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Jamie Leonard, A fellow scouter in Oskaloosa Iowa and David Landriam-Shrewsbury from NE Georgia introduced us to the Chief Scout Executive who then introduced us to Vijay Challa and Norbert Harasimiuk, the BSA National IT team.  We met with Vijay and Norbert Friday Jan 10th and had a highly rewarding discussion.  Thanks to everyone involved, we will not be shutting down meritbadge.info.  If you know Jamie or David, thank them for leading the charge to make this happen.  

We are making some changes.   Starting March 01,  2020, every user must have a valid BSA ID to manage events, register scouts, and update counselor pages.   BSA does background checks on all registered adults and we will follow their lead before granting access.   

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2. To clean up the mess we've accumulated via 15 years of poor user data entry.  

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What should you do? 
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Event Details

Event Type Merit Badge
Title 2020 (16th Annual) Towpath District Merit Badge University - Rochester Institute of Technolo
Location 84 Lomb Memorial Drive, Rochester, NY 14623  Show Map
Start Date Start Time Stop Date Stop Time
2/15/2020 8:00am 2/15/2020 4:00pm
Open for Registration Last day to Register
1/5/2020   2/1/2020
Sessions
(# badges a single scout can attend)
Fees
(cost to attend event)
For
(Who is invited)
4 $15.00 any scout who wants to attend
Council District Type Unit
Seneca Waterways Towpath Troop 6801-818-20

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Most of your questions about payment, start and end times, and where to be are explained beneath the list of badges on this page.
Please read everything we've included in the event description. If you still have questions, contact the event manager by clicking this button.

