These links are just for informational purpose and not directly endorsed by Troop 235 or South Oaks Baptist Church.  They are provided by the respective organizations, Longhorn Council or Circle Ten Council.  Please follow all YPT guidelines and follow due diligence.  Enjoy!
Great American Truck Show on August 26, 2017 - Dallas, TX.
There is an opportunity to earn one or two merit badges that are not usually offered at camps or merit badge colleges: Traffic Safety & Truck Transportation (limited to first 100 Scouts) . There is no fee and lunch is provided to the Scouts who take the class.  Event is at Dallas Convention Center.

Aviation Merit Badge at  FRONTIERS OF FLIGHT MUSEUM

AVIATION MERIT BADGE 2017 CLINICS :

FEBRUARY 25 & SEPTEMBER 16 AT DALLAS EXECUTIVE AIRPORT »  

Flight provided through the EAA Young Eagles Program

The Frontiers of Flight Museum offers the unique opportunity to go flying* and learn from actual pilots and aviation experts as part of our BSA Aviation Merit Badge clinics!
Questions? 214-350-1651 [email protected]
CAC Hornaday Weekend October 20-22 , 2017  at Lost Pines in Bastrop, TX
Protecting and Managing Natural Resources Through Scouting
Scouts attending the Hornaday Award Weekend work on badges such as Soil and Water Conservation, Oceanography, Environmental Science and Landscape Architecture in preparation for leading a major conservation project in their community. 
Find out more here:  http://www.hornadaybsa.org/
The merit badge instructors are top-notch professionals in their fields, and have designed lots of hands-on activities to introduce you to their work.   
The Hornaday Award Weekend provides a path toward earning Scouting's highest conservation award, offering all 21 Hornaday merit badges.  The weekend also offers Leave No Trace training and the Take Care of Texas Award.

If you have questions, please contact Mr. Vreeland, who will be teaching a Leave No Trace Trainer course that weekend.

MERIT BADGE WORKSHOPS FOR BOY SCOUTS

The new  Perot Museum of Nature and Science - near the American Airlines Center - offers merit badge workshops for Boys Scouts.  Current offerings can be found by clicking here

By the end of each workshop, Boy Scouts should have completed all the requirements for that badge. But as every scout knows, merit badges are earned, not given!

  • Most badges require homework to be completed prior to the workshop
  • These assignments will be sent by email
  • Blue cards will not be signed for incomplete homework
  • Please familiarize yourself with requirements before reserving your workshop

Workshop Times and Pricing

  • Check in at 8:30am; workshops start promptly at 9am and ends at 4pm
  • Chaperone not required

Badge workshop fees do not include general Museum admission. Reservations must be paid in full at the time of booking and are non-refundable. Special payment arrangements may be made for groups of 15 or more.


https://www.perotmuseum.org/events-and-programs/children/scouting-adventures/boy-scouts/index.html#boy-0scout

Merit Badges: 

2017

February 11 - Engineering Merit

February 25 - Digital Technology Merit

March 4 - Citizenship in the Community Eagle Merit

April 1 - Space Exploration Merit

April 22 - Environmental Science Eagle Merit

May 6 - Chemistry Merit

June 3 - Engineering Merit

June 10 - Aviation Merit

June 25 - Robotics Merit

July 1 - Citizenship in the Community Eagle Merit

July 15 - Aviation Merit

July 29 - Digital Technology Merit

August 5 - Environmental Science Eagle Merit

Aviation Merit Badge Training at the  Cavanaugh Flight Museum in Addison, TX
Usually one Saturday per month on the  2nd Saturday of each month.
972-380-8800

Cost is $5 per Scout.

Bring to class:

  1. sack lunch and drink
  2. Aviation Merit Badge book and worksheet and Blue card

Click here for the flier.

4572 Claire Chennault, Addison, TX 75001

Calendar of Upcoming Merit Badge Workshops
The Museum is relocating to Philmont and no longer offering merit badge classes after May 2017.  

Boy Scout merit badge class at the Tarrant Regional Water Districts Fly Fest.  SATURDAY, MARCH 11

This is a fly fishing festival that takes place on the Trinity River in Fort Worth, Texas. 

