Boy and Girl Scout Badge Program at the Penn Museum

Scouts can unearth more fun at the Penn Museum. By popular demand, the Penn Museum introduces activities to help fulfill badge requirements for Girl and Boy Scouts.


For Cub Scouts

Beat of the Drum Adventure for Bears

Learn about the Lenape, Pueblo, and other Native America cultures through artifacts, legends, and crafts. Create a drum, weave a dream catcher, and write a legend.

Activities at the Penn Museum will fulfill the following requirements:

  • 1
  • 2
  • 3
  • 4
  • 5

Scouts will need to complete the following activities in order to fulfill Beat of the Drum Adventure requirements:

  • 6
  • 7
  • 8

Art Explosion Adventure for Webelos

Create art inspired by the ancient Etruscans, Greeks, and Romans. Draw your own mummy portrait, sculpt a Grecian vase, and design a war shield.

Activities at the Penn Museum will fulfill the following requirements:

  • 1
  • 2
  • 3c; 3g

Scouts will need to complete the following activities in order to fulfill Art Explosion Adventure requirements:

  • 4

For Boy Scouts

Indian Lore Merit Badge

Leave preconceptions behind and discover a living tapestry of Nations with distinct stories, histories, and identities. Scouts will complete an activity that explores the array of artifacts on view in Native American Voices: The People—Here and Now. During a maker workshop, scouts will construct, teach and play games of the Lenape. By the end of the program, scouts will be able to describe contemporary Native American leaders and their powerful stories of raising awareness for Native rights and cultural identities.

Activities at the Penn Museum will fulfill the following Merit Badge requirements:

  • Requirements 2d; 3a; 4h

Scouts will need to complete the following activities in order to fulfill Merit Badge requirements:

  • Requirement #1
  • Additional activity for requirement #2

For Girl Scouts

Playing the Past Junior Badge

Come play the past, ancient Egypt style. Tour Penn Museum’s ancient Egyptian collections with a focus on women and women’s roles. Become an ancient Egyptian priestess, entertainer or mourner. Write about your life as an ancient Egyptian and design an outfit. Craft accessories, make an ancient Egyptian-inspired snack, and more.

Activities at the Penn Museum will fulfill the following Playing the Past Junior Badge requirements:

  • Step One: Decide Who You Are
  • Step Two: Create a Costume
  • Step Three: Experience Daily Life
  • Step Four: Have Some Old-Fashioned Fun

Scouts will need to complete the following activity in order to fulfill Playing the Past Junior Badge requirements:

  • Step Five: Become Your Character

Available Dates

Please call with two or three Saturday or Sunday dates available for booking. Scout Days may be booked September through May, based on availability.

Activities run from 10:00 am – 2:00 pm


Fees

Pre-registration is required

$20 per scout, includes Museum Admission
Limit 30 scouts per date
Minimum 10 scouts per date
1 free chaperone per group of 10 scouts, additional adults $15


Frequently Asked Questions

What is the attendance limit/minimum?

Each program is limited to 30 girls or boys. 1 chaperone attends free per 10 scouts; maximum of 3 complimentary adults. Scouts and adults are able to visit the Penn Museum after the program concludes. Each date needs a minimum of 6 scouts to be conducted.

Do scouts sign up individually or as a group?

It is recommended that troops register together. Either way, registration is collected via 215-898-4016.

Do adults attend with the children?

Yes. 1 chaperone attends free per 10 scouts; maximum of 3 complimentary adults. Additional adults are $15 each. Adults are not eligible to receive activity supplies.

Can siblings attend the program?

No. The program is intended only for scouts.

Are the presenters registered scout leaders/counselors?

The activity leader is a registered Merit Badge Counselor and has completed the Youth Protection Training and other necessary requirements.

How is the program fee collected?

Troops may register and pay through credit card by phone. A partial (20%) non-refundable deposit is due at the time of registration to reserve your space (e.g. $120 for a group of 30; $40 for group of 10). Full payment is due two weeks prior to each program.

Checks may also be made payable to The Trustees of the University of Pennsylvania and mailed to:

Penn Museum
c/o Public Programs
3260 South Street
Philadelphia, PA 19104

Will the Penn Museum provide actual badges?

No. Activities at the Penn Museum do not fulfill all badge requirements.

Should scouts be in uniform?

Scouts are not required to be in uniform.

 


Contact

Public Programs Department

events@pennmuseum.org

215.898.4016

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