Email Full Staff (TowpathMBU@Gmail.com), the Event Manager

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ActivitySessionLocationPrerequisitesMin. AgeClass FeeMax in ClassSeats AvailableCounselor 
American Business AM 4, 5, and 6; prep for discussions, +worksheets10100 Mr Jeremy Cummings
American Business PM 4, 5, and 6; prep for discussions, +worksheets10100 Mr Jeremy Cummings
Animal Science AM 1-6, pamphlet & +worksheets, prep for discussions10100 Mrs Janelle Yates
Art AM 4,5, +worksheets, pencil, @MBU-visits RIT gallery.10100 Wendy Kesel
Art PM 4,5, +worksheets, pencil, @MBU-visits RIT gallery.10100 Wendy Kesel
Chemistry AM 5,6,7; +worksheets; prereqs email 1 week prior.1060 Dr Lara Chappell
Chemistry PM 5,6,7; +worksheets; prereqs email 1 week prior.1060 Dr Lara Chappell
Chess Full Day Bring a chess set please, if you have one.10120 Mr Kevin Courteau
Citizenship in the Community* AM 2,3,4,5,7, prep for 8, +worksheets.10100 Ronald Stansbury Ph.D.
Citizenship in the Community* AM 2,3,4,5,7, prep for 8, +worksheets.10100 Scouter Anonymous
Citizenship in the Community* AM 2,3,4,5,7, prep for 8, +worksheets.12100 Ms Trisch Axsmith Tavolette PMP
Citizenship in the Community* PM 2,3,4,5,7, prep for 8, +worksheets.10100 Ronald Stansbury Ph.D.
Citizenship in the Community* PM 2,3,4,5,7, prep for 8, +worksheets.10100 Scouter Anonymous
Citizenship in the Community* PM 2,3,4,5,7, prep for 8, +worksheets.12100 Ms Trisch Axsmith Tavolette PMP
Citizenship in the Nation* AM & American Heritage (See PDF for prereqs.)14100 Scouter Anonymous
Citizenship in the Nation* PM & American Heritage (See PDF for prereqs.)14100 Scouter Anonymous
Citizenship in the World* AM 3ab, 4abc, 5abc, 7abcde +printed worksheets 14100 Greg Szczesny
Citizenship in the World* AM 3ab, 4abc, 5abc, 7abcde +printed worksheets 14100 Mr David Kent
Citizenship in the World* PM 3ab, 4abc, 5abc, 7abcde +printed worksheets 14100 Greg Szczesny
Citizenship in the World* PM 3ab, 4abc, 5abc, 7abcde +printed worksheets 14100 Mr David Kent
Coin Collecting AM 6, 7, 9, 10, bring show & tell items for prereqs.10100 Mrs Elnora McBeth
Coin Collecting PM 6, 7, 9, 10, bring show & tell items for prereqs.10100 Mrs Elnora McBeth
Communication* AM 3,5,7,8, +worksheets & proof of completions.1280 Mr Albert Cohen
Communication* AM 3,5,7,8, +worksheets & proof of completions.1080 Mr Dick Laidlaw
Communication* AM 3,5,7,8, +worksheets & proof of completions.1080 Ms Robin Flaherty
Communication* PM 3,5,7,8, +worksheets & proof of completions.1080 Mr Dick Laidlaw
Communication* PM 3,5,7,8, +worksheets & proof of completions.1080 Ms Robin Flaherty
Communication* PM 3,5,7,8, +worksheets & proof of completions.1280 Mr Albert Cohen
Dentistry AM 1,2,3,7 +printed worksheets10100 Mrs bibi bennett RDH
Dentistry PM 1,2,3,7 +printed worksheets10100 Mrs bibi bennett RDH
Digital Technology AM 1,5b,5c,6 & 8, worksheets, email prereqs 1wk prior1060 Mr Paul Graves
Digital Technology AM 1, 5b, 5c, 6, Signed Cyber Chit, +worksheets.1260 Mr Gregory Wolber
Digital Technology PM 1, 5b, 5c, 6, Signed Cyber Chit, +worksheets.1260 Mr Gregory Wolber
Digital Technology PM 1,5b,5c,6 & 8, worksheets, email prereqs 1wk prior1060 Mr Paul Graves
Electronics AM Share prep: 1-6;[4-MBU built circuits] +worksheets10100 Mr Samuel Otto
Electronics PM Share prep: 1-6;[4-MBU built circuits] +worksheets10100 Mr Samuel Otto
Emergency Preparedness* AM 1,2,6,7,8, +worksheets, Proof of #1,7b, & 8b!10100 Mrs Cynthia Kenney
Emergency Preparedness* PM 1,2,6,7,8, +worksheets, Proof of #1,7b, & 8b!10100 Mrs Cynthia Kenney
Engineering AM 2 and 5. +printed worksheet & MB book are optional10100 Mr Dan Burnett Mr David Van Bortel
Engineering PM 2 and 5. +printed worksheet & MB book are optional10100 Mr Dan Burnett Mr David Van Bortel
Exploration AM 7, proof 8, +worksheets, email prereqs 1week prior10100 Dr Timothy Bushnell Ph.D.
Exploration PM 7, proof 8, +worksheets, email prereqs 1week prior10100 Dr Timothy Bushnell Ph.D.
Family Life* AM 3, 4, 5, 6b, +worksheets, contact counselor first.1280 Mr Richard Santowski
Family Life* AM 3, 4, 5, 6, +worksheets, contact counselor first1280 Ms Carol Marchetti
Family Life* AM 3-chore chart; projects-4 & 5; 6. Contact first.1380 Ms Patricia Lamarche
