Merit Badge University-Counselor Sign Up


Feb 25, 2023



Gaston College
201 Highway US 321
Dallas, NC 28034


The Piedmont Council Advancement Committee would like to cordially invite your troop to participate in the 2023 Merit Badge University to be held on Saturday, February 25 2023. The location for MBU will be at Gaston College in Dallas, NC.

Check-in will begin at 8:00 a.m.; classes will begin at 9:00 a.m. and end at 3:30 p.m.

Scouts will need to bring their own lunch, water bottle, and materials needed for class.

The Boy Scout Field Uniform is the uniform of the day. Most troops refer to this as a Class A uniform. All Scouts must be registered as a Scout; no Webelos please.

MBU is an opportunity to learn from professionals and experts in a variety of fields. It is not intended to be an easy way to get a merit badge but rather a well-earned experience. Scout advancement works best when a scout learns, is tested, is reviewed and then recognized. To earn a badge at MBU will require scouts to participate fully and each scout must complete all requirements to earn a merit badge. Scouts who do not complete requirements at MBU will still have a chance to learn new skills and be on the way to completing the merit badge. Troops are directed to arrange for MB counselors in their home area to complete any partials.

As leaders, you can help your Scouts be successful by registering them for appropriate badges. Younger scouts should be discouraged from advanced badges they may be unable to complete. Troop leaders should know the abilities of troop members and should spend the needed time prior to MBU preparing each scout for his session. Most badges have prerequisites that must be accomplished before MBU day. Please make sure the boy’s do their homework, stress to your scouts the importance of working hard in class and cooperating with counselors and classmates.

Once again, this year registration for individual classes for scouts and scouters will be done online. Troops, not individual scouts or parents should do registration. Please designate one person from your troop to operate the registration process.

Any troop can now start reserving your slots for MBU through the Council Website. Classes registration will not open until Thursday, February 16, at 6:00 p.m.

We look forward to seeing you on February 25 for Merit Badge University.