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The following Boy Scout badges and achievements can be earned by completing various Mystic Seaport programs and activities. Please note that Mystic Seaport does not supply badges.
1. Making My Family Special
1G - Go See It Activity
As a tiger scout you can come to the Mystic Seaport and visit the Buckingham - Hall Family Home. Explore the house and stop in and have a discussion with the interpreter about family life in the 1830s.
3. With your family, play a card or board game, or put a jigsaw puzzle together.
There are jigsaw puzzles in the Children's Museum
22. With your family or with your den, have a picnic -- indoors or outdoors.
35. Play a game outdoors with your family or den.
In the summer you can play with hoops and graces and stilts.
36. With your family or your den, go see a play or musical performance in your community.
During the summer there is the play, Tale of a Whaler and you can see a Sea Music (Chantey Show) April - November.
1. KNOW YOUR HOME AND COMMUNITY (Wolf Handbook, Page 60)
f. Visit an important place in your community, such as a historic or government location. Explain why it is important.
10. FAMILY FUN (Wolf Handbook, Page 88)
c. Plan a walk. Go to a park or a wooded area, or visit a zoo or museum with your family.
As a historic museum we qualify as an important place in the community that you visit to complete this part of your Wolf Badge requirement.
1. FOOT POWER (Wolf Handbook, Page 146)
a. Learn to walk on a pair of stilts.
During the spring summer and fall you can play with stilts on the green at certain times of day.
17. Tie it Right (Wolf Handbook, Page 190)
a. Learn to tie an overhand knot and a square knot.
The Discovery Barn has ropes to practice knot tying as well as instructional laminates and the Children's Museum has ropes to practice knot tying as well.
3. What Makes America Special?
d. Find out where places of historical interest are located in or near your town or city. Go and visit one of them with your family or den.
4. TALL TALES (Bear Handbook - Page 42)
a. Tell in your own words what folklore is. List some folklore stories, folk songs, or historical legends from your own state or part of the country.
Come and talk to our staff about stories from 1876. Sea chanteys are also a form of folk song. Catch a chantey show April - November.
5. FAMILY FUN (Bear Handbook - Page 90)
a. Go on a day trip or evening out with members of your family.
18. Jot It Down
f. Write a story about something you have done with your family.
22. TYING IT ALL UP (Bear Handbook - Page 162)
f. Make your own rope.
April - November our demonstration staff make rope at a scheduled time everyday. They may be able to help with other portions of this achievement too!
1. SPACE (Bear Handbook, Page 182)
a. Identify two constellations and the North Star in the night sky.
We have a planetarium on grounds. Attend a show for a nominal fee and learn about the stars. Ask questions and you could fulfill other aspects of this elective.
5. BOATS (Bear Handbook, Page 196)
a. Help an adult rig and sail a real boat. (Wear your PFD.)
During the summer you can rent a boat to help this elective.
9. ART (Bear Handbook, Page 214)
b. Visit an art museum or picture gallery with your den or family.
We have a picture gallery in the Mallory building. You can find a nice spot and set up to draw or paint.
11. PHOTOGRAPHY (Bear Handbook, Page 222)
12. NATURE CRAFTS (Bear Handbook, Page 226)
c. Collect, press and label ten kinds of leaves.
We have all sorts of plants all around. You can even find rocks if you try.
23. MAPS (Bear Handbook, Page 270)
e. Mark a map showing the way to a place you would like to visit that is at least 50 miles from your home.
Come see the Tale of a Whaler in the summertime.
If you live far enough away you can use a trip to Mystic Seaport to fulfill some of the requirements for this badge.
Art - Academic Pin
The Mallory Building always has an art exhibit displayed. The exhibit is ocean themed. You can also use our picturesque setting to take some pictures.
Astronomy - Belt Loop
Attend a Planetarium show for a small nominal fee, ask questions, and learn about most of the above.
Astronomy - Academic Pin
Attend a Planetarium show for a small nominal fee, and/or visit with the Planetarium staff to fulfill some of the requirements for the pin.
Citizenship - Academic Pin
The Charles W. Morgan, Emma C. Berry, Sabino and L.A. Dunton are National Historic Landmark vessels.
Heritage - Academic Pin
Mystic Seaport offers a seasonal Build a Toy Boat activity.
Music - Belt Loop
There are chantey shows running April - November. This will cover one type of music.
Music - Academic Pin
Listen to a chantey show; they run April through November.
Science - Belt Loop
The Planetarium staff are scientists.
The Mallory Exhibit Hall houses an art exhibit.
Attend a Planetarium show for a small nominal fee or have a discussion with our astronomers to help with this badge.
There are many different types of baskets around Mystic Seaport. Try the Buckingham House, the Sailors Reading Room, and Stones Store for starters.
There are many different types of birds that flock to Mystic Seaport. You may not identify 20 while you are here, but you can find many interesting ones!
Citizenship in the Nation
We have four National Historic Landmark vessels:
You could visit Mystic Seaport and assess our access for people with disabilities.
There are plenty of insects here. Come see how many you can find!
Again, there is a lot of wildlife to be seen here. Come see what you can find.
Small Boat Sailing
Soil and Water Conservation
Badge designs are property of Boy Scouts of America. Mystic Seaport does not make claims to these designs and provides them as visual reference only. Questions regarding badge designs and usage should be directed to a local scouting representative.