Merit Badge University

February TBD, 2023  |  8:00 am (check-in)

Lone Star College - Beckendorf Conference Center
30555 Tomball Pkwy
Tomball, TX 77375

Merit Badge University is an advancement opportunity open to Scouts in troops, crews or ships. A Scout has the opportunity to work on requirements for several merit badges. These are not give-away merit badges, and this is not a merit badge factory. Each Scout is expected to fulfill all the requirements by reading the merit badge book ahead of time, attending classes and doing prerequisites. Scouts are expected to participate fully during the class in order to receive full credit for the requirements completed.

Adult participation is required to offer this event. Every unit with Scouts participating is expected to provide volunteers.


The registration fee is $26.50 and covers an event patch and lunch. Registration is on a first-come, first-serve basis. Merit badge class sizes are limited.

Important: Before registering, check your Scout's school and troop calendar for conflicts. Check which merit badges the Scout has already completed. Have the Scout discuss which merit badges they should sign up for with their Scoutmaster or troop advancement chair.  

Registration is typically completed by parents, but can also be completed by the troop leadership (how to register). Pay online with a credit card, or electronic check. Council refund policy.

Changes: Merit badge class selections can be changed after registering. See the instructions below or in your email receipt. 

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Classes and Prerequisites

Merit Badge
(click on class for list of requirements)








American Business           #6a or b  
American Heritage           #2, 3c. Research prior to class: #3a, 5, 6 and be prepared to discuss in class.  
Art         #5  
Aviation           #4, 5  
Citizenship in the Community       #7; bring a community map and government chart for #2; bring notes or copy of minutes for #3 (visit a public meeting), be prepared to discuss #4, 6; bring #8 and will be completed if time permits
Citizenship in the Nation         #2, 3, 6, 8; Start watching the national news.
Citizenship in the World         #7. Be prepared to discuss #3.
Coin Collecting           #6 (bring in baggies marked with name), #7, #9d  
Collections           #1, 3c, 5b, 5e  
Communications           #5, 8
Crime Prevention           #2, 7, 4b  
Emergency Preparedness         Scouts must have earned the First Aid Merit Badge
#2c, #8b (bring emergency pack), #9b
Engineering           #2, 3, 9  
Entrepreneurship           #3, 4  
Environmental Science         3e, 3f, 4
Exploration   ♦*         #4; bring appropriate footwear and clothing to walk around campus  
Family Life         #2, 3, 4, 5, 6
Fingerprinting            none  
Fish and Wildlife Management           #2, 6b  
Geology           #2, #5  
Mining in Society           #1a, 1b, 1c, 6a, 7d  
Music         #3b  
Oceanography           #8c  
Personal Fitness         Be prepared to discuss #1-5, 9; #6-8 can will need to be completed after the class; wear activity uniform (e.g., Scout shirt) and appropriate clothes for the fitness test including tennis shoes; bring BSA Annual Health and Medical Record (Part A, B, C entitled Are You Going to Camp?) which requires a physical.
Robotics         bring a phone or table that can access the internet  
Salesmanship       #5  
Scholarship^             All requirements.  Drop off prerequisites before 9 or during lunch; pick up blue card after the event)  
Scouting Heritage            #4,5,6,7,8  
Soil and Water Conservation           must be able to read a topo map, 5a, 6d, 7c, 7e  
Traffic Safety             none  
Weather           #1, 6, 10  
*4-hour class; 9am - 1:00 pm
^For the Scholarship Merit Badge, complete all requirements at home and drop them off.
Classes that are full will not show up in the online registration.
Classes will be added as additional merit badge counselors volunteer.

 = Eagle Scout Required 

What to Bring

  • Copy of the BSA Annual Health and Medical Record(Part A & B for any Scouting event) for every person attending. Do not bring originals
  • Blue card for each class
  • Merit badge book for each class (read prior to class)
  • Proof of prerequisites completed before the event
  • Note-taking materials
  • Filled water bottle
  • Donation items for Abandoned Animal Rescue (IAMS dog food, Blue Buffalo dog food, Science Diet dog food, milk bones, Purina One cat food with turkey or chicken, or kitten formula, clumping cat litter, trash bags size 13 gal and 39+ gal, liquid dish and laundry soap, postage stamps) and/or Moving Waters (socks, toothbrushes, toothpaste, combs, deodorant, feminine hygiene products, bar soap)
  • Money for onsite vending machines (optional) 

Cell phones or electronic devices should only be used at the direction of the counselor. Keep personal use to between classes or during lunch.

merit badge sash

Advancements Completed

The merit badge counselor will fill out the blue card with advancements completed.

