Boy Scouts with an interest in celestial science and Cub Scouts who want to explore the great indoors should look no further than Science Museum Oklahoma this fall — the museum will offer a merit badge class in astronomy at 7 p.m. on Nov. 10 and a Science Overnight for Cub Scouts at 7 p.m. Nov. 17.


In SMO's Boy Scout astronomy badge class, scouts will study how activities in space affect our own planet, learn about light pollution, get hands-on with telescopes, learn to identify constellations and stars, and attend a show in the museum's Kirkpatrick Planetarium hosted by SMO’s astronomy experts.


During the Cub Scout Science Overnight later in the month, Tiger and Wolf Cubs can participate in assorted activities that count toward multiple adventures, Bear Cubs can take a forensics or super science merit badge class and Webelos can take an engineering or adventures in science merit badge class.


“Cub Scouts will get a camping experience unlike any other during our Scout Overnight and some extra scouting skills to boot,” said Kirsten Therkelson, museum educator and overnight specialist for SMO.


“Scouts will get to work toward a merit badge, experience live science demonstrations, get hands-on with special activities, explore the museum, see a star show in the Kirkpatrick Planetarium and then camp out among the exhibits to end the night.”


Badge classes are $15 per scout, while Science Overnights are $45 per scout and $25 per chaperone, or $35 per scout when registering a group of 10 or more children. A parent or chaperone is required to be at the museum for the duration of each badge class or Scout Overnight.


Registration for each program closes when full or the Wednesday before the event. All activities will take place at the museum located at 2020 Remington Place in Oklahoma City.


For more information scout programs at SMO, including private badge classes and upcoming Saturday Scouts and Science Overnights for Girl Scouts, call 405-602-3760 or visit




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Cutline 1: Science Museum Oklahoma will host an astronomy merit badge class for Boy Scouts at 7 p.m. Nov. 10 at the museum located at 2020 Remington Place in Oklahoma City. Pictured, Boy Scouts design paper rockets in a merit badge class at the museum.


Cutline 2: Science Museum Oklahoma will host a Cub Scout Science Overnight beginning at 7 p.m. Nov. 17 at the museum located at 2020 Remington Place in Oklahoma City. Pictured, a Cub Scout displays a flashlight made with a battery and a Christmas light — part of an activity about electrical circuits — in the museum’s Tinkering Garage during a previous Cub Scout Science Overnight.


About Science Museum Oklahoma

Science Museum Oklahoma is the state’s only hands-on science museum and, with over 350,000 square feet, one of the largest science museums in the nation. A proud member of Allied Arts with a mission of enriching lives by revealing the wonder and relevance of science, Science Museum Oklahoma demonstrates the relationship between science and everyday experiences. The museum influences how Oklahomans learn about science through the medium of interactive exhibits, discovery-based activities, astronomy shows, Science Live demonstrations, educational outreach efforts and special events. Science Museum Oklahoma’s clear mission and firm focus on science literacy encourages families to develop and build upon a strong foundation in the sciences. The museum is a founding Adventure Road partner.