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SCHOLARSHIP 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 Scholarship Merit Badge Workbook to help get a head start and organize your preparation work. You can download the Scoutmaster Bucky Scholarship 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.

 

 

SCHOLARSHIP 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. Scholarship Merit Badge Pamphlet

3. Scout Uniform

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

5. 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. Do ONE of the following:

a. Show that you have had an average grade of B or higher (80 percent or higher) for one term or semester.

b. Show that for one term or semester you have improved your school grades over the previous period.

Scouts should bring proof with their most recent report card or most recent two report cards to fulfill this requirement in the class.  Without this documentation the counselor will not be able to sign you off.  Just saying the you improved or have a "B" or better average is not enough.

 

2. Do TWO of the following:

a. Make a list of educational places located where you live (other than schools). Visit one, and report on how you used the place for self-education.

b. With your counselor's and your parent's approval, interview two professionals (other than teachers or other professionals at your school) with established careers. Find out where they were educated, what training they received, and how their education and training have helped prepare them for the career they have chosen. Find out how they continue to educate themselves. Discuss what you find out with your counselor.

c. Using a daily planner, show your counselor how you keep track of assignments and activities, and discuss how you manage your time.

d. Discuss the advantages and disadvantages of the different methods of research available to you for school assignments, such as the library, books and periodicals, and the Internet.

Scouts will need to prepare for class by completing requirement components 2a and 2b prior to the class and be prepared to share their work and findings with the counselor during the class. Scouts will work on requirements 2c and 2d in the class.  2c requires Scouts to come to the class ready and prepared to show the counselor how they keep track of assignments and how they manage their time.  Additionally for requirement 2d Scouts should review and be prepared to discuss the advantages and disadvantages of the different research available for school assignments.  No sneaking by on this one, those who do not come prepared will not get signed off on these requirement components.

 

3. Get a note from the principal* of your school (or another school official named by the principal) that states that during the past year your behavior, leadership, and service have been satisfactory.

This requirement is pretty cut and dry, you need a note from your principal (or another school official authorized by the principal).  Without this note you will not be signed off on this requirement.

* If you are home-schooled or your school environment does not include a principal, you may obtain a note from a counterpart such as your parent.

 

4. Do ONE of the following:

a. Show that you have taken part in an extracurricular school activity, and discuss with your counselor the benefits of participation and what you learned about the importance of teamwork.

b. Discuss your participation in a school project during the past semester where you were a part of a team. Tell about the positive contributions you made to the team and the project.

Scout should plan on bringing something from their team participation activity to share and enhance their discussion with.  Only those who bring an item and actively partake in the discussion are guaranteed to be signed off on this requirement.

 

5. Do ONE of the following:

a. Write a report of 250 to 300 words about how the education you receive in school will be of value to you in the future and how you will continue to educate yourself in the future.

b. Write a report of 250 to 300 words about two careers that interest you and how specific classes and good scholarship in general will help you achieve your career goals.

While there may be time for Scouts to write the report during the class it is ideal for Scouts to have as much of this requirement done prior to attending the class.  No guarantee on the amount of time that will be available during the class can be made, hence only those who come to class with this completed will be guaranteed an opportunity to get signed off on this requirement.

 

this page last reviewed and updated - December 2015