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Contact Marinequest

(910) 962-2640


Program Reservation

To make a scout reservation or to reserve a program date, please complete the Program Reservation Form.

After submitting your program form, please follow-up with an e-mail or by phone to verify that it has been received or (910) 962-2640.

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Boy Scouts

Oceanography Badge Program

Ages 12-17

Join the MarineQuest staff for a day of exploring the marine habitats of coastal Wilmington and participate in lab experiments at the UNCW Center for Marine Science. This day will begin with a tour of the Center for Marine Science where Boy Scouts will learn about the variety of careers involved in marine science (R,1) and have a chance to view the Gulf Stream display and discuss how this underwater current influences our local weather (R,2). In the MarineQuest lab, Boy Scouts will become marine chemists as they examine the salts, gases and nutrients that make up our oceans water (R,2 & 5) and marine geologists as they explore the underwater world of ocean topography (R,4 & 9). During the afternoon this program heads out for a variety of field activities where Boy Scouts will explore the nutrient rich salt marshes(R,6 & 7) and discover the forces of ocean waves through Boogie Board Oceanography (R,3). This is a full-day of fun, adventure and learning.

This program will allow Boy Scouts to fulfill all the requirements for this Badge except for requirement 8 which can be completed after the MarineQuest program.

MarineQuest does not provide badges. A certificate of completed requirements will be provided. Boy Scouts should provide the completed certificate to a Scout Master who can then issue individual badges.

Program Information

Dates: Programs offered Sept. - May
Time: 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Location: UNCW Center for Marine Science and various local field sites
Cost: $35.00* per scout ($6.00 fee for accompanying adults)
*Minimum program fee must first be met ($600 September to early March and $850 Mid-March to May)

Sample Schedule

9:00 am Introduction of Oceanography – The four fields of Marine Science
9:30 am Tour of CMS Facility – Identify careers in Marine Science
10:30 am Saltwater Properties – H2O Olympics (hands-on lab stations)
11:30 am Ocean Topography & Currents – Underwater Cross-sections
12:15 pm Lunch at the Center for Marine Science
1:15 pm Sound-Side: Salt Marsh Exploration
3:00 pm Beach-Side: Ocean Wave Dynamics 
4:00 pm Wrap-up and Departure

*Represents a tentative schedule - activity topics and times are flexible based on specific program goals.

• Note that prices, content, dates, and times are subject to change without notice.
• Questions? Call 910.962.2640 or send an e-mail to


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