Tying knots is a skill that can overcome a variety of life’s challenges, from stealthily tripping a classmate to subduing a villain who is allergic to handcuffs. Pay homage to our nation’s knot-tying problem-solvers with today’s Groupon: for $29, you get a family museum membership to the National Scouting Museum in Irving (a $124 value). Your membership also includes a one-year subscription to Boys' Life magazine.
The National Scouting Museum preserves and shares the expansive history of the Boy Scouts of America, including nearly 600,000 Scouting treasures and historic works of art. Admission to the museum grants access to myriad exhibits, including a hike through the past in the Scouting History and Memorabilia exhibit. Cub Scout Adventure World offers the opportunity to step into a real scout’s snail- and puppy-dog-tail-filled shoes by racing cars down the museum’s six-lane pinewood-derby track. Observe the Boy Scouts’ privileged status among nostalgic Americana in the Norman Rockwell Art Gallery, which houses Boys’ Life magazine covers created by the artist, as well as other pertinent paintings and illustrations.
Family memberships welcome all immediate family members with free admission and two free guest passes. Memberships also entitle a member of the family to one free workshop per quarter, covering subjects such as flag etiquette, map and compass skills, and merit-badge fulfillment. Other member extras include one limited-edition patch, one tote bag bearing the museum’s logo, and a subscription to the museum newsletter.
National Scouting Museum
An organization that has been shaping boys' lives for more than a century deserves a place to preserve its rich history. The National Scouting Museum does just that, tracing the Boy Scouts from its beginnings in 1910 through today.
Size: The 50,000-square-foot space houses approximately 600,000 artifacts, including items from each National Jamboree and decades' worth of uniforms.
Eye Catcher: The Campground Scoutcraft area allows guests to compare replicas of campsites from the 1900s, the 1950s, and today as they learn outdoor skills such as tying knots and identifying animal tracks.
Permanent Mainstay: The Norman Rockwell Art Gallery, the largest such collection of the renowned Americana artist's Scout-centric artwork.
Don't Miss: The first Eagle medal ever awarded, given to Arthur Eldred in 1911, along with his merit badges and neckerchief.
Hands-On Exhibit: Join the pinewood derby at Cub Scout Adventure World, go spelunking in an indoor cave, or practice marksmanship skills in a laser shooting gallery.
Pro Tip: Download audio files from the museum's website to your phone, and you'll have your own personal guide to the Norman Rockwell exhibit.
Special Programs: Scouts can earn merit badges in museum workshops based on topics such as sustainability, cooking, and oceanography.
Leave Your Mark: Current and former Scouts can share their stories for inclusion in the museum's oral history program.