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Planetarium Programs for Scouts

Scouts and youth groups experience the thrill of sleeping aboard a tall ship when participating in the Museum's Anchor Watch program.

The Treworgy Planetarium offers workshops for many different levels of Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts. These workshops satisfy most, or in some cases all, of the requirements for belt loops, merit badges, or Girl Scout badges. Workshops can be booked for a daytime visit to the Planetarium – or, for the fully-immersive experience, a workshop can be built into an Anchor Watch scout overnight visit. Please see below for information about each of our unique scout programs.

Cub Scouts Astronomy Belt Loop workshop

Get to know our solar system! This two-hour workshop has been designed especially for Cub Scouts who are working toward the Astronomy Belt Loop and Pin. The program includes a 45-minute Planetarium show about the night sky, plus activities in the Planetarium classroom. Cub Scouts will:
• Handle a telescope and explore how to use it
• Learn about stars and constellations
• Draw a diagram our solar system
Programs are led by BSA certified Merit Badge Counselors. All materials and lots of encouragement are provided. Each pack is responsible for purchasing and awarding belt loops once the scouts have completed the requirements.

Boy Scouts Astronomy Merit Badge workshop

This two-hour workshop satisfies most of the requirements for a Merit Badge in Astronomy. Provided that scouts have completed all of the pre-requisites listed below, our BSA certified Merit Badge Counselors can, upon completion of our workshop, sign blue cards to recognize completion of the Merit Badge requirements. Your troop is responsible for obtaining and awarding merit badges once the scouts have completed the requirements.
Sections of the Astronomy Merit Badge workbook that are NOT covered in our workshop (scouts are encouraged to complete these before visiting):
• Section 1: Observation, Preparation, First Aid
• Section 6, part B: four consecutive days of moon phase sketches
• Section 9: Careers in Astronomy
Sections of the Astronomy Merit Badge workbook that ARE covered in our workshop:
• Section 2: Light Pollution
• Section 3: Binoculars and Telescopes
• Section 4: Stars and Constellations
• Section 5: Planets
• Section 6, all parts except B: Moon
• Section 7: Sun
• Section 8: Visit a Planetarium

Daisy Girl Scouts (grades K-1): Be a Space Science Explorer!

Join us for some fun with the sky, and complete a badge at the same time! This two-hour workshop will provide Daisies with the knowledge, materials, and encouragement to complete their NEW Space Science badge! In this active workshop, Daisies will meet the sun, moon, and stars by:
• Learning how the sun changes with shadow pictures
• Seeing the moon with a telescope (weather permitting)
• Making their own telescope
• Learning about the shapes that stars make in the sky during a planetarium show
By the end of this two-hour workshop, Daisy girl scouts will have completed ALL of the requirements for their Space Science Explorer badge.

Brownie Girl Scouts (grades 2-3): Be a Space Science Adventurer!

Join us for some fun with the sky, and complete a badge at the same time! This two-hour workshop will provide Brownies with the knowledge, materials, and encouragement to complete their NEW Space Science badge! In this interactive workshop, Brownies will be introduced to Astronomy by:
• Learning about our neighbors in the sky by making a “pocket solar system”
• Discovering what makes our moon special
• Creating their own constellations
• Experiencing a planetarium show, where they will see the stars in a new way and learn about some amazing women space scientists!
By the end of this two-hour workshop, Brownie girl scouts will have completed MOST of the requirements for their Space Science Adventurer badge, and will have an opportunity to share what they learned with fellow girl scouts at a later date.

Junior Girl Scouts (grades 4-5): Be a Space Science Investigator!

Join us for some fun with the sky, and complete a badge at the same time! This 2.5-hour workshop will provide Juniors with the knowledge, materials, and encouragement to complete their NEW Space Science badge! In this inquiry-based workshop, Juniors will build on their space science knowledge by:
• Making hypotheses about the solar system
• Testing their hypotheses in creating a solar system scale model
• Learning that a year on Earth may not be the same as a year on other planets
• Creating their own way of measuring distances
• Learning about space missions, and designing their own travel brochure for an out-of-this-world trip
• Learning about fellow women space scientists while seeing the sky in a planetarium show
By the end of this two-hour workshop, Junior girl scouts will have completed MOST of the requirements for their Space Science Investigator badge, and will have an opportunity to share what they learned with fellow girl scouts at a later date.

*NEW this year*
Cadette Girl Scouts (grades 6-8): Be a Space Science Researcher!

Enlighten yourselves (literally), Cadettes! Deepen your understanding of the Sun, stars and other objects in space as you experiment with, observe, and explore the science of light! Workshop highlights include:
• What more can you see?
• Explore “invisible” light
• See the stars in a new way
• Expand your vision
• Conserve the night sky
This 5-hour workshop includes a lunch break in the middle. Scouts and their accompanying adults will need to bring their own lunches with them. We will provide an indoor lunch space.

*NEW this year*
Senior Girl Scouts (grades 9-10): Be a Space Science Expert!

Explore light and discover what it teaches us about the universe! Workshop highlights include:
• Uncover the stuff you’re made of
• Explore the brilliance of the stars
• Discover telescopes as light collectors
• Find the light in the darkness
• Share your knowledge
This 5-hour workshop includes a lunch break in the middle. Scouts and their accompanying adults will need to bring their own lunches with them. We will provide an indoor lunch space.