Space Challenger Centers - Space Exploration Merit Badge
Sat, 11 Apr 1998 08:33:59 -0400
We just took our troop( GS) to the Challenger Space Learning Center near us
and had a fantastic time. The center focuses on children in middle school.
The staff was wonderful - everyone had a great time. In the morning - the
staff woke us up to blasting the Star Wars theme over the speakers - what a
rude awakening - literally jumped off the floor -lol.
There are centers all over the USA and in Canada. The staff mentioned that
there are plans for centers in Europe too. Here is the link to find out more
about them and where the closest one to you is:
You need to have a min of 18 ( you need to have that many to man the stations
of mission control and the space shuttle) and a max of 34 I think.
The centers are dedicated to the Space Shuttle Challenger and Krista
McAulliffe (the teacher) that exploded in January 1986. These centers are to
help continue Krista's mission of teaching students about space and science
Here is a link to an article about the one we went to that describes what the
program we did: We did the mission to rendevous with Comet Haley, but there
are other mission also.
The centers program fulfills requirements for: BSA - the Space Exploration
Merit Badge - #4,6,7
Wonderful for team building activities and very hands on.
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City