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2021 Summer Schedule
Jun 21-26 | July 19-24 | August 16-21
Daily from 10 - 11a.m., Virtually

Chess Club and Scholastic Center of St. Louis
4657 Maryland Ave., St. Louis, MO 63108
Register here

The Chess Club will provide small group lessons throughout the day with Scouts BSA Merit Badge Counselors. Demonstrate your knowledge of chess to the world!

  • Meet other Scouts interested in chess.
  • Learn from the best, at an internationally recognized chess facility.
  • Learn about the scope of chess in the world today, find resources to improve your game, and find out about how you can participate in chess competitions, classes and activities.
  • Earn your Scouts BSA Chess Merit Badge!

The workshop is free to any Scout looking to fulfill the merit badge requirement. Basic knowledge of chess rules is required. Transportation not provided. Lunch and snack will be provided. Parents are advised to report possible allergens.

Citizenship in the Nation (Cape Girardeau)

Citizenship in the Nation
Cape Girardeau, Missouri
Wednesday, August 16, 2023
9:00 am- 4:00 pm

Location: Cape City Hall AND Rush H. Limbaugh, Sr, U. S. Courthouse

Registrations will be taken on a first come, first served basis, beginning at 7:00 am on Monday, April 17th.
No early reservations will be accepted.

See attached flyer for full listing of details and online reservation site.

Citizenship in the Nation CAPE 2023 (003)

Judicial Learning Center

Citizenship in the Nation (St. Louis)

Citizenship in the Nation
St. Louis, Missouri
Thursday, July 6, 2023
8:30 am - 4:30 pm

Locations: Thomas F. Eagleton U.S. Courthouse AND The Gateway Arch

Registrations will be taken on a first come, first served basis, beginning at 7:00 am on Monday April 17.
No early reservations will be accepted.

See attached flyer for full details and online reservation site.

Citizenship in the Nation St. Louis 2023


Judicial Learning Center

Citizenship in the World


Citizenship in the World Merit Badge

This event is limited to 60 Scouts.  Scouts should email Mr. Volansky with the subject line "Citizenship in the World" to reserve a spot in the seminar.  One Scout may register multiple scouts with one email - list all scouts to be registered in the email.

Email with questions alexvolansky@yahoo.com


Upper Limits Rock Gym
Chesterfield, Maryland Heights, Bloomington or Downtown St. Louis locations

The Rock Climbing and Rappelling Merit Badge class is a 3-4 hour interactive class taught by certified merit badge counselors. Scouts are responsible for meeting the requirements as outlined in the appropriate merit badge booklet. Participants must provide their Merit Badge application for the counselor to sign. The class includes necessary equipment rental and additional climbing. The minimum participation to hold a class is 2 and no more than 10 participants may be in a course at a time. Advanced reservations are required.

  • Includes equipment rental (shoes are not included, athletic shoes are suitable) and additional climbing.
  • Reservations and a $15 deposit per person are required. Please see our cancellation policy for more details.
  • All participants must complete a waiver. Climbers under 18 must have the waiver signed by a parent or legal guardian.

Dog Care

September 10, 2022
9:00am to 12:00pm
Fee $20.00

Humane Society of Missouri | 1201 Macklind Ave., St. Louis, MO 63110

Do you wanna have fun earning a merit badge while hanging with a bunch of dogs?

Join us at the Humane Society of Missouri as we sniff through all the requirements needed to earn your Dog Care merit badge! Unleash your creativity and have a howling good time meeting our shelter dogs all while learning facts about first aid, tips on being a terrific pet parent, tricks on training, and even how-to’s concerning rescuing dogs! What better way to learn about various breeds than to stroll through our male and female wings, getting up close and personal with the many pooches here who are waiting to meet their new families!?

Earning a merit badge has never been this much fun and we’re sure you’ll give it “two-paws up”! Scoop up some fun stuff to take home too!

PLEASE NOTE: Prerequisites : Present evidence you have cared for your pet for 4 months. Show you have read a book or pamphlet approved by your counselor about your pet.

