Scout Programs

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


Scout Overnights

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 our Fall 2020-Spring 2021 Overnight Program!


Virtual Aviation Merit Badge Workshops

Workshop Dates:

  • Saturday January 16, 2021 - SOLD OUT!
  • Saturday February 6, 2021 - SOLD OUT!
  • Saturday March 13, 2021 - SOLD OUT!
  • Saturday April 3, 2021 - SOLD OUT! Waiting list only

Workshop Schedule:

9:30am-12:00pm: Live Virtual Aviation Merit Badge Workshop on Zoom.

  • Participants will be emailed their Workshop Zoom link and password one week in advance.
  • Scouts must actively participate in the entire workshop in order to earn credit.

12:30-3:00pm: Merit Badge Testing Appointments by Phone

  • Appointments last 25 minutes and are available following each workshop at 12:30pm, 1:00pm, 1:30pm, 2:00pm, 2:30pm.
  • If a scout wishes to test at a later date, appointments may also be scheduled Monday-Friday between the hours of 8:00am-4:00pm.

Workshop Prerequisites:

  • Participants must be registered Scouts BSA and at be least 11 years old on their workshop date.
  • Participants must have an adult on the phone with them for the duration of their Merit Badge Testing Appointment phone call in compliance with Scouts BSA Youth Protection policies. Parents and guardians are not required participate in the Live Virtual Workshop, but are encouraged to do so to help ensure scout safety.
  • Participants must notify their scout leader of their intent to complete this Merit Badge in accordance with Scouts BSA policy.
  • Participants must create an FPG-9 glider using a template and instructions provided by the museum prior 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:

$55 per scout registration fee includes live Virtual Workshop and phone Merit Badge Testing Appointment as well as two complimentary adult admission passes to the New England Air Museum so scouts can visit the museum with a parent or guardian at a later date. Passes will be mailed to families after their scout's workshop. These passes have no cash value and do not expire.

Merit Badge Testing/Blue Cards:

Participants will be mailed a completed Blue Card confirming they have completed the badge or listing the requirements they passed in an event of a partial. Scouts receiving partials may complete the badge at a later date for no additional fee by contacting the Director of Education.

Registration:

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

  • Parent or guardian name, mailing address, email address, and telephone number where they and their scout can be reached during their Merit Badge Testing Appointment.
  • Scout name, age, and unit.
  • Payment in the amount of $55 per scout via a credit or debit card.
  • Merit Badge Testing Appointment time preference.

The museum hopes to return to in person Aviation Merit Badge Workshops for Spring 2021. For more information about our workshops or to register for a virtual workshop, contact Amanda Goodheart Parks, Ph.D., Director of Education, by phone at 860-623-3305 X313 or submit this Contact Education Form.


Virtual Aviation Adventures Girl Scout Workshops

Join us for a virtual version of our popular Aviation Adventures Girl Scout Workshops! These fun-filled workshops offer Brownies, Juniors, and Cadettes an opportunity to discover the science of flight as well as learn about pioneering women in aviation through the museum's collection of historic aircraft. This program fulfills all requirements of the Brownie Fling Flyer Design Workshop.

Workshop Dates:

  • Saturday February 13, 2021
  • Saturday May 1, 2021

Workshop Information:

9:30am-12:00pm: Live Virtual Aviation Adventures Workshop on Zoom

  • Participants will be emailed their Workshop Zoom link and password one week in advance.
  • Scouts should complete the Pre-Workshop Activity included in the Aviation Adventures Workbook ahead of their workshop date. Instructions, materials, and the workbook will be mailed to scouts in advance of their workshop date.
  • A parent or guardian must participate in the workshop (i.e. be on camera) along with their scout in keeping with Girl Scout online safety and privacy policies.

Workshop Fees:

$50 per scout fee includes the live Virtual Workshop, Pre-Workshop Activity Materials and Workbook, a special museum patch, as well as two complimentary admission passes to the New England Air Museum so scouts may visit the museum with a parent or guardian at a later date. Admission passes will be mailed after the workshop. These passes have no cash value and do not expire.

Registration:

Registration is limited to 15 scouts per workshop and the following information is required:

  • Parent or guardian name, mailing address, email address, and telephone number.
  • Scout name, level, and troop number.
  • Payment in the amount of $50 per scout via a credit or debit card.

The museum hopes to return to in person Aviation Adventures Workshops for Spring 2021. For more information about our workshops or to register for a virtual 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, Visitor Services Manager, by phone at 860-623-3305 X311 or you can submit this Contact Visitor Services Form for more information.

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