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INFORMATION

Home Page last Updated 03-31-2014


Scoutmaster Bucky has proudly offered
in conjunction with Cubmaster Bob Katt
and Advisor Kodi

 over 7,925+ Boy Scout merit badge opportunities and
 over 100+ Boy Scout online merit badge opportunities and
over 3,400+ Webelos activity pin opportunities and
over 1,000+ Cub Scout belt loop opportunities and
and 35+ Venturing opportunities

 to Scouts since January 2009.
 

Remember the Boy Scout Motto: Be Prepared
at Scoutmaster Bucky events this is not a request, wish, or desire....
it's an expectation
 

CONTACT INFORMATION

 


Scoutmaster Bucky is Brian Reiners

registered Cubmaster, Scoutmaster, and Advisor in the Northern Star Council

contact number: six one two - four eight three - zero six six five
email:
 

 

REFUND POLICY

Requests for refund or cancellations will be honored anytime up to a week prior to any event or until registration for the class/event has closed.

NEWS


University of Scouting Merit Badge Classes in the YAK College (Youth Advancement and Knowledge)
Registration is OPEN unfortunately very few spots are available

Online Merit Badges April  Registration is OPEN

2014 Honor Weekend Registrations is OPEN


Coming Soon - May Online Merit Badges

Coming Soon - Scoutmaster Bucky Summer Fun

APRIL 2014


SATURDAY APRIL 12 , 2014

COLLEGE OF YOUTH ADVANCEMENT AND KNOWLEDGE (YAK}

UNIVERSITY OF SCOUTING - LAKEVILLE, MINNESOTA

 
 
 


Spring 2014
University of Scouting

COLLEGE OF YOUTH ADVANCEMENT AND KNOWLEDGE
sponsored by
Scoutmaster Bucky and Northern Star Council

Scoutmaster Bucky in partnership with Northern Star Council is excited to be a part of the College of Youth Advancement and Knowledge (YAK) offering Advancement and Training opportunities to our Scouting Youth alongside the training of our Adult Leaders at the Northern Star Council's University of Scouting.

All registrations include name badge, exclusive YAK patch, and lunch

2014 Boy Scout Merit Badge 1/2 Day Classes

       
Animal Science Composite Materials Environmental Science Farm Mechanics
       
Insect Study Inventing Pulp and Paper Robotics
       
Space Exploration Surveying Sustainability Traffic Safety
       
     
Veterinary Medicine      
       
       

All classes have pre-requisites which are shown above.  It is your responsibility to "be prepared" with these pre-requisites. It is NOT acceptable to attend unprepared. 

 

Merit Badge Classes will only be made available for a Youth Sign Up so make sure you are trying to sign up as a youth.  Classes are 1/2 day (three hours) and must be selected in the Hour 1 and/or Hour 5 slots of the sign up.  Once selected the concurrent class period will be filled with your selection.

 

YOU MUST USE THE HOUR 1 and/or HOUR 5 PULL DOWN AREAS TO SELECT YOUR MERIT BADGE CLASS AS A YOUTH REGISTRANT WHEN REGISTERING


Click Here for the Registration Page

 
 

SCOUTMASTER BUCKY ONLINE - APRIL 2014

 
 

 

The following merit badges are being offered as a part of the Scoutmaster Bucky Online program for April 2014 helping to deliver program through today's online technology. Participation is open to all currently registered Boy Scouts from around the US and beyond.

THESE ARE ONLINE CLASSES which require certain pre-requisites in order to participate.

Scouts must have a PC or Laptop with a reliable high speed internet connection with web cam, speakers, and phone / microphone for voice. No Tablet or Mobile device connections allowed.  Cisco webex Web Conferencing (www.webex.com) will be utilized by all. (The class weblink will be forwarded to participants within 48 hours of registration completion via email)

Scouts must provide signed Blue Card via mail or email along with Signed Parental and Scout Leader (Scoutmaster preferred) Consent Form in order to participate.  No exceptions.

Scouts will need to do class preparation pre-requisites to "Be Prepared" for the online class.  It is recommended whenever possible to have answers filled in electronically so that prepared answers can be easily copied and shared during the class.

Registration is per participant, not per web connection.  For more than one participant on a single web connection please contact Scoutmaster Bucky via email after registering for one participant.  Maximum of three participants per web connection.

All counselors and staff are registered Merit Badge Counselors within the Northern Star Council of the BSA and are up-to-date with their Youth Protection Training.

Blue Cards will be returned via US Postal Service whether completed or partial. The online class does not guarantee completion of this merit badge, however with decent preparation and active, positive participation during the class, many, if not all, requirements could be completed.

A Scoutmaster Bucky Online Technician (Techmaster Kirch) will be available and managing each class 1/2 hour prior to class start time to help troubleshoot connection issues for participants

Please contact Scoutmaster Bucky via email if you would like to send forms and original blue card via postal mail.  Mailing address will be provided upon request but will not be posted on the website.

 
 

Thursday
April 17, 2014
7:00 p.m.  - 10:30 p.m.

