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Take earning a badge up a notch with our scout worthy line up of workshops and overnight snoozes in the museum! Troops or Packs should RSVP to their desired workshop or snooze at least one week in advance through our website Fees include museum admission for the day. Workshop fees are $10/scout (includes museum admission for the day, materials, and badges when possible).

Our snoozes are a popular choice for scout bonding, private museum play and a variety of exciting themes! Bring your sleeping bag and set up camp in your favorite exhibit! Snoozes included dinner, breakfast, a workshop, DC fun patch and plenty of museum play. If our minimum of 20 scouts is not met, the snooze is subject to cancellation so team up with other troops and packs to reserve your snooze! Fees for all snoozes are $35/scout and $8/adult.  Troop and Pack leaders are always free! Again, register at least a week in advance on our website.

Can’t fit one in your busy schedule? No problem! At your convenience, complete our free build-a-badge program for both cub and girl scouts. Just stop in the front desk anytime we’re open to request the materials to utilize our museum and story garden to finish all or parts of badges and loops! When you return the materials, pick up your completion card! Get a more in-depth and project based experience at your convenience with our badge-in-a-box program. You’ll have our party room and all the supplies as well as museum admission. Call for badge and loop choices, pricing and reservations!

Contact Scout Coordinator Krystal Jones at or 607.773.8661 ext. 205 for registration or more information on all of our scout programs.

Please note: If the Museum cancels the program or event for any reason you will receive a full refund. If you cancel for any reason, the Museum will provide a credit that can be used toward other programs, events, and/ or museum admission. 

Scout Events & Snoozes

September 30th, 2017

Daisies: Vi Petal  Workshop, 10:00am – 11:00am (Badge Certificate included)

Hear a read aloud of Vi’s story. Then learn about back to school traditions around the world, play a game from another country and create a worldly collaborative mural. Practice being a sister to every Girl Scout with friendship charades!

Brownies: Hiker Workshop, 1:00pm – 2:30pm (Badge included)

Before our hike begins, we’ll make GORP and a map of our hike. We’ll hear tips from an experienced hiker. As we enjoy the great outdoors, we’ll discover the history of Ross Park with a good old fashioned game of “I-Spy”. This hike is rain or shine, so wear appropriate gear!

Juniors: Animal Habitats Workshop, 3:30pm – 5:00pm (Badge included)

Check out the DC pets in their habitat. Make a habitat collage and your own animal house. Learn about environmental issues in the Amazon rain forest and then take part in a wildlife awareness party!

Outside in! Snooze (all scout levels)

September 30th at 6:00pm to October 1st at 8:30am (DC fun patch included)

We’ll start the evening by using herbs from our very own story garden to make a delicious dinner.  We’ll learn about the benefit of being surrounded by nature and channel our inner mathematician and find math in our environment. Enjoy plenty of museum play and we’ll even bring the outside in and make a terrarium to take home! Earn the “Enrich” DC fun patch! $35/scout and $8/adult. Troop leaders are always free! Fees include patch, dinner, breakfast, and workshop.

October  14th, 2017

Tigers: Tiger Theater –  Elective Adventure, 10:00am – 11:00am (Loop included)

We'll flex our creativity muscles and make masks and puppets to use them in our very own puppet show! We'll continue the performance with a lively reader's theater and game of charades!

Wolves: Howling at the Moon – Adventure, 1:00pm – 2:30pm (Loop included)

We'll use the DC collection of costumes and props to practice and rehearse a great campfire program. Work on original skits, acting, and channeling your inner wolf to put on a howlin' performance at your next pack campfire!

Bears: Roaring Laughter – Elective Adventure, 3:30pm – 5:00pm (Loop included)

We'll be roaring with laughter as we read tongue twisters, create "mad libs", and tickle funny bones with jokes and hilarious games! We'll delve into the world of improve and practice some "run-ons" to share at your next pack meeting!

Magic Snooze (all scout levels)

October 14th at 6:00pm – October 15th at 8:30am (DC Fun Patch included)

Impress your friends and fellow scouts after you’ve spent a night at the museum learning magic tricks! Start off with a magical supper followed by a class in magic 101. Make your magician uniform to take home with you and perform your spellbinding act!  Discover magic throughout museum! $35/ scout, and $8/ adult. Pack leaders are always free! Fees include dinner, breakfast, DC  fun patch and workshop.

