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2018 Chillicothe District Merit Badge Trail Drive

Registration for the 2018 Chillicothe District Merit Badge Trail Drive begins November 1, 2017 and ends January 28, 2018. The event is February 3, February 17 and March 3, 2018. The cost is $7 per Scout.

Resources for Scouts, Leaders and Counselors

2018 Chillicothe Merit Badge Trail Drive Schedule.pdf 

Blue Card.pdf

What is the Event?

The Chillicothe District Merit Badge Trail Drive is an annual Boy Scout event dating back to the 1980s.  It is an event, held on three Saturdays during February and March, where Boy Scouts have the opportunity to earn up to three merit badges under the guidance of enthusiastic, registered BSA counselors.  The Trail Drive offers both Eagle Scout-required and a variety of non-Eagle required badges for Scouts to choose.  The offered badges have been selected based on their importance, their ease of completion within the context of the Trail Drive, and the availability of logistical resources (counselors and classroom space).  Scouts can register for up to three merit badges for this event.  We request Scouts to register for only two Eagle-Scout required merit badges for this Trail Drive.

Please note, registering for this Trial Drive does not guarantee a Scout will earn a merit badge.  Scouts must earn their badges by working on and completing the badge requirements during the Trail Drive event.  Many badges have prerequisite requirements that must be started and/or completed before the Trail Drive in order to finish the badge (more on this below).   Badges not completed at the end of the Trail Drive may be finished after the event if the Scout pursues its completion on their own accord with the Trail Drive counselor or with another registered merit badge counselor.

When is the Event?

Trail Drive 2018 will be at the Greene County Career Center for three Sessions: February 3, February 17 and March 3, 2018. Each Session has three class periods: Class Period #1, Class Period #2 and Class Period #3. There will be a short opening in the cafeteria each Saturday at 8:30 am. Class Period #1 is from 8:45 to 9:45 am, Period #2 is 10:00 am to 11:00 am and Period #3 at 11:15 am to 12:15 pm. The classes are one hour each with 15 minutes between classes. Some badges such as First Aid require two combined classes to complete. 

Who Can Participate?

The Chillicothe District Merit Badge Trail Drive is open to all Boy Scouts (and Venturers) registered in Tecumseh Council and neighboring Councils who want to earn merit badges for rank advancement.  Please note, we recommend that Sr. Webelos crossing over into Boy Scouts in early 2018 do not participate in this event as their first major Boy Scout activity. Our experience is Sr. Webelos are better served by the Merit Badge Trail Drive after spending their first year in a Boy Scout Troop under the guidance and leadership of Scoutmasters and earning their first merit badge at summer camp or in their Troop after joining and learning the Boy Scout method.

How Can I Register?

Registration is online at the Tecumseh Council website: http://www.tecumsehcouncilbsa.org/Event.aspx?id=4052. The registration fee is $7. The registration period begins on November 1, 2017 at 12:00 am and will close on January 28, 2018 at 11:59 pm. More information on registration is provided below.  

Please provide an accurate and reliable email address for your online registration as that email will serve as your primary means of event contact and announcements as the Trail Drive registration concludes and the event begins. Scout Troops will also need to provide a Point-of-Contact name, email, phone and address for Trail Drive communication at the Troop level.

Please note: there will be no pre-order registration of Merit Badge books for this event. You may order Merit Badge Books at the Scout Shop by calling 937-325-6449 in advance of the Merit Badge Trail Drive and have them mailed to your home address. A limited supply of merit badge books will be available for purchase at the first Trail Drive event on a first come-first serve basis.

Where is it Located?


The 2018 Chillicothe District Merit Badge Trail Drive will be held at the Greene County Career Center, 2960 W. Enon Rd, Xenia, OH 45385.  A map is provided below for your information.

Map to Greene County Career Center

Additional Information

Electronics ($18), Space Exploration ($18) and Wood Carving ($20) have additional fees associated with them for materials that are collected during online registration. You may want to bring money as there will be refreshments for sale in the cafeteria. 

Scouts, look at requirements you need toward your next rank advancement, talk with your leaders and decide which classes you would like to take. Remember, classes are assigned on a first-come first-served basis. The quicker you sign up, the better your chance of getting the classes you want. Most classes will hold 20 Scouts, some less. We will do everything possible to satisfy the needs of as many Scouts as possible. 

