2016 Merit Badge College

This year’s Merit Badge College will be held on March 11-13, 2016, at Barbara Goleman Senior High School located at 14100 NW 89th Ave, Miami Lakes, FL 33018. This is a great opportunity to work on 3 to 5 badges needed for advancement. Scouts below the rank of First Class have access to the Five Arrows Advancement Program as well as some Merit Badge classes.


At the moment we are not planning to camp out, but rather show up at 7:45 a.m. on Saturday morning to start our classes till 6 p.m., then go home and come back the next morning at 7:30 a.m. Depending when on your son’s class schedule.


Cost will be $30 per Scout.

If your son is planning on going, send over the registration information to Athena Pang.


Worksheet for Scheduling Scouts




Biking Merit Badge

Our next biking merit badge ride will be this Sunday, November 8th.  This ride is not recreational and is only for those scouts working on the merit badge.  We will be keeping a healthy pace as a group and all riders need to be able to keep up.  We can not have big gaps in the riders as this creates an unsafe situation on such a long ride, especially since will be have some road crossings.  We will be starting at 8:00pm.  Please be there a few minutes early to check your tire pressure and bike gears.  We will be meeting at Larry and Penny Thompson Park in the parking lot in front of the lake pavilion.  See the below map.  Also below is the remaining biking dates for merit badge.  Bike helmets and water bottles are mandatory to participate.  Also make sure that you have a spare inner tube, tools, pump and patches in case of a flat tire, basically “be prepared”.

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Upcoming biking merit badge days

November 21st – 25 miles – 8:00am/location tbd – (open only to those scouts working on the biking merit badge)
December 5th – 50 miles – 7:00pm/meeting at Chapman field right off of Old Cutler Road –  (open only to those scouts working on the biking merit badge)

Scouts, former Scouts can earn cash in Bill of Rights Institute essay contest


The Boy Scouts of America, the Constitution and the Declaration of Independence form a terrific trio.

So it’s no surprise, really, that the nonprofit Bill of Rights Institute holds an essay contest each year that’s just for Scouts. Well, and former Scouts.

Current and former Scouts, age 14 to 19, can write a short essay (800 words or fewer) for a chance to win $1,000 for themselves and $500 for their Scout unit.

The facts are these:

Who’s eligible: The contest is open to U.S. citizens or legal residents who are current or former Boy Scouts at least 14 years old but no older than 19.

How to enter: Answer one short essay question on the ideas of the Constitution and the Declaration of Independence.

Deadline: Jan. 30, 2015

Prizes: The Bill of Rights Institute will award three prizes:

  • One Grand Prize: $1,000 for the Scout and $500 for his Scout unit
  • Two Honorable Mentions: $500 for the Scout and $250 for his Scout unit

Apply online and get more details: At this link.