EDT

6:00 p.m.  - 9:30 p.m.

CDT

5:00 p.m.  - 8:30 p.m.

MDT

4:00 p.m.  - 7:30 p.m.

PDT

MERIT BADGE

Sign on link and instructions will be emailed to you 48 hours prior to the class start time.

CLASS PARTICIPATION AND PREPARATION DOCUMENTS:


 

Thursday
April 24, 2014
7:00 p.m.  - 10:30 p.m.

EDT

6:00 p.m.  - 9:30 p.m.

CDT

5:00 p.m.  - 8:30 p.m.

MDT

4:00 p.m.  - 7:30 p.m.

PDT

MERIT BADGE

Sign on link and instructions will be emailed to you 48 hours prior to the class start time.

CLASS PARTICIPATION AND PREPARATION DOCUMENTS:


 

 

 
 

MAY 2014

 

 

 

Scoutmaster Bucky and Northern Star Council are proud to present

2014 HONOR WEEKEND
HC1-250-14-1

 (Basic B and Masters Course)


 

HONOR WEEKEND 2014

MAY 9, 2014 thru MAY 11, 2014

OPEN TO ALL YOUTH
ages 13 to 20

so tell a friend they don't have to be a Scout to participate
Boy Scouts, Venturing Scouts, Girl Scouts and American Heritage Girls, 4H, are all welcome

(Must be 13 years old or older to participate)

limited adult participation spots available

DOWNLOAD THE 2014 HONOR WEEKEND FLYER HERE

Crowne Plaza Hotel and Event Center
May 9 - 11, 2014
Minneapolis (Plymouth), Minnesota

 

What:  Honor Weekend

Who: Open to all youth ages 13 years old and older
(past participants are welcome to join us again as the program contains new and different classes than last year)

When: May 9-11, 2014 (Mother's Day Weekend)

Where: Crowne Plaza Hotel and Event Center - Minneapolis (Plymouth), Minnesota

Cost: $30 Pre-Registration (down payment) [$150.00 balance due not later than April 30, 2014]  This cost includes 2 nights of hotel lodging, meals, activities, and recognition items

The Honor Weekend is for those that want to be the best of the best.  Honor Weekend is a fun-filled weekend of activities and learning focusing on honor, chivalry, manners, social skills, etiquette, and character enhancement.

Interactive Presentations and Activities will introduce and reinforce participants to the the history of Chivalry and what the honor of a gentleman and honor of a lady means. Skills including introductions, salutations, flag etiquette, first impressions, how the words we use define us, dress and grooming, phone, texting, and online etiquette, job interviews and applications, Introduction to Robert's Rules of Order, dance rules and etiquette, table manners and do's and don'ts, religious etiquette, social awareness and sensitivities, and much more.

New this year is the Master's Course available to past participants only who are 15 years or older.  The Master's Course will have a variation of classes from the standard basic course and will include Resume writing, job applications, actual job interviews, driver's etiquette, and dealing with teen personal relationships. Of course all the other fun activities of the Basic Course will be included for Master Course participants.

The event will be held at the Crowne Plaza Minneapolis in Plymouth, Minnesota and youth will be assigned to a patrol with 5 other male or female youth respectively.  They will share a multi-room hotel room for the two nights of the weekend.  They will work within their patrol as well as in a large group on different activities and build friendships that will last a lifetime. 

Participants will be provided meals along with great activities which include an organized game night on Friday night and a masquerade dance on Saturday evening (fully chaperoned and structured of course), culminating with Sunday's Mother's Day Brunch where the youth will be your seaters, greeters and server's displaying their newly acquired skills, knowledge, and experience.  Please consider joining us.

Participants will receive a distinguished award called the Honor Beret which can be worn to help identify them as one of the best of the best in civilian or program dress.  Of course this honor comes with a price, you can lose the privilege of wearing the Honor Beret should you be identified as not living up to the code of conduct presented at this Honor Weekend.

Hey Adults..... fear not for those of you who want to send your spouse.  This event has a very, very, very limited number of adult participant spots.  One patrol of adults will also be allowed to participate right along side the youth patrols.  These spots are limited and will be on a first come first serve basis.  Additionally, those adults signing up for participation will be considered for adult staff for next year's program.

NOTE: The pre-registration cost is non refundable guarantee to hold a participation spot for you.  The remaining balance of $150.00 is due not later than April 30, 2014.

There is a mandatory Pre-Course Meeting being held on Wednesday April 30, 2014 at the Dan Patch Savage American Legion where participants and families will learn further details of the weekend, meet their patrol leader and fellow participants, and turn in required health forms and waiver forms.  Information will be provided via email to all registered participants a few weeks prior to this evening.

 
 
 
Family and friends of Honor Weekend Participants... check this out....
 
MOTHER'S DAY BRUNCH

We want the whole family to be a part of the honor weekend so please join the Honors Weekend Participants as they are your greeters, seaters, and servers at this special Mothers' Day Brunch.  All family members are welcome.  Honors Weekend Participants will also receive their awards and accomplishments in a formal ceremony during this Mother's Day Brunch.  Come one, come all.