Family Life* PM 3-chore chart; projects-4 & 5; 6. Contact first.1380 Ms Patricia Lamarche
Family Life* PM 3, 4, 5, 6, +worksheets, contact counselor first1280 Ms Carol Marchetti
Family Life* PM 3, 4, 5, 6b, +worksheets, contact counselor first.1283 Mr Richard Santowski
Fingerprinting AM Read & study material. +purchase/borrow MB book1080 Mr James Loomis
Fingerprinting PM Read & study material. +purchase/borrow MB book1080 Mr James Loomis
First Aid* AM 1-skills in BSA Handbook & 5-bring kit; +worksheet11100 Ms Carla Lien
First Aid* AM 1-skills in BSA Handbook & 5-bring kit; +worksheet12100 Mr Broderick Walker
First Aid* PM 1-skills in BSA Handbook & 5-bring kit; +worksheet11100 Ms Carla Lien
First Aid* PM 1-skills in BSA Handbook & 5-bring kit; +worksheet12100 Mr Broderick Walker
FOOD Cheese Pizza LUNCH Cheese Pizza10500413 Scouter Anonymous
FOOD Pepperoni Pizza LUNCH Pepperoni Pizza10500350 Scouter Anonymous
Hiking* AM Starter MB: 1 a,b; 2; 3. +worksheets pgs 1-61260 Mr William Downing
Journalism KIOSK ALL on worksheets. Visit done prior to MBU for #2.10120 Mrs Kristine Joslyn
Model Design and Building AM [1-Know] [2,3,6-Write] [4,5-Bring] +worksheets1060 Mr William Redman
Model Design and Building PM [1-Know] [2,3,6-Write] [4,5-Bring] +worksheets1060 Mr William Redman
Music AM Pick two: 3a, 3b, 3c, 3d; Your musical instrument!10100 Andy Gates
Personal Fitness* AM STARTER MB: See flyer PDF for prereqs.1260 Scouter Anonymous
Personal Fitness* PM STARTER MB: See flyer PDF for prereqs.1260 Scouter Anonymous
Personal Management* AM Starter MB: Do ALL but 2a3-track13wks , +worksheet1460 Stephen Triola
Personal Management* AM 1 - 10 (Do ALL reqs) +printed worksheets1380 Mr Brian Hart
Personal Management* PM Starter MB: Do ALL but 2a3-track13wks , +worksheet1461 Stephen Triola
Personal Management* PM 1 - 10 (Do ALL reqs) +printed worksheets1380 Mr Brian Hart
Pets KIOSK ALL on worksheet. Evidence of 4 months care of #1.10100 Mrs Jean Maynard
Photography AM 1,2,3 +worksheets, Bring camera or smart phone10100 Mr Ken Patterson PMP
Photography PM  1,2,3 +worksheets, Bring camera or smart phone11100 Mr Ken Patterson PMP
Public Speaking AM 1,2,4, plus your presentation props1260 Mr Christopher Tsai
Public Speaking AM 1,2,4, plus your presentation props1260 Scouter Anonymous
Public Speaking PM 1,2,4, plus your presentation props1260 Mr Christopher Tsai
Public Speaking PM 1,2,4, plus your presentation props1260 Scouter Anonymous
Radio Full Day 8-careers; +worksheets. See PDF for add'l.1080 Mr Mike Hodgkiss
Reptile and Amphibian Study AM 1,4,6,7,8-Records (do one), 9-do two. +worksheets10100 Mr Robert Romberg
Reptile and Amphibian Study PM 1,4,6,7,8-Records (do one), 9-do two. +worksheets10100 Mr Robert Romberg
Safety AM 1,2A,2B, 8, +worksheets12100 RUSSELL PERKINS
Scholarship KIOSK ALL on worksheet. Proof of #1, 3, & 4a, if chosen.10120 Peter Collinge
Scouting Heritage AM 4,5,6,7 +game equipment; 8; pamphlet, +worksheets.1060 Mrs Marlene Ermer
Scouting Heritage PM 4,5,6,7 +game equipment; 8; pamphlet, +worksheets.1060 Mrs Marlene Ermer
Snow Sports AM Review 1-6; 1st Aid know how helps, +worksheets10100 Mrs Theresa Vath Gertin
Snow Sports PM Review 1-6; 1st Aid know how helps, +worksheets10100 Mrs Theresa Vath Gertin
Stamp Collecting AM 3-as much as possible; 8-Bring stamp collection!10101 Mr Nicholas Titus
Stamp Collecting PM 3-as much as possible; 8-Bring stamp collection!10104 Mr Nicholas Titus
STEM/NOVA - Designed to Crunch AM 1,2; +worksheets.10106 Steven Colabufo
STEM/NOVA - Designed to Crunch PM 1,2; +worksheets.10103 Steven Colabufo
STEM/NOVA - Hello World AM 1, 2, & 7; +worksheets; email prereqs 1 week prior1487 Mr Rich Pierson Mr Eamon McGuinness
STEM/NOVA - Hello World PM  1, 2, & 7; +worksheets; email prereqs 1 week prio1486 Mr Rich Pierson Mr Eamon McGuinness
STEM/NOVA - Mendels Minions AM 1,2,4; +worksheet; email prereqs 1 week prior10106 Mrs Jennifer Clancy
STEM/NOVA - Mendels Minions PM 1,2,4; +worksheet; email prereqs 1 week prior1020 Mrs Jennifer Clancy
Sustainability* AM Check Event Flyer PDF for Prerequisites1460 Mrs Patty Drapikowski
Sustainability* PM Check Event Flyer PDF for Prerequisites1460 Mrs Patty Drapikowski
Veterinary Medicine PM 3 & 4, pamphlet & worksheet, prep for discussions 10120 Mrs Janelle Yates
Sponsor Information

