Merit Badge Opportunities

Math Science Tech Expo Merit Badge classes March 2 and 16th

posted Nov 24, 2018, 5:41 AM by Webmaster Troop 13

2019 MSTE Dates:

Saturday, March 2, 2019 from 9:00 am to 3:45 pm - Event kickoff, keynote, merit badge sessions, and career fair

Saturday, March 16, 2019 from 9:00 am to 3:45 pm - Most field trips Scouts are expected to wear their class A uniform on both days.

More information at


UMass Lowell, Olney Hall, 265 Riverside St., Lowell, MA 01854 (Auditorium Room 150)
Most, but not all, field trip are held on March 16, 2019 and locations will be announced in the merit badge sessions and on the website at the Field Trips page, once we get closer to the event date. Or, please check with your merit badge counselor.

20% off for Scouts with the Adventure Card. Login with the User ID on your card when you register and the discount will be applied.

*If you would like to switch Merit Badges after you have registered, you may do so before Dec. 31st by logging back in to your account that you logged in to or created at registration.

You can sign up for 1 ALL DAY merit badge or an AM/PM pair.

You may sign up for an Eagle Required merit badge: Personal Management, or Environmental Science.


View the Merit Badge Course Schedule


$50.00 per Participant
If you cancel by 12/31/2018, you will receive a pro-rated refund. Please contact us to have it processed. After 12/31/2018, there will be no refunds for cancellations.

Harvard Merit Badge University March 2 and April 6th

posted Nov 24, 2018, 5:34 AM by Webmaster Troop 13

Merit Badge University

The Harvard College Friends of Scouting in conjunction with Spirit of Adventure Council presents Merit Badge University (MBU) 2019.  Merit Badges are an important part of the Scouts BSA Program.  At MBU, Scouts may earn up to three badges that are not typically available in a camp or troop setting including almost 20 STEM-related merit badges at Harvard University.

Session 1: Saturday, March 2 (8 AM - 2:30 PM)

Session 2: Saturday, April 6 (9 AM - 2:30 PM)

Both sessions are required. Some badges have a field trip on an intervening Saturday or Sunday to be determined by individual Merit Badge Counselors. Registering for session one automatically registers you for the same merit badges in session two.

For some badges, some requirements must be done prior to the first Saturday session. Counselors will correspond with Scouts in February with this information. To complete some merit badges, other work will need to be done between the first and second session and emailed to the counselor.




American Heritage


Disability Awareness


Programming * S FT ~


Architecture **S FT


Electricity S


Public Health ** S


Animation S FT


Fingerprinting N


Pulp & Paper S


Astronomy **S FT


Journalism N FT


Robotics *** S FT


Aviation S FT




Scouting Heritage FT


Chemistry ***S


Medicine S FT


Search & Rescue **


Climbing FT


Moviemaking S FT


Space Exploration ** S FT




Music N


Traffic Safety


Crime Prevention N


Oceanography FT




Digital Technology *


Photography *





S STEM- Related Badge

FT Field Trip Required

N New Merit Badge

  ~ On March 2, bring (fully charged) laptop

*  On March 2, bring CyberChip card or note from SM that you have completed CyberChip requirements (REQUIRED)

** Must be 12 years or older by start of MBU 2019

*** Must be 13 years or older at the start of MBU 2019



  Period 1  9:00am- 10:30am

Period 2  10:45am- 12:15pm

Period 3   1:00pm- 2:30pm


Each Merit Badge will be offered in all three periods with the exception of...

  • Robotics ( 9:00am- 12:15pm)
  • Public Health (9:00am- 12:15pm)
  • Collections (Period 1 only)
  • Animation (Periods 1 & 2 only)
  • Fingerprinting (Period 2)
  • Aviation (Periods 2 & 3 only)
  • Moviemaking (Period 3 only) and Scouting Heritage (Period 3 only)


20% off for Scouts with the Adventure Card. Login with the User ID on your card when you register and the discount will be applied.

*If you would like to switch Merit Badges after you have registered, you may do so before Dec. 31st by logging back in to your account that you logged in to or created at registration.


