Scout Groups

Marvel at the beauty of the night sky at the UWM Manfred Olson Planetarium! Your group may attend public programs on Friday evenings, or arrange for one of our three specially designed age-appropriate programs, described below. Astronomer Jean Creighton is keen to answer your questions and share her excitement about space.

Size of scout groups:
Minimum of 5 scouts and 2 adults, maximum of 40 scouts and 20 adults.  To register your group, see the bottom of this page for information to schedule a date that works for you and the planetarium.

Specially Designed Programs:
Each program helps to contribute to earning specific patches and badges. For all Girl Scouting ranks, these programs also contribute to earning the Star Gazer Program patch. Requirements can be found here.

Stars and Stories (75 min)

WHO: Girl Scout, Brownies and Boy Scout, Tigers, Wolves or Bears
Be dazzled by a guided tour of the night sky at our planetarium theater and learn how to use stars to find your way.  Be inspire by the myths to create your own constellations.  Astronomer Jean Creighton shares how she got to pursue her dream career.  It’s Your Story; Hiker.

Girl Scouts: this program contributes to the Hiker badge.
Boy Scouts: this program contributes to the Astronomy Belt Loop and Pin.


Ahh-mazing Night Sky (75 min)

WHO: GS Junior and BS Webelos
Be amazed by the stars in our planetarium theater.  Learn some constellations and how to navigate with them.  Find out about light pollution and how to protect beautiful night skies.  Be inspired by astronomer Jean Creighton’s story: she came a long way to reach for the stars.

Girl Scouts: this program contributes to the Journey “It’s Your Planet.”
Boy Scouts: this program contributes to the Astronomy Belt Loop and Pin.


Night Owls (80 min)

WHO: GS Cadettes, Seniors, Ambassadors and BS Tenderfoots to Eagle Scouts
Look at the beautiful starry sky at our planetarium theater and learn to identify ten constellations and 8 bright stars. Find out how to protect the night sky from light pollution. Learn about our current space missions. Ask Jean Creighton your questions about space and about her career path to become an astronomer.

Girl Scouts: this program contributes to the Cadette Night Owl and the Senior Sky badges.
Boy Scouts: this program contributes to the Astronomy merit badge.


If your group consists of less than 20 people (including chaperones etc.), the fee will be $100.

If your group is larger than 20 people, the fee will be $150.

How to Register

Fill out this form, we will get in touch.

The program can be in the evening on a weeknight (Mon-Thu) or during the day (Mon-Sun).  After agreeing on a specific date and time, send a check for the full amount payable to UWM with a note containing:

  1. Your name
  2. Date & time agreed upon
  3. The program you booked
  4. Troop number
  5. Town/City
  6. Phone number(s) you can be reached at on the day of your visit
  7. Email address
  8. The number of scouts and adults

Checks should be sent out 10 business days prior to the date of your scheduled program.

Mail the check and the note to:

P.O. Box 413
Milwaukee, WI 53201-0413

No refunds for cancellations after deadline (10 business days before the program).

When your check arrives at the Planetarium office, Jean will notify you by email or phone.

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