to discuss which of the top positions of your local government and/or special districts are appointed and which are elected. 

Requirement #3a:  Attend a city or town council meeting or a school board meeting or municipal or county or state court session.  Regarding court sessions, be advised that most criminal and family law court sessions do not allow minors present.  It is recommended that you get to the meeting at least 15 minutes early.  It is preferred that you wear your Class A uniform and recommended that you introduce yourself to dignitaries present (they will know you are at the meeting for this badge!).  Take notes and bring a copy of the agenda and your notes from the meeting to Midway.  Note:  If the meeting is on a school night you may leave at 9 p.m. to go home and get some sleep.  These meetings often go on until midnight!

Requirement #4b:  Depending on the first letter of your last name, please contact the appropriate counselor to get pre-approval of who is an appropriate person to interview for this requirement.  Please note you also need a parent or guardian to approve also.  Interview this person.  You should wear your Class A uniform during the interview.  Take notes of meeting discussion.  Bring these notes to the midway.

Requirement #5:  For this requirement, the three counselors teaching this badge have preapproved the following movies as having themes relating to Citizenship in the Community:

Freedom Writers                    Stand and Deliver                  Hoot                     Erin Brockovich

Pay It Forward                        We are Marshall                        Take the Lead

If you wish to watch a different movie that is not on the above pre-approved list, then you must contact the counselor to get pre-approval of the movie you want to watch.

Requirement #6:  Be prepared to discuss the public services provided in your community.  Brainstorm.  Include all services included in your government chart (item #2) plus many more (roads, sewer, fire, parks and recreation, law enforcement, etc.)

Requirement #7:  You must contact the counselor and you must get their pre-approval of the charitable organization you have chosen and the volunteer project you will be working on.  

If you fail to get the pre-approval and do volunteer work that the counselor deems as not counting as such, you won’t get signed off on this requirement.  The same goes for what organization you are doing the work for.  You must get the counselor’s pre-approval as to that being an acceptable charitable organization before you do the volunteer work. 

While volunteering for the 8 hours you should wear Class A uniform, unless directed otherwise by the organization you are doing the volunteer work for.  You will need a letter or note (on their letterhead please) from the volunteer organization stating the project you worked on and the total hours you worked on it for item 7.

Requirement #8:  Bring the presentation you have prepared to the midway.  You should make the presentation to a group prior to the Midway to be sure you can complete the badge that day as we may not have enough time to go through all the presentations by the various scouts in the class that day. But do be prepared to present it in the class as well if time allows.  Bring a letter or note (on their letterhead please if they have such) from the group, or a note from your Scoutmaster, certifying that you made the presentation.
Available to these Registration Types
In-Council Scout
Out of Council Scout
Full

Citizenship in the Nation

Audience: Youth
Sessions
Full
Capacity: 20
Title: AM Class (Instructor 1)
Location: Ralston Middle School, 2675 Ralston Ave, Belmont, CA 94002

Saturday, February 24, 2018 - 8:30 AM to 11:30 AM
Full
Capacity: 20
Title: AM Class (Instructor 2)
Location: Ralston Middle School, 2675 Ralston Ave, Belmont, CA 94002

Saturday, February 24, 2018 - 8:30 AM to 11:30 AM
Full
Title: AM Class (Instructor 3)
Location: Ralston Middle School, 2675 Ralston Ave, Belmont, CA 94002

Saturday, February 24, 2018 - 8:30 AM to 11:30 AM
Full
Title: PM Class (Instructor 2)
Location: Ralston Middle School, 2675 Ralston Ave, Belmont, CA 94002

Saturday, February 24, 2018 - 12:30 PM to 3:30 PM
Full
Title: PM Class (Instructor 3)
Location: Ralston Middle School, 2675 Ralston Ave, Belmont, CA 94002

Saturday, February 24, 2018 - 12:30 PM to 3:30 PM
Full
Title: PM Class (Instructor 1)
Location: Ralston Middle School, 2675 Ralston Ave, Belmont, CA 94002

Saturday, February 24, 2018 - 12:30 PM to 3:30 PM
Prerequisites
Due to the nature of the material being discussed and the size of the class and the time constraints the counselors do not recommend this badge class for scouts that have not yet completed 8th grade.

