Merit Badge Opportunities

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.  
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Top 5 Merit Badges to earn in school

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

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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.

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Stamp Collecting Merit Badge Sept 15th and Sept 22nd from 9:00 - 1:00pm

posted Aug 17, 2018, 7:33 AM by Webmaster Troop 13   [ updated Aug 25, 2018, 3:53 PM ]

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

Merit Badges at Lone Tree (Kingston, NH) Sept 29th

posted Aug 6, 2018, 4:06 AM by Webmaster Troop 13   [ updated Aug 25, 2018, 3:59 PM ]


Join us for our Saturday Program & Merit Badge Opportunity! (Please note this is in New Hampshire, not to be confused with Camp Norse in Massachusetts).

Counselors will be on site to help you earn a Merit Badge.

Join us for a special Merit Badge Opportunity for Boy Scouts and Boy Scout aged students, both girls and boys! Merit Badge Counselors will be onsite to help you earn a Merit Badge in one (1)* of the following: Canoeing, Fishing, First Aid, Home Repair, Photography, Radio, or Welding. 

* Most of these Merit Badges will take a full day. Please choose one. Space is limited for each badge.

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From 10:00am- 5:00pm the campground is open for exploring. Come and give archery a try and then head over to STEM and nature activity pavilion. Be sure to save some time to go boating, try fishing, rifle or bb gun shooting, and test your campfire and knot-tying skills. Saturday fun begins at Base Camp.

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

$10.00 per 1/2 Day - Adult
$15.00 per 1/2 Day - Youth
$15.00 per Full Day - Adult
$25.00 per Full Day - Youth

Sept 15th Whitewater Merit Badge

posted Feb 26, 2018, 2:15 PM by Webmaster Troop 13   [ updated Aug 27, 2018, 2:55 AM ]

This is not run by Troop 13 and is not run by a council.   This is a privately run company that has a BSA Certified Merit Badge Councilor to run the event.  Please also note that if they do not reach the minimum numbers, they will cancel.

 In order to complete this merit badge, you must already have your Kayaking Merit Badge.  They can give you a partial if you do not have it.  This is a unique merit badge that runs from 10:00 am - 6:00 pm.  Please note driving times are 2:15 hrs.

Your scout must be able to complete this test.  Whitewater test

This full-day program completes the Whitewater Merit Badge using our inflatable kayaks. The morning session includes discussion, instruction and on-water practice paddling the kayaks through specific maneuvers and rescue drills. The afternoon is an eight-mile paddle down a Class I-II section of the Deerfield in our "Funyaks". The cost is $35pp for the Funyak trip plus $25pp for the morning session.

Bring your own lunch or add lunch for $8pp.

Pre-requisite: Kayaking merit badge, although we will do "partials".

Crabapple Whitewater

2018 Available Dates
September 15 or 16th (Some from Troop 13 are going on the 15th)

2056 Mohawk Trail, Charlemont, MA 01339    Phone: 413-625-2288

GPS Coordinates: 42.620137, -72.765304

Stamp Collecting Merit Badge April 14

posted Feb 5, 2018, 4:03 AM by Webmaster Troop 13   [ updated Feb 26, 2018, 2:20 PM ]

​9:30 - 1:30 

Registration fee: $21.
Scouts take home hundreds of stamps and meet all badge requirements. Individual scouts are welcome.
For more information and/or to register email to scouts or call 617-784-5838.
Spellman Museum of Stamps and Postal History, 241 Wellesley St, Weston, MA 02493

April Vacation Week Spirit of Adventure Merit Badge Camp

posted Jan 27, 2018, 3:23 AM by Webmaster Troop 13   [ updated Feb 26, 2018, 2:26 PM ]


Grades 6-12


April 16th– April 20th 2018

Week-long Day Camp 



Older scientists, boys and girls in the 6th through 12th grade, will choose a pathway themed around STEM activities including field trips, visits from scientists and engineers and hands-on projects. Scouts will earn the corresponding merit badges. Pathway choices are:


Introduction to Robotics: Pathway includes introduction to robotics using lego Mindstorm kits, a field trip to iRobot, instruction by a high school robotics team & a chance to earn the Robotics Merit Badge


Advanced Robotics: Pathway includes instruction by scientists within the field, a field trip to Amazon Robotics and a chance to earn the Robotics Merit Badge. Scientists must have experience using lego Mindstorm before.


Energy and Electricity: Pathway includes learning about electromagnetic energy, fusion, playing with a Geiger Counter, field trip to MIT Fusion Lab, instruction by MIT Researchers,
and a chance to earn Electricity, Energy and Nuclear Science Merit Badges.


Engineering: Pathway includes working with engineers from all throughout Boston, a field trip to the WIT Engineering Department, working with engineers from NVBots, access to the 3d printer at New England Base Camp and a chance to earn the Engineering and Inventing Merit Badges.


Arts and Animation: Pathway includes making art with science, making your own digital cartoons, a field trip to FableVision, instructed by Animators at FableVision and Scientists at MIT Lincoln Labs and a chance to earn the Animation, Art, and Movie Making Merit Badges.


Architecture and Design: Pathway includes design and layout landscaping, a field trip to WIT Architecture Department and a chance to earn the Architecture, Drafting, and Landscape Architecture Merit Badges.




20% off for scientists with the Adventure Card! Login with your Card-holder’s User ID.

Stamp Collecting Merit Badge June 21, 2018

posted Nov 18, 2017, 6:42 AM by Webmaster Troop 13   [ updated Jun 14, 2018, 12:46 PM ]

THURSDAY, June 21st 9:30 - 1:30
Registration fee: $21. 

Scouts take home hundreds of stamps and meet all badge requirements. Individual scouts, as well as whole troops, are welcome.
For more information and/or to register email to scouts or call 617-784-5838.

Spellman Museum of Stamps and Postal History
241 Wellesley St, Weston, MA 02493

Recent comment from a scout's parent:
"Wow, what sparks we saw in our son's eyes when he came home! You truly inspired these children, and ignited their passion for stamps, countries, geography, history and all through the love of this little rectangular piece of paper! Thank you thank you thank you. Please keep up your beautiful work, you can truly make a difference in our over-satiated mega-consumeristic, technology oriented world." 

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