November 18th, 2017

Daisies: Zinni Petal Workshop, 10:00am – 11:00am (Badge Certificate included)

Hear a read aloud of Zinni’s story and connect it to the spirit of Thanksgiving with a collaborative craft. Use creativity to spread happiness with Broome County Rocks!

Brownies: Philanthropist  Workshop, 1:00pm – 2:30pm (Badge included)

Meet people who help clothe, feed and protect those in need. Explore ways to help others and create collaborative posters to illustrate needs vs. wants. Bring a canned good to donate to CHOW!

Juniors: Native Lore Workshop, 3:30pm – 5:00pm (Badge included)

Learn the customs of Native Americans from our area with games, crafts, and song. Hear stories that teach important lessons and make a leather pouch to fill with gifts from mother earth!

Yum Yum Snooze (all scout levels)

November 18th at 6:30pm – November 19th at 8:30am (DC Fun Patch included)

Collaborate together to make a family meal for dinner. Use kitchen gadgets to make a temporary sculpture. Go on a fake food hunt in the museum. Learn new recipes and take home your own recipe book.  Add your favorite flavor to your own popcorn snack to enjoy during a screening of Disney’s Ratatouille! Earn the “Enjoy” DC fun badge! $35/scout and $8/adult, Troop leaders are always free!  Fees include DC fun patch, dinner, breakfast, and workshop.


At The Discovery Center, we understand the value that the Cub Scouts and Girl Scouts can have to young people. We also understand that it can be difficult at times for parents to come up with ways for their child to earn their badges. The “Build-A-Badge” Program allows a Cub Scout or Girl Scout and his/her parent or guardian to actively complete pieces of badges. Our museum space offers a unique approach to checking off the tasks that the Cub Scouts and Girl Scouts have set to earn badges.

Check out a “Build-A-Badge Checklist” at our front desk. The checklist will be your ticket to making sure you have finished the tasks required. Then, take a walk through our exhibits, and look for the packets that have the Boy Scout or Girl Scout Logo at the top. Each of these packets hold pages which will show how to complete the section of the badge offered. Complete these sections, and then check off the “Build-A-Badge Checklist” to show that you are finished. Don’t forget to take home anything you made!

Bring the checklist back to the front desk, show the receptionist that you have completed the “Build-A-Badge” program, and they will give you a “Build-A-Badge Completion Card”. Finish the badge steps you can complete at home, and then show this card to your Troop Leader or Scoutmaster to get your badge, and remember, as Girl Scouts and Cub Scouts, we are on the Honor System!

Cost is free with museum admission.


Introducing The Discovery Center’s newest Cub Scout and Girl Scout affiliated program, “Badge-In-A-Box”! Both Cub Scout (Tigers, Wolves, Bears, and Webelos) and Girl Scout (Daisies, Brownies, and Juniors) troops now have the ability to complete a badge right here at The Discovery Center. It’s very simple to sign up!

First: Call the Discovery Center at (607) 773-8661 x201 and reserve one of our offered badge programs. You must reserve to be sure space is available. You will have 15 minutes to set up, one hour to complete the badge and 15 minutes to clean up.

Second: Come in on your designated day and check in at our Front Desk. A DC staff member will bring you to your reserved room and will make sure the badge box is all ready to go! Both the badge materials and lesson plan will be included in the box.

Third: Complete the “Badge-In-A-Box” with your troop. There will be a Certificate of Completion in the box that you can take with you to your meetings and present for your badge! Once you have finished the project, make sure any re-usable materials are returned to the box and any used materials are thrown out or taken with you. We try to refresh the badge boxes rather than replacing everything; your diligence with this is very much appreciated.

Fourth: Bring your Certificate of Completion to your troop or Scoutmaster meeting.

Cost for Badge in a Box

(ten scout minimum) includes museum admission:

  • Scout Leader: Free
  • Additional Parents $1.00
  • 10 scouts $100.00
  • 11-15 Scouts $125.00
  • 16-20 Scouts $150.00
  • 21-25 Scouts $175.00
  • 26-30 Scouts $200.00
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