Scouts don’t have to go it alone when it comes earning merit badges; nor do they have to depend on their troop. There are hundreds of merit badge days and other events held throughout the country, with almost all open to every scout, regardless of what council or troop is sponsoring the event.
Homeschoolers often have an advantage when it comes to events out of the scout’s immediate area, as they may be able to travel during a Friday preceding a weekend event. They may also be able to attend spring break events across the country, regardless of the dates. Though we live in the Pacific Northwest, a favorite is Georgia’s Eagle Camp, sponsored by the Atlanta Council’s Milton District. Another is Oregon’s Evergreen Aviation and Space Museum where the Aviation, Astronomy and Space Exploration merit badges are offered on a regular basis.
How to find out about these opportunities? The internet makes it possible, primarily through the Merit Badge University at http://meritbadge.info where events are compiled. Scouts can even register for specific events through this site.
Since most links are only active just prior to an event, we won’t attempt to list them all here. The Evergreen Aviation and Space Museum, though, is an exception with year-round events. You can find them at http://www.sprucegoose.org/education/scouts.html. When you get to the page, click on “master schedule.” An added bonus for homeschoolers is that scouts and their families or troops are allowed to camp out on the grounds the night before the class for a nominal fee. A night tour of the museum is included.