Merit Badge Programs for Scouts BSA

The Edmond History Museum’s merit badge digital packets will help your Scout keep on Scouting…no matter where they live! These packets have been designed to fulfill all requirements, virtually, while keeping your Scout engaged through stories, videos, interviews, projects, and experiments. All programs are self-paced with no deadlines, and align with Scouts BSA requirements.

This program is open to ALL Scouts!

See merit badge opportunities below. Registration and pricing are at the bottom of this page.

If you would like more information and to view a free sample of any of the programs, below, please email your request to rmitchem@edmondhistory.org.


American Heritage

America’s heritage is more than just fireworks and hot dogs on July 4th. It’s the knowledge that we live in a country founded on the principles of freedom and equality. Not only do we inherit these principles as American citizens, but our heritage gives us the ability to make positive change in America. While earning this badge, Scouts will discover America’s history, music, current events, and the power they have as ordinary citizens to make positive change. Scouts will earn their complete merit badge!

 

Archaeology

ATTENTION! We have paused registration for Archaeology as we create a new project for requirement 10a. We will be back up and running soon! We apologize for the inconvenience.

 

Architecture

What is architecture? It’s shelter with a purpose! Let’s dive into the cool world of architecture, learn what architects do, and even begin the process of designing a home for your client. Scouts will earn their complete badge.

 

Citizenship in the Community

Required for Eagle

America is a patchwork of communities! Your Scout will get to know their own community a little better while earning their complete badge.

 

Citizenship in the Nation

Required for Eagle

Scouts already know what it means to be a good American citizen through action! However, knowing the basic concept of American democracy will help Scouts not take their rights and freedoms for granted. That’s what this badge is all about! Scouts will learn this and more as they complete their full merit badge.

 

Citizenship in the World

Required for Eagle

Did you know your Scout is already a world citizen? How good of a citizen they are depends on their willingness to understand the values, traditions, and concerns of other people who share the world with them. That’s what this badge is all about! Scouts will learn this and more as they complete their full merit badge.

 

Coin Collecting

It’s time to dive into the amazing world of Coin Collecting! As they complete their full merit badge, Scouts will learn how coins are made, take a virtual tour of an exhibit at the Money Museum, learn about the history of circulating coins, and start their own collection. To help them complete ALL requirements, Scouts will be mailed a packet containing 1 Kennedy half dollar, and dollar coins from 3 separate coin programs. All currency is real.

 

Collections

ATTENTION! According to Scouts BSA requirements, coin and stamp collections cannot be used to complete this merit badge. The Edmond History Museum has both Coin and Stamp Collecting merit badge programs available.

What is collecting? It’s the fun of the hunt! The thrill of the treasure chase! In other words, it’s selecting, gathering, and keeping objects of personal value. They can be used and played with regularly or hands off and stored for safekeeping. Either way, everyone has their own idea of what they like, and your collection is based on just that – what YOU like. That’s why collecting is so much fun! Scouts will earn their complete merit badge as we take a dive into the world of collecting. Please note that there is no minimum number of collectibles a Scout must have to complete this requirement. Scouts can have only 1 collectible or 1,000!

 

Communication

Required for Eagle

The first thing that comes to mind when most people think of communication is talking. However, communication is so much more than that. It is the way we connect with people. It helps us learn, make friends, and be successful in life. Communication can be a lot of different things,and knowing what they are and how to use them properly will make your Scouts better prepared for communicating like a pro with the people around them. That’s what this merit badge is all about! Scouts will earn their complete merit badge while putting their communication skills in action.

 

Emergency Preparedness

Required for Eagle

Scouts should learn the actions that are helpful and needed before, during, and after an emergency. That’s what emergency preparedness is all about! While earning this badge, Scouts will learn the phases of emergency management and the appropriate actions for each one. Please note that completing the First Aid merit badge is requirement #1. First Aid will not be covered in this badge, but Scouts can still complete all other requirements and receive a blue card. Details are within the digital packet, or you may email Richelle at rmitchem@edmondhistory.org for more information.

 

Entrepreneurship

Have you ever dreamed of owning your own business? Learning to be a biz kid is what this badge is all about! Scouts will get into the entrepreneurial spirit as they learn skills, brainstorm to find that million dollar product, and even create their own business plan as they complete their full merit badge.

 

Environmental Science

Required for Eagle

Your Scout will conduct at-home experiments, live the life of a worker bee, save endangered species, and become Healthy Earth Heroes as the complete their full merit badge.

 

Exploration

Have you ever wanted to know more about the world around you? Then, guess what? You already have what it takes to be a real explorer! Exploration is what you do when you want to discover what is out there in – and beyond – the world. That’s what this badge is all about! Scouts will learn about the world of exploration and become an explorer as they complete their full merit badge.

 

Family Life

Required for Eagle

We Are Family! The family is the basic unit of our world and is important to both individuals and communities. Scouts will earn their complete badge while learning more about their own family and how they can play a very important part in making their family unit even stronger.

 

Genealogy

Have you been bitten by the genealogy bug? Discovering family history is what this badge is all about! Scouts will begin building their family tree and become history detectives as they complete their full merit badge.

