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Welcome to the 12th annual, LDS Merit Badge Clinic!

Friday & Saturday, November 8 & 9, 2019 in Raleigh, North Carolina.

Last year, we had 73 different merit badges in 238 sessions. This year should be similar.

Read a nice article about the 2018 Clinic here in The Zebulon Times.

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.

Now 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 12.  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.  With the new Scouts BSA, we may have many more participants with several girls anxious to advance towards Eagle.

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 will have plenty of room for all (Last year there were 235 sessions with 2,570 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 12, 2019, at 8:00 pm (EDT).  Registration closes November 3rd.

Scouts could choose from 73 different Merit Badges last year.

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.  Last year, we were able to donate nearly 3,700 lbs. of food to local food banks and pantries.  Over the past 9 years, we’ve donated a total of 13.5 tons of food!

You will find answers to most of your questions here under the various tabs.  For more information or to register, go to www.meritbadge.info.  We will be listed on www.meritbadge.info under 11/8/2019.  (Not there yet, but hope to update soon.)

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.  Because of new youth programs coming to The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in 2020, this will be our last LDS Merit Badge Clinic.  It has been our joy and honor to have served our BSA friends over the past 12 years.

Thanks, Steve & Kelden

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