Boy Scouts

General Information about BSA Merit Badge Classes
  1. All merit badge classes are 4 hours. Some merit badges require weekly observations. These merit badges will require the scout to follow up with the merit badge counselor.
  2. Come dressed for the weather. Class B or Troop Shirt is acceptable dress. Bring a water bottle and a snack. 
  3. Merit Badge Counselor will be in contact to let the scout know of any prerequisites. 
Blue Cards (Official BSA Merit Badge Record)
Scouts must arrive to class with their 
blue card filled out with: leader’s signature, address, name, troop, district, council, date, and name of the merit badge.

Rose Hill Manor Park & Museums

Textile Merit Badge

Learn to weave, dye and understand fabric. Make your own woven project to take home. (This is a 3-hour program)

Ballenger Creek Community Building-Teaching Kitchen

Cooking Merit Badge

Scouts will visit the Ballenger Creek Community Building and prepare meals that they have previously planned out. Instructor will lead scouts in preparing breakfast, lunch and dinner on a charcoal grill or cooking stove as well as trail meals, with food supplies provided by the scout group. Instructor will also review basic food safety. Scout leaders will need to assist with supervising some activities. 

Fountain Rock Park & Nature Center / Catoctin Creek Park & Nature Center

Insect Study Merit Badge

Describe and understand what make insects unique. Learn about some up close, discover their life history and determine how important they are. Identify insects in the park by exploring different habitats and create a “new” insect as a group. 

Reptile & Amphibian Study Merit Badge

Investigate the amazing world of herpetology. Learn up close about the differences between reptiles and amphibians. Understand life history, habitat requirements and importance in the ecosystem. Discover the difference between venomous and non-venomous snakes, listen for frogs and toads, and search the park for turtles, salamanders and lizards.