 

Indian Lore

The word, “Lore” means knowledge, traditions, culture, and the history of a group of people. That’s what this badge is all about! Exploring Native American knowledge, history, traditions and culture can help us better understand and appreciate the important role Native Americans have played, and continue to play, in shaping our nation and the world. Scouts will earn their complete badge while they play a guessing game with artifacts, go on a quest to find Native American inventions in our world, learn a few phrases in the Cherokee language, and find out more about Native American leaders, past and present.

 

Personal Management

Required for Eagle

Scouts know that when you plan a hike, it is best to have a map before you begin, and to plot a course that will make for a smooth journey. In other words, Know Before You Go! Managing adult life is exactly the same. As Scouts earn their complete badge, they will learn to manage critical parts of adult life, including their money, their time, and their future. Even though they are not there just yet, it always pays to Know Before You Go!
ATTENTION! To ensure that your Scout is ready to tackle this merit badge, we advise that you view a sample of this program. Please email rmitchem@edmondhistory.org to request a sample.

 

Railroading

With Edmond being a town that grew up around the railroad, we at the Edmond History Museum are constantly reminded that when the railroad was invented over 200 years ago, it completely transformed the world’s economy, industry, infrastructure, and even our own sense of time and space by making long distance travel much faster and easier. Today, railroads offer the most efficient way to haul passengers and goods over land. In this merit badge journey, we’ll take a closer look at these “iron horses,” what they do, how we use them, and how we can stay safe when around tracks and trains. Scouts will also be putting together their own wooden steam engine to complete requirement 8a2. All supplies will be provided by the museum and mailed to your Scout.

 

Scouting Heritage

Did you know that over 500 million young people and adults have taken part in Scouting since it started over a century ago? Today, Scouts are still making history as part of an important movement that has fed the hungry, clothed the needy, helped the injured, saved countless lives, helped win world wars, and even broken social and racial barriers. The many Scouts that have gone before are leaving it up to you to continue the heritage of Scouting! Scouts will earn their complete merit badge as they journey their way into Scouting Heritage.

 

Stamp Collecting

Stamp collecting is one of the most popular hobbies in the world! A stamp collecting website, Stamp World, asked people why they collect stamps. Most people said that the search for new stamps, old stamps, rare stamps, world stamps, or any other types of stamps that are needed to complete a collection, gives them a sense of pride and success. For your Edmond Museum MBC, just the pure fun of the hunt is a good enough reason to be a collector. In this merit badge, we will explore the world of stamp collecting and start your own collection. To help complete ALL requirements, Scouts will be mailed a stamp collecting kit complete with stamp tongs, magnifier, and stamp mounts, and a variety of historic US postage stamps.


 

What are people saying about these programs?

“My son had a great experience with his Merit Badge class through the Edmond Historical Society. The packets were very thorough, easy to follow and the activities were fun. The education team was incredibly responsive. We will be taking many more merit badges via Edmond Historical Society. I highly recommend them.” – Cory C., Scout Parent

 

“These were great! I appreciate the time [MB counselor] gives to my badge work.” – Tessa F., Scout, Last Frontier Council

 

“[My Scout] was engaged the whole time. I learned a lot too!” – Rhonda L., Parent, Last Frontier Council

 

“I am super-impressed. The material is top-notch!” – Stuart H., Scoutmaster, Noblesville, IN


 

Why are these digital packets a great option for Scouts?

  • Every requirement is covered! Scouts can complete each merit badge on their own or even work with a friend!
  • These packets are self-paced. Scouts can take their time, learn, and have fun as they complete a series of questions throughout the program to ensure they have fulfilled each requirement and acquired the core values of the merit badge.
  • Scouts can choose to type their answers within the digital packet, write their answers in a provided hard copy, or discuss what they learned with one of our MBCs via Zoom. Once you register, an email will be sent to you with all instructions and links to digital packets.
  • Scouts can choose to connect with one of our MBCs on Scoutbook. Details will be in your registration confirmation. All of our MBCs are registered with Scouts BSA through the Last Frontier Council in Oklahoma.
  • Once completed, Scouts will email packets to EHSM’s qualified MB counselors for approval. Scouts can opt for feedback via email or an MBC will check off requirements in Scoutbook. Scouts also have the option of mailing a hard copy of their workbook back to the museum for review.
  • EHM merit badge counselors will sign off on all requirements and send blue cards digitally or post mail depending on your preference.


 

Each merit badge program is $10/Scout.
Coin Collecting and Stamp Collecting are $15/Scout.

All programs are eligible under the museum’s financial assistance program. Please note that Coin Collecting and Stamp Collecting are available under the financial assistance program, but only on a limited basis. If you are facing financial hardship at this time, please email Richelle at rmitchem@edmondhistory.org to request financial assistance for this program.


 

 

 

  • VERY IMPORTANT!!! Before registering, please be sure that your Scoutmaster (SM) has approved this merit badge program and is aware and/or signed off on your Scout completing their merit badge(s) through the Edmond History Museum. If the SM has questions and/or would like to view a sample of any merit badge program, please have them email Richelle at rmitchem@edmondhistory.org.
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