March 11th and April 8th

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. This is a big event; 900 class seats, 60 classes offered.

Council-Wide Merit Badge College 2017
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 Wednesday, February 8th and closes Tuesday, February 28th. Troops who have provided merit badge counselors may register one week early beginning on Wednesday, February 1st. Classes will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis; Troops may waitlist a Scout if a class is full. Limited 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 our new location at the Andrew Lewis Middle School, 625 S College Avenue, Salem, VA 24153. Parking is quite limited. 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 9:30am to 4:20pm, lunch is from 12:40-1:10pm, 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.


$15.00 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, as determined by the counselor, will have their Blue Cards signed as completed. Note the addition of some adult and Scout non-merit badge classes; see Class List.

Lunch Options

2 pizza slices, chips or cookie or apple, and a drink, can be reserved at the time of registration for $6.00 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 two adult leaders remain 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. All adults at this event are expected to help manage Scout behavior; we suffered from some very negative Scout behavior last year. Other supplies may be needed; see Class List.




  • 02/20/2017

    YPT and Eagle Coach training

    YPT and Eagle Coach training will be offered at MBC for any adult who would like to take it. the times are 100-230 and 230-345 there is no fee so don\'t miss this opportunity. to Register please email Lynn Womack at

  • 02/07/2017

    GeoCaching times change

    Please note that the M22 GeoCaching class times are incorrect on the class list. It is actually a 3 hour class both Saturdays, from 1pm-4pm each weekend. Thanks!

  • 01/26/2017

    Registration is opening soon!

    Registration for Merit Badge College 2017 will be opening very soon! This year\'s class list is up on the site, so start planning your registration now! Early and regular registration will be starting on a Wednesday this year so please plan for that change. We hope to see you all again this year, and hopefully many new faces!

  • 04/09/2016

    Big Thank You

    A big thank you goes out to all of the counselors who made this event so successful. Thanks go to all of the adults who helped in the class rooms and halls, and the the leaders who brought their Troops to this event.

  • 04/02/2016

    Troop Marching Closing Ceremony

    The Closing Ceremony on April 9 will be impressive. Every Troop attending can march in formation past the reviewing stand; bring your flags. Certificates will be awarded by our judges for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd. Troops will benefit by arriving early and checking in well prior to the 8:30AM ceremony; check in begins at 7:15AM.

  • 03/05/2016

    Professional Opening Ceremony

    The Opening Ceremony on March 12 will be outstanding; we have a professional entertainer who will have you laughing with enjoyment. Troops will benefit by arriving early and checking in well prior to the 8:30AM opening ceremony.

  • 03/02/2016

    Parking and Security

    Note that parking at the Andrew Lewis Middle School is quite limited, and so is access into the School. We will be using the S. College Avenue school entrance. See the [Map To College] tab on the website for more information. Also note that Scout movement throughout the school will be limited, and will be monitored; hall passes will be used.

  • 02/29/2016

    Registration Has Closed

    We had a big turnout; Troops registered a total of 400 Scouts. Rosters and other important information will soon be emailed to Troops. We are looking forward to seeing you at our new Merit Badge College location in Salem.

  • 02/02/2016

    Possible Registration Glitch

    Note that although registration is going very smoothly for virtually all, a couple of Troops have reported that they experienced a registration glitch. Click on the [Contact Us] tab if we can assist in any way.

  • 01/31/2016

    Registration Open to All

    Merit Badge College registration is now open to all Troops from throughout the Council.

  • 12/20/2015

    Registration Will Open

    Note new location in Salem. Registration opens for Troops throughout the Blue Ridge Mountains Council on January 31st and closes February 28th. Troops who have provided merit badge counselors may register one week early beginning on January 24th (#2, 5, 45, 48, 50, 51, 129, 130, 136, 158, 209, 210, 211, 235, 352, 374, 375, 456, 540, 584, 605, 773).

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