Class Prerequisites and

Counselor Contact Information

 

 

Prerequisites - (click on the name of each badge to see the requirements and then scroll further down the page to download and print the worksheets)

Best Practices: Buy/borrow the merit badge pamphlet. READ the merit badge pamphlet cover-to-cover. (We realize that can be construed as a human rights violation) Print the worksheets. Don't wait until January; start working on as many requirements as you can now. All of the counselors listed below are here to help you EARN your badges of merit. Really!

ASTRONOMY – Do requirements 1 and 3

James Arnold Williams Jr., An adult registered leader in BSA since 2000. Cubmaster of Pack 495, and Scoutmaster of Troop 765 and Merit Badge Counselor for many BSA badges.

 

Means to contact me: james.a.williams.jr@WillentInstitute.org

Skype: james.a.williams.jr

Cell: 410.490.0684

 

I am available on Sundays, 1200hrs, which is after church service, at Safe Harbor Presbyterian Church, 931 Love Point Road, Stevensville, MD.  Call, verifying my availability. 

 

So, If scouts wish to expedite their MB work, make arrangements with me accomplishing same.  If scouts are less than diligent, and would prefer, “encouragement,” leave me your twitter, Facebook, and snapchat access, facilitating said, “encouragement.”

CHESS - No prerequisites. Mr. Sipes can be reached at: sipeschester@atlanticbb.net

 

CITIZENSHIP in the COMMUNITY-

Must be at least 12 years old. 

Mr. Bilek can be reached at: jmikebilek@gmail.com

Mr. Bilek is retired from the Maryland Department of Natural Resources.  For many years, he was in charge of a bay and tributary restoration program which relied upon the input and participation of local government and the public.  He is a retired Scoutmaster, an Eagle Scout, and a Woodbadge Eagle.  He serves his community as a volunteer docent with the Old Wye Grist Mill, a Creekwatcher and water quality monitor on the Wye River, a coordinator with the Wye Parish Annual Book Sale and other worthwhile and fun activities, such as the occasional merit badge counselor.

Citizenship in the Community Merit Badge requirements:

Read the Citizenship in the Community Merit Badge handbook.  Also, please be sure to place your name and troop number in the top right corner of each page of each assignment.

 For Session 1

 Requirement # 1.  Be prepared to participate in a group discussion on this topic.  Have typed discussion notes to submit to the Merit Badge Counselor (MBC).

 Requirement # 2.  For part “a”, submit a map of your home county, identifying EACH of the points of interest mentioned in parts 1 thru 4.  For part “b”, create a chart for your municipality or county.

 Requirement # 3.  For part “a”, include a copy of the meeting agenda.  For part “b” prepare a written report, explaining all sides of the issue, and justify your position.  Report must be typed and at least 250 words.

 Requirement # 4 and # 5.  Select the issue and the movie, and submit, in writing for pre-approval by the MBC.

 Requirement # 6.  Prepare, in writing, a list of community services and explain why they are important.  Be prepared to present your work to the class participants during the first session.  Volunteers will receive extra credit.

 

For Session 2

 Requirement # 4.  Prepare a typed report explaining how you chose the issue, how you determined which branch of government was responsible for the issue and the results of your interview with the government representative.  SCOUTS, please make sure a parent has approved the details of your interview visit.  Be prepared to present your work to the members of the merit badge class.

 Requirement # 5.  Be prepared to lead a small group discussion regarding what you learned about being a valuable and concerned member of the community.  A scribe will take notes and a discussion group member will report out to the larger group.

 Requirement # 7.  For part “a”, list the organizations that interest you; for part “b”, explain how you chose the organization you researched and include your research resources; for part “c”, provide evidence of your volunteer work, explain what you did as a volunteer, and what you learned while completing this requirement.  Volunteer time begins no earlier than November 1, 2018.  Be prepared to report on your experience to the merit badge class, and submit a typed report to the MBC.

 Requirement # 8.  This presentation must be at least eight minutes in length.   You can choose the presentation media.  A photo exhibit will require a written ‘program’ to explain what you are exhibiting.  Not every scout will have the privilege of presenting this requirement to our merit badge class.  So, you may choose to stage your presentation at a later date, perhaps at a troop court of honor, or other scout meeting, or at your 4H or school or church or other chartered youth group gathering.  Or, you can talk with me about other ideas.  I will attempt to attend your presentation.

