Programs for Scouts

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Boy Scouts, Cub Scouts, Daisies, Brownies, Juniors, Cadettes, Seniors, and Ambassadors! Whether it's science, nature, crafts, or cultures, you can work toward badges, patches, quests, or journeys through science and nature programs at Carnegie Museum of Natural History. Call or email Tracy Bartel at 412-353-4662 or bartelt@carnegiemnh.org to find out how our programs can help you check off requirements.

 

Geology Merit Badge
Saturday, November 11, 2017
9 a.m.–noon or 1–4 p.m.
Carnegie Museum of Natural History

What is a rock? What is a mineral? Identify rocks and minerals based on color, shape, and other physical properties. Use your new skills, and go on a quest for rocks and minerals at the museum. Conduct hands-on experiments to test chemical and physical properties of minerals.

Merit Badge pre-requisites: Geology NONE
Merit Badge requirements met during workshop: Geology 1-3, 4b, 5c, or 5d

 Registration for these sessions has ended.


 

Brownie Household Elf Badge
Saturday, January 27, 2018
9 a.m.– noon or 1–4 p.m.
Carnegie Museum of Natural History

Calling all Girl Scouts! Find out how to make the world a better place by reducing waste, saving energy, conserving water, and reusing materials. Learn about the importance of clean air and connections to environmental health. Bring a clean and gently used clothing item to donate as part of the badge. Brownies who complete the workshop will receive the Household Elf badge.

Badge requirements met during workshop: Household Elf Step 1 Choice 3, Step 2 Choice 3, Step 3 Choice 1, Step 4 Choice 3, Step 5 Choice 3 (Note: After the workshop, some requirements will need to be completed at home with a family member.)

Registration fee includes same-day admission to Carnegie Museums of Art and Natural History. Required adult chaperones may register at no charge: one Girl Scout registered adult per five scouts for groups or one Girl Scout registered adult per independent scout. Chaperone requirements ensure that all workshop activities maintain two-deep leadership. 

Fees and Registration: $22 per workshop

Book the morning session. 

Book the afternoon session. 

 

Boy Scouts American Cultures Merit Badge
Saturday, February 10, 2018
9 a.m.–noon or 1–4 p.m.
Carnegie Museum of Natural History

Learn a traditional American Indian story, and teach it to a group of your friends. Analyze artifacts and museum dioramas in Alcoa Foundation Hall of American Indians to explore the differences between religious and social customs of the Tlingit, Hopi, Lakota, and Iroquois societies. Discover how these traditions thrive today and contribute actively to American culture.

Merit Badge pre-requisites: American Culture 5
Merit Badge requirements met during workshop: American Culture 1d, 1e, 2-4

Required adult chaperones may register at no charge: one BSA registered adult per five scouts for groups or one BSA registered adult per independent scout. Chaperone requirements ensure that all workshop activities maintain two-deep leadership. Badge pre-requisites and requirements met during the workshop are listed with each badge. 

Fees and Registration: $20

Book the morning session. 

Book the afternoon session. 

 

Boy Scouts Geology Merit Badge
Saturday, March 10, 2018
9 a.m. –noon or 1–4 p.m.
Carnegie Museum of Natural History

What is a rock? What is a mineral? Identify rocks and minerals based on color, shape, and other physical properties. Use your new skills, and go on a quest for rocks and minerals at the museum. Conduct hands-on experiments to test chemical and physical properties of minerals.

Merit Badge pre-requisites: Geology NONE
Merit Badge requirements met during workshop: Geology 1-3, 4b, 5c, or 5d

Required adult chaperones may register at no charge: one BSA registered adult per five scouts for groups or one BSA registered adult per independent scout. Chaperone requirements ensure that all workshop activities maintain two-deep leadership. Badge pre-requisites and requirements met during the workshop are listed with each badge. 

Fees and Registration: $20

Book the morning session. 

Book the afternoon session. 

 

Junior Animal Habitats Badge
Saturday, April 21, 2018
9 a.m.– noon or 1–4 p.m.
Carnegie Museum of Natural History

Visit the museum to learn about animal habitats, and have a wildlife wilderness party. In a one-of-a-kind game of “I spy,” learn about amazing animals that inhabit everywhere from backyards to exotic ecosystems. Discuss animal adaptations for feeding, defense, and keeping warm. Juniors who complete the workshop will receive the Animal Habitats badge.

Badge requirements met during workshop: Animal Habitats Step 1 Choice 1, Step 2 Choice 3, Step 3 Choice 1, Step 4 Choice 1, 2 or 3, Step 5 Choice 1

Registration fee includes same-day admission to Carnegie Museums of Art and Natural History. Required adult chaperones may register at no charge: one Girl Scout registered adult per five scouts for groups or one Girl Scout registered adult per independent scout. Chaperone requirements ensure that all workshop activities maintain two-deep leadership. 

Fees and Registration: $22 per workshop

Book the morning session. 

Book the afternoon session. 

 

Junior and Cadette First Aid Badge
Saturday, May 12, 2018
9 a.m.–noon or 1–4 p.m.
Carnegie Museum of Natural History

Girl Scouts can visit the museum to learn first aid skills and practice what to do in the event of an emergency. Come prepared to ask questions about how to respond in the event of an emergency with our visiting first responder! Girl Scouts will also assemble their own personal first aid kit. Juniors and Cadettes who complete the workshop will receive the First Aid Badge.

