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Welcome to MarineQuest scout programs, your porthole to marine and environmental science education adventures in coastal North Carolina. Experience the wonders of the coast with your scouts through hands-on classroom, field and lab activities. MarineQuest offers a variety of unique opportunities. See below for a badge or patch program that fits your troops goal.

Scouts of America Programs

Oceanography Merit Badge
A half day or full day of laboratory activities at the UNCW Center for Marine Science.  Specified saturday session have a special topic designed to assist Boy Scouts in completing the requirements for the Oceanography Merit Badge.  Attend as a troop or an individual. 

  • Ages 12 - 17
  • Specified Saturdays in March

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. Click here to learn more & register.

Full Day Oceanography Badge - Privately Organized Groups

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 (R1) and have a chance to view the Gulf Stream display and discuss how this underwater current influences our local weather (R2). In the MarineQuest lab, Boy Scouts will become marine chemists as they examine the salts, gases and nutrients that make up our oceans water (R2 & 5) and marine geologists as they explore the underwater world of ocean topography (R4 & 9). During the afternoon this program heads out for a variety of field activities where Boy Scouts will explore the nutrient rich salt marshes(R6 & 7) and discover the forces of ocean waves through Boogie Board Oceanography (R3). This is a full-day of fun, adventure and learning.

Girl Scout Programs

From Shore to Sea IP Patch - For Privately Organized Groups
A full day of classroom, laboratory and field activities based out of the UNCW Center for Marine Science designed to assist Girl Scouts in completing all, but the service project requirement for this patch.

  • Ages 11 - 17
  • Saturdays in April

Custom Scout Programs

Custom Patch or Badge
A full day, half day, or after school session of classroom, laboratory and/or field activities based out of the UNCW Center for Marine Science custom designed by the MarineQuest Staff to meet your topic of interest.  

  • Ages 7 - 17
  • Interested troops complete a program request form