Requirement #1:  "Be Prepared" to stand in front of the Scouts and discuss this requirement.

Requirement #2:  Be prepared to talk about what you visited.  As these classes are somewhat large and time is limited, the counselors want you to prepare for the midway by sitting down and writing a short report (maybe 2-3 paragraphs) on the site or sites you visited or the monument you studied.  Bring the written version to class.

Requirement #3:  Be prepared to talk about what you did for this requirement also.  Again, the counselors want you to sit down ahead of time and prepare a written report to yourself and bring it to the midway.   You should record what programs you watched, the days you watched them and at least one key issue reported each day. We expect you to be able to discuss at least five separate issues. If you are reading newspapers for this requirement, bring the front pages with you to the midway.

Requirement #4:  Before you come to class you should read the Declaration of Independence, the Preamble to the U.S. Constitution and the Bill of Rights (the first 10 Amendments) as you will need to Be Prepared to discuss these documents as well as the Constitution of the United States, the Amendments to the US Constitution and to tell your counselor how you feel life in the United States might be different without each document.

Requirement #5:  Be prepared to stand in front of the Scouts and discuss this requirement.

Requirement #6:  Be prepared to talk about what you did for this requirement also.  Again, the counselors want you to sit down ahead of time and prepare a written report to yourself and bring it to the midway. Be sure that you have read or listened to the speech, in its entirety, sometime recently.  Contact your counselor if you are unsure if the speech you have chosen is acceptable.

Requirement #7:  Be prepared to discuss this requirement in class.  Be prepared to be called on.

Requirement #8:  Counselors at the start of class will collect your letters.  Be prepared to read your letter to the Scouts.  Remember that if you write to a senator it must be a United States Senator, not a California State Senator!!  Follow the same writing rules as in Requirement #2 above.  A letter may be either a copy of an actual letter you sent either via the US Postal service, or by fax to your Representative's or Senators' office in Washington, D.C., or an emailed letter sent to the email address of your Representative or Senator via their webpage. 

Whatever form taken, the counselors expect the letter, fax or email's content to appear as if you were writing a formal letter and sending it by mail.  This means you need to properly date and address the letter with the addressee's formal title and full mailing address at their Washington, D.C. office.

  Check the Merit Badge book for the correct method of addressing your letter to these government officials.

Be sure you have read the entire merit badge handbook before the midway. A portion of the session will be spent working with the counselors one-on-one. We suggest that you bring something with you to read while you wait your turn.

Available to these Registration Types
In-Council Scout
Out of Council Scout
Full

Citizenship in the World

Audience: Youth
Sessions
Full
Title: AM Class (Instructor 1)
Location: Ralston Middle School, 2675 Ralston Ave, Belmont, CA 94002

Saturday, February 24, 2018 - 8:30 AM to 11:30 AM
Full
Title: PM Class (Instructor 1)
Location: Ralston Middle School, 2675 Ralston Ave, Belmont, CA 94002

Saturday, February 24, 2018 - 12:30 PM to 3:30 PM
Prerequisites

Due to the nature of the material being discussed and the size of the class and the time constraints the counselors do not recommend this badge class for scouts that have not yet completed 9th grade.

