Naval Academy hosts Boy Scouts for STEM Merit Badge Jamboree

USNA-STEM-jamboree-3It’s an event so popular it requires a waiting list.

Once every year, Scouts get a chance to earn merit badges in classes taught by real midshipmen on the grounds of the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, Md.

At the STEM Merit Badge Jamboree earlier this month, midshipmen — many of whom are Eagle Scouts — led 700 Boy Scouts through a weekend of fun and learning.

The annual jamboree is the signature event hosted by the Naval Academy chapter of the National Eagle Scout Association.

As the event’s name implies, Scouts earned or partially earned merit badges in the fields of science, technology, engineering and math. They also got specialized military skills training from men and women in uniform.

Scouts camped at a site about 30 minutes south of Annapolis, but the day’s activities were held at the Naval Academy itself.

Scouts and Scouters arrived Friday, Jan. 13, to set up tents. On Saturday morning, they gathered at 0800 for a flag ceremony and to begin merit badge and skills workshops. Lunch was in King Hall, the same place where midshipmen eat.

After lunch, Scouts heard a speech from Eagle Scout author Alvin Townley (Legacy of HonorFly NavyDefiant). Then it was back to merit badge class in the afternoon.

Scouts returned to their campsite Saturday night and witnessed a special U.S. Naval Academy admissions presentation.  On Sunday, some stayed for a tour of the Naval Academy led by Eagle Scout midshipmen. Others headed home.

If you’re interested in attending the 2018 version of this event, express your interest on this page set up by the Naval Academy’s NESA chapter.


Story idea and main photo via Jim Doyle. See more photos here.


  1. Awesome event! Our troop got to participate for the first time this year and I was very impressed with the midshipmen.

    • Is there a cost for this event? If our troop is selected, they need to be prepared financially. I cannot find that info anywhere.

  2. Aren’t there some new (technology related) merit badges set to release soon? I remember hearing something about it a while ago, but nothing recently.

  3. One of the best Scouting events we ever did with our younger son and Troop. Of course, getting to see our Mid all weekend didn’t hurt! We finished the weekend off by a day in DC, an adventure for most of our Scouts.

  4. My son is an Eagle Scout and on the FIRST Robotics EnTech 281 GreenVillains FRC team in Greenville, SC. He wants to enter the Navy after graduating from High School. I’m sure the GreenVillians and the Blue Ridge Council would love to speak to someone from the Navy regarding STEM careers.

  5. My troop was there. In fact, those two Scouts in the picture are in my troop. I was not there, but the Scouts who went had a great time.

  6. Troop 1076 Sea Isle City NJ would love to come one of are scouts and Eagle Scouts just got chosen for the Academy this past weekend

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