Boy Scout

Scouts BSA Classes

Earn your next merit badge!
Take the next step in your BSA Scouts journey with us!

Burpee is offering in person scout classes this summer!  Join us as we study ancient artifacts from Burpee Collections, birds found in our backyards, and mines and minerals in our new geology exhibit!

Burpee also offers virtual BSA classes by request!

The Burpee Museum is happy to help scouts across the nation or those who are high risk continue to earn badges! Select merit badges are offered virtually and are listed below.

Don't see the class you want offered virtually? No worries! Virtual classes can be scheduled individually (with a parent or guardian present), in a small group, or as a whole troop! Contact our Director of Education to request an virtual class for any of the workshops below: 

Click the Date to Learn More and Register!
Upcoming Badge Workshops
Scouting Classes FAQ

During the date of the final class component, scouts participating in-person will be socially distanced in our large Riverview Auditorium for activities and discussions.

$15.00 per Scout

Preregistration and prepayment are required for all scout workshops. Register online (links below) or by phone (815.965.3433)

Please Note: Burpee does not provide patches/badges

NOTE: Pre-registration is required and class registrations close 5 business days before the class date

Frequently Asked Questions

How long will the BSA Scout class take?

Class time will vary depending on requirements.  The in-person component takes about 3 hours.  The homework requirements will vary based on participant.

How can I submit my completed homework?

You have three choices here

  1. Submit homework at the in-person portion of the badge
  2. Submit your homework via email or as a shared document to your Burpee Instructor.
  3. Mail your homework to the museum (include address)  
How will I get my badge?

Your Burpee Instructor will keep track of your requirements.  When you have met all requirements for the badge including projects, presentations and homework, your instructor will sign your blue card in-person or send it to you, or complete the certification online for you.

What to expect in a virtual class?

What can I expect from an online BSA class with Burpee?

You will receive an email with detailed information about homework, projects and other requirements for your badge. If needed, supplemental materials such as worksheets or directions will be attached, or a link will be provided. Links will also be provided to Burpee’s virtual museum where scouts can watch videos and see objects from our exhibits and collections. Scouts will have the opportunity to meet with a Burpee Educator online to present their projects and discuss what they have learned in the virtual museum. These classes are designed to meet all of the requirements of the badge offered.

How long will this class take?

Class time will vary depending on requirements. The videos in the virtual museum will take about 1 hour to complete. The online zoom meeting with a Burpee Instructor will be from 1 to 1.5 hours. Scouts will also be asked to complete additional homework and/or projects to complete their badge.