Closed-toed, rubber-soled shoes are required to protect your feet and give better traction when walking through the animal wings.

To sign up go to: Boy Scout Merit Badge Registration

Fishing & Fly Fishing or Fish & Wildlife Management

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(Scouts must choose one merit badge to work on during the day)

Join us for a unique merit badge workshop on Fishing & Fly Fishing or Fish and Wildlife Management. We provide the needed gear and teachers, and together we will work on the merit badges.


The merit badge will be taught in a series of rotating sessions on different topics. You will be signed off for the requirements that you complete.

  • Balanced Systems
  • Spin Casting Instruction
  • Fly Casting Instruction
  • Natural/ Artificial Baits
  • Fly Tying Instruction
  • Knots Instruction
  • Fishing Safety, First Aid
  • Fly Fishing Experience
  • Fish Prep/ Cooking

Merit badge requirements include catching a fish. We cannot guarantee you will catch a fish on this day, but we will give you the opportunity!

*Please wear your Class A Uniform for the day.

Scouts will be responsible for bringing their own blue card(s) signed by their Scoutmaster to the event.

BSA Complete Angler Service Project:  This option is ONLY for Scouts who have earned all three fishing-related merit badges – fishing, fly fishing and fish and wildlife management and would like to earn the BSA Complete Angler Recognition Award.  In addition to earning all three fishing-related merit badges the Scout has to complete one of the following four service projects.  Scouts registering for the BSA Complete Angler Service Project will be able to complete the service project at the skill center.

BSA Complete Angler Recognition Application

Your last step is to successfully complete one or more of the following projects:

1. Teach a Fishing or Fly Fishing merit badge skill to your troop, crew or team as part of a unit program activity.

2. Help instruct Cub Scouts on fishing skills or fishery management as part of a Cub Scout  meeting or outing.

3. Participate in a local fishing derby or tournament, either a Scouting or Community event.

4. Complete a conservation project that will benefit a local fishery.

If a Scout is registering for a merit badge (fishing, fly fishing or fish and wildlife management) they CANNOT register for the BSA Complete Angler Service Project.  

Note: Scouts registering for the BSA Complete Angler Service Project MUST bring proof they have earned fishing, fly fishing and fish and wildlife management merit badges.  They can bring their blue cards (or photocopies of their blue cards) for these merit badges or a signed letter from their Scoutmaster stating the Scout applying for the BSA Complete Angler Recognition Award has earned fishing, fly fishing and fish and wildlife merit badges.  NO EXCEPTIONS!!!


Belleville Public Library
121 East Washington St., Belleville, IL 62220
Email becky.cline@bellevillepubliclibrary.org to register

In Person Class: February 19th, 9:00am to 12:00pm
Online Class (Zoom): March 5th, 9:00 am to 12:00pm

Prerequisites: 2, 3, 6 and 7


Beaumont Scout Reservation | Nagel Base

The Horsemanship Merit Badge Skill Center provides Scouts with knowledge of how to care, groom and ride a horse. The skill center begins with an orientation session on March 9th and then is held over three dates: March 11th, 18th, and 25th. In addition to learning how to safely ride and care for horses, Scouts who earn this merit badge will gain an understanding of horse’s instincts and behaviors, as well as humane and effective methods for training horses. Register at https://scoutingevent.com/312-63535

Must be Scout age (11 yrs old) at the time the 2022 HMBSC starts. Recommended age is 14 or older. This program is designed for Scouts. Venturing has different requirements.

NESA Advancement Day

**Check back for 2022 event dates!**
Camp Warren Levis

Scouts may choose from over 25 Merit Badges. Blue cards ARE NOT needed for this event. They may be printed out from your original registration online beginning approximately one week after NESA day. PLEASE allow the office staff those few days to enter all of the information before you contact them asking for the blue cards.

There will be a morning and afternoon session. Some Merit Badges are one session long, some take multiple sessions.

It is the Troop and/or parent’s responsibility to provide adult leadership for the Scouts while they are in camp. At least one Youth Protection Trained adult should be on premises for the event.


