Scouts Can Earn Badges At The County Museum

By Staff Reports

(Victor Valley)–Boy Scouts, Webelos, and Cubs can earn badges by attending fun, hands-on Scout programs at the San Bernardino County Museum in Redlands. Registration for badge workshops is now open.

“We have been offering opportunities for scouts to earn badges at the county museum for nearly a decade,” said Nancy Kirkwood, museum educator and certified merit badge counselor. “What better place to work on skills in cultural and natural history than the museum, a place where real scientists, geologists, historians, and archaeologists work and where you are surrounded by real specimens and real artifacts?”

On February 4, Webelos will explore rocks, minerals, and fossils using authentic specimens and replicas to earn their Geologist Activity Badge and the Academic Belt Loop and Pin. The Geologist workshop runs from 12 noon until 2:00 p.m. The cost is $13.00 for each boy, $10.00 per sibling or adult, age 4 and under are free, and the cost includes museum admission that day.

Boy Scouts can earn their Mammal Study merit badge on February 4 from 3:00 to 6:00 p.m. observing some of the furry specimens in the museum’s Mammal Hall as well as the live animal Exploration Station. Scouts will also learn about animal classification, habitats, and how species are catalogued and prepared for preservation at the museum. Mammal Study is $22.00 per Scout. Parents are welcome to participate, but this program is not appropriate for siblings.

February 11 will be another chance for Webelos, with a workshop for earning their Naturalist badge. This hands-on program from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon uses museum specimens, activities, and up-close encounters with live animals to explore and understand the wildlife around us. By completing this workshop, Webelos will earn their Naturalist Activity Badge and their Wildlife Conservation Academic Belt Loop and Pin. The cost for the Naturalist program includes museum admission and is $13.00 for each boy, $10.00 per sibling or adult, age 4 and under are free.

Boy Scouts who want to earn their Geology merit badge can attend the workshop on Sunday, February 12, from 2:00 until 5:00 p.m. After this program, Scouts will know the difference between rocks and minerals, how they are extracted from the earth, and how fossils help in understanding Earth’s history. Scouts will also talk with a real geologist to find out about what professional geologists do. The Geology Merit Badge workshop is $22.00 per Scout. Parents are welcome to participate, but this program is not appropriate for siblings.

Additional workshops are scheduled this spring at the museum. For Boy Scouts, March 10 is Astronomy, April 14 is Indian Lore, and May 5 is Bird Study. Tiger Cubs can learn about Past Life and Animals on March 10. Bear Cubs have Space and Stars on March 24 and Native American Life on May 12. Native American Lore on May 12 is for Wolf Cubs.

For more information and registration forms, visit the museum’s website at www.sbcountymuseum.org and click on Scout Programs. Registration forms will be accepted at the museum until the workshops are full.

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The San Bernardino County Museum is at the California Street exit from Interstate 10 in Redlands. Parking is free. For more information, visitwww.sbcountymuseum.org. The museum is accessible to persons with disabilities. If assistive listening devices or other auxiliary aids are needed in order to participate in museum exhibits or programs, requests should be made through Museum Visitor Services at least three business days prior to your visit. Visitor Services’ telephone number is 909-307-2669 ext. 229 or (TDD) 909-792-1462.

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