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 programs in spring and summer, that we are bringing more virtual workshop opportunities this fall. 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

Description: Join us 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. All merit badge requirements will be completed during this live, interactive virtual workshop.
How: Secure and private Zoom webinar
When: Saturday, November 21st @ 1 p.m. - 2 p.m. EST (UTC -5)
Cost: $10 per scout 

Environmental Science Scout Merit Badge

Description: Join us as we review the badge workbook and explore the concepts with some demonstrations. Your registration confirmation email will contain your Environmental Science workbook and a guide containing 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 live, interactive virtual workshop. 
How: Secure and private Zoom webinar
When: Saturday, December 5th @ 1PM - 3PM EST (UTC -5)
Cost: $15 per scout

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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. 

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 future dates.

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 (including virtual ones!) to fit lessons and scouts' needs. If you have questions, contact Kiley Gray: 941.388.4441 ext. 515 or kgray@mote.org.

 

Cancellation Policy

THERE ARE NO REFUNDS FOR MOTE EDUCATION VIRTUAL PROGRAMS. WE WILL NOT GRANT PARTIAL CREDITS/REFUNDS FOR ANY TECHNICAL ISSUES ON THE USER END. IF MOTE MUST CANCEL THE PROGRAM FOR ANY REASON, INCLUDING TECHNICAL DIFFICULTIES, WE WILL CREDIT YOUR ACCOUNT.

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