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​Merit Badge Skill Centers

NOTE:
Attendance at a merit badge skills 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.
 
Computers Merit Badge Center
Merit badge skill centers are offered by organizations and individuals who are uniquely qualified to provide instruction in their content areas.


Upcoming merit badge skills centers include:


Gardening --April 26, 2014 (see attached flyer)
2014 Gardening MB flyer

Motorboating -- April 26, 2014
The National Parks Service also offers merit badge skill centers held at the Old Courthouse or Gateway Arch. For reservations, call 877-982-1410.


American Heritage Merit Badge

Thursday, June 5, 2014 | 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Explore the history of St. Louis at and around the Historic Old Courthouse and learn about the important role this river city played in the development of our nation. Afterwards, take a cruise on the Mississippi River, aboard the Gateway Arch Riverboats, and experience the river first hand.  Presentation will take place at the Historic Old Courthouse and Gateway Arch Riverboats.  About 4-6 weeks before the workshop scouts will receive a packet of workshop logistics and details and several pre-workshop activities.  Completion of the pre-workshop activities and all workshop sessions will fulfill all American Heritage Merit Badge requirements.  The workshop is free.  The cost for the Gateway Arch River Cruise is $8.00 per person.


Railroading Merit Badge
Monday, June 9, 2014 & Wednesday, June 11, 2014 |
Estimated time  6:30 a.m.-3:00 p.m. 
This day-long workshop addresses the Railroading Merit Badge.  While traveling on an Amtrak train between St. Louis and Springfield, Illinois, scouts will learn the ins and outs of railroading from history to safety to economics, presented by National Park Service Staff.  In Springfield, boys will have the opportunity to explore the Lincoln sites with National Park Service staff.  About 4-6 weeks before the workshop scouts will receive a packet of workshop logistics and details and several pre-workshop activities.  Completion of the pre-workshop activities and all workshop sessions will fulfill all Railroading Merit Badge requirements.   Reservations are required and space is limited. The workshop begins and ends at the St. Louis Amtrak Station.  Presentations will happen aboard the Amtrak Rail System and Lincoln National Historic Site.  The workshop is free.  Amtrak tickets will run between $20 and $30 per person.  Because of the popularity of this workshop, more dates may be added in the future.



Law Merit Badge 
Friday, August 1, 2014 | 9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
In this program scouts will investigate the judicial system and its important role in our society.  Activities include a trial reenactment in our historic courtrooms and a debate of historic and contemporary issues.  An attorney and a National Park Service Law Enforcement Ranger discuss their roles and responsibilities in society.  About 4-6 weeks before the workshop scouts will receive a packet of workshop details and several pre-workshop activities.  Completion of the pre-workshop activities and all workshop sessions will fulfill all law Merit Badge requirements.  (At the Old Courthouse)  This workshop is free.



Indian Lore Merit Badge
 
Monday, August 4, 2014  or Tuesday, August 5, 2014 | 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
In this half-day workshop, participants will explore the Plains Indian culture.  Scouts will participate in simulations of the Plains Indians’ daily activities; constructing a tipi, handling authentic reproduction items, communicating in sign language, and  learning  traditional songs and games.  About 4-6 weeks before the workshop scouts will receive a packet of workshop logistics and details and several pre-workshop activities.  Completion of the pre-workshop activities and all workshop sessions will fulfill all Indian Lore Merit Badge requirements.  The workshop is free.  Presentations will take place at the Museum of Westward Expansion, inside the Gateway Arch Visitor Center.  Reservations are required, space is limited.  This workshop is free.

 

                       
Ask your district advancement chairman for details about district merit badge skill centers.