Merit Badge and Program Opportunities

Garden State Council and its Districts host a number of activities throughout the year to give Scouts the chance to work on merit badges, rank advancements, and non-advancement awards. 

Below is a calendar feed for any upcoming events tagged “merit badge.”

Summer Camp

Logo for Roosevelt Scout Reservation

Scouts BSA Summer Camp at Camp Roosevelt

Garden State Council runs a full-service Scouts BSA resident summer camp at Roosevelt Scout Reservation. Check out the page for Camp Roosevelt for the latest information about rates, timelines, program features, and merit badge offerings. 

Other Awards and Program Opportunities

Environmental Protection Agency Award

Program Term: January 1 – December 31, 2021
The Environmental Protection Agency, as part of a public awareness campaign to celebrate its first 50 years, has partnered with the Boy Scouts of America to create an award for members of troops, crews, and ships. This new award will recognize youth who research and learn about the subjects of human health and the environment, as the EPA develops its vision for the next 50 years.

The objective of the EPA award is to combine a variety of disciplines to challenge and educate youth; introduce them to the breadth of the EPA’s involvement in environmental protection and conservation; and encourage them to research, investigate, experiment, demonstrate, survey, and study air pollution, water pollution, solid and hazardous waste, and ocean dumping.

Members must earn the Public Health merit badge and three additional merit badges from selected categories. Finally, they must participate in an environmental/public health community service project as part of an approved Scouting program.

Submit completed applications to the Garden State Council Scout Shop to receive the commemorative patch.