Cub Scouts

Scheduling a Program

Bring your Cub Scouts to the Fort Pitt Museum to learn more about early Pittsburgh and to work on adventure requirements.

To inquire about a program, please contact Kathleen Lugarich, education manager, at 412-454-6418 or via email at kmlugarich@heinzhistorycenter.org. All programs must be scheduled at least three weeks in advance.

Please have the following information available:

  • Pack Number
  • Number of Scouts and Chaperones
  • Choice of Two to Three Dates and Times

Please note that submitting an inquiry is not a confirmation of a program.

Basic Tour Program

Program Length: 1.5 hours
Program Minimum: 5 Scouts/1 Adult
Program Maximum: None.
Cost: $4 per Scout; $4 per chaperone

All tours begin with the orientation movie “Whose Land?” The movie describes the three groups of people in western Pennsylvania and why each group wants to own the land at the Forks of the Ohio River. Following the movie, groups explore the first floor that includes hands-on activities about the people who lived in western Pennsylvania during the 18th century. Next, groups participate in a scavenger hunt through the second-floor main galleries. To finish the tour, groups are given a period weapons demonstration (weather permitting) by a trained costumed interpreter.

Note: The Basic Tour Program does not include the cost of a Fort Pitt Museum patch.

Basic Tour Program – Adventure Related Activities

The following is a list of badge related activities scouts can complete by participating in the Basic Tour Program.

  • Tigers – Tiger Tales Requirement 7
  • Wolves – Collections and Hobbies Requirement 3
  • Bears – Paws for Action Requirement 1a, 1b

Adventure Programs

Program Length: 2.5-3 hours
Program Minimum: 5 Scouts/1 Adult
Program Maximum: 30 Scouts/No Maximum for Adults
Cost: $10 per Scout; $4 per chaperone

All programs start with the Basic Tour Program, which includes a tour of the museum’s two floors, hands-on activities, and a period weapons demonstration (weather permitting). Following the tour, is a short break where groups can enjoy a snack break (provided by group) in a section of the Museum. After the break, groups may work on badge related activities. The cost of the program includes all badge related materials and a Fort Pitt Museum patch. Please look at the list below to find the activity that best fits your group’s needs.

Note: The Fort Pitt Museum does not sell or provide and scout related awards or badges. Any earned rewards or badges must be purchased or ordered directly through scout council shops.

Fort Builders – Tigers
Adventures: Family Stories Requirement 2; Good Knights Requirement 3

Tigers will learn about symbols that represent Fort Pitt and Pittsburgh and use what they learned to make their own Family Crest. Scouts will also build a group fort using provided materials.

Map Makers – Wolves
Adventures: Paws on the Path 8; Finding Your Way 1, 3a, 3b, 4

Fort Pitt Museum and Point State Park staff will guide wolves and their parents on a tour of Point State Park to help make a map for other scouts that points out various landmarks both in and around the park. Wolves will also learn how to use a compass and practice with it on their hike.

American Indians – Bears
Adventures: Beat of the Drum Requirement 1, 3

Bears will learn about the American Indian tribes that lived in Western Pennsylvania during the 18th century and where they are now. Bears will also learn about treaty negotiations and make their own wampum belt to symbolize their own treaty.

Artists – Webelos
Adventures: Art Explosion Requirement 1, 2

Webelos will examine and discuss the art displayed in the Fort Pitt Museum and create silhouette portraits of each other.

Fort Engineers – Webelos
Adventures: Engineer Requirement 2a, 2b, 3

Webelos will examine maps and blueprints of 18th century forts, including Fort Pitt, and discuss the pros and cons of Fort Pitt’s design. Next, Webelos will use the information to map their own fort and build a mock up using provided materials.

Program Add-Ons

The following is a list of activities you can add to your program (basic or adventure related) to help your scouts completed additional badge requirements. If necessary, you can also request a break during which scouts may enjoy snacks and drinks provided by your group. Note that more activities require more time to complete depending on the number of cub scouts. Please plan on spending at least 30-45 extra mins for each additional program add-on.

