Merit Badge University

BSA's unmatched merit badge program offers challenging, life-changing experiences Scouts can't get anywhere else.

5th Annual Merit Badge University

WHEN: Saturday, October 28, 2023 (8:00 AM to 5:00 PM)

WHERE: Laurel Ridge Community College

COST: $15 per Scout / $5 per Adult - Includes Event Patch OR FREE for Adults - No Event Patch

See the Leader Guide below for more details.

UPDATE 9/20 - MEALS: We are exploring the opportunity for a meal add-on for a small additional fee. Estimated at $5-10 per meal. Catering via Shaffer's BBQ & Market. Choices would be a Sandwich (Pork or Chicken) or a salad, chips, a cookie, and bottled water. We hope to know more within the next week or so and will update it here.

UPDATE 10/4 - MEALS: $5.00 per meal. Catering via Shaffer's BBQ & Market. Your choice of a pork or chicken sandwich, chips, cookie, and a drink. To order, place your order under the "ORDER PRODUCTS" section of your registration before checkout.

Calling All Scouts BSA Troops

The 5th Annual Merit Badge University will be hosted on Saturday, October 28, 2023, at Laurel Ridge Community College in Middletown, VA. The event is sponsored by Shenrapawa District Troop 118. This is a one-day event that provides Scouts the opportunity to work on a wide array of merit badges. There will be two 3-hour sessions, one from 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM and one from 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM. Classes may consist of a morning session, an afternoon session, or both sessions.

List of Merit Badge Classes

Attention Counselors!!

The 5th Annual Merit Badge University is seeking Merit Badge Counselors. If you are interested in offering your skills and expertise to teach a merit badge, contact Stephanie Short at by Friday, June 2, 2023, with a list of merit badges you would like to offer along with your time session choice. Lunch will be provided for our volunteers.

File Name Description
2023 Merit Badge University Leader’s Guide Download