Many different groups offer classes on different merit badges year round. Many are run by colleges and universities, giving the entire program its name as “Merit Badge Universities.” These are generally attended by scouts based on individual interest. One of the programs that the troop is aware of include Rose-Hulman University’s regular classes in Terre Haute (year round).
Merit Badge Skills Offerings (year round): Some other groups offer Merit Badge Skills classes. For example, in St. Louis their council offers some merit badges. The National Park Services at the Gateway Arch or the old Courthouse down the street where some historic court cases were decided offer other classes, particularly emphasizing history and law.