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Est. 1952                         La Cañada Flintridge, CA             jpltroop509.org

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Merit Badges
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Cabrillo Beach Day-Camp Tue.-Fri. Jul. 11-14 & Aug. 1-4
Earn four merit badges each session. Cost is $200. More information and sign up HERE.
Camp Trask Dynamic Merit Badge Day Sat. Oct. 21
Spend the day at Camp Trask earning your choice of the following merit badges: Composite Materials, Electronics, Plumbing, Radio, Welding. Also at Camp Trask that day is BSA's annual Jamboree on the Air where you can talk to scouts from all over the world. For more information go to glaacbsa.org/trask.
Camp Trask Shooting Sports Weekend Fri.-Sun. Dec. 8-10
Select one of the following merit badges: Archery, Rifle, Shotgun. Arrive at 5 pm Fri. and leave at noon Sun. If the troop has two adults who want to attend on behalf of the troop, scouts can sign up to go without their parents. If not, each scout has to have a parent attend. (To volunteer to attend on behalf of the troop contact Mrs. Hagegard.) You can either pay to eat in the dining hall, or bring your own food and cook at your campsite. For more information go to glaacbsa.org/trask.

Past Classes
Welding Merit Badge Sat. May 20, 2017
From 8 am to noon in Santa Clarita. Costs $30. Sign up HERE.
LCF Merit Badge Day Sat. May 13, 2017
Our Council's four troops in La Canada (501, 502, 507 & 509) are jointly hosting a merit badge day at La Canada Presbyterian Church from 8:30 am to noon where the following merit badges will be offered for free, one per scout: American heritage (10 scouts), animation (15), automotive maintenance (10), crime prevention (10), digital technology (9), fingerprinting (23), music (10), radio (10), robotics (14), traffic safety (10). Sign up HERE.
Surveying Merit Badge Sat. May 13, 2017
From 8 am to 2 pm in Santa Clarita. Costs $15. Sign up HERE.
Veterinary Merit Badge Sat. Apr. 1, 2017
Earn the verterinary merit badge at Western University's College of Veterinary Medicine in Pomona at their annual open house from 9 am to 2 pm. Free. Bring a signed blue card and your lunch, or buy food there. For more information and to register go to westernu.edu/cvmopenhouse/index.html.
Camp Trask Innovation Merit Badge Weekend Fri.-Sun. Mar. 10-12, 2017
For more information go to glaacbsa.org/trask.
Azusa Pacific Univ. STEM Merit Badge Day Sat. Feb. 4, 2017
Merit badges offered: Animation, Chemistry, Digital Technology, Electricity, Electronics, Insect Study, Mammal Study, Moviemaking, Nuclear Science, Railroading, Robotics. For more information go to glaacbsa.org/stem.
Camp Trask First Responder Merit Badge Weekend Fri.-Sun. Feb. 3-5, 2017
For more information go to glaacbsa.org/trask.
Traffic Merit Badge Day Sat. Jan. 21, 2017
For more information go to glaacbsa.org/traffic
Camp Trask Trail to Eagle Evening Classes Mon.-Fri. in Jun. & Jul., 2016
Weeks of Jun. 13 & 20, and Jul. 18. Up to 3 merit badges per week. Classes at 5, 6:30 & 8 pm. Merit badges offered: Canoeing, Citizenship in the Community, Citizenship in the Nation, Citizenship in the World, Communication, Cooking, Emergency Preparedness, Environmental Science, First Aid, Lifesaving, Personal Fitness, Personal Management, Swimming. For more information go to glaacbsa.org/trask.
Camp Trask Trail to Eagle Resident Camp Wed.-Sat. Jun. 29-Jul. 2, 2016
Merit badges offered: Canoeing, Citizenship in the Community, Citizenship in the Nation, Citizenship in the World, Communication, Cooking, Emergency Preparedness, Environmental Science, First Aid, Lifesaving, Personal Fitness, Personal Management, Swimming. For more information go to glaacbsa.org/trask.
Firestone Merit Badge Day Sat. Sep. 26, 2015
Merit badges offered: Electricity, Engineering, Environmental Science, Radio. The troop will carpool to the Firestone Scout Reservation in Brea. See Mrs. Hagegard for more information.

