The Tybee Island Marine Science Center offers the chance for Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts alike to earn an important Coastal badge. Programs are offered year-round, rain or shine, and must be scheduled in advance. Visit the science center, work toward your patch or badge, and discover the diversity of life that inhabits the Georgia coast!
Boy Scouts: Tybee Island Marine Science Center offers both a two-hour Coastal Empire Council BSA Barrier Island Patch Program as well as an Oceanography Merit Badge Program for Tiger Cubs, Cub Scouts, Webelos, and Boy Scouts. This two-hour program for Boy Scouts fulfills some of the requirements for the Oceanography Merit Badge. Scouts use various oceanographic equipment from the pier and beach to measure and analyze visibility, depth, temperature, and salinity. Sand sifters and a plankton net are also utilized to examine the wildlife of the sand and surf. In the classroom, a flexible camera is used to get a “close-up” look at organisms on a large-screen television. Scouts also tour our Coastal Georgia Gallery to interact with live marine invertebrates in the touch pool, learn about endangered sea turtles, and observe baby ‘gators and fish. Boy Scouts complete some of the requirements for an Oceanography Merit Badge and gain a better understanding of the importance of studying the sea by experiencing firsthand the multiple disciplines of oceanography.
Girl Scouts: Earn your Coastal Georgia Badge! Tybee Island Marine Science Center offer a two-hour Coastal Georgia Badge Program for Brownie to Ambassador Girl Scouts. Educators will lead the girls on a tour of the Coastal Georgia Gallery, which features species native to Georgia’s coast, a few invaders, and exotics from other oceans. The girls will meet “Ike” our baby loggerhead sea turtle! We will learn about the lives of many animals in the gallery including a lionfish, stingray, jellies, and baby alligators. Your girls also get the chance to touch live marine invertebrates in the touch tank, including hermit crabs, snails, and spider crabs. The animals on display in the tank are identified by name on the monitors. Scouts will also use various oceanographic equipment from the pier and beach to measure and analyze visibility, depth, temperature, and salinity. Sand sifters and a plankton net are also utilized to examine the wildlife of the sand and surf. In the classroom, a flexible camera is used to get a “close-up” look at organisms on a large-screen television.
Girl Scout Badge Order Form - Badge must be ordered prior to trip.
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