*Please note that Scout programs are not currently available at the museum due to COVID-19.
Both Boy and Girl Scouts will discover the world of nature and science through VMNH Scout Programs. These STEM related programs engage scouts through exposure to natural history artifacts and specimens, interaction with educators, hands-on activities, and outdoor experiences. Scouts will make new friends and build self-confidence while earning badges.
Museum educators, along with the assistance of Scout leaders, conduct activities to assist in completing a merit badge or rank advancement. Typically, we offer the following options:
- 1.5 hour program on a day off from school or on a Saturday to work on requirements
- 3 hour program on a day off from school or on a Saturday to work on requirements
- Scout Sleepover - work on requirements, experience the museum exhibits after-hours, and sleep under the dinosaurs!
(Note: Due to time constraints, some requirements may not be completed. We will discuss which requirements can be completed before your arrival.)
For more details, please call (276) 634-4187 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org
Cub Scout Required Adventures
- Elective: Air of the Wolf
- Elective: Code of the Wolf
- Elective: Collections and Hobbies
- Elective: Digging in the Past
- Elective: Motor Away
- Elective: Spirit of the Water
- Elective: Make It Move
- Elective: Robotics
- Elective: Super Science
- Elective: Adventures in Science
- Elective: Earth Rocks!
- Elective: Engineer
- Elective: Into the Wild
- Elective: Into the Woods
Boy Scout Badges
- Bird Study
- Environmental Science
- Insect Study
- Indian Lore
- Mammal Study
- Plant Science
- Reptile & Amphibian Study
- Soil and Water Conservation
Girl Scout Badges
- Home Scientist
- Naturalist / Bugs
- Senses / Investigation
- Animal Habitats
- Naturalist / Flowers
- Animal Helpers
- Naturalist / Trees
- Night Owl
- Special Agent
- Naturalist / Sky
- Science of Style
- Voice of Animals
- Naturalist / Water
Badge Program Registration
Programs are conducted either on a Saturday or any weekday that schools are closed. Workshops are 1.5 to 3 hours in length depending on the topic and are held at local parks, state parks, or at the Museum. Typically, our fee schedule is as follows:
- 1.5 hour program - minimum payment of $56, each additional scout is $7. 1 adult per 10 scouts is complimentary, $3 for each additional adult. A non-refundable deposit of $25 is required seven days prior to visit.
- 3 hour program - minimum payment of $112, each additional scout is $14. 1 adult per 10 scouts is complimentary, $3 for each additional adult. A non-refundable deposit of $25 is required seven days prior to visit.
One or two scout leaders are requested to stay and assist the Museum educator. To register for a program or for more information, call (276) 634-4187or e-mail us at email@example.com.
After everyone has gone home and the doors have been closed for the evening, join us for an exciting night of exploration. Scouts can work on a badge, requirements, or have a pre-selected sleepover theme through hands-on programs led by our experienced educators. Please refer to the list above for the badges we currently offer. (Note: Due to time constraints, some requirements may not be completed. We will discuss which requirements can be completed before your arrival.)
Sleepovers take place Friday or Saturday from 6:30 p.m. to 9:00 a.m. Each sleepover includes a badge program (or theme), pizza dinner, evening snack, continental breakfast, and a sleepover patch.
Minimum fee of $675 ($45 x minimum of 15 scouts), each additional scout is $45. One chaperone is required for every five scouts and is complimentary. Each additional adult is $15. A non-refundable deposit of $25, together with a signed group agreement, is required 30 days prior to the visit. Full payment, as well as signed permission and medical forms are due seven business days prior to the event.
Please call (276) 634-4187 or e-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org to register. Pre-registration is required. Sleepover details and a confirmation form will be mailed.