Last summer, Jefferson County Farm Bureau planned a Merit Badge Day for its local Boy Scout Council. A group of members worked together to meet the merit badge requirements for four merit badges that relate to agriculture: soil and water conservation, surveying, farm mechanics and animal science. Farm Bureau organized the day, connecting the scouts with Farm Bureau members who were experts in each area and provided merit badge books, event patches, T-shirts and lunch to 40 Boy Scouts. There was also a Cubby Camp set up with stations for Cub Scouts to learn about farm animals and machinery. The event received a County Activity of Excellence national award at the 2017 American Farm Bureau Annual Convention.
Registration is now open for the 2017 Agricultural Merit Badge Day, June 3, at the Jefferson County Joint Vocational School.
Last year, this event assisted 40 scouts in connecting with leaders in agriculture and natural resources to earn merit badges in agriculturally connected topics. Jefferson County Farm Bureau partnered with Jefferson Soil & Water Conservation District, OSU Extension Jefferson County, Jefferson County 4-H, Boy Scouts of America, Daily (Nationwide) Insurance, Kuester Implement Company, Edison Local FFA and the Jefferson County Joint Vocational School to make this day possible.
This year, we will add the Belvedere Volunteer Fire Department and the Ohio Department of Natural Resources to our list of partners, as local game wardens join us to mentor the Fish and Wildlife Management and members of the VFD mentor scouts through the Fire Safety Merit Badge. In addition, Wendee Zadanski from Jefferson Soil & Water Conservation District will be back, this time to cover the Eagle required Environmental Science Merit Badge. This badge will be limited to 24 scouts ranked 1st Class and above and will require a second class Aug. 1 to complete all requirements. Erika Lyon from OSU Extension Jefferson County will be teaching Insect Study and finally Sean Beresford from Indian Creek Middle School will mentor the scouts in Weather.
Scouts who participate in the day will receive a free T-shirt, event patch and lunch. The cost of the day is $15 (to cover Merit Badge books) and for scouts whose parents are members of the surrounding county Farm Bureaus (Jefferson, Harrison, Carroll, Tuscarawas, Belomont and Columbiana) there is a $5 cost for the day.
We will also again be holding our Cubby Camp in the parking lot outside at the JVS. Join us from 9-10:30 to learn about different farm animals and have a Geocaching Scavenger Hunt with Scout Leader Gary Rawson (Mr Weird). This portion of the camp is free and open to anyone! At 10:30 am there will be a short lesson in gardening from the Master Gardeners. Cubbies will then plant and take home a tomato and carrots, and will be able to earn prizes by sending pictures of their growing plants to Farm Bureau. Prizes will be given for first and largest harvests! The gardening portion will be free, but will be limited to the first 20 registrants. At 11 am, Cub Scouts can choose to make their very own Troll Garden to take home! Sam Gill from Woodland Trails Greenhouse in Richmond, Ohio will bring in succulents, figures, containers and other supplies to help your cubbie make a super-cool little Troll Garden of their own. Due to the cost of supplies, there is a $35 fee and advance registration is required.
Use the attached forms for more information and to register your scouts for this day! For more information, contact the Jefferson County Farm Bureau at 740.266.6603 or [email protected].