Virtual/Online and Local Merit Badge Listing

last revised Wednesday, May 24, 2023

Note: this page is volunteer-maintained, and updated roughly monthly; it is NOT a comprehensive list and focuses on Council merit badge “days” and series of multiple sessions offered across several weeks.  Individual merit badge counselors around the country are generously offering programs in their own areas of specialty but there are far too many to list and keep updated. Many pop up and are announced and completed in the space of less than a week.  The best way to learn about these programs is to follow social media pages like the Virtual Merit Badge Classes Facebook group and the Illinois Merit Badge Finder Facebook page.

For all virtual merit badge programs, please make sure to check the time zone since these classes are offered virtually to scouts all over the country.

Scouts who have not earned the Cyber Chip for their grade are encouraged to attend one of Three Fires Council’s online safety programs.

Local In-Person Programs

Scouts signed up for individual in-person programs are encouraged to reach out to the Scoutmaster/Advancement Chair to look for carpooling opportunities to do this with a friend (or more!).

  • Blackhawk Council’s Sycamore District merit badge day has been announced for August 26, 2023, with details to follow.
  • Camp Big Timber is again hosting Three Fires Council’s summer merit badge series, with openings remaining for weeks beginning July 31 and August 7. Scouts can work on multiple badges throughout the week in a day-camp setting.
  • The annual Dresden Merit Badge Clinic, organized by Rainbow Council and hosted at the Exelon nuclear plant in Dresden, IL has a placeholder in the calendar for August 11-13, 2023.  This event usually features many elective and Eagle badges available with an option for overnight camping. Details TBA.
  • The Forest Preserve of DuPage County offers weekend elective merit badge on a variety of nature and outdoor activity topics, scheduled through December 2023.
  • The Harley Davidson Museum in Milwaukee offers in-person Engineering Merit Badge Workshops on Saturdays.Lake County Courthouse in Waukegan offers am annual (in non-COVID times) one-day merit badge program which features real judges presiding over a mock court, as well as a tour of the Lake County courthouse facility, a jail, and the canine unit. The next session will take place on Saturday, March 4th, 2023.
  • Illinois Railway Museum’s one-day Railroading merit badge program returns on Saturday, September 9, 2023.
  • Morton College has announced a Merit Badge College in Cicero, IL on January 13, 2024.
  • Oak Brook Park District has a variety of nature and outdoor adventure merit badges scheduled for Saturday mornings through the end of 2023.
  • Pathway to Adventure Council is hosting their annual merit badge clinic in Barrington on Saturday, August 5th. This is a sign-off session, not a teaching program.
  • Rolling Meadows Park District has announced several Saturday morning electives through August 2023.
  • Shedd Aquarium periodically offers the Oceanography merit badge as a weekend afternoon session. Dates have been announced through March 2023.
  • Space Jamboree: Save the date for this annual STEM-focused merit badge weekend featuring camping, an a wide variety of merit badge programs including both robotics and pool robotics. This weekend mini-camp includes dozens of merit badges plus other fun activities. The 2023 event is scheduled for August 4th to 5th in Rantoul, IL The organizers have announced that this is the last year this event will be held in-person.
  • Three Fires Council is offering Canoeing and Kayaking on June 4 and 11, 2023.
  • Three Harbors Council is offering Small Boat Sailing, Motorboating, and Horsemanship with dates announced through August 2023.


  • The Harley Davidson Museum in Milwaukee Engineering Merit Badge program can be booked as a troop activity.
  • Upper Limits in Bloomington, IL offers the Climbing merit badge as a custom 4-6 hour program.
  • Vertical Endeavors in Glendale Heights, IL also offers the Climbing Merit Badge with a minimum of 6 scouts enrolled.