Registration will open when the 2022 dates are announced!


  • 7:00-8:30 AM – Staff and Scout Check In
  • 8:45 AM – Flag Raising/Announcements
  • 9 AM – Morning classes begin
  • 12 -1 PM – Lunch: Scouts (and adults) should bring a lunch and a cup

The Trading Post will be open!

  • 1:00 PM – Afternoon classes begin

What to Bring
Scouts must bring a merit badge pamphlet, worksheet, and other supplies required for each merit badge session. (See catalog for specifics)

Because seating is limited in some of the program areas, an easily transportable chair is recommended.

Merit Badge Sessions
Scouts may choose from Merit Badges that are offered in the course catalog. Attendance of the Merit Badge class DOES NOT guarantee completion of the Merit Badge.

NESA Advancement Day is an opportunity for the Scout to meet with a counselor to review the Merit Badge material and demonstrate his skill and knowledge in that area to the counselor.

Sessions include instruction, group discussion, demonstration, and evaluation.  The Scout should be prepared to actively participate and discuss the material covered in the Merit Badge Pamphlet.

If a Scout is not prepared (not aware of the merit badge requirements) the counselor may not allow the Scout to participate.

If the Scout has completed some of the merit badge requirements, he should bring proof with him.

Can I Help With Advancement Day?
Absolutely! To make this a successful day for the Scouts, we need quite a bit of help. This is such a big event with so many merit badges; there are always spots that need filled or additional help to keep things running smoothly. If you are interested in assisting with any of the merit badge sessions, registration, or other activities, please contact Terry Grime at terrya.grime@gmail.com

Personal Management

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Dieterich Bank will be hosting Skill centers in 2022 & 2023. Sign up Here.

In addition to the dates above Dietrich bank will be hosting classes at:

University of Scouting Edwardsville January 28th Registration link

SIUC STEM University & Lakeland STEM University Link

Get financially prepared.

Scouts who want to earn the Personal Management merit badge and adhere to the “thrifty” part of the Boy Scout Law can get help from free Econ Lowdown videos produced by the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis.

The Boy Scouts of America’s online pamphlet for the badge features the following videos, which teach about spending, saving, and more:

  • Growing Money: Compound Interest
  • No-Frills Money Skills: Ways to Save
  • Wealth Creation for All
  • Understanding Capital Markets
  • No Frills Money Skills: Get Into Stocks
  • Understanding How a FICO Credit Score is Determine

For more information and a link to the pamphlet chapter that includes the videos, go to stlouisfed.org/education/merit-badge.


This is an on-going badge via Zoom
Humane Society of Missouri | 1201 Macklind Ave., St. Louis, MO 63110

**Currently all Merit Badge sessions are being held via zoom. Complete all your requirements and then register HERE to have them signed-off by a counselor.**

Do you wanna have fun working towards a merit badge while hanging with a bunch of animals? Join us at the Humane Society of Missouri as we explore the requirements needed to earn your Pet Care Merit Badge! Learn all the ins and outs of caring for birds, reptiles, aquatic pets, dogs, cats, rabbits, farm animals and all the little critters like hamsters, gerbils and guinea pigs! You choose which animals you’d like to learn more about. This high-energy interactive class will keep you mooovin’ and hoppin’ so come motivated and ready to have fun!

PLEASE NOTE: There are several requirements for this badge. Please look at all 4 requirements before coming. All requirements but #3 will need to be met on your own outside of the workshop. This workshop is designed to give you the most pertinent and meaningful information to help you be the best pet guardian possible. Bring your completed requirement materials with you so that we can sign your card – no follow-up appointments will be made.

CLICK HERE to view Pet Care Merit Badge Requirements »

Closed-toed, rubber-soled shoes are required to protect your feet and give better tracmailto:jklepacki@hsmo.orgtion when walking through the animal wings.

