Merit Badge University

April 6, Sat

Harvard University

Merit Badge

TC56 Permission Slip
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The Harvard College Friends of Scouting in conjunction with Spirit of Adventure Council presents Merit Badge University (MBU) 2019.  Merit Badges are an important part of the Scouts BSA Program.  At MBU, Scouts may earn up to three badges that are not typically available in a camp or troop setting including almost 20 STEM-related merit badges at Harvard University.

Session 1: Saturday, March 2 (8 AM – 2:30 PM)

Session 2: Saturday, April 6 (9 AM – 2:30 PM)

Both sessions are required. Some badges have a field trip on an intervening Saturday or Sunday to be determined by individual Merit Badge Counselors. Registering for session one automatically registers you for the same merit badges in session two.

For some badges, some requirements must be done prior to the first Saturday session. Counselors will correspond with Scouts in February with this information. To complete some merit badges, other work will need to be done between the first and second session and emailed to the counselor.

If you plan on joining a Scouts BSA troop in February, you are welcome to register for MBU! 




American Heritage Disability Awareness Programming * S FT ~
Architecture **S FT Electricity S Public Health ** S
Animation S Fingerprinting N Pulp & Paper S
Astronomy **S FT Journalism N FT Robotics *** S FT
Aviation S FT Law Scouting Heritage FT
Chemistry ***S Medicine S FT Search & Rescue **
Climbing FT Moviemaking S Space Exploration ** S FT
Collections Music N Traffic Safety
Crime Prevention N Oceanography FT Weather
Digital Technology * Photography *  

S STEM- Related Badge

FT Field Trip Required

N New Merit Badge

  ~ On March 2, bring (fully charged) laptop

*  On March 2, bring CyberChip card or note from SM that you have completed CyberChip requirements (REQUIRED)

** Must be 12 years or older by start of MBU 2019

*** Must be 13 years or older at the start of MBU 2019



Period 1  9:00am- 10:30am

Period 2  10:45am- 12:15pm

Period 3   1:00pm- 2:30pm


Each Merit Badge will be offered in all three periods with the exception of…

  • Robotics ( 9:00am- 12:15pm)
  • Public Health (9:00am- 12:15pm)
  • Collections (Period 1 only)
  • Animation (Periods 1 & 2 only)
  • Fingerprinting (Period 2)
  • Aviation (Periods 2 & 3 only)
  • Moviemaking (Period 3 only) and Scouting Heritage (Period 3 only).


20% off for Scouts with the Adventure Card. Login with the User ID on your card when you register and the discount will be applied.

*If you would like to switch Merit Badges after you have registered, you may do so before Dec. 31st by logging back in to your account that you logged in to or created at registration.


Be sure to review Merit Badge Prerequisites before March 2nd. Those signing up for Chemistry, be sure to download and fill out the Lab Permission Slip.


Merit Badge Prerequisites

Blue Card Instructions

Chemistry Lab Permission Slip


It is the policy of the Spirit of Adventure Council, BSA that no Scout will be denied the opportunity to participate in the program for financial reasons. If a Scout in your Troop or family meets this criteria, please feel free to apply for a “Campership” by filling out this form here.




$65.00 per Participant


Refunds will be offered until 12/31/18 ONLY.

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