​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​We provide special scout programs for all ages! Check out the full list of available options below.

Scout Workshops

On occasion, we offer workshops that allow Scouts the opportunities to earn various environmental and marine science badges.  While we do not currently have any workshops scheduled, please check back for future workshop opportunities.

Girl Scouts
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.

Explore Virginia Aquarium Patch Description

Boy Scouts
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. 

Mammal Study Merit Badge

*This event has finished. *

Meet ALL requirements needed to earn the Mammal Study Merit Badge as you explore diverse adaptations of mammals. Analyze unique biofacts from our collection, discover the significance of mammals in marine ecosystems, learn about our Stranding Response team's endeavors, meet a keeper, and create an enrichment item for our harbor seals or river otters.

Add a discounted Whales and Wildlife Sea Adventure ticket for a chance to meet an additional requirement (4B) and observe whales, the largest mammals on planet Earth!

This workshop meets requirements 1, 2, 3C, 4G, and 5 of the Mammal Study

For more information about program activities, email our School and Youth staff at DVWright@virginiaaquarium.com.

Scout Overnights

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


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. 

Under the Sea Overnight Guide

​Snooze and Cruise


Scouts, are you ready to explore our coastal ocean waters? Join us for an evening of science experiments, ocean-themed games, and meet an 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 the 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. 
Pricing includes all scheduled programming, late-night snack, continental breakfast, admission to the Aquarium the following day, and a commemorative patch. 

Snooze and Cruise​ Overnight Guide

​​​​​​​Scout Resources

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.