868's annual Merit Badge University program is the largest event of its kind in
the state of Kentucky, and one of the largest in the
entire United States.
The event is always held on the last Saturday in February. The date for MBU 2014 will be Saturday, February 22, 2014. The primary location will once again be Bullitt Lick Middle School in Shepherdsville.
MBU provides scouts an opportunity to work on a host of different merit badges, many of which are not typically offered at most summer resident camps.
Scouts from any troop, district, or council are welcome to come and participate. The Harry S. Frazier Scout Reservation (home to Boy Scout Camp Crooked Creek) is located only 6 miles away, making it possible for troops to combine a weekend of camping with attendance at MBU being their Saturday program. Several Shepherdsville churches will allow scout units attending MBU to "camp" overnight in their social halls on Friday night and the Louisville South KOA Kampground (less than 2 miles away) offers very affordable rates on heated cabins to scout groups attending MBU. Lodging options for units coming a long way are both nearby and either free or very affordable.
MBU is very much like a day in school. All merit badge courses are taught by registered adult counselors; most of whom are true experts in their chosen fields. Classes are highly structured and class sizes are limited to insure quality instruction. Advance registration is required. Classes begin and end on schedule and boys are not permitted to wander between classes or roam the halls.
Quite a few of the merit badges offered at MBU can be completed from start-to-finish that day; others require varying amounts of advance preparation. Scouts who take classes without "doing their homework" in advance, will be awarded credit only for those parts of the badge that are completed.
Most merit badge classes last four hours, so most scouts are able to work on two merit badges at MBU -- one in the morning and one during the afternoon.
A complete Registration Packet, including a full course list, will be posted to this web page and be available for downloading once all counselors are confirmed; typically in early to mid-January. Until then, an informational flyer (see hyperlink below) provides general details about the program, including information for adults interested in signing up to participate as a counselor.
Photos from MBU in prior years can be found by visiting the Troop 868 in Action hyperlink and scrolling to February of each year.
Packet for MBU 2014