FAQ

“I want your lives to be happy and successful. You can make them so by doing your best to carry out the scout law all your days whatever your station and wherever you may be.” Robert Baden-Powell

Frequently Asked Questions (Hover over and click on links.)

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. 11th, click the link, and register.  Scoutmasters will need to input Basic Training dates to proceed.  Parents are not able to register their sons unless they are registered BSA volunteers.  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 or five 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.  (For example Cooking MB usually has a small fee to cover the cost of the food used.)

Is lunch provided?  No.  Everyone brings a sack lunch.  A scout is prepared.  We will provide a beverage.

Do classes have fees or prerequisites?  Selected merit badges may have a small materials fee.  (For example a 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.  Many merit badges will have prerequisites listed.  In order to complete these merit badges, work or projects will need to be completed outside of class instruction.  This can be done ahead of time or after the clinic.  Other merit badges can be completed within the 3-hour class session if the Scout stays focused and works hard.

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 outside work and a greater possibility of completion.  Focus on Eagle-required merit badges or ones that are of great interest to you.  Pick a hard merit badge and a couple of fun ones.

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

Who can attend?  All registered Boy Scouts and Varsity Scouts may attend whether LDS or not.  We have scouts come from all over North Carolina and from other states.  We’ve had Scouts come from Florida and New York and several states in between.  Last year we even had a family from California!

 

Can you recommend a local hotel?  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.

Link to 128 Hotels in the Raleigh Area Expedia

Fairfield Inn By Marriott Raleigh-Crabtree (Near the Raleigh Stake Center, Six Forks Road)

CAMPING: Are there camping facilities close by?  There are no campsites at the LDS buildings for the Merit Badge Clinic.

Umstead State Park-Crabtree Creek Section: 8801 Glenwood Avenue, Raleigh, NC 877.722.6762

Falls Lake State Recreation Area: 13304 Creedmoor Road, Wake Forest, NC 919.676.1027

North Carolina State Fairgrounds: 1025 Blue Ridge Road, Raleigh, NC 919.821.7400