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Event Details

Event Type Merit Badge
Title 16th Annual Merit Badge College at Shelton State Community College, Tuscaloosa, AL
Location 9500 Old Greensboro Rd, Tuscaloosa, AL 35405  Show Map
Start Date Start Time Stop Date Stop Time
1/21/2012 7:00 a.m. 1/21/2012 4:00 p.m.
Open for Registration Last day to Register
10/31/2011   1/13/2012
Sessions
(# badges a single scout can attend)
Fees
(cost to attend event)
For
(Who is invited)
1 $12.00 any scout who wants to attend
Council District Type Unit
Black Warrior Troop

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Email Mr Jason Eiermann (jason.eiermann@scouting.org), the Event Manager

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ActivitySessionLocationPrerequisitesMin. AgeClass FeeMax in ClassSeats AvailableCounselor 
Chemistry All Day  1090 Mr Zac Lollar (Mountain)
Citizenship in the Community* All Day2353 Cproj# 3, 4, 712180 Thomas Murphy
Citizenship in the Nation* All Day #2, 3, 813150 Mr Jerry Boatwright
Computers All Day2361 CLabNone10150 Professional Staff
Crime Prevention All DayTBAWatch for updates12102 Professional Staff
Electronics All Day1209 NaNone14100 Mr Lee Tucker (Electronics)
Emergency Preparedness* All DayTBAWatch for updates10204 Professional Staff
Engineering All Day2156 CpWindowNone10154 Mr Daniel Giles
Fire Safety All DayTBAWatch for updates102018 Professional Staff
First Aid* All DayTBAWatch for updates10209 Professional Staff
Graphic Arts All Day2253 NTechNone12201 Mr Earl Moore
Indian Lore All Day2409 NTech#2 d.11$10100 Professional Staff
Law All DayTBAWatch for updates101511 Mr Eric Snow
Pulp and Paper All DayTBAWatch for updates101512 Professional Staff
Railroading All Day2305 NTechOff Site Trip Permission Form121611 Mr Richard Katz
Salesmanship All Day Watch for updates102015 Mr Lynn Smelley
Scouting Heritage All DayTBAWatch for updates102017 Dr Rod Riley
Surveying All DayTBAWatch for updates101512 Mr Tommy Brooks
Swimming* All DayBobby Miller Pool 13$564 Mr Trace Neighbors (Tuscaloosa Police)
Sponsor Information


Last update to this section:  October 20, 2011.


IMPORTANT UPDATE:


Watch this section frequently for updates. A badge may be added or a badge may be cancelled. Also, the event may be cancelled due to unforseen circumstances such as weather concerns. Please, read this "Important Update" section the night before the event for last minute updates.


1. Please, note that this site may be down on Saturdays and Sundays for maintenance.


POINTS OF CONTACT


Jason Eiermann, Boy Scouts of America, Black Warrior Council, P.O. Drawer 3088, Tuscaloosa, AL 35403. Phone: (205) 554-1680; Fax: (205)554-7830, E-Mail: mailto:jason.eiermann@scouting.org

Emergency contact number to be used during Merit Badge College is the Shelton State Community College Security Desk at (205) 391-2377.


This Merit Badge College is sponsored by the Black Warrior Council whose office is in Tuscaloosa, Alabama.  It is promoted via www.meritbadge.info.     

Description

Last Update to this section:  October 20, 2011.


Please be advised that in order to participate in this event, each Troop may be required to file a separate request for a Tour Permit with their local Council.


The Troop Leaders should coordinate arrival and departure time for transportation.  Troops need to make certain that they have adequate transportation for their Scouts.  ALL transportation TO and FROM the Merit Badge College must be arranged within your troop. Encourage everyone to carpool.  Leaders may not leave Scouts by themselves to be picked up by parents at a later time.  If any of the Scouts are going away from Shelton State Community College for merit badge instruction, adult leaders may need to assist in this transportation.


We are guests of the Shelton State Community College, 9500 Old Greensboro Road, Tuscaloosa, AL  35405. As a scout, "Leave No Trace" is the order of the day.  Also, there may be other events on campus.  As such, our behavior will determine whether or not we will do this event again.


Merit Badges to be offered are subject to change based on Merit Badge Counselor availability and class MINIMUMS.  The Black Warrior Council reserves the right to limit or cancel any class. Refunds will be made if your class is cancelled and you do not wish to take another class. 


