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Harrisburg Merit Badge College

The 2020 Harrisburg Merit Badge College
Venue: Lower Dauphin Middle School

251 Quarry Rd., Hummelstown, PA

Dates: March 28, 2020, and May 9, 2020

Thank you Lower Dauphin School District for allowing us to use the facility.  Primary contact person is: Carlos M Inacio Jr

Timeline:
Dec – Recharter
Jan – After charters have been posted to contact all current Merit Badge Instructors and formulate the schedule.
First Quarter – Posted Schedule and Open Registration


Status as of 9 Apr 2020: The 2020 East Shore Merit Badge College is canceled. Some instructors may continue holding virtual independent Merit Badge sessions, and for that reason, I will leave the prerequisites in this post.


PreRequisites

 

 

The Keystone Capital District will be having the
East Shore Merit Badge College.
Please direct any questions to Carlos M Inacio Jr
Merit Badge and Instructor Prerequisites
Communications
Nate Estes
OR
Anthony Parker
Please have these requirements completed BEFORE the first session:
Requirements 1: A,B,D, 3 Prepare the 5 minute speech TO PRESENT AT FIRST SESSION, 7
Citizenship in the Community
Dan Leppo
Read the book – the merit badge pamphlet – it will guide you on all the requirements. You will have to use other resources but the pamphlet is the place to start. Be sure to have your name and troop # on each document you need to submit. We will do Requirements 1, 2, 6 and 7 at the first session, but you will need to know what you will do for the other requirements so we can discuss next steps at the first session. Requirement 1 – come to the first session ready to discuss what Citizenship is in your own words. Requirement 2 – Do printouts of maps with things marked and bring them along. You can hit Print Screen to get a copy of your screen to paste into a Word document. It’s an easy way to get just what you want. It is okay to write in the places with a pen on the printed sheet. Do the local government organization chart. Be sure to cover all offices at the level and to note if the person is elected or appointed (and by whom). Requirement 3 – attend a meeting, take note of an issue they are considering (we will talk about it at our second college session under requirement 3b). Now is a good time to attend so you have time to think about 3b. Requirement 4 – figure out which issue you will do and who you will interview. I will approve the idea and interviewee when I hear it at the first session so you may actually do the work for the second session. Requirement 5 – Same as 4, choose a movie to watch so I may approve it at the first session for you to report on at the second session. I suggest you have a list of at least three movies. I would like each scout to choose something different from other scouts, if possible, that is why I’d like you to have a list of at least three movies. Requirement 6 – Do this list now as we will discuss at the first session. Requirement 7 – We will do at the first session. This is going to take a bit to do. You need to talk to someone at an organization, so you may have to do that right after school as a number of these may close after 5 PM. Be sure to have your parent’s permission to do so. Requirement 8 – This one will also require a bit of doing, so while you will present it at the second session, you should begin on it now.
Citizenship in the Nation
James Enders
OR
Dane Schadel
No Virtual Instruction has been provided for this badge (07 Apr 2020)
Updated 5 Apr 2020Obtain the merit badge pamphlet (paperback or digital) & print out the merit badge workbook at usscouts.org Please bring both along to your session. Complete requirements 1, 2, 3 & 8. Choose a speech for requirement 6 approved by your parent or guardian & complete it as well. Use the workbook to record your information & be prepared to discuss these completed requirements during your session. We will cover the remaining requirements during your session.Read the merit badge pamphlet & print out the merit badge workbook at usscouts.org – Please bring both along to your sessions. Complete requirements 1, 2 & 3. Use the workbook to record your information & be prepared to discuss these completed requirements in session 1. Choose a speech for requirement 6 so I can approve it.
Citizenship in the World
Karl Dietrich
No Virtual Instruction has been provided for this badge (07 Apr 2020)
Updated 18 Mar 2020The following homework assignments will be reviewed during the second session:Due to the elimination of one session, requirement 4 has been added to the homework. The homework will not be discussed in class. I will review your written homework to determine if you completed the requirement.3 – Do the following:3a – Pick a current world event. In relation to this current event, discuss with your counselor how a country’s national interest, history, and its relationship with other countries might affect areas such as its security, its economy, its values, and the health of its citizens.
3b – Select a foreign country and discuss with your counselor how its geography, natural resources, and climate influence its economy and its global partnerships with other countries.4 – Do TWO of the following:

