Scout Programs

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Take earning a badge or loop up a notch with our Scout worthy line up of Workshops and "Scout Night 'til 9!" events! Can’t fit a workshop into your busy schedule? No problem! Just stop at our front desk anytime we’re open and ask for the free Build-A-Badge program. Receive guided instructions on how to complete certain badge/loop requirements at our exhibits. When you return your materials, pick up your competition card!

Workshops are for Cub Scouts and Daisies-Junior. Fee includes museum admission for the day, materials, and badges when possible. Fees are $13/Scout. Minimum 8 Scouts to run workshops. Two Troop/Pack leaders are free with Scouts. Additional siblings and parents must pay museum admission.

Join us for Scout Nights 'til 9! The Museum will be open only to Scouts in any of our workshops levels to come and enjoy dinner, a themed workshop, and lots of museum play!  Earn a DC Fun Badge. Programs run from 6PM-9PM. This is not an overnight experience.  A minimum of 10 Scouts is required.  

Fees for Scouts Nights'til 9! are $30/Scout. Parents and troop/pack leaders are free to attend. Program is for Scouts only.   

Refund Policy:  A refund will not be issued if a Troop/Pack leader cancels a registration; a transferable credit will be issued that can be used at future Discovery Center events. A refund will only be issued if The Discovery Center cancels an event due to low registration or inclement weather.

Troops or Packs must register their Scouts at least 3 days in advance for all events.

To register or questions, contact Scout Coordinator Johanna Hripto at or 607.773.8661 ex. 205.

Scout Events & Snoozes

Cub Scout Programs

 Saturday, November 17th, 2018

Tigers: Tiger Bites Workshop– Required Adventure Loop. 10:00AM – 11:15AM

Did you know that corn isn’t really a vegetable? And that watermelon is actually a berry? Learn about the botanical differences between fruits and veggies we love and then eat them! We’ll discuss how to make healthy food choices that are good for your body and also for the planet. $13/Scout, fee includes admission.

Wolves:  Adventures in Coins Workshop– Elective Adventure Loop 12:00PM – 1:30PM

Become a coin expert and take part in coin identification, games, art, science, and math! Learn the meaning behind our currency and then put what you learn to the test with play at our A,B,&C bank exhibit! $13/Scout, fee includes admission.

Bears: Forensics Workshop– Elective Adventure Loop 2:30PM – 4:00PM

Analyze your fingerprints! Learn about chromatography! Investigate! Learn what a career in forensics looks like and put your detective skills to the test while earning your forensics loop.  $13/Scout, fee includes admission.

Scouts ‘til 9! Blast Off: November 17th 6:00PM-9:00PM (DC Fun Badge Included)

After dinner, explore the final frontier in our very own star lab.  Discover constellations and galaxies far, far, away. Make glow in the dark slime and orbit around the museum with plenty of free play too! $30/Scout. Parents and troop/pack leaders are free to attend. Program is for Scouts only. 

Saturday, January 19th, 2019

Tigers: Curiosity, Intrigue, and Magical Mysteries  Workshop. Elective Adventure Loop. 10:00am – 11:15AM

Can you say abracadabra?! Learn the science behind magic to wow your friends! We’ll also explore sign language, secret codes, braille, and conduct some messy experiments while earning this magical loop. Put on a magic show with your den too! $13/Scout, fee includes admission.

Wolves:  Motor Away Workshop– Elective Adventure Loop 12:00PM – 1:30PM

What kind of paper airplane flies the best? What kind of paper boat sails the best? What about a paper airplane catapult?! Team up with other Wolves to find out in this propulsion based workshop.  $13/Scout, fee includes admission.

Bears: A World of Sound Workshop– Elective Adventure Loop 2:30pm – 4:00pm

Get ready to rumble! Explore instruments from other countries and listen to different music styles.   We’ll make instruments out of things found in nature and also everyday objects, then put on a show! $13/Scout, fee includes admission.

Scouts ‘til 9! Mad Scientist January 19th 6:00PM-9:00PM (DC Fun Badge Included)

Discover the science behind your dinner and then put on your goggles! Get ready for slimy and explosive science as we mix, observe, and get messy with exciting experiments.  Bring your lab coat and curiosity and enjoy lots of museum play! Earn the DC fun badge. $30/Scout. Parents and troop/pack leaders are free to attend. Program is for Scouts only.   


Girl Scout Programs

Saturday, October 20th, 2018

Daisies: Money Counts Leaf Workshop 10:00AM – 11:15AM

Have you ever wondered what all those symbols mean on our coins and who’s who on our paper money? Learn about our currency and the basics of budgeting through fun games and activities to earn your Money Counts Leaf, and then play in our A,B,&C bank! $13/Scout, fee includes admission.

Brownies:  Painting Workshop 12:00PM-1:30PM

Wear clothes to get messy in as we have fun painting! Talk to our talented Discovery Center artist and learn which colors to choose and what brushes to use. Practice painting a landscape scene and then work on a mural as a group! $13/Scout, fee includes admission.

Juniors: Staying Fit Workshop 2:30PM - 4:00PM

Jump into this workshop and learn how to stay fit in both your body and mind!  Learn how to choose healthy snacks to keep your body fueled, different kinds of exercises you can try, and destress with some fun yoga poses! $13/Scout, fee includes admission.

SPECIAL DATE: Friday, November 2nd

Scout Night ‘til 9! The Spooky 5 Senses: November 2nd, 6:00PM to 9:00PM (DC Fun Badge included)

Halloween may have passed on the calendar but not at the Discovery Center! Are you brave enough to touch the insides of the mystery box? Smell the witch’s brew? Taste the mystery jelly beans? Join us for a spooky evening learning about our sensational senses and how we perceive the world around us. We’ll have a Halloween themed dinner and if the weather allows go for an evening walk in the woods to put your sense to the test! Enjoy lots of museum play and earn the DC fun badge. $30/Scout. Parents and troop/pack leaders are free to attend. Program is for Scouts only.  

Saturday, December 8th, 2018

Daisies: Gloria Petal Workshop  10:00AM – 11:15AM

Hear Gloria the Morning Glory’s story and practice being respectful to yourself and others! Practice giving back by writing a Thank-You note to someone who deserves it this holiday season, then learn how to make a healthy and yummy snack to treat your body well! $13/Scout, fee includes admission.

Brownie: Philanthropist Workshop: 12:00PM-1:30PM

What does it mean to be a philanthropist? Learn how to think- and act!- to help give back to our community this holiday season. We’ll learn about different groups that are helping our area from collecting warm clothes to fighting hunger. Learn how you can make a difference through fun games and activities! $13/Scout, fee includes admission.

Juniors: Savvy Shopper Workshop: 2:30-4:00PM

Have you ever bought something and then regretted it? Or wish you did actually buy it? Learn how to be a savvy shopper and love what you buy! We’ll do lots of “shopping” at our exhibits to learn what we really need and how we can save a penny or two along the way. $13/Scout, fee includes admission.

Scouts Night ‘til 9! Holiday Extravaganza: December 8th 6:00PM-9:00PM (DC Fun Badge Included)

Get in the holiday spirit at the Discovery Center!  Make Girl Scout themed crafts to take home or give as gifts! Decorate some sweet treats to enjoy after dinner and then have lots of museum free play. Enjoy our special Gingerbread Exhibit too! $30/Scout. Parents and troop/pack leaders are free to attend. Program is for Scouts only.   


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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