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Chillicothe District Merit Badge Trail Drive

PLEASE NOTE: This information is subject to change, and will be updated periodically closer to the event.

The 2020 Chillicothe District Merit Badge Trail Drive is February 8, February 22, and March 7, 2020 at the Greene County Career Center. The cost is $15 per Scout and registration must be done online. Registration will start November 1, 2019 and end February 2, 2020. New for 2020, there will be two registration periods: early bird and regular. Early-bird registration fee is $10 and ends December 31, 2019. The regular registration fee is $15 and ends February 2, 2020.

Resources for Scouts, Leaders and Counselors

2020 Chillicothe MBTD Class Schedule (V2 Oct 2019).pdf

Blue Card.pdf

What is the Event?

The Chillicothe District Merit Badge Trail Drive is an annual Scouts BSA event dating back to the 1980s.  Held on three Saturdays during February and March, Scouts have the opportunity to earn up to three merit badges under the guidance of enthusiastic, registered BSA merit badge counselors.  The Trail Drive offers a variety of both Eagle Scout-required and 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 merit badge counselor or with another registered merit badge counselor.

When is the Event?

MBTD 2020 will be at the Greene County Career Center for three Sessions: February 8, February 22 and March 7, 2020. Each Session has three class periods: Class Period #1 (8:45 to 9:45 am), Class Period #2 (10:00 am to 11:00 am) and Class Period #3 (11:15 am to 12:15 pm). There will be a short opening in the cafeteria each Saturday at 8:30 am. 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 Scouts BSA 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 2020 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: The registration fee is $15. The registration period begins on November 1, 2019 at 12:00 am and will close on February 2, 2020 at 11:59 pm. New for 2020, there will be two registration periods: early bird and regular. Early-bird registration fee is $10 and ends December 31, 2019. The regular registration fee is $15 and ends February 2, 2020. 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 on the first weekeknd (February 2nd) of Trail Drive on a first come-first served basis.

Where is it Located?

The 2020 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 and Reminders

  • Electronics ($18), Space Exploration ($18) and Wood Carving ($20) have additional fees for materials or kits. These fees are collected during online registration.
  • You may want to bring money as there will be refreshments for sale in the cafeteria. 
  • Scouts!, look at your next rank advancement requirements, 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 ensure he or she understands what will be required of him or her 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 and 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 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 specific requirements for various badges that we suggest you begin working on, or complete, before the first weekend of trail drive. Badges listed with the statement “Complete Requirement” means you will have to complete by the end of session three in order to complete the badge. 

  1. ANIMATION: Requirement #4
  2. ART: Requirement #6
  3. AVIATION: Requirement #4
  4. BUGLING: Requirement #6
  5. CHEMISTRY: Requirement #1C, 4A, 6A-D, and 7
  6. CHESS: None
  7. CITIZENSHIP IN THE COMMUNITY: Requirement #3, 7c
  8. CITIZENSHIP IN THE NATION: Requirement #2, 8
  10. COIN COLLECTING: Requirement #7, 9
  11. COMMUNICATIONS: Requirement #5 & 7
  13. DIGITAL TECHNOLOGY: #1: (up-to-date Cyber Chip)
  14. DISABILITY AWARENESS: Requirement #2 & 4
  15. DOG CARE: Bring a picture of your dog
  16. ELECTRICITY: Requirement #2, 3
  18. EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS: Requirement #1
  19. ENGINEERING: Requirement #2, 6
  21. FAMILY LIFE: Requirement #3
  22. FIRE SAFETY: Requirement #11
  23. FIRST AID: Requirement #1
  24. GENEAOLOGY: Requirement #2, 5
  25. GRAPHIC ARTS: Scout must have access to a computer, internet, email (or parent email) and will need to sign up (with parental approval) for free web-based graphic design software (www.lucidpress.comExternal Link)
  26. JOURNALISM: Requirement #2a or 2b, 4
  27. MEDICINE: Requirement #7a, 10
  28. MODEL DESIGN & BUILDING: Prepare for Requirement 5 (to build a special effects model of a fantasy spacecraft) by completing 5a (research) and 5c (sketch)
  29. MOVIE MAKING: Requirement #2d
  30. MUSIC: None
  31. PERSONAL MANAGEMENT: Requirement #2
  32. PERSONAL FITNESS: Review Requirements 1-5
  33. PETS: Requirement #1
  34. PHOTOGRAPHY: Requirement #1a (up-to-date Cyber Chip)
  35. PLUMBING: Requirement #8
  36. PROGRAMMING: Requirement #1a (up-to-date Cyber Chip)
  38. SIGNS, SIGNALS, and CODES: Review the merit badge pamphlet; Requirements #2, #4b, #7
  40. SUSTAINABILITY: Requirement #1
  41. WEATHER: Requirement #9
  42. WELDING: None
  43. WOOD CARVING: None

