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Preliminary Requirements for Inventing Merit Badge

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Preliminary Requirements for Inventing Merit Badge

Posted on 06 June 2010 by admin

The preliminary requirements for Inventing Merit Badge are starting to float around to various Councils.  The Inventing Merit Badge is set to debut sometime in 2010.  These requirements should not be used to start the Inventing Merit Badge but rather to provide an idea of what the merit badge will entail, prior to its release, to drum up support and excitement. 

Proposed Inventing Merit Badge Requirements 

1. In your own words, define inventing. Then do the following:
     A. Explain to your merit badge councilor the role of inventors and their inventions in the economic development of the United States. 

     B. List three inventions and how they have helped humankind. 

2. Do ONE of the following:
     A. Identify and interview with a buddy (and with your parent’s permission and merit badge counselor’s approval) an individual in your community who has invented a useful item. Report what you learned to your counselor. 

     B. Read about three inventors. Select the one you find most interesting and tell your counselor what you learned. 

3. Do EACH of the following:
     A. Define the term intellectual property. Explain which government agency oversees the protection of intellectual property, the types of intellectual property that can be protected, how such property is protected, and why protection is necessary.

     B. Explain the components of a patent and the different types of patents available.

     C. Examine your Scouting gear and find a patent number on a camp item you have used. With your parent’s permission, use the Internet to find out more about that patent. Compare the finished item with the claims and drawings in the patent. Report what you learned to your counselor.

     D. Explain the term patent infringement.

4. Discuss with your counselor the types of inventions that are appropriate to share with others without protecting and explain why. Tell your counselor about one nonpatented or noncopyrighted invention and its impact on society.

 5. Choose a commercially available product that you have used on an overnight camping trip with your troop. Make recommendations for improving the product, make a sketch that shows your recommendations, and discuss your recommendations with your counselor. 

6. Think of an item you would like to invent that would solve a problem for your family, troop, chartered organization, community, or a special-interest group. Then do EACH of the following, while keeping a notebook to record your progress: 

     A. Talk to potential users of your invention and determine their needs. Then, based on what you have learned, write a proposal about the invention and how it would help solve a problem.  This proposal should include a detailed sketch of the invention. 

     B. Create a model of the item using clay, cardboard, or any other readily available material. List the materials necessary to build a prototype of the item. 

     C. Share the idea and model with your counselor and potential users of your invention. Record their feedback in your notebook. 

7. Build a working prototype of the item you invented for requirement 6*, then test and evaluate the invention. Among the aspects to consider in your evaluation are cost, usefulness, marketability, appearance, and function. Describe how your initial vision and expectations for your idea and the final product are similar or dissimilar. Have your counselor evaluate and critique your prototype.

*Before you begin building the prototype, you must share your design and building plans with your counselor and have your counselor’s approval.  [[The health and safety aspects can be discussed in a note to the counselor and in the text.]] 

8. Do ONE of the following:
     A. Participate in an invention, science, engineering, or robotics club or team that builds a useful item. Share your experience with your counselor.

     B. Visit a museum or exhibit dedicated to an inventor or invention, and create a presentation of your visit to share with a group such as your troop or patrol.

9. Discuss with your counselor the diverse skills, education, training, and experience it takes to be an inventor. Discuss how you can prepare yourself to be creative and inventive to solve problems at home, in school, and in your community. Discuss three career fields that might utilize the skills of an inventor.

Remember these are not the final requirements, and Scouts can not start working on the new Inventing Merit Badge until the merit badge pamphlet is released by National.

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World Record-Breaking CPR and AED Training Event to be Attempted at National Jamboree

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World Record-Breaking CPR and AED Training Event to be Attempted at National Jamboree

Posted on 06 June 2010 by Dan

Each and every one of the estimated 43,000 Scouts and leaders expected in attendance at the 2010 National Scout Jamboree are invited to participate in an event attempting to break the World Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) and Automated External Defibrillation (AED) training record. Not only will participants be able to stake their claim as being part of this historic event, but they will return home with the ability to perform these life-saving skills in their communities if ever called upon.

This once in a lifetime opportunity will take place on July 29, 2010 from 8:00 AM – 9:00 PM at the Fort A.P. Hill Arena. Thirteen separate group training sessions will be conducted and will begin promptly at each hour mark. Participants will be issued nationally-recognized CPR & AED course completion cards from the Emergency Care and Safety Institute.