NO WALK-IN registrations will be allowed.  On-line registration by Troop is REQUIRED.  Open internet enrollment will begin in November 2011 and end on January 13, 2012.  All payments should be received in the Black Warrior Council Office by 4:00 p.m. on January 13, 2012. Please, have only one adult leader per troop do the on-line registration process.


Uniform:  The Full BSA Class A uniform is the official uniform of the day.  The merit badge sash may also be worn but is not required.


Merit Badge College Code of Conduct:  The Scout Oath, Law, and the Outdoor Code shall be the code of the Merit Badge College. Any scout violating the code will be removed from the class and forfeit his fee. This has been done in the past. Adequate supervision must be provided by each participating unit. Discipline is the responsibility of the Scoutmaster or other assigned leaders in charge of the troop.


CHECK IN:  ALL Merit Badge Counselors NEED to check-in at the registration desk located in the atrium on the first floor of Shelton State Community College.  The UNIT LEADER in charge CHECKS-IN the troop.


CHECK OUT:  Any Scout not signed out by his on-site adult scout leader contact may not receive credit for the completion of any merit badge requirements. 


EVENT SCHEDULE:


7:00 a.m.  Check-in will start.  Please follow the signs and enter through the front of the building.  There will be free coffee available to Scout Leaders and Merit Badge Instructors. 


8:30 a.m.  Opening ceremony on first floor in food court area. (Same room as last year).


8:50 a.m.  Each Counselor escorts his/her class to the designated classroom.  All adult leaders will help in the class rooms to assist the instructors particularly in maintaining order.


9:00 a.m.  Classes begin


11:30 a.m.  Lunch.  Each class will have approximately 30 minutes for lunch.  Terri Gregson, Event Coordinator, will go by each class room, give each instructor the meal tickets for lunch, and inform the instructor their time to go to the lunch.  Those classes that must go off site may need to take a sack lunch.  If such is the case, their lunch will be given to them prior to leaving campus.  Don't forget that coffee is FREE even at lunch.


12:30 p.m.  Merit Badge Classes resume.


2:30 p.m.  All classes are finished.  All scouts, scout leaders, and instructors fill out Feedback Forms.  Then all scouts, scout leaders, and instructors will go to the auditorium for closing ceremony.


2:45 p.m.  CLOSING CEREMONY.  Announcements.  Counselors return envelope packet and feedback forms to registration desk.  EVERYBODY helps with clean up. 


3:00 p.m.  Scouts are released to adult leader or parent.  Scouts waiting for pick-up will be inside the atrium near the security desk.  Adult Leaders are asked to remain with their youth until all have been picked-up by a parent/guardian.


 


Merit Badge College for Boy Scout youth will be on January 21, 2012, at Shelton State Community College.   


Security:  Units will need to exercise their own vigilance.  Report any incidents to any event organizer.  The telephone number of the Shelton State Community College Security Desk is (205) 391-2377.


Thank you for your patience as we adjust.

Counselor Information

Last Update to this section:  October 20, 2011.


CHECK IN:  ALL Merit Badge Counselors NEED to check-in at the registration desk located in the atrium on the first floor of Shelton State Community College and get their class packet.


CHECK OUT:  ALL Merit Badge Counselors NEED to check-out and leave the class packet at the registration desk or security desk.

Unit Sign-up Instructions


Last update to this section: October 20, 2011.


It is very important that when you register a Boy Scout for a badge that you enter all relevant contact information to ensure easy contact in case of a change in badge status.  After entering the scout's name, please, put the adult leader's or parent's or guardian's phone number and e-mail for the Boy Scout's contact information.  DO NOT enter a Boy Scout's personal contact information.  Please, advise your Boy Scouts and Adult Leaders.


Please, note that the basic registration fee of $12 per scout should be sent to the Boy Scout office as stated below, but the extra class fees for should be paid to the instructor on the day of the event.


The "Off Site Trip Permission" form to be used for Boy Scouts that are travelling away from Shelton State Community College on field trips for badge requirements is available on this web page NOW. Please, print the form below and give it to all Boy Scouts. It may be a good idea to have the parent /guardian fill out and sign the form at your next Scout meeting. Please, mail a copy with your payment and bring a back up copy with you on January 21, 2012. As a reminder, please, send all basic registration dues for each scout ( $12.00) to the scout office, but pay any special class fees such as for Indian Lore to the instructor.


If a Boy Scout is taking a merit badge that has a trip off site, he must present an "Off Site Trip Permission" form that is signed by the appropriate parent/guardian to the personnel at the registration table.


