We provide special scout programs for all ages! Check out the full list of available options below.
Scout groups are invited to spend the night with our animals in the Under the Sea event or venture out on a boat trip in our Snooze and Cruise event.
Under the Sea
Boy Scouts: 2/22/19
Girl Scouts: 9/27/19
Spend the night in our Main Building! Meet animal ambassadors, perform scientific experiments, play nature-based games, and more. Advanced registration and a 25% deposit at the time of booking are required. Pre-payment in full and a copy of your group’s liability insurance at least 30 days prior to the event are required for participation. The program is $45 per scout, $30 per adult. Pricing includes all scheduled programming, late night snack, continental breakfast, Aquarium admission for the following day, and a commemorative patch. For more information or to make a reservation, please call (757) 385-0278.
Download the Under the Sea Overnight Guide
Snooze and Cruise
Boy Scouts: 9/13/19
Girl Scouts: 4/17/19; Sold Out: 3/22/19
Scouts, are you ready to explore our coastal ocean waters? Join us for an evening of science experiments, ocean-themed games, and meet and animal ambassador before sleeping in our Main Building. Rise and shine bright and early to join Aquarium educators aboard our Ocean Collections vessel to collect a variety of local fish and marine invertebrates and observe them up close aboard the boat. Watch as they work the trawl net and pull up discoveries that may include seahorses, stingrays, blue crabs, keyhole urchins, and jellies, and then release the animals back into teh ocean. Our boat trips run rain or shine, so don't forget a jacket! Advanced registration and a 25% deposit at the time of booking are required. Pre-payment in full and a copy of your group's liability insurance at least 30 days prior to the event are required for participation. This program is $65 per scout and $45 per adult. Pricing includes all scheduled programming, late night snack, continental breakfast, admission to the Aquarium the following day, and a commemorative patch. For more information or to make a reservation, please call (757) 385-0278.
Download the Snooze and Cruise Overnight Guide
Explore Virginia Aquarium Patch
Complete the requirements while you and your troop explore the Aquarium. This patch is designed to be completed "on your own." Aquarium admission fees apply. Call our Guest Services Office at (757) 385-FISH (3474) to make a group reservation.
Download the Explore Virginia Aquarium Patch Description
Oceanography Merit Badge
The Aquarium currently offers a fun environment and enthusiastic educators to help your troop earn their Oceanography Merit Badge in a two part series. Each workshop emphasizes hands-on, experiential learning for your troop. Workshops are 3 hours in length and $90 each. Contact the Program Coordinator at (757) 385-0339 for more information or to book a workshop.
Girl Scouts and Cub Scouts are invited to use our self-guided activity sheets to complete badge and patch requirements while visiting the Virginia Aquarium. Troop leaders or parents are expected to facilitate the Scout's learning experience and guide them through the steps needed to complete the badge requirements. Check out the free, downloadable activity sheets below.