In addition to reading the entire merit badge book prior to Midway, and bringing it with you, here are the prerequisites the counselors want done before you arrive at Midway:

1. Merit Badge Requirement #3 - Do the following:
a. Pick a current world event. In relation to this current event, discuss with your counselor how a country's national interest and its relationship with other countries might affect areas such as its security, its economy, its values, and the health of its citizens.
b. Select a foreign country and discuss with your counselor how its geography, natural resources, and climate influence its economy and its global partnerships with other countries

2. Merit Badge Requirement #7 -Do TWO of the following (with your parent's permission) and share with your counselor what you have learned:
a. Visit the Web site of the U.S. State Department. Learn more about an issue you find interesting that is discussed on this Web site.
b. Visit the Web site of an international news organization or foreign government, OR examine a foreign newspaper available at your local library, bookstore, or newsstand. Find a news story about a human right realized in the United States that is not recognized in another country.
c. Visit with a student or Scout from another country and discuss the typical values, holidays, ethnic foods, and traditions practiced or enjoyed there.
d. Attend a world Scout jamboree.
e. Participate in or attend an international event in your area, such as an ethnic festival, concert, or play.

Available to these Registration Types
In-Council Scout
Out of Council Scout
Full

Coin Collecting

Audience: Youth
Sessions
Full
Capacity: 12
Title: AM Class
Location: Ralston Middle School, 2675 Ralston Ave, Belmont, CA 94002

Saturday, February 24, 2018 - 8:30 AM to 11:30 AM
Full
Capacity: 12
Title: PM Class
Location: Ralston Middle School, 2675 Ralston Ave, Belmont, CA 94002

Saturday, February 24, 2018 - 12:30 PM to 3:30 PM
Prerequisites

Prerequisites (summarized below--see merit badge book for exact requirements):

#6. Bring your 5 different State Quarters.

#7. Bring your set of coins from circulation (or bank)--cent, nickel, dime, quarter, half dollar, dollar.

#9. Bring your collection as required by a (50 foreign coins), b (20 foreign notes), c (15 tokens or medals) or d a single type of coin from each year since the date of your birth). Please note—items in this collection must be sorted or displayed in a way which identifies the item. It is not sufficient to just have a bag of 50 coins. The coins or banknotes are to be in holders or envelopes.

#10.Complete a (tour a money-related facility), b (have attended a coin club meeting, a coin show or visit web site of a coin dealer, c (give a talk on coin collecting) or d (drawings of 5 Colonial-era US coins).

If possible, Scouts should bring a stapler and a magnifying glass to class. Scouts are also encouraged to bring any interesting numismatic items to class for us to identify and discuss.

Available to these Registration Types
In-Council Scout
Out of Council Scout

Electricity

Audience: Youth
Sessions
Capacity: 30
Title: AM Class
Location: Ralston Middle School, 2675 Ralston Ave, Belmont, CA 94002

Saturday, February 24, 2018 - 8:30 AM to 11:30 AM
Full
Capacity: 30
Title: PM Class
Location: Ralston Middle School, 2675 Ralston Ave, Belmont, CA 94002

Saturday, February 24, 2018 - 12:30 PM to 3:30 PM
Prerequisites

Read the entire Electricity merit badge book prior to Midway.  Bring the book to class.

Do requirement #2 prior to Midway-Scouts should complete an home safety inspection found in the current merit badge pamphlet #8  On a floor plan of one room in the Scout’s home, make a wiring diagram of the lights, switches, and outlets.

Also do #9a prior to Midway.

Available to these Registration Types
In-Council Scout
Out of Council Scout
Full

Emergency Preparedness

Audience: Youth

LOCATION: Emergency Preparedness is being held at the Redwood City (NOT Foster City) Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Mormon) located at 1475 Edgewood Rd., Redwood City. (map) You will be in Redwood City all day if you are in this class.

Important note: Transportation between locations is not provided by the Council. If you have classes in more than one location, you will need to find your own transportation.

Sessions
Full
Capacity: 36
Title: All Day Class
Location: Ralston Middle School, 2675 Ralston Ave, Belmont, CA 94002

Saturday, February 24, 2018 - 9:00 AM to 3:30 PM
Prerequisites
1.   You must have already earned the First Aid Merit Badge before taking this class. Scouts need to bring their part of the blue card they have retained for their records, or the card the embroidered First Aid merit badge card was affixed to when the scout received the actual cloth First Aid merit badge patch as evidence of completing this requirement. 