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"Off Site Permission Form"


BLACK WARRIOR COUNCIL, BOY SCOUTS OF AMERICA


ACTIVITY: Merit Badge College


In consideration of the benefits derived, and in view of the fact that the Boy Scouts of America is an education institution, membership in which is voluntary, and having full confidence that every precaution will be taken to ensure the safety and well being of my Scout son/ ward, Namely:


SCOUTS NAME …………………………………………………………………………………………………


On the activity named above, I agree to his participation in the _______________ merit badge, which will be off  site of Shelton State Community College, location of the main event, and waive all claims against the leaders of this event, officers, agents and representatives of the Boy Scouts of America, and their sponsor, Shelton State Community College. In the event of an emergency, my son’s Troop unit leader has my permission to obtain medical treatment for this Scout at the nearest hospital or doctor, at my expense, if our own doctor is not readily available


EMERGENCY INFORMATION


(In addition to Emergency Data Sheet Information)


During the Activity listed above, I can be contacted at the following phones and will accept long distance calls:


(__________) (_________________________) (__________) (_________________________)


________________________________________________________________________________________


SIGNATURE OF PARENT OR GUARDIAN


ADDITIONAL MEDICAL INFORMATION:


This Scout is highly allergic or sensitive to:


_____________________________________________________________________________


Medication this Scout is currently taking:


________________________________________________________________________________________


Special instructions for this medication:


________________________________________________________________________________


DATE OF LAST TETANUS SHOT: _______________ Medical Insurance Company: ____________________


Policy Number #: ______________________ Is the Unit Leader to carry the Medication? YES_____ NO_____


Primary care Physician: __________________________________________


Primary care Physician contact information__________________________


_______________________________________________________________


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REGISTERING ADULTS AND BOY SCOUTS ON-LINE


1. DO NOT sign up a Boy Scout for more than one badge. This may prevent another boy from taking a class he wants.  A Boy Scout cannot be two places at once.  If dual registration is done the scout's name will be removed from both classes.


2. All classes have age requirements. Some classes have rank requirements.  Unless indicated otherwise, all other requirements for the Merit Badge should be covered in class.


3. Please note that all participants, both adult and youth, are registered by troop.  Adult volunteers MUST register first.  The process is very similar to going to summer camp.


4. Press the "Unit Sign-Up" button at the top of the page.  You will now see a page titled "Scout Registration."


5. Press the "Find" arrow to locate "14th Annual Merit Badge College."  At the bottom of the page, you will find a "Unit Leader Roster." Under the column "Attending Event," make sure that the entry is "Yes." If it does not say yes, you can not register your Boy Scouts.  To change it from "No" to "Yes," all you have to do is press the "Toggle" button.  When it says "Yes," you can now register Scouts.  Always check the merit badges for updates to the current badges as to the addition of new badges.  I will be adding more badges as soon as I can verify Merit Badge Counselors.


MESSAGES AND TECHNICAL SUPPORT.


1.  If you ever encounter an error message, just hit the back arrow on your web browser and press the "update" button again.  If it fails after two attempts, please E-Mail Terri Gregson at terri.gregson@scouting.org with the problem.  Also, please include your day and night phones.


2.  I have noticed that it takes two attempts to enter the Council name and District name.  When you enter the Council name, please check the drop-down menu first.  For ALL classes, Scouts are required to READ and BRING the Merit Badge pamphlet.  Also, Scouts are required to BRING a SIGNED Blue Card from the Scoutmaster.  Pre-registration is by Troop. Registration form and all fees should be returned by January 13, 2012. Otherwise, we may drop your online registration and allow other Scouts to register in your place.  If your payment will be late, please, contact the BSA Scout Officed as soon as possible at (205) 554-1680.  We strongly recommend reading the Merit Badge Book and to bring all prerequisites.  Registration fee is $12.00 per Scout. You may pay on site but you must register before arriving on site,  ****Lunch is NOT included in the price if you pay the day of the event. No shows on the day of the event are eligible for a 50% refund, which is to be requested in writing to the Black Warrior Council office. Written requests for refunds must be in the Council office by February 3, 2012.  Fees can be transferred to another scout, if a scout of unable to attend.  If a merit badge is cancelled and the Scout can not take another badge, his fee will be refunded.  Merit Badge Counselors require parent/guardian E-Mail or telephone numbers for coordination.


3. All Scouts must bring to class the following items...


   a.  Blue Card SIGNED by their Scoutmaster (one per each Merit Badge)


   b.  Merit Badge booklet and Merit Badge worksheet (www.meritbadge.com).


   c.  Any prerequisite work.