Frequently Asked Questions

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

Q. When does the Trail Drive start?

  1. Dates for 2020 are February 8, February 22 and March 7. 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 Scouts and leaders should need to be aware of. The last session ends at 12:15 p.m. We must be cleaned up and out of the facility by 1 p.m.

Q. I didn't receive any information about my registration.  Where can I get this information from?

  1. You should have received a confirmation email sent to the email address you provided when you registered. If someone else (i.e. a Troop leader) registered you for trail drive, then the confirmation email was sent to their email address. Please check with them first. If they have no record of the email, please contact the registrar ( or contact the Scout Office at 937-325-6449 to obtain the registration confirmation. 

    During trail drive, classroom assignments will be posted through out the Career Center (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 Career Center will be posted as well.

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 take up to three classes; however, if you only wish to take one or two classes, that is fine as well.

Q. When will I get my Merit Badge?

  1. If there are any outstanding requirements, the counselor will turn in the class tracking sheet and blue cards to the staff with completed requirements initialed and dated. The Trail Drive staff will also provide a summary sheet showing what requirements the Scouts accomplished during the Trail Drive. You should continue to work with the counselor, or another, until all requirements are finished. 
  2. If there are no outstanding requirements, the merit badge counselor will sign the blue card and return it to you. 
  3. Once the blue card is signed by the counselor, you should submit it to your Troop’s Advancement Coordinator.  From there, it is up to the troop to decide when the merit badge will be awarded. Most likely at the next Court of Honor.

Q. I didn’t finish all the requirements. Can I still earn the badge?

  1. Yes!  You are encouraged to continue to work with your counselor, or another counselor should this be more covenient, and complete the requirements. 

Q. I’m already registered on-line for X, Y and Z badges?  Can I change one of the badges for another?

  1. Yes, you may change one or more of the badges you are registered for in advance of the start of the Trail Drive provided: 1) there is a vacancy for the class and/or 2) there is no time conflict with the other badge(s) you are 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) will require eliminating two badges to accommodate the 2-session class.  Please contact the registrar ( or contact the Scout Office at 937-325-6449 to make the registration change.

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

  1. During the first session, merit badge counselors will provide their contact information. Scouts should take the time to write down this information. This will save Scouts, Unit Leaders, and parents much time. Should  you lose this information, contact Matthew Main at 937-823-3938 or [Click for member's page].

Q.  How long do I have to complete any and all merit badges I started at trail drive?

  1.  You have until your 18th birthday to complete the requirements. That said, it is strongly encouraged to complete as soon as possible.

Q.  Can I bring a partially completed blue card to trail drive and finish it up there?

  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.   Why are some merit badges longer than one hour (one session)?

  1. Due to the amount of work needed to complete the requirements, some merit badges need two sessions to complete. These merit badges are generally First Aid, Emergency Preparation, and Search and Rescue. Scouts requesting these classes will automatically be scheduled for two class periods (either sessions #1 & #2 or sessions #2 & #3)

Q. If I take a merit badge that requires two sessions to complete, how many more merit badges may I register for?

  1. You can register for one more merit badge that requires only one session to complete.

Q.  Why are some classes labeled with “A, B, C” or “1, 2,3”?  Is there a difference?

  1. There is no difference between classes listed with an alpha or numerical characters. The alpha/numerical designation is used to keep the classes separated within the data base. For example, if Citizenship in the Community is offered three times, trail drive staff will add a number after the class to designate how many time the merit badge is being offered. If Citizenship in the Community is offered TWICE in one session, trail drive staff will as a letter after the class to identify which class within each session.

Additional Class Registration Info

We request that Scouts only register for 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 Fitness (new for 2020)
  • Personal Management
  • Sustainability

Merit Badge Blue Cards: Scouts should bring their own blue cards to trail drive. 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.  


If you have questions regarding the Chillicothe District Merit Badge Trail Drive, please contact Event Chairman Matthew Main at or 937-823-3938.

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