2.b   Make a chart that demonstrates...

This chart is probably the most critical pre-req since if you don't bring it you won't have anything to start discussion with.  A scout will be hard pressed to complete this merit badge at Midway if he has not completed this requirement and brought his work to the class. 

 2.c  Meet with and teach your family...

Scouts will be on their honor to have conducted the meeting.  The counselor will lead a small group exercise to simulate the meeting in class as validation.

6.a  The scout should be prepared to discuss this

6.b  The scout should research and identify the government or community agencies applicable for this requirement.

6.c  The scout should research and find out prior to the class who is their community's resource to meet this requirement prior to the class. 

7.  Take part in an emergency service project with a scout unit or a community agency.  

Bring written notes if done beforehand; submit written notes to counselor after midway if necessary. 

 8.a Prepare a written plan for troop mobilization...

Bring a copy to midway to complete MB. 

 8.b Take part in at least one mobilization...

The before section can be handled in class.  If already taken part, be prepared to discuss "after-action". 

 8.c Prepare personal emergency service pack and family emergency kit...

Since these are important to the external purpose of the MB and the scouting motto "Be Prepared"; These need to be prepared before class for discussion.  The family kit can be brought to Midway, or the scout may take photos of the kit during its assembly.  Please bring color prints of any photos, as camera phones are inconvenient during class.  Each Scout's emergency service pack MUST be brought to class for review by counselor and assistants, and for discussion and use in class. 

9.  Do one of the following: 

a-- Home hazard inspection.  This needs to be brought to Midway.

b -- Review or develop an escape plan for a home fire.  This should be brought to midway.

c -- Develop an accident prevention plan... This should be brought to midway. 

Available to these Registration Types
In-Council Scout
Out of Council Scout

First Aid

Audience: Youth

LOCATION: First Aid is being held at the Redwood City (NOT Foster City) Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Mormon) located at 1475 Edgewood Rd., Redwood City. (map) You will be in Redwood City all day if you are in this class.

Important note: Transportation between locations is not provided by the Council. If you have classes in more than one location, you will need to find your own transportation.

Sessions
Capacity: 35
Title: All Day Class
Location: 1475 Edgewood Rd., Redwood City, CA

Saturday, February 24, 2018 - 9:00 AM to 3:30 PM
Prerequisites

The First Aid merit badge is an Eagle required merit badge.  At the Midway we provide you with an intense, full day course that enables you to meet the requirements, if you are properly prepared.  To take this merit badge you must be First Class rank or above, or have completed all the first aid requirements for Tenderfoot, Second Class and First Class.  You will be reviews in class to ensure you know these skills.  We only have space for 35 students so sign up now! 

Before the Midway we expect you to do the following:

  • You must be at least First Class rank or have completed all of the First Aid requirement for Tenderfood, Second Class and First Class by the date of the Midway (February 24, 2018)!
  • This is an all day session.  Show up on time and stay the whole time, you will not be able to take other classes.
  • Be prepared to explain and demonstrate any of the Tenderfoot, Second Class or First Class first aid requirements.  You will be tested on these requirements!
  • Read and study the First Aid Merit Badge book  
  • Know the merit badge requirements -https://www.scouting.org/filestore/merit_badge_reqandres/first_aid.pdf
  • Prepare a first-aid kit for your home.  This must be a kit you prepared yourself, not something you bought already assembled.  Do not bring a personal first aid kit like you made for Tenderfoot! Read the merit badge book to see what this should contain.  If you do not bring a first-aid kit for your home you cannot complete the merit badge at the Midway and will receive a partial.  Be ready to explain what is in your first-aid kit and why you put it there.

