Each Boy Scouts class will cover all requirements for a Merit Badge, although some classes will have prerequisite work or homework. Boy Scout Merit Badge classes are designed for boys who are 11 years old, are at least ten years old and have finished the fifth grade, or are at least ten years old and have earned the Arrow of Light rank as a Cub Scout.
Scouts@HMNS is proud to offer several classes that include Merit Badges required to attain the rank of Eagle! These special courses are denoted with an asterisk (*). In addition, several classes will also include a Merit Badge that meets a requirement for a Nova Award! Those are indicated with a caret (^).
Note: Merit Badges earned indicated in parenthesis.
2017 Summer Classes
June 19 – 23, July 10 – 14, and July 31 – August 4
(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 (Worksheet)
July 31 – August 4(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.
Citizen of the Nation and World
June 19 – 23, July 10 – 14, and July 31 – August 4(Citizenship in the Nation and Citizenship in the World)In these two Eagle-required merit badges, learn (i) the rights, duties, and obligations of a responsible and active American citizen, as well as the history and structure of our national government; and (ii) what it means to be a world citizen. A field trip to the county courthouse is included (Field Trip Permission Form required). There is outside work.
June 19 – 23, July 10 – 14, and July 31 – August 4(Communication and Signs, Signals, and Codes)Discover how people use messages to generate meanings within and across various contexts, cultures, channels, and media. Develop effective communication skills and learn about signs and signals and the “secret language” of ciphers and codes, including their history and development.Prerequisites: Communications Requirement 5 & 8 (Worksheet)
Designing Your World
June 19 – 23 and July 10 – 14(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).
June 19 – 23, July 10 – 14, and July 31 – August 4
(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.
June 19 – 23, July 10 – 14, and July 31 – August 4(Environmental Science and Soil and Water Conservation)Study the interactions between the air, land, water, and life and how humans impact each. Conduct several experiments to investigate an oil spill cleanup, animal adaptation, erosion, biodiversity, and environmentally friendly resource use. Includes a field trip to a wastewater treatment plant (Field Trip Permission Form required). Soil and Water Conservation is a required merit badge for the BSA William T. Hornaday Award.
The Final Frontier
July 31 – August 4(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
July 31 – August 4(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.
Nature and More
June 19 – 23 and July 31 – August 4(Bird Study, Mammal Study, and Nature)Texas has over 600 bird species that migrate or live in our state. Learn how to observe and identify birds in the field by sight or bird call. Explore the connection between the soil, the plants, and all animal life, including people. A field trip to the Galveston area is included (Field Trip Permission Form required). There may be outside work.Prerequisite: Nature Requirement 4a2 (Worksheet)
Planes, Trains, and Submarines
June 19 – 23, July 10 – 14, and July 31 – August 4(Aviation, Oceanography, and Railroading)Discover the aerodynamics of planes, the history of railroads, and the wonders of the ocean depths. A field trip to Galveston includes the Galveston Railroad Museum, the Lone Star Flight Museum, and Moody Gardens Aquarium (Field Trip Permission Form required). Oceanography is one of the elective merit badges for the BSA William T. Hornaday Award.
The Power of Engineering
June 19 – 23, July 10 – 14, and July 31 – August 4(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.
June 19 – 23 and July 10 – 14(Inventing and Robotics)Inventing involves finding technological solutions to real-world problems. Learn the importance of inventing to society, 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.
Strategy and Exploration
June 19 – 23 and July 10 – 14(Chess, Game Design, and Geocaching)Learn about game design, including psychology and strategy, of familiar games. Design a game, Mystery in the Museum, to play with other Scouts and family members. Learn to play chess and how to “geocache”, the outdoor game of searching for hidden objects by using GPS coordinates. A geocache field trip is included (Field Trip Permission Form required). There is outside work.
June 19 – 23, July 10 – 14, and July 31 – August 4(Animation, Movie Making, and Radio)Create, write, film, and edit a short film, using stop-motion animation, in the HMNS Expedition Center Space Station. Learn about radio broadcasting and record a “live” broadcast, which may include news, weather, traffic, and music.A field trip to a local radio and television studio is included (Field Trip Permission Form required).
Your Community and Heritage
June 19 – 23, July 10 – 14, and July 31 – August 4(American Heritage, Citizenship in the Community, and Genealogy)Learn about the ways in which the past has led to our present nation and what it means to be an American. Explore your community and how your family and your local government interact, including how your local government works to provide services for its residents. Discover your personal heritage through your genealogy and family tree. A field trip to the county courthouse is included (Field Trip Permission Form required). Prerequisites: Citizenship in the Community Requirement 7 (Worksheet)