The Cockrell Butterfly Center will be closed on the morning of Saturday, February 28. Tickets to the Butterfly Center will be available starting at 1:15 p.m. on February 28.

Boy Scouts

Saturday Merit Badge Classes

Merit badges are for 5th Grade Arrow of Light and 6-12th Grade Boy Scouts

All Merit Badge classes at HMNS will complete 100% of the badge. (Some classes have online prerequisite homework instructions and worksheets.) Scouts will use the Museum’s resources, explore Exhibit Halls and conduct hands on experiments while working with experts and professionals in their fields. Our goal is for all Scouts to gain the greatest understanding possible of the badge subject upon completion of the class, and to help scouts complete all requirements of the badge. (See the document “I Need to Know… ‘What Does a Class is Purchased, but a Badge is Earned’ Mean?)

HMNS offers the Archeology, Astronomy, Chemistry, Energy, Indian Lore, Insect Study, Geology, and Reptiles & Amphibians Study Merit Badges in one-day Saturday classes. Classes are from 9:30 AM to 2:30 PM with a 45 minute lunch break (times vary for off-site field classes).  


Scouts@HMNS has an open door policy - parents and Troop leaders are welcomed to stay and sit in on any class, but it is not required. Parents or leaders are required for all off-site field classes.  

Important Information:

PLEASE READ THE IMPORTANT INFORMATION DOCUMENTS BELOW BEFORE REGISTERING FOR A CLASS. They contain information about the class location and outside homework. There are also several documents with very helpful information including where to park, what to do when you arrive at the Museum, and refund policy at the Scouts@HMNS Program Information page.

Archeology Important Information - offsite class with prerequisite homework. Jump to Sugar Land page for registration
Astronomy Important Information - prerequisite homework, McDonald’s lunch order form.
Chemistry Important Information – no homework, McDonald’s lunch order form.
Energy Important Information - prerequisite homework, McDonald’s lunch order form.
Geology Important Information – no homework, offsite class.
Insect Study Important Information - prerequisite homework.
Indian Lore Important Information – no homework, McDonald’s lunch order form.
Reptile & Amphibian Study Important Information - prerequisite homework, McDonald’s lunch order form.
Electronics Important Information - no homework, McDonald' s lunch order form. 

I Need to Know...

How do I register for a class?
Does my child need permission to take a class?
What does “A class is purchased, but a badge is earned.” mean?
Do Boy Scouts need a blue card?
My child missed some of the class. Will he complete the badge? 
Who are the merit badge counselors?
Something not on this list.


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