Gardening Merit Badge
Please arrive with ample time prior to the start time of your class for registration.  Remember there will be others checking in as well and depending on the size of the class, and the event the class is being held in conjunction with, that registration may take a little time.

You should bring a blue card filled out properly for this class. - Scoutmaster Bucky Online participants - you will not be allowed to participate if you have not provided your signed blue card prior to the class - you should have forwarded your blue card to Scoutmaster Bucky prior to the class via email or postal mail:
Scoutmaster Bucky - 5724 Aldrich Avenue South  Minneapolis, Minnesota  55419.

If you are not familiar with how to fill out a blue card, you should familiarize yourself with Scoutmaster Bucky's "How To Fill Out A Blue Card" document. Click here for Scoutmaster Bucky's "How To Fill Out A Blue Card".  Remember it is a Scout's responsibility to take care of their own blue card from beginning to end.
Your Scout Uniform is required to be worn for attending this Merit Badge session.   If you have any additional questions, please feel free to contact Brian Reiners; Scoutmaster Bucky via email or on the phone at 612-483-0665.

Reviewing the merit badge pamphlet PRIOR to attending and doing preparation work will insure that Scouts get the most out of these class opportunities. The merit badge pamphlet is a wealth of information that can make earning a merit badge a lot easier. It contains many of the answers and solutions needed or can at least provide direction as to where one can find the answers.

It is NOT acceptable to come unprepared to a Scoutmaster Bucky event. You can (and should) use the Scoutmaster Bucky Gardening Merit Badge Workbook to help get a head start and organize your preparation work. Please note that the use of any workbook is merely for note taking and reference and completion of any Merit Badge workbook does not warrant, guarantee, or confirm a Scouts completion of any merit badge requirement(s). You can download the Scoutmaster Bucky Gardening Merit Badge Workbook by clicking here .   If this link is not working please check the internet for other merit badge workbook options.

It should be noted that this merit badge class is not meant for those who just want to come and see what they can get done. It is possible to complete this merit badge by being properly prepared and having done the preparation work prior to the class. Preparation is a MUST 
Gardening Merit Badge Current Requirements
Scoutmaster Bucky's - Gardening Merit Badge Workbook
Gardening Merit Badge and Merit Badge History Page

Gardening Merit Badge 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. Gardening Merit Badge Pamphlet

3. Scout Uniform

4. A change of clothes that you don't mind getting a little mud on

5. Work gloves (optional)  

6. Supporting documentation or project work pertinent to this merit badge which may also include a Merit Badge Workbook for reference with notes

7. A positive Scouting focus and attitude


1. Do the following:

a. Explain to your counselor the most likely hazards associated with gardening and what you should do to anticipate, help prevent, mitigate, and respond to these hazards.

Scouts should review this requirement and its component and be prepared to explain and describe as necessary their ability to identify hazards likely associated with gardening.  Scouts may find it beneficial to make notes to bring to class for reference when completing this part of Requirement 1.

b. Discuss the prevention of and treatment for health concerns that could occur while gardening, including cuts, scratches, puncture wounds, insect bites, anaphylactic shock, heat reactions, and reactions from exposure to pesticides and fertilizers.

Scouts should utilize the Gardening Merit Badge pamphlet to review and prepare for discussion during the class to the counselor their understanding of health concerns and treatment related to gardening instances.


2. Do the following, and discuss your observations throughout the process with your counselor:

a. Grow six vegetables, three from seeds and three from seedlings, through harvest.

b. Grow six flowers, three from seeds and three from seedlings, through flowering.

This requirement will be started during the class however you will NOT be able to complete this requirement in full during the class.  Please check your email for class required materials the counselor has asked you to bring.


3. Give the nutritional value of the following:

a. Three root or tuber crops.

b. Three vegetables that bear above the ground.

c. Three fruits.

While the counselor will help mentor in the class, Scouts should have reviewed the merit badge pamphlet and any other sources they have access to in order to best build their knowledge for completing this requirement in the class.  Scouts will be required to actively partake in providing explanations on all components of this requirement in one-on-one discussion with the counselor and/or with the class group environment.


4. Test 100 seeds for germination. Determine the percentage of seeds that germinate. Explain why you think some did not germinate.

Requirement 4 will NOT be completed within the class however the counselor will help facilitate this requirement during the class as best they can based on the level of completion Scouts attend the class with. Scouts wishing to be considered for sign off on this requirement will need to do preparation work and bring photos or proof of their germination activity for consideration by the counselor. Scouts not able to or not having completed this requirement prior to the class will get a start on this activity within the class but will have to do follow up work after the class in order to complete this requirement.  Be Prepared.


5. Visit your county extension agent's office, local university agricultural college, nursery, or a botanical garden or arboretum. Report on what you learned.

This requirement is currently NOT planned to be completed during the class. HOWEVER, Scouts who can bring documented proof of completing this requirement will have an opportunity to share with the counselor their accomplishments and potentially be signed off  If the work meets the satisfaction of the merit badge counselor, (saying you did it is not enough, you need to bring proof).


6. Explain to your counselor how and why honeybees are used in pollinating food crops and the problems that face the bee population today. Discuss what the impact to humanity would be if there were no pollinators.

Scouts will need to do some research and reading in order to prepare for this requirement.  It is recommended that Scouts make notes of their findings to help show the counselor their efforts in preparing for the class.  These notes can also serve to help Scouts successfully perform their explanation or discussion elements of this requirement. It will be very difficult for Scouts who do not come prepared for this requirement to successfully complete the requirement in the class.


7. Identify five garden pests (insects, diseased plants). Recommend two solutions for each pest. At least one of the two solutions must be an organic method.

This requirement will be covered in the class, however, only Scouts who have prepared by familiarizing themselves with the desired knowledge this requirement asks for AND actively participating in the class activity for this requirement will be considered for sign off on the requirement.


8. Do ONE of the following and record weekly observations. Discuss the results of your project with your counselor.

a. Build a compost bin and maintain it for 90 days.

b. Build a vermipost bin (worm compost bin) and maintain it for 90 days.

c. Build a hydroponic garden containing three vegetables or herbs, or three ornamental plants. Maintain this garden through harvest or flowering, or for 90 days.

d. Build one water garden, either in a container (at least 12 by 6 inches and 6 inches deep), or in the ground as a small, decorative pond no larger than 6 by 3 feet and 24 inches deep. Maintain the water garden for 90 days.

e. Prepare a honey super for use on a hive or colony. Remove a filled honey super from the hive or colony and prepare the honey for sale.

The counselor will decide which project you will do as a part of the class.  Obviously, none of the options can be completed the day of the class but direction and follow up instructions will be provided by the counselor on how to best receive sign off on this requirement (and likely the merit badge) upon successful completion of the stated component selected.

this page last reviewed / updated: April 2019