MERIT BADGE CLASSES 2024

Merit Badge Classes for 2024 are open!

Each class will have a merit badge counselor that will guide scouts through the merit badge to completion.  Some classes require the Scout to follow up with the Merit Badge counselor after the class has concluded.  

REGISTRATION INSTRUCTIONS:

Select the number of youth you are registering and then click on the green "Register" button.

Enter the PARENT information in the REGISTRATION CONTACT section, and the SCOUT'S information in the the Scouts BSA Youth section.  

Select the Check Out Now tab, and complete payment for the course.

American Cultures

The United States is a nation of immigrants. Every person came to America from somewhere else—or their ancestors did—and understanding these various cultural backgrounds can help Scouts to live in harmony with others in our varied and increasingly multicultural society.

Thursday Feb. 22, 2024, 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM

Thursday Mar. 14, 2024, 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM

Attendance at both sessions is required to complete the badge.

Cost: $25.00 per youth. 

Registration is limited to 10 Scouts.

Both sessions will be held at the Patriots’ Path Council Service Center, 1 Saddle Road, Cedar Knolls NJ 07927

Michael Redmond will be the counselor for this merit badge.

Astronomy

Attendance at all three sessions is required to complete this merit badge.

Tuesday, February 6, 2024 - 5:00 PM to 7:30 PM

Tuesday, February 20, 2024 - 5:00 PM to 7:30 PM

Tuesday, March 5, 2024 - 5:00 PM to 7:30 PM

Cost: $25.00 per participant.

Registration limited to 8 scouts.

Kevin B. Alton, author of over 50 papers on variable stars and asteroids, will be the merit badge counselor for this program.

All sessions will be held at the PPC Service Center, 1 Saddle Road, Cedar Knolls, NJ 07927.

Chess Merit Badge and Open Chess Session

Saturday, March 9, 2024 - 10:30 AM to 2:30 PM

Scouts can select either a Chess Merit Badge or participate in Open Chess Session.  Please select at check out.

Cost: $15.00 per youth. Lunch is included (pizza and a soft drink) for both options.

Scouts must know how to play chess to participate in the Chess Merit Badge Class.

The PPC Chess Club will run the Open Chess Session, you can learn chess, play chess, and improve your chess skills. 

Tom Andrea will be the merit badge counselor for this program.

Session will be held at the PPC Service Center, 1 Saddle Road, Cedar Knolls, NJ 07927.


Crime Prevention

This merit badge is offered as a two-session program on Monday evenings at Camp Somers.

Program dates:

Monday Apr. 22, 2024 - 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM.

Monday May 6, 2024 - 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM.

Attendance at both sessions is required to complete the badge.

Cost: $25.00 per youth.

Registration is limited to 10 Scouts.

Both sessions will be held at the Tuney Lodge, Camp Somers MASR 750 Waterloo Road, Stanhope NJ.

Archer Jones will be the counselor for this merit badge.

Dentistry

Monday, January 22, 2024 - 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM

Saturday, February 3, 2024 - 9:00 AM to 11:00 AM- OPTIONAL field trip to a dentist office to cover some of the requirements.

Monday, February 12, 2024 - 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM

Cost: $25.00 per youth.

Registration is limited to 10 Scouts.

Field trip location is 438 Springfield Avenue, Berkley Heights, NJ.

Both sessions held at the PPC Service Center, 1 Saddle Road, Cedar Knolls, NJ 07927.

Meg Caponegro, RHD will be the merit badge counselor for this program.   

Electronics 

Saturday, April 20, 2024 - 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM

This is a one day class.

Scouts will recieve a kit and build a working circuit board as part of this program.

Cost: $40.00 per youth.

Registration is limited to 10 Scouts. 

Jeff Wrinkler will be the merit badge counselor for this program.

Both sessions held at Winnebago Scout Reservation, 102 Timberbrook Rd, Rockaway NJ 07866.

Emergency Preparedness

Prerequisite – Scouts must have earned the First Aid 

Tuesday Feb. 27, 2024 - 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM 

Tuesday Mar. 19, 2024 - 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM

Tuesday Apr. 16, 2024 - 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM 

 Attendance at all sessions is required to complete this merit badge.

Cost: $25.00 per youth.

Registration is limited to 10 Scouts. 

