Prior to coming to the Merit Badge College, it will be necessary for each scout to complete or be prepared to complete the work on selected requirements for most merit badges (MB). Those requirements are categorized into one of two categories: 1) Prerequisite requirements (complete before the event) and 2) “Be Prepared” requirements (do or prepare before the event). The expectations for those two categories are described below.

Scouts are strongly encouraged to use the merit badge pamphlet for the MB as a resource to prepare for completion of all requirements. The pamphlets are available from another scout, a troop library, the council’s scout store, and on-line download (at scoutshop.org).

Prerequisite requirements
A current completion of all requirements for the Cyber Chip (appropriate to your grade level) is the only prerequisite requirement to attend the MB College. It is a prerequisite for participation regardless which MB the scout signs up to take at the MB College.
The scout must bring evidence of completion, such as a card or certificate. The completion date for the Scout’s Cyber Chip must be 2/1/19 or later to be counted as current for this event.

If the scout has not completed the requirement before the event, it will prevent the scout from participating further in the MB offerings at the MB College.

“Be Prepared” requirements
Before the scout attends the MB College event, the expectation is for the scout to do the work to prepare to complete the requirement, such as:

  • research,
  • learn the required information,
  • take notes,
  • prepare something in writing,
  • visit a place or location.

The “Be Prepared” requirements are mandatory homework for the scout to prepare to meet those requirements. Thus, the scout is prepared to complete the final step at the event to complete a requirement by “showing their stuff” to the counselor. The preparation, prior to the event, is so that the scout can demonstrate to his counselor upon arrival at the event, without any additional time or instruction, that he is able to meet the requirement as stated, such as being able to:

  • Verbally discuss
  • Verbally explain
  • Verbally describe
  • Present the required information (such as a list)
  • Submit information in writing
  • Provide a drawing, sketch, plan, etc.

The counselor may ask the scout to submit their work on some or all requirements in writing in advance to have time to review the scout’s preparation and reduce the time needed for the scout to complete the requirement at the event. In most cases, if the scout is not prepared to complete the requirement upon arrival, they will not be able to complete that requirement and will receive a partial completion of requirements for the MB.

See the MB listing for the specific “Be Prepared” requirements for each MB.

Badge Title “Be Prepared” MB requirements Special instructions
American Labor American Labor 1, 2, 5, 7, 8, 9 For “Be Prepared” requirements, submit a written answer for each by bringing the work in writing to the event.`
Architecture Architecture 1a, 1b, 4 For “Be Prepared” requirements, submit a written answer for each by bringing the work in writing to the event.
Chemistry Chemistry 1d, 5, 6, 7 For “Be Prepared” requirements, submit a written answer for each by bringing the work in writing to the event.
Composite_Materials Composite Materials 4, 6 For requirements 4 & 6, submit a written answer for each by bringing the work in writing to the event.
Dentistry Dentistry 3, 4c, 7 For requirement 3, bring evidence of completion. For requirement 4c, bring your record. For requirement 7, submit a written answer by bringing the work in writing to the event.
Digital_Technology Digital Technology 6, 7, 9 For requirement 1, bring card for current age. For requirements 6, 7, 9, submit a written answer for each by emailing the work to bwebb@pct.edu prior to 2/7/20.
Drafting Drafting None
Electricity Electricity 2, 8, 9 For requirements 2, 8, 9, submit a written answer for each by bringing the work in writing to the event. For requirement 8, take a picture of your fuse or circuit breaker box.
Electronics Electronics 6 For “Be Prepared” requirements, submit a written answer for each by bringing the work in writing to the event.
Fingerprinting Fingerprinting None
First Aid First Aid 1, 5 For requirement 1, demonstrate your knowledge to a troop leader. For requirement 5, bring your kit.
Landscape Architecture Landscape Architecture 5 For “Be Prepared” requirements, submit a written answer for each by bringing the work in writing to the event.
Photography Photography 8 For “Be Prepared” requirements, submit a written answer for each by bringing the work in writing to the event. Bring a DSLR, if possible – preferably Nikon or Canon. Some will be available to borrow.
Plumbing Plumbing 1, 2a, 2b For requirement 1, submit a written answer for each by bringing the work in writing to the event. For requirements 2a & 2b, the drawing should be on 8 1/2 x 11 sheet of paper, with the answers on a separate sheet. Please bring your drawings and answers to the session in a binder or folder.
Programming Programming 1b, 2, 3, 4, 6 For “Be Prepared” requirements, submit a written answer for each by bringing the work in writing to the event.
Sculpture Sculpture 2a, 3 For requirement 2a, bring a photo of the animal that you want to sculpt. For requirement 3, submit a written answer for each by bringing the work in writing to the event.
Soil & Water Conservation Soil & Water Conservation 7 For requirement 7, if select a,d, or e, submit a written answer for each by bringing the work in writing to the event. For requirement 7, if select b or c, bring a log of when and where you did the planting or seeding and pictures.
Surveying Surveying 6, 8 For requirement 6, bring copy of the deed. For requirement 8, submit a written answer by bringing the work in writing to the event. Dress for the weather, will be working outside.
Sustainability Sustainability 1, 4 For requirements 1 & 4, submit a written answer for each by bringing the work in writing to the event. Will require a follow-up session on April 25 to complete 2 and 5 and must be prepared for those requirements before attending that meeting. Please see attachment for more details.
Welding Welding 7 For “Be Prepared” requirements, submit a written answer by bringing the work in writing to the event. Wear long pants, closed toed shoes (leather boots preferable) and long sleeve shirt.