"A Scout is never taken by surprise; he knows exactly what to do when anything unexpected happens."

~ Robert Baden-Powell


Dear Scout Leaders,

Welcome to the Scout Department at the Cradle of Aviation Museum. The Cradle of Aviation Museum has long been a supporter of local scouting programs, and it is through this partnership that we offer programs for each and every rank of Girl, Cub and Boy Scout. Our youngest Daisy and Tiger Scouts through our Gold and Eagle Scouts are able to take advantage of the many scouting programs developed here at the museum. In addition, we offer many opportunities for scouts of all ages to participate in competitions, sleepovers and special scout camps. We guide each scout den, pack and troop through all the necessary requirements for each journey, pin, loop, achievement, elective or merit badge while also educating our scouts about the unique role Long Island plays in aviation and aerospace and the rich history scouting has played in space exploration.

Did you know…

Of the 312 pilots and scientists selected as astronauts since 1959, at least 207 have been identified as having been Scouts or active in Scouting. The list includes 39 Eagle Scouts, 25 Life Scouts, 14 Star Scouts, 26 First Class Scouts, 17 Second Class Scouts, 13 Tenderfoot Scouts, 3 Explorers, 25 Cub Scouts, 10 Webelos Scouts, 2 Wolf Scouts, and 32 with unknown ranks. There were 27 who were Girl Scouts.

Of the 24 men to travel to the moon on the Apollo 9 through Apollo 17 missions , 21 were Scouts, including 11 of the 12 men who physically walked on the moon's surface, and all three members of the crew of Apollo 13. Three travelled to the Moon twice. Of the 12 men who walked on the moon, 11 attained the rank of Eagle.

All three of the astronauts who died in the Apollo 1 fire, four of the seven who died in the Challenger launch explosion, and five of the seven who died in the Columbia re-entry explosion were Scouts.

The current NASA Administrator, Charles F. Bolden, Jr. is a former Boy Scout

The Cradle of Aviation joins in NASA’s support of Girls and Boy Scouts as part of the overall goal of engaging scouts in NASA missions and STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) subjects. All of the museum’s programs, led by screened, certified merit badge counselors, have been developed to meet this goal. Come spend an afternoon or an overnight with us and have the scouting experience at one of Long Island’s historical gems - the Cradle of Aviation Museum!

Want to learn more about Scout programs at the Cradle? Email us at scouts@cradleofaviation.org or use the form below. To make a reservation, please call (516) 572-4066.

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