AquilaNegra2 wrote:Just curious, Life, since one of mine has expressed the same interest. How does he have time for all of these? ...
Mine set this goal early on. If you start on your 11th b-day, you have 7 years. That is 17.28 MBs each year, or 1.44 each month.
A motivated boy can earn 5-7 at summer camp. He does 3 every year at the BYU/UVU MB PowWow in November. 3-5 in January at our district MB Shindig. I usually find 2 or 3 neighboring disticts or councils that are running MB events in the early spring (usually 3-4 MBs for each event). I even found a church group that arranges MB classes all summer long (most taught an hour a day for a week. Different classes taught each week.) The Community Education program run by your school district will often offer some MB classes as well.
There are plenty of local clubs/groups/businesses that will sponsor MB classes. Astronomy at the Planetarium; Insect Study and Bird Study at the Zoo (some will also do Mammal study and Reptile & Amphibian Study, but not ours); Swimming, Lifesaving, Canoeing, and 1st Aid at the local pool; Climbing at local climbing clubs/gyms; Radio with the local ham radio club (especially the 3rd weekend of October when the international scout division sponsors Jamboree On The Air); Fire Safety, First Aid, and Emergency Preparedness at the fire station; Public Health and First Aid at the clinic or hospital; Oceanography at the aquarium; shooting sports at the gun club; fishing and fly fishing at the outdoor supply stores or an outfitters; Canoeing, Whitewater, Hiking, and Climbing with outfitters; Crime Prevention, Fingerprinting, Safety, and Traffic Safety with your police; Art, Pottery, and Sculpture at art studios; Soil and Water Conservation and Landscape Architecture with the local water conservancy district; skating at the local rink; Golf at the country club; etc.; etc.. Depending on your area your State or National Park Service may be able to help with Environmental Science, Forestry, Soil & Water Conservation, Oceanography, Geology, Archeaology, Mammal Study, Bird Study, Insect Study, Reptile & Amphibian Study, Nature, Fish & Wildlife Management, Fishing, Fly Fishing, etc.
There are several that could probably be covered in school classes if the teachers are aware of the requirements. Personal Fitness, Sports, and Athletics in PE; Reading in English; Chemistry, Geology, and Engineering in Science; Citizenships in History (World History->CitWorld, US History->CitNat, State/Local History->CitComm); Art, Pottery, and Sculpture in the Art Department; etc.; Depending on the school, I've also seen classes that would cover Photography, Journalism, Traffic Safety, Cooking, Music, Bugling, Theater, Cinematography, American Business, Public Speaking, etc. Any student who keeps up his grades and doesn't have behavior problems should be able to get his teacher and principle to sign that he has completed Scholarship.
Some of the extra-cirriculars that you are dropping can also be good badge earning opportunities: Horsemanship and Animal Science in FFA; Chemistry, Geology, and Engineering in science clubs; Personal Fitness, Sports, and Athletics in the sports programs; Music & Bugling in Band or Choir; Public Speaking in Debate; Theater and/or Cinematography with the school play; etc.
All of that without ever doing MBs at troop meeting or on troop outings. (Not that I am advocating a plan of never doing MB work with the troop.)