Posted on 15 December 2010 by Dan
Beginning in early 2011, Boy Scouts will be able to manage their merit badges with an interactive application for the Apple iPhone. The application which will be available for $1.99 through the iTunes Store, will let Scouts review merit badge requirements, keep track of their progress by requirement, and even share their success on Facebook.
“Boys are notoriously bad at paperwork and famously good at technology. This app will help Scouts keep up with their advancement and undoubtedly spur them on to achieve even more,” said Bob Wiemers, team leader for Publishing & Printing Solutions.
The app’s home screen shows the total number of badges the Scout has completed and started. With a few taps, he can check the requirements for any badge, find links to related websites and resources, and record the requirements he has completed. He can also post his results to Facebook from within the application.
If a Scout has already purchased The Boy Scout Handbook – Boy Scouts of America app, which appeared in 2009, it will automatically be imported into the new app. The handbook app is also available for purchase through the merit badge app for $7.99.
The merit badge app is about more than just merit badges. It also includes an RSS aggregator that pushes Scouting news to the owner’s phone.
Source: ProSpeak Best Practices Dec 2010
Posted on 02 April 2010 by Dan
It’s been a long wait since Scouting Magazine announced the Historic Merit Badge Program back in January to yesterday when the program was made live for Scouts to earn the badges. (ok, technically the material first appeared on March 30th, according to some readers- however according to the material April 1st was the first day of the program.) The original announcement with lack of details caused quite a flurry on the web with some Councils and Leaders jumping the gun and offering the merit badges based solely off of the original requirements. A lot of folks couldn’t wait for the details as is apparent from the comments on our February 2nd post stating the Historic Merit Badge Program was on hold until the materials were finished and posted online per the original announcement.
All of the support material for the Historic Merit Badge Program can now be found here:
The site features background, requirements for each of the four Historic Merit Badges (Carpentry, Signaling, Tracking, Pathfinding), sample press releases, Historic Merit Badge Fliers, an implementation plan, and plans to hold the merit badge sessions at Council events.
According to the National site, one of the goals for the Historic Merit Badge program is for a majority of the BSA’s registered Boy Scouts earn one of the merit badges during the centennial year. The historic badges will count towards a Scout’s rank advancement, and the effective date for earning these merit badges is April 1, 2010, and the requirements must be completed no later than December 31st, 2010.
Since it is now official, don’t delay, go out and recruit some appropriate Merit Badge Counselors and help your Scouts take this step back in history! Everything you need is available at http://www.scouting.org/sitecore/content/Home/BoyScouts/AdvancementandAwards/historical_mb_program.aspx
Over the next few days, we at Scouting News are going to take an in-depth look into all four of these Historical Merit Badges.
Posted on 23 January 2009 by Dan
Hat Tip: BoyandGirlScouts.com: Play the Merit Badge Game
Sporcale has a Boy Scouts Merit Badge Quiz Game on its website. The goal of the game is to list all 121 Boy Scout Merit Badges in under 10 minutes.
Originally begun as a sports pick’em site, Sporcle changed directions with the response to the first quiz, U.S. Presidents. As avid crossword, Jeopardy! and trivia fans, we created that original quiz not only to test knowledge, but also as a way to learn a piece of information that seemed to come up again and again.
Since then, Sporcle has continued to create quizzes for entertainment, memory and diversion (don’t worry, we won’t tell your boss).
I noticed Joshua from BoyandGirlScouts.com didn’t tell us his score, but I’ll share my disappointing score:
You got 75 out of 121 merit badges for the Boy Scouts of America
I almost missed two badges that I have taught numerous times! I won’t mention them just in case you are going to play.
Can you name all 121 Merit Badges in under 10 minutres? Without cheating?
Posted on 04 September 2008 by Dan
Each year the Boy Scouts of America makes changes to the advancement requirements.
These changes will be listed in the Boy Scout Requirements Book (BSA Publication No. 33215) which is published yearly. Please note that the Merit Badge Pamphlets may or may not reflect the changes depending on when they are published. The requirements in the annual Boy Scout Requirements Book supersedes the requirements in the Merit Badge pamphlets.
The following Merit Badges have requirement changes set for 2009:
– Auto Mechanics became “Automotive Maintenance”
– Coin Collecting
– Emergency Preparedness
– Farm Mechanics
– Indian Lore
– Insect Study
– Landscape Architecture
Paul Wolf, over at the U.S. Scouting Service Project has preformed an in depth analysis of the requirement changes. See the changes at: http://www.usscouts.org/advance/changes/advchanges09.asp