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Event Details

Event Type Merit Badge
Title 2020 Ozark District Merit Badge University
Location North Arkansas College - North Campus, 1320 North Spring Road, Harrison AR 72601  Show Map
Start Date Start Time Stop Date Stop Time
1/25/2020 8:00 AM 1/25/2020 5:00 PM
Open for Registration Last day to Register
11/1/2019   1/24/2020
Sessions
(# badges a single scout can attend)
Fees
(cost to attend event)
For
(Who is invited)
2 $0.00 any scout who wants to attend
Council District Type Unit
Westark Area Ozark

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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 Ozark District MBU Coordinator (ozarkmbu@gmail.com), the Event Manager

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ActivitySessionLocationPrerequisitesMin. AgeClass FeeMax in ClassSeats AvailableCounselor 
Citizenship in the Community* 1/2 Day (AM) In guide102013 Bonnie Hemphill
Citizenship in the Nation* 1/2 Day (PM) In guide10200 Mr Wes Bradford
Citizenship in the World* ALL DAY In guide102016 TBA TBA
Coin Collecting 1/2 Day (AM) In guide10207 Mr Wes Bradford
Communication* ALL DAY #5 and #810158 TBA TBA
Disabilities Awareness 1/2 Day (PM) In guide102015 Bonnie Hemphill
Emergency Preparedness* ALL DAY In guide10150 Mr Todd Anderson
Environmental Science* ALL DAY In guide10153 TBA TBA
Family Life* ALL DAY In guide10209 TBA TBA
First Aid* ALL DAY In guide102014 TBA TBA
Home Repairs ALL DAY In guide101514 Mr Bruce Bieschke SM
Radio ALL DAYMay require field tripIn guide10146 TBA TBA
Robotics ALL DAY In guide10150 Mr John Levy
Salesmanship 1/2 Day (PM)MOVED TO AFTERNOONNone101510 TBA TBA
Sustainability* ALL DAYField trip to water treatment plant1, 2a in each category, and 4.101515 TBA TBA
Welding ALL DAY In guide10150 TBA TBA
Sponsor Information







Registration instructions, rules, forms and other information on Merit Badge University can be found in the 2020 OZARK DISTRICT MERIT BADGE UNIVERSITY LEADER GUIDE which is available on the Westark Area Council website.  To access the Leader Guide, use the following link:  https://mycouncil.westarkbsa.org/Event/4324



PLEASE SCROLL DOWN FOR IMPORTANT UPDATES AND MERIT BADGE CLASS PREREQUISITES/REQUIRED MATERIALS. IMPORTANT UPDATES

Watch this section frequently for updates. A badge may be added or a badge may be cancelled.  Class prerequisites may be added or updated (which will also be reflected in PREREQUISITES section.  Remember, the event may be cancelled due to unforeseen circumstances such as weather concerns.  

Please, read this "Important Update" section the night before the event for last minute updates.   

MERIT BADGE CLASS PREREQUISITES / REQUIRED MATERIALS 

This provides the most current list of merit badge prerequisites and required materials.

Last updated 1/20/20 - Moved Salesmanship to Afternoon 

Updated 1/8/20 - Added pre-requisites (scroll down past extra spaces below)



Radio updated to ALL DAY


 























MERIT BADGE PREREQUISITES AND REQUIRED MATERIALS
Citizenship in the Community *

  • Bring a map of your community and be able to locate local community buildings.

  • Attend a meeting of city/town, county, or state court session. Discuss what was covered and interview one individual at meeting to see what they do and why it’s important.

  • Choose an organization (not Scouting) that helps your community. See what young people can do to help and volunteer for a day. Bring resources (newspapers, flyers, literature, etc.) to show what the organization does, and how it helps the community.

  • When you have completed – give a public presentation (video, slide show, speech, digital presentation, or photo exhibit) about importance and unique aspects of your community. Stage your presentation in front of merit badge counselor or a group such as your patrol and Scoutmaster.


Citizenship In The Nation *

  • Transportation may not be available. Troop may need to provide transportation or Scout may need to carpool.

  • Complete requirements 2d, 3, 6 and 8 before class. Bring letter and response (if received) for requirement 8 to class.

  • Includes FIELD TRIP to Boone County Heritage Museum. Admission is free.


Bring signed consent form.


  • Complete prerequisites and class work to earn merit badge.


Citizenship of the World

Communications

  • #5 - Attend a public meeting (city council, school board, debate) approved by your counselor where several points of view are given on a single issue. Practice active listening skills and take careful notes of each point of view. Prepare an objective report that includes all points of view that were expressed and share this with your counselor.

  • #8 - Plan a troop or crew court of honor, campfire program, or interfaith worship service. Have the patrol leaders’ council approve it, then write the script and prepare the program. Serve as master of ceremonies
























































Coin Collecting

  • Requirement 5b (Here is a link to an online magazine: www.coinworld.com, and it can be accessed without having to subscribe or sign in).

