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Event Details

Event Type Merit Badge
Title Day of Merit
Location Southern Polytechnic State University  Show Map
Start Date Start Time Stop Date Stop Time
3/25/2006 8:00 AM 3/25/2006 3:00 PM
Open for Registration Last day to Register
2/10/2006   3/8/2006
(# badges a single scout can attend)
(cost to attend event)
(Who is invited)
1 $5.00 any scout who wants to attend
Council District Type Unit
Atlanta Area Foothills

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ActivitySessionLocationPrerequisitesMin. AgeClass FeeMax in ClassSeats AvailableCounselor 
Architecture  TBANone112410
Citizenship in the Nation*  BallroomClick counselor name >>>11241 Mr Bowdoin Van Riper
Citizenship in the World*  J-101Click counselor name >>>11401 Mr Roger Soiset
Computers  J-260Click counselor name >>>11224 Mr Bob Brown
Electronics  G-???None111610 Mr Walt Thain
Pulp and Paper  E-???Click counselor name >>>11258 Dr Terry Bliss
Space Exploration  J-152Click counselor name >>>11245 Mr Jorge Blanco
Sponsor Information
Southern Polytechnic State University is a special-purpose institution in the University System of Georgia, with about 3,800 students. We have a unique, statewide mission to offer bachelors and masters degrees and continuing professional development in science, engineering, technology, and related fields. We focus on how to apply knowledge and to use technology to solve real problems and contribute to Georgia's economic development. We attract outstanding students, whose entering SAT scores are among the three highest in the University System (along with Georgia Tech and the University of Georgia). Employers love hiring our graduates because they are well prepared for the workforce.
Day of Merit, first held in 1999, is an opportunity for scouts to visit the SPSU campus for a day and work on science-, technology-, and citizenship-themed merit badges with SPSU faculty members and other experts. The badges offered at Day of Merit highlight the range of programs offered at SPSU.
Counselor Information
Day of Merit instructors are experts in their respective fields, but most are not registered BSA merit badge counselors and therefore have no official authority to sign blue cards.

Day of Merit organizers have, as a result, developed the following procedure (modelled on the one used at U. S. Space Camp in Huntsville, AL):

At the conclusion of the event, Day of Merit instructors will provide each Scout in their class with a sheet identifying which requirements the Scout has completed (either by doing the work in class or by having out-of-class work approved by the instructor). Troop leaders are encouraged to accept these sheets as the functional equivalent of a blue card--proof that the Scout has completed the requirements listed--and (if the sheet shows all requirements completed) to award the merit badge without further paperwork. Scouts whose troops require the use of a blue card under all circumstances should bring their Day of Merit sheet to a troop-approved counselor for the appropriate badge, and ask them to convert it to a properly signed blue card.

Questions about this policy may be directed to Bowdoin Van Riper [SPSU Day of Merit Coordinator and Troop Committee Chair, T479 (ret)] at
Unit Sign-up Instructions
Please sign up using the link on this page.

Troops should plan to send one leader for every five scouts registered.

Scouts and leaders except for those working on the Architecture badge, should bring a sack lunch; soda and dessert (cookies) will be provided compliments of SPSU. Vending machines offering the usual assortment of snacks and drinks are available in the Student Center and in many classroom buildings.
Payment Instructions for the Unit
Please send $5.00 per scout (checks payable to "Southern Polytechnic State University") to:

Dr. A. Bowdoin Van Riper
Department of Social and International Studies
Southern Polytechnic State University
1100 South Marietta Parkway
Marietta, GA 30060
Directions to the Event
Southern Polytechnic State University is located in Marietta, GA, just west of the intersection of South Marietta Parkway (GA 120 Loop) and Cobb Parkway (US 41). Detailed driving directions are available on the SPSU website.

Morning registration and afternoon pick-up will be at the Student Center, just inside the main entrance to SPSU.
Release Information
I hereby assign and grant to the Boy Scouts of America the right and permission to use and publish the photographs/film/video tapes/electronic representations and/or sound recordings made of me during the Day of Merit, and I hereby release the Boy Scouts of America from any and all liability from such use and publication.

I hereby authorize the reproduction, sale, copyright, exhibit, broadcast, electronic storage and/or distribution of said photographs/film/video tapes/electronic representations and/or sound recordings without limitation at the discretion of the Boy Scouts of America and I specifically waive any right to any compensation I may have for any of the foregoing.
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