2020 Merit Badge University Registration

Dear Leaders, Scouts, and Parents,
This is an update to Merit Badge University. This has been a very fluid process, as it is new for everyone this year trying to accomplish this online. 
There is now a registration fee of $5 per scout.  There are normally fees for this event each year; however, I really wish they would have been upfront  about this earlier. I have spoken to the organizers and they have opened up the “Parent Portal” for this event, so if everything works like our Summer Camp registration, I will be able to email out your assigned classes and Parent Portal credentials once registered. This will allow you to log into your son’s registration and make the payment directly online to the Council, as their offices are currently closed. 
I have also attached the latest course listing, as a few classes were removed and a few more offered. There are also times and dates assigned to some of the courses now, so you can get an idea if that is really what you want to do. 
***Please let me know tonight (Wednesday) or before noon tomorrow (Thursday) if you wish to proceed with your registration(s) since there is a fee(s) involved and the classes will fill up very quickly now. Also let me know based upon the new course list, if you want any classes changed. 
I apologize for the changes made, but as the organizer has stated, they are developing this event daily to make it the best that it can be for all of our scouts. Thanks for your patience and I will do my best to secure the classes your scout wants. 

John P. McAlister | Advancement Coordinator

Boy Scout Troop 99, Benton, AR
Cell: (501) 259-9066

Camporee is Cancelled

The district has decided to cancel the Camporee in consideration of the recent virus outbreak. These unprecedented world events and the fact that we no longer have a viable campout has prompted the need to cancel the campout entirely until conditions improve.

If you have bought groceries please do your best to freeze or preserve food, I understand that some things are perishable. If you have not bought food yet please hold the grub money and the list of those that have paid until we can re schedule our campout. I’m sorry that this has happened at the last minute but the circumstances are new to all of us and we must act accordingly and be cautious.

And by the way, I know that school has been cancelled so I’m anticipating a rush on advancements and finished merit badges over the next few weeks right?

I will be sending more schedule updates in the near future.

John Douglas

District Camporee (3/13/20 to 3/15/20)

Packing List:  

See “Campout Checklist” on our website athttp://www.bentontroop99.org/policies-checklists-faqs/ 


It will be raining a good portion of the weekend.  Everyone needs to bring the following:

  1. Raingear
  2. Waterproof boots. 
  3. Extra clothing.  NOTE: Avoid cotton clothing if possible (i.e. Jeans and cotton sweatshirts).  Cotton clothing will not dry, instead use wool socks and synthetic pants, shirts and jackets.
  4. Ground cloth for your tent.  NOTE: Be sure to tuck the ends of the ground cloth under the tent to prevent water from pooling between the ground cloth and the tent floor.

Departure Time:  

Be at the church Friday at 5:30. Leaving at 6:00.  Eat supper before you arrive.

Return Time:  

12:30 on Sunday.


Raining most of the weekend with a low of 49 degrees.  Be prepared to protect yourself and your gear from getting wet.


$15 (includes travel costs and a Patch) plus $12 Cash for Grub Money.


Scouts will cook as patrols.  Each patrol should assign a grub master that will collect the $12/scout grub money and do the grocery shopping for their patrol.  Each patrol should plan for the following: Saturday: Hot Breakfast, Cold Lunch, Hot Supper.  Sunday:Cold Breakfast.    


Lake DeGray State Park

2027 State Park Entrance Rd

Bismarck, AR 71929


Log lift, Blindfolded tent set up, Map and compass orienteering, Fire starting, Dutch oven cook off (desserts), OA Campfire, skits, Campsite inspection.


Friday:  Meet at church at 5:30. Depart at 6:00


Saturday:  Scouts will participate in camporee activities.


Sunday:  Camp cleanup.  Chapel (Class A required).  Depart by 11:15 return to church at 12:30.