Programs for Cub Scouts

cub scouts looking at specimens

Follow the Boy Scout Trail to the Academy of Natural Sciences! Our activities are perfect for troops, dens, and packs looking for advancement and adventure! The Academy offers exciting and interactive weekend Activities Days and our popular Safari Overnights sleepovers for 7-14 year olds.

Boys will complete their belt loops and pins, but please remember that we do not provide them.

Activity Days

Cub Scout Activity Days (for Tiger, Wolf and Bear Scouts) are being offered in the Fall of 2013 and the Winter and Spring of 2014. Two different programs are offered:

Rock the World!

Scouts will participate in games, skits, crafts and demonstrations that teach them about natural resources and how to show respect and responsibility for the natural world. This interactive lesson fulfills the necessary requirements for the Cub Scout Geology Academic Belt Loop and Pin as well as the “Reduce, Reuse, Recycle.”

  • Tiger elective: The lesson also contains activities from the Scientist Academic Belt Loop and Pin.
  • Wolf elective: “Start a Collection” and “Your Living World”
  • Bear elective: “Sharing Your World With Wildlife”
  • Saturday March 15, 2014
  • Sunday March 16, 2014
  • Saturday April 5, 2014
  • Sunday April 6, 2014

Wildlife Conservation

Scouts will learn about natural resources, endangered species, camouflage, conservation, and more through interactive games, activities, and a craft. This lesson fulfills the requirements for the Cub Scout Wildlife Conservation Belt Loop and Pin.

  • Saturday November 16, 2013
  • Sunday November 17, 2013
  • Saturday May 10, 2014
  • Sunday May 11, 2014

Day Workshop Details

You can register for either the morning (10:15 am–12:15 pm) or afternoon (1:30–3:30 pm) sessions.

Day Workshop details

The fees per scout are $12 for the workshop and $13 for museum admission. All fees are due upon registration. Admission fees for additional family members are $13 and are due upon arrival. Members do not pay for admission unless they are visiting our Dinosaurs Unearthed exhibit between October 12, 2013, and March 30, 2014. The fee for this exhibit is $3 per person.

A final headcount is due one month prior to the workshop; any cancellation after this date will not be refunded. Space is limited. Register early for your preferred date and time.

Scout parents and leaders can download additional information about cancellations, workshop fees, where to go the day of the workshop, and more at a later date. Please inform us of any severe allergies or special needs at least one week before your program.

To register, call 215-299-1060.

Interested in a different date? Private workshops can be scheduled for scout groups of 20–30. Contact us at reservations@ansp.org or 215-299-1060.

Emergency Weather Cancellation Policy

In times of severe weather conditions, it may be necessary to cancel scout workshops. However, if the museum is open scout workshops will run as scheduled. Refunds will only be provided if the museum has closed due to weather. Please check the the Academy’s website or call 215-299-1019 for information on closings. In the event of a weather related cancellation, the Academy will attempt to reschedule the workshop. If rescheduling is not possible, a full refund will be provided.

Safari Overnights

Work on belt loops and pins during a fun-filled night of interactive activities that includes a Live Animal Show. Then stay all night, sleeping right next to our museum exhibits. Have breakfast in the morning and, if you want, stay the day.

  • Saturday January 25, 2014, Geologist Overnight
  • Saturday February 8, 2014, Forester Overnight
  • Saturday March 29, 2014, Naturalist Overnight

Safari Overnight Details

Check-in is at 6:30–7:00 pm. Overnight gear must be removed from the building by 9 am, but participants are welcome to stay all day.

See all Safari Overnight details

Safari Overnights are appropriate for children ages 7–14. One adult is required per 3 children. Girl siblings are not permitted.

The fees are $40 for members and $45 for non-members. A nonrefundable deposit of $10 per person is due upon registration. Final numbers and balance must be submitted at least 3 weeks prior to your overnight date. There will be no refunds given after this date.

To register, call 215-299-1060.

If you cancel:
If you do not pay your balance in full 3 weeks prior to the overnight date, you may lose your reservation. Membership information must be returned 3 weeks before the event; no fee adjustments will be made after that date.
If we cancel:
The Academy may cancel a Safari Overnight if there aren’t enough participants. If so, we’ll notify you two weeks prior to the event. We’ll try to arrange another overnight for you. If not, you’ll be granted a full refund.
Downloads:
Information for Parents/Chaperones
Parking and Directions
Trip Coordinator's Checklist 

Interested in a different date? Private overnights can be arranged for groups of 100-300 participants. Contact us at reservations@ansp.org or 215-299-1060. See Family Safari Overnights you're an individual, family, or non-scout group interested in our Camp-In program.

Emergency Weather Cancellation Policy

In times of severe weather conditions, it may be necessary to cancel scout workshops. However, if the museum is open scout workshops will run as scheduled. Refunds will only be provided if the museum has closed due to weather. Please check the the Academy’s website or call 215-299-1019 for information on closings. In the event of a weather related cancellation, the Academy will attempt to reschedule the workshop. If rescheduling is not possible, a full refund will be provided.