Stay tuned to Boy Scouts of America‘s email notifications for further information. A website dedicated to this World record-breaking event is available at

Laerdal Medical has graciously donated 2,500 “Jamboree Edition” personal manikin kits to be used for on-site training. In addition, Laerdal is extending a special event purchase price to Jamboree attendees for only $19.00. Now, Scouts can practice the life-saving skills of CPR they’ve learned at the Jamboree and help teach other family members when returning home. Strengthen the chain of survival in your community! For more information click here.

Instructors from Mary Washington Healthcare, an approved American Heart Association Training Center, will be on hand to assist in CPR & AED training at the event. Several hundred American Heart Association and Emergency Care and Safety Institute instructors throughout the region are expected to participate in this historic event. To learn more about Mary Washington Healthcare, please click here.

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CEO of Exxon Mobil Named National BSA President

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CEO of Exxon Mobil Named National BSA President

Posted on 02 June 2010 by Dan

The Boy Scouts of America (BSA) announced today that Rex Tillerson, chairman and CEO of Exxon Mobil Corporation, has been elected to serve as the 33rd president of the century-old organization. Tillerson will step into his new role during the BSA’s National Annual Meeting in Dallas, May 26–28.

During his two-year term, Tillerson will direct the National Executive Board, which guides the national youth-service organization. A top priority for Tillerson will be to build upon the momentum and excitement generated by the organization’s 100th anniversary.

Tillerson, who is an Eagle Scout, sees scouting as a powerful vehicle for preparing the current generation of young people to become the skilled leaders of tomorrow. While the BSA’s mission and principles have remained constant throughout the last century, the BSA continues to adapt to today’s youth, embracing new technology and channels to deliver programs to reach current and new members.

“The investment with the greatest return is the one we make in our country’s youth. Scouting provides opportunities for young people to experience and understand the world around them—not only making them better citizens, but more successful contributors to the workforce,” Tillerson said. “I can speak to the power of those lessons — I am a product of the Scouting program. I apply the values and principles I learned as a Scout on a daily basis.”

ExxonMobil is a global leader in an industry that uses technology and innovation in every element of its business and recognizes the essential role of math and science in the energy industry and the country as a whole. ExxonMobil is working with the BSA on programs that incorporate meaningful science, technology, engineering, and mathematics education into the Scouting experience.

“Rex Tillerson has the rare talent of being a visionary who inspires thousands, but also possesses the mind of an engineer who knows how to get things done,” said Bob Mazzuca, chief scout executive of the BSA. “With the benefit of his business acumen, deep love of Scouting, and his leadership skills, the Boy Scouts of America is well-prepared to enter our second century of service to others.”

Tillerson is a member of the BSA’s National Executive Board and is active in the Circle Ten Council in Dallas. In addition to being named president during the National Annual Meeting, Tillerson also received the Silver Buffalo Award, the highest commendation given by the BSA for extraordinary service to youth. Tillerson is one of 12 Silver Buffalo recipients this year, including Microsoft cofounder Bill Gates.

Named by Fortune as one of the 25 most powerful people in business, Tillerson leads one of the world’s largest corporations, overseeing more than 80,000 employees on six continents. He joined Exxon as a production engineer in 1975 and rose quickly through the ranks before assuming leadership of operations in Russia and parts of the Middle East during the 1990s. Following Exxon’s merger with Mobil Corporation in 1999, Tillerson became an executive vice president. He assumed his current position of chairman and CEO in 2006.

In addition to Scouting, Tillerson is involved in numerous business groups and is a former director of the United Negro College Fund. He is also a member of the Chancellor’s Council and the Engineering Advisory Board for the University of Texas at Austin and the Society of Petroleum Engineers.

Tillerson follows in the footsteps of past BSA national presidents: John Gottschalk, chairman and CEO of the Omaha World-Herald Company; William F. “Rick” Cronk, former president of Dreyer’s Grand Ice Cream; John Cushman, chairman of Cushman & Wakefield Inc.; Roy S. Roberts, managing director of Reliant Equity Investors; Milton Ward, CEO of Ward Resources Inc.; and Ed Whitacre, chairman and CEO of General Motors.

A native of Wichita Falls, Tillerson is a graduate of the University of Texas at Austin. He and his wife, Renda, have four children.

Source: Boy Scouts of America

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