Archive for the ‘Scout Training’ Category

NYLT is a 6-day experience based on the activities of a typical unit during a month of program. The course is a combination of classroom and practical exercises, all taught by a youth-led staff, modeling the best in leadership skills, using the teaching E.D.G.E. The course is about vision based team building with a wide variety of fun and challenging activities.

To qualify for this exciting training, a Scout must be First Class, 13 years of age, and recommended by his Scoutmaster. A Venturer must have equivalent outdoor skills and be approved by their unit leader. All participants should have had at least one long term camping experience and be comfortable living in the outdoors at a camp setting. We expect participants to abide by the Scout Oath and Law, governing all behavior and to make decisions based on the principals of the Boy Scout programs, as well as those skills they will be taught as part of the NYLT PROGRAM.

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Youth Aviation Adventures (YAA), a nationally recognized program introducing youth to all aspects of aviation will be conducting its annual Aviation Merit Badge Event at the OSU Airport (Don Scott Field) on Saturday, April 26th. The program runs from 9:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. and consists of ten stations which cover the topics discussed in the Aviation Merit Badge handbook.

This is an excellent program for both new and more experienced Boy Scouts. You will spend about twenty minutes at each station and should come prepared to discuss each station’s topic. Admission to the program is $5, which is paid at registration. Because most of the program is conducted indoors, it will be held regardless of weather. At the end of the program, you will have completed the requirements for your aviation merit badge. Advance registration and completion of the pre-course open book test is required.

Link to the event registration site:,OH.aspx

The Columbus Zoo has always been a “scout friendly” place for youth of all ages and BSA ranks.

The zoo offers a variety of programs tailored to help scouts work toward advancement requirements in a combination of indoor and outdoor settings. Programs are already in place to help:

Cub Scouts
* Tigers: Achievement #5 “Let’s Go Outdoors (5D and 5G) and electives 30, 31, 34, and 42 ($12.00)
* Wolves: Achievement #7 and select either the Outdoor Adventures or the Birds Arrow Points and work towards your “World Conservation Award!” ($12.00)
* Bears: Achievement #5 requirements A, C, D, and E. ($12.00)

* Naturalist requirement #1 and at least five of the following requirements: #4, #6, #7, #8, #9, and #11. ($18.00

Boy Scouts:
* Oceanography Merit Badge: The workshop will cover eight of ten requirements. Requirement eight can be done as a post requirement once the program is completed. The tenth requirement is a short take-home quiz to be completed by the scout after the program. Upon completion of these last two requirements, the scouts will be eligible for their Oceanography Merit Badge. ($36.00)
* Mammal Study Merit Badge: Covers requirements #1, #2, #3C, and #4C. Requirement #5 is a take-home requirement to be completed.The workshop will cover four of five requirements. Upon completion of the last requirement, the scouts will be eligible for their Mammal Study Merit Badge. ($18.00)

A link to the overall program:

The Metro Park System will be offering daytime opportunites for WEB I and WEB II Scouts to earn their Naturalist and Forester pins during the months of April and May. Naturalist will be offered at the Slate Run Metro Park ( on April 27th. The Forester will be offered at Blendon Woods Metro Park ( on May 10th. Both events are free but have limited space, requiring advance registration.

Link to the April 27th Naturalist Pin info:

Link to the May 10th Forester Pin info:

The Delaware District of the Simon Kenton Council will be conducting its annual
Merit Badge Day on Saturday, March 15th from 8 AM through 4 PM.  This event will
be held at the Delaware Area Career Center at 1610 State Route 521 in Delaware
43015 OH-521, Delaware, OH

The cost will be $20 (including lunch).

Merit badges to be offered are:

   * American Heritage & Genealogy (2 badges in combined session)
   * Art
   * Auto Maintenance
   * Chess
   * Chemistry
   * Composite Materials
   * Computers
   * Crime Prevention & Finger Printing (2 badges in combined session)
   * Engineering
   * Electronics
   * Fire Safety
   * Model Design & Building
   * Photography
   * Railroading
   * Scholarship
   * Scouting Heritage
   * Soil & Water Conservation
   * Space Exploration
   * Veterinary Medicine
   * Welding

Registration for this event is conducted on line at 

Scouting embraces all faiths. The NJCOS supports scouting at the local and national levels. It offers many forms of recognition for scouts and leaders practicing their faith through scouting and encouraging others to do the same.

The Shofar Award – The NJCOS established the Shofar Award to recognize outstanding service by adults in the promotion of Scouting among Jewish youth. Just as the Shofar (Ram’s Horn) calls people to service, the Shofar Award is a recognition of the individual who has answered the call to serve Jewish youth in Scouting. ( )

Cub Scouting
The Maccabee Religious Emblem – Intended for a Tiger Cub or Cub Scout who is Jewish, learns more about Judaism. It also will help you earn the Aleph emblem as a Cub Scout or Webelos Scout, the Ner Tamid emblem as a Boy Scout, Varsity Scout, or Venturer, and the Etz Chaim award as a Boy Scout or Venturer. ( )

The Aleph Religious Emblem – The National Jewish Committee on Scouting developed the Aleph emblem to help you, a Cub Scout or Webelos Scout who is Jewish, learn more about Judaism. Just as Aleph is the first letter of the Hebrew alphabet, the activities you are about to start working on are among your first steps as a Scout that will lead you to understanding more about your religion. Working on the Aleph emblem also will help you get to know better your rabbi or religious school teacher. One of them will be your counselor and will help you along the way. ( )

Boy Scouting and Venturing
The Ner Tamid Religious Emblem – As a Scout, you may work on the Ner Tamid program whether your unit is connected with your own synagogue, community center, school, or with some other organization. You carry on your Scout program in your troop while you fulfill the Ner Tamid requirements under the guidance of your rabbi or Ner Tamid counselor. If you live in a small or isolated Jewish community, contact the National Jewish Committee on Scouting for assistance. ( )

The Etz Chaim Religious Emblem – The Etz Chaim (Tree of Life) religious emblem is designed for Boy Scouts in high school, ages 14 to 17, and registered Venturers ages 14 to 20. The purpose of the emblem is to encourage the young adult to explore adult Jewish roles in the context of family, community, and Jewish people. The requirements can be completed in six months and with a counselor’s assistance. ( )

A link to the home site of the NJCOS may be found at:

For those of us old enough to remember the “good old days” before Cooking was removed from the list of Eagle required merit badges; along with the new year the Cooking Merit Badge returned to the required list on January 1st.

Looking for the most recent info on this Eagle required merit badge? The following is a link to the BSA-endorsed blog, “Bryan on Scouting.” (I wish it was mine….but it is a different “Bryan”).