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Summer Scout Program Catalog

Explore the wide variety of merit badges and adventure badges available during weeklong summer scout classes at HMNS.


Scouts BSA

Each Scouts BSA class will cover all requirements for a Merit Badge, although some classes will have prerequisite work or homework. Scouts BSA Merit Badge classes are designed for boys or girls who are 11 to 17 years of age, have earned the Cub Scouting Arrow of Light Award and are at least 10 years old or have finished the fifth grade.

2021 Summer Classes

Be Prepared(Hermann Park)(Sugar Land)
(June 7-11 in Sugar Land, June 14-18, July 6-10, and July 26-30)
(Emergency Preparedness, First Aid, Fire Safety, and Safety)
Scouts are often called upon for help because they know First Aid and are experienced with the discipline and planning needed to react to an emergency situation. Learn to be prepared for an emergency, including certification in First Aid and CPR. Learn how to prevent incidents and emergencies through proactive safety and fire safety practices.
A field trip to the fire station is included (Field Trip Permission Form required).
Prerequisites: Emergency Preparedness Requirement 7B and First Aid Requirement 1, 5a & b.

Captured Light (Hermann Park)
(June 14-18, and 26-30)
(Art, Graphics Arts, and Photography)
Learn about art and its key concepts. Draw a subject using different mediums such as charcoal, pen and ink, watercolors, or computers. Learn about the printing industry, from offset lithography and screen printing to digital design. Design and produce a printed piece of original work, study lighting and photographic composition, and learn how to become a better photographer.

Death by Natural Causes(Hermann Park)
(July 6-9)
(Medicine, Public Health and Reptile and Amphibians)
Take a spine-tingling look at human health from ancient times to the present day, studying medicine and public health through the lens of the HMNS special exhibition, Death by Natural Causes.
A field trip to a local restaurant and Public Health Department is included (Field Trip Permission Form required).
Prerequisites: Medicine Requirement 7A & 10 & Reptile and Amphibians 8 & 9.
There is outside work.

Designing Your World(Hermann Park)
(June 14-18 and July 26-30)
(Architecture and Landscape Architecture)
Learn how architecture is more than just a building but a work of art that requires thought and planning. Similarly, learn how landscape architects design and plan outdoor spaces that people will want to visit.
A field trip to downtown Houston is included (Field Trip Permission Form required).

Digital World (Hermann Park)
(July 14-16 and July 26-30)
(Digital Technology and Programming)
Discover the history and use of computers and digital technology and how the Museum uses both for preparing its exhibits. Learn how to program a computer in three computer languages. Write, debug, and play a programmed planetarium show. Scouts will also earn their Cyber Chip.

The Final Frontier(Hermann Park) (Sugar Land)
(June 14-16 and 19-23 in Sugar Land)
(Astronomy and Space Exploration)
Discover how activities in space affect our planet, and bear witness to the wonders of the night sky including nebulae, exploding stars, meteor showers, and the Sun, Moon, and other planets in our solar system. Learn about man’s efforts to explore the solar system and beyond.
A visit to the Burke Baker Planetarium is included. There is outside work.

Law and Order (Hermann Park) (Sugar Land)
(June 28-July 2 in Sugar Land and July 6-9 | Four-day classes)
(Crime Prevention, Fingerprinting, and Law)
Learn about crime prevention in your school and neighborhood, our laws and criminal justice system, and how to take a fingerprint.
A field trip to the courthouse is included (Field Trip Permission Form required). There is outside work.

The Power of Engineering (Hermann Park)
(June 14-18, and July 26-30)
(Electricity, Engineering, and Nuclear Science)
Unravel the mysteries of electricity, how science, technology, and mathematics turn ideas into reality, and how matter and forces interact on the subatomic level. Build electrical circuits and components, perform an electrical home safety inspection, and design and build a solar cooker. Nuclear Science is one of the elective merit badges for the BSA William T. Hornaday Award.
There is outside work.

Robot Inventors (Hermann Park) (Sugar Land)
(June 7-11 in Sugar Land, June 14-18 and July 26-30)
(Inventing and Robotics)
Inventing involves finding technological solutions to real-world problems. Learn the importance of inventing tosociety, and think of creative ways to improve the lives of others through technology. Explore how robots move (actuators), sense the environment (sensors) and understand what to do (programming). Design and build a robot.

Citizenship in the Community (Hermann Park) (Sugar Land)
(Hermann Park-July 6-7 and July 29-30) (Sugar Land-July 19-20)
Scouts will explore how our local governments work within their community and their part within the community.
This 2 day class, will include a trip to County Courthouse,
Prerequisite: Citizenship in the Community Prerequisite 7a, b & c must be completed with your Troop leaders’ approval.

Environmental Science (Hermann Park) (Sugar Land)
(Herman Park-June 16-17 and July 26-27) (Sugar Land-June 29-30)
This is a 2 day course to complete the merit badge. Investigate the interactions between air, land, water

Citizenship in the Nation (Hermann Park) (Sugar Land)
(Hermann Park- June 14, July 7 or 8 and July 30) (Sugar Land-July 1, and August 9)
Scouts will learn the rights, liberties and responsibilities of being a citizen of the nation.
Prerequisite: Citizenship in the Nation Prerequisite 2, 3 & 8

Citizenship in the World (Hermann Park) (Sugar Land)
(Hermann Park- July 9, and July 28 or 29) (Sugar Land- July 1 and August 10)
How do different countries get along? Do events affect a country’s economy, security and health of its citizens? Scouts will discuss international relations, the various political systems and what it means to be a world citizen. 

Communications (Hermann Park) (Sugar Land)
(Hermann Park- June 15, July 8 and July 28) (Sugar Land-July 23)
We use communication skills throughout our lives. Scouts will prepare and participate in effective communication skills from public speaking to digital communication.
Prerequisite: Communications Prerequisite 4, 5 & 8

Family Life (Hermann Park) (Sugar Land)
(Herman Park-June 18, July 6) (Sugar Land-July 22 and August 10)
Scouts will learn the roles families play within the community, the importance of family life, and how to strengthen their own families.
Prerequisites:Family Life Prerequisites 3, 4, 5 and 6b

Personal Management (Hermann Park) (Sugar Land)
(Herman Park- July 9, and July 27) (Sugar Land-July 21 and August 9)
Scouts will explore budgets, finance and investment strategies.
Prerequisites:Personal Management Prerequisites 2 & 8 a-d

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