Apalachee Advance-a-rama

New for 2023: Lunch is included with registration! Lunch is: 

1 sandwich (cheese & condiments will be on the side)

1 bag of chips

1 cookie

1 drink


The Apalachee Advance-A-Rama is an annual one day Merit Badge clinic designed to help and encourage Scout advancement. 

Classes offered:

  • Camping (Pre-req: 4B, 5E, 7, 8, 9)
  • Citizenhip in the Community (Pre-req: 3, 5, 7, 8)
  • Citizenship in the Nation (Pre-req: 2, 3 ,8)
  • Citizenship in the World
  • Communication (Pre-req: 3 & 6 to be presented in class; 5, 7, 8 outside of class)
  • Electricity (Pre-req: 2, 8, 9)
  • Electronics (Pre-req: 6)
  • Emergency Preparedness (Pre-req: 1, 2C, 8B)
  • Environmental Science
  • Family Life (Pre-req: 3, 4, 5, 6B)
  • First Aid (Pre-req: 1, 5A, 5B, 7B)
  • Law (Pre-req: 6a, 7)
  • Music (Pre-req: 1, 3)
  • New Scout Jump Start
  • Personal Fitness (Pre-req: 1 "bring Med form Part C", 6, 7 ,8)
  • Personal Management (Pre-req: 1, 2, 8, 9, 10)
  • Radio
  • Robotics
  • Scouting Heritage (Pre-req: 5, 6, 8)
  • Signs, Signals, and Codes
  • Wilderness Survival (Pre-req: 5, 6, 8)


Note that pre-reqs simply means these items must be completed outside of class and a record brought in to be signed off in order to finish the MB that day. Not all merit badges will be completed that day. Some will require work before or after.

New Scout Jump Start: This is not a merit badge class, but a program to help new scouts learn the skills for a number of requirements for Tenderfoot/Second Class/First Class ranks in the areas of: Scout Basics/Citizenship/Leadership, Knots, Lashings, Camping/Outdoor Ethics, Cooking, First Aid. Scouts will be expected to sign off on those requirements in their home unit.


Advancement Records: Note that we will be using Tentaroo for capturing advancement records. Requirements that are completed in class will be notated on a roster and input into Tentaroo where a "blue card" completion report can be printed. This will take 1-2 weeks following the event. Additionally, scouts can bring evidence of requirements completed outside of class and discuss with their counselor. If a scout wishes a physical blue card to be signed, they must bring that to class and present to the counselor at the start of class. Blank blue cards will also be available for purchase at the concession area.


Unit On-site Contact: Each unit is required to designate at least one registered adult leader who is responsible for check-in and check-out for all Scouts from their unit the day of the Advance-A-Rama. The On-site Contact is required to remain on site with their Scouts, helping to maintain two deep leadership throughout the event.


Dress: Generally, dress is expected to be "Class A" Field Activity Uniform. No scout will be denied entrance for lack of uniform, however, and we understand (particularly in New Scout Jump Start) that new scouts may not yet have acquired a full uniform. The merit badge sash may also be worn (optional). We will comply with Gwinnett County Public Schools protocols for masks - please be prepared and bring a mask with you.


Supplies: Scouts should bring a paper/pencil and water bottle. Merit Badge pamphlets help to prepare for the class, and are available online at: https://www.scoutshop.org/books/for-scouts/merit-badge-pamphlets.html or at one of the NEGA Council Scout Stores in Jefferson or Lawrenceville. Go to www.nega-bsa.org for directions or call 770-962-2105. Limited quantities of pamphlets and blue cards will be available for sale at the concession stand. Scouts may also benefit from bringing a merit badge workbook (such as available on http://usscouts.org/mb/worksheets/) to organize their notes during class, but this is a recommendation and not a requirement.


Code of Conduct: The Scout Oath, the Scout Law, and the Outdoor Code will be the required code of conduct at the Advance-A-Rama. A Scout whose conduct is not consistent with this code will be directed to report to his Unit leaders immediately. Adequate adult supervision is the responsibility of each participating unit, and all leaders are expected to support disciplinary actions deemed necessary by the counselors or event coordinators.


Registration Notes

If you do not close out your shopping cart and pay, your registration will not be completed and you will NOT have a reserved class seat. We can not make adjustments to full classes to accomodate errors. Please make sure you complete the process.
After checking out with multiple scouts, you MUST print your unit roster from the "Reports" button. If you make class changes or add/ delete scouts later, reprint a new one. Bring this roster to the event to help your scouts find the right class.


Event Day Schedule:

7:00 - 8:30 am Registration and Check-ins (walk in registration closes at 8:30 am for flags)

7:00 - 8:00 am - Merit Badge Counselor Check-in

7:30 - 8:30 am - Scout arrival in the commons area (cafeteria)

8:30 am - Assemble for Flags

8:40 am - Opening Ceremonies

9:00 -11:45 - Morning Class Sessions

11:45 - 12:30 pm - Lunch in Commons Area

12:30 - 3:00 pm - Afternoon Class Sessions

3:00 pm - Dismiss to Commons area for departures (note that some scouts may take longer to return if they are getting blue cards signed)