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Event Details

Event Type Merit Badge
Title Duke University Merit Badge & STEM University
Location 1308 Campus Dr., Durham, NC 27705   Show Map
Start Date Start Time Stop Date Stop Time
10/26/2019 8:00AM 10/26/2019 4:00PM
Open for Registration Last day to Register
10/10/2019   10/20/2019
(# badges a single scout can attend)
(cost to attend event)
(Who is invited)
1 $0.00 any scout who wants to attend
Council District Type Unit
Occoneechee Mawat

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Please read everything we've included in the event description. If you still have questions, contact the event manager by clicking this button.

Email Mr Todd Taft (, the Event Manager

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ActivitySessionLocationPrerequisitesMin. AgeClass FeeMax in ClassSeats AvailableCounselor 
Adult Volunteers All Day Duke training and background check. See notes.1810092 Tanner Lovelace Matt Nash MBA
Chess All Day none10220 Tom Truscott
Digital Technology All Day 1, 5bc, 6, 7c, 8, 9a, See notes10111 Mike Harris
Emergency Preparedness* All Day 1, 8b (Bring kit)10150 Bill Robbins
Engineering All Day none10100 Jennifer West
Law All Day 4, 6a, See notes1071 Chris Bagley
Radio All Day none13106 Jack Baker
Robotics All Day none10100 Marshall Massengill
Signs, Signals, and Codes All Day 710100 Janell Lovelace
Space Exploration All Day none1060 James Brown
Sponsor Information
This event is sponsored by the Duke University chapter of Alpha Phi Omega in conjunction with the Mawat District of the Occoneechee Council.  Alpha Phi Omega is a co-educational national service fraternity in the fellowship of principles derived from the Scout Oath and of the Law of the Boy Scouts of America.
We have hosted an annual merit badge day at Duke University for over a decade.  For the second year in a row, we have added BSA STEM Nova awards to expand the event from a college to a university.
Counselor Information
Please make sure that each Scout leaves with a signed card that lists requirements completed.

Please make sure your session lasts for the full scheduled period.  Scout pick-up for morning classes is noon.  Scout pick-up for afternoon classes is 4PM.
Unit Sign-up Instructions

General Information:

Fearful Symmetry is a Cub Scout Nova award and is for Cub Scouts only. Only Wolves, Bears, Webelos, and Arrow Of Light Scouts can earn Nova awards. This course ends at noon.

All other courses are merit badges and are not available to Cub Scouts. Merit badges can only be earned by registered members of troops, crews, ships, and the Scouts BSA Lone Scout program under the age of 18. All merit badge courses end at 4PM.

All Scouts must bring a signed permission slip. This is a new requirement. These will be collected at check-in.

Adults who stay for the day must register in advance and meet the requirements listed in the Adult Volunteers section.

What to Bring:

  • Paper and a pen or pencil.

  • Lunch

  • Completed Duke University permission slip (for Scouts)

  • Scouts attending merit badge sessions should bring a merit badge blue card with them.  The name of the merit badge, Scout's name and information, and unit leader signature should be completed before arrival.

Adult volunteers:

We need additional adult volunteers to hellp with record keeping, crowd control, etc.  In order to help us for BSA youth protection purposes, adults must have a current BSA youth protection training certification and be registered in a position that requires a BSA background check.  Current registration in positions that require payment of national dues (e.g. Scoutmaster, committee member, assistant den leader) or current registration as a merit badge counselor, Nova counselor, or Supernova mentor meet this requirement.  Individuals who are registered as lion partners, tiger partners, and executive officers do not meet this requirement unless they are also registered in a qualifying position, such as those listed in the previous sentence.

Under the terms of Duke University’s youth protection policies, all adults who will be interacting with Minors as part of the Merit Badge College and STEM University must complete the Duke Minors Training annually and undergo a background check.  The policy training materials consist of a video (approximately 16 minutes) and policy workbook (24 pages, including practice quiz) and can be accessed at .  After reviewing the policy training materials, adults must successfully complete a training quiz to confirm their understanding of the material. A link to the quiz and background check form will be sent to you by Duke after you register for the event.  The subject of the email is "Required Background Check, Training for: Merit Badge College 2019".  Please note that the process of generating these messages is not automated, so these messages are not sent immediately.

Additional notes on course prerequisites:

Fearful Symmetry:

  • Complete 1a or 1b or 1c in advance.


Digital Technology:

  • 1) Cyber Chip. The Cyber Chip is not required to participate in the class - but it is required by BSA for advancement and several merit badges.. 

  • 5b & 5c) Search & Security; online; cannot be done in class. Complete and bring in printouts and notes to show your instructor. 

  • 6) Content. Online or on-device; So this cannot be done in class. Complete and bring in printouts, files, device to show, depending on your choice of 3 

  • 7c) Intellectual Property dispute. Research one online. Bring your notes to discuss with your instructor. 

  • 8) Recycling. Research and bring your notes to discuss with your instructor. 

  • 9a) Career Opportunities. Complete and bring your notes to discuss with your instructor.

  • Please review, take notes, and bring a worksheet with your notes in it. Bring a writing utensil for notes. Duke does not provide computers so you will need to use personal, school, other resources for the per-requisites.

  • The worksheet link is:

  • A research resource jumping of point is:

Emergency Preparedness:


  • None


  • Spend at least 60 solid minutes with the Law merit badge book. ( )

  • For requirement 4, discuss law enforcement officers' role with at least two adults.

  • Read Article I or Article II, or Article III of the U.S. Constitution.

  • I will not sign off on requirement 6(a), that the Scout attend a court session, unless I am satisfied that the Scout has attended a court session in person. Of course, this does not have to be with me, but I am happy to do that if the Scout would find that helpful.  I am available most days, M-F, either before or after the merit badge clinic, to accompany any Scout to a session of Durham civil or criminal court. The best time to do this is between 10 and noon. I will sign off on this if the Scout attends the session for one hour, discusses it with me for 10 minutes afterward, and then shows me his 250-word synopsis.


  • This course has a lot of writing, so the minimum recommended age for participation is 13.  Younger Scouts may attend with unit leader approval.


  • None

Space Exploration:

  • None. Part of the course involves spending time outside launching model rockets, so please wear appropriate clothing.

Signs, Signals, and Code:

  • Bring pencil and paper.

Payment Instructions for the Unit
Directions to the Event
All courses will assemble in room 107 of the Richard White Lecture Hall on Duke University's East Campus.  The street address is 1308 Campus Drive, Durham, NC 27708. This is the location that should be used for any Scouts who are dropped off or picked up. If you are staying for the day, free parking is available on East Campus. Please check the area where you park to be sure that it does not require a Duke parking permit on Saturdays.
Release Information

We hereby assign and grant to the Boy Scouts of America the right and permission to use and publish the photographs/film/videotapes/electronic representations and/or sound recordings made of all event attendees by the Boy Scouts of America, and we hereby release the Boy Scouts of America from any and all liability from such use and publication.

We hereby authorize the reproduction, sale, copyright, exhibit, broadcast, electronic storage and/or distribution of said photographs/film/videotapes/electronic representations and/or sound recordings without limitation at the discretion of the Boy Scouts of America and we specifically waive any right to any compensation we may have for any of the foregoing.

Scout participants must bring a completed permission form with them to event check-in.

Adult volunteers must register in advance, comply with BSA youth protection guidelines, and follow the Minors in Duke Programs policy.  This includes completing the Duke University Minors training and a Duke Univeristy background check.

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