Home or Patrol / Troop First-Aid Kit

  • □Roller bandage, 2-inch (1)
  • □Roller bandage, 1-inch (2)
  • □Adhesive tape, 1-inch (1 roll)
  • □Alcohol swabs (24)
  • □Assorted adhesive bandages (1 box)
  • □Elastic bandages, 3-inch wide (2)
  • □Sterile gauze pads, 3-by-3-inch (12)
  • □Moleskin, 3-by-6-inch (4)
  • □Gel pads for blisters and burns (2 packets)
  • □Triple antibiotic ointment (1 tube)
  • □Triangular bandages (4)
  • □Soap (1 small bar) or alcohol-based hand sanitizing gel (1 travel size bottle)
  • □Scissors (1 pair)
  • □Tweezers (1 pair)
  • □Safety pins (12)
  • □Non-latex disposable gloves (6 pairs)
  • □Protective goggles / safety glasses (1 pair)
  • □CPR breathing barrier (1)
  • □Pencil and paper

Source: BSA First Aid Merit Badge Pamphlet, ISBN 978-0-8395-3301-6 ©2007, 2009 Printing

After you register you will receive more instructions on the first aid merit badge class via E-mail.

Available to these Registration Types
In-Council Scout
Out of Council Scout
Full

Indian Lore

Audience: Youth

 

Sessions
Full
Capacity: 15
Title: AM Class
Location: Ralston Middle School, 2675 Ralston Ave., Belmont, CA 94002

Saturday, February 24, 2018 - 8:30 AM to 11:30 AM
Full
Title: PM Class
Location: Ralston Middle School, 2675 Ralston Ave., Belmont, CA 94002

Saturday, February 24, 2018 - 12:30 PM to 3:30 PM
Prerequisites

In order to complete this merit badge on the day of the Midway, please come prepared.

  1. Buy or obtain a CURRENT copy of the Merit Badge Book “Indian Lore”, and read it prior to the Midway.  It is ok to share with a buddy. 

Be prepared to present requirement 1 to the counselor and your fellow Scouts.

2)  Complete either 2b, 2c, or 2d. If requirement 2b is chosen, you must contact the counselor before starting on it. 

 NOTE:  If you fail to contact the counselor and get the pre-approval as required prior to working on requirement 2b (if you choose that option) the counselor will have full discretion as to whether or not they will sign off on that particular requirement.

3)  Complete any ONE of the choices for requirement 4. If requirements 4c or 4d are chosen, please bring a copy of the book or recording you learned it from so the counselor can understand you.
Available to these Registration Types
In-Council Scout
Out of Council Scout
Full

Medicine

Audience: Youth
Sessions
Full
Capacity: 15
Title: AM Class
Location: Ralston Middle School, 2675 Ralston Ave, Belmont, CA 94002

Saturday, February 24, 2018 - 8:00 AM to 11:30 AM
Prerequisites

Read a current version of the merit badge pamphlet.

Prior to Midway you need to do Requirement #7a and 10 if possible and bring evidence of completion to Midway for the counselor to review.  OR you can do 7a and 10 after the Midway but you won’t complete the badge on February 11th and you will have to contact the counselor later to get final sign off.

Available to these Registration Types
In-Council Scout
Out of Council Scout
Full

Personal Management

Audience: Youth
Due to the nature of the material being discussed and the size of the class and the time constraints the counselors do not recommend this badge class for scouts that have not yet completed 9th grade
Sessions
Full
Capacity: 31
Title: AM Class
Location: Ralston Middle School, 2675 Ralston Ave, Belmont, CA 94002

Saturday, February 24, 2018 - 8:30 AM to 11:30 AM
Full
Title: PM Class
Location: Ralston Middle School, 2675 Ralston Ave, Belmont, CA 94002

Saturday, February 24, 2018 - 12:30 PM to 3:30 PM
Prerequisites

Due to the nature of the material being discussed and the size of the class and the time constraints the counselors do not recommend this badge class for scouts that have not completed 9th grade.

