2019 Scouts BSA Merit Badge Fair
June 1, 8 or 9, 2019
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Clark's Trading Post in Lincoln, NH will be hosting three Merit Badge Fair days in June. We have talented Merit Badge Counselors that are specialized in Railroading, Mammal Study, Environmental Science, Music, Coin Collecting and Geology. Each day we will offer three different badges. All three badges can be completed in one day; as long as the prerequisite work has been completed adequately. After each presentation, the counselors will sign blue cards for Scouts who have attended and successfully completed all prerequisite work. This event does sell out, so book early.
REGISTRATION - Registration is online only and must be received by May 20, 2019 to participate. Full payment is required by credit card at the time of registration.. Scouts are able to register independently or with their entire Troop for the Merit Badge Fair. We recommend Scouts (especially younger scouts) attend no more than two Merit Badge presentations in one day.
COST - The cost is $20 per person, which includes both the Merit Badge Fair and entrance into the Clark's Trading Post Theme Park. Your ticket includes all rides and all shows, plus presentations. (There is an additional $8 fee per Scout participating in the Geology badge and $15 fee for coin collecting).
FAMILY MEMBERS - The Scout's family is welcome to visit Clark's as well, but only Scouts and Troop Leaders are allowed into the presentations. Family members ages 4 and above will receive the $20 rate per person but they must be included in the registration. If additional family members want tickets after May 20, 2019, they will pay full price at the Railroad Station; which opens at 10:00.
CHECK-IN - Meet at the Anaconda Escape (water raft ride) Gate from 9:30-10:30 for check-in. At that time, your scouts will turn in their prerequisite work, pick up tickets and receive a hand stamp that allows you to come and go from the park during the day. Should you be arriving later than 10:30 please go to the railroad station for check-in.
BLUE CARDS - The blue cards need to be signed in advance by your Scoutmaster and neatly filled out for each presentation you are taking. This includes the Scout's name, troop number, address and badge name on all three sections of the blue card. Simply attending a presentation does not mean a blue card will be signed. Scouts must complete prerequisite work, participate in discussions and activities and meet the requirements.
PREREQUISITES - Print the worksheet for each Merit Badge you wish to participate in by going to www.meritbadge.org. Complete the perquisites listed in the course description. Bring your worksheet, workbook, and pencils with you. If you completed prerequisite work that cannot be brought with you, please bring a photograph of the work you did. If multiple Scouts worked on a project, have each Scout submit a photograph with their work.
INCOMPLETE WORK - If a Scout is unable to complete all the prerequisite work by the day of the Merit Badge Fair, they will receive partial credit for the requirements fulfilled by the presentation. If the prerequisite work did not have enough content, the counselor will make notes for the Scout to correct. The Scout can mail improved or completed work along with their blue card to Clark's Trading Post with a self addressed stamped envelope. We will have the counselor look over your work and sign if complete.
Clark's Trading Post
Attention: Anne Englert
PO Box 1
Lincoln, NH 03251
SUPPLIES - Bring pencils, paper, Merit badge book, Merit Badge Work Sheet and a smile. For Scouts taking the Geology presentation there is an additional $8 fee per person for supplies. Geology Scouts must also bring a notebook with at least 15 pages to record rocks and minerals. For the Coin Collecting Badge, there is an additional $15 fee. Scouts please put your coins in a zip lock or other secure container with your name on them! Your supplies will be returned to you after the class.
UNIFORM - Class 'A' uniforms are preferred for this event.
FOOD - Lunch, drinks and snacks are available for purchase at Clark's. You may also choose to bring a bagged lunch if you so desire.
QUESTIONS - If you have questions the best way to reach me is to email Anne Englert at info@ClarksTradingPost.com or call 603-745-8913 Extension 19.
June 1 or 8 from 10:30-12:00
Presented by Bob Henderson, railroad enthusiast and locomotive engineer for over 30 years. You will learn about railroad safety, signs and signals. During a walking tour discover the history of our railroad equipment including locomotives (both running and on display), a unique railbus and an authentic railroad covered bridge. The session will conclude with a ride on the White Mountain Central Railroad departing at 11:30. Scounts can be joined by family members for the train ride. This presentation will fulfill requirements 4, 5, 6, 7 & 8b1 & 8b2 for the Scouts BSA Railroading merit badge. Please complete requirements 1, 2, and 3 as prerequisites so the merit badge counselor can sign off on your blue card.
