The Scoutmaster’s Other Handbook has always included a section on merit badge programs at museums, and I’ve long maintained that the best counselors are men and women who have a passion for a badge’s subject matter. (Scouters who are a chapter or two ahead in the merit badge pamphlet just can’t offer the same experience.)
Of course, most of us don’t live near Milwaukee, but there are countless other badge opportunities across the country. Some sites, including the Texas State Aquarium, Virginia Air & Space Center, and Battleship New Jersey, offer badges year round. Others, including many BSA councils and districts, Alpha Phi Omega chapters, and colleges run annual merit badge fairs.