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 on this page) and begins around midnight on the day that registration opens. See below for opening dates.
  • 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 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