 This Merit Badge class will be conducted informally, relying heavily on scout participation, facilitated by the Merit Badge Counselor.  The class should be fun and informative.  If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact me at the email address listed above.


 

CITIZENSHIP in the NATION – Mrs. Kleissas can be reached at: pollykleissas@gmail.com

 

MB Counselor – Mrs. Kleissas worked in Washington, D.C. as an aide to a U.S. Congressman. She is an adjunct professor of Sociology at Chesapeake College and is working on her PhD in Education.

Must be at least 12 years old. Please complete requirements 2 and 8 before our first session. Take a look at the class presentation slides by clicking here . Sure, the slides might be dated from last year, but it's all good!

 

CITIZENSHIP in the WORLD – Mr. Ernie Smith can be reached at: eastonscouts532@gmail.com

Must be at least 12 years old.

COMMUNICATION – Mr.Wilson can be reached at: swilson@talbotschools.org

Take a look at the Communication syllabus by clicking here. Yeah, we know it's from last year, but everything is still good for this year!

 

COOKING $10.00 course material fee.

This class is co-taught by Sherrie Grimm, Valerie Wilder, and Brian Schmidt.  All are passionate about sharing their love of cooking, experience in the kitchen, and meal planning expertise using a fun and interactive approach.

Sherrie is an Agricultural Economist with USDA, Farm Service Agency and Valerie has just returned from an 8 month assignment on the International Space Station as the Master Chef. Brian has been the head chef at the White House for the past 35 years.

Reference materials (click on title) : Classroom slides , Recipes (part 1) , Recipes (part 2)

Prerequisites:

1.) Print out the workbook and provide detailed answers to ALL sections of question #4 (Cooking at Home) IN WRITING . Pay close attention to portions and prices, especially for question #4a and make sure to include this information in your answers. Meal plans must include some healthy food items.

2.) You may use websites such as amazon.com pantry.com or peapod.com for price information. Alternatively, you can make a trip to the grocery store or use paper advertisements with food prices.

3.) Visit the web site www.choosemyplate.gov in order to be able to discuss healthy food options.

Feel free to contact Mrs. Grimm at: grimm.sherrie@gmail.com and 704-277-4797 (cell)

CRIME PREVENTION MB Counselor Info: A former homicide detective, Kaarin Salisbury designs curriculum and provides training for law enforcement agencies throughout the United States. She is a regular speaker for the United States Air Force Reserve Command, Yellow Ribbon Reintegration Program, where she speaks with Airmen and their families prior to and upon return from deployment. In her spare time, she hangs out with high-school and middle-school youth in a Peer Mentor Character Coaching program. She currently works for the Queen Anne’s County Sheriff’s Office.

Do requirement 2 and use this checklist for requirement 4, decide what you which you will do for number 6.
Contact Kaarin via email at TRAXBoss@gmail.com or mobile 678-571-7990 and come to class prepared to laugh! A lot.

 

DIGITAL TECHNOLOGY – MB Counselor info:

Mr. Mueller can be reached at goth.bmu@gmail.com

 

Bob Mueller has had his hands in analog and digital electronics for over 40 years, has been programming computers and embedded micro-processors for over 30 years, and helped develop the robots that were used to produce the Pentium Pro micro-processor

Prerequisites for Digital Technology:

1. Read the Digital Technology Merit Badge Pamphlet.

2. Bring your own copy of the Digital Technology Merit Badge Workbook to class.

3. Go to the link http://usscouts.org/usscouts/mb/mb154.asp and read the requirements.

4. Complete the following from the workbook before the first day of class and bring them to class: 1, 5b, and three from 6.


 

Electricity   AND  Electronics  NOTE: These are two seperate badges. Please submit two signed blue cards to Mr. Williams

Electricity- Do requiremnts 1, 2 and 4

Electronics - Do requirements 1 and 2

James Arnold Williams Jr., An adult registered leader in BSA since 2000. Cubmaster of Pack 495, and Scoutmaster of Troop 765 and Merit Badge Counselor for many BSA badges.

 

Means to contact me: james.a.williams.jr@WillentInstitute.org

Skype: james.a.williams.jr

Cell: 410.490.0684

 

I am available on Sundays, 1200hrs, which is after church service, at Safe Harbor Presbyterian Church, 931 Love Point Road, Stevensville, MD.  Call, verifying my availability. 

 

So, If scouts wish to expedite their MB work, make arrangements with me accomplishing same.  If scouts are less than diligent, and would prefer, “encouragement,” leave me your twitter, Facebook, and snapchat access, facilitating said, “encouragement.”

EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS

Mr. Dawson can be reached at: wolffuzz@yahoo.com

Complete First Aid Merit Badge (bring your blue card). Obtain, read all of, and bring to the first class the Emergency Preparedness Merit Badge book and printed worksheets. Complete all written items on the worksheet. You will need to satisfy the following requirements outside of class:

2 b; 2 c (bring your kit and plan); 6 b; 6 c; 7 (bring written documentation); 8 a; 8 b; 8 c (bring your kit); 9 a OR b OR c

FAMILY LIFE Must be at least 13 years old.

To complete the third requirement by the second session of Merit Badge College, Scouts should prepare a chart of five chores they regularly do at home and begin tracking them on November 1st.

Prepare a list of your regular home duties or chores (at least five) and do them for 90 days. Keep a record of how often you do each of them. Discuss with your counselor the effect your chores had on your family.
Ellen Smith is the parish administrator for the Old Wye Church and a past employee of Wye River Upper School, and can be reached at eksmith@goeaston.net


FIRST AID

Mr. Schifanelli can be reached at:  marc@schiflaw.com

Mr. Schifanelli served 22 years in U.S. Army Special Forces as an operator and officer.  He is a trained Combat Lifesaver and cross-trained as a Special Forces medic.  He has taught first aid subjects to young men and women in uniform and in several countries and languages.  Mr. Schifanelli is now a practicing lawyer, lives in Stevensville, and has three sons currently active in Scouting.

 

First Aid Prerequisites

Complete Requirement #5 and Bring Your Kit to either the 1st or 2nd session.

Review the First Aid Merit Badge Handbook and Be Prepared to Discuss Intelligently Requirements:

1, 2, 3, 4, 6, 7b, 9, 11, 12, 13a, and 13b

 

“To earn this First Aid Merit Badge within the two classes that comprise this Merit Badge College Program, you will need to do all of the following:

◾  Attend and actively participate in both days of this two day course 

◾  Turn in a First Aid Merit Badge Workbook that is complete and correct by the end of the second class 

◾  Turn in a First Aid Kit that is complete to Merit Badge specifications by the end of the second class 

 

 If you do not meet the above three criteria you will receive a partial Merit Badge blue card only – based on what requirements were met accordingly.”

GAME DESIGN

Mr. Mueller can be reached at goth.bmu@gmail.com

 

Bob Mueller has been changing the rules and designing games of many different sorts for 40 years, has been coaching sports for over 10 years, and has been programming computers recreationally for over 30 years.

 

Prerequisites for Game Design:

1. Read the Game Design Merit Badge Pamphlet.

2. Bring your own copy of the Game Design Merit Badge Workbook to class.

3. Go to the link http://usscouts.org/usscouts/mb/mb151.asp and read the requirements and the Note to Counselor.

4. Complete the following from the workbook before the first day of class and bring them to class:  5a, 5b, 5c, 5d, 6a.  I must approve 5a, 5c, and 5d before you starts on 6a.  Contact me for approval.  I recommend creating non-electronic games for this Merit Badge.

 

GENEALOGY

Requirement 2 asks you to do one of two things.
1 – Make a timeline for yourself or a relative and write a short biography based on the timeline.

2 – Keep a journal for six weeks and write something in it at least once a week.

If you choose the second option, begin your journal by Dec. 26 to complete the requirement by the second session of Merit Badge College.

Ellen Smith can be reached at eksmith@goeaston.net

 

GRAPHIC ARTS 

No prerequisites.

Mr Clark can be reached at: mike.planahead@gmail.com

 

INVENTING 

 

Please visit this link to download the "Invention" pdf  prerequisites and two day schedule for the invention merit badge classes. 

 

