ARM Boy Scout Railroad Merit Badge Program


Boy Scouts of America has recognized a Railroading Merit Badge since 1952. The Arizona Railway Museum has participated in numerous Merit Badge and Eagle Scout projects.  We sponsor many half-day merit badge study sessions and occasional full-day programs to help Scouts complete their Railroading Merit Badge or Council Badge.

Our Merit Badge program is conducted by a museum volunteer who has completed the Boy Scouts of America Child Protection Training, and the BSA Merit Badge Counselor training, and can teach you what you need to know to help scouts earn their Railroading Merit Badge.

Railroad Safety

Operation Lifesaver is trying to increase public awareness of risks around trains and railroads.  Operation Lifesaver's rail safety education programs, dedicated to keeping people safe around trains by reducing the likelihood of train/vehicle and pedestrian collisions, are more relevant today than they have ever been.  They change awareness through Education, Enforcement, and Engineering (Part of their mission is the reason that both BSA and GSA badge programs have a requirement to learn about this important organization).

How to Prepare

Scouts are strongly encouraged to review the current Railroading Merit Badge Requirements.  Additional information is available on the internet at (explore the helpful links at the bottom of that web page). Scouts should also consider buying (or borrowing) the latest revision of the Boy Scout Requirements Handbook. The current Boy Scout Requirements book is available from your local Scouting merchandise distributor. It may also be ordered online at also has a Railroading Merit Badge Worksheet available. While it is not a requirement to use this form, using the worksheet is a great way for a Scout to organize their notes to be prepared for their sign-off.

Contact ARM

To contact our Scout Program Administrator, please click here.  Please note, the museum is an all-volunteer organization.  Sometimes it may take several days for a response (even we take vacations to go watch trains).

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