THIS MERIT BADGE HAS A LOT OF WORK YOU NEED TO DO PRIOR TO ARRIVAL AT MIDWAY.  GO TO THIS LINK AND DOWNLOAD AND PRINTOUT THE WORKSHEET:

http://usscouts.org/mb/worksheets/list.asp

ALL REQUIREMENTS ARE EXPECTED TO BE COMPLETED PRIOR TO ARRIVAL AT MIDWAY WITH EXCEPTION OF THE 13 WEEKS OF TRACKING YOUR INCOME/ EXPENSE (UNLESS YOU STARTED THAT EARLY ENOUGH). 

IF YOU WANT TO GET SIGNED OFF FOR COMPLETING THE PARTIALS FOR ALL, OR MOST OF, THE OTHER REQUIREMENTS FOR THIS BADGE AT MIDWAY YOU WILL NEED TO BRING  EVIDENCE OF  COMPLETING  ITEMS 1, 2, 5,6,  8, 9, 10 TO MIDWAY.

YOU WILL NEED TO BE PREPARED TO DISCUSS REQUIREMENTS 3, 4, 6 & 7 AS WELL AS SHOW ANY WORK RELATED TO THOSE REQUIREMENTS.

Available to these Registration Types
In-Council Scout
Out of Council Scout

Photography

Audience: Youth
Sessions
Full
Capacity: 30
Title: AM Class
Location: Ralston Middle School, 2675 Ralston Ave, Belmont, CA 94002

Saturday, February 24, 2018 - 8:30 AM to 11:30 AM
Capacity: 30
Title: PM Class
Location: Ralston Middle School, 2675 Ralston Ave, Belmont, CA 94002

Saturday, February 24, 2018 - 12:30 PM to 3:30 PM
Prerequisites

PHOTOGRAPHY

You must complete the worksheet, by answering the questions and do a project. (see below)

Bring a Digital Single Lens Reflex Camera (DSLR) or you don't have one, one can be provided but you must reserve one by emailing johngeer1@gmail.com asking for a camera reservation. We are limited to 16 cameras so please reserve one early. You are also welcome to bring your own camera if you need some help with it but the functions limited but similar. An older DSLR is better than a new camera without many functions.

 The borrowed cameras are all Canon. They are all Semi-Professional cameras most are 40D. If you would like to learn about the camera you can read the manual http://support.sapir.ac.il/files/2012/05/canon-40D.pdf All DSLR cameras are similar so take a look.

 THIS IS A HANDS ON CLASS and will spend most of the time USING THE CAMERA. (Marco, Panoramic, telephoto, shutter, F stops, wide angle, depth of field , group shots) Emphasis in class will be on understanding how to use the camera’s controls, lighting, and photo techniques. You will be taking photos most of the class.

 WORKSHEET: Do requirements 1-5 by completing the Photography WORKSHEET. It can be downloaded from http://meritbadge.org/wiki/images/b/bf/Photography.pdf . Download version and you can print it or fill it out on line but SAVE YOUR WORK AS YOU GO or you may lose it.

READ THE PHOTOGRAPHY MERIT BADGE BOOK.

 Requirement 4: You may email me the photos with the worksheet or bring them PRINTED or show them on a computer presentation at the class. A PC will be available not a MAC. You can bring it on a memory card or USB drive.

 NEED to BRING: Digital SLR Camera, fresh batteries, empty card, Completed Worksheet with photos.

 Email johngeer1@gmail.com to have your project approved before starting it. It must be done after you sign up for the merit badge not before.

We have several professional photographers to assist you. This merit badge will be very informative and FUN. Parents are welcome.

 If you have any questions about these prerequisites, or about the Photography merit badge class in general, please contact a counselor listed below:

 Lead Photography merit badge counselor

Mr. John Geer - johngeer1@gmail.com

Available to these Registration Types
In-Council Scout
Out of Council Scout
Full

Crime Prevention

Audience: Youth
Sessions
Full
Title: PM Class
Location: Ralston Middle School, 2675 Ralston Ave, Belmont, CA 94002

Saturday, February 24, 2018 - 12:30 PM to 3:30 PM
Prerequisites

Here are the pre-reqs for crime prevention.  They are listed by number for the requirements listed in the pamphlet.

