boy scouts working on projectBoth Boy and Girl Scout groups will discover the world of nature and science through VMNH Scout Programs. These programs engage scouts through exposure to natural history artifacts and specimens, interaction with research scientists, hands-on activities, and outdoor experiences. Scouts will make new friends and build self-confidence while earning badges. 

Badge Programs

Museum educators, along with the assistance of Scout leaders, conduct activities from Scout handbooks to complete Try-Its, Badges, and Interest Projects. 

Cub Scout Webelo Badges BROWNIE Try-Its Junior Badges CADETTE/SENIOR Interests Projects


Colors and Shapes
Earth & Sky
Earth Is Our Home
Science In Action
Science Wonders
Water Everywhere
Watching Wildlife

Earth Connections
Rocks Rock
Water Wonders
Drawing and Painting

All About Birds
Shore to Sea
Museum Discovery

Badge Program Registration
Programs are conducted Saturdays during the school year with the option of weekdays during the summer. Workshops are 2 to 5 hours in length depending on the topic and are held at local parks, state parks, or at the Museum. There is a maximum of 25 scouts per program and a minimum of 10 scouts is required to conduct the program. One or two scout leaders are required to stay to assist the Museum educator. There is a $9 per Scout fee, with a minimum payment of $90. Pre-payment is required. To register for a program or for more information, call 276-634-4185 or e-mail us at

Scout Sleepovers

girl scouts during presentation

After everyone has gone home and the doors have been closed for the evening, join us for an exciting night of exploration. Scouts can complete badges or pin requirements through hands-on programs led by our experienced educators. Cub Scout themes include: Geologist and Artist. Girl Scout Themes include: Science in Action, Science Wonders, Rocks Rock, Shore to Sea, Museum Discovery, Drawing and Painting. 

Sleepovers take place Friday or Saturday from 6:30 p.m. to 9:00 a.m. Each sleepover includes a badge program, pizza dinner, evening snack, and breakfast.

There is a group size minimum of 15 Scouts and a maximum of 35 Scouts. The Museum reserves the right to cancel a sleepover if minimum is not enrolled. Only scouts and their adult chaperones are allowed to attend. Siblings cannot be accommodated.

A fee of $40 per scout is required. One chaperone is required for every five scouts and free of charge, while any extra chaperones will be charged a fee of $10 each.

Please call 276-634-4185 or e-mail us at to register. Pre-registration is required. Sleepover details and a confirmation form will be mailed.

Full payment is due seven business days prior to the event along with a signed confirmation form.