Scouting at Cranbrook for Boy Scouts

  • {F} Indicates Scouts should be First Class rank or higher for these workshops.

Archaeology {F} ($25)
Nov. 21 || 9am-Noon
Experience first-hand what goes into, and comes out of, an archaeological dig. Interpret artifacts found at a local historic site and explore some of Cranbrook’s incredible collections.

Astronomy {F} ($40) 
Dec. 11 || 6-11pm;  Feb. 5 || 6-11pm
5 hour workshop – includes a 10 pm planetarium program, please bring a snack.
The universe awaits you in this adventurous badge workshop. Learn about telescopes, moon phases, constellations, and our solar system. Our experts will keep the discovery going as they guide you through tours of stars including our Sun. Visit the Institute’s Observatory to catch a glimpse of a celestial object or two. End your evening in our Acheson Planetarium to explore the night sky as your mind begins to connect what was discovered during the workshop.

Chemistry ($25)
Nov. 21 || 1-4pm
Chemistry is not limited to beakers and laboratories - it’s all around us. Everything you hear, see, smell, taste and touch involves chemistry and chemicals (matter). Discover the basic properties of matter and learn how to predict and explain how molecules will react together to form new substances.

Electricity ($25) 
Dec. 5 || 1-4pm;  Jan. 29 || 6-9pm
Electricity is a powerful and fascinating force of nature. As early as 600 BC, or over 2,500 years ago, observers of the physical world suspected that electricity existed but did not have a name for it. This workshop focuses on how electricity is generated and transported through electrical currents. Make your own electromagnet, and try your hand at wiring a simple electric motor as you work towards completion of the requirements.

Environmental Science {F} ($40)
Oct. 24 || 9am-4pm;  May 7 || 9am-4pm
6 hour workshop – includes break for lunch, please bring a sack lunch or purchase lunch from the Reflections Café.

Develop an appreciation for the environment during this workshop that takes place on the grounds of Cranbrook’s campus. Learn about ecosystems, air pollution, water pollution, and land pollution as we perform experiments related to these topics.

Fish and Wildlife Management ($25) 
Nov. 7 || 1-4pm
Discover the meaning and purpose of fish and wildlife management. Take an up-close look at the food chain when we dissect fish species and examine stomach contents. Understand how Michigan’s resources are managed and how and why certain species are protected.

Geology (Offsite at Pontiac Lake State Recreation Area) ($25) 
May 14 || 1-4pm
Participate in this comprehensive workshop to complete the Geology badge. Talk with Cranbrook’s expert geologist while hiking around Pontiac Lake State Recreation Area.

Experience first-hand the geology of Michigan as you use the tools of the trade to discover the important roles rocks and minerals have played in our state’s history.

Indian Lore ($25) 
May 14 || 9am-Noon
Discover the rich culture of Native Americans by utilizing traditional tools and skill-building crafts combined with an overview of today’s American Indian culture.

Plant Science {F} ($25)
Apr. 30 || 9am-Noon
Learn about the different plant specimens around Cranbrook’s 319 acre campus and explore each plant’s unique position in the ecosystem. Study the preservation process by looking at Cranbrook’s vast collections.

Soil and Water Conservation ($25) 
Apr. 30 || 1-4pm
Discover what a watershed is as you navigate the Rouge River watershed. Learn about human impacts on a watershed and gain an appreciation for the importance of soil and water conservation.

Space Exploration ($25)
Nov. 7 || 9am-Noon
Ever wonder what it takes to be an Astronaut, or what would be required to live on the moon? During this workshop, Scouts will launch model rockets and design a model space exploration base.

Sustainability ($40)
Jan. 15 || 6-10pm
Discover conservation and stewardship plans to preserve natural resources. Learn about different energy sources and how to reduce the “carbon footprint.”

Weather ($25)
Jan. 30 || 1:30-4:30pm
Learn about weather safety, causes of weather, and forecasting tools. Meet with a meteorologist to discuss dangerous weather-related conditions and weather safety.

Please note:

  • The Boy Scout Geology merit badge is held offsite (weather permitting). Check your confirmation letter for location details.
  • Cadette, Senior, and Ambassador Scouts may register for Boy Scout merit badge workshops.
  • Upon registration for a merit badge workshop, a complete list of prerequisites will be mailed to the registrant.
  • It is the responsibility of the registrant to give the prerequisite information to all of the Scouts from their group attending the workshop.
  • Scouts should arrive for programming with an approved merit badge application (blue card) and prerequisite materials completed prior to the workshop.
  • A certified merit badge counselor will collect the merit badge application and all completed prerequisites for review.
  • Scouts will be notified of the status of their application within 30 days of the date of the workshop.
  • Cranbrook Institute of Science merit badge counselors reserve the right to give only partial credit or no credit if all requirements are not completed.
  • {F} Indicates Scouts should be First Class rank or higher for these workshops.

Cancellation Policy

Workshop credit will be issued for cancellations made 21 days or more prior to the start of the workshop, without a fee. Cancellations made between 21 days and one hour prior to start of the workshop will be charged a $5 per scout fee. No refunds or rescheduling given for no shows or cancellation within one hour prior to the start of the workshop. Please contact our Scheduling Office at 248 645.3210 for changes to your registration. All credits must be used within the current scouting season.

For registrations totaling less than $50 per program, please complete your booking by telephone at 248.645.3210.

Available October through May.
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