Scoutmasters or their designate should review requirements with the Scout to insure he understands what will be required of him to finish the requirements for a particular badge. Most badges will not be finished if the Scout does not start working some requirements before the trail drive starts. For example, Personal Management, Family Life has a 90-day budget/chore list. Some Citizenship badges require letters to be written. Look at requirements and do what you can in advance of the Merit Badge Trail Drive. More information on merit badge prerequisites are provided below.

Prerequisites for Earning Merit Badges at the Trail Drive

All Scouts should read the merit badge books for the classes they are taking and work on any requirements they can before class. This will insure that you are well on your way to completing the badge by the end of the trail drive.

Below is a list of some specific requirements for various badges that we suggest you will need to be working on or complete before the trail drive do to not enough time during the trail drive to complete and or to make it a little easier on you to get everything completed. Badges listed with the statement “Complete Requirement” means you will have to complete or be completed by the end of session three in order to complete the badge. 

  • Art: 4
  • Chemistry: 7
  • Citizenship in the Community: 3 and 8
  • Citizenship in the Nation: 2, 3 and 8
  • Communications: 5 and 7
  • Digital Technology: 1 (Cyber Chip)
  • Electricity: 2
  • Emergency Preparedness: Complete Requirement 1, Scout must have earned the First Aid merit badge
  • Engineering: 2, 6
  • Family Life: Complete Requirement 3
  • Fire safety: 11
  • First Aid: Complete Requirement 1 (All First Aid Rank Requirements from Tenderfoot to First Class)
  • Genealogy: 2
  • Indian Lore: Complete requirement 1
  • Model Design and Building: 5
  • Personal Management: Complete Requirement 2. Consider starting Req. 8 and 9
  • Programming: 1A (Cyber Chip)
  • Search & Rescue: 5
  • Sustainability: 1

Frequently Asked Questions

Below are some of the frequently asked questions received about the Merit Badge Trail Drive (MBTD).

Q. When does the Trail Drive start?

  1. Dates for 2018 are February 3rd, February 17th and March 3rd. Session #1 starts at 8:45 a.m. Scouts should be in the cafeteria no later than 8:30 a.m.. At that time we will announce any room changes or other information needing to get out to Scouts and leaders. The last session ends at 12:15 p.m. We must be cleaned up and out of the facility by 1 p.m.

Q. We didn't receive any information on my son's registration.  Where can I get his badge registration information?

  1. You will receive a confirmation email sent to the email address you provided when the Scout was registered showing what merit badge classes he is registered for at the 2018 MBTD.  If someone else (i.e. a Troop leader) registered your Scout for the MBTD, then the email address they used for your Scout is the one to which the registration confirmation was sent.  Please contact the registrar (Tara.Corns@scouting.org) or contact the Scout Office at 937-325-6449 to obtain the registration confirmation in the event you did not receive it directly.

    The classroom assignments will be posted on large posters in the lobby hallway to the Cafeteria prior to the MBTD for Scouts to locate their rooms (classroom assignments are not finalized until the week before the Trail Drive begins).  Scouts can look up their name alphabetically to find the badges they are registered for and the classroom where the badge will be held.   A map of the classrooms will also be available in the lobby too.

Q. Do I have to attend every session of the trail drive? I can’t make a session because of band or sports, etc.  

  1. No, the staff matches you up with a counselor. You work with the counselor to earn the merit badge. Most badges can be completed over the period of the trail drive. Some take longer do to length of some requirements. If you have to miss a session, you and the counselor will need to work out what you need to do to complete requirements for the particular badge. It is best if you can attend every session, but it is not a requirement.

Q. Can I take less than three classes?

  1. Yes. We offer you the opportunity to sign-up for to three classes; however, if you only wish to take one or two, it’s your choice.

Q. When will I get my Merit Badge? / When will my son get his badge?

  1. If everything goes as planned; at the end of the trail drive the counselor will turn in the class tracking sheet and blue merit badge cards to the staff or will give the merit badge card to the Scout. The Counselor will sign this card if the Scout has finished all requirements. The Trail Drive staff will also provide badge summary sheets showing what requirements the Scouts accomplished during the Trail Drive. If the Scout has not completed all requirements, the counselor will date and initial completed requirements. The Scout can continue to work with the counselor or another if needed until all requirements are finished. Once the Scout has the card signed by the counselor, he will turn this into his Troop. The Troop will fill out an advancement form or use On Line Advancement procedures to obtain and present the badge to the Scout.

