American Cultures Merit Badge Class

Hello Scouts,

I have arranged for a group to attend the American Cultures Merit Badge Workshop being held at the Asia Society Texas Center in Houston at noon on May 9th.

The class is two hours long, and the Asia Society tells me that the scouts will cover all requirements for the badge and get a guided tour of one of their new exhibits.

They are holding a few spots for us, but we need to confirm with them in the next couple of weeks. We should be able to get additional seats if we need to.

The cost for each scout is $10.

If you’d like to signup with the troop, you can register here or contact me:

Additional info is included below. Feel free to contact me if you have any questions.

What: American Cultures Merit Badge Class

When: May 9, 2015 – Noon to 2:00 pm

Where: Asia Society Texas Center

1370 Southmore Boulevard

Houston, TX

Cost:    $10 per scout (no charge for adults)

How: (registration deadline April 15)

Come to the Asia Society Texas Center where you can earn the American Cultures Merit Badge.

The workshop will focus on how immigrant groups contributed cultural traits to the United States of America.

The topics will include arts, languages, religious traditions and social customs from Asia and Europe.

The day will end with a guided tour of The Other Side: Chinese and Mexican Immigration to America and a project based on ancestry and heritage.

Cost: $10 per scout, adult chaperones and scout leaders free of charge ($5 parking)

Carpools will leave the J.C. Penney parking lot at 11:15 am.

If you don’t wish to carpool, please make sure that your driver has plenty of time to park and take care of event tickets.


Merit Badge Counselor Training

Attention Parents and Leaders – we will have Merit Badge Counselor Training on Thursday, April 2nd from 7 pm – 8:30 pm

This training, led by Northern Star District, will provide you with all of the information you need to become a Merit Badge Counselor.

What is a Merit Badge Counselor, you ask?

As you know, a large part of Scouting consists of the boys earning Merit Badges. Badges can be earned at various camps and classes but also on an individual basis. That is where the Merit Badge Counselor comes in. When a boy chooses to work on a badge on his own, he must work with a Merit Badge Counselor.

If you have an area of interest or expertise in one or more of the current Merit Badges and would like to share your knowledge, then you are a good candidate to be a Merit Badge Counselor.

The course will cover the requirements of a Merit Badge Counselor, what the duties/expectations are of a Merit Badge Counselor and what you need to do to become a Merit Badge Counselor.

If you would like to attend, there are TWO options for signing up.  There is a sign up sheet at the Scout House OR you can register online by clicking HERE.

Note:  Although the online registration shows “tickets”, you won’t need a ticket to attend.  Just register and show up!

If you have any questions, please contact Jeff Blackman.

Athletics Merit Badge

Special offer of discounted price of $20 for Boy Scouts to attend the Battle of the Piney Wood classic game with Stephen F. Austin vs. Sam Houston State on November 1. Scouts will be able to participate in the pre-game Athletics Merit Badge out on the Houston Texans field, will also meet former Houston Texan JJ Moses and receive commemorative patch per Scout. Contact Cameron Walker at 832-667-2103 or to secure your seats today! This event will work towards but not complete the goals for the athletics badge. A checklist will be provided at the event of completed requirements.  (I do not have at this time which exact requirements they will be completing but have been told it will a majority of them) There is not an official start time at this moment since they are still getting details worked out with NRG Stadium and the participating teams in the Battle of the Piney Woods.  That information will be relayed to all once finalized.  More than likely will be around 11am-1pm start time. Regards, Vernon