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Merit Badges @Home August 2020

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Work on merit badges from the comfort of your home! In an effort to help support Scouts and families as our communities are practicing social distancing, National Capital Area Council will be offering Merit Badge programs ONLINE!

These programs make a great supplement to ongoing online schooling efforts. They also help Troops, Crews, and Ships continue their program while avoiding in-person activities. For all badges, Scouts are encouraged to earn (or renew) their Cyber Chip ahead of time. 

THESE SESSIONS ARE OPEN TO ALL SCOUTS IN ALL COUNCILS, NATIONWIDE!

Select from one of the sessions listed. Unless otherwise noted, classes run two days a week for two weeks. (Monday & Thursday, Tuesday & Friday, or Wednesday & Saturday): 

  • American Business: We, Fr 7-8pm
  • American Heritage: Tu, Fr 3-4pm
  • Art: We, Sa 4-5pm
  • Camping: We, Sa 7-8:30 (First Class Rank and above recommended)
  • Citizenship in the Community: Mo, Th 6-7pm
  • Citizenship in the Nation: Tu, Fr 7-8pm
  • Citizenship in the Nation: Tu, Fr 6-7pm
  • Citizenship in the World: Tu, Th 4-5pm
  • Cooking: We, Sa 6-7pm
  • Communication: Mo, Th 7-8pm
  • Crime Prevention: Mo, We 7-8pm
  • Dog Care: Tu, Th 3-4pm (dog ownership required)
  • Engineering: Mo, Th 4-5pm
  • Family Life: M 5-6pm (Aug 17, Aug 24, Sept 14, Nov 2)
  • Genealogy: Mo, Th 3-4pm (Aug 17, Aug 20)
  • Geocaching: Mo, Th 7-8:30pm
  • Golf: Mo, We 3-4pm
  • Insect Study: Tu 4-5pm, We 7-8pm (Attend one session each week for two weeks)
  • Journalism: Mo, Th 7-8pm
  • Law: Mo, Th 4-5pm
  • Music: Mo, We 3-4pm
  • Programming: We, Sa 5-6:30pm
  • Programming: Tu, Th 7-8:30pm
  • Public Speaking: Tu, Fr 7-8pm
  • Railroading: Sa 4-6pm (Aug 22)
  • Reading: Tu, Fr 5-6pm
  • Scholarship: We 4-5pm (Aug 19, Aug 26)
  • Scouting Heritage: We, Sa 5-6pm
  • Safety: Mo, Th  5-6pm
  • Sports: Tu, Fr 4-5pm
  • Sustainability: We, Sa 6-7pm

Check back for updated sessions each month!

Once registered, Scouts will receive a link to log on; Scouts will use that link each day to access live instruction from a registered Merit Badge Counselor. Session links will be e-mailed no less than 24-hours before your scheduled session.

Scouts will have "assignments" each day to complete before the next day's session. They will turn in their assignments and communicate with the instructor via Basecamp.

A Merit Badge Completion Letter will be provided digitally after the course is over. All courses have a $10 fee to cover online access.


FAQ – NATIONAL CAPITAL AREA ONLINE MERIT BADGES​

  • Where can I review the current requirements for Merit Badges?
    Current requirements are hosted on the official BSA website. We recommend that all participants review and become familiar with the list of requirements before the first class.
  • Are there any prerequisites for the merit badge classes?
    There are no perquisites for attending. Any Scout may attend any class. Some badges may require additional work and discussion with your counselor after classes end. 
  • What if all the classes are sold out?
    If you miss the current registration please check back on this webpage or the Council's Facebook page for upcoming registrations.
  • Is there a waitlist? 
    We no longer offer a waitlist in an effort to give every Scout/Scouter the opportunity to register in real time. 
  • Can two (or more) Scouts use the same computer?
    Yes! Each should register with a separate email so we can track each Scouts progress, but they may share a computer for each day’s session. They will each have a chance to mark themselves “present” during daily attendance. 
  • How many classes can I sign up for at one time?
    It is recommended that Scouts sign up for no more thanTWO badges in this time period.
  • Do we need a camera and microphone?
    We strongly prefer that you use a device that has both of a camera and a microphone. A phone-in option will be provided. Scouts will be participating in discussions and need to be actively engaged. Audio participation is a requirement, video participation is highly encouraged. 
  • What meeting platform is the Council using?
    We are using the ZOOM meeting platform which also has an app that works on smart phones and tablets. Before you begin your class please test your connection in advance – Test Zoom. If you need additional training on how to use Zoom please visit Zoom training videos – https://zoom.us/resources.
  • How will they get their “blue card” Merit Badge Applications?
    Our Merit Badge Counselors will provide printable Merit Badge Completion letters that we will e-mail to each family after the Merit Badge is complete. Blue cards are available upon request.
  • How will Youth Protection and “no one-on-one contact” be maintained?
    When Scouts arrive for a merit badge, they will be placed into an online waiting room. Once the counselor determines that multiple Scouts are present, they will be admitted. We are encouraging parents to stay within earshot to monitor their Scouts activities. We also strongly advise that the Scout completes their Cyber Chip before taking online classes or that you complete the activities in the program that involve Scout and parent. We’ve disabled many communications tools such as private chat while enabling requirements for all participant to register. Other communication is done through a Basecamp project, which you are encouraged to access.
  • When will I receive instructions from my Merit Badge Counselor?
    You will receive your instructions from your Merit Badge Counselor 24 hours before class begins, if you have not received it don’t fret some Counselors will send the instructions the day of. Instructions will include all necessary links and platforms needed for the class. Please check your junk mail, sometimes the email classifies the opt-in link email as junk mail.
  • Can I register if I am not an NCAC Scout?
    Absolutely! Please be aware of the time zone difference if you live out of state. NCAC is in the Washington D.C. metro area which is Eastern Standard Time (EST).
  • Will there be more classes and more of a variety of merit badges?
    Yes, more classes will be provided. If you are a registered Merit Badge Counselor and are interested in instructing a class please visit https://www.ncacbsa.org/merit-badges-at-home/.

