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Event Details

Event Type Merit Badge
Title Sea Scout - Fall Merit Badge College
Location Alamance Community College  Show Map
Start Date Start Time Stop Date Stop Time
9/14/2019 8:00am 9/14/2019 4:00pm
Open for Registration Last day to Register
7/22/2019   9/6/2019
(# badges a single scout can attend)
(cost to attend event)
(Who is invited)
2 $25.00 any scout who wants to attend
Council District Type Unit
Ship 4019

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ActivitySessionLocationPrerequisitesMin. AgeClass FeeMax in ClassSeats AvailableCounselor 
ALT Late Registration   Required after 25 August10$5100100 TBA TBA
Chemistry 2  1000 TBA TBA
Chemistry 1  1000 TBA TBA
Citizenship in the Community* 1   1000 TBA TBA
Citizenship in the Nation* 1 & 2 6 & 81100 TBA TBA
Citizenship in the Nation* 1 3, 6 & 81100 TBA TBA
Citizenship in the World* 1  1100 TBA TBA
Coin Collecting 2  1000 1None 1None
Communication* 1 & 2 Prepare for 3, 5, 6, & 8 in group1300 TBA TBA
Crime Prevention 1  1000 TBA TBA
Environmental Science* 2 3c, 3e, 3f, 3g, 41200 TBA TBA
Environmental Science* 1 3c, 3e, 3f, 3g, 41200 TBA TBA
Family Life* 1 3, 4, 51000 TBA TBA
First Aid* 1 & 2  1000 TBA TBA
FOOD    10$7100100 TBA TBA
Graphic Arts 1  1100 TBA TBA
Medicine 1 & 2  1000 TBA TBA
Personal Management* 1 2, Age 14 or Star1400 TBA TBA
Public Speaking 2 41000 TBA TBA
Railroading 2  1000 TBA TBA
Scouting Heritage 1  1000 TBA TBA
Scouting Heritage 2  1000 TBA TBA
Signs, Signals, and Codes 1 & 2 See notes below1100 TBA TBA
Welding 2 see below1000 TBA TBA
Welding 1 see below1000 TBA TBA
Sponsor Information

2019 Fall Merit Badge College - hosted by Sea Scout Ship 4019 Queen Anne's Revenge

Please Direct all Questions to Stuart Brandt

or 336-263-0963

Please no calls after 9pm

Fall Merit Badge College is back!!!  MBC is offered to provide a venue for scouts to come together and explore mutual fields of interest.  As in the past, a special limited edition event patch as well as lunch will be provided as part of the event.

The event will be offered September 14th, and will consist of two sessions.  

Check-in: 8am-8:55am

Session 1:  September 14th   Morning (9am-noon)

Lunch:  Included with registration, available for $5 for non participants.

Session 2:  September 14th   Afternoon (1pm-4pm)

Scouts are expected to "BE PREPARED"  This means:  Class A uniform (MB sash optional), read the mb book before class, any stated pre-requisites, paper & writing instrument for taking notes, blue card(s), etc.

*Multiple Session classes* Some classes take more than one session to complete. All sessions needed are noted to the right of the Merit Badge and are required to be attended to complete the Merit Badge.

**Multiple Classes of the Same Merit Badge** Multiple classes of the same Merit Badge may be offered and will be noted on a separate line. Please do not sign up for more than one, thinking it is a multiple session class.

"Kiosk" sessions:  Scouts are expected to come fully prepared to meet with a counselor during lunch, or immediately following the 2nd session.  The counselor will meet with the Scout and sign the Blue Cards for requirements met.  Please schedule this at registration.


Signs, Signals, & Codes

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. Signs, Signals, and Codes Merit Badge Pamphlet

3. Scout Uniform

4. Weather-appropriate clothing (as part of the class will take place outside)

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

6. 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. Discuss with your counselor the importance of signs, signals, and codes, and why people need these different methods of communication.  Briefly discuss the history and development of signs, signals, and codes

Scouts should utilize the Signs, Signals, and Codes merit badge pamphlet and other sources to compile an understanding and response prior to the class for sharing during the class. Scouts should alos be prepared to discuss the history of signs, signals, and codes.  Only Scouts having prepared for this requirement will have an opportunity to be signed off on this requirement.  While Scouts may learn in the class, they must bring some knowledge or proof of preparation for this requirement and actively participate in the class discussion in order to be considered for sign off.


2. Explain the importance of signaling in emergency communications.  Discuss with your counselor the types of emergency or distress signals one might use to attract airborne search-and-rescue personnel if lost in the outdoors or trying to summon assistance during a disaster.  Illustrate these signaling examples by the use of photos or drawings.

Scouts will have some time during the class to complete parts of this requirement.  Because this merit badge has a lot of items to complete, Scouts will find it beneficial to have their drawings or photos ready prior to the class.  There will be time allotted to review any drawings or photos Scouts bring for this requirement, however it can not be guaranteed that the class will have enough time to complete the drawings during the class time allotted.  Scouts should consider this potential and decide how they want to approach potential completion of this requirement.  It is strongly recommended to consider doing this ahead of the class..


