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What could be more fun than earning a badge at The Discovery Center? Troops should RSVP to their desired badge workshops at least one week in advance. Fees include museum admission for the day. Team up with other troops or packs to ensure minimum numbers are met. Consider spending the day at The DC with your troop and doing a Badge in a Box on your own. Or, spend a night at the Museum!

Sign up for a Discovery Center Scout Snooze for an evening of fun workshops and private museum playtime then set up your sleeping bag in your favorite exhibit for the best kind of sleepover there is! Snoozes include dinner, a workshop and plenty of museum play. Fee for all snoozes is $35/scout and $8/adult. Troop leaders are always free! Snoozes which do not meet the minimum requirement of 20 registrations are subject to cancellation.

Contact Scout Programming Coordinator, at or (607) 773-8661 x 208 for registration or more information on all of our scout programs. You can also register online here

Scout Events & Snoozes

September 24, 2016

Girl Scout Daisies Earn the Lupe Petal by playing Honest or Dishonest and other fun games to help us practice being Honest and Fair. $8/scout 10-11am.

Brownies Take a Hike! Bring your water and dress for the weather, we’re going on a hike. We’ll hike up the trail behind the DC, play Fall nature bingo and talk about the principle of “Leave no Trace.” We’ll even learn how to make Walking Smores and earn the Hiker Badge. $8/ scout 12-1pm.

Juniors Earn the Gardener Badge. Explore the Story Garden and make Zen Gardens to take home. Please dress for the weather, we’ll be outside. $8/scout 2-3pm.

Brownie Snooze Fair Play – Girls will learn what it means to be a team player and a good sport while having fun playing a number of games and team activities. September 24 from 6pm – 8:30am September 25.

October 15, 2016

Cub Scouts earn Super Art Man Pin! Work in small groups in stations to make silhouette profiles that you can decorate with paint or collage. Use other materials to create Super Hero assemblage sculpture of yourself. Draw or paint an original picture, using the art materials you prefer. $8/scout. 10-11am.

Cub Scouts Earn the Pet Care Pin! Visit the pets in The DC. Learn about what we do to take care of them and how people and pets help each other. Even take part in a service project to help pets in an area shelter. $8/scout 12-1pm.

Cub Scout Snooze: CSI: Discovery Center - Be a detective here at The Discovery Center. Practice observation. Learn about cryptography. Analyze fingerprints, and extract DNA. This will be a night for you to hone your forensic science skills. For Cub Scouts October 15 from 6pm-October 16, 8:30am.

November 19, 2016

Daisies - I Wanna See You Be Brave! Learn about courageous and strong women and girls and color masks of courageous animals to earn the Tula Petal. $8/scout 10-11am.

Brownies - Kitchen Chemist Play Ice Cream Soccer, investigate static electricity and earn the Home Scientist Badge doing fun experiments with stuff from around your home. Be sure to bring sunglasses or goggles if you have them. $8/scout 12-1pm.

Juniors - Backyard and Beyond- Earn the Animal Habitats badge and learn about habitats and endangered species around the world and create a micro-habitat for beneficial insects. $8/scout 2-3pm.

Girl Scout Snooze: Celebrate Juliet Gordon Low’s Birthday at the Discovery Center! We’ll learn Girl Scout songs, have special SWAPS to craft, decorate cupcakes and celebrate all things Girl Scouts! November 19 from 6pm-8:30am November 20.


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 $8 for per Parent/Leader and $8 per Scout, includes 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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