Boy Scouts


2019 Merit Badge Workshops

All workshops take place at our Nature Center, located at 603 N. Appleton Rd. in Belvidere.

Payment must accompany registration and is non-refundable.

Please bring lunch for workshops that are scheduled over lunchtime.

Scouts should bring a merit badge card to each workshop, so it can be signed by the counselor.

In-District Fee
Out-of-District Fee
Items with marked with * have prerequisites that need to be completed by the scout prior to class if he wishes to have his blue card signed as complete.
January 21stTextile*9 am - 12 pm
January 21stLeatherwork12:30 pm - 4:30 pm
March 27thFish & Wildlife Management*10 am - 2 pm
August 14thIndian Lore9 am - 3 pm
October 14thSoil & Water Conservation10 am - 2:00 pm

Class Information:

Textile: No special requirements

Leatherwork: No special requirements

Fish & Wildlife Management: Pre-requisites – Requirements #5 and #7 need to be completed beforehand or as a follow-up project. Evidence of completion will be required.

Indian Lore: Our focus will be on the Potawatomi and Winnebago cultures. Scouts will: Build a sweat lodge onsite, make a pair of moccasins and prepare traditional foods over an open fire.

Soil & Water Conservation: We will be working on a conservation-related project during the last hour (seed collecting/brush cutting). Please bring work gloves and a water bottle.

Call our office to start the registration process! (815) 547-7935. Registration is not confirmed until payment has been received.



 Merit Badge List

We have a merit badge counselor on staff for the following additional badges:

BackpackingBird StudyCamping Environmental Science
HikingIndian LoreInsect StudyForestry
NatureMammal StudyPlant ScienceOrienteering
Reptile & Amphibian StudySustainabilityWilderness Survival

See the workshop calendar above for our schedule. Workshops can be scheduled at your request for groups of at least eight guaranteed participants.

Our merit badge counselor is willing to meet with individual scouts to review completed requirements for any of the above badges if scheduled in advance.

Contact Tina Dawson for more information or to be added to our mailing list.

Eagle Scout Project Opportunities

We have been the beneficiary of several amazing Eagle Scout projects and invite future Eagle Scouts to think of us when they are planning their projects.

Some things to consider:

  • Projects must fit our mission to preserve natural areas for ecological, educational, and recreational benefits.
  • Scouts should contact the BCCD at least 6 – 12 months in advance.
  • Communication will be between scout and BCCD staff.
  • BCCD staff is available for support and help with any road blocks.
  • BCCD has a list of potential projects for scouts to consider.
  • Projects vary in scope and purpose.
  • They should benefit both our human and non-human residents.

Contact Mick Johnston at or (815)547-7935.