In addition to the already existing Boy & Girl Scouts offerings at the North Andover Historical Society, Ms. Hirbour, a registered Merit Badge counselor, now offers several Boy Scout Merit Badge Programs as well as Tiger and Bear Cub Scout Programs. 

boy scout merit badge programs 

A minimum of 10 scouts per group is required to run a program. Each group of 10 scouts must have two troop leaders to assist in the program. Ms Hirbour is registered with the Boy Scouts of America. Scouts should bring their blue cards for sign-off at the end of the program and all our programs complete the requirements needed to fulfill their badges.

  • Each Boy Scout Merit Badge program runs between 3 – 3.5 hours.
  • The program cost is $150 for up to 10 Scouts and 2 troop leaders.
  • Additional Scouts pay $15 each.


This program explores the importance of textiles including defining and discussing textile terminology, identifying characteristics of textile fibers, learning how textiles are processed, ecological concerns, and modern career options. This program involves a lot of hands on activities, such as weaving on a table loom, examining with magnifying glasses and a take home craft.

pulp & paper

Scouts will learn how paper is made, used in almost every aspect of our daily lives, and how it is recycled. The history of paper and the materials traditionally used in its construction will be explored. Students will make recycled paper is recycled. Students will make recycled paper from a variety of sources including scraps, newspapers, and junk mail.Come and make your own doll, learn how to thread a needle, sew on a button, and use different stitches to create your own cute munchkin!


In this fun hands-on program, Scouts learn about inventions, inventors, and patents. They also build a prototype, create a business card and “sell” their idea to their fellow scouts!Scouts will explore how inventors make "stuff". They will share ways to solve the same problem, make a needs list, solve the problem, and invent something.


  • Each Cub Scout Tiger program runs up to 2 hours.
  • The program cost is $60 for up to 10 Cub Scouts and 2 troop leaders.
  • Additional Cub scouts pay $6 each.
  • All others must pay general admittance fee upon entering the Museum.

tiger tales

After a visit to Johnson Cottage, scouts will read a tall tale together as a group and then create a piece of art, write a tall tale as a group and then write their own tall tale and share it with the group. We will learn about folk songs and play a game from the past.


  • Each Cub Scout Bear program runs between 2.5 – 3 hours.
  • The program cost is $100 for up to 10 Cub Scouts and 2 troop leaders.
  • Additional Cub scouts pay $10 each.

beat of the drum

Scouts will learn about the history and culture of American Indians who lived in our area at the time of European colonization. They will write a legend and make a dream catcher and beaded clay necklace. They will make a drum, learn about ceremonial dances, write a ceremonial song, and learn some dance steps. Scouts must find an American Indian event within their community to complete the elective.