2016 STEM in Scouting - Sep 30 to Oct 2

STEM Day at Aberdeen Proving Ground on Saturday 1 October with Troop 98 camping at Camp Rodney on Friday and Saturday nights.

We're planning a camping trip to Camp Rodney on the bank of the Chesapeake Bay and then on to Aberdeen Proving Ground, MD for the STEM in SCOUTING day. This was a great event last year with lots of cool science and military stuff. You need to register yourself for the STEM day and then let us know that you were accepted and that you're going (this is different from last year, when we attempted to sign up everyone ourselves).

Some of the 27 merit badges and NOVA awards have prerequisites (meaning there's stuff you need to do before you go) and some don't.  Typically, if you do the prerequisites (and bring proof with you) and you participate in the merit badge class and activities, you can complete the badge.   You get to work on only one badge or NOVA award for the entire day.  Sign up soon as space runs out for some of the most popular badges!

Depart from St. John's on Friday 30 Sep at 5:45PM.

Return to St. John's on Sunday 2 Oct at Noon.

Cost: $25 for the STEM event (paid to Baltimore BSA when you register) PLUS your share of camping food cost (Troop 98 will bill you).   As of August 10th there's a $5 early registration discount; not sure when that ends...


Read about all the merit badges offered HERE and the PREREQUISITES HEREYou can read about Camp Rodney HERE.

==> CLICK HERE TO SIGN UP FOR THE EVENT <==  [see the box below for what to put on the form]


Dress for the event is the Scout uniform, and if you have a name tag, please wear that as well.

Here's what you need to know and to bring:

1.    Pack for a weekend campout (check the list in the Scout Handbook if you're not sure of what to bring). We will be sleeping in a cabin at Camp Rodney in Maryland prior to heading to APG. 

2.    Make sure you bring eating gear (plate/bowl, cup, utensils).

3.    Bring your Troop 98 Permission Slip (which will be emailed to you separately).

4.    Please pack your Scout uniform!

5.    Check the Troop 98 website before you leave home for St. John's on Friday (in case there are any last minute notices).

6.    Be at St. John's by 5:45 PM on Friday.  Eat dinner or bring a sack dinner to eat at camp (nothing messy in the cars please, like hot wings!).  We will have some food in the evening, too.

7.    Bring a few dollars for stuff you may want to buy during pit stops.

8.    Return to St. John's at Noon on Sunday.

Schedule Friday:

    5:30-5:45pm - Arrive St. Johns

    6:00-6:15pm - Leave St. Johns

    8:00pm - Arrive Camp Rodney


    7:30am - Leave Camp Rodney.

    8:30am - Arrive Aberdeen Proving Ground, Rte 22 gate.

    9:00am - 11:00am First merit badge session.

    11:00am - 1:00pm Lunch/exhibits.

    1:00pm - 3:30pm Second merit badge session.

    4:00pm - Return to Camp Rodney


    11:00am - Depart for St. Johns

    12:30pm - Arrive at St. Johns (unload trailer...)


*Please note, these badges are an initial list and are subject to obtaining a Merit Badge counselor. In the event of no counselor available, than we will move to your 2nd and 3rd Choices.




Digital Technology

Mining in Society

Space Exploration




Signs, Signals, & Codes


Auto Maintenance 

Robotics  (partial only)

Boy Scout NOVA: Shoot




Boy Scout NOVA: Start your Engines 



Boy Scout NOVA: Whoosh! 

Insect Study


Bird Study

Model Design and Building 

Nuclear Science

Truck Transportation