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Merit Badge College @ West Virginia Wesleyan College

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2023 Merit Badge College
at West Virginia Wesleyan College


Merit Badge College is an opportunity for Scouts BSA members to work on an array of merit badges taught by professors and professionals of West Virginia Wesleyan College. Classes are taught throughout the day, and if prerequisites are met, Scouts typically can complete an entire merit badge in one day while being taught by experts in the field!


WHEN Saturday, November 4, 2023; 8:30AM - 3:00PM 
                      8:30 - 9:00AM: Check-in, Virginia Thomas Law Center for the Performing Arts
                      9:00 - 12:00PM: Merit badge sessions
                      12:00 - 12:45PM: Lunch, French A. See Dining Hall
                      1:00 - 2:45PM: Merit badge sessions continued 
                      3:00PM: Check-out, Virginia Thomas Law Center for the Performing Arts

WHERE:  West Virginia Wesleyan College, Buckhannon, WV

COST $25 (includes lunch, course materials, event patch, facility)

Prior to completing this registration, Scouts MUST have secured approval from their unit leader to participate in Merit Badge University and to enroll in the selected merit badge. By registering, it is assumed that the Scout has received the prior approval.



(class size maximum:
20 Scouts) 

Bird Study
(class size maximum:
20 Scouts)

1. Research and prepare a short paragraph explaining why birds are useful indicators of the quality of the environment and how they are part of the ecosystem.
2. Research and prepare a short paragraph explaining the difference between extinct, endangered, and threatened species. Identify one species that is endangered or threatened, and discuss why that species has declined in the past or present.
3. Research and prepare a short paragraph identifying a career opportunity connected to the study of birds, and describe the education, training, and experience needed for this profession.

Fire Safety
(class size maximum:
15 Scouts)
Bring a drawing of your home's floorplan. 
(class size maximum:
12 Scouts)
(class size maximum:
20 Scouts)
Complete Swimming Survey (will be added soon)

UNIFORM: All participants should wear a full BSA field uniform ("Class A") or its equivalent for their group. 

TO BRING:  Water bottle, anything mentioned for the specific class, West Virginia Wesleyan College Release Form

PRIOR TO MBU:  Obtain and read a copy of the BSA's merit badge pamphlet for your assigned merit badge. 

CHECK-IN PROCESS: Scouts will check in between 8:30AM and 9:00AM at the Virginia Thomas Law Center for the Performing Arts. 

CHECK-OUT PROCESS: Scouts will check out at 3:00PM at the Virginia Thomas Law Center for the Performing Arts. 

PARKING:    As you head down College Avenue and approach the stop sign next to the West Virginia Wesleyan College sign, the O’Roark-Nordstrom Welcome Center will be just to your left and the Virginia Thomas Law Center for the Performing Arts just ahead, also on your left.  Parking Lot N which lies between these two buildings, will be the best location for parking. Click here for location pin

ADVANCEMENT RECORDS: Physical blue cards will not be used. One week following Merit Badge College, Scout advancement records will be available electronically via their registration.  An email will be sent to the registration contact person with instructions for obtaining. 


  • In the event a merit badge session is canceled, a full refund will be issued to those registered.
  • In the event that the Scout is no longer able to attend:
    • a partial refund may be issued if a cancellation email is sent to by October 30 and the spot can be filled by a Scout from the waitlist.
    • no refunds will be issued for cancellations after October 30
When & Where
West Virginia Wesleyan College
Saturday 11-04-2023
8:30 AM ET to 3:00 PM ET Past
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