Swimming Merit Badge at the Pav YMCA – Sunday May 22

Troop 24 will be offering a Swimming Merit Badge class at the Pav YMCA on Sunday, May 22 from 3 to 5 pm. The class will be held at the swimming pool at 2947 S. Oak Park Avenue in Berwyn. The Swimming Merit badge is required for any scout to participate in other water activities such as scout boating outings. Scouts will need to bring the $15 class fee (cash or check made out to Pav YMCA), swim trunks and a towel to this class. Goggles are recommended.

Please let us know if you will attend – Sign up HERE.

Merit Badge News

Troop 24 will provide the opportunity to earn several merit badges this spring. During Troop meetings, we will work on Art and First Aid merit badges. On Sunday, May 22 from 3 to 5 pm we will have a troop Swimming merit badge class at the Pav YMCA.

For general information about how to earn merit badges, click HERE.

Our Council is offering an upcoming program for scouts to earn several merit badges and the World Conservation Award. Click HERE for a flyer. Troop 24 will have a leader present so don’t let that requirement stop you from signing up. This is a limited enrollment program so please call the number on the flyer ASAP if interested.

Three Fires Council has a merit badge day on May 7 at Camp Big Timber in Elgin.

See our previous post for other local and online classes. We highly recommend the Oak Brook Trout Unlimited Fly Fishing merit badge and the St. Louis Chess Club online Chess merit badge. Both are free and very good!

Merit Badge classes are not Troop events and you will need to provide your own transportation.

Merit Badge Opportunities

Troop 24 will be offering merit badge instruction at Troop meetings over the next few months in Electricity, Gardening and First Aid. The Troop is planning to offer merit badge classes on weekend days in Swimming and Aviation. More details coming soon!

For scouts who want to earn additional merit badges, check out these programs:
DuPage County Forest Preserve Merit Badge Classes
Rolling Meadows Park District
Fly Fishing MB at Oak Brook Trout Unlimited
Burpee Museum in Rockford
Morton Arboretum MB Classes
St. Louis Chess Club Virtual Chess MB (also offered as a summer program)
Railroading MB at Illinois Railway Museum
Daniel Boone Council Virtual Programs (Eastern time zone!)
Triton College MBU
Please be aware that some of these programs do conflict with planned Troop events.

Swimming Merit Badge at Pav YMCA

Troop 24 will be offering a Swimming Merit Badge class at the Pav YMCA on Sunday, January 16 from 3 to 5 pm. The class will be held at the swimming pool at 2947 S. Oak Park Avenue in Berwyn. The Swimming Merit badge is required for any scout to participate in other water activities such as scout boating outings. Scouts will need to bring the $15 class fee (cash or check made out to Pav YMCA), swim trunks and a towel to this class.

Please let us know if you will attend – Sign up HERE.

Merit Badge Classes

Hello Troop 24! Winter is a great time to work on your scout merit badges. The troop will continue to offer instruction at our Thursday evening meetings, but you may want to work on merit badges at these other opportunities:

Three Fires Council has an in-person Merit Badge University on Saturday, February 12 at York High School in Elmhurst. Registration opens tonight (12/17) for this very popular event. See the Three Fires MBU website and Class Catalog for more information and registration.

Pathway to Adventure Council will offer an in-person Merit Badge University and University of Scouting at Triton College on Saturday April 23, 2022. Registration has not yet opened. For more information see the Council Newsletter.

Morton Arboretum offers in-person Merit Badge classes on various dates.

The Troop will offer the Swimming Merit Badge at the Pav YMCA on Sunday January 16th from 3pm to 5pm. Registration coming soon.

Merit Badge Opportunity – Citizenship in the World

With today’s world events, this is an ideal time to focus on this merit badge. For example, imagine the possibilities you can find to fulfill the requirement below …

“3a. Do the following: Pick a current world event. In relation to this current event, discuss with your counselor how a country’s national interest and its relationship with other countries might affect areas such as its security, its economy, its values, and the health of its citizens.”

… so, if you’d like to participate in a Troop-led Zoom-based merit badge workshop, click here to sign up!

