Boy Scout Merit Badge classes are designed for boys who are 11 years old, are at least ten years old and have finished the 5th grade, or are at least ten years old and have earned the Arrow of Light rank as a Cub Scout. Classes are at least four hours long and will begin at 9:30 a.m. Scouts need to bring a sack lunch with them!
Scouts@HMNS is proud to offer several classes for Merit Badges required to attain the rank of Eagle! These special courses are denoted with an asterisk (*). All classes aim to fulfill the requirements of the badge, but outside work may be required in some instances.
If prerequisite work is incomplete prior to class, please mail the blue card with proof of completed requirements to:
The Houston Museum of Natural Science
Attn: Michelle Connor
5555 Hermann Park Drive
Houston, TX 77030
Our certified Merit Badge counselors will review the work and return all materials within 1-2 weeks.
Special three-day sessions will be offered during Spring Break at HMNS Sugar Land. Each class will begin at 9:30 a.m. and conclude at 2:30 p.m. from March 15-17. Click here to learn more.
- Archaeology – Learn about human cultures through the clues they left behind, all while examining actual Museum artifacts!
- Astronomy – Study how activities in space affect our own planet and bear witness to the wonders of the night sky. Prerequisites: 4c, 5d, 6b (STEM/Nova)
- Chemistry – Explore how substances react with each other and change, how certain forces connect molecules, and how molecules are made.
- Citizenship in the Community* – Scouts will explore how our local governments work within their community. Must be completed with Troop leader’s approval. Prerequisite: 3, 7
- Citizenship in the Nation* – Scouts will learn how to become active citizens and explore The Bill of Rights limited-engagement exhibit. Prerequisite: 2, 3, 8
- Citizenship in the World* – Discuss international relations and the various political systems around the world.
- Coin Collecting – Explore the world of numismatics and learn all about coins. Bring coins from Requirements 6, 7 and 9 to class.
- Communications* ‒ Learn effective communication skills. Prerequisite: 4, 5, 8
- Electronics – Investigate electrical devices and how they work while exploring circuits, soldering and Ohm’s Law. (STEM/Nova)
- Geology – Step into the world of geology with this class discussing the rock cycle, natural resources, and aging rocks and fossils.
- Indian Lore – Using the John P. McGovern Hall of the Americas as a lens into human history, discover the groups that called the Americas home.
- Reptiles & Amphibian Study – Learn about reptiles and amphibians and their similarities and differences with the Museum’s live animal collection! Prerequisites: 8, 9
- Weather – Study the Earth’s atmosphere and learn about the water cycle, predicting the weather and discuss extreme weather. (STEM/Nova)