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Merit Badge Trail Drive 2016
The Trailblazer District Merit Badge Trail Drive is an annual Boy Scout event dating back to the early 1990’s. It is an event, held on three Saturdays during February and March, where Boy Scouts have the opportunity to earn up to three merit badges under the guidance of enthusiastic, registered BSA counselors. The Trail Drive offers both Eagle Scout-required and a variety of non-Eagle required badges for Scouts to choose. The offered badges have been selected based on their importance, their ease of completion within the context of the Trail Drive, and the availability of logistical resources (counselors and classroom space). Scouts can register for up to three merit badges for this event. We request Scouts to register for only two Eagle-Scout required merit badges for this Trail Drive.
Please note, registering for this Trial Drive does not guarantee a Scout will earn a merit badge. Scouts must earn their badges by working on and completing the badge requirements during the Trail Drive event. Many badges have prerequisite requirements that must be started and/or completed before the Trail Drive in order to finish the badge (more on this below). Badges not completed at the end of the Trail Drive may be finished after the event if the Scout pursues its completion on their own accord with the Trail Drive counselor or with another registered merit badge counselor.
When & Where:
The 2016 Merit Badge Trail Drive will be held at the Alamo LDS Church in Vacaville, Ca. There are three Sessions: February 20th, February 27th and March 12th, 2016. Each Session has three class periods: Class Period #1, Class Period #2 and Class Period #3. There will be a opening on Feb 20th at 8:30 a.m. There will be a closing on Mar 12th at 12:30p.m. Class Period #1 is from 9:00 a.m. to 9:50 a.m., Period #2 is 10:00 a.m. to 10:50 a.m. and Period #3 at 11:00 a.m. to 11:50 p.m. The classes are 50 minutes long each with 10 minutes between classes.
Registration information will be provided at the January District Roundtable, Jan. 7, 2016.
Registration and fees are requested at the February District Roundtable, Feb. 4th, 2016. Cost is $6 per Scout.
Scouting's Journey to Excellence
“Scouting’s Journey to Excellence” is the BSA’s new council performance recognition program designed to encourage and reward success and measure the performance of our units, districts, and councils. It is replacing the Centennial Quality Awards Program as a means of encouraging excellence in providing a quality program at all levels of the BSA. More information is available here.
Trailblazer Mailing List
Check out the Info List at mail.gec-bsa.org/mailman/listinfo/trailblazerlist_gec-bsa.org . Signing up will help us keep you informed about goings on in the district.
Who: for all Scoutmasters, Cubmasters, Webelos Leaders, Den Leaders, Tiger Partners and other unit leaders.
When: The first Thursday of each month, 7:30pm.
Where: Wrentham LDS church, 480 Wrentham Dr, Vacaville.
District Committee Meeting:
Who: for District Officers and Unit Charter Organization Representatives.
When: Third Thursday of every month at 7:00pm.
Where: VacaValley Hospital Conference Room (near the cafeteria)
Trailblazer Key 3:
What's on the Trailblazer site?
• Units - listing of Trailblazer units and meeting locations
• Calendar - Calendar with District events
• Training - description and schedule of available training classes
• Leadership for Trailblazer - district leaders and committee chairmen contacts
• Trailblazer News - listing of scheduled District and Council events
• District News - Current district events, training, opportunities and other "items of interest"
• Advancement - Info on Merit Badge Trail Drive and Eagle rank procedure
• Awards - Lists of Trailblazer Eagles, Silver Bears and "Of-the-Year" award winners
• Cracker Barrel - information on hiking trails, backpacking trails, summer camps and a bunch more (Folsom Treks, RimRover, etc.)
A Brief History of Trailblazer District
Previous to July 1, 1972, Golden Empire Council had a larger district, called Solano District, which covered Fairfield, Travis Air Force Base and all of what is presently Trailblazer District. The Council decided it would be more effective to have smaller districts. So, effective 1 July, 1972, Solano District was split into two districts. The new Solano District was Fairfield and Travis Air Force Base. Several years later, that new Solano District was moved into the Mt. Diablo-Silverado Council in a council consolidation.
Our district was called the Vacaville-Dixon District. The first District Chairman was Walt Graham and the first District Commissioner was Dave Fleming. Dave became the second District Chairman on July 1, 1973 and served as chairman until Dec 31, 1976. During this two and half years, the district got tired of being called the Vacaville-Dixon District and had a contest to pick a new name, and later to design a patch. The contests were held and the result was Trailblazer District, with our current patch.
Contributed by David Fleming