Read the article The Story of Scouts and Inventions at the American Textile History Museum about the Inventing Badge at ATHM from the the Museum’s publication Textile Times.
“This is a wonderful program that the Museum offers the Scouting community, enabling these boys and girls to develop important skills while learning about the world and building self esteem. We are always impressed during our visits here and we will definitely be returning again.”
— Karen Baird, Troop Leader, Troop 8, Peterborough, N.H.
Boy Scout Merit Badges
The American Textile History Museum offers a variety of badge programs for Boy Scouts. A minimum of 10 scouts per group is required to run a program. Each group of 10 scouts must have two troop leaders to assist in the program. All other parents, siblings, and visitors are invited to visit the Museum at the general admission price.
American Textile History Museum Merit Badge counselors are registered with the Boy Scouts of America. Scouts should bring their blue cards for sign-off at the end of the program and all our programs complete the requirements needed to fulfill their badges.
Each Boy Scout Merit Badge program runs between 3 – 3.5 hours. The program cost is $150 for up to 10 Scouts and 2 troop leaders. Additional Scouts pay $15 each. All others must pay general admittance fee upon entering the Museum.
Discover the exciting work of engineers! Scouts will examine objects to explore how they were engineered. They will learn about the lives of established engineers and consider how their work influences the world around them, including work leading to the development of Kevlar, a revolutionary type of fiber. Utilizing engineering skills they’ve discovered along the way, they will design and create a marble shoot.
In this fun hands-on program, Scouts learn about inventions, inventors, and patents. They also build a prototype, “sell” their idea to their fellow scouts, and record a commercial on the museum’s interactive video station to complete the badge.
Pulp and Paper
Scouts will learn how paper is made, used in almost every aspect of our daily lives, and how it is recycled. The history of paper and the materials traditionally used in its construction will be explored. Students will make recycled paper from a variety of sources including scraps, newspapers, and junk mail. The program includes a video viewing of paper recycling facilities. Scouts will cover all requirements needed to earn this badge.
Our program explores the importance of textiles including defining and discussing textile terminology, identifying characteristics of textile fibers, learning how textiles are processed, ecological concerns, and modern career options. This a FUN program which also includes lots of hands-on activities; weaving on a table loom, examining with magnifying glasses, and making felted hackey sacks to take home.
Green Mountain Council Scouting
Yankee Clipper Boy Scout Council
Daniel Webster Boy Scout Council
Boy Scouts of America – BSA – National Council
www.meritbadge.com (check the extensive list of scouting links on this page)