January 30th and February 13th

Terrific opportunity for all Scouts in the Blue Ridge Mountains Council. Two Saturdays dedicated to completion of merit badges; many offered for the first time, many Eagle required. By far, our largest Merit Badge College yet. 1,000+ class seats. 70+ classes offered.

Council-Wide Merit Badge College 2016
Co-hosted by Great Valley and Patrick Henry Districts


Registration is done by Troop only, by a single point-of-contact, using the on-line registration system. Registration is required for Scouts taking merit badge classes and for lunch option. Registration opens October 23 and closes November 13. Troops who have provided merit badge counselors may register one week early beginning on February 8th. Classes will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis; Troops may waitlist a Scout if a class is full. Walk-in registration on the day of the Merit Badge College can be done on a space available basis. Classes have a minimum size of five and a maximum size; see Class List.


The Merit Badge College is being held at the Benjamin Franklin Middle School, 225 Middle School Road, Rocky Mount, VA 24151. Troops are required to check-in each Saturday morning; check-in begins at 7:15am, grand opening ceremonies are at 8:30am, classes run from 9:00am to 3:50pm, lunch is from 12:10-12:40pm, Troops must check-out each Saturday afternoon prior to departure. Classes will be conducted in either 1.5 hour or 3.0 hour sessions each Saturday, attendance is required on both Saturdays; see Class List.


Payment in full for each Troop can be made on-line with a credit card at the close of registration, by check delivered to the Council office, or by check at the Merit Badge College. No refunds after registration closes. The Blue Ridge Mountains Council address is: 2131 Valley View Blvd., Roanoke, VA 24012.


$10.00 per Boy Scout. Some merit badges require an additional fee; see Class List.

Merit Badges

Only Scouts who complete all merit badge requirements as officially listed at www.meritbadge.org, as determined by the counselor, will have their Blue Cards signed as completed; see Class List.

Lunch Options

2 pizza slices or sandwich, chips or cookie or apple, and a drink, can be reserved at the time of registration for $5.00 per meal; a la carte items available too.

Prerequisites and Homework

Homework will be assigned by some counselors for completion prior to the second Saturday. Some merit badges require prerequisite work by the Scout prior to the first Saturday; see Class List.

Troop Responsibilities

Troops are responsible for assigning a single-point-of contact for registration, for payment in full, for checking-in each Saturday morning, for checking-out each Saturday afternoon, for insuring that each of their Scouts completes the merit badge class prerequisites ahead of time, for insuring that at least one adult leader remains at the Merit Badge College to be responsible for his/her Scouts and to assist counselors in their classes, for insuring that each of their Scouts brings a Blue Card signed by their Troop Leader for each merit badge for which they have registered, for insuring that Scouts wear Class A or B uniforms, and for insuring that each Scout brings a pen and notebook; they may also want to bring lunch. Other supplies may be needed; see Class List.




  • 03/24/2015

    Troop Check Out

    Many thanks go to the Troops for participating in the new Check Out process this year on the first Saturday; accountability and Scout safety are important. We will undertake a similar process on the next Saturday.

  • 03/17/2015

    Big Success

    We had over 500 Scouts fill virtually all of the 80 merit badge classes on the first Saturday. We also had considerable press coverage; an article appeared on the March 14 Roanoke Times and a story appeared the same day on WDBJ7 television.

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