Northern Star Merit Badge Series


Northern Star Scouting’s Activities and Civic Service Committee continues to work to connect partner organizations with Scouting volunteers to offer Merit Badge opportunities throughout the year.  Using the Merit Badge program as the backdrop, program partners engage youth in a deeper understanding of a vocation or hobby tied to their mission and purpose as an organization.  These small to medium size events focus on quality hands on instruction.  Although space is limited, the intent of the Merit Badge series is to offer multiple opportunities for Scouts to take part throughout the year.   

Why Merit Badges?

There is more to Merit Badges than simply providing opportunities to learn skills, introduce lifetime hobbies, or inspiring a career path—though these invaluable results occur regularly. It all begins with a Scout’s initial interest and effort in a Merit Badge subject, followed meaningful engagement with subject matter experts, culminating in advancement and recognition. It is an uncomplicated process that gives a Scout the confidence achieved through overcoming obstacles, improving social skills, developing self-reliance, and allowing Scouts access to fields of study and interest are explored beyond the limits of the school classroom. 

Explore Opportunities

Click on a Merit Badge tab below to learn more about upcoming offerings and the program partners supporting these events:  


Wings of the North AirExpo

The Wings of the North Museum offers the Aviation Merit Badge as a part of the AirExpo held at Flying Cloud Airport in Eden Prairie each July. Merit Badge participants and their families receive discounted admission to the AirExpo as a part of the event. Merit Badge instruction is provided by museum volunteers and subject matter experts. This unique event allows Scouts to complete the entire Aviation Merit Badge and provides a fun activity for the entire family.  Since 2017, this event has been responsible for 40% of all Aviation Merit Badges earned in Northern Scouting.  Special thanks to the Wings of the North Museum, and their continued support of Scouting and youth education!

2022 Event Passed

Minnesota Pilots Association - Great Minnesota Aviation Gathering

The Minnesota Pilots Association offers the Aviation Merit Badge as a part of the Great Minnesota Aviation Gathering (GMAG) held at Buffalo Municipal Airport in Buffalo each May. Merit Badge participants and families can enjoy GMAG and the onsite exhibits while participating in the course. Merit Badge instruction is provided by licensed pilots and has often featured advisors from two of Northern Star Scouting’s Aviation Exploring Posts.

Interested in Aviation Exploring, or want to learn more about Northern Star Scouting’s two aviation-related Posts?  Visit:

2022 Event Passed

Civil Air Patrol - North Hennepin Squadron

The Civil Air Patrol-North Hennepin Squadron periodically offers Merit Badge Days for area Scouts at Crystal Airport in the west metro. Class sizes are normally around 20 Scouts and are taught by members of the North Hennepin Squadron.  Traditionally, Merit Badge events offered by the North Hennepin Squadron have been held in the Spring between March and May.  Special thanks to the Cadets and Senior Members of the North Hennepin Squadron for offering this opportunity to Northern Star Scouting youth! 

The Civil Air Patrol is a public service organization that also serves as an Auxiliary of the U.S. Air Force.  The North Hennepin Squadron is a local entity, similar to a Scouting unit, that fulfills the mission of the Civil Air Patrol in our community.  Consisting of both Cadet (youth), and Senior (adult) programs, the Civil Air Patrol seeks to support three missions in providing for aerospace education, emergency services, and leadership and youth development through the Cadet program.  More information about the Civil Air Patrol-North Hennepin Squadron can be found here:

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Minneapolis Electrical Joint Apprenticeship Training Committee

The Minneapolis Electrical Joint Apprenticeship Training Committee periodically offers Merit Badge Days for area Scouts at their training facility in St. Michael. Class sizes are normally around 25 Scouts and are taught by trained electricians that serve as instructors at the facility. In addition to covering the Merit Badge requirements, Scouts will have the opportunity to experience on-site training labs for a truly hands-on program. Traditionally, Merit Badge events offered by the Minneapolis Electrical JATC have been held around January. Special thanks to the Minneapolis Electrical JATC for their work in providing program to area Scouts! In 2022, the Minneapolis Electrical JATC will be offering session on March 5th, June 11th, and November 11th. Online registration is available now, here:

Registration Open Now for All 2022 Events

The Minneapolis Electrical Joint Apprenticeship Training Committee (JATC) is a non-profit organization jointly sponsored by Minneapolis Chapter of the National Electrical Contractors Association (NECA) and Local Union 292 International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW). The Minneapolis JATC offers continuing education for electricians, as well as a five-year apprenticeship program. The apprenticeship program offered by the Minneapolis JATC is registered through the Minnesota Department of Labor and consists of both on-the-job training and classroom education. More information about the Minneapolis JATC and their programs can be found here:

Coming Soon!

Lynnes Welding Training

Lynnes Welding Training in Ramsey has been providing Merit Badge experiences to Scouts at their Fargo, North Dakota location for years. With the opening of their new location in Ramsey, Minnesota, Dave Lynnes aims to introduce Scouts in Northern Star Scouting to the welding trade, and the careers available in that field. Taking a hands-on approach, Lynnes Welding Training will provide expert instructors as well as equipment to Scouts participating in the course. In addition to youth participants, Lynnes Welding Training will also have a few slots for adult participants. Events are limited to 12 Scouts and 4 adults. More information about the event, and the required clothing list will be published when registration is available. Want to learn more about Lynnes Welding Training and their offerings? Visit: Special thanks to Dave Lynnes and his volunteer team for offering the opportunity for area Scouts to learn about the welding trade!


2022 Event Passed

Northern Star Scouting Shooting Sports Committee

The Northern Star Scouting Shooting Sports Committee works to offer training and support for shooting sports offerings at council properties. This Fall, the committee will offer 3 sessions of Rifle Merit Badge on different weekends. The course is for Scouts BSA or Venturing youth. All requirements for the Rifle Merit Badge will be covered as a part of the course. Each session is limited to 8 Scouts due to new staffing requirements for rifle ranges. Classroom materials, targets, 100 rounds .22 LR ammunition, eye and ear protection will be provided. Participants need to pack a lunch and dress appropriately for the weather. Please bring leader-signed Merit Badge Blue Cards and parent signed permission slips to class. Follow the link below for more information and to register.


Click Here to Register for the Fall Course Offerings

Contact us

Ben Coder

Activities/STEM Director
Northern Star Merit Badge Series