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Merit Badge Opportunities

BSA: Orienteering Merit Badge

This class is intended to fulfill all but a few of the requirements necessary for Boy Scouts to achieve their Orienteering merit badge. Participants will learn everything they need to know in order to complete an orienteering course and to set up their very own. Please note that this will be a two-day course. Participants should wear weather-appropriate clothing and hiking boots. They should also bring a pen or pencil, lunch, and their Orienteering merit badge book if they have one
Ages 13 to 17- $20/2-day program
#19468            Dec 13             Sat       9:00am to 4:00pm
                        Dec 20             Sat       9:00am to 4:00pm
BSA: Sustainability Merit Badge
Sustainability is the new alternative to the Environmental Science merit badge for scouts interested in achieving the Eagle rank. Scouts will work with an environmental educator to complete the requirements to earn their Sustainability badge. Requirement #1 must be completed before coming to class. Parts of requirement #2 and requirement #5 must be completed at home after class. Scouts should bring a blue card, pen or pencil, and a bagged lunch with them to class.
Ages 13 to 18 – $15
#19342            Jan 10              Sat       9:30am to 4:30pm
BSA: Bird Study Merit Badge
Come to Latta and earn your Bird Study Merit Badge! While requirement #8 will need to be completed before coming to class, we will make every effort to complete all the other requirements of the badge during the program. Hopefully the birds will cooperate again this year! Lunch will be provided. Please call the nature center at 704-875-1391 if you have any food allergies or dietary restrictions.
Ages 12 to 18 – $20
#19412            Feb 21             Sat       9:00am to 5:00pm
Webelos Naturalist Badge
Join our naturalist at Latta Plantation Nature Center for this 2 hour program and earn your Naturalist Badge.
Age 7 to 11 – $4
#19477            Jan 18              Sun      2:00pm to 4:00pm
Contact Latta Plantation Nature Center directly to sign up:  704-875-1391. 
Scouts can register individually or with a group.

Save the Date: Boy Scout Merit Badge Program

Attention Boy Scouts: Earn your Nuclear Science Merit Badge at McGuire Nuclear Station

In honor of National Nuclear Science Week (Oct. 20 to Oct. 24), the EnergyExplorium at McGuire Nuclear Station will host a nuclear science merit badge program. The program will be led by Johnny Norton, a longtime member of the Boy Scouts and engineering teacher and a Duke Energy nuclear engineer.

The program is free and open to the first 60 participants. No pre-work is required. Refreshments and a pizza dinner will be served.

Important Information:
  • Registration is required and will open on Oct. 1 at 9 a.m.
  • Registration will only be taken online.
  • Participants cannot register as a troop. Each scout must be registered individually.
Note: The registration link (below) will become active on Oct. 1. Please do not discard this email if you would like to register. You must go through the link below to register.


Troop 502 Parent Meeting Documents


In case you were unable to attend our Parent Meeting this past Monday, here are the documents that were shared. 

1.  Parent Meeting Handout
2. Leadership Training Overview

Additionally, please note thate EVERYONE must have a current Health Form on file with the Troop with both Parts A and B completed.  If we do not have a current form on file, your son will not be able to participate in upcoming Campouts and Activities.

You can find the latest form here.

The Scout Oath

All of scouting is designed to promote physical, mental, and spiritual excellence. Troop 502 lives this. Every one of our scouts is somebody important. He holds himself to these standards:


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