Clark's Bears

2020 Scouts BSA Merit Badge Fair
September 12, 13, 26 & 27 2020

All 2020 Programs are Sold Out

Clark's Bears in Lincoln, NH will be hosting four Merit Badge Fair days in September. We have talented Merit Badge Counselors that are specialized in Railroading, Mammal Study, Environmental Science, Fire Safety, Coin Collecting, First Aid and Geology. Each day we will offer three different badges. All three badges can be completed in one day; as long as the prerequisite work has been completed adequately. After each presentation, the counselors will sign blue cards for Scouts who have attended and successfully completed all prerequisite work. This event does sell out, so book early.

REGISTRATION - Registration is online only. Full payment is required by credit card at the time of registration. Scouts are able to register independently or with their entire Troop for the Merit Badge Fair. WE RECOMMEND SCOUTS CHOOSE NO MORE THAN TWO BADGE PRESENTATIONS PER DAY!

COST - The cost is $20 per person, which includes both the Merit Badge Fair and entrance into the Clark's Bears Theme Park. Your ticket includes all rides and all shows, plus presentations. There is an additional $8 fee per Scout participating in the Geology badge and $15 fee for Coin Collecting.

FAMILY MEMBERS - The Scout's family is welcome to visit Clark's as well, but only Scouts and Troop Leaders are allowed into the presentations. Family members ages 4 and above will receive the $20 rate per person but they must be included in the registration. If additional family members want tickets after May 10,2020, they will pay full price at the Railroad Station; which opens at 10:00.

CHECK-IN - Meet at the Anaconda Escape (water raft ride) Gate from 9:00-10:30 for check-in. At that time, your Scouts will turn in their prerequisite work, pick up tickets and receive a wrist band that allows you to come and go from the park during the day. Should you be arriving later than 10:30 please go to the railroad station for check-in.

BLUE CARDS - The blue cards need to be signed in advance by your Scoutmaster and neatly filled out for each presentation you are taking. This includes the Scout's name, troop number, address and badge name on all three sections of the blue card. Simply attending a presentation does not mean a blue card will be signed. Scouts must complete prerequisite work, participate in discussions and activities and meet the requirements.

PREREQUISITES - Print the worksheet for each Merit Badge you wish to participate in by going to www.meritbadge.org. Complete the perquisites listed in the course description. Bring your worksheet, workbook, and pencils with you. If you completed prerequisite work that cannot be brought with you, please bring a photograph of the work you did. If multiple Scouts worked on a project, have each Scout submit a photograph with their work.

INCOMPLETE WORK - If a Scout is unable to complete all the prerequisite work by the day of the Merit Badge Fair, they will receive full credit for the requirements fulfilled by the counselor's presentation and credit for each prerequisite completed fully. If the prerequisite work did not have enough content, the counselor will make notes for the Scout to correct. The Scout can mail improved or completed work along with their blue card to Clark's Bears with a self addressed stamped envelope. The counselor will look over your work and sign your blue card if complete. Please mail to:
Clark's Bears
Attention: Anne Englert
PO Box 1
Lincoln, NH 03251

SUPPLIES - Bring pencils, paper, Merit badge book, Merit Badge Work Sheet and a smile. For Scouts taking the Geology presentation there is an additional $8 fee per person for supplies. Geology Scouts must also bring a notebook with at least 15 pages to record rocks and minerals. For the Coin Collecting Badge, there is an additional $15 fee. Scouts please put your coins in a zip lock or other secure container with your name on them! Your supplies will be returned to you after the class.

UNIFORM - Class A uniforms are preferred for this event.

FOOD - Lunch, drinks and snacks are available for purchase at Clark's. You may also choose to bring a bagged lunch if you so desire.

QUESTIONS - If you have questions the best way to reach me is to email Anne Englert at info@clarksbears.com or call 603-745-8913 Extension 19.

Course Descriptions

RAILROADING
September 26 or 27

Bob Henderson and 1906 Baldwin locomotive
Bob Henderson points out the steam dome on the 1906 Baldwin locomotive to the Scouts BSAs

Presented by Bob Henderson, railroad enthusiast and locomotive engineer for over 35 years. You will learn about railroad safety, signs and signals. During a walking tour discover the history of our railroad equipment including locomotives (both running and on display), a unique railbus and an authentic railroad covered bridge. The session will conclude with a ride on the White Mountain Central Railroad. Scouts can be joined by family members for the train ride. This presentation will fulfill requirements 4, 5, 6, 7 & 8b1 & 8b2 for the Scouts BSA Railroading merit badge. The Scout must complete requirements 1, 2, and 3 as prerequisites so the merit badge counselor can sign off on your blue card.

White Mountain Central Railroad
White Mountain Central Railroad

MAMMAL STUDY
September 13

Presented by Murray Clark, bear trainer and bear keeper at Clark's Bears and Nadine Nutt, Merit Badge Counselor. The bear keeper will cover information on the life cycle of both our captive bears and wild bears. They will discuss age, diet, habitat and birth of the black bears. This presentation will fulfill requirements 1, 2 & 4c for the Scouts BSA Mammal Study merit badge. The Scout must complete requirements 3 & 5 as prerequisites so the merit badge counselor can sign off on your blue card. The Scouts will be able to enjoy the 30-minute bear show at 11:00.

