Programs for Brownies

Brownies working on a craft activity

Science is great for Brownies. Explore the museum, earn badges, and meet new friends at the Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University!

The Academy offers exciting and interactive weekend daytime workshops and our popular Safari Overnight sleepovers for 7 to 14-year-olds.

Girls will complete their badges, but please remember that we do not provide them.

Day Workshops

Brownie workshops are offered on selected weekends in winter and spring 2014. Four programs are offered:

Bugs Badge

Bugs, bugs, everywhere! Scouts will meet real live bugs, explore bug homes, and even take home their own buggy craft! Attendees will learn the difference between an insect and a spider, places bugs can be found, what they eat, and why they are so important. Don’t be afraid to have a bug-tastic time!

  • Saturday, March 8, 2014
  • Sunday, March 9, 2014

Senses Badge

Who can see better, humans or owls? Brownies will get a sensational sensory experience learning about their senses and using them to learn about nature and animals. These young explorers will use touch, smell, hearing, and sight while enjoying games, activities, and even a scavenger hunt!

  • Saturday, February 22, 2014
  • Sunday, February 23, 2014
  • Saturday, April 26, 2014
  • Sunday, April 27, 2014

Shell Patch

Earn a new shell patch—only at the Academy! To complete this exclusive patch, girls will make shell crafts, learn about different shelled creatures, write with squid ink, start a shell collection, play shell games, and much more. Each scout will receive a special patch.

Shell patches can be earned anytime during museum hours (10 am–5 pm) on the day of the workshop. Please allow 1–2 hours to complete the shell patch.

  • Saturday, October 19, 2013
  • Sunday, October 20, 2013

Bird Patch-NEW!

Earn a new bird patch—only at the Academy! To complete this exclusive patch at our All About Birds Weekend girls will visit an exploration station, make a pair of bird binoculars, play bird games, go on a bird scavenger hunt and much more. Each scout will receive a special patch.

Bird patches can be earned anytime during museum hours (10 am–5 pm) on the day of the workshop. Please allow 1–2 hours to complete the bird patch.

  • Saturday, June 7, 2014
  • Sunday, June 8, 2014 

Day Workshop Details

You can register for either the morning (10:15 am–12:15 pm) or afternoon (1:30–3:30 pm) sessions on either Saturday or Sunday for the Bug Badge or Senses Badge Workshops. Register for the day (10 am–5 pm) for the Shell Patch Workshop and Bird Patch Workshop. (Please allow 1–2 hours to complete the Shell Patch and Bird Patch.)

Day Workshop details  

The fees per scout are $12 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.

Final headcounts for the Senses Badge and Bugs Badge Workshops are due one month prior to the workshops; Any cancellation after this date will not be refunded. Space is limited. Register early for your preferred date and time.

You can register for a shell workshop and bird workshop on the day of the workshop, but preregistration is strongly encouraged.

Scout parents and leaders will be able to download additional information about cancellations, workshop fees, where to go the day of the workshop, and more at a later date. 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 reservations@ansp.org 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 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.

Safari Overnights

Work on Brownie programs during a fun-filled night of interactive activities that includes a Live Animal Show. Then stay all night, sleeping right next to our museum exhibits. Have breakfast in the morning, and, if you want, stay the day. Safari Overnights are offered during the winter and spring.

  • Friday, February 21, 2014, Environmental Medley Overnight
  • Saturday, March 8, 2014, Planet Earth Overnight

Check-in is from 6:30-7 pm. Overnight gear must be removed from the building by 9 am, but participants are welcome to stay all day.

Safari Overnight Details

Safari Overnights are appropriate for children ages 7–14. One adult is required per three children. Boy siblings are not permitted. Male chaperones will be required to sleep on a separate floor from Brownies and Junior Girl Scouts.

The fees are $40 for members and $45 for nonmembers. A nonrefundable deposit of $10 per person is due upon registration. Final numbers and balance must be submitted at least three weeks prior to your overnight date. There will be no refunds given after this date.

To register, call 215-299-1060.

If you cancel:
If you do not pay your balance in full three weeks prior to the overnight date, you may lose your reservation. Membership information must be returned three weeks before the event; no fee adjustments will be made after that date.
If we cancel:
The Academy may cancel a Safari Overnight if there aren’t enough participants. If so, we’ll notify you two weeks prior to the event. We’ll try to arrange another overnight for you. If not, you’ll be granted a full refund.
Downloads:
Information for Parents/Chaperones
Parking and Directions
Trip Coordinator's Checklist  

Interested in a different date? Private overnights can be arranged for groups of 100-300 participants. Contact us at reservations@ansp.org or 215-299-1060. See Family Safari Overnights you’re an individual, family, or nonscout group interested in our Camp-In program.

 

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.