Session 1- Monday, February 2nd, 2015 at 6:00PM sharp
Session 2 – Monday, April 20th, 2015 at 6:00PM sharp
Must be 1st Class Rank or Above
There is out of class work required for this merit badge, which is listed below. Feel free to bring any of these items on either February 3rd or or April 21st.
What to Do, What to Bring
- Arrive on time in FULL Uniform
- Bring Pen, Paper & MB Book
- Read the book before class
- Print the online Communications Merit Badge workbook: http://meritbadge.org/wiki/
images/6/6b/Communication.pdf and bring it with you to class.
- The following requirements will need to be completed outside of class for this merit badge. Feel free to bring these items to either of the 2 sessions. I will also send the boys home with this list on Feb. 3. :
Out of Class Work
2. Do ONE of the following:
a. Think of a creative way to describe yourself, using, for example, a collage, short story or autobiography, drawing or series of photographs, or a song or skit. Using the aid you created, make a presentation to your counselor about yourself.
b. Choose a concept, product, or service in which you have great confidence. Build a sales plan based on its good points. Try to persuade the counselor to agree with, use, or buy your concept, product or service. After your sales talk, discuss with your counselor how persuasive you were.
3. Write a five-minute speech (to be given at the 2nd session.)
5. Attend a public meeting (city council, school board, debate) approved by your counselor where several points of view are given on a single issue. Practice active listening skills and take careful notes of each point of view. Present an objective report that includes all points of view that were expressed, and share this with your counselor. (Note: Most Leawood City Council meetings are at the same time as our Monday night meetings. There is a good opportunity to attend the Leawood City Council meeting on Tues., Jan. 21, at 7:30 as it has been rescheduled to Tues. next week, due to MLK day. I will give the boys at least one other opportunity to attend a city council meeting as a group between now and the next session to meet this requirement.)
6. With your counselor’s approval, develop a plan to teach a skill or inform someone about something. Prepare teaching aids for your plan. Carry out your plan. With your counselor, determine whether the person has learned what you intended.
7. Do ONE of the following:
a. Write to the editor of a magazine or your local newspaper to express your opinion or share information on any subject you choose. Send your message by fax, email or regular mail.
b. Create a web page or blog of special interest to you (for instance, your troop or crew, a hobby, or a sport).. Include at least three articles or entries and one photograph or illustration, and one link to some other Web page or blog that would be helpful to someone who visits the Web page or blog you have created. It is not necessary to post your Web page or blog to the Internet, but if you decide to do so, you must first share it with your parents and counselor and get their permission.
c. Use desktop publishing to produce a newsletter, brochure, flier or other printed material for your scout troop, class at school, or other group. Include at least one article and one photograph or illustration.
Feel free to email Kim Westerfield with questions.
This is the first Session of the Horsemanship Merit Badge and will be a classroom session only. Jeff Muchow, the Troop 10 Horsemanship merit badge counselor, will teach the classroom session.
This merit badge will be completed during the Landahl Park Campout on March 28, 2015. Misty River Equestrian Center is a 12 minute drive from Landahl Park.
While the classroom portion of the merit badge is free, the grooming and riding portion of the merit badge does have a $35 fee. What’s more, there is limited space at Misty River Equestrian Center. We can have up to 15 scouts Saturday morning and 15 scouts Saturday afternoon. Should there be enough interest, we can have a Sunday morning session with up to 15 as well. Note that both Saturday sessions start before the campout scheduled start time of 3 PM.
For further information about Horsemanship, see the BSA Horsemanship Merit Badge page.
For further information about the Misty River program and signing up for it (space is limited), please contact Jeff Parrish at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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