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Phone: 419.530.2650

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Scout Programs

Ritter Planetarium underwent a major renovation in the summer of 2011, including the installation of a new SciDome XD video projection system. The first of its kind ever installed, the SciDome XD will allow Ritter to take you from your own backyard to distant galaxies using the new state of the art projection system (capable of displaying over 6 million pixels on the surface of the dome). Combined with new carpeting and seating, new displays in the lobby, and a new 5.1 surround sound system, the Ritter Planetarium is fully updated for the 21 st century and is ready to provide fun, educational, and engaging experiences for you and your children. Make your reservations now to be one of the first to see this unique and powerful system!

Throughout the year, Ritter Planetarium offers specialized programs for Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, and Cub Scouts & Brownies. These programs not only assist scouts in completing astronomy requirements, but also inspire them to stargaze in the future. 

Download a PDF schedule here

Schedule for Spring 2017

Boy Scout Merit Badge Program @ 6:30pm

Thursday, January 19th, Saturday, March 18th, and Thursday, May 18th

Based on updated guidelines from the Boy Scouts and utilizing our state-of-the-art projection system and a custom series of worksheets, this two- hour program will give participants all the information and experience needed to earn their merit badge (although they will have to make a few observations in the days after the program). Observing at the Brooks Observatory follows, weather permitting. Reservations, usually on the troop level, are required. The fee is $12 per person, including adults.


Cub Scout and Brownies Astronomy/Space Science Program @ 2:00pm

Saturday, January 21st, Thursday, March 18th, and Saturday, May 20th

This two-hour program (with an intermission) features a fulldome planetarium program utilizing our state-of-the-art projection system along with an interactive tour of the nigh time sky and a live program meeting all of the guidelines for Cub Scouts and Brownies. Solar observing, weather permitting, is also included. Reservations, usually on the troop level, are required. The fee is $10 per person, including adults.


Girl Scout Space Exploration Ribbon Program @ 6:30pm

Saturday, January 21st, Thursday, March 16th, and Saturday, May 20th

Based on updated guidelines from the Girl Scouts and utilizing our state-of-the-art projection system and a custom series of worksheets, this two-hour program will give participants all of the information and experience needed to earn their space exploration ribbon. Observing at the Brooks Observatory follows, weather permitting. Reservations, usually on the troop level, are required. The fee is $12 per person, including adults.


For questions or to reserve seating for your troop, call the Planetarium Office at 419.530.2650, Mondays through Fridays, 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM or send an email to rpbo@astro.utoledo.edu.

Last Updated: 11/21/16