4. The Blue Card will be updated with tasks completed in class and returned to the Scout BEFORE they depart the classroom.  It is the responsibility of the Scout to request and obtain his Blue Card.


PREREQUISITES:  The Merit Badge Counselor will give credit for completed requirements ONLY.  The Scout should complete all other requirements not covered in class, at his own pace and with his own Troop counselors.


ADVANCEMENT RECORDS:  After the merit badge event, if you have a question about the Blue Card, please e-mail Terri Gregson at terri.gregson@scouting.org .

Payment Instructions for the Unit

Last Update to this section:  October 20, 2011.


Just like summer camp, it is best to make one check from the troop account for all boys in the troop and another check for adult volunteer lunches.  It is IMPORTANT to prepay before the registration deadline.  ****Lunch is NOT included in the price if you pay the day of the event. No shows on the day of the event are eligible for a 50% refund, which is to be requested in writing to the Black Warrior Council office. Written requests for refunds must be in the Council office by February 3, 2012. Please be aware that pre-paying prevents the cancellation of classes for non-payment.  Some instructors are travelling a great distance to help the Boy Scouts.  If your payment will be late, please, call the local BSA Council at (205) 554-1680.  This will prevent cancellation of classes due to not haveing a minimum number of paying scouts that are registered.


PAYMENT METHOD:


For ease of record keeping, please send TWO checks and, fill in the appropriate information, payable to "Boy Scouts of America." The first check should be notated as "MBC registration; Troop #?."  The second check should be notated as "MBC Adult lunches; Troop #?."  Adult lunches are $5.00 each. Finally, please print two copies of the internet registration form and send one copy with complete payment to:


Black Warrior Council, P. O. Drawer 3088, Tuscaloosa, AL  35403


Voice Phone: (205) 554-1680


Retain the other registration copy for your records and bring it with you to MBC.  Please make sure adequate postage is affixed.  For more information, please E-Mail Terri Gregson at jason.eiermann@scouting.org .  WE CAN ONLY ACCEPT ONLINE REGISTRATIONS.  DO NOT SEND MONEY UNLESS YOU ARE ALREADY REGISTERED ONLINE.  If you have already sent in your registration by the old method, please, resubmit it electronically.  That way you will be assured of getting the badge your Scouts desire.


REFUNDS:  No shows on the day of the event are eligible for a 50% refund, which is to be requested in writing to the Black Warrior Council office. Written requests for refunds must be in the Council office by February 3, 2012.  However, Troops may substitute scouts as long as the total number and the Merit Badge doesn’t change.  Partial refunds will be made if the badge is cancelled and the Scout can not find another badge to take. PLEASE NOTE: A WRITTEN REQUEST MUST BE SUBMITTED TO THE BLACK WARRIOR COUNCIL OFFICE BY FEBRUARY 3, 2012 IN ORDER TO RECEIVE REFUNDS.

Directions to the Event

Last Update to this section:  October 20, 2011.


Transportation


ALL transportation TO and FROM Merit Badge College must be arranged within your troop.  Encourage everyone to carpool.   


You may find better directions than the following by using the internet for a map search.  Our address is 9500 Old Greensboro Road, Tuscaloosa, AL 35405.


From North of Tuscaloosa:  Take I-359 south through Tuscaloosa.  It turns into Alabama Highway 69 South after you cross over I-20/59.  Go about 4 miles after you cross over I-20/59 until you see a Winn-Dixie.  Take a Right at that traffic light and you will see the the Shelton State Community College campus.  From Moundville Alabama: Take Alabama Highway 69 North until you see a Winn-Dixie supermarket.  Take a LEFT at the traffic light and you will see the Shelton State Community College campus.


From I-20 & I-59: Take exit # 71A and go south on Alabama Highway 69 for about 4 miles.  Turn RIGHT at the traffic light in front of the Winn-Dixie supermarket and you will see the Shelton State Community College campus.


If you get lost, please call the Security Desk at Shelton State Community College at (205) 391-2377.

Release Information

Last update to this section: October 20, 2011.


Photograph/Video Release


We authorize the Boy Scouts of America, Black Warrior Council and Shelton State Community College or any entity or person designated by the Boy Scouts of America, Black Warrior Council and Shelton State Community College the right to the use or reproduction of any and all photographs, video, or other media taken of the persons named above during the classes or related activities.  All photographs, videos, or other media are the property of the Boy Scouts of America, Black Warrior Council and Shelton State Community College or the entity or person designated by the Boy Scouts of America, Black Warrior Council and Shelton State Community College and may be used for any purpose without additional consent.

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