Virtual Summer Scouts

For the first time, we are excited to offer virtual scout classes this summer! Although modified from our in-person classes, we’re still bring you the engaging content, expertise and hands-on activities you have come to expect from HMNS. We’ll offer a limited selection of classes for different ranks for members of both the Boy Scouts of America and Girl Scouts of the USA programs.

While these classes are designed based on scouting guidelines and requirements, you do not have to be registered with a scouts program to participate. These classes are designed for boys or girls who are interested in the topic and can be attended by any child in the correct age range for the class.

During your designated class time, an HMNS educator will be on a virtual call with the class to interact with scouts, lead them in activities and answer questions. When classes require additional, specialized supplies, we’ll mail those to participants ahead of time. For this reason, registration is required at least 1 week in advance. We assume scouts have basic school supplies such as washable markers, tape, scissors, etc.

Classes take place on a single day and last up to 2 hours for Girl Scouts and Cub Scouts and up to 4 hours for Scouts BSA. The date and times for each class are listed below.

Spaces are extremely limited for this program, so sign-up to secure your spot! For more information on our offerings this summer, see the descriptions below. Prices for HMNS members and non-members are next to each class name. Classes marked with a an asterisk (*) are for Merit Badges required to attain the rank of Eagle. Any requirements that need to be completed outside of scheduled class time are written as prerequisites next to the description. If you have any questions, please feel free to reach out to us at

Printable Virtual Class Schedule

Scout Class Virtual descriptions:

Virtual Wolf Cubs: Air of the Wolf

($15 for members; $25 for non-members)
In this virtual class, investigate the science behind air.
Wednesday, July 29th from 9-11am OR Friday, July 31st from 9-11am

Virtual Scouts BSA: Citizenship in the Nation*

($50 for members; $60 for non-members)
Scouts will learn the rights, duties and obligations of a responsible and active American citizen, as well as the history and structure of our national government. (Eagle) Prerequisite 2, 3, & 8
Monday, June 15th from 1-5pm OR  Wednesday, June 17th from 1-5pm OR Tuesday, July 28th from 1-5pm

Virtual Scouts BSA: Citizenship in the World*

($50 for members; $60 for non-members)
How do different countries get along? Do events affect a country’s economy, security and health of its citizens? In this virtual class, scouts will discuss international relations, the various political systems and what it means to be a world citizen.
Tuesday, July 7th from 1-5pm OR Thursday, July 9th from 1-5pm OR Friday, July 31st from 1-5pm

Virtual Scouts BSA: Personal Management

($50 for members; $60 for non-members)
Scouts will explore budgets, finance and investment strategies. Prerequisites 2a, 2b 1-4, 8a-d.
Wednesday, July 8th from 1-5pm OR Friday, July 10th from 1-5pm

Virtual Scouts BSA: Reptile and Amphibian Study

($25 for members; $35 for non-members)
Learn about reptiles and amphibians and their similarities and differences with the museum’s live animal collection! Prerequisites: 8, 9
Tuesday, June 16th from 1-5pm OR Thursday, June 18th from 1-5pm

Virtual Scouts BSA: Communications*

($50 for members; $60 for non-members)
We use communication skills throughout our lives. Scouts will prepare and participate in effective communication skills from public speaking to digital communication. Prerequisite: 4, 5, 8
Monday, July 27th from 1-5pm OR Wednesday, July 29th from 1-5pm

Virtual Webelos: Adventures in Science

($15 for members; $25 for non-members)
Design your own experiment, explore some chemical reactions and build a rocket to test Newton’s Laws of Motion! (STEM/Nova)
Tuesday, July 7th from 9-11am OR Thursday, July 9th from 9-11am

Virtual Bear Cub: Forensics

($15 for members; $25 for non-members)
Forensics – Calling all Sherlock Holmes! Investigate the science used to solve crimes. (STEM)
Monday, June 15th from 9-11am OR Wednesday, June 17th from 9-11am

Brownies: Fling Flyer Challenge

($15 for members; $25 for non-members)
Scouts will discover the forces that affect flight through a series of interactive demonstrations and activities related to flight, engineering, physics, and more.
Monday, July 6th from 9-11am OR Wednesday, July 8th from 9-11am

Junior Balloon Car Design Challenge

($15 for members; $25 for non-members)
Scouts will discover potential and kinetic energy as they design and execute their very own balloon car. Engage in the Design Thinking Process and become an engineer!
Tuesday, June 16th from 9-11am OR Thursday, June 18th from 9-11am

Cadettes: Netiquette

($15 for members; $25 for non-members
Discover how to make positive choices in the online world.
Tuesday, July 28th from 9-11am OR Thursday, July 30th from 9-11am

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