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Scouting Programs

Helping Scouts earn badges!

Scouts have the opportunity to earn badges at the Science Center throughout the year! Take part in one of the badge workshops listed below.

Private workshops are available if you are unable to make any of these regularly scheduled workshops! For more information and descriptions, please view the Boy and Girl Scout tabs below or call 314-289-4439.

Scout Days

 Group Badge Date Register
Bear, $10
Super Science
Forensics
Robotics
December 9, 2018
March 10, 2019
May 4, 2019
Call to Register
Call to Register
Call to Register
Boy Scout, $12
Weather
Pulp and Paper
October 7, 2018
April 14, 2019

Call to Register

Brownie, $10
Inventor
Senses
Bugs
Home Scientist
October 7, 2018
January 13, 2019
April 14, 2019
May 12, 2019

Call to Register
Call to Register
Call to Register

Cadette, $10
Special Agent
March 10, 2019 Call To Register
Daisy, $10
Rose Petal
How Robots Move
October 14, 2019
May 4, 2019

Call to Register

Junior, $10
Gardener
Animal Habitat
Product Designer
Flowers
Entertainment Technology
September 1, 2018
December 1, 2018
December 9, 2019
March 2, 2019
April 6, 2019
CANCELED
Call to Register
Call to Register
Call to Register
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Senior, $10
Locavore
Sky
September 9, 2018
January 5, 2019
Call to Register
Tiger, $10
Sky is the Limit
September 1, 2018
CANCELED
Webelo, $10
Into the Woods
Adventures in Science
Earth Rocks!
Game Design
September 9, 2018
January 5, 2019
March 2, 2019
May 5, 2019
Call to Register
Call to Register
Call to Register
Wolf, $10
Grow Something
Digging in the Past
Germs
Air of the Wolf
October 14, 2018
December 1, 2018
January 13, 2019
April 6, 2019
Call to Register
Call to Register
Call to Register

Scout Fest – November 3, 2018

Group Badge Time
Brownie, $10
Senses
Home Scientist
Bugs
10:00 am – 11:30 am
10:15 am – 11:45 am
3:00 pm – 4:30 pm
Cadette, $10
Special Agent
2:45 pm – 4:15 pm
Daisy, $10
How Robots Move
1:30 pm – 2:30 pm
Junior, $10
Detective
Flowers
Entertainment Technology
12:30 pm – 2:00 pm
12:30 pm – 2:00 pm
2:30 pm – 4:00 pm
Senior, $10
Sky
10:30 am – 12:30 pm

Scout Fest – November 4, 2018

Group Badge Time
Bear, $10
Robotics
Forensics
11:15 am – 12:30 pm
3:00 pm – 4:30 pm
Boy Scout, $12
Pulp and Paper
Chemistry
11:30 am – 1:30 pm
2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Tiger, $10
Sky is the Limit
3:00 pm – 4:15 pm
Webelo, $10
Game Design
Engineer
Earth Rocks!
11:30 am – 1:00 pm
1:15 pm – 2:30 pm
2:30 pm – 4:00 pm
Wolf, $10
Germs Alive!
Air of the Wolf
11:15 am – 12:45 pm
1:00 pm – 2:30 pm

Scout Fest – February 16, 2019

Group Badge Time
Bear, $10
Super Science
Robotics
12:00 pm – 1:30 pm
2:00 pm – 3:30 pm
Boy Scout, $12
Weather
Energy
9:45 am – 11:45 am
2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Tiger, $10
Sky is the Limit
12:45 pm – 2:00 pm
Webelo, $10
Game Design
Engineer
Into the Wild
Into the Woods
10:00 am – 11:30 am
10:15 am – 11:30 am
2:30 pm – 4:00 pm
2:30 pm – 4:00 pm
Wolf, $10
Grow Something
Motor Away
Digging in the Past
10:00 am – 11:30 am
12:00 pm – 1:30 pm
12:00 pm – 1:30 pm

Scout Fest – February 17, 2019

Group Badge Time
Brownie, $10
Inventor
Bugs
Home Scientist
11:15 am – 12:30 pm
3:00 pm – 4:30 pm
3:00 pm – 4:30 pm
Cadette, $10
Public Speaking
3:00 pm – 4:30 pm
Daisy, $10
Rose Petal
11:30 am – 12:30 pm
Junior, $10
Animal Habitat
Gardener
Product Desginer
11:15 am – 12:30 pm
1:00 pm – 2:30 pm
1:00 pm – 2:30 pm
Senior, $10
Locavore
1:00 pm – 2:30 pm

Call 314.289.4424 to register.

Public Scout Camp Ins

 Date
September 28, 2018 Public Girl Scout Camp-In

Scout Workshops

As a group, your scouts will have fun learning science and completing badge requirements. Workshops are available for all levels of Girl and Boy Scouts.

