2017 Extreme Merit Badge Mania

Extreme Merit Badge Mania Weekend is April 7 – 9, 2017 at Camp Verdugo Oaks. The weekend will include a number of Eagle required Merit Badges (Swimming, Camping, Hiking, First Aid) as well as Archery, Astronomy, Indian Lore, Wilderness Survival, Woodworking and more. All meals will be included with your registration. $40/Scout. Sign up today!

The weekend starts on Friday evening and ends late Sunday morning, and the event fees cover four meals, snacks, and two nights of camping at CVO.  If a Scout comes late or leaves early, there will be no proration of the fee, and the Scout might not finish the merit badge, or even be allowed into the class if he is too late.  That decision will be up to the merit badge counselor. There will be activities for the Scouts on Friday evening, Saturday evening and Sunday morning, and the opportunity for two nights of camping that count towards rank advancement and the 20 nights required for Camping merit badge.  Scouts are encouraged to take advantage of all the fun and opportunities that the weekend offers. If they decide they simply cannot arrive until Saturday morning, they should be there by 7:30 AM for check-in.  The classes start promptly at 8 AM, and most finish by 5 PM.

When: April 7th-9th, 2017

Where:  Camp Verdugo Oaks

38001 Golden State Hwy

Castaic, CA 91384

Cost: $40 per Scout, Additional Fee for Woodworking MB

Registration: register.vhcbsa.org, register before March 31st, 2017.

Flyer: 2017 Extreme MB Mania Flyer


Requirements that should be completed before coming to camp:

All Scouts should bring the current Merit Badge pamphlets(s) for the class(es) they are registered for.

Archery: Counselor recommends reviewing the Archery Merit Badge Pamphlet before coming to camp.

Astronomy: Requirements 4c and 6b. This MB has a lot of technical information and your counselor recommends you read through the Astronomy Merit Badge book completely before coming to camp. Counselor also recommends bringing the the Astronomy Workbook to camp. http://www.usscouts.org/usscouts/mb/worksheets/Astronomy.pdf

Camping: Requirements 3, 4a, 4b, 5e, 8d, 9a, 9b, and 9c. For requirement 7b, please bring a packed backpack for a 2 night trip in Yosemite backcountry (excluding food and patrol gear.) For requirement 8c, bring actual recipes for 2 breakfasts, 3 lunches & 2 suppers (ideally for meals that you would enjoy eating!) Counselor recommends bringing the Camping MB Workbook to camp: http://www.usscouts.org/mb/worksheets/Camping.pdf

Environmental Science: Requirements #1, 2, 3B, E, F, G and #6. Review the Environmental Science Merit Badge pamphlet. Counselor recommends doing your prerequisites in the MB Workbook and bringing to camp. http://www.usscouts.org/usscouts/mb/worksheets/Environmental-Science.pdf

First Aid: Req. 1. Satisfy your counselor that you have current knowledge of all first-aid requirements for Tenderfoot, Second Class and First Class ranks [Tenderfoot req. 4d. Assemble a personal first-aid kit to carry with you on future campouts and hikes. Tell how each item in the kit would be used]. Req. 2d. & 4d

**Special equipment — bring the two first aid kits mentioned in the requirements: Prepare a first aid kit for your home and a first aid kit for a hike.

Counselor recommends bringing the First Aid Workbook to camp http://usscouts.org/mb/worksheets/First-Aid.pdf

Hiking: The Hiking Merit Badge requires multiple hikes to complete. This class and first hike will be a great start towards completing this Eagle required Merit Badge. Counselor recommends bringing the Hiking MB Workbook with you to camp as well as your Scout’s 10 Essentials and sturdy boots or walking shoes http://usscouts.org/mb/worksheets/Hiking.pdf

Indian Lore & Basketry: This will be a combined, full-day class for both Merit Badges centering on Native American history and crafts.  Requirements 1 and 5 for Indian Lore and counselor recommends reviewing the Indian Lore Merit Badge pamphlet and bringing the Indian Lore MB Workbook to camp.

Review the Basketry Merit Badge pamphlet and be prepared for class discussions before beginning the hands-on basket making. Additional $12 materials fee for both classes.

Swimming: To have the best chance at completing the Swimming MB in one full day, your counselor highly recommends you complete the Swimming MB Workbook before coming to camp. http://usscouts.org/mb/worksheets/Swimming.pdf

Wilderness Survival: Requirement #5, Scouting 10 Essentials. Counselor recommends completing the Wilderness Survival MB Workbook before coming to camp. Bring old clothes for your survival training day/night – no Class ‘A’s http://usscouts.org/mb/worksheets/Wilderness-Survival.pdf

Woodwork: Requirements 1c, 2 and 7.  Worksheets with specific instructions will be emailed to registered scouts. Additional $10 materials fee for projects. Click to download special worksheet.

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5 Responses to 2017 Extreme Merit Badge Mania

  1. R. S. says:

    I was wondering if ALL the requirements mentioned in each merit badge are definitely covered at Merit Badge Mania.

    Thank You

    • Pete Simpson says:

      The prerequisite requirements at the bottom of this post must be completed by the Scout before the event.

  2. Henry C says:

    Which merit badges require an overnight stay? I’m assuming Astronomy and Wilderness Survival, right? Do they require both Friday and Saturday night?
    Which merit badges can be completed by attending Saturday 7am-5pm?
    Thank you.

  3. Cathlin Hidalgo-Polvani says:

    Is there a packing list for the weekend? Assume 10s and toiletries, but what about tents, sleeping bags, etc.

    • Pete Simpson says:

      There is not a special packing list, but you should bring everything you need to camp, including a sleeping bag and tent.

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