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Tennessee Tech Merit Badge University Saturday, January 28, 2017

Tennessee Technological University and the Upper Cumberland District of the Boy Scouts of America invite you to bring the Scouts from your troop to an adventure-packed day at Merit Badge University on Saturday, January 28, 2017, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m Central Time. The TTU campus is located in Cookeville, Tennessee, 80 miles east of Nashville, 100 miles west of Knoxville, and 90 miles north of Chattanooga. (Driving directions to Cookeville and the Tennessee Tech Campus
28 Merit Badges Offered

Merit Badge University will give your Scouts an opportunity to earn one of the many merit badges offered in engineering, science, or, if they prefer, a non-technical badge. This is also an excellent time to expose older Scouts to a college campus.

We require MBU participants to be at least in the 8th grade.

Scouts should come in complete uniform. We will comply with the regulations of individual troops.

Each merit badge will have its own skill center. These centers may include tours of various campus attractions such as the Computer Center, television station WCTE, radio station WTTU, the Geology Building, the BusinessMedia Center, as well as other laboratories and displays. We will also have programs and lectures of interest for the adult leaders throughout the day.

Scouts should "Be Prepared" when they arrive at Merit Badge University.
A scout who is prepared will have read the pamphlet for his merit badge and completed all prerequisite requirements. If the prerequisites have not been completed in advance, the Scout will only receive a partial completion for the merit badge. Some merit badges require travel to either on-campus or off-campus locations, some require the scout to get messy, and some require spending time outside in order to complete the requirements. A scout who is prepared will be dressed appropriately and/or bring work clothes with them.

Registration is closed. by January 13, 2017. No registrations will be processed between December 16th and January 6th. Due to a federal court decision, we are now required to rent rooms at the University to conduct the MBU, resulting in an increase in the MBU fee this year to $20.00 The fee of $20 per person includes a hot lunch and a souvenir patch. Each merit badge has a size limit, so register early for best selection.

Registration should be done on a Troop, rather than an individual, basis. Troops must also register at least one adult who will remain at the Merit Badge University the entire day. An adult program will be provided.

Important update concerning forms: (10/24/2016)

Each scout attending MBU will need to complete a liability and photo-release form available here: Release Form

Each troop will also need to bring completed health forms and a troop tour permit to MBU.

TTU Minors on Campus Policy

Registration/Payment Procedure:

Registration is on a first come/first served basis. There will be no refunds. Please include at least 3 merit badge choices for each scout registering. If a scout does not indicate a 2nd choice and the 1st choice is full, the troop's registration will be delayed.
  1. Once we receive your registration it will be processed within five days. No registrations will be processed between December 16th and January 6th.
  2. After your troop's registration has been processed you will receive an invoice and confirmed merit badge schedule placement for each scout.
  3. Payment will need to be made within two weeks of receiving your invoice.
  4. If we do not receive your payment by your deadline the troop's registration will be dropped.

For more information contact MBU Registrar, email:

If you have any questions or comments please email
Updated: December 13, 2016

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