3 Reasons Why a Scout Should Check Out the Nat Geo Kids Explorers Club

3 Reasons Why a Scout Should Check Out the Nat Geo Kids Explorers Club

Curious, adventure-seeking Scouts can unleash their inner Indiana Jones and earn requirements toward the newest merit badge by participating in the National Geographic Kids Explorers Club!

The club offers Scouts and Scout leaders access to fun resources that’ll inspire Boy Scouts and Cub Scouts to explore the world around them and uncover new interests they never knew they had. Keep reading to find out 3 great reasons why a Scout should get onboard!

1. Scouts can begin earning the Exploration Merit Badge.

As Bryan on Scouting explains on his blog, the current theme for the Nat Geo Kids Explorers Club is Exploration, meaning this is the perfect opportunity to tackle the Exploration Merit Badge.

To help Scouts get there, the Nat Geo Kids Explorers Club offers chapter samplers from its new Ultimate Explorer Guide. The book is packed with tons of activities and resources, including profiles and interviews with real Nat Geo Explorers like Eagle Scout and paleoanthropologist Lee Berger, who helped create the new Exploration Merit Badge. Plus, each chapter sampler was hand-picked to align with certain Cub Scout adventure or Boy Scout merit badge requirements. You can purchase the guide on ScoutStuff.org.

Scouts attending the 2017 National Scout Jamboree can explore more at the Interactive Exploration Merit Badge Experience sponsored by National Geographic, where they can begin earning the Exploration Merit Badge alongside real-life leaders in exploration.

2. There’s a patch, of course.

This wouldn’t be a Scouting activity without a patch, now would it? That’s why Scouts who correctly answer questions from the featured book’s chapter sampler are entered to win a limited-edition Explorers Club Exploration patch. But hurry, because Scouts may enter only once, and the giveaway closes May 31, 2017. Encourage them to dash over to take the quiz and submit entries here. Make sure your Scouts come back to earn the Conservation patch (June – August) and Hands-On-Science patch (September – November) to complete the set!

3. A very lucky Scout and his parents will win a trip to Washington, D.C!

The Nat Geo Kids Explorers Club Sweepstakes offers a chance to win a trip to the National Geographic headquarters in Washington, D.C., to attend the 2018 Explorers Festival. Ten runners-up will score a second-place prize. Learn more about the sweepstakes and how a Scout can enter here.

Join the Nat Geo Kids Explorers Club Today

Get the complete lowdown on the National Geographic Kids Explorers Club by heading to Boys’ Life for all the details. Know a Scout who has participated in the club and earned their Exploration Merit Badge? Tell us about the Scout’s experience in the comments below!

Hayley Cordaro

Hayley Cordaro is a communications specialist at the Boy Scouts of America. She loves sharing inspiring success stories and uncovering new ways volunteers and employees can make the most of their Scouting experience. If you have story ideas or questions, reach out to us at communications@scouting.org.

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3 Reasons Why a Scout Should Check Out the Nat Geo Kids Explorers Club
3 Reasons Why a Scout Should Check Out the Nat Geo Kids Explorers Club
3 Reasons Why a Scout Should Check Out the Nat Geo Kids Explorers Club
3 Reasons Why a Scout Should Check Out the Nat Geo Kids Explorers Club