4a – Explain international law and how it differs from national law. Explain the role of international law and how international law can be used as a tool for conflict resolution.
4b – Using resources such as major daily newspapers, the Internet (with your parent’s permission), and news magazines, observe a current issue that involves international trade, foreign exchange, balance of payments, tariffs, and free trade. Explain what you have learned. Include in your discussion an explanation of why countries must cooperate in order for world trade and global completion to thrive.
4c – Select TWO of the following organizations and describe their role in the world.
(1) The United Nations
(2) The World Court
(3) World Organization of the Scout Movement
(4) The World Health Organization
(5) Amnesty International
(6) The International Committee of the Red Cross
(7) CARE – Cooperative for American Relief Everywhere

7 – Do TWO of the following (with your parent’s permission) and share with your counselor what you have learned.

7a – Visit the website of the U.S. State Department. Learn more about an issue you find interesting, that is discussed on the website.
7b – Visit the website of an international news organization or foreign government, OR examine a foreign newspaper available at your local library, bookstore, or newsstand. Find a news story about a human right realized in the United States that is not recognized in another country.
7c – Visit with a student or Scout from another country and discuss the typical values, holidays, ethnic foods, and traditions practiced or enjoyed there.
7d – Attend a world Scout Jamboree.
7e – Participate in or attend an international event in your area, such as an ethnic festival, concert, or play.

Dentistry
Jane Hair
Instructor has sent email(s) to youth. (07 Apr 2020)
Disability Awareness
Kimberly Hansen
No Virtual Instruction (05 Apr 2020)
Prerequisites: 2- Visit an agency that works with people with physical, mental, emotional, or educational disabilities. Collect and read information about the agency’s activities. Learn about opportunities its members have for training, employment, and education. Discuss what you have learned with your counselor.
Take a look at the workbook if you can, most of it will be done in class and the rest homework.
Updated: 14 Mar 2020
1 (In Class) 2, 3 (do 2 of the following letters a-e, letter B will be done in class), 4, 5 (email me of what you decide to do), 7
Emergency Preparedness
Eric Belfanti
No Virtual Instruction has been provided for this badge (07 Apr 2020)
Must have First Aid Merit Badge.
Engineering
Glen Hair
No Virtual Instruction has been provided for this badge (07 Apr 2020)
Electricity
Michael Guntrum
Read over the Merit Badge pamphlet prior to attending.
Family Life
Kimberly Hansen
No Virtual Instruction (05 Apr 2020)
Updated: 14 Mar 2020
1,2,3, 4 (Email me about what you and your parents/guardian decide on project), 5, 6 (email me of what your plan is of how to carry out a family meeting or talk to another counselor you are comfortable with about), 7 (In Class)
Fire Safety
Thomas Pottiger
No Virtual Instruction has been provided for this badge (07 Apr 2020)
Requirements: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 8 (bring printed workbook found at usscouts.org please)
First Aid
Dr. Ernie Davis
OR
Allison Polinski
SECOND SESSION ONLY Must be at least Second Class Read over the Merit Badge Pamphlet prior to attending.
Gardening
Jeff Connelly
Virtual Instruction and Information has been provided for this badge (05 Apr 2020)
This is an interactive course designed to enable Scouts to complete the merit badge within the two college dates. During this training, Scouts will be asked to provide answers and examples of content outlined in requirements 1, 3, 6, and 7. Inasmuch, Scouts should familiarize with the Gardening Merit Badge pamphlet prior to attending. Additionally, Scouts are encouraged to initiate one of the item 8 requirements (“Do ONE of the following:”) in order to achieve close to 90 days maintenance (slightly shorter periods will be accepted for completion at the MB College Part II in May). This class will include example “how-to’s” of requirements 2, 4, 8.a., 8.c. and 8.d. Homework: Requirement 3. Bring a completed document (may be typed in MS Word or hand-written) of the nutritional values for 3.a, 3.b., and 3.c. “Be Prepared!”
Genealogy
David Klees and Ray Scarazzo
Virtual Instruction and Information has been provided for this badge (07 Apr 2020)

