Scouts-L Mail Archive for November of 1998: Re: PSU MBJ (MBU program at University of Colorado)
Re: PSU MBJ (MBU program at University of Colorado)
Mon, 23 Nov 1998 18:30:15 -0500
Craig, et al,
Alpha Phi Omega/Venturing Crew 492 at the University of Colorado at Boulder
has been conducting a Merit Badge University once each semester since
1995. We currently offer about 30 merit badges, and about 10 adult leader
training and Scout/Leader training courses with related interest, similar
to a "University of Scouting" curriculum. Non-merit badge courses include,
Red Cross Community First Aid and Personal Safety/CPR, Youth Protection,
Merit Badge Counseling seminar, Scoutmaster Fundamentals/Fast Start training,
"Scouting on the Internet" seminar, Naval and Military Career Orientation,
Aquatics Safety/Safety Afloat training, Troop Administration, High Adventure
Program Planning Seminar, etc. Our attendance has averaged around
350, but seems to grow each semester.
Our "MBU Chancellor" has developed a computerized scheduling program which
has greatly expedited the efficiency for scheduling each Scout and leader
into the classes they request. Registration is now conducted by internet
access on an interactive web page. An optional paper registration is still
available for those who do not have internet access.
Each unit is sent a paper copy of the registration information and how
to access the web page to register if they have internet access. One leader
from each unit is responsible for registering everyone in the unit for
MBU. Each applicant specifies six choices for merit badges and/or training
in order of preference. The computer attempts to schedule the applicants
primary and secondary choices, up to three, and then substitutes fourth,
fifth and sixth choices if there are conflicts or if classes are already
closed when the program runs the request for a particular individual.
If there is substantial demand
for particular classes, additional sections of the class are established to
try to meet the needs of the applicants. Signoff sessions are also provided
for Scouts who have totally completed all requirements for Personal
Safety, and Personal Fitness, and just need to have their work approved by
the counselors. Signoffs are scheduled during the lunch period from 11 am to
1 pm. Class periods run from 9-11 AM, 1-3 PM, and 3-5 PM. Some classes such
as Emergency Preparedness and First Aid are scheduled for two periods
(e.g., 1-3 and 3-5 pm). Red Cross first aid is scheduled for the whole day.
When registration closes about four to six weeks prior to the event,
are processed by computer and a hard copy personal schedule is mailed to
Scout and leader. A master schedule for all Scouts and leaders in a given
unit is also mailed to the Scoutmaster or designated
MBU coordinator for that unit. Prerequisite requirements are also sent out for
each merit badge the applicant has been scheduled for, and permission
forms are also
available on the web page as well as in hard copy for participating units.
General information, maps, etc., are available for downloading as well.
and phone contact information is provided for questions as they arise
from participants or leaders.
Similar to summer camp merit badge programs, participants names are printed
on a roster which requires a signature of the participant when class
begins, and the counselor checks off their progress as the class is
conducted. Partial completions and full completions are then transferred
to pre-printed special MBU merit badge cards which are approved for use by
and Council Advancement Committee. Completed cards are then sent to the
Scout Center for pickup or mailed upon request to the MBU coordinator or
With computerization, this process has been reduced to a very fast turnaround.
Cards are checked for accuracy manually by comparison with the original
and requirement checkoff sheets before they are sorted by unit and placed in
plastic bags to be distributed.
MBU web page can be viewed at http://ucsub.Colorado.EDU/~alphio/mbu/
The registration portion of the website was taken down after registration
closed to avoid having attempts at late registration. Exceptions are
handled on a case-by-case basis by the "MBU Chancellor."
A presentation on the MBU at the University of Colorado will be made at the
Alpha Phi Omega National Convention in Minneapolis in December for the benefit
of other chapters who may wish to set up MBU's on their campuses.
Counselors are selected from among the members of APO/Venturing Crew 492 as
as from District Merit Badge Counselors and University faculty.
Anyone wishing additional information may contact me privately.
Bob Amick, Advisory Board Chair
Gamma Theta Chapter, Alpha Phi Omega, University of Colorado at Boulder
Longs Peak Council Venturing/Exploring Training Chair