Merit Badge University 2012

Merit Badge University 2012


At Merit Badge University (MBU) 2012, we are fortunate to have a number of West Virginia University (WVU) professors, WVU staff, WVU graduate students and advanced undergraduates, as well as expert members of our communities who will be serving as merit badge counselors. 


Registration – Where and When?

This year, Scouts will meet at the WVU Student Recreation Center, on the WVU Evansdale campus.  This venue should be exciting for our Scouts, one that gives some glimpses of all WVU and college life has to offer.


Registering 150+ Scouts in an efficient and timely way is a challenge.  I encourage Scouts to be on time (i.e., 8:30 am) for registration or preferably, early, but no earlier than 8:00 am. 


Check in at the registration desk at the Rec Center, on the main floor, and the reception person will direct you to “Multipurpose Room A.”  where registration will take place.  Scouts who arrive early will have time for patch trading and instructional games.


Directions and Parking

The physical address for the WVU Student Recreation Center is 2001 Rec Center Drive Morgantown, WV 26505. It is located off Patteson Drive ,near the (newly renovated) Burger King. 


Directions from Interstate 79: Take exit #155, West Virginia University/Star City. If traveling northbound, bear right off exit ramp. If traveling southbound, turn LEFT off exit ramp. Travel approximately 1.3 miles, while going through three traffic lights. At the fourth light the WVU Coliseum will be on the right at the top of the hill. Turn left at this light onto Patteson Drive. Travel approximately 1/4 mile and turn right onto road between WVU Alumni Center and WVU Communications building. Bear right and go up hill. Rec Center entrance will be on the left.


Directions from Interstate 68: Take Interstate 68 west. I-68 ends at I-79, exit #148. Take I-79 north to exit #155, West Virginia University/Star City and follow the directions above.


Free parking is available in a lot immediately outside of the Rec Center.  Parking restrictions apply many other places on campus, even on the weekends, so leaders who choose to go to merit badge classes are encouraged to ride the PRT with the WVU student guides when they bring merit badge class groups to various buildings and classrooms across campus. 


What to wear and bring to MBU?

Scouts are required to wear a Class A Scout uniform to MBU.  We all know the importance of uniforming and its positive impact on Scout conduct.  Scouts at MBU are representing themselves, their families and communities, their own troop, and BSA nationally on the West Virginia University campus.  Scouts are guests on the West Virginia University campus, and should conduct themselves in a way to insure that the invitation to use University facilities will be extended in future years.


Scouts also should bring suitable outerwear and shoes as most of them will be walking on campus, sometimes to fairly distant classrooms.  If any Scouts need accommodations for attending MBU, please contact Dr. Dan McNeil directly at This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it , no later than February 1st. 


Scouts also should bring a notebook, paper, and pens/pencils to fully participate in the learning process in MBU. 

Getting around Campus

Scouts will be in classroom and learning environments across campus.  Some of the Scouts will take the PRT to the downtown campus.  WVU students will serve as “guides” for Scouts in getting to and from the various buildings, classrooms, and labs.


Permission Forms

A signed permission form with medical information is needed for each Scout in the event of an emergency.  If a Scout has not already submitted the form, he should bring it with him to MBU.


Availability of Merit Badge Choices

Registration for MBU officially closed on Friday January 27.  Walk-in sign-ups on the day of MBU will be challenging, but we’ll do it as best we can, with very limited options. 


Schedule for the day

Registration officially begins at 8:30 am, but I would welcome Scouts arriving earlier (but no earlier than 8:00 am).  There will be an opening ceremony at 8:45 am, and morning classes will begin at approximately 9:00 am.  Morning classes will continue until 12:15, and lunch will be between 12:30 and 1:00.  Afternoon classes will be from 1:15 pm until 4:30 pm.  There will be a closing ceremony and awarding of MBU patches and distribution of blue cards, beginning at 5:00 pm.  Scouts should plan to be at MBU at least through 5:30 pm.


Rec Center Availability after MBU

Scouts are invited to remain at the Rec Center after the end of MBU, and to enjoy the facilities.  A special rate of $6 per Scout or adult has been arranged for the evening.  Scouts will need to bring $6 cash to utilize the Rec Center facilities after MBU. 


The Rec Center will remain open until 10:00 pm the day of MBU.  If there are Scouts who make use of the Rec Center after the conclusion of MBU, there must be at least one adult from the Scout’s unit who also remains at the Rec Center.  Certain adult leader MBU staff (meaning yours truly) will remain at the Rec Center until it closes for the evening, in part to insure “two deep” leadership.


MBU Patch and Patch Trading

A MBU 2012 patch will be awarded to each Scout participant (provided that the number of participants does not exceed 200!).  If available, after all the Scouts have received a patch, MBU staff also will be given a patch.  If there are extra patches, adult leaders who attend MBU can purchase a patch for $5. 


Scouts may wish to bring part of their patch collections with them, as at the beginning and end of the day, while Scouts are waiting for processing of merit badges, there will be opportunities for patch trading.


Training for Adult Leaders

BSA training for adult leaders will be available at the Rec Center, in “Multipurpose Room A,” during MBU, as follows:

9:00 – 11:00 am                    Bullying Prevention

11:00 – 12:00 noon             Working with Youth with ADHD

1:00 – 4:30 pm                      Scoutmaster/ASM Leader Specific Training (indoor)


To register for one or more of these training sessions at MBU, please e-mail Dianna Gatz or call her at the MAC Office.



Scouts will have the option of purchasing a hot dog–chips–and drink for $3.  Extra hot dogs, chips, and candy will be available for $1 each.  Proceeds will help offset costs for supplies, photocopying, and other needs at MBU.  Exceptions to lunch is for Scouts who are taking Dentistry and Engineering merit badges. The School of Dentistry, and the Engineering School, respectively, are hosting these Scouts and providing the lunch for them.  Scouts also are welcome to bring their own sack lunch and drink.  There will not be time at lunch for Scouts to purchase any food at WVU food outlets.


Completion of Merit Badges and Pre-requisites

Attached is a list of pre-requisites or requirements that can only be completed outside of Merit Badge University.  Please distribute this information to the Scouts attending MBU in your unit.  They also appear on the MAC web site at (or Scouts can click on the February 4, 2012 date on the MAC calendar on the web site).


Scouts should bring documentation of any completed requirements for their merit badge with them to MBU. 



MBU is a collaborative effort of Scouts, Scoutmasters and other adult leaders, Mountaineer Area Council, and West Virginia University. Thanks to all our merit badge counselors, and adult leaders, for all they do to make Scouting possible for our youth in our community.


Yours in Scouting,


Dan McNeil

Chair, 2012 Merit Badge University