Merit Badge Days for Boy Scouts

Follow the Boy Scout Trail to the Academy of Natural Sciences! Our workshops are perfect for advancement and adventure! Scouts will work towards completing their merit badges, but please remember that we do not provide them. Merit Badge Workshops are offered on selected weekends in the Fall of 2013 and the Winter and Spring of 2014. Three different programs are offered:

Environmental Science

Under the direction of our Merit Badge Counselor, scouts will be guided through a series of experiments and hands-on activities. This intensive workshop will provide your scouts with the majority of the requirements for completion of this required badge for Eagle Scout. Some activities will need to be completed at home and submitted to the merit badge counselor before or after the workshop for approval. Download the Environmental Science Merit Badge Guide for more information. Please be advised that the Environmental Science Merit badge involves a lot of writing in addition to the experiment work stations.

  • Saturday November 16, 2013
  • Sunday November 17, 2013
  • Saturday March 15, 2014
  • Sunday March  16, 2014

Mammal Study

Under the direction of our Merit Badge Counselor, scouts will work towards their requirements for the Mammal Study Merit Badge. This intensive workshop guides scouts through mammalian classification, a project to help mammals in their neighborhood, and an investigation of the history and purpose of our museums extensive mammal collection. Download the Mammal Studies Merit Badge Guide for more information.

  • Saturday April 5, 2014
  • Sunday April 6, 2014

Reptile and Amphibian Study

Under the direction of our Merit Badge Counselor, scouts will work towards their Reptile and Amphibian Study Merit Badge. Through interactions with live animals, museum specimens and interactive games, scouts will learn the differences between reptiles and amphibians, learn identifying field marks, and even investigate how they move. Download the Reptile and Amphibian Study Merit Badge Guide for more information.

  • Saturday May 10, 2014
  • Sunday May 11. 2014

Merit Badge Day Details

You can register for either the morning (10:15 am–12:15 pm) or afternoon (1:30–3:30 pm) sessions.

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The fees per scout are $14 for the workshop and $13 for museum admission. All fees are due upon registration. Admission fees for additional family members are $13 and are due upon arrival. Members do not pay an admission fee unless they are visiting our Dinosaurs Unearthed exhibit between October 12, 2013, and March 30, 2014. The fee for this exhibit is $3 per person. 

A final headcount is due one month prior to the workshop; any cancellation after this date will not be refunded. Space is limited. Register early for your preferred date and time. Please inform us of any severe allergies or special needs at least one week before your program.

To register, call 215-299-1060.

Interested in a different date? Private workshops can be scheduled for scout groups of 20–30. Contact us at or 215-299-1060.

Emergency Weather Cancellation Policy

In times of severe weather conditions, it may be necessary to cancel scout workshops. However, if the museum is open scout workshops will run as scheduled. Refunds will only be provided if the museum has closed due to weather. Please check the Academy’s website or call 215-299-1019 for information on closings. In the event of a weather related cancellation, the Academy will attempt to reschedule the workshop. If rescheduling is not possible, a full refund will be provided.