Cub Scout and Boy Scout Backpack Programs

Backpack badge programs are available for Cub Scouts and Boy Scouts. Backpack experiences may be scheduled at the troop's convenience. Backpacks include all materials necessary for leaders to guide scouts through specific badge requirements. Activities are completed in museum exhibit spaces.

Full-day general museum admission is included in the backpack experience fee so groups can explore the exhibits before or after their project.

Call 585-263-2700 to register for your Boy or Cub Scout experience. (Badges and Arrow Points are not included.)

Tiger

Tiger Adventure
Visit One History Place to discover how family life today is the same or different from 100 years ago. Make a jigsaw puzzle, design a paper bag puppet, and create a family mobile.
Cost: $10 per scout; minimum 60 minutes recommended
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Wolf

Elective #1—It’s a Secret and Elective #4—Play a Game 
Visit the Kid to Kid exhibit to learn about Sign Language then use it to “write” your name. Use a secret code. Tell a story using Native American signs. Play ring toss and other games. Complete up to six elective requirements towards an Arrow Point. 
Cost: $10 per scout; minimum 110 minutes recommended
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Achievement #8—Cooking and Eating and Elective #12—Be An Artist
Explore Wegmans Super Kids Market to learn about nutrition, the USDA My Plate program, and family meal planning. Learn what it’s like to be an artist by sketching, making scenery, mixing colors, creating stencils, and more. Complete up to eight elective requirements towards an Arrow Point.
Cost: $10 per scout; minimum 90 minutes recommended time
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Bear

Elective #10—Masks and Elective #23—Maps 
Enjoy circus-themed activities including making clown and animal masks then look at circus artifacts in the museum’s collections. Practice mapping skills. Complete up to six elective requirements towards an Arrow Point.
Cost: $10 per scout; minimum 90 minutes recommended
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Elective #9—Art
Search for examples of art in the museum’s collections and look at the exhibits through an artist’s perspective. What types of art can you find? What artistic methods have been used? Make a collage, an art mobile, a mosaic, and drawings in different artistic styles. Complete up to six elective requirements towards an Arrow Point.
Cost: $10 per scout; minimum 90 minutes recommended
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Webelos

Communicator Activity Badge 
Visit Kid to Kid and see how many forms of communication can be found. Explore a variety of communication methods including telling stories, writing articles, and using body language and secret codes. Talk to the librarian at the museum’s Grada Hopeman Gelser Library to find out how books are indexed and tracked.
Cost: $10 per scout; minimum 90 minutes recommended
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Boy Scouts

Game Design    
Complete initial Game Design merit badge requirements at the museum. Visit the eGameRevolution and Game Time! exhibits and learn about different game mediums, from board games to electronic games. Review game designer journals, examine artifacts from museum collections, and try your hand at modern and classic games. Learn gaming terminology and analyze favorite games. Receive a game design journal for use in completing the remaining badge requirements at home.
Cost: $12 per scout; minimum 180 minutes recommended
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