Scouts BSA Archaeology Merit Badge Program
This exciting, hands-on program provides the information and experience to fulfill requirements 2, 3, 4b*, 5, 6, 8b, and 9b of the merit badge requirements, including:
- Excavation unit mapping and artifact analysis
- An experimental archaeology project
- A fun and informative power point lecture on archaeology
- A certified Merit Badge Counselor will be able to sign off on the above completed activities, as well as prerequisites 1, 4a, 4b*, 7*, 10, 11.
Prerequisites not completed prior to the workshop may be submitted by appointment at a later date.
4b* Time will be allotted for scouts to present their selected site to the group, or bring proof of prior completion.
7* If scouts would like to complete 7a at the Center museum, please allow for time to do so immediately before or after the merit badge workshop.
My older son has been to many ‘merit badge days’ and thought this was one of the best. – Stacey Wright
Cost: $10 per BSA Scout (patch not included)
Minimum of 10 Scouts required
Maximum will depend on staff availability
Girl Scout Archaeology Program
Our 2.5 hour Archaeology Girl Scout program begins with a tour through our museum, followed by a power point presentation on archaeology and specifically careers in archaeology and a hands-on program entitled, Archaeological Site Analysis.
Archaeological Site Analysis
In this program girl scouts will be introduced to what an archaeologist actually does, including how we find sites, what we do when we discover a site, and how to properly record and excavate a site. The girls will be divided into two groups and assigned the roles of archaeologists excavating two archaeological sites. They will first devise research questions and hypotheses about their excavation unit, and then get the opportunity to excavate for artifacts in their unit. Once they have excavated their sites, they will analyze the artifacts, and as a team address and answer their original research questions. They will share their findings with the other group. We will end this program with a discussion on the importance of preserving archaeological sites, and our role as site stewards in helping to protect our cultural resources.
Cost: $8 per Girl Scout, parents and chaperones free
Minimum: 10 Girl Scouts required
Maximum: 30 Girl Scouts
For scheduling and questions regarding the Center’s Scouting Programs, please contact Public Archaeology Director, Stephanie Sandoval at firstname.lastname@example.org.