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Washburn Merit Badge University
 
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Description: Washburn Merit Badge University
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Registration Begins: 11/8/2011
Last Day to Register: 1/24/2012
Cost: $8.00 per Adult
$17.00 per Scout
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MERIT BADGE CHALLENGE

 

Saturday  February 4, 2012

 

 

2012 Leader's Guide

Register Online by January 22, 2012

 

 

About the Conference

 

Introduction

The purpose of the Washburn Merit Badge Conference is to provide Boy Scouts, Varsity Scouts and Ventures with qualified counselors for merit badges. These can be earned or, partially earned, through the resources Washburn University has to offer, including facilities, faculty, and equipment. The program also serves to orient Scouts to the university setting to encourage post-secondary study.

 

Scouts will have an opportunity to receive counseling and instruction for merit badges through two 3.5 hour class periods - one Saturday morning and one Saturday afternoon. Instruction and counseling will be given by University faculty and staff who may be assisted by some upper-class students and community volunteers.

 

Scouts will receive quality instruction and guidance in each class, but many merit badges have requirements that must be completed before or in addition to the conference. If the prerequisite requirements are completed and presented at the class, the Scout should be able to complete the badge. If the prerequisite work is not completed, the Scout will receive credit only for the work completed in class. The remaining requirements must be completed at home with the unit advancement person or the Scoutmaster. This guide includes a list of requirements to be completed in advance.

 

Leadership

Your unit must be under the leadership of at least two adult leaders at all times, one of whom must be over 21.

 

Minimum Rank Requirements

Scouts must be at least Second Class by December 1, 2011, to attend the conference and must be at least First Class to enroll in merit badges on the required Eagle list.

 

A Role for Adult Leaders

A Scout may be able to complete a merit badge on the day of the conference if all prerequisites have been completed. However, in many instances a Scout will still need to follow up with a registered merit badge counselor to finalize the badge.

 

Adult leaders are expected to help instructors with grading prerequisite materials, recording the attendance and accomplishments of the Scouts, and maintaining discipline. Adult leaders now have the option to select a morning and afternoon class that they would like to help with, maps and class assignments will be in your registration packet the morning of the event.    It is important to insure that all classes have a minimum of two adult leaders present at each session. Adult leaders must attend the classes they selected. Not doing so could place an undue burden on an instructor or another adult leader.

 

Leaders have the option to select a class they would like to help with. Next to the Merit Badge offerings we have listed a leader’s option. Leaders can select classes that they would like to help with by registering in the classes with leader assigned next to it. It is extremely important that leaders use this option to register for the event. Missing this step will limit the number the scouts who can attend each class. By registering using the leader’s option we can accurately keep track of the capacity limits for scouts in each class.

 

 

Communication

 

Quinton Unruh (785) 276-3346:  quinton.unruh@scouting.org

 

Keith Mazachek (785) 670-2263:  keith.mazachek@washburn.edu

 

Michael Bascom (785) 670-1829: mbascom@wufoundation.org

 

 

 

 Before The Conference

 

Registration

We will continue to organize this program using our online registration system. This unique system is used by councils across the country with high regards and success. Event organizers will be available to assist you with registrations and questions. This year we have added options for adults to register for classes that they want to help with. It is important you select the Adult option when you are an Adult/Leader and Youth option when you are a Scout. If the options of registration are NOT available at the time you register this means the class if full. We have also added descriptions of each Merit Badge along with the requirement into the registration system. 

 

We will no longer send registration packets via mail. Online registration is mandatory for all participants and takes place November 3rd - January 22th, 2012 on a first-come, first-served basis. The conference registration will close if all classes are filled. To register for the 2012 Washburn Merit Badge University go to www.jayhawkcouncil.org and look for the MB University link. If there are problems or concerns please contact an event organizer for assistance.  In any event, absolutely no registrations will be accepted after January 25, 2012.

 

Troops planning to attend should go to the website as soon as possible after November 8th. Instructions on the website will help you navigate though the system. Once you have registered please print a copy of your registration and receipt. After you have paid and registered it will be considered final so make sure your registration information is accurate before you submit it. 

 

Have the Scouts select the desired classes and sessions offered. Click on the correct tab for that merit badge make sure your mindful of the (AM and PM) options for some of the classes. Fill in all the information required and submit the registration. Scouts should begin working on pre-class requirements as soon as confirmation is received. Once a class is filled it is removed from the list and you will not have the option to register for that class. 

 

Payments

Payments may be made online with a small convenience fee or mail in your registration to Jayhawk Council. For leaders who chose to mail in their payment please select the option to pay by mail and print a copy of your receipt and send with payment to the council service center.  The convenience fee does not apply to payments mailed to the service center. However, if payments are not mailed prior to the January 25 closing of the event, your registration will not be honored and the reserved classes will be released to scouts on the waiting list.

 

Merit Badge Requirements

Merit badge requirements used will be the most current available. Please check for the latest available requirements. 

 

Home Assignments

Completion of prerequisite material is essential and assures successful completion of merit badges. Leaders should be sure each participant has completed the home assignments before arriving at the conference. All assignments, books, and note paper should be marked with the Scout's name, troop number, and address. Scouts should bring this material to class.

