Merit Badge Offerings
Individuals and troops may register!
Troops and individual scouts may register for our merit badge programs. These events are called “overnights” but scouts do not have to stay over. The actual merit badge program itself usually takes 3-4 hours. Most merit badges have prerequisites that scouts should do ahead of time. During and after the program – celestial viewing through our telescopes takes places if clear skies prevail.
Kopernik has several merit badge counselors that are certified and are current on youth protection
Check back soon for Kopernik’s Fall Merit Badge Schedule!
Standard Merit Badges
Kopernik Observatory currently offers twelve merit badge programs.
We have several merit badge counselors that are certified to teach the following merit badges.
You will automatically satisfy a major requirement of this badge (visit an observatory). Use our many professional telescopes to satisfy some requirements. Our experienced astronomy staff can help you explore the sky and understand how the equipment works. You will learn the facts needed for the badge questions.
Prerequisite: Requirement 1
Learn about chemical reactions, discover how chemicals are used in industry and how we track them in the environment. Scouts also learn about the various chemistry careers and the education needed for them. Add a $5 materials fee for materials. Prerequisite: Requirements 6a, 6b 6c
Prerequisite: Requirement 6
Scientists discover how things work. Engineers make it work! Build or use a catapult to learn about projectile motion! Show how you can use air pressure or levers to lift a friend, and do many other amazing feats using engineering principles. Prerequisite: Requirement 9
Prerequisite: Requirement 4b
Model Design & Building
Scouts explore robotics by designing, building and programming a robot. Use of Lego Wedo robotics will have scouts learning how robots move (actuators), sense the environment (sensors), and understand how to control robots through programming. Scouts will also learn about the different careers available in robotics! Prerequisite: Requirement 6 & Robot Engineering Notebook
Troops may book Kopernik on their own!
Troops can book Kopernik Observatory & Science Center as long as they reach the minimum program fee. Scouts earn a variety of merit badges. These 3-4 hour programs are followed by nighttime viewing (weather permitting) though our telescopes and an entertaining late night movie. If you have a small group and cannot afford the minimum fee, please considering joining other groups.
Troop Fee Structure
Kopernik Observatory invites Boy Scouts to explore the universe and discover the wonders of science. Exciting programs include evening, overnight, and merit badge programs. Scouts will be offered special scientific activities along with telescopic observing (weather permitting). The overnight programs feature an indoor sleepover or a campout on Kopernik Observatory grounds. Please call (607)748-3685 X 315 or email: Roy Williams
Basic Evening Programs
Upcoming Piggyback Programs
Piggyback Programs allow packs or troops to join other programs already scheduled. The main advantage is that we will waive any minimum fee for joining the already scheduled event. This allows for small groups or even individual scouts to participate. The following are the current programs your scouts can join. If interested, please fill out the general registration form below or call Roy Williams at (607) 748-3685 X 315 if you wish to join any of the below programs!Use the below form to join other scout groups. Just add an extra note on the form regarding what event you are joining.