2. Prepare a notebook of newspaper and other clippings that address crime and crime prevention efforts in your community (bring to class).

4. After doing EACH of the following, discuss with your counselor what you have learned.
     a. Inspect your neighborhood for opportunities that may lead to crime.  Learn how to do a crime     prevention survey.
      b. Using the checklist in the pamphlet, conduct a security survey of your home and discuss the results with your family.

6.  Help raise awareness about one school safety issue facing students by doing ONE of the following:
     a. Create a poster for display on a school bulletin board.
     b. With permission from school officials, create a page long public service announcement that could be read over the public address system at school or posted on the school's web site.
     c. Make a presentation to a group such as a Cub Scout den that addresses the issue (bring signed note to class if you do this one).

7.  Do ONE of the following:
     a. Assist in the planning and organization of a crime prevention program in your community such as Neighborhood Watch, Community Watch or Crime Stoppers.  Explain how this program can benefit your neighborhood

     b. With your parent's and counselor's approval, visit a jail or detention facility or a criminal court hearing. Discuss your experience with your counselor.

 9.  Discuss the following with your counselor:
     d. Choose a career in the crime prevention or security industry that interests you.  Describe the level of education required and responsibilities of a person in that position.  Tell why this position interests you (I can cover this with scouts who attend detention facility tour, or at the midway).
Available to these Registration Types
In-Council Scout
Out of Council Scout
Full

Railroading

Audience: Youth
Sessions
Full
Capacity: 15
Registered: 15
Title: AM Class
Location: Ralston Middle School, 2675 Ralston Ave, Belmont, CA 94002

Saturday, February 24, 2018 - 8:30 AM to 11:30 AM
Full
Capacity: 15
Registered: 15
Title: PM Class
Location: Ralston Middle School, 2675 Ralston Ave, Belmont, CA 94002

Saturday, February 24, 2018 - 12:30 PM to 3:30 PM
Prerequisites

RAILROADING

 Read the merit badge book in full.

 A number of the scouts taking Railroading in the past have written out their responses on a requirements worksheet they downloaded from the internet. This is fine, but they need to understand that they will also be verbally "spot checked" on the non-prerequisites on the day of the session.

 3-If you choose option (d), need to complete it prior to class.

 If you do 8a 1, 2, 4, or 5, please bring your work to class.

 If you choose Rail Fan 8 (b) as your Special Interest Area for Requirement #8, whichever two items you choose need to be completed prior to class.

Available to these Registration Types
In-Council Scout
Out of Council Scout
Full

Traffic Safety

Audience: Youth
Sessions
Full
Capacity: 23
Title: AM Class
Location: Ralston Middle School, 2675 Ralston Ave, Belmont, CA 94002

Saturday, February 24, 2018 - 8:30 AM to 11:30 AM
Prerequisites

TRAFFIC SAFETY

 Read a current version of the merit badge pamphlet and prior to Midway you need to do Requirement #5 and bring evidence of completion to Midway for the counselors to review.

 5. Do ONE of the following:

 a. Interview a traffic law enforcement officer in your community to identify what three traffic safety problems the officer is most concerned about. Discuss with your merit badge counselor possible ways to solve one of those problems.

 b. Using the Internet (with your parent's permission), visit five Web sites that cover safe driving for teenagers. As a group, discuss what you learn with your counselor and at least three other teenagers.

 c. Initiate and organize an activity or event to demonstrate the importance of traffic safety.

 d. Accompanied by an adult and a buddy, pick a safe place to observe traffic at a controlled intersection (traffic signal or stop sign) on three separate days and at three different times of the day, for 30 minutes on each visit. At this intersection, survey (1) such violations as running a red light or stop sign; or (2) seat belt usage. Count the number of violations or number of drivers not wearing a seat belt. Record in general terms if the driver was young or old , male or female . Keep track of the total number of vehicles observed so that you can determine the percentage of compliance vs. violations. Discuss the findings with your merit badge counselor.