  • Alpha Phi Omega, an inclusive, co-ed service-oriented fraternity/sorority at Northwestern offers an annual (in non-COVID years) First Aid and Emergency Preparedness program (choose one) which has been very well received. For Emergency Preparedness instead of learning about emergencies in a classroom, they run simulated disaster drills.
  • Bristol Shooting Ranges offers the Rifle Shooting Merit badge throughout the year on the third Monday evening of the month (near Kenosha, WI) from April through October 2022.
  • Burpee Museum in Rockford offers a variety of nature-oriented merit badge workshops on Saturdays. Programs are scheduled through May 2023.
  • Discovery World in Milwaukee offers weekend virtual Merit Badge programs with a few program scheduled through April 2022.
  • The EAA (Experimental Aircraft Association) in Oshkosh, Wisconsin, offers the Aviation Merit Badge. This program provides a hands-on learning experience including fundamentals of flight and the basic concepts of piloting with EAA’s Aviation Merit Badge counselors. As part of the program, Scouts will conduct a pre-flight inspection in the EAA Aviation Museum and use flight simulators to fly a virtual course. Also included in the program is a tour of the EAA Aviation Museum, a collection of more than 200 historic airplanes along with world-class galleries and displays. This can be scheduled as a troop activity. This program was also historically available at the Wisconsin Aviation Heritage Center of Wisconsin in Sheboygan Falls and featured an actual flight experience for participating scouts.
  • Evanston Environmental Association offers a variety of Eagle and nature-oriented merit badges on two consecutive Monday afternoons, one program per month during the school year (search Keywords for “merit badge”). These programs do fill up, and there is a lag between when you request login credentials and when they are available to use for registration, so do not wait for the last minute.
  • The Glenview BSA Tuesday Night Swim program offers three 10-week sessions at the OLPH (Our Lady of Perpetual Healing) pool in Glenview, usually beginning October, January, and March. Scouts can earn Swimming or Lifesaving Merit Badge (but not both in the same session) and also get basic swimming skills instruction in this very reasonably-priced 10-week program. Dates have been confirmed for 2022-2023.
  • Lake County Forest Preserve offers weekend nature programs through November 2022. 2023 scout programs through May do not currently include and Scouts BSA merit badges.
  • Milwaukee School of Engineering (MSOE)’s STEM/Tech Merit Badge Day is scheduled for Saturday, March 25, 2023. Details to be announced.
  • Morton Arboretum has an ongoing series of in person merit badge programs, with the Citizenship badges regularly in the rotation, as well as nature-oriented programs throughout the year. Most are offered in two sessions on weekend afternoons or weekday evenings, a month apart. Dates have been announced through March 2023.
  • Peoria Park District Summer Merit Badge Days will take place July 22-23 at Camp Wokanda in Peoria. Earn up to 3 merit badges including 6.Eagles on offer with an option for Friday evening family or troop camping.
  • Three Fires Council’s Camp Big Timber is hosting daily merit badge programs across 6 weeks at its day camp facility in Elgin, IL.  Many Eagle and elective merit badges (though not Citizenship in Society, which is discouraged by BSA in camp settings).
  • Three Fires Council’s massive Merit Badge University is back with two full-day Saturday sessions in 2023 on February 25th at York High School and May 6th at Camp Big Timber.  They offer over 90 merit badges and welcome over 2000 scouts. It is possible to earn up to 4 merit badges in a day, but please read the pre-requisites carefully as they are often very extensive (as much as the whole badge!). Sign-ups are open now for the York High School Session and priority for Eagle badges is given to scouts who are First Class or higher.
  • Three Harbors Council is also offering in-person Summer Camp Merit Badge day programs at their Camps Oh-Da-Ko-Ta and Indian Mound Reservation.
  • Troop 67’s Home Improvement Camp-O-Ree offers an opportunity to earn two of ten merit badges including Citizenship in Society and a number of home improvement badges, May 13-15 at Indian Mound Scout Reservation in Wisconsin.  THIS EVENT INCLUDES OVERNIGHT CAMPING AND IS A TROOP-ONLY EVENT (no individual reservations).
  • Trout Unlimited offers fly fishing programs on the first Saturday of the month from May to August, plus September 17th in Lemont, IL.
  • UC Riverside is hosting a STEM Merit Badge Day on Saturday, May 21st.
Fall/Ongoing Virtual Programs
  • Cape Fear Council periodically hosts Virtual Merit Badge College with dates announced through July 2023 featuring several Eagle and a few elective badges.
  • The Cell Virtual Merit Badge Clinics: these free clinics are offered in sessions of two consecutive Saturday mornings. Upcoming programs include Emergency Preparedness and Citizenship in the Nation. Monthly sessions have been announced through June 2023.
  • Code Easily’s Sunday STEM badges (scheduled through July 2023). NOTE: their program integrates content from multiple merit badg nes so it isot possible to opt out of one or more badges.
  • Daniel Boone Council is offering online programs weekly (mostly weekday afternoons) through September 2023..
  • Erin Foster’s Virtual Merit Badge Classrooms (Facebook group). Ongoing classes in Sustainability, Architecture, Landscape Architecture, Citizenship in the World, and Soil and Water Conservation.
  • Epic Merit Badges: Epic offers a continuing series of online merit badges. Current offerings a mix of Eagle and elective badges through August 2023. Please note: these classes are held at Hawaii Standard Time so make sure you check the time difference before enrolling!
  • The Harley Davidson Museum is now offering their Engineering Merit Badge program virtually on Saturday mornings and Tuesday evenings.
  • offers a variety of Eagle-required badges (including all 4 Citizenships, Family Life, and Personal Management) as well as a variety of electives with dates scheduled through mid-June 2023. Dates are added continuously, a few weeks in advance.
  • New England Base Camp: New sessions have been announced through early June 2023 with many Eagle and elective badges in the mix.
  • Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo & Aquarium: Wednesday evening and Sunday afternoon virtual (and in-person) programs on outdoor-themed Eagle and elective with dates announced through December 2023.
  • Western Los Angeles County Council: a monthly weekend Virtual Merit Badge University program featuring roughly a dozen badges (elective and Eagle) across Saturday and/or Sunday. Sign-ups typically go live about a week in advance, so check back for course offerings and registration. Weekends are scheduled through the end of 2023; though badges have not yet been announced for later dates, the opening dates for registration can be found on their website.
Virtual Summer Camps
  • Buckeye Council’s HomeScouting program is back. These programs are typically STEM-based and include a variety of Merit Badges, synchronous/asynchronous activities, videos, as well as Merit Badges. hey also offer several opportunities for science-minded scouts to pursue BSA’s Nova Awards (for interest and passion; not for rank advancement). There will be 4 weeks in June and July 2023.
  • Mason-Dixon Council has announced the return of their CyberEquipe virtual program featuring 10 Eagle-required badges and over 20 electives. There are two week-long sessions in late July and August 2023.
  • Verdugo Hills Council (right in the heart of Hollywood) is offering a week-long Cyber Film Camp from July 31 to August 1, including MovieMaking, Animation, and Photography Merit Badges.  Synchronous programs run 9am-12 noon Pacific Time, with optional programs from industry experts beginning 1pm Pacific.
Self-Paced Programs, Virtual Counselors, and Other Resources
Inactive Merit Badge Programs Archive
These Councils have previously offered virtual summer camp programs:

These Councils have previously offered programs but do not appear to have any currently on the calendar:

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