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Railroading Merit Badge

Railroad Merit BadgeBoy Scouts of America has recognized a Railroading Merit Badge since 1952, and Niles Canyon Railway has hosted a Scouting program since 2007. We sponsored many half-day merit badge study sessions and occasional full-day programs to help Scouts complete their Railroading Merit Badge or Council Badge.

We are looking for volunteers who are also qualified as Adult Scouters, and who have completed the Boy Scouts of America Child Protection Training, and the BSA Merit Badge Counselor training, and we can teach you what you need to know to help scouts earn their Railroading Merit Badge.

Railroad Safety

Did you know that California led all 50 states in 2007 - 2016 for the most fatalities, and the most serious injuries, from trespassing along the railroad right-of-way? California has had more than twice as many fatalities than the number two on the list (usually Texas), year over year! Operation Lifesaver is trying to change that 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).

2018 Dates

How to Prepare

  • Scouts are strongly encouraged to review the current Railroading Merit Badge Requirements on the Internet (and explore the helpful links at the bottom of that web page). Scouts should also consider buying or borrowing a new (color) revision of the 2009 Railroading Merit Badge Handbook. This new rewrite hasn't changed the requirements, but it has added a LOT of good, useful information, making it a better resource for learning what a Scout will need to know for this merit badge.
  • 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.