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Scout Programs

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

General Information

  • 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 prevent the completion of all badge requirements.
  • All Scouts under the age of 16 must be accompanied by adults - Scout leaders, parents or guardians - who are age 21 or older.

Registration and Fees


For Boy Scout workshops, payment is due at the time of registration. If you need to add additional scouts later, you may register again with the additional scouts.


  • Boy Scout Workshops: $15/scout, $10/adult (one adult free with each group of 8 or more scouts)
  • Girl Scout Overnights: Contact Sarah Buddendeck with Girl Scouts – North Carolina Costal Pines at

Boy Scout Schedule

Astronomy Merit Badge Workshop - Boy Scouts

Scouts will 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. (Please note, that we do not sign Blue Cards at MPSC).

Workshops are scheduled 6-8:30 p.m.

Please note:

  • Scouts will complete most of the requirements for the astronomy merit badge at this workshop. Supplemental Resources
  • During this workshop, Morehead educators will help scouts complete requirements 2, 3, 4a, 4b, 5c, 5d (weather permitting), 6d, 8a and 8b (partially: this is a 25-minute observation).

STEM/Nova Astronomy Workshop​ - Cub Scouts

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.

Workshops are scheduled 6-8:30 p.m.

Girl Scouts Schedule

Reach for the Stars!

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 17 - 18, 2020

Junior Overnight

  • January 31 - Feb 1, 2020

Workshops are 6 p.m.-10 a.m.

Light The Way

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, learn how to bend white light to make a rainbow and meet an astronomer in a visit to UNC’s Observatory. In the planetarium, you will see how lights here on Earth impact the night sky and learn about the entire light spectrum – including invisible light like infrared and x-ray!

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

Cadette Overnight

  • February 28 - 29, 2020

Workshops are 6 p.m.-10 a.m.

Girl Scouts Contact

To register for a Girl Scout workshop, please contact Sarah Buddendeck with Girl Scouts – North Carolina Costal Pines at