Scouts most commonly work on Merit Badges in two ways:  (besides Summer Camp!)

1) By finding (on their own) an adult counselor that has registered with the Council to teach that Merit Badge, and scheduling appointments as necessary.  

SCOUTS: For a list of counselors for the various merit badges, updated May 2019, see here.

2) By signing up for a 'classroom delivered' merit badge curriculum which will take 3-6 hours on a single day. The Troop must provide adult leadership (typically parents of the Scouts in attendance) for this 'field trip'. This website will show all the merit badge universities throughout the United States:  Locally, Troop 560 Scouts typically have opportunities to attend:

  • University of Iowa Merit Badge University (late February / early March)
  • Kirkwood Merit Badge University (early April)
  • Ankeny Merit Badge University (early August)

SAFETY NOTE: When the Troop participates in a Merit Badge University, it is important to follow Safe Scouting procedures to ensure the safety of the Scouts as they make their way on a college campus.  The Troop has established procedures to be followed when attending a Merit Badge University. This document (MBU_procedures.doc) details the procedures in place to ensure a safe, positive experience for all Scouts at the MBU.


Troop 560 has a library of merit badge books.  For information about what books we have and how to check them out, see

ONLINE MERIT BADGE WORKSHEETS and BOOKS has printable merit badge worksheets for scouts to fill out here: has a list of the over 130 merit badges available and pdf files of the each book here: