Spend the summer learning, not lounging: HMNS Ecoteen & Scout talks competitive edge and making science social

Some kids think of summer as a time to take a brain break. But for campers and young volunteers at HMNS, it’s an opportunity to keep learning, make new friends and edge past the couch potatoes.

Nick Schaupp‘s involvement with HMNS — both as a camper and later as an Ecoteen — began three summers ago. While spending a summer learning instead of lounging around might seem nerdy to some, Nick says he was surprised by the social aspect of being an HMNS Scout.

“I thought it might be a little boring or bland, but there was a lot of social interaction,” he says, with field trips and plenty of opportunity to goof off with new friends and fellow Scouts. Nick says that within three days, he’d forged new friendships that he could tell from the start would outlast the summer.

In addition to providing an outlet to meet and hang out with like-minded, accomplished young people, HMNS’ Scouts program helped Nick accelerate his progress toward becoming an Eagle Scout; he arrived at his first Scout meeting after that first summer with a stack of merit badges when most kids had only tans to show for their summer.

And after being asked to ramp up his volunteering as an Ecoteen, Nick found that many of his friends were envious of his summer job. “They think it’s cool working at a museum,” Nick says. “Definitely cooler than flipping burgers or lotioning up as a lifeguard.”

Now looking forward to the next challenge, Nick says his experience at HMNS has given him an edge when it comes to college applications. “I know what it’s like to work hard, and being an Ecoteen has helped with interviews.”

Follow Nick’s lead and make the most of your summer as an Ecoteen or Scout! Learn more at hmns.org.

Get your wings with Your Community and Heritage, a new Eagle-required badge available this summer!

After the rip-roaring success of our Spring Break series, we’re offering Summer Scouts a new Eagle-required badge as one half of a week-long class: Your Community and Heritage. In just one five-day course, Scouts will have the opportunity to earn both the Citizenship in the Community badge and the American Heritage badge.

Citizenship in the Community explores how the local community works to provide services for its residents. Participants will talk to a government representative to learn how city services are provided, learn about community organizations and ride the light rail downtown and visit a court session.

In earning the American Heritage Badge, Scouts will research their family’s history and their community and explore how our Nation’s past has led to its present.

Boy Scouts - Chemistry Merit BadgeIt’s going to be a big summer at HMNS for Scouts: Scouts can earn up to four Eagle-required badges at HMNS Main and up to three at HMNS at Sugar Land, in addition to an array of other badges.

But it’s not all Boy Scout-centric! We’ve also got Webelos Super Science for the younger set and a brand new summer summer edition or Careers in Science for the Girl Scouts.

To learn more, view a full schedule and register for classes, click here!

Calling all Scouts with a curiosity for the slick and slithering: Register now for our spring Herpetology Workshop!

Your old favorite is back — our spring Herpetology Workshop on April 20! This course helps Scouts earn the Reptile and Amphibian study merit badge by completing eight of the badge’s 10 requirements in a single five-hour course.

Reptiles and Amphibians meet the masses!

Student Scouts will convene from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. and learn the identifying characteristics of reptile and amphibian species, important components of various species’ natural environments, reproductive processes, movement and behavior, and even explore some long-held superstitions about creepy crawlers.

Reptiles and Amphibians meet the masses!

HMNS Scouts courses are offered throughout the spring, with many allowing campers to earn multiple merit badges in a single day. For more information on all things Scouts, including class schedules, class requirements and registration, click here or email scouts@hmns.org.

Reptiles and Amphibians meet the masses!

To request to be added to our dedicated Scouts mailing list, click here.

It’s gonna be notorious: Join HMNS at the Girl Scouts’ B.I.G. Event next Saturday

The Girl Scouts are turning 100 and we’re helping to celebrate the milestone with a party fit for a scintillating centenarian.

The Girl Scouts of San Jacinto are putting on an all-day celebration — B.I.G. (Believe in Girls) — about how great it is to be a girl. The B.I.G. event is for families, friends, volunteers and the community to get together and learn about the range of activities the San Jacinto Council provides.

The B.I.G. EventYou can expect fun family events like face-painting, finger weaving, ring toss, a sleeping bag relay, leaf rubbings, crafts and more. For a full schedule of events, click here!

Visit HMNS at the B.I.G. Event to meet live insects and animals and take a look at the stars in our inflatable planetarium. But most important — learn about the extensive Girl Scout-centric programming we have planned this fall!

For tickets to the B.I.G. Event, click here.

What: The B.I.G. Event
When: Saturday, Sept. 29, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Where: George R. Brown Convention Center
How much: $15 per wristband