- Does my child need to wear his full uniform?
- Are parents allowed to be inside the class during the workshop?
- Will my son get his belt loop/pin/merit badge at the workshop?
- Are there any prerequisites/work to be done at home, or will my son earn a partial?
- What would happen if my son shows up with an incomplete merit badge worksheet?
- Does my son need to bring his own blue card to the workshop?
- Am I allowed to be inside the CMSC for free while my son is in the workshop?
1. Does my child need to wear his full uniform?
No he does not. The full Boy/Cub Scout uniform is not mandatory, but is encouraged.
2. Are parents allowed to be inside the class during the workshop?
No, parents are not allowed inside the classroom while the workshop is going on. If a whole troop has registered for a workshop (10 or more scouts), or has booked their own private workshop (10 or more scouts), ONE scout leader is allowed to be inside the classroom (a second leader is allowed if there are 20 kids from one single troop). We want to avoid overcrowding the classroom, and we also want to avoid any distractions that may take away from the child’s experience.
3. Will my son get his belt loop/pin at the workshop?
No, if a Cub Scout has completed all requirements, he will receive a certificate indicating that he has completed all requirements. Scouts should take certificate to their Scoutmaster, who can then order the belt loop/pin for the scout. For Boy Scouts, the Merit Badge Counselor will sign off in all appropriate areas of the scout’s blue card, which can then be taken to their Scoutmaster who can then order the merit badge.
4. Are there any prerequisites, or will my son earn a partial?
No partials will be handed out For Cub Scouts. Belt loops/pins will be completed here at the CMSC.
Tigers do have one prerequisite for their “Sky is the Limit” belt loop. Tiger scouts must go outside at least one night prior to attending the workshop (does not need to be the night exactly before workshop) and observe what they see in the sky. Write down or draw what they see. Scouts will have to talk about what they saw during the workshop.
Bears, Wolves, and Webelos do not have any prerequisites
Please complete requirements 1,2,3,6, and 7 in the Robotics Merit Badge worksheet that was sent to you during registration. Requirements 4 and 5 will be done in class. The workshop focuses on the hands-on interaction with the robots, and all work related to that will be done in the workshop. All other research-based requirements must be done at home.
5. What would happen if my son shows up with an incomplete merit badge worksheet/prerequisites?
If a scout shows up with an incomplete merit badge worksheet, they will not be allowed to participate in the workshop. A refund will not be given in this case. We will not be giving out partials; the merit badge/belt loop/pin must be completed by the end of the workshop. Because our merit badge counselors will not be covering any of the prerequisites during the workshops, scouts will not have an opportunity to work on them.
6. Does my son need to bring a blue card to the workshop?
Yes, each scout should bring a blue card signed by their Scoutmaster to the workshop (Boy Scouts, not Cub Scouts), with their name and info already included. The dates each scout completed the prerequisites should be indicated (with the identification number of the prerequisite requirement also written) in the table on the back of the blue card. The Merit Badge Counselor will look over the worksheet and initial all requirements on the table if completed.
7. Am I allowed to be inside the CMSC for free while my son is in the workshop?
If the workshop is scheduled during non-operational hours (outside of 10:00am-5:00pm), yes parents are allowed to be inside the CMSC free of charge. However, exhibits will not be turned on. If the workshop is scheduled while we are open to the public (10:00am-5:00pm Tuesday-Saturday), parents and any other family member are required to pay the normal $5 admission fee.