Scout Programs

The New England Air Museum offers an array of exciting programs for Scouts including overnights, day workshops, and group visits.


Scout Overnights: Fall 2021-Spring 2022

Scout Overnights feature open cockpit experiences in real aircraft, opportunities to meet aerospace engineers and pilots, hands-on activities, flight simulators, a film screening, and so much more! The $65 per person fee includes a buffet dinner, late-night snack, hot breakfast, and a New England Air Museum Overnight patch for all participants. Participants also receive a full day’s admission to the museum the day their Overnight ends, as well as half-price admission for immediate family members who join them that day.

Scout Overnights can accommodate up to 165 participants, and reservations are taken on a first-come, first-served basis with a $35 per person non-refundable deposit required to reserve a spot. Registration closes 30 days prior to the Overnight, or when the Overnight sells out, whichever occurs first. These popular events often sell out months in advance, so it's best to reserve early!

Stay tuned for updates about the return of our Scout Overnight program in Spring 2022.


Scouts BSA Aviation Merit Badge Workshops: Fall 2021-Spring 2022

Offered in partnership with Connecticut Rivers Council, our Aviation Merit Badge Workshops provide Scouts BSA with an opportunity to fulfill all badge requirements in a single day. Workshops are available for the Fall 2021-Spring 2022 Program Year.

Workshop Dates:

  • November 20, 2021 - SOLD OUT! Wait list only
  • December 18, 2021 - SOLD OUT! Wait list only
  • January 22, 2022 - SOLD OUT! Wait list only
  • February 12, 2022 - Limited spots open
  • March 12, 2022 - Limited spots open
  • April 2, 2022 - SOLD OUT! Wait list only

Workshop Schedule:

9:30am-12:30pm: Aviation Merit Badge Workshop (Includes a brief snack break)

12:30pm-3:00pm: Merit Badge Testing Appointments & Scavenger Hunts (Scouts will be free to depart with their Blue Card after completing the Scavenger Hunt and the Merit Badge Testing Appointment. Families may wish to bring a brown bag lunch for the afternoon session.)

Workshop Prerequisites:

  • Scouts must be registered with Scouts BSA and be at least 11 years old at the time of the workshop. Given the academic content of these workshops, we recommend them for scouts ages 13 and older.
  • Participants should notify their scout leader of their intent to complete this Merit Badge in accordance with Scouts BSA policy. Scouts should also bring a Blue Card signed by their scout leader to the workshop.
  • Participants should read the Aviation Merit Badge Handbook prior to the workshop.
  • Participants should use the Aviation Merit Badge Workbook provided by the museum to take notes during the workshop.

Workshop Fees:

$35 per scout, $16 per adult chaperone. All scouts must have an onsite chaperone for the duration of the workshop. Fees include museum admission.

Merit Badge Testing Appointments:

Merit Badge Testing Appointments provide scouts with an opportunity to share their knowledge of badge requirements with our counselors through casual conversation. Merit Badge Testing Appointments will be selected during registration. Appointments are first come, first served and are available at 12:30pm, 1:00pm, 1:30pm, 2:00pm, and 2:30pm on the day of the workshop. Scouts who receive a partial will be able to retest a later date at no additional cost by contacting the Director of Education.

COVID-19 Policies:

All workshop participants will complete a Scouts BSA COVID-19 Pre-Event Medical Screening Form upon arrival. Families/troops should arrive 15 minutes prior to the workshop's start time to complete the health screening form.

Cancellation Policy:

Families that cancel due to health concerns/emergencies will receive a full refund for all adult chaperone fees, a $20 refund per scout, and one free museum admission pass per scout. These passes are transferable, valid anytime the museum is open, and do not expire.

Registration:

Registration is limited to 10 scouts per workshop and the following information will be required at the time of registration:

  • Scout name, age, and unit
  • Parent/Chaperone Name, Address, Email, and Telephone Number
  • Merit Badge Testing Appointment time preference
  • Payment in the amount of $35 per scout and $16 per chaperone via a credit or debit card.
  • Any special learning needs our staff should be aware of.

To register for a workshop, contact Amanda Goodheart Parks, Ph.D., Director of Education, by phone at 860-623-3305 X313 or submit this Contact Education Form.


Aviation Adventures Girl Scout Workshops

These fun-filled workshops offer Brownies, Juniors, and Cadettes fun-filled day or learning about the science of flight and pioneering women in aviation through the museum's collection of historic aircraft, flight simulators, and hands-on activities. This program fulfills some requirements of the Brownie Fling Flyer Design Workshop.

Workshop Dates:

  • March 26, 2022 - 10:00am-3:00pm
  • May 28, 2022 - 10:00am-3:00pm

Workshop Fee:

$30 per Girl Scout, $16 per adult chaperone. Fees include a museum patch for Girl Scouts as well as, museum admission. Girl Scouts must remain chaperoned at all times while on museum property.

COVID-19 Policies:

In keeping with Girl Scouts of Connecticut policies, all participants who have not been vaccinated for COVID-19 should continue to wear masks covering their mouth and nose except when eating or drinking.

Cancellation Policies:

Families that cancel due to health concerns/emergencies will receive a full refund for all adult chaperone fees, a $20 refund per Girl Scout, and one free museum admission pass per Girl Scout. These passes are transferable, valid anytime the museum is open, and do not expire.

Registration:

Registration is limited to 20 Girl Scouts per workshop and the following information will be required at the time of registration:

  • Girl Scout name, level, and unit
  • Parent/chaperone name, address, email, and telephone tumber
  • Payment via a credit or debit card

To register for an in-person workshop, contact Amanda Goodheart Parks, Ph.D., Director of Education, by phone at 860-623-3305 X313 or submit this Contact Education Form.


Scout Group Visits

Scout groups of 10 of more are welcome to visit the museum at a discounted admission rate. Click here to submit a Group Visit request form, or contact Jeanie Rozbora, Director Visitor Services - Sales, by phone at 860-623-3305 X311 or you can submit this Contact Visitor Services Form for more information.

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