Plan a Backpack Experience


Reservations for backpack experiences must be made at least two weeks prior to visit. A full, non-refundable payment is required at time of booking. Call 585-263-2700 to register or for more information.

Choose a convenient date and time during regular museum hours (restrictions may apply) and enjoy self-guided troop activities. Times listed for each backpack experience are the minimum recommended to complete badge requirements. Some scouts may need more time to complete works and should plan accordingly.

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

Backpack rental fee is based on the number of scouts in group. A minimum of four scouts is required per backpack. Scout badges are not included.

Payment Information

Full, non-refundable payment for the entire group must be made at the time of reservation. VISA, MasterCard, American Express, or Discover accepted.

Adult Chaperons Required

Adult chaperons are required to accompany scouts ages five to 15 on museum visits. One adult chaperon admitted to the museum free for every five scouts attending (1:5 adult-to-scout ratio). Adult chaperons are not required for scouts ages 16 to 18. Additional adults, who are not museum members, pay full admission.

Museum Guidelines

Please review the museum guidelines prior to arriving at the museum.

  • Chaperons must stay with an assigned group of children while at the museum. Chaperons are responsible for the safety and behavior of those children.
  • Chaperons must immediately report any emergency or child separated from the group to a museum staff member.
  • Be considerate of other guests in the museum.
  • Food and drink are not allowed in the exhibits. They can damage exhibits and artifacts.
  • Review the museum's Play Safe page for information related to COVID-19 safety procedures.

Individuals and groups are subject to the rules and regulations of The Strong. The Strong reserves the right to expel from the premises any person or group, without refund, where the presence or conduct of the individual or group is deemed objectionable by The Strong in its sole discretion, or if the individual or group fails to comply with any and all security measures and applicable laws.


Check in at the admissions desk to receive the reserved backpack. Review the accompanying the leader guidebook. Guidebook pages and material packets are color coordinated.

During Your Trip

Backpacks include all materials necessary for leaders to guide scouts through specific badge requirements. Activities can be done in any order.

Backpack activities are completed in museum exhibit spaces. Backpack reservations do not include a separate room. However, the backpack guidebook contains suggestions for finding quiet spaces where groups may work. The group may need to use floor space.

When the group is finished, please return the backpack and its contents to the admissions desk.