Earn your next badge with some help from the New-York Historical Society!

We’re proud to offer exclusive programs for Boy Scouts. These programs are are designed to help Troops fulfill requirements towards badges!

Scout Group Visit Policies and Procedures:

Private Scout Programs allow you to pick the day and program for your troop. All New-York Historical Society Museum-based Boy Scout Troop Programs satisfy requirements towards select badge fulfillment. Advance registration is required.

  • All programs are led by highly qualified New-York Historical Society Museum Educators and Teaching Artists and make use of the Museum’s objects, artwork, images, maps, and documents
  • Boy Scout Programs are 90 minutes long and may be reserved during Museum hours. Programs cannot be extended past 90 minutes. If a group arrives later than the appointed time, the program will be shortened to end at its original time.
  • Field Trips cost a flat rate of $150.00. Payment must be received to make a reservation. We accept credit cards, and checks.
  • Programs can have up to 30 scouts and must have one adult chaperone per every 10 participants.
  • Lunch facilities are not available in the Museum. Groups are encouraged to picnic in Central Park
  • Field trips can include New York Story, a dynamic 20-minute film covering 400 years of history. The film is recommended for second graders and above.
  • The completion of each program will entitle scouts to a New-York Historical Patch! Patches are available for purchase at the Museum Store. The cost per patch is $4.00.
  • Space is limited, so book today!

To book a program, please email us at group.tours@nyhistory.org or call (212) 873-3400 ext. 352

On Scout Days children will be able to participate in fun and informative activities led by museum educators. Advance registration for Scout Day is recommended.

 

Troop Boy Scout Programs | Boy Scout Independent Studies

 

Private Scout Programs

American Business Merit Badge

American Business Merit Badge

1b. Describe the Industrial Revolution. Tell about the major developments that marked the start of the modern industrial era in the United States. Tell about five people who had a great influence on business or industry in the United States. Tell what each did.


Industrialization
Investigate how life in New York City was transformed by the innovations of the Industrial Age.

 

American Heritage

American Heritage Patch

2a. Select two individuals from American history, one a political leader (a president, senator, etc.) and the other a private citizen (a writer, religious leader, etc.). Find out about each person’s accomplishments and compare the contributions each has made to America’s heritage.
4b. Research an event of historical importance that took place in or near your area. If possible, visit the place. Tell your counselor about the event and how it affected local history. Describe how the area looked then and what it now looks like.
4d. Take an active part in a program about an event or person in American history. Report to your counselor about the program, the part you took, and the subject.
6. Discuss with your counselor the career opportunities in American heritage. Pick one that interests you and explain how to prepare for this career. Discuss what education and training are required for this career.

New York and the Civil War
Boy Scouts learn about the experiences of soldiers and analyze the debates that raged in New York over slavery and the rights of citizens.

The American Revolution in New York
Consider the causes, effects, and significance of the American Revolution in New York

Slavery in New York
Uncover the central roles enslaved African people played in Dutch, British, and American New York.

Hamilton’s World: Colonial and Early Republic New York
Examine paintings and artifacts from the Colonial and Early Republic eras to learn about Alexander Hamilton’s New York.

The Battle of Brooklyn - September 23, 2016–January 8, 2017
Take your Boy Scouts on an interactive journey through the lead up, action, and aftermath of the greatest battle of the American Revolution, which happened in our own backyard!

Muhammad Ali: Beyond the Legend - December 16, 2016–March 12, 2017 (Boy Scouts in Grades 6 and Up)
In his heyday Muhammad Ali was a controversial figure who operated at the nexus of race, politics, sports, and fame. During this interactive multimedia tour Boy Scouts will consider the complicated career of Muhammad Ali and the public’s response to his actions. In the process they will gain a better understanding of the man Sports Illustrated named the greatest athlete of the 20th century.

Founding Mothers - March 3–July 30, 2017
Visit Saving Washington, the inaugural exhibition of the new Center for Women’s History. In this interactive tour Boy Scouts will learn about the central role women played in the formation of our nation and the culture of the United States.

 

Art Merit Badge

Art Patch

1. Discuss the following with your counselor:

a. What art is and what some of the different forms of art are
b. The importance of art to humankind
c. What art means to you and how art can make you feel


6. With your parent’s permission and your counselor’s approval, visit a museum, art exhibit, art gallery, artists’ co-op, or artist’s workshop. Find out about the art displayed or created there. Discuss what you learn with your counselor.


Being a Historian: An Introduction to the New-York Historical Society
Learn to think and work like historians in order to draw conclusions about the past.

Learning History with Paintings
Learn how to analyze and interpret the stories revealed in portraits, landscapes, and cityscapes.

Art and Nature - April 1, 2017–June 4, 2017
The New-York Historical Society is home to one of the most famous collections of 19th century art: the bucolic landscapes of the Hudson River School artists. In this program Boy Scouts explore these beautiful works of art, learning why and how they came to be.

 

Archaeology Merit Badge

Archaeology Merit Badge

10b. Research settlers or soldiers who were in your area at least 100 years ago. Find out about the houses or forts, ways of life, clothing styles, arts and crafts, and dietary habits of the early settlers, farmers, ranchers, soldiers, or townspeople who once lived in the area where your community now stands. Describe what you would expect to find at an archaeological site for these people.

 

 

Slavery in New York
Uncover the central roles enslaved African people played in Dutch, British, and American New York.

Objects Tell Stories
Analyze historical artifacts to discover what they tell us about life long ago.

Life in New Amsterdam
Learn about the Dutch settlement of New Amsterdam, from the reasons of its founding to the realities of daily life in the 17th century.

History Detectives (Recommended for Boy Scouts through Grade 8)
Boy Scouts build content knowledge and vocabulary as they work like historians, examining artifacts and exploring the children’s museum to place them in their proper historical context.

 

Collections Merit Badge

Collections Merit Badge

3. Demonstrate your knowledge of preserving and displaying your collection.

a. Explain the precautions you need to take to preserve your collection, including: handling, cleaning, and storage.
b. Explain how best to display your collection, keeping in mind preserving as discussed above.
c. Explain to your counselor the events available for a hobbyist of this collection, including shows, seminars, conventions, contests, and museum programs and exhibits.


Being a Historian: An Introduction to the New-York Historical Society
Learn to think and work like historians in order to draw conclusions about the past.

Objects Tell Stories
Analyze historical artifacts to discover what they tell us about life long ago.

Life in New Amsterdam
Learn about the Dutch settlement of New Amsterdam, from the reasons of its founding to the realities of daily life in the 17th century.

History Detectives (Recommended for Boy Scouts through Grade 8)
Boy Scouts build content knowledge and vocabulary as they work like historians, examining artifacts and exploring the children’s museum to place them in their proper historical context.

 

Have Questions?

To learn more about Educator-led Scout Education Programs, Boy Scout Independent Studies, and Scout Days, please contact Kristi Tremblay and Nora Gorman in the Group Sales Department. Call (212) 873-3400 ext. 352 or email group.tours@nyhistory.org for more information.

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