Be sure to review Merit Badge Prerequisites before March 2nd. Those signing up for Chemistry, be sure to download and fill out the Lab Permission Slip.


Merit Badge Prerequisites

Blue Card Instructions

Chemistry Lab Permission Slip


It is the policy of the Spirit of Adventure Council, BSA that no Scout will be denied the opportunity to participate in the program for financial reasons. If a Scout in your Troop or family meets this criteria, please feel free to apply for a "Campership" by filling out this form here.

$65.00 per Participant
Refunds will be offered until 12/31/18 ONLY.

Scouting Heritage Merit Badge Feb 16th At Base Camp

posted Nov 13, 2018, 5:57 AM by Webmaster Troop 13

Join us for our Scouting Heritage Day – Celebrate Scouting’s 109th Birthday with us. Check out our displays of historical memorabilia from our local councils and their evolution throughout the years. Work on the Scouting Heritage Merit Badge.

FREE for those with the Adventure Card (all Cub Scouts in the Spirit of Adventure Council).  Login with your Card-holder’s User ID.

Location is New England Base Camp - Milton, MA

10:00 AM - 5:00 PM

2 Stamp Collecting MB opportunities Sat Nov 10th and Sun Dec 9th. Hours vary.

posted Nov 4, 2018, 8:41 AM by Webmaster Troop 13

Spellman Museum has been running this Merit badge Class almost bi-monthly for years.  Many Troop 13 Scouts has come here for this badge.

SUNDAY, DECEMBER 9TH, 10:00 - 2:00.


 For more information and/or to register call 617-784-5838 or email to

The Spellman Museum of Stamps & Postal History
241 Wellesley Street
Weston, MA 02493 | 781-768-8367

Merit Badge College at Rhode Island College Jan 5th

posted Oct 28, 2018, 4:05 AM by Webmaster Troop 13

2019 Narragansett Council Merit Badge College

14th Anniversary of the Merit Badge College

January 5, 2019 ~ Rhode Island College



Where: Donovan Dining Center, Rhode Island College, North Providence, RI
Time: 7:00 AM To 4:30 PM

7:00 AM– 7:45 AM: Check in - A Troop representative picks up registration materials
7:50 AM – 8:20 AM: Opening Ceremony, Donovan Dining Center
4:30 PM Dismissed (Note: There will be NO Closing Assembly)

Half Day Classes:
8:30 AM – 12:00 PM: Half Day Morning Session
12:00 PM – 12:45 PM: Half Day Session Lunch
1:00 PM – 4:30 PM: Half Day Afternoon Session

All Day Classes:
8:30 AM– 11:00 AM: All Day Morning Session
11:00 AM – 11:45 AM: All Day Session Lunch
12:00 PM – 4:30 PM: All Day Afternoon Session

Adult Options:

Adults registering to provide 2-deep Leadership in Merit Badge classes will receive a $5 discount ($10 for full day classes). Please help us provide two deep leadership for our classes!

Scouts - $30 ( Fees for some classes noted in Course Catalog)
Adults - $20 (Adults pay as low as $10 by providing two-deep leadership)

Eagles' Roost Luncheon - This special luncheon is available to Scouts who have ALREADY earned their Eagle award. We will talk about motivation and leadership. Limited to the first 20 participants and those taking half day courses. Register when you select your classes.


Click here to check course availability

Click here for the Campus Map

Cell Phones - A Scout is Courteous - If you must have a cell phone, set it to silent/vibrate. Demonstrate respect for the instructors and other classmates and do NOT make or take calls or text messages during class time.

Registration and payment by scouts and adults must be made on-line. Website features will allow whole troop registration or individual scout registration by an adult leader or parent. Classes will be filled in order of registration.

IMPORTANT: At least 2 adults from each troop must register and attend for the day. If a troop is NOT registering their scouts at one time, please ensure that at least 2 adults attend representing that troop. This is for the safety of your scouts. We ask that adults register for and be available to provide 2-deep leadership in MB classes.