All sessions held at PPC Service Center, 1 Saddle Road, Cedar Knolls, NJ 07927.

Stacey Riggert will be the merit badge counselor for this program.

Family Life

Saturday, February 17, 2024 - 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM

Saturday, March 2, 2024 - 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM

*Saturday, June 8, 2024 - 10:00 AM Tentative date for third meeting.

Attendance at all sessions is required to complete the merit badge. 

Cost: $25.00 per youth.

Registration is limited to 10 Scouts. 

Barbara DeRenzo will be the merit badge counselor for this program.

All sessions held at Camp Somers MASR, 750 Stanhope Rd, NJ.

Metalwork 

Tuesday, April 9, 2024 - 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM

Tuesday, April 23, 2024 - 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM

Attendance at both sessions required to complete merit badge.

Cost: $40 per youth.

Registration is limited to 8 Scouts.

Both sessions will be held at Winnebago Scout Reservation, Handicraft Pavilion, 102 Timberbrook Rd, Rockaway, NJ 07866.

Charlie Sonzogni will be the merit badge counselor for this program. 

*Consider piggybacking with Welding MB held on May 7th & 21st.


Personal Fitness 

Thursday, February 15, 2024 -7:00 PM to 9:00 PM

Thursday, February 29, 2024- 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM

Thursday, June 6, 2024- 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM

Third meeting is completion of approved 90 day personal fitness plan.

Attendance at all sessions is required to complete the badge.

Cost: $25.00 per youth.

Registration limited to 15 scouts.

Colleen Brady will be the merit badge counselor for this program.

Both sessions will be held at the PPC Service Center, 1 Saddle Road, Cedar Knolls, NJ 07927.

Personal Management

Tuesday, January 30, 2024 - 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM

Tuesday, February 13, 2024 - 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM

Tuesday, June 4, 2024 - 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM

Scouts must complete 90 day program before third meeting with merit badge counselor to complete the merit badge.

Cost: $25.00 per youth.

Registration limited to 10 scouts.

Jay DeBoey will be the merit badge counselor for this program.

Both sessions will be held at the PPC Service Center, 1 Saddle Road, Cedar Knolls, NJ 07927.

Plumbing


Wednesday April 10, 2024 - 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM.

Wednesday April 24, 2024 - 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM.

Attendance at both sessions is required to complete the merit badge.

Scouts will learn basics of plumbing, cutting pipe, sweating pipe, and repairing fixtures.

Both sessions will be held at Winnebago Scout Reservations, Flintlocks Building, 102 Timberbrook Rd, Rockaway, NJ 

Cost: $25.00 per youth.

Registration is limited to 10 Scouts.

Jim Coffaro will be the merit badge counselor for this program.


Programming

*Scouts must complete the 'Cyberchip' prior to the first meeting.

Tuesday, March 5, 2024 - 7:30 PM to 9:00 PM

Tuesday, March 19, 2024 - 7:30 PM to 9:00 PM

Attendance at both sessions is required to complete the badge.

Cost: $25.00 per youth.

Scouts will need a personal laptop to participate in the merit badge activity.

Registration limited to 6 scouts.

Naved Surve will be the merit badge counselor for this program.

Both sessions will be held at the PPC Service Center, 1 Saddle Road, Cedar Knolls, NJ 07927.

Welding

Tuesday, May 7, 2024 - 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM

Tuesday, May 21, 2024 - 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM

Attendance at both sessions is required to complete the merit badge.

Cost: $40.00 per participant.

Registration is limited to 8 scouts.

Both sessions will be held at Winnebago Scout Reservation, 102 Timberbrook Rd, Rockaway, NJ 07866.

Consider piggybacking this merit badge with Metalwork, which will be held on April 10th and 23rd, at the same location.

Charlie Sonzogni will be the merit badge counselor for this program.


Aviation- pending

Attendance at all session is required to complete the merit badge.

Cost: $25.00 per participant.

Registration is limited to 10 scouts.

Robert Staab will be the merit badge counselor for this program.

Wednesday sessions will be held at the PPC Service Center, 1 Saddle Road, Cedar Knolls, NJ 07927.

The Saturday session will be held at the Morristown Airport.


Climbing - pending

Attendance at both sessions is required to complete the merit badge.

Cost: $50.00 per youth.

Registration limited to 18 Scouts.