Girl Scout troops can choose any or all of the listed badges:

BROWNIES JUNIORS CADETTES SENIORS
Bugs Animal Habitats Public Speaking Sky
Home Scientist Detective Special Agent Locavore
Inventor Entertainment Technology
Senses Gardener
Flowers
Product Designer

All Girl Scout workshops are between 60 and 90 minutes long and can serve 10-30 scouts. (One free adult chaperone for every five scouts is required)

Cost: $10 per Girl Scout (on-site) or $14 per Girl Scout (off-site)

Reserve multiple private workshops on the same day and receive $2 off each scout for each consecutive workshop!

To reserve a private scout workshop, please call 314-289-4439 or email education@slsc.org

Boy Scout Workshops and Programs

As a unit, Boy and Cub Scouts of all ages will learn science and have fun while working to complete some or all of the requirements towards earning hard-to-get badges. Certified Merit Badge counselors are available. You can schedule workshops and programs at the time and place of your choice. You can choose any or all of the badges listed below:

TIGER ($10/$14) WOLF ($10/$14) BEAR ($10/$14) WEBELOS ($10/$14) BOY SCOUTS ($12/$15)
Sky is the Limit Air of The Wolf Forensics Adventures in Science Astronomy
Digging in the Past Robotics Engineer (New Version) Chemistry
 Germs Alive! Super Science Earth Rocks! Weather
 Grow Something Game Design Energy
 Motor Away Into the Wild Pulp & Paper
Into the Woods

All Cub Scout workshops are between 60 and 90 minutes long. Webelos workshops are 90 minutes long. Boy Scout workshops are 2 hours long. All scout programs, regardless of rank, require a minimum of 10 paid scouts and can accommodate a maximum of 30. One free adult chaperone for every five scouts is required for all workshops.

Cost: $10 per Cub Scout (on-site) or $14 per Cub Scout (off-site). Boy Scout rates are $12 per Boy Scout (on-site) or $15 per Boy Scout (off-site).

Reserve multiple private workshops on the same day and receive $2 off each scout for each consecutive workshop!

To reserve a private scout workshop, please call 314-289-4439 or email education@slsc.org

Below are the prerequisites for the Astronomy, Chemistry, Energy and Weather merit badge workshops offered at the Saint Louis Science Center.

The Astronomy, Energy and Weather merit badges require multi-day logs, which cannot be completed during a two hour workshop. Completing these requirements ahead of your workshop allows our merit badge counselor to sign off at the end of the workshop. Alternately, these requirements may be completed after the workshop and mailed back to the counselors so that they may sign off.

Additionally, the Astronomy merit badge requires many requirements to be done at night, which does not coincide with regularly scheduled workshops at the Science Center.

In the case of the Chemistry merit badge workshop, all requirements can be completed during the workshop, but doing the listed requirement ahead of time will speed up the process and potentially allow your scouts to get done faster.

Please remember that scouts are required to bring their own merit badge cards.

If you have any further questions about these requirements, please feel free to contact us at education@slsc.org. As always, general information can be found at slsc.org, or by calling 314.289.4400.


Astronomy Merit Badge – Requirements 4 A-C & 6 A-B
Requirement 4: Do the following:
A. Identify in the sky at least 10 constellations, at least four of which are in the zodiac.
B. Identify at least eight conspicuous stars, five of which are of magnitude 1 or brighter.
C. Make two sketches of the Big Dipper. In one sketch, show the Big Dipper’s orientation in the early evening sky. In another sketch, show its position several hours later. In both sketches, show the North Star and the horizon. Record the date and time each sketch was made.

Requirement 6: Do the following:
A. Sketch the face of the Moon and indicate at least five seas and five craters. Label these landmarks.
B. Sketch the phase and the daily position of the Moon, at the same hour and place, for four days in a row. Include landmarks on the horizon such as hills, trees, and buildings. Explain the changes you observe.


Chemistry Merit Badge – Requirement 7 (option b)
Unlike other badge workshops, there are no logs that must be done over an extended period of time for Chemistry. However, with the large groups that tend to come on Scout Weekends, time can get away from us so we recommend doing the following ahead of time, if possible. We will bring information for scouts that have not completed this requirement, and they can complete it at the end of the workshop.

7. b. Using resources found at the library and in periodicals, books, and the Internet (with your parent’s permission), learn about two different kinds of work done by chemists, chemical engineers, chemical technicians, or industrial chemists. For each of the jobs, find out the education and training requirements. You can find some information on chemistry-based careers at www.acs.org/careers. Many types of chemistry are described (such as food & flavor chemistry); pick whichever sounds most interesting to you.

Job:
Education & Training:

Job:
Education & Training:


Energy Merit Badge – Requirement 4
Note there are FOUR separate things that must be done: The audit, the log, the energy use list, and the ways you can use energy more wisely.
4. Conduct an energy audit of your home. (Complete the audit form on the following page)
Keep a 14 day log that records what you and your family did to reduce energy use each day.

