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 firstname.lastname@example.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
American Business Merit Badge
Industrialization (Recommended for Requirement 1b)
America’s Industrial Revolution was primarily concentrated in the four decades between the Civil War and the turn of the 20th century. Investigate how life in New York City was transformed by the innovations of the Industrial Age—for better or for worse. Analyze artifacts, political cartoons, and paintings to find out how daily life, the economy, and infrastructure were transformed. Compare and contrast transportation, energy, clothing, and food before, during, and after industrialization to learn more about this period.
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. This program provides an introduction to the New-York Historical Society and the work of historians.
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, slaves, free blacks, 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. This program also provides an introduction to the New-York Historical Society and the work of historians.
Art Merit Badge
Tiffany Studios: Art and Industry (Recommended for Requirements 1a, 1c, 6)
create these precious lamps. Learn what life was like for workers in the early What’s in a lamp? Consider art, gender politics, the labor movement, and industrialization through the lens of Tiffany Design Studio’s iconic stained glass. Explore the process of creating rare and beautiful Tiffany lamps, from inspiration and design to glass cutting to assembly. Meet Clara Driscoll—Tiffany’s talented head designer—and the team of workers who helped her 20th century by hearing their own stories.
Archaeology Merit Badge
The American Revolution in New York (Recommended for
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, slaves, free blacks, 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.
Slavery in New York (Recommended for Requirement 10b)
Uncover the central role enslaved people played in the history of New York City. Why were slaves’ stories hidden, and how have today’s historians sought to reconstruct them? Through written accounts, artifacts, and interactive displays, scouts learn about the lives of slaves and the harsh laws they lived under from the 17th through 19th centuries. Scouts also encounter influential New York activists like Peter Williams and Harriet Tubman, who led their communities in the fight for their rights.
Collections Merit Badge
Objects Tell Stories
The New-York Historical Society is New York’s oldest museum, founded in 1804 to collect the stories of America’s founders—and all of the history that followed! There are more than 40,000 artifacts at the Museum, and each one has a story to tell. Scouts “listen” to these stories and sharpen their observation skills while participating in group discussions and sketching artifacts from our permanent collection. Just like historians, scouts learn to make inferences about the past from objects and images.
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 email@example.com for more information.