Frequently Asked Questions

What are the technology requirements for an Online Merit Badge?


We use a video conferencing software to complete our online merit badge classes. To complete these courses you will need the following items: 

  • Computer / Mobile Device
  • Headphones
  • High Speed Internet
  • Webcam
  • Quiet Environment
IMPORTANT: Prior to registering, the Scout should have a discussion with their unit leader to: 1) obtain approval to participate in the course 2) confirm their unit leader will sign the blue card upon course completion.




How much does it cost? What does the $ go towards?


Check the class you're interested in to see the specific price. CLICK HERE The money goes to help pay for a variety of fees such as website hosting, URL, marketing, conferencing software, supplies, booking service fees, and more. If any profit is made it will go back into the program to provide better quality courses for the scouts in the future.




Is the staff teaching the class registered?


Yes, we are trained Merit Badge Counselors approved by their local council to teach these Merit Badge classes.




What time zone are the classes in?


In the calender you should be able to choose your timezone so you can see the class time in your timezone. If you are still not sure... please contact us at: info@meritbadgecourses.com




Can my scout participate on his/her own?


No, there will be no "one-on-one" contact. The parent or guardian will need to be in the room with the Scout. The parent does not need to be on camera, but should be within earshot.




Is there anything I should do prior to registering?


Yes, it is important the Scout has a discussion with their unit leader to: 1) obtain approval to participate in the course 2) confirm their unit leader will sign the blue card upon course completion.




Is this approved by a Boy Scout Council?


Meritbadgecourses.com is working in cooperation with the Greater Tampa Bay Area Council; however, it is not being run by the Council.




How many classes will it take to complete a merit badge?


1 merit badge class It will take one class to finish reviewing the merit badge. It could take you more time to complete the merit badge to do post work requirments, but you will only take one class. You will have the contact information to get a hold of your counselor if you need anything after the class.




Are classes online or in person?


All classes are online. Scouts can participate from anywhere in any council. Be sure to get your scoutmasters approval before you register to ensure they will accept your blue card after completion of the merit badge.




Why pay for this?


The cost of the merit badge sessions pays for the website, Zoom, marketing, and course development. The merit badge counselors do not profit from the teaching of merit badge courses. We saw a need during the COVID-19 pandemic to offer merit badge sessions that Scouts didn't provide in a majority of the country. We wanted to help. We have full-time jobs and want to assist all of you while keeping up with our professional positions, family, and local Scouting responsibilities. We hope that this will answer any questions you may have.