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Scout Programs

Cub Scout Belt Loop Day / Webelos Scientist Activity Badge Workshop

We apologize for the inconvenience as we are still working on details and dates of our upcoming scout programs due to planetarium renovations scheduled for this fall.   We are planning to offer scout programs this fall but they will be offsite.   Please visit this page closer to time for more information.    

Cub Scout Belt Loop Day - Saturday, April 12, 2014 

Calling all Cub Scouts! Don’t miss the opportunity to earn three Belt Loops in one day. Stations will be set up throughout the Museum with fun, hands-on activities designed to meet the requirements. Scouts must be accompanied by an adult.  Registration is not required.

Featured Belt Loops:   Astronomy, Geology and Science    

Requirements that will be covered...
Astronomy Belt Loop
1. Demonstrate how to focus a simple telescope or binoculars.
2. Draw a diagram of our solar system - identify the planets and other objects.
3. Explain the following terms: planet, star, solar system, galaxy, the Milky Way, black hole, red giant, white dwarf, comet, meteor, moon, asteroid, star map, and universe.

Geology Belt Loop
1. Explain to your den or an adult family member what geology means.
2. Collect samples of igneous, sedimentary, and metamorphic rocks. Explain how each was formed.
3. Collect samples of three minerals. Explain to your family or den what a mineral is and show and tell about the minerals you collected.

Science Belt Loop
1. Explain the scientific method to your adult partner.
2. Use the scientific method in a simple science project. Explain the results to an adult.
3. Visit a museum, a laboratory, an observatory, a zoo, an aquarium, or other facility that employs scientists. Talk to a scientist about his or her work.  (We are planning on featuring at least one of the winners from the North Museum Science and Engineering Fair, which takes place at the end of March)

Important program details...
  • Special discounts and coupons are not applicable for this program. 
  • Belt loop activities will be available from noon-4 pm but scouts can arrive at any time during regular business hours (10 am - 5 pm).
  • Please allow approximately two hours to complete all three Belt Loops
  • Scouts can earn any number of Belt Loops that are being offered.  Scouts don't have to complete requirements for all three.
  • Actual Belt Loops are to be provided by leader.
  • Scouts must be accompanied by an adult.
  • The Museum gift shop also has minerals for sale – most for under $5 – great for starting or adding to a collection needed for the Collecting Belt Loop.
  • Thanks to our community partners, you may find additional parking at one of the following locations
    - Lancaster Theological Seminary
    - College Avenue 

Please come and join the fun!  For more information, contact Mike Smith at msmith@northmuseum.org or 291-4315.

 Cost: North Museum
      Potential North Museum members
(includes Museum admission)
For Scouts:  $3.00        $9.50
For Adults:  Free        $7.50
For Juniors, non-Cub Scouts (3-17)   Free        $6.50

Planetarium programs are an additional cost of $2.50 per person for potential North Museum members.  Cost for Belt Loop Day includes general Museum admission. Scouts and their families are encouraged to explore the Museum before or after the event.

Special planetarium program offerings on April 12
11:00 am - Family Fitness Workshop**
12:00 pm - One World, One Sky: Big Bird's Adventure
1:00 pm - Earth, Moon & Sun
2:00 pm - Night Sky Tour
3:00 pm - Earth, Moon & Sun
4:00 pm - Night Sky Tour

Did you know?
Your regular museum and planetarium admission to Belt Loop Day can go towards the purchase of a North Museum family membership - providing you free admission to the North Museum and planetarium for a year plus so much more! (Belt Loop program fee of $3 not included)


Webelos Scientist Activity Badge Workshops

Bring out the inner scientist in your scout. Discover the Bernoulli Principle, Pascal’s Law, the effects of pressure, among many other things related to being a scientist. All requirements needed to earn the Scientist badge will be covered during the workshop with fun and engaging activities. Space is limited.

We are still in the process of determining dates for this year's Webelos Workshops and may be pushed back into 2015.  We are also working on offering an additional Webelos workshop different from the Scientist badge.