Troop 24 Thursday News

TWO MEETINGS TODAY!

PERSONAL MANAGEMENT MERIT BADGE

For those of you interested in the Personal Management merit badge, the meeting will take place TODAY from 6:00 PM – 6:40 PM.

TROOP MEETING

We will hold our first virtual rank advancement meeting via Zoom TODAY from 7:00-8:30.

While this initial meeting will be focused on the Scout & Tenderfoot ranks, if you have a higher-rank requirement you are confident you can fulfill, please join and be prepared to explain/demonstrate to the group.

Feel free to join if you are First Class or Above, but note that we will begin developing multiple meeting options tailored to all the ranks in the Troop.

ZOOM notes:

“Audio-by-phone” isn’t available on this meeting, so you’ll have to use your computer’s audio.

If you use your camera, remember to consider your background, and if possible, in line with Youth Protection best practices, please join from a “shared” room in your house, if possible – living room, dining room, kitchen, etc.

Scoutmaster Lauger will send a direct email with Zoom Log In information for both conferences.

If you do not receive the email with conference codes and it is time for the meeting to start, you can reply to this email and we will send you the codes.

Personal Management Zoom Merit Badge Class

The Personal Management Merit Badge Zoom meeting details are:

Meeting ID: 655 514 290 Password: 897115

The meetings will be on Wednesday April 1, (not Thursday as previously announced), at 6PM

There are no pre-requisites, however Scouts who want to get a head start can read the pamphlet, a version of which can be found at

https://www.troop109nj.com/merit-badge-library/

and the workbook, which we will use, can be found at:

http://usscouts.org/mb/worksheets/Personal-Management.pdf

You are not required to register, but it helps our leaders with planning and record keeping.

Sign up HERE.

Sign Up for Zoom Merit Badge Classes

Please sign up to participate in Troop 24 Zoom Conference Merit Badge Classes. Registration isn’t required, but it will help the counselors check the list and communicate with you in advance as needed. We will post and email Zoom Video Conference Codes when available. You may Google the Merit Badge Class Name plus “pamphlet” and “worksheet” to be able to read and print useful information.

Also, please let us know on the sign up form if there are merit badges that you would like to pursue that have reasonable “indoor” content.

Citizenship in the World* – TUE 3/31 @ 7:00 PM. Mr. Flaherty and Mrs. Murphy
Personal Management* – THU 4/2 @ 6:00 PM. Mr. Flassing and Mr. Friend
Electricity – Date and Time TBD. Mr. Hartwig and Dr. Lanken

* Eagle-required

Sign up for Merit Badge Classes and suggest other Merit Badge Subjects HERE.

The first Merit Badge Class Starts Tuesday evening. Here is the information to join the conference:
Topic: Citizenship in the World Merit Badge Meeting
Time: Mar 31, 2020 07:00 PM Central Time

Greetings, Troop 24!

As many of you enjoy “Spring Break” with a return to eLearning, next week, the Troop merit badge counselors have been meeting to establish virtual merit badge opportunities for you [via Zoom] during BSA National’s ruling to refrain from in-person unit activities during April.

Please note the first offerings below. Registration isn’t required, but it will help the counselors check the list and communicate with you in advance as needed. We will post and email Zoom Video Conference Codes when available. You may Google the Merit Badge Class Name plus “pamphlet” and “worksheet” to be able to read and print useful information.

Also, please let us know on the sign up form if there are merit badges that you would like to pursue that have reasonable “indoor” content.

Stay tuned for possible weekly meeting programming – we’re still sorting out a good virtual strategy.

Finally, note that while State Parks are currently closed, County parks are not. So if you’d like to find fresh air and exercise with your family, click here.

Citizenship in the World* – TUE 3/31 @ 7:00 PM. Mr. Flaherty and Mrs. Murphy
Personal Management* – THU 4/2 @ 6:00 PM. Mr. Flassing and Mr. Friend
Electricity – Date and Time TBD. Mr. Hartwig and Dr. Lanken

* Eagle-required

Sign up for Merit Badge Classes and suggest other Merit Badge Subjects HERE.

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