Once again TRWD will release 2200 pounds of trout at the festival located along the shores of the Trinity River.     Within this festival, for the second year, we are incorporating a Boy Scout merit badge class to help boy scouts earn their fly fishing merit badge. The scout class runs from 10:00AM to around 2:30PM we would ask for you to show up at 9:30AM to get everyone rounded up and going.  We have all of the equipment needed, the full outline of the course mapped out, we just need help with staff to volunteer. If you would take a minute and check out our website at www.trwdflyfest.com you can see everything our festival has to offer. We had an amazing turn out last year with the scouts and we already have scouts signing up for this year! If you would like to participate as an instructor please reach out to me at (817) 372-2015 or send me your contact and a good time to call and I will be happy to discuss all of this in depth. Thank you all for taking this event into consideration, we would love to have you all as a part of our event to make it a success again!


The festival will take place in and along the rippling waters of the Clear Fork of the Trinity River located near the intersection of Bryant Irvin Road and River Park Drive.   Parking is located at: River Park Trailhead - 3100 Bryant Irvin Rd, Fort Worth, TX 76109 

Earn you Fly Fishing Merit Badge at the Texas Fly Fishing Festival - March 11 & 12, 2017 Plano, Texas.

The group Take Me Fishing is offering this BSA-approved class at no charge to encourage Scouts to earn their Merit Badge in Fly Fishing. Students will rotate through a day-long program that will expose them to a variety of topics from casting to fly tying, all of which will be taught by BSA-Certified instructors. While the class is free, Scouts are encouraged to wear their uniforms to the festival. Sorry, only practicing Boy Scouts may participate in this class. For planning purposes please register for the class by emailing Bret Bolton [email protected].  More details are found at

http://txflyfishingfestival.org/boy-scout-merit-badge-program/

LHC MEDICAL MERIT BADGE UNIVERSITY at UNT Health Ft Worth
Due to financial difficulties beyond the control of Medical MBU, the 2017 Medical MBU held at the University of North Texas Health Science Center in Fort Worth has been cancelled. We are working closely to reach an agreement with the University that will allow us to continue providing this community service in the future. We hope to be back in North Texas in 2018 for a great Medical MBU event.

The University of North Texas Health Science Center is located at 3500 Camp Bowie Boulevard, Fort Worth, TX 76107. (817) 735-2000.

Merit Badges Offered
  • TBD
More information can be found here: http://www.medicalmbu.com/

Heard Natural Science Museum & Wildlife Sanctuary

2017

Environmental Science Merit Badge

  • Part 1: March 19, 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m.
  • Part 2: April 2, 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m.
http://www.heardmuseum.org/scouting
Registration & Attendance Information
  • Pre-registration and pre-payment is required. Workshop fees are non-refundable. If the scout is unable to attend the merit badge workshop, we will do our best to reschedule for the next workshop. Refunds will only be issued in the event that we must cancel or reschedule a workshop.Click here to register for Environmental Science Merit Badge. Click here to register for Mammal Merit Badge.
  • Class 1 Medical Record and Code of Conduct Form are required (available below).
  • Please bring your own lunch, a water bottle with carrier, and wear a Class A or B uniform.

Registration form


Texas State Technical College BSA Merit Badge College

You are invited to attend the Merit Badge College at Texas State Technical College Waco.

It is usually held during the  Heart of Texas Camp-O-Ree the 3rd weekend of April.

Link is here: http://www.tstc.edu/bsa/


Medieval Times and Animal Science MB

Enjoy an opportunity to check out a Medieval Times show, eat some great food and work with horses towards you Animal Science Merit Badge.

SCOUTS AND THEIR FAMILIES CAN ENJOY AN EXCLUSIVE SCOUT SHOW

2017 Dates

Sunday, April 23, 2017 - 2:00pm

Sunday, May 21, 2017 - 2:00pm

- INCLUDING AN EDUCATIONAL PRESENTATION WITH A CLOSER
LOOK AT WEAPONRY, FALCONRY, KNIGHTHOOD AND LIFE DURING THE MIDDLE AGES.