*Bring water, lunch, and snacks as necessary for Saturday session.

This program will begin at the COPE Pavilion and move to the climbing wall on the rockface at Camp Somers, MASR, 750 Waterloo Rd, Stanhope, NJ.

Emily Locke is the lead counselor for this merit badge.

Digital Technology

*Scouts must complete the 'Cyberchip' prior to the first meeting.

Tuesday, February 6, 2024 - 7:30 PM to 9:00 PM

Tuesday, February 20, 2024 - 7:30 PM to 9:00 PM

Attendance at both sessions is required to complete the merit badge. 

Scouts will need a personal laptop to participate in this merit badge activity.

Cost: $25.00 per youth.

Registration is limited to 6 Scouts. 

Naved Surve will be the merit badge counselor for this program.

All sessions held at the PPC Service Center,  Rufalo Room, 1 Saddle Road, Cedar Knolls, NJ 07927.

Electricity - pending

Attendance at both sessions is required to complete the merit badge. 

Cost: $25.00 per youth.

Registration is limited to 10 Scouts. 

The merit badge counselor for this program will be Shaun Poland.

Both sessions held at Tuney Lodge, Camp Somers MASR, 750 Waterloo Rd, Stanhope, NJ.

Engineering 

Thursday, February 8, 2024 - 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM

Thursday, Februay 22, 2024 - 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM

Attendance at both sessions is required to complete the merit badge. 

Cost: $25.00 per youth.

Registration is limited to 10 Scouts. 

John Bittner will be the merit badge counselor for this program.

All sessions held at PPC Service Center,  Rufalo Room, 1 Saddle Road, Cedar Knolls, NJ 07927

Environmental Science - pending

Program Dates: 

Attendance at all three sessions is required to complete the merit badge.

Cost: $25.00 per youth.

Registration is limited to 10 Scouts.

FIRST session will be at the PPC Service Center, 1 Saddle Road, Cedar Knolls.

Saturday field sessions are held at Troy Meadows Wildlife Sanctuary, 250 Troy Meadows Rd, Parsippany.

Len Fariello will be the merit badge counselor for this program.


Exploration - pending

Attendance at both sessions is required to complete the merit badge. 

Cost: $25.00 per youth.

Registration is limited to 10 Scouts. 

Jay DeBoey will be the merit badge counselor for this program.

All sessions held at Camp Somers MASR, 750 Stanhope Rd, NJ.

First Aid - pending

Sunday, January 14, 2024 - 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM

Sunday, January 28, 2024

Attendance at both sessions is required to complete the merit badge. 

Cost: $25.00 per youth.

Registration is limited to 10 Scouts. 

Katie Reidmiller will be the merit badge counselor for this program.

All sessions held at Tuney Lodge, Camp Somers MASR, 750 Waterloo Rd, Stanhope, NJ.

Forestry - pending

Attendance at both sessions is required to complete the merit badge.

Cost: $25.00 per youth.

Registration is limited to 15 Scouts.

First session via ZOOM (instructions will be emailed to you prior to session), second session at Winnebago Scout Reservation, 102 Timberbrook Rd, Rockaway NJ.

Geoff Zoeller will be the counselor for this merit badge. 


Law - pending

Attendance at both sessions required to complete merit badge.

Thursday, January 11, 2024 - 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM

Thursday, January 25, 2024 - 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM

Thursday, February 1, 2024 - 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM

Cost: $25.00 per youth.

Registration is limited to 10 Scouts.

All sessions will be held at PPC Service Center, 1 Saddle Road, Cedar Knolls.

Bob Brady will be the merit badge counselor for this program. 


Music - pending

*Scout must bring musical instrument, music stand, and music selection of their choice to the first session. 

Attendance at both sessions AND a follow up session is required to complete the merit badge.

Cost: $25.00 per youth.

Registration is limited to 10 Scouts.

All sessions will be held  in the Rufalo Room at PPC Service Center, 1 Saddle Road, Cedar Knolls.

Debbie Minenna will be the merit badge counselor for this program.

Orienteering - pending

Attendance at both sessions required to complete the merit badge. 

Cost: $25.00 per youth.

Registration is limited to 10 Scouts.

Both sessions will be held at Camp Somers, MASR, 750 Waterloo Rd, Stanhope, NJ.

Bob Brady will be the merit badge counselor.