U of I Merit Badge University

U of I Merit Badge University

March 6th, 2010
Start Time : 8:30 AM
End Time : 3:30 PM

December 10, 2009

Dear Scoutmaster,
Alpha Phi Omega is a national co-ed service fraternity founded in 1925 on the principles of Scouting. Keeping with our Scouting heritage and spirit of service, the chapter hosts youth achievement days every year. Last year, our chapter served over 1000 youth from the Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts in two separate events. This year, we hope to continue these traditions and bring more university resources together. At each of our workshops, boys will try and complete as many requirements for their badge of choice as possible during the allotted time, while still giving each requirement the time it deserves.

This year’s workshop choices include:
Citizenship in the Nation
Citizenship in the World
Disability Awareness
Emergency Preparedness*
Environmental Science
First Aid
Public Health
Public Speaking
Space Exploration
*Requires the completion of First Aid to be enrolled

A brother of Alpha Phi Omega or a community member will be teaching each badge. APO will also be providing the yellow cards (takes the place of the blue card) for each workshop. Merit Badge University will be held on Saturday, March 6th.

The schedule is as follows:
8:30 AM – 9:15 AM Check-In (If needed)
9:15 AM – 9:30 AM Arrive in Class Rooms
9:30 AM – 12 noon Scout Class
12 noon – 1 PM Lunch**
1 PM – 3:30 PM Scout Class

**PLEASE NOTE: Scouts are responsible for lunch on their own, and will be released directly from class. Please make appropriate arrangements for meeting as a troop in advance. A list of area eating establishments will be made available when you check-in at the event. There will also be facilitates available to sit and eat if your troop chooses to bring lunch, but there is to be no food or drink in the University buildings. If your troop will be traveling to Iowa City the night before or staying the night after and would like a recommendation for a hotel, please contact us.

This year because all of the classes will take place in either the English and Philosophy Building or the Adler Journalism Building on campus we will not be holding an opening ceremony. Instead the students will just check in to their rooms directly. If you need to make any changes to your group registration or have any questions I will be available to help during Check-In.
This year we will once again be offering free adult leader training. Pre-registration is required for adult sessions so that enough materials can be provided. Maximum class size will be 20-25 depending on the classroom. Bruce Dolder is in charge of adult leadership training and he can be contacted at Bruce.Dolder@gmail.com.

This year we will continue to be using the website www.meritbadge.info to sign up for both adult and scout classes. In order to sign up for our event you first need to click on enter registration system, by clicking on that a new page will appear that will show all of the events that are available. In the upper right hand of the new page there is the option to register new users. If you are new to the website you must sign up as a troop leader, in order to register your scouts. Once you are registered you are able to sign up for the event. Our event is entitled “APO MBU at the University of Iowa”, and the adult classes will be under “Adult Training @ MBU at the University of Iowa”.
You do need to sign up for the adult classes separately from the scout classes.

This year we will be trying to offer the opportunity for participants to complete prerequisites. The prerequisites will be listed on meritbadge.info and I will send out the procedure for how I want scout leaders to submit those after February 22nd.

Registration fee is $8.00 per Scout for payment postmarked before or on February 15th and $16 after. The fee includes all supplies needed for the classes and a participation patch for each Scout. Registrations after February 22nd will not be accepted.
Make checks payable to Alpha Phi Omega, Omicron Chapter. Even though the registration is online the checks still need to be mailed. If I do not receive your payment by March 26th I will remove scouts from classes to make room for other scouts. Please send the payment and a copy of your registration to
Sammy Ryan
VP of SAYS APO Omicron
2525 Hunters Ridge Rd.
Marion IA 52302

Please remember that this is a Boy Scout event and we ask that each troop provide 2 adults to follow Youth Protection Guidelines (troops who do not follow these guidelines might not be asked to return in the future). After your registration is received and processed, we will be sending a confirmation along with each Scout’s workshop assignment, important updates and other useful information. If changes need to be made in registration numbers, please contact me immediately, but changes cannot be guaranteed due to the sheer volume of Scouts. Changes will NOT be made simply because a Scout does not like which workshop they were assigned.
We look forward to seeing you and your troop on March 6th! Please feel free contact me through email with any questions or concerns.

Yours in Leadership, Fellowship, and Service,
Sammy Ryan
Vice President of Scouting and Youth Services
Alpha Phi Omega, Omicron Chapter
University of Iowa
Email: aposcout@hotmail.com

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