3. Do the following:

a. Describe what Morse code is and the various means by which it can be sent.  Spell your first name using Morse code.  Send or receive a message of six to 10 words using Morse code

b. Describe what American Sign Language (ASL) is and how it is used today. Spell your first name using American Sign Language.  Send or receive a message of six to 10 words using ASL

Scouts will want to review the Signs, Signals, and Codes merit badge pamphlet prior to the class and make sure they have a basic understanding of Morse Code and American Sign Language.  The class will allot time for each Scouts to demonstrate their knowledge and complete the rest of each of these components for requirement 3.


4. Give your counselor a brief explanation about semaphore, why it is used, how it is used, and where it is used.  Explain the difference between semaphore flags and nautical flags.  Then do the following:

Scouts should review the Signs, Signals, and Codes merit badge pamphlet and have a solid understanding of semaphore and nautical flags, their differences, and the basics for using them.

a. Spell your first name using semaphore.  Send or receive a message of six to 10 words using semaphore

Scouts will be given the opportunity to complete this requirement component during the class.

b. Using illustrations or photographs, identify 10 examples of nautical flags and discuss their importance

Scouts should prepare for the class by putting together the 10 examples asked for in this requirement component.  The counselor will allow all Scouts to share their work during the class for consideration and sign off.  Only Scouts coming to the class with this requirement component ready will have the opportunity to get signed off..


5. Explain the Braille reading technique and how it helps individuals with sight impairment to communicate.  Then do the following:

Scouts MUST utilize the Braille supplement to familiarize themselves with Braille prior to the class. Scout attending the class that have not done this review work will find it difficult, if not impossible, to complete this requirement during the class.

a. Either by sight or by touch, identify the letters of the Braille alphabet that spell your name.  By sight or touch, decode a Braille message at least six words long

b. Create a message in Braille at least six words long, and share this with your counselor

Scouts will have time during the class to complete these two components of the class, providing they can satisfactorily show that they have done preparation work prior to class in familiarizing themselves with the Braille system..


6. Do the following:

a. Describe to your counselor six sound-only signals that are in use today.  Discuss the pros and cons of using sound signals versus other types of signals

Scouts should make notes prior to the class to utilize during the discussion in the class to helpful fulfill and completed this component of the requirement..

b. Demonstrate to your counselor six different silent Scout signals.  Use these Scout signals to direct the movement and actions of your patrol or troop

Scouts should review the respective section in the Signs, Signals, and Codes merit badge pamphlet on Scout and silent signals.  Scouts will be broke into groups to demonstrate their understanding of these signals.  Only Scouts showing proficiency in giving and receiving these signals, and properly executing them, will be considered for sign off on this part of the requirement..


7. On a Scout outing, lay out a trail for your patrol or troop to follow.  Cover at least one mile in distance and use at least six different trail signs and markers.  After the Scouts have completed the trail, follow no-trace principles by replacing or returning trail markers to their original locations

This requirement will comprise a good portion of the class as Scouts will lay a course and follow one of the other groups' courses.  It is strongly recommended that Scouts familiarize themselves with the different types of trail markings and methods in order to successfully complete this requirement..


8. For THREE of the following activities, demonstrate five signals each.  Tell what the signals mean and why they are used

a. Sports official's hand signs/signals

b. Heavy equipment operator's hand signals

c. Aircraft carrier catapult crew signals

d. Cyclist's hand signals

e. An activity selected by you and your counselor

THis requirement will be completed during the class.  Scouts however should be familiar with the hand signals for components a thru d to ensure successful completion of this requirement during the class.  This familiarization can easily be accomplished by reviewing the Signs, Signals, and Codes merit badge pamphlet. FOr those not coming with a Signs, Signals, and Codes merit badge pamphlet and/or not reviewing this requirement prior to the class will find it extremely difficult to complete this requirement during the class.


9. Share with your counselor 10 examples of symbols used in everyday life.  Design your own symbol. Share it with your counselor and explain what it means.  Then do the following:

Scouts should come to the class with their symbol designed and ready to share it along with an explanation.

a. Show examples of 10 traffic signs and explain their meaning

b. Using a topographical map, explain what a map legend is and discuss its importance.  Point out 10 map symbols and explain the meaning of each

Scouts should try and do this requirement prior to the class and bring their work and resources with to share in the class.

c. Discuss text-message symbols and why they are commonly used  Give examples of your favorite 10 text symbols or emoticons.  Then see if your counselor or parent can identify the meaning or usage of each symbol

Scouts should think about this requirement and come with an idea for or a rendering of their 10 emoticons to share with the counselor and class.


10. Briefly discuss the history of secret code writing (cryptography).  Make up your own secret code and write a message of up to 25 words using this code.  Share the message with a friend or fellow Scout.  Then share the message and code key with your counselor and discuss the effectiveness of your code

Scout may want to have their own secret code started prior to the class.  While time will be allotted for this activity, it may not be enough time for those who have not started this requirement ahead of time.