Registration opens:

Early Bird = January 6th to January 13, 2020 - for those troops that provided a counselor for our event.

Regular Registration = January 14, 2020 to February 1, 2020



Hurry, Registration Closes February 1, 2020!



2020 Changes:
  Remember a Scout is Trustworthy!

- Eagle-Required - Limit ONE per Scout, unless Scout is 17 years or older. Strictly enforced for 2020. 


- Kiosk Limit = 1 per Scout.  Scouts MUST pre-register for Kiosk merit badges. 

- Online Payment - Once a unit registers for MBU, the Troop's MBU direct contact will receive an email explaining how to make their MBU payment online.

- Adult Training and Topics - Expect a schedule out January 15, 2020.



NEW - STEM NOVA is being offered at Towpath's MBU 2020.


Science - Mendels Minions on Genetics

Technology - Hello World  on Computer Programming

Mathematics - Designed to Crunch on Mathematics



Flyer PDF:
https://drive.google.com/file/d/1qM5i-iwl2k-J29pbf6XFAzuszld7XDxP/view?usp=sharing



Scout's Checklist (Helps organize the Scout with their prerequisites and more.):

https://drive.google.com/file/d/1g6Z6_S7w0LqLpYF3kUQeMNpByJG-uOX2/view?usp=sharing



Troop Mtg - Sign Up Sheet: PDF version:

https://drive.google.com/file/d/1s0N3UUD1dsGQAPBM4oPFwci-uRfTJnWV/view?usp=sharing



 





 


Description

Saturday February 15, 2020 -  8:00am – 4:00pm at Rochester Institute of Technology. 

Cost: $15 per scout includes pizza for lunch and a commemorative patch.

Doors open & Check-In begins at 8:00 a.m. 

Morning Session 9:00 -12:00 p.m.  Afternoon Session 1:00 - 4:00 p.m. 

Counselor Check-out 4:00 - 4:15 p.m.

 

Registration is by troop only – all scouts must register with their unit.  If you are a single scout wanting to register, contact us at Towpathmbu@gmail.com for instructions.

A designated unit leader from each troop must register (create an account) with Meritbadge.info to sign up.

Adults from each unit are required and must stay in the building to assist counselors. 

SCOUTS SHOULD STAY IN THE DESIGNATED ROOM FOR LUNCH.   Registration fee includes two slices of pizza and a drink.  Additional slices and drinks will be available at an added cost.  



NO CHANGES, CORRECTIONS, OR SUBSTITUTIONS AFTER FEBRUARY 1, 2020!!

 


Counselor Information
Welcome and thank you for offering your expertise at the 2020 Merit Badge University.   We continue to improve our Towpath MBU and are grateful for you volunteering your time.   We need additional MB counselors.  You can see the current list of offerings at meritbadge.info and at http://towpathmbu.ScoutLander.com.  Please contact us if you are willing to be counsel a merit badge or two.

There will be a lunch / break room for merit badge counselors. We’ll tell you the room number when you arrive at check in.

Here are some notes that should answer most of your questions: 

1)  Please wear your Class A uniform (if you have one).

2)  Please come to Check In between 7:45am and 8:00am in the morning. The Check In is in the lobby of Gleason Hall, away from the Scout mayhem. Park in S lot. This is closest to the Gleason Building.  You will be handed a packet with your room number and class roster(s).  Directions for accessing the RIT WiFi will be in there too.

3) Your Room will be open at 8:30am, which is the same time check in opens for all the boys. We highly recommend you be in your rooms no later than 8:30am for the morning session.  Public Safety opens the rooms for us.  Sometimes, this presents a timing issue.  We will do our best to have the rooms open at 8:30am.

4)  All rooms should have a projector, but “Be Prepared” and bring a laptop and a thumb drive. Likewise, you can “Be Prepared” by having a powerpoint version of your class and a non-powerpoint version of your class. The rooms have white boards.  Bring your own markers. 

5  The morning session begins at 9:00am and ends at 12:00pm.

6)  The afternoon session begins at 1:00pm and ends at 4:00pm.

7)  The boys are responsible for their own blue cards – not you. (Be sure to tear of the counselor portion for all completed / signed off blue cards.  This is your counselor record.)

8)  Be sure to allot enough time to sign the blue cards. It is recommended that the very first thing you do is make sure all the boys have the blue cards filled out correctly.  This includes your name and contact info as well as the list of requirement numbers for you to initial (Suggestion: write this data on the white board).

9) It is highly encouraged that all boys use the worksheets available on the web (http://usscouts.org/mb/mbbooks.asp) to write down answers to the requirements. (This makes checking their pre-reqs a lot easier.)  Despite our constant reminding, sometimes boys do not bring worksheets (or a writing utensil).  It is recommended you bring extra worksheets and extra pens or pencils.

