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.
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.
2020 Summer Classes
Be Prepared(HMNS)(Sugar Land)
(June 8-12 in Sugar Land, June 15-19, July 6-10, and July 27-31)
(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 (HMNS)
(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(HMNS)
(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(HMNS)
(June 15-19 and July 27-31)
(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 (HMNS)
(July 6-10 and July 27-31)
(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(HMNS) (Sugar Land)
(July 6-10 and July 20-24 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 (HMNS) (Sugar Land)
(June 29-July 2 in Sugar Land-four day class and July 6-10)
(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.
Planes, Trains, and Submarines (HMNS)
(June 15-19, July 6-10, and July 27-31)
(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 (HMNS)
(July 6-10, and July 27-31)
(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 (HMNS) (Sugar Land)
(June 8-12 in Sugar Land, June 15-19 and July 27-31)
(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.