Virtual Summer Scouts

HMNS is excited to offer virtual camps for our scouts this summer! We have expanded our virtual offerings to 11 unique topics that have been specifically designed for a virtual format and significantly increased available spots.

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
  • Merit Badge counselors to sign-off on requirements and provide signed Blue Cards when completed

A selection of classes for each rank cover topics like Scouts BSA Communications, Cadettes Netiquette, Cub Scouts Down and Dirty STEM Nova Award, Webelos Adventure in Science and more! An HMNS Educator will be on a virtual web call with the class to interact with campers, 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 completed requirements, and scouts will be mailed their Blue Card.

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

Classes are delivered via Zoom, and facilitated by one museum educator and one moderator. You will receive an email introducing you to the instructor and delivering additional information the Monday morning prior to your 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, You will have the opportunity to select your preferred delivery method – either mail or pickup – during the checkout process. Shipping is included in the price of each camp; if you would prefer to pick up your supplies, you will receive a $10 credit to the HMNS Museum Store in your supply box.

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!

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 29 from 9-11am OR Friday, July 31 from 9-11am

Virtual Bear Cubs: Super Science

($20 for members; $30 for non-members)
Observe science around you in this virtual cub scout class. Learn about floating, sinking and static with fun and engaging hands on activities!
Tuesday, July 21 at 9 am OR Thursday, July 23 at 1 pm OR Monday, July 27 at 9 am OR Thursday, July 30  at 1pm 

Virtual STEM Nova Award: Down and Dirty

($20 for members; $30 for non-members)
Scouts will join Kelsey Friedemann, Assistant Director of Youth Education and earth science enthusiast, as they dig into the science of volcanoes, rocks, and minerals.
Wednesday, July 15 at 6:30 pm

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
Thursday, July 9 at 1 pm OR Tuesday, July 28 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 7 from 1-5pm OR Thursday, July 9 from 1-5pm OR Friday, July 31 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.
Thursday, August 6 from 1-5pm OR Wednesday, August 12 from 1-5pm

Virtual Scouts BSA: Energy

($30 for members; $40 for non-members)
Explore how energy works, from thermodynamics to alternative fuels. Find out about energy conservation, natural resources and different forms of energy. Tour the new Wiess Energy Hall. STEM/Nova and Hornaday Merit Badges. Prerequisite Home Energy Audit and 4a
Tuesday, August 4 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 27 from 1-5pm OR Wednesday, July 29 from 1-5pm OR Tuesday, August 11 from 1-5pm

Virtual Scouts BSA: Mining in Society

($30 for members; $40 for non-members)
From deep in the ground to your dinner table, learn the processes, dangers and environmental impacts of mining. (STEM NOVA)
Thursday, August 13 from 1-5pm

Virtual Webelos: Adventures in Science

($20 for members; $30 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 7 from 9-11am OR Thursday, July 9 from 9-11am OR Wednesday, July 22 at 9 am OR Friday, July 24 at 1 pm

Brownies: Fling Flyer Challenge

($20 for members; $30 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 6 from 9-11am OR Wednesday, July 8 from 9-11am

Cadettes: Netiquette

($20 for members; $30 for non-members
Discover how to make positive choices in the online world.
Tuesday, July 28 from 9-11am OR Thursday, July 30 from 9-11am

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