Scout Badge/Patch Activities
Chabot's comprehensive badge program is designed with Scout requirements in mind. Below is a list and description of badge types and activities that your Scouts can earn during a workshop or overnight activity. After you determine the appropriate badge or patch activity for your troop, choose a Scout Package to complete your visit.
||Astronomy Academics Pin / Belt Loop
||Astronomy Merit Badge
How did we land so many robots on Mars? With the help of inventors of course! Learn about the innovations that NASA engineers created to safely land delicate technology on the surface of a planet millions of miles away. Then, create your own invention to land a delicate object launched from the top of our observation deck.
Put on your hiking boots and get ready for an adventure through the Redwood forest! We’ll teach you not only how to plan your route but also how to make your own GORP for the trip ahead. As you trek to the highest point in Oakland on a 1.5 mile hike you can take in all that nature has to offer. In addition, you will learn about the impact of humans on our planet and how ecosystems work.
Plants, mud and seeds oh my! Get ready to get messy while you learn about different aspects of gardening. Take a stroll through our garden as we explore various ways to a design garden. Learn which plants grow best during each of our four different seasons. Finally you’ll get to experiment with seeds and make your very own seed bomb!
Discover a whole new world after dark! Using all five senses you'll observe what differences the night brings on a 1.5 mile hike through the redwood forest. On our observation deck you'll get to interview an Astronomer to learn what it's like to work at night as well as look through our 36" Telescope, Nellie. To top off your evening you'll be watching one of our 360® Planetarium shows learning stories about the sky from other cultures. The fun doesn't stop there either! Continue your adventure with a sleepover at the museum and keep your party going.
In our planetarium, Cub Scouts will learn about galaxies, and black holes and how to identify stars and constellations in the night sky. What’s the difference between meteors, meteorites, comets and asteroids? You'll get a chance to try out telescopes and binoculars and learn how to correctly aim them at objects in the night sky. The evening ends with observing through Chabot's telescopes, weather permitting, and identifying stars, planets and constellations in the night sky.
Can you identify constellations such as the Big Dipper and Cassiopeia? Chabot's Boy Scout program is tailored to assist Scouts in completing the requirements for the Astronomy Merit Badge.* Topics will cover moon phases, our solar system and its evolution, which planets are visible during the day, how to track planets, and why stars are different colors. Then journey through the mysteries of space in a live planetarium presentation. Finally, you will put your astronomy knowledge to the test in a private astronomer-led telescope viewing (weather permitting).
*Please note: Preliminary research will be required before attending workshop for Boy Scouts to compete their badge requirements. Chabot does not provide merit badges and is not authorized to sign off on blue cards. Material learned at Chabot must be presented to an Astronomy Merit Badge Counselor to be signed off.
Sales Coordinator at (510) 336-7311 or email Scouts@ChabotSpace.org. Please indicate "Scout Reservation" in the subject line of your email.