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). 

New! Our Merit Badge programs have gone virtual! 

Registration is now open! We recieved such incredible feedback from Scouts and their families after our program in May that we are bringing more virtual workshop opportunities this summer. These programs are open to Scouts anywhere in the world. If you have any questions about these programs, please email kgray@mote.org.

Oceanography Scout Merit Badge

Details: Join us on July 25th as we review the badge workbook and explore the concepts with some demonstrations. Your registration confirmation email will contain your Oceanography workbook and a guide containing a list of household materials to gather to be used in a few hands-on activities. We will also send you additional resources to extend your learning after our connection. All merit badge requirements will be completed during this one-hour workshop.
Cost: $10 per Scout
Time: 1:00 pm. - 2:00 pm. 

Environmental Science Scout Merit Badge

Details: Join us on July 11th as we review the badge workbook and explore the concepts with some demonstrations. Before the workshop, you will receive an email with a list of household materials to gather to be used in a few hands on activities. All merit badge requirements will be completed during this two-hour workshop.
Cost: $15 per Scout
Time: 1:00 pm. - 3:00 pm. 

These virtual workshops are led by a Mote educator who has fulfilled all requirements as indicated by the BSA, including safety courses and merit badge counselor training. 

Virtual Scout Programs Registration

 

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.

Please check back for additional dates.

Cost: $30 per Scout
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, 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 kgray@mote.org.

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.

Learn More & Register

 

Cancellation Policy

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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