Programs for Bear Scouts

Below are the badges that can be fulfilled in part or in full. The badge requirements in bold will be completed as part of the program.

Baloo the Builder (required adventure)

Woodworking was an important craft in the 18th and 19th centuries and continues to be practiced by many today.  Examine historic tools from METC’s collection, then try out some modern versions as you make a creative wood project to take home.  

1. Discover which hand tools are the best ones to have in your tool box.  Learn the rules for using these tools safely.  Practice with at least four of these tools before beginning a project.  

2. Select, plan, and define the materials for the project you will complete in requirement 

3. Assemble your materials, and build one useful project and one fun project using wood 

4. Apply a finish to one of your projects


Marble Madness Elective Adventure

Learn about the many ways that children had fun in the 18th and 19th centuries, including playing with marbles.  Try out reproductions of 19th-century toys, as well as popular marble games from this time period.  Make your own clay marbles to take home and design your own game to play with them. 

1. Discuss with your family or den the history of marbles, such as where and when the game began. Talk about the different sizes of marbles and what they are made of and used for.  

2. Learn about three different marble games, and learn to play one of them.  Learn how to keep score.  Learn and follow the rules of the game. Play the game with your family, friends or your den.  

3. Learn four or five words that are used when talking about marbles.  Tell what each of the words means and how it relates to playing marbles.  Share this information with your den.  

4. Complete one of the following:

  • With your den or family, make a marble obstacle course or marble golf course.  Share what you create. Invite everyone to go through your course.
  • Create your own game using marbles, and design rules for playing the game.  Share the game you created with your den, family or friends.  Explain the rules and how to play the game 
  • With your den or family, create a marble race track.  Have at least two lanes so you can race your favorite marbles against each other.
  • Make a marble maze

5. With the help of an adult, make a marble bag to hold marbles

Call our Education Department at 973-377-2982, ext 12 or email for more information or to schedule a program.