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Duke Merit Badge & STEM University

October 26, 2019 @ 8:00 am - 4:00 pm

Once again, Duke University is hosting the Duke Merit Badge College for local scouts.

Registration opens at 12:00 AM on October 11, 2019.  Here is the registration link:

Details and prerequisites are below.

We also still need a few more volunteers to assist for half or the full day.  Please consider giving the gift of time to make this a great Merit Badge College for our scouts!  You can sign up at the registration link above.


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.  Note the prerequisite below.

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 4:00 PM.  See the list of merit badges being offered and their prerequisites below.

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.

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.  We recommend that you plan to complete those at least one week before the event.


Attendee Permission Form — REQUIRED:
Please download, print and sign this Participant Permission form, and send it with the Scout on the 26th.



Bring your own lunch.

What to Bring:

  • Paper and a pen or pencil.
  • Cash for snacks
  • Completed Duke University permission slip
  • 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.


Fearful Symmetry:

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


Know the names of the chess pieces and how they move.

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 perrequisites.

The worksheet link is:

A research resource jumping of point is:            

Emergency Preparedness:




  • 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.



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.


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.


October 26, 2019
8:00 am - 4:00 pm
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Tanner Lovelace


Duke University – Richard White Lecture Hall
1308 Campus Dr.
Durham, NC 27705 United States
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