The Cockrell Butterfly Center and Wortham Giant Screen Theatre are closed for renovations.

Virtual Scouts

Based on our in-person classes and adapted to a virtual format, virtual classes will provide hands-on educational engagement that will cover most, if not all, of the requirements for each badge or adventure we offer.

Virtual scout classes provide:

  • 2-4 hours of educational engagement for your scout per session depending on their rank
  • live interaction with one of our skilled educators
  • smaller class sizes to support individualized instruction
  • opportunities to complete requirements for Adventures, Girl Scout Badges, and Scouts BSA Merit Badges
  • self-guided learning opportunities for scouts, though parents are always welcome to participate
  • supply boxes for class-specific supplies when needed
  • A Merit Badge counselor will sign-off on requirements once completed workbooks have been sent to and reviewed

A selection of classes for each rank cover topics like Scouts BSA Mining in Society, Juniors Detective, Wolf Motor Away, Webelos Engineer and more! An HMNS Educator will be on a virtual web call with the class to interact with scouts, lead them in activities and answer questions. We’ll also have a moderator for each class to manage the logistics of the class and to offer tech support if needed. A Merit Badge counselor will sign-off on requirements after workbooks have been sent to and reviewed, then a scanned Merit Badge will be sent via email.

Each session takes place for 2-4 hours depending on your scout’s rank and the requirements of the topic. 

Classes are delivered via Zoom, and facilitated by a museum educator. You will receive an email delivering additional information at least 48 hours prior to the start date for each scouts class booked.

Class Supplies

Some classes require special supplies and a workbook. Any required materials for your class will be provided to you. We assume scouts have basic school supplies such as washable markers, scissors, tape, etc. but will send materials specific to the scouting activities if necessary. In some cases, classes may not require supplies but you will receive a copy of your workbook. If any prerequisites are required for Merit Badges, you will also receive a prerequisite workbook to complete either before or after your virtual scouts class.

For classes with supplies, your supplies will be mailed to the address associated with your purchase. If you need supplies mailed to an alternate address, email with your confirmation number and preferred address within 24 hours of purchase. Shipping is included in the price of each class; if you sign up for your virtual class within two weeks of the start date, then you will ONLY have the option to pick up your supplies at HMNS-Hermann Park during business hours.

Scouts Love Virtual Classes

Here are what families have been saying about HMNS Virtual Scout Programs:

“The program was great, and my Scout loved the activities while learning. Very convenient to have a virtual option for those of us that live further from the museum even in years with no social distance restrictions.”

“Great job! My daughter loved making the balloon car and pinwheel. She is still making pinwheels!!”

“My daughter enjoyed it so much! Hands on learning is so important to us because she is dyslexic. Virtual is so convenient!”

“Good job! Thank you for doing virtual this year.”

100% of surveyed parents surveyed said they would register for HMNS Virtual Scouts Programs again—sign up for your class today!

Browse the complete Fall 2022 Scouts Class Schedule.

HMNS at Hermann Park

5555 Hermann Park Dr.
Houston,Texas 77030
(713) 639-4629

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HMNS at Sugar Land

13016 University Blvd.
Sugar Land, Texas 77479
(281) 313-2277

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George Observatory

21901 FM 762 Rd.
Needville, Texas 77461
(979) 553-3400

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