Virtual/Online Merit Badge Listing

last revised Saturday, March 13th, 2021

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.  There is a program scheduled for the evening of March 25th.

Local In-Person Programs
  • Three Fires Council, who host the largest merit badge university in the area, are holding an in-person merit badge day at Camp Big Timber on Saturday May 8th.  Note: Life/older scouts get priority for Eagle sessions; pre-requisites are many.
  • Evanston Environmental Association‘s spring Monday afternoon Plant Science and Fishing sessions are currently full, but get on the waitlist if you are interested and check back from more quarterly offerings.
  • Rolling Meadows Park District is also offering a variety of electives on Saturdays including Dog Care, Fish and Wildlife Management, Fishing, Nature, and Pets.
  • Morton Arboretum is offering in-person Geocaching this spring, Programs are announced through late March, so check back for additional offerings.
  • 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 mini-camp was run successfully in-person in the summer of 2020, so will definitely return in 2021.  The event runs Friday August 6 to Sunday August 8th in Rantoul, IL.
Spring online Eagle MB Offerings
  • Alamo Council Spring Merit Badge University: Held Saturday May 1st 2021. Details TBA. Registration will be available in late March/early April.
  • Calcasieu Council has many Eagle programs and a few electives  scheduled through early May (mostly evening).
  • Camp Fear Council is offering two weeks of Spring Break MB programs the last week of March/first week of April. Mix and match programs, with many Eagle badges included in the mix.
  • Chickasaw Council has a variety of evening programs on the calendar through early April.
  • Colorado Adventure Point: dozens of Eagle and elective badges including weekend and weekday afternoon programs scheduled through February 2021.
  • Dan Beard Council is offering Citizenship in the Nation as well as other programs on weekday afternoons in May.
  • Iowa State University is offering Citizenship in the World and Sustainability along with several electives across two weekends in April.
  • Daniel Boone Council is offering online programs weekly with classes announced through mid-April. Most sessions are electives but upcoming sessions include Family Life and they have offered Citizenship and other Eagle badges in the past.
  • Epic Merit Badges: Epic offers a continuing series of online merit badges. Current offerings include Citizenship in the Nation and World, and they regularly rotate through many of the other Eagle badges. Sessions announced through mid-May. Please note: these classes are held at Hawaii Standard Time so make sure you check the time difference before enrolling!
  • Narragansett Council has a few elective and Eagle programs left on its spring calendar.
  • Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo & Aquarium: Wednesday evening and Sunday afternoon programs Nature and Environmental Science and Sustainability.
  • 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 the end of 2021.
  • 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 May 2021, though badges have not yet been announced for later date.
Spring Elective MB Programs
Virtual Summer Camps
Self-Paced Programs, Virtual Counselors, and Other Resources
Reference Materials