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PETS MERIT BADGE

SCOUTMASTER BUCKY CLASS PREPARATION PAGE

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GENERAL INSTRUCTIONS

 

Please arrive with ample time prior to the start time of your class for registration.  Remember there will be others checking in as well and depending on the size of the class and the event the class is being held in conjunction with that registration may take a little time.
 

You should bring a blue card filled out properly for this class. (Scoutmaster Bucky Online participants - you should have forwarded your Blue card to Scoutmaster Bucky prior to the class via email or postal mail Scoutmaster Bucky - 5724 Aldrich Avenue South  Minneapolis, Minnesota  55419.) If you are not familiar with how to fill out a blue card, you should familiarize yourself with Scoutmaster Bucky's "How To Fill Out A Blue Card" document. Click here for Scoutmaster Bucky's "How To Fill Out A Blue Card".  Remember it is a Scout's responsibility to take care of their own blue card from beginning to end.


Your Scout Uniform is required to be worn for attending this Merit Badge session.   If you have any additional questions, please feel free to contact Brian Reiners; Scoutmaster Bucky via email or on the phone at 612-483-0665.

Reviewing the merit badge pamphlet PRIOR to attending and doing preparation work will insure that Scouts get the most out of these class opportunities. The merit badge pamphlet is a wealth of information that can make earning a merit badge a lot easier. It contains many of the answers and solutions needed or can at least provide directions as to where one can find the answers.  It is NOT acceptable to come unprepared to a Scoutmaster Bucky event.

You can (and should) use the Scoutmaster Bucky Pets Merit Badge Workbook to help get a head start and organize your preparation work. You can download the Scoutmaster Bucky Pets Merit Badge Workbook by clicking here.  If this link is not working please check the internet for other merit badge workbook options.

It should be noted that this merit badge class is not meant for those who just want to come and see what they can get done. It is possible to complete this merit badge by being properly prepared and having done the preparation work prior to the class. Preparation is a MUST.

 

 

PETS MERIT BADGE SPECIFICS

 

Things to remember to bring for this Merit Badge Class:

1. Merit Badge Blue Card properly filled out and signed off by your Scoutmaster

2. Pets Merit Badge Pamphlet

3. Scout Uniform

4. Your pet (not required - but if class format allows, it would be nince to share with others)

5. Supporting documentation or project work pertinent to this merit badge which may also include a Merit Badge Workbook for reference with notes

6. A positive Scouting focus and attitude

Following is an outline of the class to help you prepare.  Note that Scouts will be signed off only on those requirements that the Merit Badge Counselor determines meets the requirements; no more no less  This Merit Badge should not be expected to be earned without preparation and work

 

1. Present evidence that you have cared for a pet for 4 months. Get approval before you start. (Work done for other merit badges cannot be used for this requirement)

This requirement can NOT be covered in the class.  Scouts having prepared and done this requirement will have an opportunity to review the requirement with the counselor for consideration of completion.  Bring your work, just saying you did it is not enough. You will need to bring some sort of documented proof or pictures to show support this as the requirement states.

 

2. Write in 200 words or more about the care, feeding, and housing of your pet. Tell some interesting facts about it. Tell why you have this kind of pet. Give local laws, if any, relating to the pet you keep.

Time will be allotted during the class for Scouts to complete their 200 word or more report.  The counselor will be looking for all elements as detailed in the requirement to be included in this write up.  Scouts may find it beneficial to do some preparation work, especially as it pertains to local laws for their pet, to prepare for this requirement.  Scouts may also work on this ahead of time and bring to the class for review.

 

3. Show that you have read a book or pamphlet, approved by your counselor, about your kind of pet. Discuss with your counselor what you have learned from what you read.

Ideally Scouts should try and bring the book / books they have read on their pet.  Class time will be devoted to allowing all Scouts to share information on their pet as well as their reading and learning as it relates to this requirement.  Scouts clearly not having read a book or pamphlet on their pet will NOT be able to complete this requirement.  Plan ahead.

 

4. Do any ONE of the following:

a. Show your pet in some pet show.

b. Start a friend raising a pet like yours. Help your friend get a good start.

c. Train a pet in three or more tricks or special abilities

Scouts should come prepared (with their pet in a controlled container or state) to share with the class for completion of this requirement.  Choose one of the components to be ready to share during the class.  If it is not feasible to bring your pet, consider a video of your pet AND you to share with the class.

 

this page last reviewed and updated - December 2015