Merit Badge University
Boy Scouts Earn Merit Badges
Merit Badge University (MBU) is a bi-annual event hosted by the Alamo Area Council, Boy Scouts of America that gives Boy Scouts, ages 11-18, the opportunity to earn merit badges ranging from recreational activites to Eagle Scout merit badges.
Held in the months of May and November at Northwest Vista College, It is MBU's intent to create an environment where Scouts have an opportunity to continue their advancement program and earn valuable merit badges that may not be readily available elsewhere. It gives boys the opportunity to earn up to four merit badges in one day, while helping them on their path to earn their Eagle Scout rank and serve our community.
This event regularly draws over 900 Scouts and 400 parents and leaders. At the current location, MBU uses a minimum of 60 classrooms and various other open or public spaces on the Northwest Vista Campus. For the event itself, MBU is always held on a Saturday and formally starts at 8am and runs till 4pm. For the students the day is divided into four, 90 minute classes or periods, with a built in lunch in the middle of the day.
All scheduling for the boys is handled by the MBU volunteer staff. Some boys have a full day of all 4 periods, while others will come in just to take one class. Due to the nature of some of the topics being taught some periods will be combined to last 3 hours.
MBU also offers a full array of adult BSA training and other topics of interest to the Scout parents and leader.
Merit Badge University is the largest organized event put on by the Boy Scouts in the San Antonio area. Over the years, MBU regularly brings in Scouts from all of south and central Texas, as far away as Laredo and Oklahoma.
For more information, please contact MBU Chair, John Haines or MBU Staff Advisor, Anna Drinka.
Winter Merit Badge Extravaganza
Winter Merit Badge Extravaganza (MBE) is a three day annual event in the month of December that gives Boy Scouts the opportunity to earn up to four merit badges ranging from recreational activites to Eagle Scout merit badges. MBE is held at McGimsey Scout Park.
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