Scouts may contact Mr. Bell by calling or texting at 410-829-5698

MODEL DESIGN & BUILDING – 

Hello Scouts,
My name is Michael Clark and I will be teaching the Model Design & Building for this year's merit badge college @ Chesapeake College.
I own my own business - Plan Ahead Drafting & Design LLC and we do residential architectural design and home plans for our clients.  They can use these plans for pricing, permitting, and construction of new homes, remodels, additions, garages, renovations, decks, porches, kitchens, etc.  Before starting my own business I was a teacher for 21 years and you guessed it I taught architectural and technical drafting, CAD, computer design elements, and model building.
I am looking forward to meeting all of you and having a very exciting class.
Basic Information:
Michael Clark
9 Choptank Avenue
Easton, MD  21601
Here is what you need to do before we meet.  
Requirement # 5  Keep it simple, keep it under 16" long if possible, don't go too crazy or overboard.  I just want to see how you think and some of your art, design, and assembly skills.
Requirements # 1, 2, 3, 4a & 4b, and 6 we will do tegether in class
For requirement # 4 we will be doing part "A" in class and within the month between classes.  You will bring in a finished product at our second meeting.
"B" I have a very good model I will be sharing with you in class.  "C & D" we will not do for this class.
Some Items you will need for the project you will be doing:  
(2 or 3 sheets) of foam board 1/4" thick and about 24 X 36 or close to that
X-acto knife
Hot glue gun and sticks
Small can spray glue
Everything else I will have and provide in class.
If you have any questions just email me or call.
Thanks, Mr. Clark 
 at: mike.planahead@gmail.com

 


MUSIC  – Prerequisite: Complete requirement 3.

Mr. Cherry can be reached at: david.cherry@qacps.org

 

PERSONAL FITNESS – 

Dr. Simonetti can be reached at: ptpaul@yahoo.com

Complete requirements 1-5 before first session. In order to complete the badge by the second session, start on the fitness part of the badge, contact Dr. Simonetti in order that he may check over your work. Otherwise, you will have to meet him at a later date and finish after February 2nd.

 


PERSONAL MANAGEMENT-

MB Counselor info: Mr. Wilson seved as Chief Finance Minister for over 30 years to the Sultan of Brunei

2a. Prepare a budget reflecting your expected income (allowance, gifts, and wages), expenses, and savings. Track your actual income, expenses, and savings for 13 consecutive weeks . On pages 22 & 23 of the Personal Management handbook you will find a Budget Plan table. Read the entire handbook .

Requirements 8 – 10 all have tasks that must be completed individually (as opposed to a classroom activity), Start on them NOW and make life easier on yourself!

Mr.Wilson can be reached at: swilson@talbotschools.org

PHOTOGRAPHY 

No prerequisites

Scouts may contact Mr. Bell by calling or texting at 410-829-5698

 

PLUMBING – No prerequisites

 Mr. Sipes can be reached at: sipeschester@atlanticbb.net

$7.00 course materials fee. Copper ain’t cheap!

PUBLIC SPEAKING – MB Counselor Info: A former homicide detective, Kaarin Salisbury designs curriculum and provides training for law enforcement agencies throughout the United States. She is a regular speaker for the United States Air Force Reserve Command, Yellow Ribbon Reintegration Program, where she speaks with Airmen and their families prior to and upon return from deployment. In her spare time, she hangs out with high-school and middle-school youth in a Peer Mentor Character Coaching program. She currently works for the Queen Anne’s County Sheriff’s Office.

Contact Kaarin via email at TRAXBoss@gmail.com or mobile 678-571-7990 and come to class prepared to laugh! A lot.

Requirement 1 -PREPARE a 3-5 minute introduction of yourself to present on Day One. Become familiar with Robert’s Rules of Order .

 

RAILROADING – Mr. Worth can be reached at: dtworth@verizon.net

Having spent his younger years playing with the model trains that his uncle gave him, Mr. Worth resumed the hobby more seriously once he had a house of his own and his children were old enough to not destroy things. Recently, he became a member of the Queen Anne’s Railroad Society and contributes his modeling expertise to the HO layout modular layout that is exhibited in early December each year at their Festival of Trains. He also has done extensive historical research on various Eastern Shore railroads which is posted on their website http://qarrs.org .

Some of Requirement 8 takes a while to complete and all require the counselor’s and your parent’s approval. You should contact Mr. Worth ahead of time instead of trying to squeeze these requirements in with all of the other requirements and other merit badges between the two sessions. Besides that, train trips are more enjoyable in the fall when the leaves change colors and model railroad displays are a typical holiday decoration. /

 

SAFETY (Note: This is co-taught along with the Traffic Safety merit badge. Please provide two signed blue card application forms)

MB Counselor Info: A former homicide detective, Kaarin Salisbury designs curriculum and provides training for law enforcement agencies throughout the United States. She is a regular speaker for the United States Air Force Reserve Command, Yellow Ribbon Reintegration Program, where she speaks with Airmen and their families prior to and upon return from deployment. In her spare time, she hangs out with high-school and middle-school youth in a Peer Mentor Character Coaching program. She currently works for the Queen Anne’s County Sheriff’s Office.