Sources of Classes
Arcadia Wilderness Park
Arcadia Wilderness Park has merit badge classes on Saturdays year-round. The merit badges are camping, citizenship in the community, citizenship in the nation, citizenship in the world, communications, emergency preparedness, environmental science, first aid, hiking, Indian lore, mammal study, nature, personal fitness, personal management, pioneering, reptile & amphibian study, soil & water conservation, sustainability. For more information go to arcadiaca.gov/government/city-departments/recreation-and-community-services/parks-and-facilities/wilderness-park.
Camp Trask
Camp Trask is one of our Council's camps, located above Monrovia, 18 miles from La Canada. Trask offers occasional merit badge classes (they are no longer hosting the summer Trail to Eagle merit badge classes). For more information go to glaacbsa.org/trask.
Merit Badge Midway at Northridge
Twice a year, in March and October, in Northridge, the Balboa Oaks District of the Western Los Angeles County Council hosts a Saturday merit badge midway with numerous merit badge classes. Classes fill fast so sign up early. For more information and to sign up go to balboaoaks.bsa-la.org/merit_badge_midway.php.
Los Angeles Railroad Heritage Foundation
Twice a year, the Los Angeles Railroad Heritage Foundation offers a Saturday class for the railroading merit badge. The class meets near Union Station in the MTA Metro Headquarters building in the Huntington Room on the third floor and lasts from 8:30 am to 3 pm. You wear your Class A uniform with neckerchief and bring a sack lunch, blue card and $5 (to buy an all-day Metro pass). During the first three hours you'll learn railroad safety and history, become familiar with railroad operations, and fill out the merit badge workbook. Lunch is at 11:30, then you'll take the Gold Line to the Del Mar station in Pasadena to see an early Santa Fe depot. Upon returning to Union Station there will be a tour of the station and then your blue card will be signed. Cost is $25 (plus the $5). Spaces fill up quickly so sign up early. For more information and to sign up go to larhf.org/news/index.html.
International Printing Museum
Four times a year, the International Printing Museum in Carson offers a Saturday merit badge day in which scouts earn two merit badges - pulp & paper, and graphic arts - by rotating through 10 stations from 8 am to 3 pm. Cost is $40. They are often booked book six months out so advance registration is required. For more information and to sign up go to printmuseum.org.
Cabrillo Beach Youth Center
Cabrillo Beach Youth Center is one of our Council's camps, located on the beach in San Pedro a short walk to the Cabrillo Marine Aquarium, 40 miles from La Canada. Merit badge classes are offered throughout the year, including summer day-camp weeks. For more information go to glaacbsa.org/cabrillo_beach.
Firestone Scout Reservation
Firestone Scout Reservation is one of our Council's camps, located between Diamond Bar and Brea, 43 miles from La Canada, with merit badge classes year-round. For more information go to glaacbsa.org/firestone.

There are about 135 merit badges, and you can start earning them as soon as you join the troop. For the Eagle rank you need a minimum of 21 merit badges, 13 of which are required.

For each merit badge there is a booklet containing the requirements for the merit badge and the information you need to learn. The troop has a library of merit badge booklets you can borrow by checking them out from the troop librarian. The booklets are also available for purchase (about $5 each) from the scout shops in Pasadena, Los Angeles and Glendale. Each merit badge also has a worksheet that merit badge counselors often require you to fill out, and these can be printed from usscouts.org or meritbadge.org.

There are three different ways you can earn merit badges:

1. Attend a troop-sponsored merit badge class. Some classes are held during troop meetings, others meet elsewhere. The schedule for these classes varies depending on the needs of the scouts in the troop and the availability of merit badge counselors. Watch for announcements of these classes.

2. Attend merit badge classes elsewhere. Camp Trask above Monrovia has several merit badge weekends during the school year, and has evening classes M-F during the summer. Arcadia Wilderness Park offers merit badge classes Saturday mornings year-round. Some troops ( in Orange County primarily) host weekend merit badge days. These non-troop-sponsored merit badge classes generally charge a fee, typically around $50 per merit badge.

3. Do the requirements on your own under the guidance of a council-registered merit badge counselor. The troop maintains a list of merit badge counselors for you to contact.

To earn a merit badge, first get a "blue card" from the scoutmaster. Fill it out in three places with the name of the merit badge and your name and troop. The merit badge counselor will sign the card after you have completed all the requirements. The counselor will keep one part of the blue card and you give the other two parts to the scoutmaster. He will keep one part and return the third part for you to keep. At the troop's next court of honor you will receive the merit badge for your sash.

Additional information on merit badges can be found in Chapter 7 of your Boy Scout Handbook, and at scouting.org or usscouts.org or meritbadge.org.

PARENTS: Consider becoming a merit badge counselor. Your special talents can help our scouts earn merit badges. See the Adult Leadership tab of this website.