Scouts BSA

While visiting the Wisconsin Maritime Museum and touring USS Cobia, Cub Scouts and Boy Scouts have the opportunity to cover requirements for several adventure loops and merit badges. Most of these requirements are covered with self-guided packets, to be completed on your own during your visit.  (Badges/loops not included) When you request a visit, just indicate which program(s) you want to work on.

For more information about our Scout programs or if you need a Merit Badge Counselor, email Karen.

Cub Scout Elective Adventures

Tigers: Floats & Boats

Where better to learn about boats and water safety! This self-guided kit includes books, flash cards, and instructions! Learn about different types of boats and explore the galleries to identify them! Build your own boat in our waterways room and learn about water safety.

Wolf: Collections & Hobbies

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

For this loop, we don’t offer a formal program, but during a visit, be sure to 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, ways to reduce water in your own home, and water safety. This kit includes information and instructions for leaders to work with the scouts. 

Bears: A Bear Goes Fishing

Learn about local fish and their habitats and how they are affected by invasive species. Look into WI fishing regulations and get hands on with a fishing rod and basic fishing equipment. If the weather is nice, practice casting and try your hand at fishing in the Manitowoc River!

Boy Scout Merit Badges

We can not guarantee staff-led programs at this time, however, your troop can still rent out a Merit Badge kit to work on a badge while at the museum. Two kits are now available to rent: Signs, Signals & Codes and Fish & Wildlife Management. The kits are $20/troop to rent out during a daytime visit or to use after an overnight. See below for more information.

Signs, Signals, & Codes Program Kit

Learn the meanings of nautical signal flags, how to spell your name using semaphores, write in Morse Code, and decrypt cipher codes! This program covers the following requirements: 1, 3a, 4a/b, 6a, 8a/c/d & 10. We have Morse Code machines, semaphore flags, and nautical flags for hands-on learning. This program kit can be rented out to be self-guided or staff-led (if available). 

Image of the materials in the program kit.

Fish & Wildlife Management Program Kit

Our new badge kit has everything you need to complete all but one of the requirements for this badge! The kit will help scouts learn about Wisconsin wildlife, invasive species (emphasis on aquatic invasives!), and management practices to protect our plants and animals. Along with a plethora of information, that offers something for all ages, the kit includes games and activities, guidebooks, and cards. This program covers the requirements for 1-4, 6a or 6b, 7a, and 8. The requirements for 5 will have to be done on your own.

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! 

Citizenship in the Nation

7a. 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.


Our self-guided geocaching kit includes five GPS units, instruction manuals, and information to find local caches. 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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