Do 1 and 7, and think about 6 (what would you like to do? – email me for some ideas if you’d like to start before Jan) Use this checklist for 2.

Contact Kaarin via email a t TRAXBoss@gmail.com or mobile 678-571-7990 and come to class prepared to laugh! A lot.

 

SCOUTING HERITAGE  – 

 Mr. Bilek can be reached at: jmikebilek@gmail.com

Scouting Heritage Merit Badge info            

Mr. Bilek is retired from the Maryland Department of Natural Resources.  An Eagle Scout, class of 1966, Mr. Bilek has also served as a Scoutmaster in the Baltimore Area Council, and worked his ticket as a Woodbadge Eagle.  Mr. Bilek has attended several national Jamborees and two high adventure bases.

 Scouting Heritage Merit Badge requirements:

Read the Scouting Heritage Merit Badge handbook.

For Session 1:

Requirement #1.  Complete this requirement in writing, at least 300 words typed, and to be handed in to the Merit Badge Counselor (MBC).  Be sure to include each of the discussion points listed in this requirement.  Use resources other than the handbook for your research.  Also be prepared to present your work to the members of the Merit Badge class.

 Requirement # 2a.  Complete this requirement in writing, at least 250 words for each, typed and to be handed in to the Merit Badge Counselor (MBC).  Use resources other than the handbook for your research.  Also be prepared to present your work to the members of the Merit Badge class.

 Requirement # 2b.  Be prepared to lead a group discussion on two of the four topics listed.  Have discussion notes prepared to ensure complete coverage of the topic.  Discussion notes will be handed in to the MBC.

 Requirement # 3.  Be prepared to lead a small group discussion on the development of Scouting’s programs.   Have discussion notes prepared to ensure complete coverage of the topic.  Discussion notes will be handed in to the MBC.

 Requirement # 4.

Scouts choosing # 4a, or 4c should be prepared to provide evidence of participation and to report on the experience to the group.

 Requirement # 4b.  If choosing this option, scouts may work as a group to request the information.  Each scout, however, must prepare a report on the role of this museum.

 Requirement # 7.  Be prepared to indicate to the MBC the game that you have chosen.  Games will be displayed and played during session # 2.

 For Session # 2:

Requirement # 5.  Be prepared to present both an oral and written report of at least 250 words on the history of your troop during Session # 2.  The oral report will be presented to the members of the Merit Badge class.  Scouts preparing electronic presentations will be required to bring their own equipment.

 Requirement # 6.  Be prepared to display your collection at Session # 2.  Additional details will be discussed during Session # 1.

 Requirement # 8.  Prepare a written report of at least 200 words, typed, for each of the three persons interviewed.  Additional notes on additional interviews are at the Scout’s discretion.  Reports will be collected by the MBC at Session # 2.

 This Merit Badge class will be conducted informally, relying heavily on scout participation, facilitated by the Merit Badge Counselor.  The class should be informative and fun.  If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact me at the email address listed above.

 


SPACE EXPLORATION $10.00 course material fee for rocket kit, engines and launch supplies.

 Prerequisites: requirements: 2,5 and 8

 Mr. David Cherry can be reached at: david.cherry@qacps.org  

8 years in Scouting as leader and helper and 8 years in 4-H as a STEM leader. Teacher at Matapeake Elementary. BSA in Elementary Education, MSA in STEM

 

 

TRAFFIC SAFETY – (Note: This is co-taught along with the Safety merit badge. Please provide two signed blue card application forms) 

 MB Counselor Info: A former homicide detective, Kaarin Salisbury designs curriculum and provides training for law enforcement agencies throughout the United States. She is a regular speaker for the United States Air Force Reserve Command, Yellow Ribbon Reintegration Program, where she speaks with Airmen and their families prior to and upon return from deployment. In her spare time, she hangs out with high-school and middle-school youth in a Peer Mentor Character Coaching program. She currently works for the Queen Anne’s County Sheriff’s Office.

 

Do requirements 1b, c, and d, 2b, and 5

Contact Kaarin via email at TRAXBoss@gmail.com or mobile 678-571-7990 and come to class prepared to laugh! A lot.

 

WELDING – Print Campus Activity Waiver Welding form, sign it (including a parent or guardian’s signature, and email it to Mr. Dempsey (and copy the Merit Badge Colege Provost at bsambc@gmail.com) as soon as you sign up for his class. Mr. Dempsey can be reached at: Bruce_Dempsey@fws.gov