The registration fee covers lunch, patch, facilities and communication costs. Some classes may require an extra fee. Adults are encouraged to register on-line to support two-deep leadership coverage of MB classes.  There will be NO REFUNDS. However, you may transfer a scout or scouter registration to another.

Scouts are expected to secure a MB pamphlet in advance of the MBC and to have read it. Scouts are to have a blue MB card filled out with his personal information and signed by his scoutmaster before going to class.

Prerequisite information is included in the course catalog that can be found on the MBC web site. It is the Scout’s responsibility to be familiar with and complete any prerequisite, project or other outside work prior to the MBC and present the work or evidence to the counselor. A note from the Scoutmaster or a signed prior partial MB Card may be useful in this. The Merit Badge Counselor has discretion to determine if the Scout has met the MB requirements.

STEM/Supernova Awards: Many of the Merit Badges offered will help qualify Scouts for one of the Nova or Supernova STEM awards. More info on STEM in Scouting here:


Guidance for Scouts Attending the MBC  

The Merit Badge College is an opportunity to learn from subject matter experts in career or lifelong hobby subjects. We seek out experts in areas that may be difficult for you to find such as Electronics or Archeology.

The MBC will publish a course catalog on the MBC website. This catalog will provide a list of every workshop being offered; its schedule; the list of requirements that are prerequisite for the workshop; the counselor’s name with a short biography. Additionally, we will indicate if the workshop is best suited for an older scout in high school.

If you want an idea of what the Merit Badge is about, there is much information available on-line. A fantastic resource is the US Scouting Service Project. .

1.)Pick a Workshop: EXPLORE.

Talk to your parents about which workshop to take.  But in the end, we expect you to select a topic that you truly wish to learn about.  Don’t let your only motivation be an Eagle badge, get outside your comfort zone and try something new.


2.) Consider Your Age

While there is not an age or grade requirement for any merit badge, certain classes at the MBC are recommended for scouts in the 9th grade and older.  This group will include only a few badges such as Environmental Science.  In the short duration of a single day, the nature and amount of material covered in these classes will make it very difficult for a younger scout to keep up.  This can slow the pace of the class and the class will not complete the intended material. We want you to enjoy what you do here so you will do it well.   Be sure to select something age appropriate and get your Scoutmaster’s approval on a blue Merit Badge Card.


3.) Getting Ready for MBC Day (Read the book) LEARN          LEARN         LEARN         LEARN
OK. So, you have selected your workshops and registered on-line. Congratulations! The next thing that you should do, if you have not already done so, is to get a copy of the Merit Badge pamphlet for yourself. (Read the book.) You should read through the pamphlet so that you are completely familiar with it. In fact, (Read the book.) you may want to read it through more than once. (Read the book.)/

We do not guarantee that you will complete any badge.  Many MB Workshops will have published a list of pre-requisites in the course catalog.  These are requirements that you should complete before MBC day.  When you complete them, bring all material to class with you such as notes, pictures, writings, reports, letters.  (Read the book.) It is up to you to make sure that you complete every requirement. Even if they are not listed, some requirements may by their nature not be doable in a classroom. (Read the book.)  You should at least attempt to complete these before the MBC.  If you can do this, then you will get the most out of the workshop.  If you do not, then you won’t. (Read the book.)

4.) Blue Merit Badge Cards
Your card is your ONLY record of achievement at the MBC.  Keep it safe.  You must have with you a Merit Badge Card for every workshop.  Before the MBC, you should fill out the card with your name, address, Merit Badge and Troop information.  Your Scoutmaster should sign this card indicating that he approves you taking the class. (Read the book.)  This card will be the ONLY record of your achievement at the MBC.  Counselors are not required to keep records.  Some will but most will not.  You are responsible for your card.  Keep it safe.d any prerequisite work that you have done (or its proof) with you. Bring your Merit Badge Pamphlet. (Read the book.)

Excellence is not a act...Excellence is a habit...Be Excellent

Proper Scout behavior is expected. Each Scout is an ambassador to Rhode Island College.