Fort Pitt Block House
The Fort Pitt Block House is the oldest landmark in Pittsburgh and west of the Allegheny Mountains. Scouts will learn about the Block House’s role as part of Fort Pitt during the 18th century and how it was saved by the Daughters of the American Revolution in the 19th century.

Historic Games
Led by Fort Pitt Museum staff, scouts play with a variety of period games and toys such as Nine Men’s Morris, cup and ball, and cricket (outdoor activities are weather permitting).

  • Tigers – Earning Your Stripes Requirement 5
  • Tigers – Tiger-iffic Requirement 2, 6
  • Tigers – Tiger Tales Requirement 5
  • Wolves – Running with the Pack Requirement 4
  • Webelos – Stronger, Faster, Higher Requirement 6

Tour of the Point State Park
Led by the Environmental Educator, the tour of Point State Park focuses on how the park has transformed over time and how to spot signs of life in the park from bug and animal tracks and nests to footsteps and litter. Please note that this add-on is based on the availability of the park educator.

  • Tigers – Backyard Jungle Requirement 1, 2, 5
  • Tigers – Tigers in the Wild Requirement 2, 4, 6, 7
  • Wolves – Call of the Wild Requirement 3
  • Wolves – Council Fire Requirement 3a
  • Wolves – Paws on the Path Requirement 6, 7
  • Wolves – Code of the Wolf Requirement 2a, 2b
  • Bears – Fur, Feathers, and Ferns Requirement 1, 3
  • Webelos – Into the Wild Requirement 5, 8, 9a
  • Webelos – Into the Woods Requirement 1, 3, 4

Post-Trip Adventure Activities

The following is a list of suggested post-trip activities that can complete additional adventure steps. Please also reference the adventure programs listed above for additional inspiration for post trip activities.

Animals
Tigers – Backyard Jungle Requirement 4

If you added a tour of Point State Park to your program to learn about animals native to Pittsburgh, make an animal home to share at your next scout meeting and explain how it will help animals in Pittsburgh. This could even include building a home for feral cats that live in the area.

Art
Webelos – Art Explosion Requirement 3, 4

Using the Fort Pitt Museum and Point State Park as your inspiration, make an original landscape to share at your next pack meeting.

Environment

  • Tigers – Backyard Jungle Requirement 3
  • Tigers – Good Knights Requirement 5
  • Wolves – Council Fire Requirement 4b
  • Wolves – Grow Something Requirement 3
  • Bears – Fur, Feathers, and Ferns Requirement 7
  • Bears – Paws for Action Requirement 3b
  • Webelos – Into the Woods Requirement 5

If you added a tour of Point State Park to your program to learn about the trees and plants in western Pennsylvania, join a volunteer group that helps replants trees or manages a community garden in places like Point State Park and other areas around Pittsburgh.

Food

  • Tigers – Tiger Bites Requirement 6
  • Bears – Bear Picnic Basket Requirement 1, 2a, 2b, 3

Learn about 18th century recipes you can enjoy at home by visiting the History Is Served website operated by Colonial Williamsburg. You can make a dish or snack to share at your next meeting to talk about your visit to Fort Pitt.

Pack Meetings

Fort Pitt Museum
Program Length: 1.5-2 hours
Cost: $4 per Scout; $4 per Chaperone

Packs can schedule after hours troop meetings in the Fort Pitt Museum. In addition to using the Museum for a meeting space, scouts and chaperones will enjoy the Basic Tour Program that includes the orientation movie and hands-on activities. Please note that a weapons demonstration and some program add-ons may or may not be possible depending on the season and time of day.

Outreach
Program Length: 30-45 min
Cost: $4 per Scouts; $4 per bhaperone

Troops can schedule a Fort Pitt Museum educator to attend their regular troop meeting to talk about the history of Fort Pitt and lead scouts in one 18th century craft of the troop’s choosing. Please contact the Fort Pitt Museum for additional information and please note that some meeting locations may not be approved due to distance from the Fort Pitt Museum.

Note: Pack meetings must be scheduled at least one month in advance.