June 9 from 1:00-2:00
Presented by Murray Clark, bear trainer and bear keeper at Clark's Trading Post and Nadine Nutt, Merit Badge Counselor. The bear keeper will cover information on the life cycle of both our captive bears and wild bears. They will discuss age, diet, habitat and birth of the black bears. This presentation will fulfill requirements 1, 2 & 4c for the Scouts BSA Mammal Study merit badge. Please complete requirements 3 & 5 as prerequisites so the merit badge counselor can sign off on your blue card. The Scouts will be able to enjoy the 30-minute bear show at either 12:00 or 3:00.
June 8 3:00-4:30 or June 9 10:30-12:00
Presented by Christopher Englert, Marine Geologist and Hydrographer. This presentation is tailored to meet the Mineral Resources Option of the geology badge requirements listed on Scouts BSAs of America website (scouting.org). This presentation will have a hands-on portion sorting gemstones using a panning sluice. Each scout will leave with a collection of rocks and minerals. A notebook with at least 15 lined pages is required for recording the collection. Concepts introduced include general geology-based terminology, scales of hardness, and geology career opportunities. This presentation will fulfill Scouts BSA Geology requirements 1, 3, 4a, 5c1, 5c2, 5c3, and 5c4. Please complete requirements 2 and 5c5 as prerequisites so the merit badge counselor can sign off on your blue card. There is an additional fee of $8 per person for the geology presentation for gemstone supplies.
June 1 - 1:00-2:30 or June 9 - 3:00-4:30
Presented by Sylvia Clark, Project Manager at Stonecipher & Clark Environmental Solutions, a local environmental consulting business that specializes in environmental assessments, cleanups, compliance & permitting, underground storage tank removals, and visible emissions testing. This presentation will fulfill Scouts BSA requirements 3a, 3b, 3c, 3d, 3e, 3f, 3g, 5 and 6 for the Environmental Science merit badge. Please complete requirements 1, 2 & 4 as prerequisites so the merit badge counselor can sign off on your blue card.
June 8 - 1:30-2:30
Presented by Sky Bartlett and members of the Rhythm Bones Society. Scouts will learn about an instrument that dates back as far as recorded civilization! Although initially made from actual rib bones, most modern-day rhythm bones are made from wood and played in a similar fashion to the spoons. Each Scout will have the opportunity to make a set of rhythm bones, learn to play the instrument, and attend a show featuring bones players from around the country! Scouts will be able to participate in a live concert at Clark's with the Rhythm Bones Society players as a part of the badge requirement. You will be thrilled to the BONES! This presentation will fulfill requirements 1, 3a, 4c & 5 for the Scouts BSA Music merit badge. Please complete requirements 2 and 3b as prerequisites so the merit badge counselor can sign off on your blue card.
** ONLY 20 spots available**
June 1 - 3:00-4:30
Presented by Ellie Harvey and Chris Lavoie from Littleton Coin Company in Littleton, New Hampshire. You will learn about the exciting hobby of coin collecting. During the presentation you will be able to look at and handle coins from the United States and all over the world! Each participating Scout will leave the event with a collector quality folder, 50 coins from over 40 countries, several booklets for coin collecting, a magnifier, coin pouch and more. This hands-on presentation is tailored to meet requirements 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 8, and 9a for the Scouts BSAs Coin Collecting Badge. Please complete requirements 6, 7 and 10b at home prior to the event. For requirements 6 & 7 Scouts need to have their coins in a container or zip lock bag with their name and troop number. There is an additional fee of $15 per person for coin collecting supplies.
Special discounts around the park for Scouts in uniform.
Campgrounds within ten miles of Clark's Trading Post:
Country Bumpkins: Lincoln, NH 603-745-8837
Lost Valley Campground: North Woodstock, NH 603-745-8321
Maple Haven Campground: North Woodstock, NH 603-745-3350
Waterrest Campground: Woodstock, NH 603-745-2586
Woodstock KOA Campground: Woodstock, NH 603-745-8008
White Mountain National Forest Campgrounds:
Wildwood: Easton, NH
Hancock: Lincoln, NH
Big Rock: Lincoln, NH
NH State Park Campgrounds:
Lafayette Place: Franconia, NH
Cannon Mountain RV Park: Franconia, NH
Clark's Trading Post
PO Box 1
110 Daniel Webster Highway
Lincoln, NH 03251