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VIRTUAL MERIT BADGE CHALLENGE

What you need to know about this Virtual Merit Badge Challenge:

  • Takes place over three Saturdays: March 27, April 10 and April 17, 2021. Scouts will register once and follow that schedule all three Saturdays.
  • Scouts will be invited to a Google Classroom for each merit badge they are registered for. They will receive this invitation between March 22-24, 2021. Classes will be conducted virtually via the video conferencing platform of the counselor’s choice (Google Meets, Zoom, WEBex, etc.) The link to the conference call for the classes will be posted on the Stream tab of the Google Classroom.
  • All communications and work submitted for requirements for every badge must be done through the Google Classroom.
  • There will be no blue cards exchanged or ScoutBook connections made. Our registration system now allows for tracking merit badge requirements. Counselors will record the completed requirements through the registration system. Completion records will be emailed after the deadline.
  • Per the Guide to Advancement 2019 7.0.0.1, the way to begin a merit badge starts with a scout’s interest in the subject followed by a discussion with the unit leader or designated assistant. There is a line on the Blue Card and within the ScoutBook connection that indicates that this discussion has taken place. Since we are not collecting blue cards or making ScoutBook connections, there will be a place in the registration to indicate that the discussion did take place. Before registering for this event, please make sure that the Scout/Unit Leader discussion takes place.

Virtual Merit Badge Courses

VIRTUAL MERIT BADGE SCHEDULE WILL BE PUBLISHED ON FEBRUARY 1, 2021.

Dan Beard Council Merit Badge Challenge Committee members are working hard to provide a large selection of merit badges offered throughout the day. The schedule of merit badge offerings will be published on Monday, February 1, 2021.

Below are an example of what Merit Badge Courses may be offered. The list below are Merit Badges that have been offered in previous Merit Badge Challenges but are not yet confirmed for 2021.

american business merit badge

AMERICAN BUSINESS

american labor merit badge

AMERICAN LABOR

astronomy merit badge

ASTRONOMY

BIRD STUDY

CITIZENSHIP IN
THE NATION /
AMERICAN HERITAGE

citizenship in the world

CITIZENSHIP IN THE WORLD

digital technology patch

DIGITAL TECHNOLOGY

dog care merit badge

DOG CARE

FIRST AID

genealogy merit badge

GENEALOGY

mammal study merit badge

MAMMAL STUDY

movie making merit badge

MOVIE MAKING

photography

PHOTOGRAPHY

Programming Merit Badge

PROGRAMMING

Public Speaking merit badge

PUBLIC SPEAKING

safety merit badge

SAFETY

SALESMANSHIP

SCHOLARSHIP

Scouting Heritage merit badge

SCOUTING HERITAGE

CONTACT

For questions or additional information, please contact one of the people below.

Tom Montgomery | montgota@fuse.net | 513-969-5383

Joe Kihm | kihmfamily@aol.com

Darrell Bitler | dntbitler@yahoo.com

Mike Banish | mbanish@zoomtown.com

Bill Shefcikbillshefcik@gmail.com

Michelle Byrnemichelle.byrne@scouting.org.