Event Details

2020 (16th Annual) Towpath District Merit Badge University - Rochester Institute of Technolo

84 Lomb Memorial Drive, Rochester, NY 14623

Merit Badge
2/15/2020
8:00am
2/15/2020
4:00pm
1/5/2020
2/1/2020
4 (# badges a single scout can attend)
$15.00 (Cost to attend this event)
any scout who wants to attend (Who is invited)
Seneca Waterways
Towpath
Troop
6801-818-20

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Register my unit

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



 





 


Event 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.

 

Unit Payment Instructions

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

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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