Boy Scouts

While visiting the Wisconsin Maritime Museum and touring USS Cobia, Boy Scouts have the opportunity to cover some of the requirements for several merit badges.

The cost for a day time admission is $6 per scout, chaperones are $7 and leaders are free. Please make reservations at least two weeks prior to your visit. For more information about our Overnight Program, visit the Overnight section.

These requirements are not covered by a specific program, but can be completed by your own group during your visit.

Cub Scouts

Academics Belt Loop: Collecting

Visit a show or museum that displays different collections: While visiting the Museum, scouts can learn about our collections of ship models and maritime artifacts. Scouts can also learn how to properly display and care for their collections.

Bear Trail #3 – What Makes America Special?

Find out where places of historical interest are located in or near your town or city. Go and visit one of them with your family or den. Visit the Museum to learn about our rich maritime history and World War II contributions. You can even tour our World War II submarine USS Cobia.

Boy Scout Merit Badges

American Heritage

Research an event of historical importance that took place in or near your area. If possible, visit the place. Tell your counselor about the event and how it affected local history. Describe how the area looked then and what it now looks like. 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 as well as the brave men who served on them.

Citizenship in the Nation

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.


With your parent’s permission*, go to Type in your zip code to locate public geocaches in your area. Share the posted information about three of those geocaches with your counselor. Then, pick one of the three and find the cache. 

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.

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. Visit our Geocache page for more information.

Model Design and Building

Study aircraft, submarines, and naval ships for design ideas. Explore our Model Ship Gallery and the models throughout the museum! If you have the time, plan your visit during our Annual Model Ships and Boats Contest every May. It’s the longest running model contest in the Midwest.

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