Yankee Air Museum provides a variety of exciting and educational programs for scouts as part of our STEM programming. Our staff is fully trained and approved by BSA’s Great Lakes Field Service Council to conduct Merit Badge Clinics and Belt Loop Adventures. We also counsel NOVA Awards at all levels of Scouting, including Venturing. All of our staff are current on Youth Protection Training and are uniquely qualified on the subjects we offer. To set up a unit visit simply complete the “Book a Group Tour” form and a member of our staff will contact you to confirm date and details of the activity requested.
These programs are conducted in accordance with the policies and procedures of the Boy Scouts of America.
Cub Scout Belt Loops: $10 per Scout* and $8 per Adult**
Boy Scout Merit Badge Clinics: $15 per Scout* and $8 per Adult**
NOVA Adventures (Cub Scout, Boy Scout, Venturer): $15 per Scout* and $8 per Adult**.
*Please note that Boy Scouts with a Partial Blue Card issued by a Yankee Air Museum Merit Badge Counselor will not be charged a fee for subsequent “completion visits” with their troop.
**Adults required by “Two Deep Leadership” are also fee-waived. Only adults in excess of that requirement are charged a fee.
– Cub Scout Belt Loops
Belt Loop requirements are generally designed to happen over the course of three Den meetings. Often visits to museums are encouraged in order to enrich the experience. Our Belt Loop programs are not meant to complete the requirements in one whirlwind session but rather to complement your Pack’s activities and to motivate and excite your Cubs as they complete their adventures with their Dens and adult leaders.
Tiger – Introduction to Family Stories Belt Loop – Tiger Cubs will learn how to create family trees and crests and explore their cultural origins. This visit will give Tiger Cubs a head start on requirements 1, 2, 5 and 8 and will go back to their Dens to continue their journey of discovery with a new appreciation of their extended families.
Wolf – Introduction to Motor Away Belt Loop – Wolf Cubs can join us at Exploration Station as they learn how paper airplanes work as they complete requirements 1A and 1B. They might just figure out the big jet fighter 20 feet away works the same way!
Bear – Introduction to Make It Move Belt Loop – Bear Cubs will spend time on requirements 2 and 3 before going out on the museum floor where our real life engineers will show them how pulleys and levers work in aviation.
Webelos – Introduction to Engineer Belt Loop – Our resident Engineering Merit Badge counselors can take Webelos through requirements 1, 2 and 3 as well as starting them on requirement 4. Our unique look at engineering blueprints will be aviation related!
– Boy Scout Merit Badges
Yankee Air Museum conducts clinics for scouts interested in the Aviation, Engineering and Photography Merit Badges. These sessions are designed so that badge completion is attainable, though completion is dependent on how well prepared the Scout is. “Pre-loading” may be necessary for some requirements. Those Scouts who finish the session with a “Partial” will be able to return on subsequent troop visits and complete the badge without paying the fee again.
The Aviation Merit Badge requires no specific requirements be completed ahead of time, but requirements 1 and 2E (optional) can present challenges to Scouts who have not familiarized themselves with the material found in the Merit Badge pamphlet.
The Engineering Merit Badge is a challenging badge due to the number of requirements involved. Scouts should look for every opportunity to work on requirements ahead of time. Our counselors are professional engineers and can bring this badge to life for those Scouts who show up motivated and prepared.
The Photography Merit Badge may well require two visits because of requirement 4 and the need to have counselor approval before proceeding. We suggest Patrol Leaders’ Councils consider that when planning a visit with this badge in mind.
– NOVA Awards
Yankee Air Museum can complement your Unit’s NOVA activities with hands on projects that further explore Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics beyond Belt Loops and Merit Badges. Let our NOVA Counselors help your Units get your NOVA Program off the ground!
– Girl Scout Programs
Girl Scout programs are available upon request. Please contact email@example.com for more information. Our Education Department will work with you to customize your troop experience.