 
 
 
 

 

NEW Merit Badge Updates

 

SCUBA
Merit Badge
released December 2009
click for requirements
Scouting Heritage
Merit Badge

released May 2010
click for requirements
Inventing
Merit Badge

released June 2010
click for requirements
Geocaching
Merit Badge

released December 2010
click for requirements
       

Robotics
Merit Badge

released April 2011
click for requirements
Chess
Merit Badge

released September 2011
click for requirements
Welding
Merit Badge

released February 2012
click for requirements
Kayaking
Merit Badge

released June 2012
click for requirements
       

Search and Rescue
Merit Badge

released August 2012
click for requirements
Game Design
Merit Badge

released March 2013
click for requirements
Programming
Merit Badge

released
July 2013

requirements coming soon
Cycling
Merit Badge

anticipated update release
May 2013
This will add a Mountain Biking option to the requirements
requirements coming soon
       

Sustainability
Merit Badge

released
July 2013
(2013 Jamboree)
This will become an Eagle-required merit badge allowing Scouts to choose either Environmental Science or Sustainability Merit Badge
requirements coming very soon
Cooking
Merit Badge

released
January 2014
This will become an Eagle-required merit badge

 

requirements coming soon

Mining in Society
Merit Badge

released
 February 2014
at the Society for Mining, Metallurgy, & Exploration's Annual Meeting in Salt Lake City
 

requirements coming soon

Digital Technology
Merit Badge

anticipated release
early 2014
will replace Computer Merit Badge
 

requirements coming soon

       

Animation
Merit Badge

anticipated release
2014
 
Signs, Signals, & Codes
Merit Badge

anticipated release
2014
 
Multi-Media
Merit Badge

anticipated release
2014
 
Computer-Aided Design
Merit Badge

anticipated release
2014-2015
 
       

     
Advanced Computing
Merit Badge

anticipated release
2015
     
       

 

Blue Cards - Comprehensive Merit Badge Application (Blue Card) Instruction Guide

 

Nothing creates more questions here at Scoutmaster Bucky than Blue Cards.  I searched and searched and while the Internet holds a lot of useful information, there is not a whole lot of detailed information available for Blue Cards

Scoutmaster Bucky is proud to offer the first comprehensive Merit Badge Application (Blue Card) Instruction Guide - aka How to Fill Out a Blue Card.. This document is a guide for both Youth Scouts and Adult Scouters and Merit Badge Counselors alike. The guide was put together to help all parties involved in the handling of Blue Cards to understand each others responsibilities and roles in the process.

        (Click here to download Scoutmaster Bucky's - How to Fill Out a Blue Card Document).

Let Scoutmaster Bucky know what you think.  Was this guide helpful? Any questions, clarifications, or corrections? Send me your questions and watch this section for updates.  (Click here to send Scoutmaster Bucky a Blue Card Instruction Guide Inquiry email).


 

Scoutmaster Bucky's Eagles Nest

   

Name:

 

Ryan K

Induction Date:

 

April 14, 2013

Rank:

 

Eagle

Scoutmaster:

 

-

Troop:

 

042

Chartering Organization:

 

St Richard's Church

District:

 

Metro Lakes

Council:

 

Northern Star Council

   

Congratulations to Ryan K from Troop 042 in Richfield, Minnesota.  Ryan has been attending Scoutmaster Bucky Events since the very first Scoutmaster Bucky event in January 2009 where he earned his Mammal Study Merit Badge along with a handful of other Scouts. Since then Ryan has earned more than 3 dozen merit badges.  Oceanography, Plumbing, Railroading, and Carpentry, Pathfinding, and Tracking (three of the four BSA Centennial Merit Badges for 2010 only) are just a few the 22 he has earned at the Scoutmaster Bucky program.  Ryan is the first Eagle Scout from Troop 042 and obviously the first Scoutmaster Bucky Eagle's nest inductee from Troop 042.  Ryan not only excels in Scouts but also Academically as well as in sports. Congratulations Ryan!


To be honored as a Scoutmaster Bucky Eagle, a Scout must partake in 11 or more Scoutmaster Bucky merit badge opportunities AND attain the rank of Eagle as well as invite Scoutmaster Bucky to the Eagle Court of Honor.  Scouts whom have already attained the rank of Eagle may be welcomed to the Eagles Nest after completing 11 or more Scoutmaster Bucky merit badge opportunities and attaining their 1st Silver Palm.
Click here to see the Nest of Fame - Eagles' Nest past and present members

 

Excerpt from 1918 Electricity Merit Badge Examination

"There is only one rule in the world, and it applies to all professions, and that is that you are expected to 'make good'.  No excuses are allowed in this school of life, and the only way to make good is to keep faith.  This the reason I like the idea of the Boy Scouts - because of their secure notion of being responsible to society.  They are responsible to the people who live around them - to help maintain the standards of order and fidelity upon which the community depends."


(signed)     Woodrow Wilson

President of the United States of America