Scouts BSA Classes

Take the next step in your BSA Scout journey with us!

Burpee is offering virtual 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 to offer virtually? No worries! Private Virtual classes can be scheduled for a small group or as a whole troop! Contact to request a virtual class for any of the workshops below.

Click the Merit Badge Type to Learn More and Register!
December 10th- 
Mining in Society (Virtual)

December 17th-
Bird Study (Virtual)
$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 five 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 homework requirements will vary based on the participants.

How can I submit my completed homework?

You have two choices here.

  1. Submit your homework via email or as a shared document to your Burpee Instructor.
  2. Mail your homework to the museum (include the 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 send your blue card 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.

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