The Manassas Museum offers a wide range of opportunities for Scouts to become more familiar with their community. Through activities that can be done with the cooperation of the Museum, Scouts can learn to become leaders and earn badges. We are always happy to talk to individual parents or Scouts about specific projects. Please contact the Programs Coordinator, Doug Horhota, at 703-257-8265.
Cub ScoutsTiger Elective Adventure
"Curiosity Intrigue and Magical Mysteries"
#4: Create a secret code.
#5: With the other Scouts in your den or with your family, crack a code that you did not create.
#1: Discuss with your adult partner and/or family where your family originated. Discuss their history, traditions,
and culture - your family heritage. Share a story of bring something to share with your den about yourself and your family.
"Stories in Shapes"
#1: Visit an art gallery or a museum, explore an art website, or visit your library. Do each of the following:
a. Look at pictures of some abstract art with your den or family. Decide what you like about the art, and share
your ideas with the other Tigers.
b. Create an art piece.
#5: Play a game from the past.
#7: Visit a historical museum or landmark with your adult partner.
#3: Do the following:
a. Learn about the changes in your community, and create a project to show your den how the community has changed.
b. Select one issue in your community, and present to your den your ideas for a solution to the problem.
"Code of the Wolf"
#4: Do one of the following:
a. Use a secret code using numbers to send a message to one of your den members or your den leader. Have
that person send a message back to you. Be sure you both use the same code numbers.
b. Send a message to another member of your den or your den leader using the pig pen code or another code
that changes letters into special shapes.
c. Practice using a code stick to create and decode a message.
Wolf Elective Adventure
"Collections and Hobbies"
#3: Visit a show of museum that display different collections of models.
Bear Adventure Requirements
"Paws for Action"
#1: Do the following:
a. Find out about two famous Americans. Share what you learned.
b. Find out where places of historical interest are located in or near your community, town, or city. Go and visit one of
them with your family or den.
Bear Elective Adventures
"Beat of the Drum"
#1: Learn about the history and culture of American Indians who lived in your area at the time of European colonization.
#4: Make a craft similar to one made by American Indians
The Manassas Museum offers educational merit badge programs that help complete and/or supplement a scout's BSA requirements. Scouts can learn to become leaders in their community and gain the necessary skills needed for future endeavors. The museum offers several programs including summer camp opportunities. We are always willing to accommodate or tailor a program specifically to a scout, or even a troop. Descriptions of merit badges touch on certain requirements, but do not exemplify the full potential of the curriculum, as there are many other possibilities that can add to each program.
Genealogy: Scouts can fill their genealogy badge by utilizing the museum's extensive knowledge and access to genealogical records, and gain the intelligence to evaluate and process their lineage information. Family trees can be completed with the help of one of our volunteers, who have expertise in finding and processing genealogical recordings.
American Heritage: Scouts can discover their own heritage in Manassas and become aware of the changes that occur over the course of time.
American Cultures: The Manassas Museum can help fulfill the American Cultures badge by helping scouts to become more aware of the different cultures in their community, both past and present. Scouts can learn the heritage of their own ancestors with the help of museum historians and volunteer researchers.
Collections: While acquiring their collections badge, scouts can learn the importance of their own collection, and the necessary steps and precautions taken to ensure their findings. Scouts can work closely with the Manassas Museum to become knowledgeable about future career opportunities in the collections field, and how others might value their collection.
Archaeology: Scouts can accomplish their archaeology badge by working closely with a certified archaeologist and learning about the entire digging process. From breaking ground to preservation, scouts will learn the importance of archaeological sites, both historical and new, by preservation and interpretation. The Manassas Museum also offers an Archaeology Camp during the summer.
Citizenship: Scouts can volunteer with the Manassas Museum by helping with annual events, cleaning up historical sites, or helping with one of our many educational programs.