Welcome to the Columbus Ohio Home Page. Your Coordinator is Tim Beach. Our next two programs are scheduled for Saturday, May 20, and Saturday, September 30, 2017. Registration will be available on March 1, 2017 for the May event. All tickets must be purchased by Tuesday, May 16, 2017. NOTE: Refunds will not be offered if you need to cancel your attendance. Please be sure to read the FAQ's below before registering.
Columbus Ohio Program Information/FAQ's
- Scouts should bring a sack lunch and a drink, a 1/2 hour break will be provided.
- You do NOT need to be a scout to attend the program. You must be age 12 to 17 to attend. Members of a Boy Scout Troop, even if not yet 12, can attend also. If you are over the age of 17 (boy or girl), contact Ron Lime about a Venture program.
- Arrive on time, you need to allow time to check in. A Scout arrives in plenty of time. The program lasts from 9:00 AM until 2:30 PM. You must attend the entire time (You cannot leave for a soccer game for part of the program) to complete the program and receive your blue card. Units will check in as a complete group, don't leave your troop waiting.
- Previous events have had free airplane rides (provided by EAA) at the same location. This is NOT the case for all events. Information about any possible airplane rides from Young Eagles can be found at their website http://www.eaa9.org. Airplane rides are always dependent on many factors including weather and volunteer pilots and are never guaranteed. EAA is a different organization and has different rules for their program.
- Parents are not required to stay, but are very welcome. Anybody that stays must pay the registration fee.
- Everyone must register (below, when active) via EventBrite. DO NOT PAY THE SIMON KENTON COUNCIL or the HEARTLAND OF OHIO COUNCIL, YOU WILL GET TO PAY AGAIN IF YOU DO. The cost is $5 per person.
- Airplanes are very expensive and donated by companies and volunteers for your learning experience. You will be told when it is OK to touch an airplane, otherwise it is NOT OK. You are reflecting on your troop when you disobey this simple rule. Boy Scouts that violate this rule will result in THEIR ENTIRE TROOP'S PARTICIPANTS forfeiting their blue cards for the day and returning at a future date to complete the requirements.
BOY SCOUT SPECIFIC INFORMATION
- Each troop should designate a single UNIT COORDINATOR to register ALL scouts from their unit.
- That person must attend the program and will be the only person that registration information, blue cards and patches will be distributed to. The UNIT COORDINATOR will go to the registration table to pay and collect your ID cards. Boy and Girl Scout troops should check in as a single group. Troops should decide in advance who will perform this task. That person should register for the entire unit. NOTE:EventBrite will allow you to modify your initial registration if necessary to add or delete youth attendees.
- At the end of the program the blue cards and patches will be released only to the UNIT COORDINATOR.
- All registrants will be sent a 40 question pre-test in addition to background information. The purpose of the test is to ensure that all Boy Scouts have at least reviewed the merit badge book and have common baseline knowledge to participate in the stations. This information in addition to the Aviation Merit Badge Pamphlet should be reviewed IN ADVANCE. The GRADED pretest must be presented at registration to complete the program and receive a blue card. No test = No Blue card = No Exceptions. If you forget the test, still attend the program. You will be invited back to complete the requirements and receive your blue card.
- The UNIT COORDINATOR will be sent the answer key to grade the tests.
- Each boy must present proof of Scoutmaster's approval to take the merit badge. This is a BSA advancement policy. Normally the Scoutmaster does this by issuing and signing a blue card. Blue cards for this event are computer printed. Therefore, a form for the Scoutmaster to authorize participation is provided on the cover sheet of the test.
- Blue cards are computer printed. You do NOT need to bring a blue card.
- Just attending the program is not enough to earn the merit badge. Each scout must demonstrate knowledge and active participation at each station. The instructors are authorized to withhold blue cards and require a scout to return at a later date to complete the requirements.