Scouts may earn marine-themed badges and patches by joining us for full-day Scout events and on-demand workshops.
Scouts BSA Merit Badges
Scouts may complete all merit badge requirements during these all-day workshops, which combine hands-on classroom activities, field exploration and discussions. We offer four workshops: Kayaking, Fish & Wildlife Management, Environmental Science, and Oceanography workshops on a rotating basis throughout the year. Scouts must complete all prerequisites (details in the registration packet) before the workshop and bring their blue cards with them in order to earn the badge. Scouts will also need to be prepared to go in the water (closed toe shoes, swimsuits, change of clothes and sun protection).
Upcoming Saturday Workshops
- October 5: Fish and Wildlife Management
- December 14: Environmental Science
- March 14: Oceanography
Cost: $22 per Scout, $17 per chaperone (AT LEAST ONE CHAPERONE IS REQUIRED PER GROUP)
Time: 10:00 a.m.- 3:00 p.m.
Check in begins at 9:45 a.m. at the Whale Fountain at the front of Mote Marine Laboratory and Aquarium. Schedule available here.
Details: Cost includes all program materials and admission to Mote aquarium, lunch is not provided. Please come prepared to spend a portion of the day in the water: bring a towel and change of clothes, wear sunscreen, hat, sunglasses, bathing suit and water shoes. For lunch, you may visit a nearby restaurant on City Island or bring a packed lunch to enjoy in one of our picnic areas.
This workshop is led by a Mote educator who has fulfilled all requirements as indicated by the BSA, including safety courses and merit badge counselor training.
Kayaking Merit Badge
During this merit badge workshop, scouts will learn basic water safety and kayaking skills. At the end of the workshop, they will be able to demonstrate various strokes, rescue and touring abilities. Scouts must complete the prerequisite workbook, pass a swim safety test and medical history (details in the registration packet). SWIMMING SKILLS ARE REQUIRED.
Check back here for next year’s kayaking dates!
Cost: $30 per Scout
Time: 10:00 a.m.- 3:00 p.m.
Drop off/check in begins at 9:45 a.m. at the Whale Fountain at the front of Mote Marine Laboratory and Aquarium, pick up is at 3:00 p.m. in the same location.
Details: This is a drop off/pick up program (different than our other merit badges). Cost includes all program materials, kayaking gear, and Mote patch, lunch is not provided. Please come prepared to be on and in the water; bring a towel and change of clothes, wear sunscreen, hat, sunglasses, bathing suit and water shoes. Bring a packed lunch, there will not be a chance to purchase food.
This workshop is led by a Mote educator who has fulfilled all requirements as indicated by the BSA, including safety courses and kayaking instructor training through the American Canoe Association. This merit badge is weather dependent, communication related to cancellations or changes will be via email.
Girl Scout Patches Journeys
For Girl Scouts we offer all of our various field trip programs on the weekends. Mote educators lead these marine science programs to align with the Girl Scouts National Leadership Journeys for Daisies, Brownies, Juniors, and Cadettes to ensure we have the perfect program for you! Please bring Journey books to the event.
Minimum Group Size: 15 Girl Scouts.
Options & Pricing: Please visit www.mote.org/fieldtrips for our descriptions and pricing per program.
Most Popular Trip Option: Exploring the Bay & Field Sampling Techniques (Pair a water program with a classroom option for fun inside & outside!)
Mote educators will work with you to create customized educational programs to fit lessons and scouts' needs. If you have questions, contact Kiley Gray: 941.388.4441 ext. 515 or email@example.com.
Sea Snooze Overnights
Do sharks sleep? What does a manatee dream about? Find out on a Sea Snooze at Mote Marine Laboratory and Aquarium! Learn about our resident animals and Mote research through scavenger hunts, games and crafts all led by an Education Specialist. Then dive into your sleeping bag in our indoor galleries alongside fish, crabs, corals and more! All sea snoozes include dinner, late night snack and continental breakfast.
There are no refunds for Mote Education programs unless Mote cancels the program. If you provide notice of cancellation 2 weeks prior to the program date we will credit your payment to a future SeaSnooze with Mote program. If you cancel within 2 weeks of the program without a replacement or fail to show up without giving notice, you will be charged in full for the program.
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