Re: Space Center Visit
Sat, 15 Aug 1998 10:35:21 -0500
>I'm trying to find out if a lock-in at the Space Center in Houston is a
>fun thing for Boy Scouts. We have reservation in September, but we have
>since heard that it is more geared to Cub age, and not teens.
Don't know about Houston and I'm not sure exactly what you mean by
"lock-in", but at the Kennedy Space Center (KSC) here in Florida they
have two programs geared towards Boy Scouts. First on, called "Outer
Space Adventure", is a program that covers all the Space Exploration
Merit Badge requirements. The second one is the "Space Odessy" program
which is an expanded visit to the KSC and very popular with Scouts who
have already earned their Space Exploration MB. Both programs include
things like use of simulators, bus trip to launch sites, Imax movie,
lodging & meals, and visits to the Astronauts Hall fo Fame Museum, and
much more. The Space Odessy Progam's highlight is being able to
participate as a crew member in a simulated space shuttle mission.
These programs are not cheap (about $85. & $150. respectively?) but are
so popular with the troop they go back every year, some boys year after
year after year. I think every boy whose been here more then 9 months
has his Space Exploration MB.
Can't speak for Houston but I would assume they have similar if not
identical programs (except for the launch site visit part). You should
call them back and go over your program options before you commit, I'm
sure they have many. Try this site for more info:
These programs in particular are very wothwhile, I'd highly recommend to
any Scout leader. And for the MB, its what we call a "no brainer", its
all done for you. Good luck.
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