They kill more people annually than any other animal. They account for the largest biomass of all terrestrial animals. And we can’t live without them. They are insects. Insects are the world’s most diverse group of organisms. We know of more than 2.4 million different types of insects which accounts for 80% of the world’s species.

In earning the Insect Study merit badge, Scouts will glance into the strange and fascinating world of the insect. There, they will meet tiny creatures with tremendous strength and speed, see insects that undergo startling changes in habits and form as they grow, and learn how insects see, hear, taste, smell, and feel the world around them.If you are prepared, and have read the pamphlet, this class will help you fulfill a majority of the requirements for this badge. Course is being taught by a professional entomologist whi is also a Merit Badge Counselor and Scout Master.
Things to remember to bring for this Merit Badge Class:

  1. Merit Badge Blue Card properly filled out and signed off by your Scoutmaster
  2. Insect Study Merit Badge Pamphlet
  3. Scout Uniform
  4. Weather appropriate clothing for the time of year and location of the class for outdoor participation
  5. Supporting documentation or project work pertinent to this merit badge which may also include a Merit Badge Workbook for reference with notes
  6. A positive Scouting focus and attitude
  7. Lunch will be eaten outside weather dependent

Most Merit Badges are not designed to be completed in a single session with an instructor, so it is not always possible to walk away with a completed and signed blue card at the end a program. Every badge requires some independent work by your scout. We call this “pre-work” because, if these requirements are performed prior to our program, we can complete and sign the merit badge card. Otherwise we will sign partial cards at the completion of our program and will have qualified counselors review assignments on an individual basis at a later date.

The Natural History Society of Maryland is a volunteer-led non-profit organization, so the fee you pay will go directly to support the programs, the nature collections, and the building that make this kind of nature education possible.

Thank you for your support!

  • Scout – NHSM Family : $25
  • Scout : $30