About the LDS Merit Badge Clinic
The Raleigh and Apex Stakes of The Church of Jesus Christ Latter-day Saints sponsor an annual Boy Scout Merit Badge Clinic. We host the event in nine buildings in the Triangle area. Last year we had 660 Boy Scouts attend, and they worked on 1,383 merit badges during our two-day event. Our goal is to always offer sessions in over 50 different merit badges. Last year we had 61 unique merit badges to choose from. This is one of the larger Merit Badge Clinics on the east coast.
LDS Merit Badge Clinic Report (November 9-10, 2012) View details about our past clinics:
The Raleigh and Apex Stakes of the LDS Church combined again this year to offer a merit badge event to Scouts in the Neuse River, Impeesa, and Crosswinds Districts. Because of our on-line registration, this event is open to virtually all Scouts worldwide. We had participants from seven Eastern Seaboard states this year. Statistically, we grew in every area.
Two new venues added about 20 more sessions and 200 more merit badge seats/slots than last year. Registrations also grew by 260. Most of this year’s growth can be directly attributed to Kelden Everett, my counterpart in the Apex Stake. We had our first Girl Scout register for a merit badge. She came with her family from Georgia and attended the animal science/horsemanship combination merit badges out of Wake Forest. Our total contribution to the local food banks reached 2,269 pounds this year. In spite of the current economy, and perhaps because of our increased attendance, we were able to donate an additional 550 pounds over last year’s contribution. All of this is possible because of our dedicated staff. Many merit badge counselors are LDS, but several wonderful counselors come from our friends outside of the Church.
The primary purpose of this event is to provide advancement opportunities to both LDS and non-LDS Scouts within our three districts. Bringing Scouts from a much larger area by using the on-line registration tool is an added bonus. This Merit Badge Clinic also provides us a way to serve the greater Scouting community and nurture relationships with our non-LDS Scouting friends.
About the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints
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The sponsors of this merit badge clinic are the Raleigh and Apex Stakes of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. We are often called the Mormon Church because of our belief in the Book of Mormon as well as the Bible.
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Scoutmasters or the designated registrar for the troop may register their scouts at www.meritbadge.info beginning September 15, 2014. Registration closes October 31st. The registrar will need to be registered with the BSA and current with Youth Protection Training. You’ll need your BSA # and the date you took your YPT. You can find this by logging on to www.myscouting.org or checking with your local council.
Check in Friday: 5:30 PM (Nov. 7, 2014)
Session 1: 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Check in Saturday: 8:30 AM (Nov. 8, 2014)
Session 2: 9:00 AM to Noon
Lunch: Noon to 12:30 PM
Session 3: 12:30 PM to 3:30 PM
Here are the nine locations and directions for each building hosting the LDS Merit Badge Clinic. Hover over and click the address link for directions and mapping.
Raleigh Stake Center: 5060 Six Forks Road, Raleigh, North Carolina
Wake Forest LDS Building: 1524 Jenkins Road, Wake Forest, North Carolina
Knightdale LDS Building: 7312 Forestville Road, Knightdale, North Carolina
Zebulon LDS Building: 300 Jones Street, Zebulon, North Carolina
Apex Stake Center: 590 Bryan Drive, Apex, North Carolina
Cary LDS Building: 1811 Seabrook Avenue, Cary, North Carolina
Morrisville LDS Building: 6011 McCrimmon Parkway, Morrisville, North Carolina
Fuquay-Varina LDS Building: 6528 Johnson Pond Road, Fuquay-Varina, North Carolina
Garner LDS Building: 1433 Aversboro Rd, Garner, North Carolina
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Available forms, fliers, workbooks, worksheets and Scout Registration Info Pack
Boy Scout Registration Info Pack
BSA Adult Volunteer Form (Needs to be submitted every 2 years) Click here.
Merit Badge Counselor Form* (Must be submitted once-give to Building Captain) Click here.
Merit Badge Workbooks for .pdf and .docx downloads Click here.
Recruitment Form, Merit Badge Counselor Merit Badge Counselor Request 8-6-13 revision
MB Clinic Publicity Flier, Color, Full Page 2013 MB Clinic Flier-Color 8-5-13 revision
MB Clinic Publicity Flier, Black & White, half page 2013 MB Clinic Flier-B&W 8-1-13 half page
*Print and save options appear to the right of the form.
Frequently Asked Questions
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How do I register my scouts for the merit badge clinic? Scoutmasters go to the www.meritbadge.info Scroll down to the date of Nov.8th, click the link, and register. Scoutmasters will need to input Basic Training dates to proceed. Parents are not able to register their sons, scout leaders must register all scouts.
Does the merit badge clinic cost money to attend? There is no cost to attend this event, however, we are asking Scouts to make a donation of non-perishable foods for donation to The Food Bank of Central and Eastern North Carolina or another local food bank. We recommend four cans or boxes per merit badge, but whatever you can bring will be appreciated. Some sessions have material fees to be paid to the merit badge counselor.
Is lunch provided? No. Everyone brings a sack lunch. A scout is prepared. We will provide a beverage.
Who can attend? All registered Boy Scouts may attend whether LDS or not. We have scouts come from all over North Carolina and from other states. Last year Scouts came from Florida and New York and several states in between.
It’s my first time at the LDS Merit Badge Clinic. What merit badges should I select?
For your first time at the Merit Badge Clinic, you might want to select badges with less potential homework and a greater possibility of completion. We recommend badges like Art, Bird Study, Crime Prevention, Dog Care, Medicine, Reading, Space Exploration, and Sports as good possibilities for first time attendees.
What should I wear? All Scouts are to wear their Field Uniform (Class A).
What should Boy Scouts bring?
A signed blue card for each MB session.
Each Scout’s own sack lunch.
A donation of non-perishable foods for the Food Bank.
Paper and pencil and a copy of the MB pamphlet if possible.
Cash or a check for any special fees required for your merit badge.
A cell phone number for the responsible adult (leader or parent) for each Scout in case of an emergency.
Permission forms for all merit badges with field trips. Please use this activity form: http://www.scouting.org/filestore/pdf/19-673.pdf
Do classes have fees or prerequisites? Selected merit badges may have a small materials fee. (For example Scout may need to pay for a rocket kit for the Space Exploration MB.) This fee will be paid directly to your counselor. He/she will notify Scouts about fee payments before the MB Clinic. Usually you may bring cash or a check made out to the counselor the day of your session.
Can you recommend a local motel ? We recommend that you search online for the right price and number of guests for your specific needs. Here are a couple of ideas for places to stay. Search results reflects 2 adult price, it will vary by the number of guests. Click on the name of the motel to go to hotel.com link. We have not personally stayed at any of these motels but the locations seem to be in decent locations.
Fairfield Inn By Marriott Raleigh-Crabtree (Near the Raleigh Stake Center, Six Forks Road)
Microtel Inn by Wyndham near Raleigh Durham Airport in Morrisville (Located near Apex, Morrisville and Cary LDS Buildings)
Are there camping facilities close by? There are no campsites at the locations for the merit badge clinic. Here are some campsites nearby http://www.visitraleigh.com/things-to-do/recreation/campgrounds/
Umstead State Park – camping http://northcarolinastateparks.reserveamerica.com/camping/William_B_Umstead_State_Park/r/campsiteSearch.do?search=site&page=siteresult&contractCode=NC&parkId=552839&topTabIndex=CampingSpot