 Scouts taking this badge to be on site at 7:45 AM as they will be perform traffic control at the site.

Available to these Registration Types
In-Council Scout
Out of Council Scout
Full

Law

Audience: Youth
Sessions
Full
Title: AM Class

Saturday, February 24, 2018 - 8:30 AM to 11:30 AM
Prerequisites

The prerequisites for the class are to: read the merit badge book and complete requirements 1 through 5 and 7 through 10 prior to the class. The Scouts may use the merit badge worksheet, found at the following website and page:      http://usscouts.org/usscouts/mb/worksheets/Law.pdf  

 but completing the worksheet is not a prerequisite for the merit badge.  In class we will conduct a mock trial of the liability issue of negligence in the Titanic case. The Scout may attend a session of court and complete requirement 6a instead of participating in the mock trial in class.

The Titanic case can be found on the Internet at http://www.andersonkill.com/titanic/home.htm

  The Scouts should download and study the materials about the case prior to the class.

In class the Scouts will act as lawyers, jurors, witnesses, court clerk or bailiff.  The counselor will be the judge.

Read the book before class.  Read and review the Titanic case materials online. Copies of the case materials will be supplied in class. The facts are limited to the website at http://www.andersonkill.com/titanic/home.htm

  No outside facts or materials not on that website. Bring paper and a pencil or pen. Be prepared to try the case.

Available to these Registration Types
In-Council Scout
Out of Council Scout
Full

Communications

Audience: Youth
Sessions
Full
Title: AM Class

Saturday, February 24, 2018 - 8:30 AM to 11:30 AM
Full
Title: PM Class

Saturday, February 24, 2018 - 12:30 PM to 3:30 PM
Prerequisites

Due to the nature of the material being discussed and the size of the class and the time constraints the counselor does not recommend this badge class for scouts that have not yet completed 7th grade.

Communication Merit Badge Prerequisites.

5. Attend a public meeting (city council, school board, debate) approved by your counselor where several points of view are given on a single issue. Practice active listening skills and take careful notes of each point of view. Prepare an objective report that includes all points of view that were expressed, and share this with your counselor.

8. Show evidence (a letter from your Scoutmaster) that you’ve Planned a troop or crew court of honor, campfire program, or an interfaith worship service. Have the patrol leaders' council approve it, then write the script and prepare the program. Serve as master of ceremonies.

 

Read the entire Communication merit badge book. Come to the Communication merit badge prepared to complete these requirements in class:

1d - Discuss communication techniques

2a - Describe yourself creatively to your group, using a short story or autobiography, song, or skit, and present to the group.  Your presentation must be at least 3 minutes long. (In class, but think about it beforehand so you're prepared).

3 - Come prepared with an idea for a 5 minute speech designed to persuade your listener to adopt your point of view.  Your speech must be at least 5 minutes long.  Think about your topic, reasoning, and content beforehand so that you will be able to write your speech quickly, and present your speech in class.

4 - Interview a fellow Scout during the Communication merit badge class, and introduce them to the other scouts in class

6 - Come prepared to teach a skill.  Your lesson must be 5 minutes long.  Bring teaching aids, examples, tools, etc. to help you. After teaching your skill be prepared to demonstrate whether or not your listener learned the skill, and discuss ways you could improve your teaching plan.

7a - Write a letter you would send to the editor of a magazine or your local newspaper.  Your letter must be at least 500 words in length, in your own words, persuasive, and it must be well-thought out and make a strong point or argument, or express an opinion and provide reasons for your opinion.  You may send this to me in advance at pcsmith04@comcast.net to review in order to get credit at the Midway.  If I feel that your letter does not meet the requirements mentioned above, I will not give credit for it.

9 - Discuss jobs that require communication skills (In class)

Available to these Registration Types
In-Council Scout
Out of Council Scout