Include the following in your report and, after the 14 day period, discuss what you have learned with your counselor.

a. List the types of energy used in your home such as electricity, wood, oil, liquid petroleum, and natural gas, and tell how each is delivered and measured, and the current cost; OR record the transportation fuel used, miles driven, miles per gallon, and trips using your family car or another vehicle. (Scouts may choose either option; both will be discussed at the workshop.)

b. Describe ways you and your family can use energy resources more wisely. In preparing your discussion, consider the energy required for the things you do and use on a daily basis (cooking, showering, using lights, driving, watching TV, using the computer). Explain how you can change your energy use through reuse and recycling.

Energy Audit: Complete at least TEN of the Audit items listed. Note your findings or if your family currently does what’s suggested.

Audit Item Remarks
Attic
Insulation – Is there enough insulation between ceiling joists?
Vents – Sufficient and unobstructed?
Living Areas
Air Leakage – Tape a foot of toilet paper to a pencil with paper hanging free. Hold near windows and doorframes, window air-conditioning units, and electrical covers. If paper moves, you may need weather-stripping, caulking, or storm windows.
Wall Insulation – Are the wall too cool to the touch on a cold day or too warm on a hot day?
Thermostat – Set at 68 degrees in winter (turn down 5 degrees more when sleeping), 78 in summer.
Drapes – During winter, open drapes and shades to let sunlight in. Close at night. During the summer, close drapes.
Unused Rooms – Close heating and cooling vents, doors in areas seldom used.
Use fans instead of air conditioning when possible. Fans can also help circulate air when the air conditioning is on.
Fireplace
Close the damper when fireplace is not in use.
Glass doors keep heat from escaping up the chimney.
Kitchen
Refrigerator/Oven Seal – To test, close a dollar bill in the door. If the bill moves with little resistance, the seal is bad.
Appliances – Use washers and dryers in the morning and late evening hours when energy requirements are lower.
Lights – Turn off lights when not used. Install lower wattage and fluorescent light bulbs whenever possible.
Faucets do not drip.
Basement/Crawl Space
Heating/Cooling System – Clean or replace filters monthly. Have unit serviced once a year.
Water Heater – Set temperatures no higher than 160 degrees. Drain sediments 3-4 times a year.
Ducts/Pipes – Insulate hot water pipes as well as heating and cooling ducts.
Floors – If you have a crawl space under your house, install batt-type fiberglass insulation under floors.
Venting – Washer & dryer units should be vented directly to the outside.
Outside
Weather Stripping & Caulking – Caulk the cracks around windows, weather-strip around doors.
Windows – Storm windows and double-paned glass can reduce energy usage up to 15%.
Doors – Keep doors tightly closed on hot or cold days.
Storm Doors – Help insulate doors

Weather Merit Badge – Requirement 8 (option a):
Make one of the following instruments: wind vane, anemometer, rain gauge, or hygrometer.
The following websites give instructions for making some weather instruments:
http://www.wikihow.com/Make-a-Wind-Vane
http://www.education.com/science-fair/article/make-anemometer/
http://theimaginationtree.com/2012/04/homemade-rain-gauge.html

Those who don’t make a weather instrument ahead of time can make one at the end of the workshop.

Keep a daily weather log for 1 week using information from this instrument as well as from other sources such as local radio and television stations or NOAA Weather Radio, and Internet sources (with your parent’s permission). Record the following information at the same time every day: wind direction and speed, temperature, precipitation, and types of clouds. Be sure to make a note of any morning dew or frost. In the log, also list the weather forecasts from radio or television at the same time each day and show how the weather really turned out.

Information Day 1 Day 2 Day 3 Day 4 Day 5 Day 6 Day 7

Date

Time

Forecasted Temp. Hi/Low

Forecasted % Precipitation

Instrument reading

Wind Speed

Direction

Temperature

24-hour Precipitation

Cloud Types

Dew or Frost

How actual compared to forecast:

Celebrate in science-style with two full days of programs and discounts, just for scouts! All uniformed scouts are eligible for discounts on tickets to OMNIMAX films, the James S. McDonnell Planetarium and the Discovery Room. Girl Scouts, Boy Scouts and Cub Scouts from any council and/or district are welcome! Call 314-289-4424 to register!

Pricing: Girl Scout and Cub Scout workshops cost $10 per workshop per scout. Boy Scout Merit Badge workshops are $12 per workshop per scout. Members are eligible for a dollar discount.

Parking: Vehicles may be parked in the main lot for $10 per vehicle or at the Planetarium lot for free. Drivers who park in the main lot may pick up a coupon for $5 off parking at check-in.

Chaperones: One free adult chaperone is required to accompany every five scouts to scout workshops. Chaperones are not required to register. Additional adults beyond the one-to-five ratio may be asked to leave the classroom if space is at a premium.

Activity patches are not available at the Saint Louis Science Center. Scouts receive a souvenir participation patch.

Register early! Depending on the workshop, there is a maximum of 20-25 spots available and workshops fill up fast! Registration ends on the Friday before the event. After this time, new registrations, additions and cancellations cannot be processed.

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