West County STEM
West County STEM


July 10th - 14th


9am to 12pm

Monday - Friday

Middle School


July 24th - 28th


9am to 12pm

Monday - Friday

Merit Badge Workshop

Drafting Merit Badge

Sunday June 25th, 1-3pm


Programming Merit Badge

Friday July 21st, 1-3pm



July 31st - Aug 4th


9am - 12pm

Monday - Friday

                STEM Summer Camps for                      Elementary & Middle School Children


Science, technology, engineering and mathematics or STEM programs cultivate an early interest in the sciences.      Studies  show that early exposure to STEM concepts in elementary and middle school increase the chances of STEM success in high school and college.

The US recently ranked 25th worldwide in STEM testing.*   It’s more important than ever to ensure our children are equipped to compete globally.   STEM materials help develop critical thinking and problem solving skills.  Help your child get ahead with STEM skills.    
    West County STEM offers week long day camps for ages 6 to 16 starting in June & July.


    Our camps offer a fun approach to learning about science, technology and engineering.
    Students will learn programming basics while making mini games, animations and

    playing games that teach programming logic and coding syntax.

    Students learn engineering fundamentals through demonstrations, experiments and 

    computer simulations; they will also experiment with hands-on projects.


    We have team competitions with box car races, bridge building, and other fun projects!


    Our entire curriculum is designed to be fun, educational, and interactive. We present

    ideas and concepts using experiments and demonstrations to inspire inquisitive minds.


    Students will experiment to prove or disprove their theories. We share and discuss

    all of the projects worked on together to complete the learning process. 


    We aim to inspire a love of learning and building in every student that will last a lifetime.


Make this summer a fun and educational STEM summer!
* PEW Research

Technology and Engineering Summer Camps for

Programming Games & Animations

Bridge Building!


This year’s STEM summer camp will focus on programming games & animations and bridge building. 


During the Programming Games & Animations portion students will learn about the basics of programming using Scratch as a platform.  Students will be completing design challenges while learning to create games and animations.  They will complete an animation project and a game project.  


During the Young Engineers Bridge Building portion students will learn about the basic physical forces acting on bridges through a variety of demonstrations, hands-on tactile learning, tinkering, experimenting,  including a group projects. Students will hear, see and feel the forces of compression and tension, and discover how engineers select materials and shapes to design bridges and overcome challenges. In the final project students will work together to design and build a bridge that meets a load requirement and stays within a budget for materials.  Teams will enter their bridges into a competition and win prizes in a variety of categories.


All the learning is completed during the camp.  Classes move at the students’ pace, so whether a student is brand new to programming or has had some experience there is plenty to learn!  Each student will be able to keep their programming projects after the camp is completed. 


Boy Scout Merit Badge Workshops:

Call to Register for Workshop

Review Prerequisites Below Prior to Attending Workshops

  • Drafting Merit Badge:  Sunday June 25th; 1-3pm     
  • Programming Merit Badge:  Friday July 21st; 1-3pm
  • Merit badge counselor on hand at the workshop     



Boy Scout Nova Award STEM Camp

Call to Register for BSA STEM Camp

  • BSA STEM Camp - July 31st through August 4th    
  • Monday through Friday, 9:00am-12:00pm            
  • Scout will complete the Crunch Nova Award          
  • Scout will complete the Programming merit badge
  • Merit badge counselor on hand at the camp          
  • Scout Nova Award STEM Camp cost: $299             
  • Multiple Scout Discount: Register 2 or more scouts
  • take $50 off each scout's enrollment       
Boy Scout Merit Badge Workshop Prerequisites:

Drafting Merit Badge Prerequisites: 


PLEASE NOTE THIS WORKSHOP IS FULL - Call 636-735-3566 to be placed on the wait list.

  1. Strong interest in learning about drafting
  2. A laptop with AutoCAD 2017 installed (Obtain parent’s permission to install software. A link for installing a free 30-day trial version or a free student’s license for AutoCAD 2017 can be found on https://www.mycadsite.com/get-free-autocad.htm) (Note:  AutoCAD 2010-2017 versions are all compatible with this workshop)
  3. Print out and review the Drafting Badge Workbook. Complete the research and writing portions of sections 6 and 7 prior to the workshop. (Drafting Badge Workbooks can be found at https://meritbadge.org/wiki/images/1/1e/Drafting.pdf)
  4. Basic knowledge of AutoCAD 2017 (https://www.mycadsite.com/tutorials/ is an excellent free educational resource: Completion of Lesson 1-1, 1-2, 1-3, & 1-4 or similar competency using AutoCAD is required to complete the drafting merit badge during this workshop. Please bring a print out of lesson 1-4 assignment 3: “Accurate input” as proof of completion. ) (Note: Introduction to  AutoCAD lesson completion time is approximately 4 hours)
  5. Review this guide to engineering lettering (http://www.ucvts.tec.nj.us/cms/lib5/NJ03001805/Centricity/Domain/611/Lesson%203%20Lettering.pdf)
  6. If you are unable to provide a laptop for your scout, please contact us and we can arrange for one to be provided.
  7. All youth must be accompanied by an adult. 
  8. Scouts should be in uniform for the workshop.
  9. Drafting Merit Badge cost is $10 per scout.


Drafting Workshop Summary:
Scouts will learn about the tools used to create hand drawn project sketches and use tools to create a project sketch and an engineering lettering project. Examples of engineering drawings will be provided for inspiration for the hand drawn project sketches. For the CAD (computer aided drafting) drawing requirement of the merit badge, Scouts will build upon their knowledge of AutoCAD software to recreate a copy of a 2-dimensional floor plan. The workshop will be wrapped up with a discussion on how project sketches and drawings are useful in designing and producing the final products.





Programming Merit Badge Prerequisites:

  • Strong interest in programming
  • Current, up-to-date Cyber Chip Badge
  • Bring a laptop (Preferably Windows Operating System, Obtain parent’s permission to install programming software tools during the workshop)
  • Print out and review the Programming Badge Workbook. Complete the research and writing portions of sections 1, 2, 3, 4 and 6 prior to the workshop. (Programming Badge Workbooks can be found at http://www.usscouts.org/mb/worksheets/programming.pdf)
  • If you are unable to provide a laptop for your scout, please contact us and we can arrange for one to be provided. 
  • Scouts should be in uniform.
  • Programming Merit Badge cost is $25 per scout. 


Programming Merit Badge Summary:

During the programming merit badge workshop scouts will be learning how to write and debug programs using the programming languages of Scratch, Java, and Python. Python coding will be done on a Raspberry Pi mini-computer, scouts will learn how to connect to the Raspberry Pi and modify/debug a function in Python. Scouts will also learn a little about Raspberry Pi peripherals with a brief introduction to circuitry on a breadboard. There will be example programs and functions to use for debugging during the workshop, students are also encouraged to bring in their own programs and functions written in Scratch, Java, and/or Python. Scouts will discuss their research and written portions of the merit badge with a merit counselor; and build on their knowledge of programming and coding, creating and debugging functions, programs, and games.  (Approximate length of workshop is 3 hours)