Scout Merit Badge Skill Centers

Boy scouts viewing desert show Our one-day skill centers are designed for scouts to work on merit badges with Garden professionals who are certified merit badge counselors.

Pricing and Details

  • Cost per scout: $15/public; $12/member
  • Chaperone ratio—1 adult per scout is required for participation (no exceptions)
  • Merit badge pre-requisites (requirements not covered during the skill center) are required for registration. 


Scheduling and Registration

  • Registration is online only and will appear below after midnight on the day that registration opens. We cannot guarantee the exact time that the registration link will appear. See below for opening dates.
  • Scouts MUST pre-register.
  • Skill centers are offered a few times per year, so check back for new ones!
  • Program fees are due immediately upon registration. 

For questions regarding the skill centers at the Missouri Botanical Garden, please email scoutprograms@mobot.org or call (314) 577-9473 x 76357 between the hours of 8:30 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. For questions regarding skill centers at the Butterfly House, please call (314) 577-0888 x 2.

 

 "[The Instructor's] knowledge and enthusiasm kept our boys interested and engaged. [The Instructor] made the topic of environmental science applicable to their daily lives and helped us all see ways that we take better care of our natural resources."
—Boy Scout parent
Upcoming Skill Centers

Boy scouts potting plants Saturday, August 25, 2018
at the Missouri Botanical Garden
Registration closes August 22, 2018 at 5 p.m.

FULL by 9 a.m.! No wait list!
 

  • Environmental Science- FULL! 
    Pre-requisites: 1, 3f, 4-6
    9–11:30 a.m.

  • Environmental Science- FULL! 
    Pre-requisites: 1, 3f, 4-6
    12:30–3 p.m.

Saturday, March 2, 2019
at the Missouri Botanical Garden
Registration opens February 20, 2019
Registration closes February 27 at 5 p.m.

  • Environmental Science
    Pre-requisites: 1, 3f, 4-6
    9–11:30 a.m.

  • Environmental Science
    Pre-requisites: 1, 3f, 4-6
    12:30–3 p.m.

Saturday, March 9, 2019
at the Missouri Botanical Garden
Registration opens February 27, 2019
Registration closes March 6 at 5 p.m.

  • Plant Science
    Pre-requisites: 8
    9–11 a.m.

  • Gardening
    Pre-requisites: 2, 4 and 8
    Noon–2 p.m.

*For requirements not covered during the Skill Center, scouts must bring evidence (photos, drawings, notes etc.) that they have completed them. The merit badge counselor can sign off on these other requirements at the conclusion of the skill center.

Please bring:

  • The appropriate merit badge workbook
  • Blue or white card
  • Something with which to write
  • Water bottle
  • Comfortable shoes for walking