Badge requirements met during workshop: First Aid (Juniors) Step 1 Choice 1, Step 2 Choice 2, Step 3 Choice 1, Step 4 Choice 2, Step 5 Choice 1
First Aid (Cadettes) Step 1 Choice 3, Step 2 Choice 1, Step 3 Choice 1, Step 4 Choice 3, Step 5 Choice 1

Registration fee includes same-day admission to Carnegie Museums of Art and Natural History. Required adult chaperones may register at no charge: one Girl Scout registered adult per five scouts for groups or one Girl Scout registered adult per independent scout. Chaperone requirements ensure that all workshop activities maintain two-deep leadership. 

Fees and Registration: $22 per workshop

Book the morning session. 

Book the afternoon session. 

 

Brownie Bugs Badge and Daisy Bugs Patch
Saturday, June 2, 2018
9 a.m.–noon or 1–4 p.m.
Carnegie Museum of Natural History

Calling all Girl Scouts! Explore the big wide world of tiny bugs. Visit the museum to learn about what they eat, how they move, and where they live. Look closely at museum specimens, and watch real live bugs in action. Make your own butterfly, and draw a buggy poster! Brownies who complete the workshop will receive the Bugs Badge and Daisies who complete the workshop will receive the Bug Patch.

Badge requirements met during workshop: Bugs (Brownies) Step 1 Choice 1, Step 2 Choice 3, Step 3 Choice 1, Step 4 Choice 1, Step 5 Choice 3

Registration fee includes same-day admission to Carnegie Museums of Art and Natural History. Required adult chaperones may register at no charge: one Girl Scout registered adult per five scouts for groups or one Girl Scout registered adult per independent scout. Chaperone requirements ensure that all workshop activities maintain two-deep leadership.

Fees and Registration: $22 per workshop

Book the morning session. 

Book the afternoon session. 

 

Boy Scouts Archaeology Merit Badge
Saturday, October 13, 2018
9 a.m.–noon or 1–4 p.m.
Carnegie Museum of Natural History

Learn about the field of archaeology at Carnegie Museum of Natural History! Participate in a mock dig and help prepare an archaeological exhibit for display. Learn about the traditional dwellings, clothing, and crafts of the Iroquois in the Alcoa Foundation Hall of American Indians.

Merit Badge pre-requisites: Archaeology 4a, 4c, and 5
Merit Badge requirements met during workshop: Archaeology 1-3, 6, 7a, 8c, 9a, 10a, 11

Registration fee includes same-day admission to Carnegie Museums of Art and Natural History. Required adult chaperones may register at no charge: one BSA registered adult per five scouts for groups or one BSA registered adult per independent scout. Chaperone requirements ensure that all workshop activities maintain two-deep leadership.

Fees and Registration: $20

Book the morning session. 

Book the afternoon session. 

 

Boy Scouts Indian Lore Merit Badge
Saturday, November 3, 2018
9 a.m.-noon or 1-4 p.m.
Carnegie Museum of Natural History

Examine artifacts from the Tlingit, Hopi, Lakota, and Iroquois in Alcoa Foundation Hall of American Indians. Compare and contrast traditional dwellings, tribal government, language, and many other aspects of these diverse cultures past and present.

Merit Badge pre-requisites: Indian Lore 3a
Merit Badge requirements met during workshop: Indian Lore 1, 2, 3d, 4a or 4c, 5a or 5f

Registration fee includes same-day admission to Carnegie Museums of Art and Natural History. Required adult chaperones may register at no charge: one BSA registered adult per five scouts for groups or one BSA registered adult per independent scout. Chaperone requirements ensure that all workshop activities maintain two-deep leadership.

Fees and Registration: $20

Book the morning session. 

Book the afternoon session. 

 

Groups Visits for Scouts

Groups of 10 or more can qualify for a group discount on admission by booking a guided visit. Group Visits must be booked four weeks in advance of your visit date. Prices include a facilitated program and museum admission.

Recommended Tours for Scouts at Carnegie Museum of Natural History  

To book Group Visits at Carnegie Museum of Natural History, call (412) 622.3289 or email GroupVisits@carnegiemuseums.org.

All About Animals | Tour ($9 per scout, 60 minutes)
In a one-of-a-kind game of "I spy," explore amazing animals that inhabit everywhere from backyards to exotic ecosystems. Discuss animal adaptations for feeding, defense, and keeping warm.

Evolution of Life | Tour ($9 per scout, 60 minutes)
Investigate how animals, climates, and ecosystems change over time. Discuss geologic time, adaptation, and natural selection as you examine fossils and explore dioramas.

Recommended Programs for Scouts at Powdermill Nature Reserve 

To book group visits at Powdermill Nature Reserve, call (724) 593.6105

Powdermill Plants | Guided program ($8 per scout, 90 minutes)
Pennsylvania has a staggering diversity of trees, shrubs, and flowers. Learn skills for easy identification as you hike through the forest and visit Powdermill's four distinct gardens.

Forest Animals | Guided program ($8 per scout, 90 minutes)
Hike the Black Birch Trail, and learn how animals survive in the forest habitat. Find and collect small forest animals under the guidance of education staff, and present your findings to the class.

 

Inclement Weather

Should hazardous conditions result in cancellation, announcements will be made on television stations KDKA, WTAE, and WPXI.

 

Accessibility: Features For All

Carnegie Museum of Natural History welcomes all visitors. We work to assist visitors with disabilities in obtaining reasonable and appropriate accommodations and in supporting equal access to services, programs, and activities.

To request special disability accommodations for our special programs, please contact Program Registration at programregistration@carnegiemuseums.org or 412.622.3288. To request special disability accommodations, please contact the museum at least two weeks in advance of visiting or participating in special tours, classes/camps, and other activities.