Each of the two sessions during the day is 3.5 hours. The first session starts at 8:30 and will go until 12:00 noon. Counselors will schedule short breaks. Make sure that you have water and/or snacks if needed. This is a college campus and you will be walking outdoors in-between building, so be dressed for the weather. Donovan Hall will be open for you to wait for your ride until 5:00 PM.

Youth will select from the "Full Day Class list" or the "Half Day Class list".

Adults will select "Adult Options". Adults will have the choice to select a class or classes to assist with two-deep leadership and receive a fee discount. There is also an option for adults to select no classes.

Registration Changes: If you would like to make a change to your class selections after you have registered email:

$20.00 per Adults
$30.00 per Scouts 

February Vacation Merit Badge Day Camp 8:30 - 4:00 pm

posted Oct 28, 2018, 2:20 AM by Webmaster Troop 13   [ updated Oct 28, 2018, 2:21 AM ]



Grades 6-12


February 18th– February 22nd

Week-long Day Camp


Older Campers, boys, and girls in the 6th through 12th grade, will choose a program themed around winter activities including some with overnights, day trips, certifications and merit badge earnings for scouts. Click here for Registration Link

Program choices are:


Winter Survival: Program involves Wilderness Survival Merit Badge, Cooking Merit badge,  CPR Certification,  Includes one overnight


Find Your Way: Program involves Orienteering Merit Badge, Geocache Merit Badge, CPR Certification


Snow Sports: Program involves Snow Sports Merit Badge,  Physical Fitness Merit Badge, Includes one day of skiing


First Aid: Program involves First Aid Merit Badge, Fire Safety Merit Badge, CPR Certification, Basic First Aid


Optional Extended Day Program- The Extended Day program provides programming and supervision to campers following the end of the camp day. With this option, parents can pick up campers anytime Monday-Thursday between 4-6 p.m. 


Optional Lunch Program- Campers who participate in the lunch program are provided with lunch including sandwich, fruit, chips, juice and dessert.


20% off for campers with the Adventure Card! The Card is part of all Cub Scout registrations in the Spirit of Adventure Council. Login with your Card-holder’s User ID.


*Sign up for BOTH Winter and STEM Camps before the end of Winter Camp, and receive a FREE New England Base Camp hoodie!*

$295.00 per Participant


2/18/2019 8:30 AM -
2/22/2019 4:00 PM

Orienteering Merit Badge at Camp Sayre Oct 20th

posted Sep 17, 2018, 2:50 AM by Webmaster Troop 13

Scout Advancement- S.A.Y.R.E. Weekend - Remember folks, “Scout Advancement Year-round Requires Engagement”. These are the weekends in which we offer Merit Badges you might have a hard time completing by yourself or with your unit. This Saturday, we will be offering Orienteering Merit Badge. Use our multiple level courses set up by NEOC, the New England Orienteering Club.  
Registration Link

Top 5 Merit Badges to earn in school

posted Sep 7, 2018, 12:26 PM by Webmaster Troop 13

Bryan on Scouting

Top 5 merit badges Scouts could earn while completing assignments for school

Here’s a word problem to ponder: How can one homework assignment count twice?

Easy. By getting credit for that work at school and in Scouts.

Turns out several merit badge requirements align perfectly with schoolwork. And there’s no BSA rule against going for double credit. (Same goes for service projects done at school. The Guide to Advancement says that “counting service hours for school or elsewhere in the community and also for advancement is not considered double counting since the hours are counted only once for advancement purposes.”)

Makes that 10-page essay seem a little more palatable, huh?

Now that school is back in session, let’s look at the top 5 merit badge Scouts can earn while completing homework, group projects or other school assignments.


When taking a test, you’re supposed to answer the easy questions first. I’m going to apply that same theory to this list of school-related merit badges.

The Scholarship merit badge, where Scouts must show an improvement in their grades and demonstrate good leadership skills at school, is the most obvious inclusion here.

But here’s another fact about test-taking: Sometimes the obvious answer is the correct one.