Counselor Information

Each boy should have a "Blue Card" or Merit Badge Application Sheet signed by his Scoutmaster. These will need to filled out with the requirements completed in the class. If the councilor section is not filled out, please put your information on the card. You will have a roster as well for the class that must have the completed requirements put on it for back-up to be entered on-line for the Scout Leaders to have access to.


On behalf of the Scouts of Ship #4019, Thank you for being an important part of this year's Fall Merit Badge College.

Unit Sign-up Instructions

Registration is by Troop. Please have one adult leader designated as your unit coordinator for registering your scouts. Each scout may register for up to two classes.  

In the event that a Scout chooses to register outside of his troop, please have an adult to be available for emergencies should they arise.  Also we need all the adults that we can get to help with the event.

Merit Badges offered are subject to change or cancelation, class minimums, and counselor availability.   Scouts are registered on a first come, first serve basis. There are no waiting lists for any class offered. If a class is booked, please check the website frequently for availablity.  Additional classes and course selections may be added at anytime based on availability of counselors.


Registration covers lunch and a patch. 

Please remember to check often for changes and updates.

Walk-ins will be allowed if seats are available in the desired class.  There will be a late registration fee.  


All Eagle required merit badges are only offered to Scouts 1st Class rank or higher. 

Also please note that Scouts not meeting the Prerequisites, will be asked to leave that class and may not be able to secure a seat in another class.

If you have any questions, please contact Stuart Brandt @


Daily Schedule

Check schedule regularly as location and meeing places for classes will be added. Please be sure you check back 1-2 weeks before the event.

Please look for class #changes prior to sending them off.

Please remain in class until you are released. 



The full B.S.A Class A uniform is the Official Uniform of the day. All scouts must wear Class A uniforms unless otherwise instructed by your counselor.  Or approval is obtained in advance from the Event Dean.  Dress appropriate as some of the classes are held outside.  Merit Badge Sashes are encouraged.  PLEASE NOTE THAT THE UNIFORM IS A REQUIREMENT - NOT AN OPTION.


Rules for Particiation

  • Scouts attending must be currently registered with the Boy Scouts of America.

  • Each unit must have at least 1 adult for every 10 Scouts attending. One adult for every 5 boys is requested. These adults are needed for crowd control and for ensuring quality results in the classrooms.

  • Scouts must have prior approval by their Scoutmaster before attending.

  • Scouts must behave in a Scout-like manner. Disruptive youths will be removed from class and put with their leader for the remainder of the day to handle.

Note: The adults are responsible for the Scouts who attend.


Be Prepared

  • Scouts are expected to arrive prepared with the appropriate merit badge booklet, pen/pencil, paper,and any other materials or assignments completed as stated in the prerequisites.

  • Any requirements that instruct you to "Bring", "Collect", "Write", or "Discuss" should be brought with you neatly prepaired, proofread for accuracy, and includes your Name, Address, and Troop Number. In this manner you can receive credit for your work.




We'll be doing options 1d and 2a in class.  If the Scout wants to bring magazines and safety scissors for 2a, they'd be welcomed.

Considering the tight time constraints, the Scout must arrive having completed (if he expects a completed blue card) Requirements:

3 - please being a copy of the speech.

4 - arrive having completed this interview, and be prepared to make the introduction.

5 - attend the public meeting, and bring your objective report to share.

7a - bring a copy of your letter.  If you sent it by email, print the email you transmitted your letter with, and bring it.  

8 (most challenging requirement) - bring some evidence of your event plan, and approval from the PLC; bring the script; bring the prepared program, and evidence you served as the MC.

9 - bring your completed research with you, and be prepared to discuss/explain your choice.


All other Requirements for Communication will be completed in class.


Payment Instructions for the Unit

The Early Bird fee for each Scout for both sessions, lunch and a patch is $25 before August 24th.  On August 25th, there will be a late fee of an additional $5 ($30 total).  There is not a reduced fee for Scouts attending only one session.  Lunch for adults (Not on staff) is $7.


Please pay using PayPal if possible.  PayPal will accept payment using your PayPal account or a credit card.  There is no charge to you to use PayPal, and it is not necessary to create a PayPal account.

Please limit the number of PayPal transactions for your troop.

When you are transfered to the PayPal website, please be sure to enter your troop number and council/district in the "Descriptions" field so that we can correctly credit the payment.  There is no automatic linkage to your troop by PayPal or Click "Buy Now" to use PayPal.

You will receive an email notification from PayPal verifying that your payment has been accepted.


Checks will be accepted if you do not want to use electronic payment.  Checks must be received by August 25 to qualify for the $25 Early Bird fee.

For those paying by check, make checks payable to "Ship 4019, BSA" and send checks to:


For correspondence about payment, email & enter payment in the subject line.


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