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LA Lone Scouts’ ASTRONOMY + Nova Science SHOOT! Overnight

Mandarin Social Adventurers

Saturday, April 13, 2019 at 12:30 PM - Sunday, April 14, 2019 at 12:30 PM (PDT)

LA Lone Scouts’ ASTRONOMY + Nova Science SHOOT!...

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Price includes (a) Astronomy Merit Badge Program, (b) Overnight inside Mt Wilson Observatory, (c) Telescope Viewing, (d) Dinner + Breakfast, and (e) Nova Science -SHOOT Program.
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IThis is an overnight sleepover inside the monastery to complete all requirements as written for the Astronomy Merit Badge -, one of the original 57 merit badges issued in 1911.

Students will have the unique opportunity to visit the mountaintop where humanity discovered its place in the Universe–from our position in the Milky Way to Hubble’s observations, proving our galaxy is one of billions, all in an expanding Universe.

We will be taking a guided walk around the grounds (two hours or more), a talk on the history of the institution, and visits to the major telescopes including close-up looks at the instruments with descriptions of their operation and of the amazing discoveries made with each. 

We will be learning about the astrophysics that led Hubble to discover the expanding universe with an astronomer from Carnegie Observatories or NASA's Jet Propulsion Lab. We will visit all the Mount Wilson telescopes including the 100-inch (celebrating its centennial in November 2018), the 60-inch Telecsope, the Snow Solar Telescope, and the 60 and 150-foot Solar Telescopes.

In addition to these historic instruments, which revolutionized astronomy during the first half of the 20th century, we also have the CHARA array, completed in 2004 and operated by Georgia State. This array of telescopes has the highest resolution of any telescope system ever built, including those in space–good enough to observe “star spots” rotating on distant stars. 

Einstein came and so did Stephen Hawking and Carl Sagan. What better place to get inspired to learn more science?

Dinner and breakfast will be served. 


This is for BSA Scouts (11-17 years old) who are working on the Astronomy Merit Badge and plans to also earn the NOVA Science Award 

Scouts (and adults) will need to bring sleeping bags to spend the night inside the monastery. There are limited beds and rooms but the monastery is COLD at night. 

Scouts will also need to bring (a) one signed blue card, (b) Astronomy merit badge worksheet, (c) pen, and (d) NOVA Science SHOOT worksheet available at .

Scouts will need to read the Astronomy merit badge book AND the Nova Awards guidebook prior to coming - to complete the Shoot! worksheet requirement #1a, #1b or #1c.



Scouts should be accompanied by one parent/guardian (21+) at a ratio of 1-adult up to 4-Scouts.

This is NOT a drop-off.

Everyone needs to bring sleeping bags, warm clothes and personal toiletries  - the monastery is COLD at night.

2) Cost listed includes Dinner, Breakfast, Guided Private Tour, Mount Wilson STEM Educational Program, and Nova SCIENCE - SHOOT! Program - PER PERSON.

**Scouts who complete the Nova Science Award Requirements the following day will receive either the NOVA PATCH or Pi pin from the Nova Counselor.

3) Travel arrangements from wherever you are and the Mount Wilson Observatory in Pasadena is your responsibility.

4) Please make sure you will be checking the email address you provided during the Eventbrite registration process on a regular basis for the updates sent via Eventbrite platform intermittently as responses are required at certain intervals.

5) Registration for any LA Lone Scouts’ Events are a 2-Part process for youth protection and safety: (a) SignUp on Eventbrite, and (b) GoogleRoster URL emailed via Eventbrite platform intermittently.

6) There are NO REFUNDS unless canceled due to weather or other natural concerns. 

7) For youth privacy and protection, there are NO SUBSTITUTIONS on the roster. 



Can you tell me more about your organization? What are Lone Scouts?


We are not Asian. Is this class in Mandarin/Chinese?

  • NO - the class is held in English.
  • There are no language requirements to participate.
  • This class is OPEN to ALL Boys and Girls who are in Grade 6-12 for the 2018-2019 school year, regardless of race, national origin, or scout affiliation.

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Mount Wilson Observatory Museum

Mount Wilson, CA 91109

Saturday, April 13, 2019 at 12:30 PM - Sunday, April 14, 2019 at 12:30 PM (PDT)

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Mandarin Social Adventurers

LA Lone Scouts are registered directly with the Western Los Angeles County Council (WLACC) of the Boy Scouts of America. LA Lone Scouts is NOT a troop.

Mandarin Social Adventurers is a Parent-run club for families with children from 6-18 years old who enjoy going to places regardless of school choice (traditional, public, private, charter, Homeschool, etc.). Our adventures are (1) FUN and (2) related to one or more of the following disciplines: Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics, Music, and Mandarin!

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