Scouts who find and read six books from a variety of genres have completed the most time-consuming step for the Reading merit badge.

To find those books, the Scout must work with a merit badge counselor or a librarian — perhaps a school librarian .

My favorite requirement for the Reading MB is the four service hours needed for requirement 4. Scouts could complete that by volunteering at their school library or reading to children.


Allow me to paraphrase William Shakespeare: All the world’s a stage, and the Scouts who are part of the cast or crew of a school musical or play should work concurrently on the Theater merit badge.

That’s pretty much what he meant.

While Scouts design sets or costumes, memorize lines, or install stage lighting for a school production, they can check off one requirement after another.

That is, assuming they take the effort to do so. After all, as Shakespeare actually wrote, “it is not in the stars to hold our destiny but in ourselves.”


Choose a sample program and then modify the code or add a function or subroutine to it. Then debug and demonstrate the modified program to your counselor.

That merit badge requirement might sound like gibberish to those of us who grew up in the days of dial-up. But today’s teens? They’re nodding their heads in understanding.

That’s why more and more schools offer classes in computer programming, where students learn skills that employers crave.

It’s also why the BSA in 2013 released the Programming merit badge, giving Scouts a STEM-focused introduction to a skill that is both fun and practical.


Athletics merit badge challenges Scouts to improve their performance in activities like running, weightlifting or basketball.

They must show improvement over a three-month period, tracking their progress and using math skills to see how much they’ve improved.

This merit badge could easily be completed in a season of school sports or semester of PE class.

That is, assuming schools still have PE class.

For extra credit, read this note about merit badge requirements

The Guide to Advancement states that a merit badge counselor can consider any work toward requirements completed prior to the initial discussion with the unit leader.

Here’s the exact reference, Section

Typically after the unit leader signs the blue card, the Scout contacts the merit badge counselor and sets an appointment. Even though Scouts may benefit from reviewing requirements with a counselor before pursuing them, a boy may begin working on a merit badge at any time after he is registered. It is the counselor’s decision whether to accept work or activities completed prior to the issuing of the signed blue card. Common sense should prevail, however. For example, nights already camped as a Boy Scout, or coins or stamps already collected, would count toward their respective badges.

In other words, it’s possible to complete merit badge requirements even before getting a blue card from a unit leader and finding a merit badge counselor.

Still, a Scout’s best bet is to find a counselor before working on a merit badge. This just eliminates any potential snags down the road.

After all, once a badge is started there’s no time limit for completing it — other than the Scout’s 18th birthday.

What’d I miss?

What other merit badges belong on this list?

Remember the rule: This is a Top 5 list, not a Top 6 or Top 7. If you add one, you must say which one you’d remove.

More in this series

Click here for more “Top 5 merit badges” fun.

Stamp Collecting Merit Badge November 10th from 9:00 - 1:00pm

posted Aug 17, 2018, 7:33 AM by Webmaster Troop 13   [ updated Oct 11, 2018, 5:20 AM ]

Spellman Museum has been running this Merit badge Class almost bi-monthly for years.  Many Troop 13 Scouts has come here for this badge.



 For more information and/or to register call 617-784-5838 or email to

The Spellman Museum of Stamps & Postal History
241 Wellesley Street
Weston, MA 02493 | 781-768-8367

Sept - Fishing, Rifle Shooting, Fish and Wildlife Merit Badges at Bass Pro

posted Aug 16, 2018, 1:44 AM by Webmaster Troop 13   [ updated Aug 25, 2018, 3:54 PM ]

This class is not a Council event.  Bass Pro Shop has certified Merit Badge Councilors who run the event.

September is Merit Badge month for the Boy Scouts of America at Bass Pro Shops and Cabela's. We are offering 3 different merit badge classes throughout the month of September. We have Fishing, Rifle Shooting, and brand new this year Fish and Wildlife Management. See the full schedule below. Space is limited so call in today to book your spot. (508) 216-2000

A Blue Card is provided.  

Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays beginning at 6:00 pm with a class limit of 10

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