Q. My son didn’t finish all the requirements. Can he still earn the badge?

  1. Yes. As stated above, Scouts may continue to work with the counselor or take his card to another counselor should this be more covenant do to traveling distance etc. and work on completing the requirements. Once complete, the counselor will sign the card. He will turn this into his unit who will complete the advancement process and award the badge.

Q. My son is already registered on-line for X, Y and Z badges?  Can he change one of the badges for another?

  1. Yes. A Scout may change one or more of the badges he is registered for in advance of the start of the Trail Drive provided there is vacancy for the class and/or there is no conflict in time with the other badge classes he is already registered for.  For instance, a request to change from three classes to add a badge with a 2-session class assignment (such as First Aid or Search & Rescue) will require eliminating two badges to accommodate the 2-session class.  Please contact the registrar (Tara.Corns@scouting.org) or contact the Scout Office at 937-325-6449 to make the registration change.

Q.  Who was my son’s counselor for ________ merit badge? / Can you tell me my counselor’s name and phone number?

  1. Please, at the very first session write down your counselor’s name, address, email and phone number. This could save you a lot of time. Should you lose this information you can call or email Kelly and Pam Smith at 937-429-0538 or [Click for member's page] and we can look it up for you.

Q.  How long do I have to complete partially completed merit badge I started at the trail drive?

  1.  You have until your 18th birthday to complete the requirements. However I recommend while you have contact with the counselor that you try and finish as soon as possible.

Q.  My son started the ________ merit badge and has a partially completed blue card.  Can he finish the badge at the Trail Drive? 

  1. Only at the discretion of the merit badge Counselor; he or she may honor the partial blue card or require the Scout to work on all requirements addressed during the badge sessions.   The Trial Drive staff does not make that determination.

Q.   This one comes in various forms: “My son registered, for example, First Aid and Electricity.  Can he register for a third merit badge?

  1. No. First Aid and Emergency Prep  (and Search & Rescue if offered) are all two-period classes. Because of the amount of work and time needed for Scouts to demonstrate many requirements, these classes need more time. Therefore Scouts requesting these classes will be scheduled for the class in periods #1 and #2 (e.g. First Aid A) or #2 and #3 (e.g. First Aid B), along with one other registered class if available.

Q.  Why is it that some merit badge classes are labeled with A, B, C etc.?  Is there a difference?

  1. There is no difference between i.e. Cit. in the Community A or B or other classes listed with an alpha character. The alpha designation is used to keep the classes separated within the data base.

Additional Class Registration Info

The 2018 Merit Badge class schedule, rooms and class sizes are provided in the pdf link below.

2018 Chillicothe Merit Badge Trail Drive Schedule.pdf

Registration is online at the Tecumseh Council website at http://www.tecumsehcouncilbsa.org/Event.aspx?id=4052. Use this pdf to guide your selection of classes by session before registering online. Class registration is on a first-come, first served basis only.

We request Scouts to register for only two Eagle-Scout required merit badges for this Trail Drive. The Eagle Scout Rank required badges offered at this year’s Trail Drive include:

  • Citizenship in the Community
  • Citizenship in the Nation
  • Citizenship in the World
  • Communications
  • Emergency Preparedness
  • First Aid
  • Family Life
  • Personal Management
  • Sustainability

Merit Badge Blue Cards: Scouts and Troops are responsible for the provision of merit badge blue cards to be brought to the first Trail Drive session.  The blue cards need to be signed by the Scoutmaster or designated Ast. Scoutmaster before submitting to the appropriate merit badge counselor. A pdf template to print merit badge blue cards is available at the top of this page.  

Questions?

If you have questions regarding the Chillicothe District Merit Badge Trail Drive, please contact Co-Chairmen Kelly and Pamala Smith at [Click for member's page] or 937-429-0538.

If you have questions regarding online registration, please contact Tara Corns at 937-325-6449 or [Click for member's page].

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