The Country Music Hall of Fame® and Museum has a scout patch! Patches cost $1.00 each.
If you are looking for fun ways to earn this patch, we’ve created some optional patch challenges. Feel free to use our suggested patch challenges or create your own. If your troop chooses, scouts may earn patches in a variety of ways - from participating in a family program to visiting our website, to touring the museum or Historic RCA Studio B. In these optional challenges, Scouts must visit the museum and accumulate the required number of activity points. Patch details are outlined below.
To schedule a visit or for questions, email email@example.com or call the Youth and Family Programs manager at 615-760-6514.
POINTS REQUIRED TO EARN PATCH:
Daisies | Lions and Tigers = two points
Brownies | Wolves and Bears = three points
Juniors | Weebelos and Arrow of Light = four points
Cadettes | Tenderfoot, First, and Second Class = five points
Seniors and Ambassadors | Star, Life, and Eagle = six points
For scout troops not affiliated with Girl Scouts or Scouts, troop ranking and point system is up to troop leader’s discretion.
Scouts may complete any of the suggested activities in any combination until they have reached their required point goal.
Complete one activity from this section to earn two points. Scouts are encouraged to tour the museum before or after the program.
1. Participate in a family program:
Family Programs are youth-focused and offer interactive fun. Music and art workshops are led every Saturday, drop-in artmaking occurs every Sunday and daily during the summer, and special programs with Hatch Show Print and Historic Studio B are offered throughout the year. Programs range from hands-on musical instrument activities and concerts to dance workshops, art-making, and recording experiences. Some programs require reservations, if space is limited. Most family programs are free. For a schedule of upcoming programs, please visit the museum's calendar. All programs are subject to change.
2. Schedule a guided tour of Historic RCA Studio B:
Historic RCA Studio B, located on Music Row, is the former recording home of Elvis Presley, Dolly Parton, the Everly Brothers, and many others. Scouts learn about Studio B's historical significance and studio design. Groups of fifteen or more can arrange for a private tour. Tours are offered daily. Ticket prices vary.
3. Attend a public program:
The museum offers a wide variety of public programs that expand the story of country music told in our exhibits. Formats include interviews with artists, panel discussions, lectures, films, and concerts. For a schedule of upcoming programs, please visit the museum's calendar. All programs are subject to change.
4. Complete a scavenger hunt or activity guide:
Explore the museum with a scavenger hunt or learn about the exhibit Outlaws and Armadillos: Country’s Roaring ‘70s with an activity guide. Make connections with artifacts and test your investigative skills. If visiting on a weekday or unable to attend a program, scouts may complete two activity guides or hunts. Find a range of scavenger hunts and activity guides in the Taylor Swift Education Center on the third floor.
Complete one activity from this section to earn one point:
1. Research a member of the Country Music Hall of Fame
Over 100 people have been inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame. Prior to your museum visit, select a Hall of Fame member from the museum's Web site then research that person using books or the internet. During your museum visit, find the Hall of Fame member's plaque in the Rotunda. Look for artifacts in the museum's galleries that represent your subject (note: your selected Hall of Fame member might not have an artifact on display during your visit). Report your findings to your troop.
2. Listen to a Grand Ole Opry show
Attend the Grand Ole Opry or listen to a live broadcast at home. Radio station 650 WSM-AM has broadcast the program every Saturday night for over eighty years. The broadcast can also be heard live through WSM's web site (www.wsmonline.com), on XM Satellite Radio channel 10, and SIRIUS Satellite Radio channel 62. Report back to the troop about what you saw or heard. Some questions to answer: Who did you hear performing? How is a Grand Ole Opry broadcast different from a regular radio broadcast? Where can you go to see the show in person? How would you describe the music that you heard?
3. Design a country music costume
During your visit to the museum, look at the different styles of costumes on display. Notice how styles change, but also notice that certain items, like hats and boots, remain popular. Using the costume templates on the museum's third floor education table, design a costume you would wear if you were a country star. Incorporate symbols that hold special meaning to you.
Receiving your patch
Patches are $1.00 each and available for pick-up at the Information Desk.
Arranging Your Visit:
- The museum offers self-guided tours and guided tours for scout troops. Self-guided tours can be arranged any day of the week during museum hours, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
- Guided tours are only available on weekdays and must be scheduled one month in advance. A limited number of guided tours are available each day.
- To include a family program or public program in your visit, visit our calendar to plan accordingly.
- We strive to make the museum inclusive for all. Please let us know how we can best accommodate accessibility needs in your troop.
- To make a reservation, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 615-760-6514.
Special Scout Admission Rates
Museum admission: We offer group discounts to troops with over 10 scouts participating. Please email email@example.com for detailed pricing information.
Historic RCA Studio B Tour: Tennessee residents: $13.00 per scout under 18 | Out-of-state residents: Regular tour pricing applies.
Hatch Show Print Tour: Tennessee residents: $13.00 per scout under 18 | Out-of-state residents: Regular tour pricing applies.
Financial assistance: If you are a public-school-affiliated scout troop or in need of financial assistance, ticket subsidies may be available to you from our Arts Access Fund. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Before Your Visit:
1. Talk as a troop about what to expect from a visit to a museum. Discuss museums and the functions they serve in our community. What other museums have you visited? What did you learn from those visits?
2. As a troop, discuss the patch requirements.
3. Discuss your trip in detail: conduct, dress, food, spending money, etc.
4. Encourage scouts to bring a pencil and a sketchpad to record the fun and interesting things they will see and hear during their visit.
5. Go over the museum expectations below.
1. Walk, never run, through the museum.
2. Flash photography, videotaping, food, and drink are not allowed in the galleries in order to protect the artifacts and exhibit materials. We want them to last a long time.
3. Groups should stay together when visiting the museum. Designate a meeting place in case you do get separated.
4. If you have questions, please ask a Guest Services Representative, volunteer, or security guard. They are stationed on each floor and happy to help.
At the Museum:
1. Pick up a Visitors Guide at the information desk upon your arrival. It includes a map of the museum and the exhibits.
2. Look for the special areas of the museum for children:
- The Taylor Swift Education Center on the third floor features family programs, hands-on children’s activities, and a range of scavenger hunts and gallery guides.
- The Sing Me Back Home exhibit on the third floor features listening stations and a children's interactive computer program.
- The ACM Gallery and the Dinah and Fred Gretsch Family Gallery, on the museum’s second floor, highlight contemporary country music and offer opportunities to record a song, test your country music knowledge, and much more.