Update 18 Mar 2020
FOR SATURDAY, MAY 9, FOR GENEALOGY MERIT BADGE:
Please carefully read all the information below. In order to complete the genealogy merit badge on May 9 with a signed-off blue card, you must bring with you the completed written assignments for requirements 2. 3. 6. 7; an original document for requirement 4b, and something to share for requirement 9. If you cannot complete the genealogy merit badge on May 9, you may later scan and email your assignments for requirements 2, 3, 4b, 6, and 7 to one of your instructors, and then mail your blue-card with a self-addressed stamped envelope for sign-off. You are welcome to email both your instructors in advance of May 9 with questions, and also scan and email your written assignments to your instructors for their previewing and suggestions:
David Klees <davlorkl@gmail.com>
Ray Scarazzo <rscarazzo@pa.net>No Prerequisites, but several notes from the instructors:Your family situation will not prevent you from earning the genealogy merit badge.  For example, if you are adopted and do not know who your biological parents are, please speak with one of the instructors, who will help you to work around your particular situation and earn the merit badge.If you wish to start your written assignments before the first meeting of the Merit Badge College, you may do so; the following four requirements are your written homework assignments (full text of requirements at http://www.scouting.org/filestore/Merit_Badge_ReqandRes/Genealogy.pdf):
2. Do ONE of the following (“a” or “b”) to fulfill requirement #2:
a. Create a time line for yourself or for a relative . . .  OR
b. Keep a journal for six weeks. . . .  (If you are doing this one (2b), you need to start ASAP
before the first meeting of the College.)
3. With your parent’s help, choose a relative or a family acquaintance you can interview . . .
6. Begin your family tree by listing yourself and include at least two additional generations. . . .
(see below for further info)
7. Complete a family group record form . . .   (see below for further info)Requirement 4b: “Obtain at least one genealogical document that supports an event that is or can be recorded on your pedigree chart or family group record. The document could be found at home or at a government office, religious organization, archive, or library.”
A published book about your family does NOT fulfill the above 4b requirement, unless it contains a readable photograph of a baptismal certificate, marriage certificate, family register, etc.  Do not bring an original document, which is a family heirloom; a legible photocopy or a legible photograph is OK.One of your instructors, David Klees, has worked as a professional genealogist and will fulfill this requirement with you:
“5. Contact ONE of the following individuals or institutions. Ask what genealogical services, records, or activities this individual or institution provides, and report the results:
b. A professional genealogist (someone who gets paid for doing genealogical research)”Your instructors will pass out printed forms for you to use for the following two requirements.  Or, you may print off these forms at:
https://www.ancestry.com/cs/charts-and-forms
“Ancestral Chart” to fulfill “6. Begin your family tree by listing yourself and include at least two additional generations. . . .”
“Family Group Sheet” to fulfill “7. Complete a family group record form, listing yourself and your brothers and sisters as the children. . . .”
Please note that for requirement 7, you need to fill out two copies of the “Family Group Sheet”.
You may also use genealogy software for these two requirements if your family is already using it.  (Advice from one of your instructors, David Klees, who is a retired computer programmer:  This genealogy merit badge is not a good time to start to learn how to use genealogy software.)  If you do use genealogy software, your instructors will want to see printed copies on paper produced by the software; please do not show your instructors a computer screen for these two requirements.At the second session of the College, each Scout will share what you have learned about your family, to fulfill:
“9. Discuss what you have learned about your family and your family members through your genealogical research.”

Law
Jeff Engle
OR
Anthony Parker
No Virtual Instruction has been provided for this badge (07 Apr 2020)
Read the entire pamphlet, print workbook and be prepared to discuss answers to each question in class. Do Item 4 prior to first class
Personal Management
Vince Rossi
No Virtual Instruction (05 Apr 2020)
Start recording your income and expenses as soon as possible.
Public Speaking
Nate Estes
Please have these requirements completed BEFORE the first session:
Requirements 1 & 5
Safety
Thomas Pottiger
No Virtual Instruction has been provided for this badge (07 Apr 2020)
Requirements: 1 (bring completed notebook,) 3a, c, d, 6 (be prepared to discuss your project for approval,) 7 (bring printed workbook found at usscouts.org please)
Space Exploration
Dane Schadel
No Virtual Instruction has been provided for this badge (07 Apr 2020)
Read pamphlet and Bring printed workbook found at usscouts.org