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Home Page last Updated 05-02-2014

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

 over 8,000+ Boy Scout merit badge opportunities and
 over 110+ 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 50+ 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



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



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.


2014 Honor Weekend
Registrations is OPEN

Coming Soon - June Online Merit Badges

Coming Soon - Scoutmaster Bucky Summer Fun

MAY 2014




Scoutmaster Bucky and Northern Star Council are proud to present


 (Basic B and Masters Course)



MAY 9, 2014 thru MAY 11, 2014

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


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.

Special Offer

Young ladies ages 13 to 18 are invited to join the Scoutmaster Bucky Honor Weekend Saturday Dinner and Masquerade Dance. The Dinner and Dance are just a portion of the Honor Weekend being attended by over numerous young men and young ladies as they learn and practice chivalry and grace.

In an effort to allow all of our participants to have dance partners we are in search of a few additional young ladies to join our young men and young ladies as they enjoy their four course semi-formal dinner followed by an evening of dancing at the masquerade ball.

Attire is semi-formal for both dinner and the dance; young men will be in jacket and tie and young ladies will be in semi-formal dresses (no formals, no strapless or spaghetti strap dresses [one inch strap minimum]).

Those interested in partaking in the Dance Instruction and Etiquette presentation of our course may join us early on Saturday at 1:45 pm where they will partake with our Honor Weekend participants as they learn dance etiquette and some dance moves for the evening's dance taught by Arthur Murray Dance Studios. Also as a part of this early arrival will be our Game Show Extravaganza.  Casual Dress is recommended for these activities.

A changing and preparation room will be available for those coming early to ready themselves for Dinner and Dance. So bring your semi-formal wear and personal beautification items with.

Dinner Reception starts at 5:50 pm with Dinner served at 7:00 pm and the Dance starting shortly after 8:30 pm.  There will be a social hour prior to dinner where youth will mingle and fill in their dance cards.

Any questions can be directed to Scoutmaster Bucky. (aka Brian Reiners 612-483-0665).  A Youth leader will be assigned to the small group of evening participants and will communicate with them via the registration email prior to the date.

The entire day and evening will be chaperoned and mentored by trained Adults following the Youth Protection Guidelines set forth by the Boy Scouts of America. Participants come from many youth organizations including but not limited to American Heritage Girls, Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, and numerous Church Youth Groups and Ministries.

Family and friends of Honor Weekend Participants... check this out....

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.



JUNE 2014




The following merit badges are being offered as a part of the Scoutmaster Bucky Online program for June 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 48 hours prior to the class star date and time 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; two is preferred.

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. Scoutmaster Bucky and Techmaster Kirch who assist in the facilitation of these online classes are also registered Scouters who 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.



June ??, 2014
7:00 p.m.  - 10:30 p.m.


6:00 p.m.  - 9:30 p.m.


5:00 p.m.  - 8:30 p.m.


4:00 p.m.  - 7:30 p.m.



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




June ??, 2014
7:00 p.m.  - 10:30 p.m.


6:00 p.m.  - 9:30 p.m.


5:00 p.m.  - 8:30 p.m.


4:00 p.m.  - 7:30 p.m.



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





NEW Merit Badge Updates


Merit Badge
released December 2009
Scouting Heritage
Merit Badge

released May 2010
Merit Badge

released June 2010
Merit Badge

released December 2010

Merit Badge

released April 2011
Merit Badge

released September 2011
Merit Badge

released February 2012
Merit Badge

released June 2012

Search and Rescue
Merit Badge

released August 2012
Game Design
Merit Badge

released March 2013
Merit Badge

released July 2013
Merit Badge

updated May 2013
added a Mountain Biking option

Merit Badge

released July 2013
Eagle-required merit badge option Environmental Science or Sustainability Merit Badge
Merit Badge

released January 2014
now Eagle-required merit badge
Mining in Society
Merit Badge

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

release April 2014
will replace Computer Merit Badge after Dec 31, 2014 - Scouts may wear both merit badges if earned

Merit Badge

anticipated release
Signs, Signals, & Codes
Merit Badge

anticipated release
Merit Badge

anticipated release
Computer-Aided Design
Merit Badge

anticipated release

Advanced Computing
Merit Badge

anticipated release


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




Ryan K

Induction Date:


April 14, 2013










Chartering Organization:


St Richard's Church



Metro Lakes



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