Murray Clark discussing the life cycle of Ursus Americanus with the Scouts BSAs
Murray Clark, Nadine Nutt, and Eagle Scout Matthew Baxter discussing the life cycle of Ursus Americans.

GEOLOGY
September 12 or September 13

Scouts BSAs mining for gemstones and fossils with Chris Englert during Geology presentation
Scouts BSAs mining for gemstones and fossils with Chris Englert during Geology presentation

Presented by Christopher Englert, Marine Geologist and Hydrographer. This presentation is tailored to meet the Mineral Resources Option of the geology badge requirements listed on Scouts BSAs of America website (scouting.org). This presentation will have a hands-on portion sorting gemstones using a panning sluice. Each scout will leave with a collection of rocks and minerals. A notebook with at least 15 lined pages is required for recording the collection. Concepts introduced include general geology-based terminology, scales of hardness, and geology career opportunities. This presentation will fulfill Scouts BSA Geology requirements 1, 3, 4a, 5c1, 5c2, 5c3, and 5c4. Please complete requirements 2 and 5c5 as prerequisites so the merit badge counselor can sign off on your blue card. There is an additional fee of $8 per person for the geology presentation for gemstone supplies.

Scouts identifying gemstones
Scouts identifying gemstones

Mining Sluice
River City Mining Sluice

ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE
September 26 or 27

Sylvia Clark discussing water pollution
Sylvia Clark discussing water pollution.

Presented by Sylvia Clark, Project Manager at Stonecipher & Clark Environmental Solutions, a local environmental consulting business that specializes in environmental assessments, cleanups, compliance & permitting, underground storage tank removals, and visible emissions testing. Isabella Messer, Beekeeper and owner of Bella's Bees Company in Raymond, ME will present the beekeeping information.

Isabella Messer with her hive
Isabella Messer with her hive

This presentation will fulfill Scouts BSA requirements 3a, 3b, 3c, 3d, 3e, 3f, 3g, 5 and 6 for the Environmental Science merit badge. Please complete requirements 1, 2 & 4 as prerequisites so the merit badge counselor can sign off on your blue card.

COIN COLLECTING
September 12 SOLD OUT

Chris Lavoie and Ellie Harvey of Littleton Coin Company
Chris Lavoie and Ellie Harvey of Littleton Coin Company

Presented by Ellie Harvey and Chris Lavoie from Littleton Coin Company in Littleton, New Hampshire. You will learn about the exciting hobby of coin collecting. During the presentation you will be able to look at and handle coins from the United States and all over the world! Each participating Scout will leave the event with a collector quality folder, 50 coins from over 40 countries, several booklets for coin collecting, a magnifier, coin pouch and more. This hands-on presentation is tailored to meet requirements 1, 2, 3, 4, 8, and 9a for the Scouts BSAs Coin Collecting Badge. The Scout must complete requirements 5b, 6, 7 and 10b prior to the event. For requirements 6 & 7 Scouts need to have their coins in a container or zip lock bag with their name and troop number on them. There is an additional fee of $15 per person for coin collecting supplies.

Coins

FIRE SAFETY
September 13 or September 27

Fred EnglertPresented by Fred Englert, Deputy Chief of the Woodstock, NH Fire Department. Fred is a Level II certified firefighter with 31 years of experience in the fire service.

Scouts will learn skills to be better prepared to prevent fires, to survive fires and burns, and to use fire safely. This presentation will fulfill requirements 1, 2, 3, 4, 7, 9, 10 for the Scouts BSA Fire Safety Merit Badge. Scouts must complete requirements 5, 6, 8, 11, 12, and 13 as prerequisites so the merit badge counselor can sign off on your blue card. Reading the Merit Badge Pamphlet is a must for many of the requirements and completing the Merit Badge Workbook is highly recommended.
Fire Extinguishing

Chief Robert WetherellFIRST AID
September 12 or September 26

Presented by Chief Robert Wetherell (retired) and Nadine Nutt, Merit Badge Counselor. Robert is a paramedic who began working in EMS in 1992. He was the EMS Chief in Lincoln, Woodstock and Livermore, NH for ten years. Currently he is a call member for Linwood Ambulance and CPR/First Aid Instructor. This presentation is not a certification class, but will fulfill requirements 4, 6, 7a, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14. Scouts must complete requirements 1, 2, 3, 5, 7b.
** ONLY 20 spots available**

First Aid Class

Campgrounds within ten miles of Clark's Bears:
Country Bumpkins: Lincoln, NH 603-745-8837
Lost Valley Campground: North Woodstock, NH 603-745-8321
Maple Haven Campground: North Woodstock, NH 603-745-3350
Waterrest Campground: Woodstock, NH 603-745-2586
Woodstock KOA Campground: Woodstock, NH 603-745-8008

White Mountain National Forest Campgrounds:
Wildwood: Easton, NH
Hancock: Lincoln, NH
Big Rock: Lincoln, NH

NH State Park Campgrounds:
Lafayette Place: Franconia, NH
Cannon Mountain RV Park: Franconia, NH

For more information contact Anne Englert at info@ClarksBears.com or call 603-745-8913 Ext. 19.

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Clark's Bears
PO Box 1
110 Daniel Webster Highway
Lincoln, NH 03251