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

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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
https://scoutingevent.com/?DDMB2014 

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.

Adults
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. ( http://www.jewishscouting.org/shofar-award/ )

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. ( http://www.jewishscouting.org/maccabee-religious-emblem/ )

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. ( http://www.jewishscouting.org/aleph-religious-emblem/ )

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. ( http://www.jewishscouting.org/ner-tamid-religious-emblem/ )

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. ( http://www.jewishscouting.org/etz-chaim-religious-emblem/ )

A link to the home site of the NJCOS may be found at: http://www.jewishscouting.org/

Scouting embraces all faiths. The Catholic Committee on Scouting is conducting its annual Religious Emblem Counselor Training. The Catholic Committee on Scouting offers an annual Religious Emblem Counselor Training and Religious Emblem Coordinator Training. In order to serve as a Religious Emblem Counselor for the Ad Altare Dei, Pope Pius XII or any Diocesan Religious Emblem Program, in the Diocese of Columbus, you must complete this training and be approved as a trained Religious Emblems Counselor. The two Cub Scout national Religious Emblems use parents as the primary Emblem Counselors, and they are not required to attend this training.

Registration will begin at 8:30 a.m. and the program will start at 9:00 a.m. Cost is $10 if pre-registered, $15 the day of the program.

A link to information and registration may be found at: http://www.cdeducation.org/oym/dccs/training.html

Rifle and shotgun shooting opportunities for Boy Scouts are not limited to BSA summer camp. Troops are eligible to rent council shooting facilities and use certain rifles and shotguns if they can also provide a range-certified instructors (rifle and/or shotgun) and a separate range safety officer. The National Rifle Association offers local courses which can leader to NRA certification for any of these three roles and also meet BSA range safety requirements.

Upcoming training opportunities include:
Range Safety Officer – 2/1/14 – Mid Ohio Firearms Training Academy in Columbus – $75 for BSA leaders
Rifle Instructor – 2/15/14 – Camp Lazarus in Delaware – $200
Rifle Instructor – 5/17/14 – Camp Lazarus in Delaware – $200

If you are affiliated with a Venture Crew and would like to offer pistol shooting:
Pistol Instructor – 2/22/14 – Mid Ohio Firearms Training Academy in Columbus – $100
Pistol Instructor – 4/12/14 – Mid Ohio Firearms Training Academy in Columbus – $100

A link to find NRA instructor training offered in a format searchable via Zip Codes may be found at: http://www.nrainstructors.org/searchcourse.aspx

Venturing was originally part of the BSA Exploring Program. It became a stand alone program in the BSA in 1998. The Venturing Program is open all young men and women age 14 (or those who are 13 years old and have completed the eighth grade) through their 21st birthday. In additional to being a co-ed program, Venturing differs from the traditional Boy Scout Program based on a signficantly increased emphasis on leadership development.

It has been no secret over the years that the Venturing Program has faced significant challenges. Overall membership has declined. Venturing currently retains appropriately 53% of its membership. Advancement and awards were often confusing and problematic to follow. Beginning in May 2014, the program will experience very significant and positive changes.

A link to the report from the 2013 Venturing National Annual Meeting may be found at: http://www.scouting.org/filestore/venturing/pdf/220-067_WB.pdf

This Winter and following Spring are excellent times to take advantage of many merit badge opportunities. Most of these are in our immediate area. Some are a little more distant.

1/25/14 – Scout Adventure College (aka University of Scouting). Location: Westerville, Ohio. Merit badge opportunities begin on page 19 of the course catalog. Link: https://scoutingevent.com/attachment/BSA441/8820_1383673846_365.pdf

2/8/14 – Merit Badge Super Saturday. Location: Galloway, Ohio. Offered through a local Varsity Team and mentioned in an earlier blog posting. Link: http://scouts.mbsupersaturday.org/

2/8/14 – Electricity Merit Badge. Location: Ohio State University Ag & Mech Engineering Bldg. Sponsored by AEP and OSU. Link: https://scoutingevent.com/?2014ElectricityMBClinic

2/8/14, 3/1/14 and 4/5/14 – Merit Badge College. Location: University of Dayton. One of the oldest and largest merit badge events in our area. 20 merit badges are offered, including 8 Eagle required badges. Sponsored by the Epsilon Tau Pi Fraternity of Eagle Scouts. Link: http://campus.udayton.edu/~etp/mbc/index.htm

3/23/14 – Merit Badge Boot Camp. Location: Camp Lazarus in Delaware, Ohio. Simon Kenton Council event offering a variety of merit badges. This event does contain age limitations and residency requirements. Link: https://scoutingevent.com/?mbbc2014

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”).

http://blog.scoutingmagazine.org/2013/10/24/more-details-on-the-jan-1-update-to-cooking-merit-badge/