Workshops are held at both of the local Microsoft Stores

  • Woodfield Mall (106 Woodfield Mall Schaumburg, Illinois)
  • Oakbrook Mall (100 Oak Brook Center Oak Brook, Illinois)

These workshops are designed for Boy Scouts only (Scout ages 11-17). Pick the merit badge of interest, click on the title to register online. Classes at both locations unless noted. 



To earn this merit badge, Scouts will be asked to demonstrate their knowledge of animation and its rich history. They will learn the principles of animation, complete hands-on design projects, have opportunities to participate in virtual or in-person tours of animation studios and businesses to see how animation is used. Scouts will learn how animation is not only used in their video games and movies, but also for practical business purposes – factory simulations, satellite tracking, medical procedures and even predicting the weather. 


Course Offered:

  • Sat, March 11th- 11am-2pm (Oakbrook only)
  • Sat, April 1st - 11am-2pm
  • Thur, April 27th (Oakbrook only)
  • Thur, May 18th



In learning about astronomy, Scouts study how activities in space affect our own planet and bear witness to the wonders of the night sky: the nebulae, or giant clouds of gas and dust where new stars are born; old stars dying and exploding; meteor showers and shooting stars; the moon, planets, and a dazzling array of stars.

Course Offered:

  • Thur, March 16th
  • Sun, April 30th - 11am-2pm
  • Sun, May 21- 11am-2pm
  • Thur, April 6th



Digital technology is part of almost everything we do. This workshop is all about using, understanding and appreciating digital technology -- computers, tablets, cell phones, and even computer-controlled coffee pots. You’ll learn about digital technology rights and how to be environmentally friendly with digital technology.

Course Offered:

  • Sat, March 18th - 11am-2pm (Oakbrook only)
  • Sun, April 9th - 11am-2pm (Oakbrook only)
  • Thur, May 25th
  • Thur, May 4th



For thousands of years, in every culture, people have played games. Games challenge us to overcome long odds, tell compelling stories, and allow us to work with or against one another. They give structure to play. Games motivate us to find creative solutions, practice new skills, and spend time with others.

Course Offered:

  • Sun, March 19th - 11am-2pm
  • Thur, April 13th
  • Sat, May 6th - 11am-2pm
  • Sat, May 27th - 11am-2pm



Moviemaking includes the fundamentals of producing motion pictures, including the use of effective light, accurate focus, careful composition (or arrangement), and appropriate camera movement to tell stories. In earning the badge, Scouts will also learn to develop a story and describe other pre- and post-production processes necessary for making a quality motion picture.

Course Offered:

  • Thur, March 23rd
  • Sun, April 16th - 11am-2pm
  • Thur, May 11th
  • Thur, June 1st



Beyond capturing family memories, photography offers a chance to be creative. Many photographers use photography to express their creativity, using lighting, composition, depth, color, and content to make their photographs into more than snapshots. Good photographs tell us about, a person news event, a product, a place, a scientific breakthrough, an endangered animal, or a time in history.

Course Offered:

  • Sun, March 26th - 11am-2pm
  • Thur, April 20th- 5pm-8pm
  • Sat, May 13th - 11am-2pm
  • Sat, June 3rd - 11am-2pm



Go “behind the screen” for a look at the complex codes that make digital devices useful and fun. Without programs, today’s high-tech gadgets would be little more than empty shells. But given clear instructions, digital devices can do amazing things and perform operations that would have seemed like magic to people in the past. When you fulfill the requirements for this badge, you will be able to work a little of that “magic” yourself. And you might find yourself joining the legions of programmers who create innovative software. 

Course Offered:

  • Thur, March 30th - 5pm-8pm
  • Sat, April 22nd - 11am-2pm
  • Sun, May 14th - 11am-2pm
  • Thur, June 8th- 5pm-8pm