Age-appropriate Programs for Scout Groups
for Cub Scout: Tiger • Wolf • Bear • Webelos • Boy Scouts
for Girl Scouts: Daisies • Brownies • Jr Girls Scouts
Although the Aurora Regional Fire Museum don't specifically offer sanctioned scouting "badges" at this time, we do provide educational experiences that can help fulfill the requriments needed to earn many scouting badge and ranks. Most programs last approximately 45 to 60 minutes depending on audience and age group and can be scheduled weekday afternoons and evenings (Tuesday through Friday) and on select Saturday mornings.
All groups of ten or more are charged
a group rate of $4 per person.
For more intormation, or to schedule a visit for your group, contact the museum at: (630) 892-1572.
Tiger Cub Achievement Requirments
1. Making My Family Special
g. Go to a library, historical society, museum, old farm, or historical building, or visit an older person in your community. Discover how family life was the same and how it was different many years ago. (Ask us about we can arrang for your group to talk with a retired firefighter who lived and worked out of the Old Central Fire Station the Aurora Regional Fire Museum)
2. Where I Live
g. Visit a police station or fire station. Ask someone who works there how he or she helps people in your community.
Tiger Cub Electives
10. Collecting and Other Hobbies (we talk about collecting as part of the introduction to the Aurora Regional Fire Museum)
28. Smoke Detectors
Wolf Achievement Requirments
4. Know your home and community
f. Visit an important place in your community, such as a historic or government location. Explain why it is important.
6. Start a collection
a. Complete the Character Connection for Positive Attitude.
....• Know - Discuss with your family how a cheerful and positive attitude will help you do your best at school and in other areas of your life.
....• Commit - Discuss with your family how gathering items for a collection may be difficult. How does a hopeful and cheerful attitude help you to keep looking for more items. Why is a positive attitude important?
....• Practice - Practice having a positive attitude while doing the requirements for "Start a Collection."
b. Make a collection of anything you like. Start with 10 things. Put them together in a neat way.
c. Show and explain your collection to another person. (We talk about collecting as part of the introduction the the Aurora Regional Fire Museum, and then we show your our collection! We've got lots of neat things, fire engines, fire equipment, and even a wall of nearly one thosand fire department patches!)
10. Family Fun
a. Complete the Character Connection for Cooperation.
....• Know - Discuss these questions with your family: What is "cooperation"? Why do people need to cooperate when they are doing things together? Name some ways that you can be helpful and cooperate with others. (we need lots of cooperation when doing the bucket brigade activity and practicing to pump our 1850s era fire engine)
....• Commit - Discuss with your family what makes it hard to cooperate. How do listening, sharing, and persuading help us cooperate? (listening and sharing are two of the simple rules that we have a tthe Aurora Regional Fire Museum)
....• Practice - Practice being cooperative while doing the requirements for "Family Fun."
c. Plan a walk. Go to a park or a wooded area, or visit a zoo or museum with your family.
Bear Achievement Requirments
3. What makes America Special?
b. With the help of your family or den leader, find out about two famous Americans. Tell the things they did or are doing to improve our way of life. (Did you know that Ben Franklin formed the first volunteer fire company in America? Come visit the Aurora Regional Fire Musuem and we can tell you all about it)
d. 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.
j. Complete the Character Connection for Citizenship.
....• Know - Tell ways some people in the past have served our country. Tell about some people who serve our country today. (Don't forget about "ordinary" people who serve our country.)
....• Commit - Tell something that might happen to you and your family if other people were not responsible citizens. Tell one thing you will do to be a good citizen. (what if nobody fought fires in the 1800s? What if we didn't work to prevent fires today?)
....• Practice - Tell three things you did in one week that show you are a good citizen.
4. Tall Tails
1. Tell in your own words what folklore is. List some folklore stories, folk songs, or historical legends from your own state or part of the country. (Ever hear about Mrs. O'Leary's cow? We can teach you the folk story, the song, and also the real story!)
3. Read two folklore stories and tell your favorite one to your den. (We suggest the book "New York's Bravest" that tells the great American folktale of "Firefighting Mose")
8. The Past is Exciting and Important
a. Visit your library or newspaper office. Ask to see back issues of newspapers or an almanac. (we've got a great archive filled with nespaper clippings!)
d. Trace your family back through your grandparents or great-grandparents; or, talk to a grandparent about what it was like when he or she was younger.
e. Find out some history about your community.
g. Complete the Character Connection for Respect.
....• Know - As you learn about how Cub Scout-age life was like for adults you know, does what you learn change what you think about them. Tell how it might help you respect or value them more.
....• Commit - Can you think of reasons others might be disrespectful to people or things you value? Name one new way you will show respect for a person or thing someone else values.
....• Practice - List some ways you can show respect for people and events in the past.
22. Collecting Things
b. Mount and display a collection of emblems, coins, or other items to show at a pack meeting. This can be any kind of collection. Every time you show a different kind of collection, it counts as one requirement. (Come see our collection! We've got lots of neat things, fire engines, and even a wall of nearly one thosand fire department patches!)
Citizenship - Belt loop and Pin Requirments
• Attend a community event or visit a landmark in your community.
Collecting - Belt loop and Pin Requirments
3. Visit a show or museum that displays different collections.
• Give a talk about your collection to someone other than your family. Give a description of your collection, including a short history. Explain how you got started and why you decided to collect what you do.
• Show how you preserve and display your collection. Explain any special precautions you must take including handling, cleaning, and storage. Note precautions for dampness, sunlight, or other weather conditions.
• Find out if there is a career that involves what you collect. Find out what kind of subjects you need to study to prepare for such a career.
Heritages - Belt Loop and Pin Requirments
1. Talk with members of your family about your family heritage: its history, traditions, and culture. (If you have any Aurora firefighters in your family, chances are we've got some photographs o information about them in our collection)
• Interview a grandparent or other family elder about what it was like when he or she was growing up.
• Work with a parent or adult partner to organize family photographs in a photo album.
• Visit a genealogy library and talk with the librarian about how to trace family records.
Boy Scout Merit Badges
Talk with us to see how we might help you fullfill the requirmentss for these merit badges
• American Heritage
• Citizenship in the Community
• Fire Safety
• Public Speaking
Daisies Girl Scout (ages 5 - 6)
• Neighborhood Visits - take a trip to a museum
Brownie Girl Scout (ages 6 - 8) - Try Its
7. Building Art (Tour our unique building and learn how fire firefighting technology influenced -- and influences -- the architecture of fire stations)
8. Careers (Learn what it takes to be a firefighter, or a museum curator!)
23. Her Story (Let us tell you about the history if women in the fire service.)
26. Listening to the Past (Ask us about we can arrang for your group to talk with a retired firefighter who lived and worked out of the Old Central Fire Station the Aurora Regional Fire Museum)
Junior Girl Scout (8 - 11) - Badges
17. Celebrating People
20. "Collecting" Hobbies (Come see our collection! We've got lots of neat things, fire engines, and even a wall of nearly one thosand fire department patches!)
73. My Community
74. My Heritage
75. Now and Then Stories from Around the World*
90. Safety First
92. Science in Action* (There's lots of science -- chemestry and physics -- to fighting fires and saving lives. We can tailor our presentations to your needs and abilities)
93. Science in Everyday Life
STUDIO B Scouts - Interest Projects
4. Architecture and Environmental Design
33. Heritage Hunt
46. Museum Discovery