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.

 

BSA Merit Badge Programs

American Cultures Merit Badge
Saturday, March 25, 2017
10 a.m.–1 p.m. or 2–5 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 actively contribute 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. 
 

Book the morning session. 

Book the afternoon session. 

 

Collections Merit Badge
Saturday, April 22, 2017
10 a.m.–1 p.m. or 2–5 p.m.
Carnegie Museum of Natural History

Share your collection with us! Whether you have a collection of rocks, flags, or toy cars, we will explore how to preserve and display them. Discover the world of professional collecting by learning the proper terminology, value of collections, and professional organizations. Come see the museum's large collections of insects, minerals, and gems and fossils.

Note from the BSA Collections Merit Badge Book: If your collection is too large to transport and your counselor is unable to view your collection directly, photographs should be available to share.

Merit Badge pre-requisites: Collections 1: Be prepared to discuss other requirements.
Merit Badge requirements met during workshop: Collections 2–8

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. 

Book the morning session. 

Book the afternoon session. 

 

Indian Lore Merit Badge
Saturday, October 14, 2017
10 a.m.–1 p.m. or 2–5 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 2a
Merit Badge requirements met during workshop: Indian Lore 1, 2d, 3a, 4c

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. 

Book the morning session. 

Book the afternoon session. 

 

Geology Merit Badge
Saturday, November 11, 2017
10 a.m.–1 p.m. or 2–5 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. 

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.