Outdoor retailers Bass Pro Shops and Cabela’s are an outdoorsman’s paradise. Most retail stores feature at least 80,000 square feet (many are a lot bigger) full of equipment for camping, hunting, fishing, boating and off-roading. This month, they’ll also have merit badge counselors.

Each of the more than 150 retail stores in the U.S. plans to have two or more associates certified to teach part of the Fishing, Rifle Shooting or Fish and Wildlife Management merit badges for the stores’ “Scouts BSA Month.” Merit badge applications, often referred to as “blue cards,” have already been delivered to the stores.

You can register for the merit badge workshops at the customer service desk or by calling your local store. Pre-registration is required as classes are limited to 10 Scouts BSA members. These classes will be held at 6 p.m. local time on the following dates:

TuesdaySeptember 3Fishing
WednesdaySeptember 4Rifle Shooting
ThursdaySeptember 5Fish and Wildlife Management
TuesdaySeptember 10Fishing
WednesdaySeptember 11Rifle Shooting
ThursdaySeptember 12Fish and Wildlife Management
TuesdaySeptember 17Fishing
WednesdaySeptember 18Rifle Shooting
ThursdaySeptember 19Fish and Wildlife Management
TuesdaySeptember 24Fishing
WednesdaySeptember 25Rifle Shooting
ThursdaySeptember 26Fish and Wildlife Management

Year-round community engagement opportunities for units may be available, such as recruitment and fundraising. As store-council relationships vary, check with your store for details.

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