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Merit Badges
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STEM Merit Badge Day at Azusa Pacific Univ. Sat. Feb. 3, 2018
Merit badges offered: animation, chemistry, digital technology, electricity, electronics, insect study, mammal study, moviemaking, nuclear science, railroading, and robotics. For more information and to sign up go to apu.edu/library/educationalprograms/stemnova/.
Trail to Eagle Evening Classes at Camp Trask Mon.-Fri. in Jun. & Jul., 2018
Weeks of Jun. 11 & 18, and Jul. 23. 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, and swimming. For more information and to sign up go to glaacbsa.org/trask.

Past Classes
Shooting Sports Weekend at Camp Trask Fri.-Sun. Dec. 8-10, 2017
Select one of the following merit badges: archery, rifle, or shotgun. 5 pm Fri. to noon Sun. Cost is $50. Scout cannot attend alone, but must be either with his parent or his troop (2 adult leaders - let Mrs. Hagegard know if you are interested). Pay $20 to eat in the dining hall, or cook at your campsite with your own food. For more information and to sign up go to glaacbsa.org/trask.
Merit Badge Midway in Northridge Sat. Nov. 4, 2017
Numerous merit badges are offered, at no cost, but you have to sign up early because they fill up fast. For more information and to sign up go to balboaoaks.bsa-la.org/merit_badge_midway.php.
Law Merit Badge at Loyola Law School Sat. Nov. 4, 2017
8:30 am to 4 pm. Minimum age 13. Cost is $25. Loyola is near downtown L.A. on Olympic Blvd, just west of the Harbor Freeway. For more information and to sign up go to glaacbsa.org/lawday.
Dynamic Skills Merit Badge Day at Camp Trask Sat. Oct. 21, 2017
Select one of the following merit badges: composite materials, electricity, electronics, plumbing, radio, or welding. 8 am to 4 pm. Cost is $75. This weekend is also BSA's annual Jamboree on the Air, so there may be a chance that day to talk to scouts from all over the world. For more information and to sign up go to glaacbsa.org/trask.
Cabrillo Beach Day Camp Tue.-Fri. Jul. 11-14 & Aug. 1-4, 2017
Earn four merit badges each session. Cost is $200. For more information and to sign up go to glaacbsa.org/cabrillo_beach.
Welding Merit Badge in Santa Clarita 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) and traffic safety (10). Sign up HERE.
Surveying Merit Badge in Santa Clarita Sat. May 13, 2017
8 am to 2 pm in Santa Clarita. Costs $15. Sign up HERE.
Veterinary Merit Badge at Western Univ. 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 sign up go to westernu.edu/cvmopenhouse/index.html.
Innovation Merit Badge Weekend at Camp Trask Fri.-Sun. Mar. 10-12, 2017
For more information and to sign up go to glaacbsa.org/trask.
First Responder Merit Badge Weekend at Camp Trask Fri.-Sun. Feb. 3-5, 2017
For more information and to sign up go to glaacbsa.org/trask.
Traffic Merit Badge Sat. Jan. 21, 2017
For more information and to sign up go to glaacbsa.org/traffic
Merit Badge Day at Firestone Scout Reservation Sat. Sep. 26, 2015
Merit badges offered: electricity, engineering, environmental science, and 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 (the summer Trail to Eagle merit badge classes are not being offered in 2017). For more information go to glaacbsa.org/trask.
Merit Badge Midway in Northridge
Twice a year, on a Saturday in March and October/November, in Northridge, the Balboa Oaks District of the Western Los Angeles County Council hosts a merit badge midway with numerous merit badge classes. Classes fill fast so sign up early. For more information 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 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 6-9 months out so advance registration is required. For more information 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.

The Rose Bowl District maintains a list of merit badge counselors who are willing to counsel scouts in troops other than their own.

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.