- NOTE the cost is now $31.95

Scouts can also participate in an interactive Animal Science Merit Badge workshop hosted pre-show by a Merit Badge Counselor. Workshop will cover the horse elements of the animal science badge. Some prerequisites may be required and not all requirements may be met. Must be pre-registered to participate in the Merit Badge workshop. Space is limited. Merit Badge workshop is FREE with admission to show! Reservation required-

Email [email protected] to book now! All Scouts in attendance will receive a Medieval Times Scout Knight patch! Merit Badge presentation begins an hour before the show.  Download flier  or visit: 

http://www.medievaltimes.com/plan-your-trip/dallas-tx/celebrate-with-us/scout-troops.html

Boy Scout Radio Merit Badge
Ham-Com will be hosting the Boy Scout Radio Merit Badge
Location: Windhaven Room 

Date:  June 9-10, 2017

SPACE IS LIMITED SO REGISTER EARLY! Click here for more info.

Ham-Com, the biggest Amateur Radio gathering in Texas, will host the Boy Scout Radio Merit Badge at the Plano Center in Plano, Texas. This innovative Boy Scout one-day Radio Merit Badge is like NO other Merit Badge. The class is limited to the first 200 Boy Scouts enrolled. This Radio Merit Badge will be done in a fun and constructive way. All the instructors are Amateur Radio operators and Boy Scout leaders. This is the same Radio Merit Badge that has been offered at the Circle Ten Council, Winter Camp with a twist. It has also been used in 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013 and 6 other Hamfest across the USA. It's very popular!

The Scouts are able to see and use Amateur Radio equipment and we will be doing a Radio Fox hunt. What !!! You do not know what an Amateur Radio Fox hunt is all about. You will have to come to Ham-Com to find out. No animals are harmed!

The cost is FREE to all Scouts in uniform. Scout leaders in uniform will also be able to get in FREE. Lunch will be provided for all Scouts under 18 years of age.   Registration is expected to open in January

All Boy Scouts in uniform who have completed the one-day Radio Merit Badge will have the chance to take the FCC Technician Exam at NO COST (under 18 years of age ONLY). Scouts taking advantage of this offer must bring three (3) different printed copies of the completed test result with different test numbers from www.qrz.com showing a passing score of 80 or higher. The Tests must be 3 different test with different time and dates. Specific forms of identification with Photos ( one has to have a Photo) are required [Two (2) copies] to take the test. Please check the VE TESTING section on this website for more details. The Merit Badge VE Session Master is a final arbiter regarding qualification for free tests. If you have any questions about the one-day Radio Merit Badge session, send an e-mail to Richard M. Phillips, Sr.; (KB5YBQ) at [email protected] or call 972.423.1632.

Adventure Scuba in Plano offers opportunities to earn Oceanography, Scuba, Lifesaving and First Aid merit badges.   There are regularly scheduled courses that you can find at: http://adventurescubaonline.com/boy-scouts/

Orienteering Merit Badge

A merit badge briefing will take place 30 minutes before the beginner’s clinic at the monthly meets of the North Texas Orienteering Association (NTOA). For 2 day meets the briefing will be on day 1 only. Scouts should check the http://www.ntoa.com latest information on meet schedule.

Troops must provide their own 2-deep leadership or parents should accompany Scouts to the meets. NTOA will provide instruction and courses to complete the merit badge requirements. The merit badge requires participation in 3 orienteering courses and working as an official at one meet. Generally Scouts can complete one course per meet day.

Note to Scoutmasters: The courses will satisfy the 1st Class orienteering requirement if you add the measuring of the height and width of objects (flag pole, tree, creek, etc.). That instruction is not provided.

Scouts should arrive at least 30 minutes before the first beginner’s clinic for the merit badge briefing. Scouts should wear clothes suitable for bushwhacking through the forest. Running shoes or boots are OK. Long pants or jeans, gaiters, or tall socks would be good. Bring suitable outdoor gear for the weather conditions (jacket, poncho or rain suit, gloves, hat, etc.). Orienteering meets are held even if raining. Also compass, watch, canteen or water bottle, and whistle (loaners available). Many bring a sack lunch for after they run. Awards are given after the competition.    http://www.ntoa.com/bsa/head_boyscouts.htm

BAYLOR MERIT BADGE COLLEGE 2016

USUALLY OFFERED END OF OCTOBER AND MID-NOVEMBER BUT DUE TO CONFLICT WITH LHC CAMPOREE IT WAS CANCELLED FOR 2016

More details found here or at http://www.baylor.edu/boyscouts/

Registration via inteliscout.com will open on