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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)

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Rush H. Limbaugh, Sr. U.S. Courthouse
This is a virtual event. Click HERE for dates and times.

Learn what it means to be a citizen of the United States by participating in a variety of sessions and touring a federal facility. Unlike in previous years, this program will be held entirely at a single location.

The workshop is free, but reservations are required, and space is limited. Please read below for reservation guidelines:

  • Minimum age requirement: Scouts MUST have reached 13th birthday by July 07.
  • This program is open to Scouts in any district, but first preference will be given to those from Southeast Missouri and Southern Illinois.

Email with questions Rachel_Marshall@ca8.uscourts.gov.

Citizenship in the Nation Requirements –
NOTE: The pre-requisites have changed from previous years:
2 ( pick a, b, or d), 3 and 8 must be completed in advance.
1, 2c, 4, 5, 6, and 7 will be completed at the skill center.

Citizenship in the Nation (St. Louis)

Citizenship in the Nation
December 11, 2021 | 8:00am-12:00PM

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.  Each email will receive a confirming email –         this email MUST be presented the day of the training to enter.

The workshop is free, but reservations are required, and space is limited. Please read below for reservation guidelines: Citizenship in the Nation Event Flyer 

Email with questions alexvolansky@yahoo.com

Citizenship in the Nation Pre-Requirements – #2, #6 and #8


Citizenship in the World

      Saturday, January 8, 2022| 8:00am-2:00pm

                                      St. Anthony of Padua Parish Center

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


2020 Schedule
Saturdays & Sundays
Upper Limits Rock Gym
Chesterfield, Maryland Heights, Bloomington or Downtown St. Louis locations
3 hour course | Cost: $40

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

December 5, 2020
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 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: There are nine requirements for this badge. Six of these requirements (#1, 2, 3, 6, 7 and 9) will be completed in the workshop that day.
Due to the nature of requirements #4, #5 and #8, you must complete these on your own PRIOR TO THE WORKSHOP and bring the documentation with you. We will sign off on your badge and give you a certificate of completion that day.

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

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!!!


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

Prerequisites: 2, 3, 6 and 7


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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 July 21 and then is held over three date: July 23, 28, 30th. 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.

Must be Scout age (11 yrs old) at the time the 2020 HMBSC starts. Recommended age is 14 or older. This program is designed for Scouts. Venturing has different requirements.

NESA Advancement Day

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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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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.


December 5
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 traction when walking through the animal wings.

For questions, email JoEllyn at jklepacki@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

All Workshops Are Now Virtual!

During this time, the workshops are now on-line

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. Those registered will receive the call-in information.

Upcoming Sessions

  • June 16, 2021, Wed., 6:30pm

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.


Swimming Merit Badge
October 24, November 14, January 16, and February 20 

Principia School
13201 Clayton Rd, St. Louis, MO 63131

To sign up and get more information please email David Alsop at dallsop@y-kiki.com.

Pre-registration and pre-payment is required.

We will ensure, at minimum, we have two Y-kiki Professional staff attending these dates conducting these programs and managing spectators. Masks have always been required inside the building and on the pool deck. Spectators are welcome, but they will need to also wear face masks and find seating on the bleachers maintaining social distancing.

During in-water pool skills, we will also ensure participants are spaced out appropriately and, if using mask & snorkel, we will ensure the scouts are wearing them during briefings.

The two programs we are adding, include:

BSA Swim Test – Noon start time. We are charging $10.

BSA Swimming Merit Badge:  Noon-2pm. We are charging $25.

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

BSA Snorkeling Award:  Noon to 2 p.m. We charge $33 per person for groups of 9 or less / $29 per person for groups of 10 or more.

BSA Scuba Award:  Noon to 2 p.m. (depending on group size, we would add one hour). We charge $42.50 per person for groups of 9 or less / $40 per person for groups of 10 or more.

Gear Sanitation & Covid Policy:

All regulators, masks & snorkels are being soaked in a 10% bleach solution, rinsed and dried after each use. BCs 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).

At Principia, we have the entire pool at our disposal, so we are able to properly distance ourselves, especially now with the additional dates. We also provide face masks for those who don’t have one along with hand sanitizer.

Local building capacity restrictions are being met – at 25% capacity, that’s 50 individuals.

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

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United Van Lines (UniGroup)
#1 Premier Drive | Fenton, MO 63026

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.