For questions, email Julie Housley at JHousley@hsmo.org

Public Health

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St. Louis County Public Health Department | 6121 N. Hanley Rd., St. Louis 63134

Limited to 30 Scouts

Pre Req: 5A or 5B
Register:  Julieunk2@gmail.com
Include Scout First and Last name, Troop number and emergency contact name and phone number.

Scouts will need to come prepared with their 5A or 5B pre requisites on a piece of paper. Scouts must also have a blue merit badge card. Full uniform is preferred.

Scuba Diving

BSA Scuba Merit Badge Workshop

All workshops are virtual

Curious about the Boy Scout Scuba Diving Merit Badge? Unlike many other merit badges, the Scuba Diving Merit Badge requires scuba certification from a recognized training agency as one of the key components to earning the badge. Join Y-kiki’s workshop to learn all the requirements including what it takes to become scuba certified. Attendees need not be scuba divers to attend the work shop.

Contact Y-kiki Divers at 314-469-8722 for questions and to get registered.

Scuba Merit Badge Workshops: These are free, informational virtual meetings.

Scuba Merit Badge: Once a Scout is scuba certified, we have several dive professionals on staff who are Scuba Merit Badge Counselors. The Scout can contact the shop and schedule an appointment to complete the remaining requirements to earn the badge.

Scuba Award  

Snorkeling Award


BSA Swimming Merit Badge 2023
February 19, March 12, May 7, June 4 and July 9, August 20, September 17, October 15 and November 5

BSA Swim Test 2023
February 19, March 12, May 7, June 4 and July 9, August 20, September 17, October 15 and November 5

Please call to schedule a swim test for groups larger than 10 as additional dates are available.

Pre-registration and pre-payment is required.

All aquatics programs are conducted in an indoor, heated pool with changing rooms available.  We will ensure, at minimum, we have two Y-kiki Professional staff attending these dates conducting these programs and managing spectators. Spectators (parents) are welcome, but they will and find seating on the bleachers maintaining social distancing.

Please confirm start times at signup

BSA Swim Test – Noon start time.  $10.  Y-kiki 

BSA Swimming Merit Badge:  12:30 pm - 2pm.  $25. Y-kiki

Additional Programs that we are continuing to offer on these dates and others if needed include:

BSA Snorkeling Award:   $33 per person for groups of 9 or less / $29 per person for groups of 10 or more. Y-kiki

BSA Scuba Award:   $42.50 per person for groups of 9 or less / $40 per person for groups of 10 or more. Y-kiki

Gear Sanitation Policy:

All regulators, masks & snorkels are being soaked in a 10% bleach solution, rinsed and dried after each use. Buoyancy Compensators (scuba award gear) are soaked in a Mirazyme solution and we rinse the interior bladder with the same solution. We will use a Steramine solution on the power inflator mouthpiece. Wetsuits, hoods & gloves will be soaked in either a Mirazyme solution or wetsuit shampoo (depending on how dirty they are).

If you have any further questions or concerns, please contact us. It is always our priority to ensure the safety of our customers and staff.

Truck Transportation

April 29, 2023
United Van Lines (UniGroup)
#1 Premier Drive | Fenton, MO 63026
Sign Up Here

Scouts attending the Truck Transportation Skill Center must be in uniform and bring a merit badge card signed by their Scoutmaster. Truck Transportation Merit Badge counselors are available to meet with Scouts from 1-3 p.m. Appointments can also be made at a later date with the counselor. Participants need to bring the information needed in requirements 1 and 2 from the Truck Transportation merit badge book. Bringing the merit badge book is recommended.

Scouts should also bring a sack lunch. Registration starts at 8:30 am,  class starts at 9:00 a.m. and ends at 2 pm. Dress for the weather and parents should be prepared for early pick up if the class ends early.

Space is limited to the first 100 Scouts, so register early!

*Attendance at the skill center does not guarantee that Scouts will pass the requirements for the merit badge. In accordance with the merit badge policy, a Scout must meet with a counselor to complete the merit badge requirements.

If you have any further questions or require more information, please contact Jim at jim.rockwell@unigroup.com.

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