Available Classes and Requirements

MBU is designed to assist Scouts in completing requirements for merit badges. The instructors will address as many requirements as possible during the class. In order to facilitate these objectives, please review the following requirements.

Completed badges at MBU happen because Scouts come prepared and have their prerequisites done in advance!

Scout Leaders must certify that all Scouts:

  • bring a signed Waiver/Release form signed by parent or legal guardian
  • are eligibile and approved to take the merit badge class requested
  • have read the entire merit badge book for the requested class before MBU - bring it with you to class
  • complete all prerequisites* before MBU day - bring them with you to class
  • be First Class OR age 13 by MBU

Badge Information

BadgeTitleBookInstructorClass Limit
Animal Science*Lisa Shepherd15
Aviation*Savannah Richardson, etal16
Citizenship in the Nation*Becky & Richard Cole21
Citizenship in the World*Jeff Shepherd20
Communication*Natalie Hoskins10
Engineering*Vahid Khiabani, Rick Taylor, Misagh Faezipour20
Environmental Science*Andrew Hetrick20
Geology*Mark Abolins & Laura Collins20
Programming*Brennan Huber16
RoboticsJack Adamson10
Surveying*Marcus Knight20
Swimming*Pam Footit20

*Additional Prerequisites

Some badges have additional prerequisites.

Merit BadgePrerequisites
Animal Science

READ the BOOK!

 

Aviation
  • 3B - build a model FPG-9
    • plans in merit badge handbook
  • You must drive your scout to the Murfreesboro Airport and stay with them all day.
  • Scouts must be 14 and must be 1st class*
Citizenship in the Nation
  • 2, 3, 6, & 8

 

Scouts must be 13 or 1st class*

Citizenship in the World
  • Scouts should be prepared for #3 and #7
Communication

1. READ the BOOK.

2. Requirement #4 – Interview someone you know fairly well, like, or respect because of their position, talent, career, or life experiences. Listen actively to learn as much as you can about the person. Prepare an introduction of this person as though this person were to be a guest speaker, and include reasons why the audience would want to hear this person speak. (Scouts will deliver the introduction during the MBU class to complete this requirement)

3. Requirement #7 (a, b, or c) – Demonstrate that you completed one of these during the MBU class to complete this requirement (bring in a copy of the letter or share the link to the electronic project)

4. Requirement #8 – Plan a troop or crew court of honor, campfire program, or interfaith worship service. Have the patrol leaders’ council approve it, then write the script and prepare the program. Serve as master of ceremonies. (Scouts can show the script and reflect on the experience by discussing it with their counselor during the MBU class to complete this requirement)  

Engineering

Scouts must be 13 or 1st class*

Environmental Science
  • Minimum age of 14
  • 3E - Endangered species, Option 1 or 2
  • 3f - Option 1
Geology

Scouts must be 13 or 1st class*

Programming

Scouts must be 13 or 1st class*

Surveying

Scouts must be 13 or 1st class*

Swimming

Scouts must be 13 or 1st class*

Adult Training Opportunities

ClassInformation
Boy Scout Leader-Specific Training
Red Cross 1: Standard First Aid & Adult CPR
  • Adults only - this is not a merit badge.
  • No additional fee for certification.
    • $20 MBU fee still applies.
  • Two-year certification upon completion.
Regular Adult Program
  • General information and scouting-specific sessions for those not taking training.

 

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