Community Activities

Kids Baking Championship

Currently casting for children ages 8-13 who love to bake. Contestants will be selected to appear on the show to participate in a series of baking challenges. Ultimately, one winner will be awarded a cash prize!

See the flyer in the grid at the bottom of this page for more information.

To apply, parents can visit:
For immediate response, feel free to contact Michelle Chan directly at 424.207.2367.

Insect Study Merit Badge at Pollinator Fest in Ames

Date and Time:
June 23rd, 2018, 10am to 1pm

Reiman Gardens
1407 University Blvd
Ames, Iowa
Garden Phone Number 515-294-2710

On Saturday, June 23rd, Reiman Gardens will be hosting Pollinator Fest as part of National Pollinator Week. Pollinator Fest will run from 10am to 2pm and this year, thanks to a sponsor, admission to the Gardens is free for the day.

As part of the Pollinator Fest activities, there will be an opportunity for Scouts to earn their Insect Study merit badge. Upon arriving at Reiman Gardens, Scouts should ask the front desk for the Insect Study merit badge worksheet. Scouts will take the worksheet around to specially marked Pollinator Fest participants tables where they will assist the Scouts in completing specific requirements. Once the Scouts have completed their worksheet, they will turn it into the Reiman Gardens Pollinator Fest Table where they will receive an insect to take home to rear through complete metamorphosis (requirement #9) and their blue card. Reiman Gardens front desk will hand out Insect Study worksheets between 9:30am to 1pm, please arrive early enough to allow the Scouts time to finish all stations before Pollinator Fest ends at 2pm.

Questions about earning the Insect Study merit badge during Pollinator Fest at Reiman Gardens? Please contact Reiman Gardens at 515-294-2710 or

Railroading Merit Badge

Once again, the Boone & Scenic Valley Railroad will be offering days for Scouts to earn their Railroading Merit Badge during 2018. The remaining class will be offered on the following Saturday:

July 7

Class will run from 8:00 am to 4:30 pm. A part of the merit badge class activities includes riding on the 1:30 pm round trip excursion trip to Fraser, IA. Registration cost is $16 for Scouts & adults, which includes the ticket for the train ride. Scouts and adult leaders are asked to wear their Boy Scout dress uniform (Class A) for the day's activities.

Troops may wish to camp on Friday or Saturday night during their visit to Boone. Camping is available on the railroad museum grounds, at no charge. A gazebo, picnic tables and fire rings are located on site. Troops may wish to rent a portable toilet, at a nominal charge. The office staff can help with that arrangement. More information on this year's classes will be posted in the near future on the Boone & Scenice Valley Railroad page:

Each merit badge class will be limited to no more than 24 Scouts. Reservations are on a first come, first served basis. Any troop interested in participating in the remaining class for this year should contact Jenny at 1-800-626-0319 or She can supply the troop leaders with more specific detailed information.

The lead instructor for the classes is Wm. E. Dolezal.

File Name Description
Kids Baking Championship Flyer Download