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Scout Programs

Skywatching at Morehead

Scout Programs

Morehead Planetarium and Science Center is pleased to partner with Girls Scouts – NC Coastal Pines and the Boy Scouts of America to offer astronomy programming designed specifically to help these groups with badgework and other goals.

Please Note

Programs are held rain or shine. Due to time constraints, weather and the needs of individual scouts, educators may need to make some changes to the workshop, which may affect some badge requirements.

Girl Scouts – NC Coastal Pines

Fees: $60/scout, $30/adult

To Register: Visit the Girl Scouts NC Coastal Pines website.

In this one-of-a-kind adventure, Girl Scouts will explore science in an exciting, engaging environment. You will use telescopes to observe the night sky and play games to learn about our Solar System. Inside the GSK FullDome Theater, you’ll be guided through the night sky without light pollution and fall asleep under a planetarium sky full of stars! The next morning, you’ll explore other planets in the planetarium; learn about constellations, the Moon and its phases; and take a year-long trip around the Sun in a hands-on activity. I hope you packed enough gear!

This program fulfills the Space Science Adventurer (Brownie) and Space Science Investigator (Junior) badge requirements.


Brownie Overnight: January 27-28, 2023

Junior Overnight: February 10-11, 2023

Workshops are 6 pm-10 am

Have you ever wondered where rainbows come from? Maybe we can shed some light on the answer!

In this Girl Scout Workshop, you will explore the science of light and how it relates to astronomy. You will get a close-up view of different colored stars in the night sky using telescopes and learn how to bend white light to make a rainbow. In the planetarium, you will see how lights here on Earth impact the night sky and learn about the entire light spectrum before falling asleep under a planetarium sky full of stars!

This program fulfills the Space Science Researcher (Cadette) badge requirements.


Cadette Overnight: February 24-25, 2023

Workshops are 6 pm-10 am

Laura Lee Davis | Girl Scouts – NC Coastal Pines

Boy Scouts of America

Fees: $16.50/scout, $11/adult

Registration opens a month prior to the session and closes the Tuesday before the session.

Designed for Scouts BSA, this program will help Scouts work toward requirements for the astronomy merit badge as they model our Earth, Moon, and Sun; identify constellations in a simulated night sky; and use telescopes and binoculars to explore the real night sky. Additionally, they will discuss light pollution and learn about how to follow the ecliptic path of the planets in our Solar System.

During the workshop, Morehead educators will help Scouts work toward requirements 2, 3, 4a, 4b, 5c, 5d (weather permitting), 6d, 8a and 8b (partially: this is a 25-minute observation).

Important: Scouts will still need to discuss their learning with a leader or counselor and complete the remaining requirements to receive an Astronomy Merit Badge.


Friday, November 18, 2022

Friday, February 17, 2023

Workshops are scheduled 6 pm-8:30 pm

During this workshop, Cub Scouts will complete requirements 1A, 3B, 3F, and 4A for the “Out of This World” module. They will “travel” through our Solar System and into our Milky Way galaxy in the simulated sky of the planetarium, locate and identify celestial bodies with telescopes, learn all about why years and days are different lengths on different planets, and the different types of eclipses that happen on Earth and the Moon.


Friday, November 11, 2022

Friday, January 13, 2023

Friday, March 3, 2023

Workshops are scheduled 6 pm-8:30 pm

All Scouts under the age of 16 must be accompanied by adults (Scout leaders, parents or guardians), 21 years or older.