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 not required to attend, but completing them in advance is preferred. The merit badge counselor can work with your scout after the skill center is over to complete any unfinished requirements.


Scheduling and Registration

  • Registration is online only (PLEASE BE PATIENT- it takes a few minutes for the registration link to appear).
  • Scouts MUST pre-register. Spots go very quickly, so register early!
  • 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. 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, March 3, 2018 
at the Missouri Botanical Garden
Registration closes February 28, 2018

  • Environmental Science
    Requirements completed: 2, 3a–3e, 3g, 6
    9–11:30 a.m.
    SOLD OUT—NO WAIT LIST

  • Plant Science
    Requirements completed: 1–7
    12:30–3 p.m.
    REGISTRATION CLOSED

Saturday, March 10, 2018
at the Missouri Botanical Garden
Registration closes March 7, 2018 at 5 p.m.

  • Environmental Science
    Pre-requisites: 1, 3f, 4 and 5
    SOLD OUT—NO WAIT LIST

  • Gardening
    Pre-requisites: 2, 4 and 8
    12:30–2:30 p.m.
    REGISTRATION CLOSED

Saturday, June 2, 2018
at the Green Living Festival at the Missouri Botanical Garden
Registration closes May 30, 2018 at 5 p.m.

  • Environmental Science
    Pre-requisites: 1, 3f, 4 and 5
    9–11:30 a.m.
    SOLD OUTNO WAIT LIST

  • Environmental Science
    Pre-requisites: 1, 3f, 4 and 5
    12:30–3 p.m.
    SOLD OUTNO WAIT LIST

Saturday, August 25, 2018
at the Missouri Botanical Garden
Registration opens August 15, 2018

  • Environmental Science
    Pre-requisites: 1, 3f, 4 and 5
    9–11:30 a.m.

  • Environmental Science
    Pre-requisites: 1, 3f, 4 and 5
    12:30–3 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