Community Activities

Merit Badge University

Saturday, April 22nd
Iowa State University
Hosted by APO

Apologies for the delays with registration and thank you for your patience!

To register, go to and follow the two steps below:
1. Click the link that says "click here to sign up for merit badges". This link will take you to the signup for each of the merit badges offered. If your Scout is taking a half day merit badge and staying the full day, they have to sign up for 2 separate merit badges. The half day merit badges are only the first or second half of the day. Do not sign up for the same half a day merit badge twice.
2. At the registration website you will see a pull down tab that will have a Scout and parent option. Select the option and select add to cart. This will allow you to pay online. If you are a Scout Leader/parent that is planning on eating lunch on the day of MBU then you must also pay for your food as well as the Scout's.

If you don't register for a badge, APO cannot guarantee space and if you don't register for the event APO cannot guarantee you will be on the roster. So make sure to do both!

One adult from each troop will be needed at the event to keep track of their Scouts and serve as a point of contact for the troop.

Also, be sure to look at the prerequisites for the badges your Scouts are signing up for. Some of them may have changed since the original flyer and must be completed prior to the event if the Scout wants to complete the merit badge at the event.

Thank you again for your interest! If you have any questions feel free to email

Please view the flyer in the grid below for more details and for contact information.

Scout Night at the Iowa Barnstormers

Saturday, April 29th 2:00 PM-4:00 PM - Pre-Game Football Clinic
Iowa Barnstormers vs. Colorado Crush
7:05 PM
Wells Fargo Arena

Join the Iowa Barnstormers for a pre-game football clinic and then stick around to see the team face off against the Colorado Crush! Set up camp overnight on the upper level concourse and enjoy a movie on the video board!

Game Day Program Only (includes pre-game program, pizza, game ticket) Discounted Ticket Price $15
Overnight Program (includes pre-game, pizza, ticket, overnight campout) Discounted Ticket Price $20

Place your order today by contacting Juli Pettit via email, phone 515-564-8457 or by completing and mailing the flyer in the grid at the bottom of this page.

Scout Appreciation Day

Sunday, May 7, 2017 – 12:00 to 4:00pm
Living History Farms says “Thank you” to all of the Boy Scout and Girl Scout groups that have participated in events and programs over the years. Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts and group leaders arriving in uniform will receive free admission this day. All others pay regular admission.

Class A uniforms are required.

Download the flyer in the grid below for more details.

Railroading Merit Badge

Saturdays May 13, June 3, July 8, 2017 8:00 am to 4:30 pm
Includes riding on the 1:30 pm excursion trip to Fraser, IA

There is camping on the museum grounds, at no charge
Troops may wish to rent a portable toilet, at a nominal charge
The office staff can help with that arrangement

View the class offering notice at
Class size is limited to no more than 24 Scouts
Registration is on a first come, first served basis

Any Scout or Troop interested in participating in this year's classes should contact Bonnie at 1-800-626-0319 or

Locomotive Equipment: The May 13th excursion trip is scheduled to be pulled by a 1st generation diesel-electric locomotive, while the June 3rd and July 8th excursion trips are to be pulled by a steam locomotive.

Telegraphy/Morse Code Demonstration: A special program is scheduled to be offered for the July 8th class. Mr. "Si" Simons will have a demonstration set up on railroad telegraphy and Morse code. Si retired in 1987 after working for 43 years as a telegrapher and station agent with the Illinois Central Railroad. This is the 3rd year Si has offered this opportunity to Scouts. It has always been a hit with Scouts and Leaders. More information on Mr. Simons can be found at:

File Name Description
Iowa Barnstormers Scout Night Download
LHF Scout Appreciation Day 2017 Download
MBU at ISU hosted by APO - April 22 Download