  • Requirement 6 (We will discuss the programs in class. For the coins: pocket change, piggy banks, or any local bank can easily help meet this part of the requirement).

  • Requirement 7 (We will discuss the mint marks and designer’s initials in class. For the coins: pocket change, piggy banks, or any local bank can easily help meet this part of the requirement).

  • Requirement 9 (Unless the Scout already has what he needs, I recommend 9d. Pocket change, piggy banks, or any local bank can easily help meet this requirement).

  • Requirement 10 (I will be using 10b, specifically the website of the U.S. Mint, for this requirement, and here is the link: http://www.usmint.gov).

  • *Not a requirement for the class, but I highly recommend each Scout purchasing and using the Whitman Boy Scout Merit Badge Coin Folder for badge requirements 6, 7, and 9. It also contains helpful information for some of the other badge requirements. To order it from Whitman, use this link: https://www.whitman.com/store/Inventory/Detail/Boy-Scout-Merit-Badge-Coin- Folder. The phone number is at the top of the web page.


Or


  • the folder can be purchased at/ordered from the Books-A-Million in


Branson: phone number (417) 239-3702. It may be better to call the store and have them ship it. They normally only keep one or two folders in stock.


  • Complete prerequisites and class work to earn merit badge.


Disabilities Awareness

  • Visit a business or organization that helps those who have disabilities. Bring back flyers or literature on what they do to help.

  • Survey school, church, and one public building: How many disability parking? Entrances? How far away? What do you see that might help in the future? Present to patrol and Scoutmaster what you learned and what you suggest to help.


Emergency Preparedness *

  • Complete requirements 1, 2c & 8b if possible. Be ready to discuss.

  • Will not complete all merit badge requirements in class.


Environmental Science *

  • Complete requirements 1, 2, and 6 – come prepared to discuss these. Also write the report for 3E1 or 3E2 and bring it with you.


Family Life *

  • Prepare and bring documents for requirements 1, 2 and 3.

  • Begin requirement 5.

  • Will not complete all merit badge requirements in class.


First Aid *

  • Requirement 2d - Bring stocked first aid kit.

  • Bring printed merit badge worksheet (available at www.meritbadge.org ).

  • Blue card with AT LEAST the name and troop # filled in.

  • Come to class prepared to take notes.


Home Repairs

  • Come prepared to work. No slackers allowed.

  • Bring work clothes that you can get dirty.

  • Will not complete all merit badge requirements in class.


Radio

  • All day class 

  • May include field trip (TBD)


Robotics

  • Requirements 4 and 5 require the Scout to design and build a working robot. If the Scout has done this or has participated on a robot team for a competition the requirement will be considered as satisfied.

  • Will not complete all merit badge requirements in class.


Salesmanship

  • Will complete all merit badge requirements in class.


Sustainability*

  • Complete requirements 1, 2a in each category, and 4 prior to coming to class.

  • Includes FIELD TRIP to Harrison Water Treatment Plant.


Bring signed consent form
Welding

  • $10 activity fee is required, payable at Check-In.

  • Bring clothes suitable for working in a welding shop.  Long sleeve shirt preferred. No polyester or flannel. No flip-flops, sandals, crocs or similar shoes.






Please, read this important section the night before the event for last minute updates.

Reminder:  It is strongly recommended that each Scout obtain and read the BSA merit badge pamphlet for their badge in its entirety prior to coming to class and be ready to discuss it.  Merit badge pamphlets are available at local Scout Shops and at www.scoutstuff.org.



See Leader Guide found at https://mycouncil.westarkbsa.org/Event/4324 for full details on pre-requisites. 

** Leader Guide last udpated 1/8/20 **


 
 

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Registration instructions, rules, forms and other information on Merit Badge University can be found in the 2020 OZARK DISTRICT MERIT BADGE UNIVERSITY LEADER GUIDE which is available on the Westark Area Council website.  To access the Leader Guide, use the following link:   https://mycouncil.westarkbsa.org/Event/4324 



Description

EVENT DESCRIPTION

Last update to this section:  None.




Welcome to the Ozark District Merit Badge University. 

Merit Badge University will be held on January 25, 2020 at the North Arkansas College - North Campus.

Registration for all Scouts BSA Youth and Adult Leaders opens on 1/3/2020.


          EVENT:          2020 Ozark District Merit Badge University

          DATE:            January 25, 2020

          TIME:             8:00 AM – 5:00 PM (Check-in begins at 7:30)

          LOCATION:  North Arkansas College – North Campus, 1320 North Spring Road, Harrison, AR 72601

          FEE:              There is no registration fee. Individual class fees to cover supplies may apply.



Merit Badge classes are open to all registered Scouts BSA youth ages 10½ to 17 from any district or council.










