Alpha Phi Omega Conclave 2018 Logo


Nov. 10th & Dec. 1st, 2018
Hosted by
Worcester Polytechnic Institute
Alpha Phi Omega - Omicron Iota Chapter

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Important Info


As many of you know, the next WPI Merit Badge University is this fall on November 10th and December 1st. Registration has been filled for this year, in record time. Thank you for your support and patience!

If you have questions about blue cards from a previous MBU, please email apo-bluecards@wpi.edu, and we will try to sort out any problems as quickly as we are able to.

If you have any questions about MBU, please email mbu@wpi.edu. Please allow time for responses, as all of the organizers of this event are student volunteers. We are all students first, and we ask that you respect our decision to keep our education a priority. We will respond to all questions as quickly as time permits.

We would also appreciate any help from Volunteers and Scouters to assist teaching and sitting in on badges. If you would like to assist, please email mbu@wpi.edu with your name, troop number, council, and a copy of your Youth Protection Certificate available at MyScouting.org as well as the badge(s) you would be interested in assisting.

We thank you for your continued service to Scouting and helping the brothers of Alpha Phi Omega, Omicron Iota, host Merit Badge University here at WPI.

~The Brothers of the Merit Badge University Committee, Alpha Phi Omega - Omicron Iota Chapter

Offered Badges


If you would like to know more about these Merit Badges, please visit meritbadge.org
For prerequisites please visit this link

Period 1 Period 2 Period 3
Animation Astronomy Animation
Citizenship in the Community Citizenship in the Nation Art
Energy Digital Technology Chemistry
Engineering Electronics Citizenship in the World
Environmental Science Emergency Preparedness Designed to Crunch (NOVA)
Geology Inventing Electricity
Painting Programming Fire Safety
Robotics Robotics First Aid
Space Exploration Start Your Engines (NOVA) Music


Bold Eagle Required
Underlined STEM NOVA

Badges subject to change until registration opens

Before registration opens, please prepare a list of first choice and second choice badges for each period so that we are prepared to place you into a badge you are interested in even if your first choice is full.

This year we are also excited to announce that we will be offering two of the STEM Nova awards, “Designed to Crunch” and “Start Your Engines!”. You can sign up for this course through the regular registration link. For more information about the STEM Nova Awards, visit the boy scouts website here.

F.A.Q.


What is the WPI Merit Badge University?

The WPI Merit Badge University (MBU) is a two weekend long course where scouts have the opportunity to learn new skills and earn exciting Merit Badges. As this MBU is held on the WPI campus, we have access to many resources that enable us to offer cool and exciting STEM related badges. The scouts are also introduced to the college environment, and some classes get to see up close the top-of-the-line labs and facilities here at WPI. This MBU is organized and run by the local Alpha Phi Omega Chapter at WPI, and the vast majority of our volunteers are students here on campus.

What is Alpha Phi Omega?

Alpha Phi Omega is an international co-ed service fraternity with active chapters on over 300 college campuses worldwide. The fraternity was founded in 1925 by Scouts who believed the ideals of scouting can make the world a better place. What started as an organization of men with scouting ties has since expanded to accept any college student willing to promote Alpha Phi Omega's mission and values.

Our chapter of Alpha Phi Omega, the Omicron Iota chapter, was founded in 1964 and has always had close ties with the local Boy Scouts. We frequently volunteer to do service projects at local scout camps, such as Camp Resolute and Treasure Valley, and have been organizing this MBU for the past few years.


Why did the WPI MBU move to the fall?

We had multiple reasons for moving MBU to the fall: there are at least three other MBUs in the area in the spring that usually conflicted with ours, there have been issues with snow and other inclement weather, and there are fewer events on campus in the fall that could conflict with booking rooms for MBU.

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How can I receive information about future MBUs?

We are now maintaining a mailing list for all scouts that want to know more about future MBUs. Please fill out this Google Form survey to be added to the list. You will need to fill out this survey after each MBU, as it will be purged yearly to avoid sending unnecessary emails. Those on the list will be notified prior to a purge.

I'm not from the Mohegan Council, can I still attend?

Of course! Scouts from any council are welcome, no matter how far away you are. Everyone registers the same way, so the only difference is how you might receive your blue cards. (Some councils accept electronic blue cards, while some only accept the traditional paper ones)

Are scouts required to attend both dates in order to earn a badge?

Yes, scouts must attend both dates to complete a badge. There are NO single-date badges offered.

Will there still be an MBU in the spring?

No, the WPI MBU is permanently moving to the fall, and there will no longer be an MBU in the spring at WPI.

When will I hear which merit badges I am taking?

We will be emailing all scouts with the list of badges they will be taking in early October, when we finalize the class lists.

I didn't get into a badge during one/two of the blocks. What happened?

Unfortunately, we have had many more scouts request certain badges than we can accomodate in those classes. Scouts who did not get into either of their top choices for a particular block will have a free period during that block. A room has been set aside for this purpose, and games will be provided.

I have a question that isn't listed here. What should I do?

Please contact us at mbu@wpi.edu, and we will respond as soon as we are able. Please note that we are all student volunteers, and we ask that you respect our decision to keep our education a priority. We will get back to you as soon as we are able.

Can I change or add a badge to my schedule?

Please DO NOT send requests for badge changes over email. All badge change requests will be handled through this form. Badge change confirmations will be emailed out every Sunday. Please note that requesting a change does NOT guarantee the change will be made. The deadline for badge change requests is October 29th. Due to the volume of scouts attending we will not be handling badge change requests during the days of MBU, please plan accordingly.

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