10) The merit badge counselor is responsible for bringing any other supporting material to complete the requirements not listed as a prerequisite.

11)  You are encouraged to bring other adult help or ask a visiting parent to sit in with you (if there’s room).  Most of the classes are full and the extra hands to review worksheets will be helpful. People who help review do not need to be merit badge counselors, but remember, only the merit badge counselor is allowed to sign off on the blue cards.

12)  Although the goal is to allow every boy the opportunity to complete his blue card by the end of the day, it is OK for to have a partial blue card at the end of the day.  The boy can contact you or any other counselor for that merit badge to sign off on the card once the final requirements are completed.

13)  Please practice “Leave No Trace” principles and leave the room as you found it. 

14) We will have a hospitality room for MB counselors with subs, pizza, and drinks for lunch.  

 
Unit Sign-up Instructions
1)  Please wear your Class A uniform (if you have one).

2)  Remember, please bring at least two adults for every ten boys in your troop.   At least one shouldn’t be presenting a merit badge.

3)  The Check In table, located in the lobby of A300 Auditorium in Gosnell Hall (Science building), will open between 8:00am and 8:30am.  Park in S lot. This is closest to the Gosnell Building. 

4)  The adult leader for the troop will receive the materials for the troop (not everyone in your Troop has to stand in line at the check in tables).  The materials will contain all pre-registration materials, including room assignments.  You can find the room assignments through meritbadge.info as they are added to your roster, closer to event day.    

5)  The morning session begins at 9:00am and ends at 12:00 pm.

6)  Two slices of pizza and a drink will be provided for lunch to all registered scouts.  Adult leaders will have to buy their own. Please bring cash for pizza and drinks.  Additional food for leaders and parents is available from Nathan's (soup), Ben and Jerry's (ice cream), and Bytes (snacks).  These places accept cash or credit cards.  It is important that the scouts stay on site at lunch.  If the KIOSK merit badge counselors need to talk to the scouts, they will do so during the lunch period.

7)  The afternoon session begins at 1:00pm and ends at 4:00pm.

8)  The boys are responsible for their own blue cards – not the merit badge counselors. We will have no extra blue cards at the event, so each troop is responsible for bringing extras if needed.

9)  Be sure to fill out the blue cards correctly. This includes the name and contact info of the merit badge counselor (which will be given at the start of class) as well as the list of requirement numbers for the Merit Badge Counselor to initial.  

10)  All boys should use the worksheets available on the web (http://usscouts.org/mb/mbbooks.asp) to write down answers to the requirements. (This makes checking their pre-reqs a lot easier.)  Also, each boy should bring at least 2 writing utensils.

11)  We will ask adult leaders to check on the availability of completed Kiosk Merit Badge blue cards for your troop at lunch.

12)  Parents and adult leaders are encouraged to sit in on the merit badge classes (if there is room).  Most of the classes are full and the extra hands to review worksheets will be helpful.  People who help review do not need to be merit badge counselors.  Only the merit badge counselor is allowed to sign off on the blue cards.

13)  Although the goal is to allow every boy the opportunity to complete his blue card by the end of the day, it is OK for boys to leave with a partial blue card. After MBU, the boy can contact any counselor for that merit badge (not just the one who taught the class) to sign off on the card once the final requirements are completed. 

14) Please practice “Leave No Trace” principles and leave the RIT college cleaner than you found it.

 
Payment Instructions for the Unit

NEW: Online Payment will be available for 2020.  Troops will receive the 'hidden' link by email after they have registered their Scouts.  Payments are due by February 1, 2020.  NO Exceptions!



OLD WAY: 
Once you have signed up all of your scouts, click the Show & Print Roster button at the top of the page,  then Go to File > Print in your Internet Browser. 

THIS IS YOUR ORDER FORM AND BILL.  

Fax, mail, or hand deliver that form to the scout office by Feb. 1 with your payment to secure your scouts’ selections. 



Write checks to: “BSA Towpath District” and mail to Towpath MBU c/o Seneca Waterways Council, 2320 Brighton Henrietta Town Line Rd, Rochester, NY 14623 (be sure to include the scouts' names).  Please consider delays in snail mail so your payment arrives by Feb 1.



 


Directions to the Event
Open this URL (http://www.rit.edu/maps/) for directions and access to a campus map.  When you arrive at the Registration desk, a campus map will be in your registration materials. 

 
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