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

We’re proud to offer exclusive programs for Scouts BSA that 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 Scouting 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.
  • Scouting 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. 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. 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.
  • 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.

 

Private Scouting Programs

2019-2020 Scout Education Programs

American Heritage Merit Badge

American Heritage Merit Badge

New York and the Civil War (Recommended for Requirements 2a, 2b, 4b, 4d, 6)
Learn how national and local political leaders and activists responded to the Civil War, and hear the stories of New Yorkers who fought for the Union cause. While New York was a Union state, intense debate raged within it over slavery, the rights of citizens, and economic resources, culminating in the Draft Riots of 1863. Scouts will also learn about the abolitionist movement and the diversity of views and tactics within it.

The American Revolution in New York (Recommended for Requirements 2a, 4b, 4d, 6)
Experience New York’s role in the war for our nation’s independence from the perspectives of the people who lived through it: loyalists, patriots, enslaved people, free black residents, and soldiers. Before and during the Revolution, New Yorkers were contentiously divided between supporters of the crown and those with burgeoning revolutionary ideals. These tensions exploded during the Revolution —when New York was the setting for multiple battles and a center of fierce intellectual debate—and continued to simmer for years afterward.

Beyond Midnight: Paul Revere (Recommended for Requirements 2a, 2b, 4b, 4d)
Special exhibition program available now through January 12, 2020

Re-examine Paul Revere’s life and legacy during this in-depth exploration of his accomplishments as a silversmith, revolutionary printmaker, and pioneering copper manufacturer.


Citizenship in the Nation Merit Badge

Citizenship in the Nation Merit Badge

 

New York, New Nation (Recommended for Requirements 1, 2a, 4a, 4b, 4c)
Consider the challenges that faced the Early Republic, and the central role New York played in defining the new nation. Special note for Requirement 2a: the New-York Historical Society is located within the Central Park West Historic District, which was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1982.

 

 

 


Metalwork Merit Badge

Metalwork Merit Badge

 

Beyond Midnight: Paul Revere (Recommended for Requirements 5b-1, 5b-2, 5c-1, 5c-2)
Special exhibition program available now through January 12, 2020

Re-examine Paul Revere’s life and legacy during this in-depth exploration of his accomplishments as a silversmith, revolutionary printmaker, and pioneering copper manufacturer.

 

 


Railroading Merit Badge

Railroading Merit Badge

 

Holiday Express: Playing in the Past (Recommended for Requirement 8b-1)
Special exhibition program available Nov. 12, 2019 – February 23, 2020

Learn about the lives of children long ago through a hands-on exploration our enchanting installation of holiday toys and trains. All aboard!


 

 

 


American Cultures Merit Badge

American Cultures Merit Badge

 

Immigrant City (Recommended for Requirements 1e, 4)
Study immigration from 1609 through the 20th century to learn how newcomers helped create the city we know today.


 

 


Have Questions?

To learn more about educator-led Scout Education Programs, Scout BSA 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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