 

Each Scout must read and thoroughly study the merit badge pamphlet. Complete all prerequisite material as indicated in the following pages, except those that require seasonal tasks or periods of two or more weeks. These can be completed later at home with a qualified merit badge counselor. To ensure that all Scouts participate in the “tell, show, describe and explain” requirements, Scouts must write a brief, but concise report prior to class. Scouts will have the opportunity during class to “tell, show, describe and explain” what they have written in their report.

 

Costs & Refunds

 

 

Scouts...................................$17

 

Adults......................................$8

 

The conference fee will include: Saturday lunch, transportation where appropriate, facilities, and program supplies.

 

EVENT FEES REFUND POLICY: All activities offered through the Jayhawk Area Council require significant planning and purchasing of materials well in advance. The plans include, but are not limited to staffing; food; program materials; patches; awards; facility rental; equipment and in some cases, clothing such as T-shirts, that are provided as part of the program fee. When an individual or unit makes a reservation, the expenses related to that event are incurred to support registration. REFUND POLICY: Reservations cancelled at the least thirty (30) days prior to the first day of an event will receive a 90% refund. Cancellations less than thirty (30) days prior to the first day of event will receive a 50% refund. No refunds will be given for cancellations made the day of an event or after the event. Refunds will not be given for preordered merchandise. All cancellations must be made directly to the Scout Service Center in writing, or by calling (785) 354-8541 or toll-free (800) 294-8993 and then confirmed in writing.

 

Washburn University provides educational services under contract to the Jayhawk Area Council for this merit badge challenge. This program is supported by participant fees.

 

At the Conference

 

Schedule

 

7:30 am        Check-in begins in the lobby of the Student Union

8:00 am        Opening Assembly in Student Union

8:30 am        AM Class Period until 12:00 pm

12:00 pm      Lunch in the Washburn Room of the Student Union

1:00 pm        PM Class Period until 4:30 pm

4:45 pm        Release of merit badge cards to unit leader in the lobby of the Student Union

 

Check-in

Check-in will begin at 7:30 am in the lobby of the Student Union. Substitutions will be permitted only if merit badges selected have not changed.

 

Parking

There is ample parking on campus across from White Concert Hall and the Student Union.

 

Meals

Saturday's lunch will be provided as part of the conference fees. If special meals are required please contact an event organizer. All other meals and snacks are on your own.

 

Uniform

Scouts and leaders should wear the official Boy Scout uniform during the entire day. This will help identify Scouts on and off campus.

 

Don't Wander Off

Boys should not wander off campus in unescorted groups. Leaders are asked to keep track of where their Scouts are at all times. Please ask your boys to behave like Scouts.

 

Special Needs

Please contact an event organizer if you have any Scouts or leaders with special needs.

 

Bring to Class

1. Note paper, pencil, and eraser.

2. Appropriate merit badge books (max. of two Scouts may share).

3. Home assignment material.

 

Merit Badge Cards

The standard blue cards will not be used. The conference will provide a special Washburn Merit Badge Challenge reporting card.

 

Finding Your Class

Maps will be provided during registration. Experienced leaders will escort groups to classes in the morning. Scouts will depart for afternoon classes on their own after they have eaten their lunch.

 

Earning the Badge

This conference teaches those badge elements possible to learn in a classroom setting. Most badges require homework or experiences that must be earned outside the classroom. Troop leaders are responsible for verifying those requirements not part of the classroom experience.

 

 

 

 

Merit Badge Offerings

Washburn University

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Max Scouts

Merit Badge

AM

PM

Prerequisites

Instructor

20

Chemistry

All

Day

7

Chemistry Department

30

Communications

All

Day

3,5,8

Heath Wilson

25

Swimming

All

Day

Bring clothes for 4

Duane Hinton

30

Art

AM

 

None

Art Department

45

Aviation

AM

 

None

Dr. Farley & Gary Baker

40

Citizenship in Community

AM

 

3,4,5,7,8

Tom Ellis

40

Citizenship in Nation

AM

 

2,3,6,8

Allan Towle

40

Citizenship in World

AM

 

4b,7b,c,d,e

John Christensen

30

Dog Care

AM

 

4,5,8

Rebecca Wenner

30

Medicine

AM

 

7a, 10

Barb Stevenson & Crystal Acker

30

Music

AM

 

3

John Spain

25

Weather

AM

 

None

Matt Miller

40

Citizenship in Community

 

PM

3,4,5,7,8

Tom Ellis

40

Citizenship in Nation

 

PM

2,3,6,8

Allan Towle

40

Citizenship in World

 

PM

4b,7b,c,d,e

Glen McBeth

22

Computers

 

PM

None

Steve Black & Roberta Jolly

30

Crime Prevention and Fingerprinting

 

PM

2,5,7

Sheri Jackson

30

Engineering

 

PM

1,5,9

Dave Krug

30

Genealogy

 

PM

None

Matt Arterburn

40

Law

 

PM

None

Bill Barker

40

Nuclear Science

 

PM

None

Mark Smith

All Scouts should read the appropriate merit badge book prior to attending the conference. Merit Badge Pamphlets can be ordered by calling the Scout Shop (785) 354-8541 or by visiting www.scoutstuff.org

 

Activity Location: Map:  1700 SW College, Topeka, KS 66612, US
Cancellation Policy: Cancellations on or before January 3, 2012 will receive a full refund. From January 1-January 14, one half refund. No refunds after January 14, 2012. All refunds must be requested in writing. Scouts may be substituted, for those not able to attend, provided that class assignments do not change.
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