Scouts BSA

While visiting the Wisconsin Maritime Museum and touring USS Cobia, Cub Scouts and Boy Scouts have the opportunity to cover some requirements for several adventure loops and merit badges. Most of these requirements are not covered by a specific program but can be completed on your own during your visit. For more information about Scout programs, email Karen.

Cub Scout Elective Adventures

Tigers: Floats & Boats

Learn about boats and water safety. Our self-guided kit includes a simple book and worksheet about types of boats, supplies to build your own boat that can be tested in our waterways room, and a life jacket to try on and practice with. While exploring the galleries, you will be able to identify at least five boats to earn your loop!

Wolf: Collections & Hobbies

3a. Visit a show or museum that displays different collections or models.

Explore our galleries to view model ships of all shapes and sizes, full-size engines, boat-building tools, and shipwreck artifacts. 

Wolf: Spirit of the Water

Learn about the water pollution community and ways to reduce water in your own home. This can be a self-guided program or staff-led. 

Bears: A Bear Goes Fishing

Discover local fish and their habitats and how they are affected by invasive species. Learn about looking fishing regulations and basic fishing equipment. If the weather is nice, practice casting and try your hand at fishing in the Manitowoc River! 

Bears: Super Science

Explore static electricity, what makes objects sink or float, and colors. Explore what sinks and floats in our waterways room!

Boy Scout Merit Badges

Due to staffing shortages, we can not guarantee staff-led programs at this time.

HOWEVER, your troop can still rent out a Merit Badge kit to work on the badge while at the museum. Kits include, flags, worksheets, instructions, and more!

Signs, Signals, & Codes

Learn the meanings of nautical signal flags, how to spell your name using semaphore, write in Morse Code, and decrypt cipher codes! This program covers the following requirements: 1, 3a, 4, 6a, 8 & 10. We have Morse Code machines, semaphore flags, and nautical flags for hands-on learning. To request this program, email Karen. This program can be self-guided or staff-led. 

A Merit Badge Counselor may be available to assist your group if needed. 

American Heritage

4d. Take an active part in a program about an event or person in American history. Report to your counselor about the program, the part you took, and the subject.

USS Cobia is a memorial to the men and women who built 28 submarines in Manitowoc during World War II, as well as the brave men who served on them. You can check this one off just by participating in the Overnight Program!

The full Merit Badge program is available upon request for daytime visits or before/after an overnight. Email Karen for more information. Merit Badge Counselor available upon request.

Citizenship in the Nation

2a. Visit a place that is listed as a National Historic Landmark or that is on the National Register of Historic Places. Tell your counselor what you learned about the landmark or site and what you found interesting about it. 

USS Cobia was designated a National Historic Landmark in 1986 and is a memorial to the men and women who built 28 submarines in Manitowoc during World War II and the brave men who served on them.


We have five GPS units that can be borrowed from our front desk. You can explore any of the ten maritime history caches that have been left in Manitowoc and Two Rivers and see special places in local maritime history while you search.

To fulfill this requirement, you will need to set up a free user account with Ask your parent for permission and help before you do so.

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