Welcome to the 11th annual, LDS Merit Badge Clinic!
Friday & Saturday, November 9 & 10, 2018 in Raleigh North Carolina.
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.
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 (EST). 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 (new this year) 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!
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. So far we have done this for Scout families from NY and CA.
Beginning this year, we will 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. To make arrangements, contact the director at stevehanna@emailcom.
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