The Academy of Racing puts scouts behind the wheel to show STEM concepts in action. Badge programs are offered at Pole Position Raceway. For more information call 314-297-0720 or visit The Academy of Racing website.
Artscope provides art classes in Tower Grove Park and will send an artist to your scout meeting to help scouts with arts badges. Call 314-865-0060 to schedule a guest artist or visit the Artscope website for more information.
Challenger Learning Center St. Louis
The Challenger Learning Center in Ferguson offers a wide variety of Boy Scout and Girl Scout programs. They include astronomy, science and robotics. For more information call 314-521-6205 or visit the website.
BadgeCity at the City Museum has your art badge requirements covered. For more information visit the City Museum website or call their group coordinator at 314-231-2489, ext. 601.
CPR-N-More offers a First Aid Basics class for scouts. Call 314-761-7400 or visit cpr-n-more.com for more information.
Gateway Arch National Park
Programs are offered for both Girl Scouts and Boy Scouts at Gateway Arch National Park. Visit the National Park Service website or call 314-982-1410 for more information.
The Green Center
Fulfill badge requirements on a trip to The Green Center, where scout groups can explore 30 acres of wetland, prairie and more. For more information visit The Green Center's website or call 314-725-8314, ext. 105.
Lewis & Clark Boathouse and Museum
Not only are there opportunities to complete badge work and earn an elite patch, but the museum also offers re-enactors to work with troops for various ceremonies, special presentations, encampments and more. Visit the website or call 636-947-3199 for more information. Indoor and outdoor scout programs are available.
The Magic House
Camp under the exhibits at the Magic House. During an overnight in the children's museum, scouts will explore the exhibits, work on badge activities and "camp" in comfort. Scout Camp-Ins are available for both Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts throughout the year. For details, visit The Magic House website or call 314-822-8900.
Missouri Botanical Garden
The Missouri Botanical Garden has scout programs at each of its three attractions: The Missouri Botanical Garden, Shaw Nature Reserve and The Butterfly House. Scout instructors will even bring a program to your next meeting. Call 314-577-9473, ext. 76357, for more information or visit the garden's scouting website.
Missouri History Museum
Museum staff provide private tours and assistance for scouts working on badges related to Missouri History Museum exhibits. For other opportunities, be sure to check out special Girl Scout and Cub Scout Days for fun and educational badge-earning activities. For details, email [email protected] or visit the Missouri History Museum website.
The National Museum of Transportation
The National Museum of Transportation offers a variety of scout programs for every rank of Boy and Girl Scouts, including science workshops and private classes. For details, visit The National Museum of Transportation website or call 314-965-6212.
Little bakers can tour the kitchens of area Panera "bakery-cafes," courtesy of the restaurant's Bakers-in-Training program. Scouts will see how food is prepared behind the scenes, and even decorate a cookie. Tours and programs can be customized to meet the group's needs. For more information or to make reservations, visit the Bakers-in-Training website.
Powder Valley Conservation Nature Center
In addition to being a great place to hike, and explore and observe nature, Powder Valley Conservation Nature Center in Kirkwood also offers Scout Discovery Tables with activities that coincide with Boy and Girl Scout badges. The scout table is free and no reservations are required. Call 314-301-1500 or visit the center's website for details (Scout Tables are publicized in the "Conservation Connections Newsletter" found on this site).
Saint Louis Science Center
Bring the scouts to the Science Center on special Boy Scout and Girl Scout days, when the museum provides even more opportunities for badge assistance. For a real treat, bring your group to a Scouting Camp-In. For details, visit the Science Center's website or call 314-289-4439.
Saint Louis Chess Club
Kids can learn the game of chess at the Saint Louis Chess Club, located in the Central West End. In addition to kids' classes, the Chess Club also helped launch the Boy Scout Chess Merit Badge. The Chess Club offers free one-day workshops throughout the year to help scouts earn their badges. To register or for more information, call 314-361-2437 or visit the Chess Club website.
Saint Louis Zoo
When it comes to animals and conservation, the Saint Louis Zoo has your scouts covered. Scouts of all ages can participate in after-school and event scouting programs, as well as sleepovers. For more information and registration, visit the Saint Louis Zoo website.
St. Louis County Parks & Recreation
St. Louis County park rangers will help plan scouting programs for local groups. They offer canoeing, geocaching, animal habitats and more. Call 314-615-7746 for more information or visit the website.
Thomas F. Eagleton Federal Courthouse and Judicial Learning Center
See the third branch of government in action during a courthouse tour at the Thomas F. Eagleton Federal Courthouse downtown. Tours can be customized to meet your scouts' needs. Boy Scouts can also work on their Citizenship in the Nation badge requirements with self-guided activities and Girl Scouts can work toward Inside Government. Call 314-244-2410 or visit the courthouse website for more information.
Upper Limits Indoor Rock Gyms offer badge programs for scouts ages 11 and up. Upper Limits also offers a discount to scouts in uniform on Monday nights. For details, call 314-241-7625 or visit the Upper Limits website.
World Bird Sanctuary
At the World Bird Sanctuary in Valley Park, Cub Scouts and Girl Scouts can earn badges while learning about nature and conservation. Programs have a fee and must be scheduled in advance by calling 636-225-4390, ext. 1001. Learn more about scout programs at World Bird Sanctuary.
Editorial Assistant Tyne Benesek contributed to this article.
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