The Apalachee Advance-A-Rama is an annual one day Merit Badge clinic designed to help and encourage Scout advancement.
- American Business
- 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)
- Digital Technology
- Electronics (Pre-req: 6)
- Emergency Preparedness (Pre-req: 1, 2C, 8B)
- Environmental Science
- Family Life (Pre-req: 3, 4, 5, 6B)
- Fire Safety
- First Aid (Pre-req: 1, 5A, 5B, 7B)
- Law (Pre-req: 6a, 7)
- Mining in Society
- Music (Pre-req: 1, 3)
- Personal Fitness (Pre-req: 1 "bring Med form Part C", 6, 7 ,8)
- Personal Management (Pre-req: 1, 2, 8, 9, 10)
- Scouting Heritage (Pre-req: 5, 6, 8)
- 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.
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 Contacts: 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 Field Uniform. The merit badge sash may also be worn (optional).
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. 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.
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)