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VIRTUAL MERIT BADGE COURSES

REGISTRATION FOR SOME CLASSES NOW OPEN. READ BELOW FOR MORE INFORMATION.

PROGRAM OVERVIEW

Scouting families are looking for fun, innovative, and accessible merit badge advancement opportunities. Volcano Scouting hears you! This off-season, we will be offering virtual merit badge courses for ten (10) Eagle Scout-required and Distinguished Conservation Service Award (DCSA) merit badges. Each course will be offered al a carte (separately) for just $5.00/each.

Interested in all ten (10) merit badges, DCSA programming, and a special gift package? Check out our Virtual Conservation Leaders Academy for only $25.00/scout!

PARTICIPANT REQUIREMENTS

  • Registered youth members of the Scouts, BSA program

  • Reside within the United States

  • Meet all technology requirements

REGISTRATION DATES

​Registration dates vary by course.

See course schedule below.

REGISTRATION COST

  • $5.00/scout/course

TECHNOLOGY REQUIREMENTS

  • Access to consistent internet

  • Access to a desktop or laptop computer (preferred) or smartphone with a microphone and camera

  • Access to word-processing software (Google Docs, Microsoft Word, Apple Pages, etc.) and ability to export documents as PDF files.

PARTICIPATION GIFTS

  • Programming Only

ADVANCEMENT OPPORTUNITIES

Scouts can choose to participate in the following merit badge courses.

Citizenship in Society*

Program Dates

September 2022 (4 weeks)

November 2022 (4 weeks)

January 2023 (4 weeks)

March 2023 (4 weeks)

May 2023 (4 weeks)

Registration Opens

July 1, 2022

September 1, 2022

November 1, 2022

January 1, 2023

March 1, 2023

Registration Closes

August 26, 2022

October 26, 2022

December 26, 2022

February 23, 2023

April 25, 2023

Communication*

Program Dates

October 2022 (4 weeks)

April 2023 (4 weeks)

Registration Opens

August 1, 2022

February 1, 2023

Registration Closes

September 25, 2022

March 26, 2023

Environmental Science* + Mammal Study

Program Dates

October 2022 (4 weeks)

April 2023 (4 weeks)

Registration Opens

August 1, 2022

February 1, 2023

Registration Closes

September 25, 2022

March 26, 2023

Fish and Wildlife Management + Forestry + Nature

Program Dates

September 2022 (4 weeks)

May 2023 (4 weeks)

Registration Opens

July 1, 2022

March 1, 2023

Registration Closes

August 26, 2022

April 25, 2023

Personal Management*

Program Dates

September-December 2022 (16 weeks)

February-May 2023 (16 weeks)

Registration Opens

July 1, 2022

December 1, 2022

Registration Closes

August 26, 2022

January 26, 2023

Soil and Water Conservation

Program Dates

November 2022 (4 weeks)

March 2023 (4 weeks)

Registration Opens

September 1, 2022

January 1, 2023

Registration Closes

October 25, 2022

February 23, 2023

Sustainability*

Program Dates

December 2022-February 2023 (12 weeks)

Registration Opens

October 1, 2022

Registration Closes

November 25, 2022

COURSE CALENDAR

Depending on the course, scouts may be required or encouraged to participate in scheduled live meetings. This course calendar lists all scheduled Zoom meetings, assignment due dates, and overall course dates. Please note this calendar is subject to change and will be updated regularly.

ABOUT OUR CURRICULUM

Volcano Scouting utilizes a plethora of open-source curricula from trusted government agencies, academic institutions, non-profit organizations, and the Boy Scouts of America for its programming. Content in this course is arranged in a unique progressive format that takes scouts through a natural resource conflict example. Scouts will learn skills and apply them to the example. All merit badge requirement certification is conducted in accordance with the BSA's Guide to Advancement through virtual quizzes and submitted assignments.

We will again utilize Instructure's Canvas learning management system (LMS) to deliver our instruction to scouts regardless of where they live. Each module includes supplemental readings and videos, themed live instructional and discussion sessions, and opportunities to apply new skills to an example scenario. This year, our merit badge counselors will be utilizing ScoutBook to certify merit badge requirement partial completions. Please note that all courses are primarily asynchronous instruction, with some courses having live Zoom meetings (attendance highly-recommended, recorded for later viewing).

ABOUT OUR INSTRUCTORS

Volcano Scouting was established by a group of scouts, adult leaders, and land managers in 2016 who continue to serve our program today! Check out who will be engaging with scouts this year:

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QUENTIN COMUS

Instructor / Merit Badge Counselor / Curriculum Developer

Quentin is a Senior at OSU-Cascades in Bend, Oregon majoring in Natural Resources Education. An Eagle Scout and Hornaday Silver Medal recipient, he has several years of experience advocating for and teaching environmental conservation in the Scouting program. He is also the President of Volcano Scouting. You can contact him at quentincomus@gmail.com

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RONALD COMUS

Instructor / Merit Badge Counselor

Ron is the Scoutmaster of Troop 7520 in Newberg, Oregon. He grew up in Indiana where he was awarded his Eagle Scout rank in 1983. After moving to Oregon in 2005, he was reintroduced to scouting as a leader, when his son, Quentin, joined Cub Scout Pack 196 in Newberg. He became Scoutmaster for Troop 7520 in 2013.  Being active in scouting has given him several years of learning and teaching experience in the outdoors. You can contact him at roncomus66@gmail.com