Spring Break in Washington DC

I have had several requests to update my list of badge requirements that can be covered while in the DC area.  With the Annual Cherry Blossom Festival and Spring Break around the corner, I thought now would be a great time.

Having family in the DC area has allowed us to visit on multiple occasions.  Every time we go we find something we missed before.  There is so much to do, that it is not possible to visit all of the places. But as you go to some of our nations landmarks, including badge work can make the trip a little more exciting, especially for non-history buffs.

PLEASE NOTE: That many of the requirements below, will require additional work or presentation of the information learned.  Please read the merit badge requirement fully before your trip.

OUR HERITAGE FRONTIER:

  • Ancestor Detector #5 (An old cemetery – Check out Arlington Cemetery)
  • Caring for My Environment #11 (Smithsonian museum of American History, Energy and Power Exhibit)
  • Citizenship & Government #10 (US Capital – private tours are available through your state representatives)
  • Citizenship & Government #25 (Visit DC landmarks – there are too many to list)
  • Dawn of Our Country #2 (Mount Vernon, Virginia – less than 1 hour from DC)
  • Dawn of Our Country #15 (map of DC and visit L’Enfant gravesite in Arlington National Cemetery)
  • Dawn of Our Country #17 (the words of the Gettysburg Address are carved in the walls of the Lincoln Memorial)
  • Dawn of Our Country #20 (Smithsonian – interview a docent)
  • Dawn of Our Country #21 (Capital Rotunda – John Trumbull)
  • Dawn of Our Country #27 (a historic site – there are too many to list)
  • Dawn of Our Country #28 (Woodrow Wilson’s House, Lincoln’s summer cottage, or George Washington’s home)
  • Dawn of Our Country #30 (National Archives)
  • Freedom’s Heroes #7 (National Museum of the U.S. Navy)
  • Freedom’s Heroes #12 (Arlington National Cemetery)
  • Freedom Heroes #27 (Arlington National Cemetery)
  • Freedom Seekers Badge (National Museum of African American History)
  • Freedom Seekers #6 (to see such a flag, visit the National Museum of American History)
  • Living in the USA #12 (Capital Building Rotunda)
  • Living in the USA #16 (National Museum of the American Indian)
  • Native American Badge (National Museum of the American Indian)
  • Our Flag #9 (National Museum of American History)
  • Our Flag #17 (National Museum of American History)
  • Our Heritage #15 (learn about a president – Woodrow Wilson’s House, Mt Vernon, or the National Museum of American History).
  • 7 C’s of History (Museum of the Bible)

FAMILY LIVING FRONTIER:

  • Memory Maker (use the photos of your trip to complete #3, #6, #7, #8, #9, #10, #11, #15, and #18)
  • Pet Care #6 (National Zoo)
  • Stick Shifts and Safety Belts #6 (if you travel by car, this would be great to do before you leave)
  • Stick Shifts and Safety Belts #9 (if you travel by car, do this when you return home)

ARTS FRONTIER:

  • Artastic #3 (Smithsonian American Art Museum)
  • Artastic #5 (Smithsonian American Art Museum)
  • History’s Canvas #4 (Smithsonian American Art Museum)
  • Textile Arts #18 (Smithsonian American Art Museum)
  • Nature and Wildlife #18 (United States Botanic Gardens)

PERSONAL WELL-BEING FRONTIER:

  • My Style #5 (National Museum of the American Indian)
  • My Style #11 (see the First Ladies exhibit at the National Museum of American History)
  • Special Delivery #18 (National Postal Museum)
  • Travel #1 (what is the best way for your family to travel and around Washington DC)
  • Travel #8 (help your family plan your trip to DC)
  • Travel #9 (map your trip before you leave)
  • Travel #13 (keep a travel journal of your trip)
  • Travel #20 (have you PiPa help plan your visit)

SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY FRONTIER:

  • Aviation #5 (if you fly to DC instead of driving)

I am sure that there are others that I have missed.  If you know of any please comment below.

 

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