Registration instructions, rules, forms and other information on Merit Badge University can be found in the 2020 OZARK DISTRICT MERIT BADGE UNIVERSITY LEADER GUIDE which is available on the Westark Area Council website.  To access the Leader Guide, use the following link:   https://mycouncil.westarkbsa.org/Event/4324




POINTS OF CONTACT



Questions by parents should first go to Scoutmasters. Scoutmasters having questions regarding MBU or merit badge classes should contact or email the event organizer:

Sherri Townsend, Merit Badge University Coordinator, Phone: (479) 466-6024; Email: ozarkmbu@gmail.com

or Frances Brown, Asst. MBU Coordinator, Phone (870) 577-3911;
Email: flbpta@yahoo.com

Scoutmasters/Unit Leaders having questions regarding Leader Specific Training should register for the OZ Scouting BSA Leader Training at https://mycouncil.westarkbsa.org/Event/4325



This Merit Badge University is sponsored by the Ozark District of the Westark Area Council.  The Westark Area Council offices are located at:

1401 Old Greenwood Road

Fort Smith, AR 72901

Phone: (479) 782-7244


www.westarkbsa.org

Merit Badge University is promoted via www.meritbadge.info.

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Counselor Information
MERIT BADGE COUNSELOR INSTRUCTIONS

Last update to this section:  None.


Merit Badge Counselors will receive instructions directly from the Merit Badge University Coordinator.  If you have questions, contact:

Sherri Townsend, Merit Badge University Coordinator, Phone: (479) 466-6024; Email: ozarkmbu@gmail.com

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Unit Sign-up Instructions

UNIT SIGN-UP INSTRUCTIONS

Last update to this section:  None.



The Ozark District Merit Badge University is offering both Merit Badge classes for Scouts BSA Youth and Leader Specific Training for Unit Leaders.



Merit Badge Class Registration

Registration for Merit Badge classes can only be done through the www.meritbadge.info website. Instructions for registering Scouts for the Merit Badge classes can be found in the 2020 OZARK DISTRICT MERIT BADGE UNIVERSITY LEADER GUIDE which will be available on the Westark Area Council website.  To access the Leader Guide, use the following link:   https://mycouncil.westarkbsa.org/Event/4324



Leader Specific Training Registration

Registration for Scouts BSA Leader Specific Training can only be done through the Westark Area Council website.  Use the following link for more information and to access the registration site: 



https://mycouncil.westarkbsa.org/Event/4325



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Payment Instructions for the Unit
PAYMENT INSTRUCTIONS

Last update to this section:  None.


There is no registration fee for participating in the Ozark District Merit Badge University.  However, some classes may require a small activity fee for supplies or museum admission.  This information is or will be available in the MBU Activities section of this website.  Supply fees must be paid by cash or check at check-in on the day of the event.  

Concessions will be available during the event.


 
Directions to the Event
DIRECTIONS TO THE EVENT

Last update to this section:  None.

TRANSPORTATION - ALL transportation TO and FROM Merit Badge University must be arranged within your troop. Carpooling is encouraged.  

Leaders must not leave Scouts alone to be picked up by parents at a later time. 

You may find better directions than the following by using the internet for a map search. The address is: 

North Arkansas College - North Campus

1320 North Spring Road

Harrison, Arkansas 72601


DIRECTIONS

From North of Harrison: Take US 62-65 South. Turn left onto the US 62-65 South bypass (Taco Bell is on the left corner). Go about 1 mile and turn left onto North Spring Road (between Pace Industries and White Oak Station/Shell and across the highway from Powell Farm Supply, formerly Race Brothers Farm Supply). North Arkansas College, North Campus is located on the left at the top of the hill.

From South of Harrison: Remain on US 62-65 North (do not turn on the business route). After you go through the first stop light, travel about 1 mile. Turn right onto North Spring Road (between Pace Industries and White Oak Station/Shell and across the highway from Powell Farm Supply, formerly Race Brothers Farm Supply). North Arkansas College, North Campus is located on the left at the top of the hill.

From Jasper, AR: Take AR Highway 7 North into Harrison. Continue onto S. Pine Street (still AR-7). Turn right onto West Central Avenue. Go 0.6 mile. Turn left onto AR-7 North/US 412 West/US-62 West/US-65 North. Travel about 1 mile (going through 1 stop light). Turn right onto North Spring Road (between Pace Industries and White Oak Station/Shell and across the highway from Powell Farm Supply, formerly Race Brothers Farm Supply). North Arkansas College, North Campus is located on the left at the top of the hill.

From Bergman, AR: Take AR Highway 7 South into Harrison. Turn right on to AR-43 West. Drive about 1 mile. Turn left onto North Spring Road. Drive about 0.9 mile. North Arkansas College, North Campus is located on the right side of the road. If you reach the stop sign by the White Oak Station/Shell, you have gone too far.

If you get lost, please call one of the following numbers for assistance: (479)466-6024

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Release Information
RELEASE INFORMATION

Last update to this section:  None.

Refer to 2020 OZARK DISTRICT MERIT BADGE UNIVERSITY LEADER GUIDE for release information.

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