Welcome to the 11th annual, LDS Merit Badge Clinic!
Friday & Saturday, November 9 & 10, 2018 in Raleigh, North Carolina.
Scoutmasters or the designated registrar for the troop may register their Scouts at www.meritbadge.info beginning Saturday, October 13, 2018, at 8:00 pm (EDT). Things will look strange for a day. On the 12th, I’ll need to make the date appear to be 10/14. That is to prevent the midnight opening. Promptly at 8:00 pm (EDT) on 10/13, I’ll manually open the site for registration. Registration closes November 4th.
The LDS Merit Badge Clinic is sponsored by the Raleigh, Raleigh South, and Apex Stakes of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
This year we have three registration windows:
Traveling: We offer early registration to families/units that are traveling from out-of-state and need to confirm merit badges early so that they can arrange transportation and lodging. This is generally done to accommodate Scout families from faraway places. Leaders from NY, NJ, DE, MD, PA, GA, TX, and CA have used this option.
Staff: We offer early registration for units who provide three or more merit badge sessions taught by an adult member of their unit (unit leader, committee member, or parent). That can be one counselor teaching three sessions or three adults each teaching a session, etc. All of our staff members are volunteers. This is a small perk we can offer to those who make this event possible. To make arrangements, contact the director at stevehanna@emailcom.
Standard: Regular registration will open at 8:00 pm on Saturday, October 13. Make sure that you are on your computer before 8:00 pm already signed into meritbadge.info and ready to go right at 8:00 this Saturday evening. Some sessions fill within minutes. Last year, after 10 minutes, we had 270 Scouts registered. After an hour, there were 97 troops registered for 1190 merit badges. Pretty sure we’ll have over 1,000 scouts again this year.
When the registration window opens, your troop registrar (or you, if you are registered with the BSA) will be able to secure your scouts’ registrations. We have plenty of room for all (200 sessions with over 2,350 seats available), but to get the merit badge and location desired, registering ASAP is best.
Please visit our website at www.LDSMeritBadgeClinic.com for more information. Or on meritbadge.info you may scroll down past the long list of merit badges to see more info including instructions for registering your Scouts.
Scoutmasters or the designated registrar for the troop may register their scouts at www.meritbadge.info beginning Saturday, October 13, 2018, at 8:00 pm (EDT). Registration closes November 4th.
Scouts chose from 72 different Merit Badges last year. We should have a comparable number for 2018.
Your choice of twelve locations around the Triangle: Raleigh, Wake Forest, Knightdale, Zebulon, Apex, Cary, Morrisville, Garner, Fuquay Varina, Henderson, Pittsboro, and Smithfield.
This event is free to all Scouts. We do ask that Scouts bring cans or boxes of non-perishable food. These will be donated to local food banks and pantries. In the past, we have suggested 4-5 cans per merit badge and happily received whatever the Scout families chose to give. In 2017 we were able to donate over 4,300 lbs. of food to local food banks and pantries. Over the past 8 years, we’ve donated a total of 11.7 tons of food!
The best place to find the 137 current merit badges & requirements is this official BSA site: www.scouting.org/scoutsource/boyscouts/guideformeritbadgecounselors/introtomeritbadges.aspx
The original purpose of this event was to provide advancement opportunities to both LDS and non-LDS Scouts within the greater Raleigh area. We were surprised and pleased when Scouts from several east coast states registered for our event. We are honored to have served Scouts from New York to Florida and beyond. (We even had a family come from California.) This Merit Badge Clinic also provides us a way to serve the greater Scouting community and nurture relationships with our non-LDS Scouting friends.
Thanks, Steve & Kelden