How to Register

How to Register

Step 1: Select a participant: 
Step 2:
Step 3: Select a class 
Repeat step 2 and 3: 
Continue steps 1, 2 and 3 for additional participants

Step 4: Review the schedule.
Step 5:  
Step 6:
Step 7: Select payment type  
Step 8: 

Classes that are full will not appear. 

How to Change Merit Badge Classes

To modify your registration:

  • Logon to
  • To obtain your User ID and Password, select the Need help logging on? link.
  • Follow the prompts to obtain the password and logon to Doubleknot.
  • Logging in will bring you to the Summary tab showing your current registration, reservations and/or memberships.
  • Click on the desired action button to make a payment or view the details and update the registration. Please note that changes to a registration may be restricted after a certain date, so the update action may not appear. Also, some classes might be full. 

Event Volunteers

It is the purpose of the event to provide an exciting program for youth to build character, to train in the responsibilities of participating citizenship and to develop personal fitness. Providing advancement opportunities is a primary part of this educational program. The Merit Badge Fair can only be offered to our Scouts if adults assist in running the event.  


Event Staff 

Successful Scouts have the support and guidance of parents. The parents are a treasure trove of information that can benefit every young man in our leadership program. Your encouragement and occasional refocusing of purpose that youth require will be invaluable. The successful leader in Scouts learns quickly to be successful in everything they attempt.

Adults are needed to set up the facilities before the fair starts, handle registration, act as roamers to look out for issues that need to be resolved, assist the merit badge counselors, and to help clean-up after the event is over. Volunteers who work directly with the youth must have current Youth Protection Training. YPT can be taken at

Merit Badge Counselors

Merit badge counselors are needed to run the merit badge classes. Merit badge counselors must be registered with the council and have up to date Youth Protection Training. YPT can be taken at It is our goal for the Scouts to be afforded opportunities to share resources from other troops with diverse occupations and skills. The Scouts will be expected to complete all the requirements as indicated by the Boy Scouts of America. Merit badge counselors should wear their Scout uniform if possible.  

The merit badge counselor is a key player in the advancement program. Whatever your area of expertise or interest—whether it is a special craft or hobby (basketry, leatherwork, coin collecting), a profession (veterinary medicine, aviation, engineering), or perhaps a life skill (cooking, personal management, communications)—as a merit badge counselor, you can play a vital role in stirring a youth's curiosity about that particular topic. By serving as a merit badge counselor, you offer your time, knowledge, and other resources so that Scouts can explore a topic of interest

Scouting Safely

Safety is Your Responsibility posterThe BSA's Commitment to Safety is ongoing and we want you to know that the safety of our youth, volunteers, staff, and employees cannot be compromised. The Boy Scouts of America puts the utmost importance on the safe and healthy environments for its youth membership. The Sam Houston Area Council takes great strides to ensure the safety of its youth as well as the adult volunteer leadership that interacts with them. 

BSA Guide to Safe Scouting policies must be followed. All participants must follow Youth Protection Guidelines at all Scouting events. Highlights include:

  • Two-deep leadership on all outings required.  
  • One-on-one contact between adults and youth members is prohibited. 
  • The buddy system should be used at all times. 
  • Discipline must be constructive.

Health and safety must be integrated into everything we do, to the point that no injuries are acceptable beyond those that are readily treatable by Scout-rendered first aid. As an aid in the continuing effort to protect participants in a Scout activity, the BSA National Health and Safety Committee and the Council Services Division of the BSA National Council have developed the "Sweet Sixteen" of BSA safety procedures for physical activity. These 16 points, which embody good judgment and common sense, are applicable to all activities.

Youth Protection Guidelines     Guide to Safe Scouting      Sweet Sixteen      Enterprise Risk Management

Late-Breaking Information

Late-breaking news and announcements will be emailed to those registered and posted on the Orion District Facebook page.

Please like our page at Invite parents and Scouters in the district to like our page. Units and Scouters can tag us (@orionbsa), and message pictures. To make sure you never miss a post, after liking the page, click on 'Following' and 'See First.' To help us promote Scouting, please engage with our content by liking, commenting and sharing our posts.

For additional district communications, sign up for the Orion District newsletter.

For additional council information, sign up for the eScouter and follow the Sam Houston Area Council Facebook page. Tag the council (@shac.bsa) and send them pics of your Scouting memories.

Orion District Facebook    Orion District Newsletter    SHAC Facebook


For questions, contact Melissa Spears at or the district activities chair.