Please follow us on Facebook and Instagram for updates!

For more information and updates on the current COVID-19 situation and how Council operations are impacted, visit www.NCACBSA.org/covid.

Contact
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Genealogy
ONLINE
Monday 08-17-2020 3:00 PM ET to 4:00 PM ET Past
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Golf
ONLINE
Monday 08-17-2020 3:00 PM ET to 4:00 PM ET Past
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Music
ONLINE
Monday 08-17-2020 3:00 PM ET to 4:00 PM ET Past
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Engineering
ONLINE
Monday 08-17-2020 4:00 PM ET to 5:00 PM ET Past
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Law
ONLINE
Monday 08-17-2020 4:00 PM ET to 5:00 PM ET Past
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Family Life
ONLINE
Monday 08-17-2020 5:00 PM ET to 6:00 PM ET Past
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Safety
ONLINE
Monday 08-17-2020 5:00 PM ET to 6:00 PM ET Past
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Citizenship in the Community
ONLINE
Monday 08-17-2020 6:00 PM ET to 7:00 PM ET Past
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Communication
ONLINE
Monday 08-17-2020 7:00 PM ET to 8:00 PM ET Past
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Crime Prevention
ONLINE
Monday 08-17-2020 7:00 PM ET to 8:00 PM ET Past
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Geocaching
ONLINE
Monday 08-17-2020 7:00 PM ET to 8:30 PM ET Past
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Journalism
ONLINE
Monday 08-17-2020 7:00 PM ET to 8:00 PM ET Past
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American Heritage
ONLINE
Tuesday 08-18-2020 3:00 PM ET to 4:00 PM ET Past
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Dog Care
ONLINE
Tuesday 08-18-2020 3:00 PM ET to 4:00 PM ET Past
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Citizenship in the World
ONLINE
Tuesday 08-18-2020 4:00 PM ET to 5:00 PM ET Past
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Insect Study
ONLINE
Tuesday 08-18-2020 4:00 PM ET to 5:00 PM ET Past
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Sports
ONLINE
Tuesday 08-18-2020 4:00 PM ET to 5:00 PM ET Past
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Reading
ONLINE
Tuesday 08-18-2020 5:00 PM ET to 6:00 PM ET Past
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Citizenship in the Nation
ONLINE
Tuesday 08-18-2020 6:00 PM ET to 7:00 PM ET Past
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Citizenship in the Nation
ONLINE
Tuesday 08-18-2020 7:00 PM ET to 8:00 PM ET Past
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Programming
ONLINE
Tuesday 08-18-2020 7:00 PM ET to 8:30 PM ET Past
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Public Speaking
ONLINE
Tuesday 08-18-2020 7:00 PM ET to 8:00 PM ET Past
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Art
ONLINE
Wednesday 08-19-2020 4:00 PM ET to 5:00 PM ET Past
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Scholarship
ONLINE
Wednesday 08-19-2020 4:00 PM ET to 5:00 PM ET Past
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Programming
ONLINE
Wednesday 08-19-2020 5:00 PM ET to 6:30 PM ET Past
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Scouting Heritage
ONLINE
Wednesday 08-19-2020 5:00 PM ET to 6:00 PM ET Past
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Cooking
ONLINE
Wednesday 08-19-2020 6:00 PM ET to 7:00 PM ET Past
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Sustainability
ONLINE
Wednesday 08-19-2020 6:00 PM ET to 7:00 PM ET Past
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American Business
ONLINE
Wednesday 08-19-2020 7:00 PM ET to 8:00 PM ET Past
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Camping
ONLINE
Wednesday 08-19-2020 7:00 PM ET to 8:30 PM ET Past
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Railroading
ONLINE
Saturday 08-22-2020 4:00 PM ET to 6:00 PM ET Past
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Genealogy B
ONLINE
Monday 08-24-2020 3:00 PM ET to 4:00 PM ET Past
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