Three Harbors Council, BSA
330 South 84th Street
Milwaukee, WI 53214-1468

UPDATE ~ The Scout Heritage Museum is now open on Friday's from 1 -4 pm and on Saturday's from 10 am - 2 pm.  

Scout Heritage Museum

Three Harbors Council's Milwaukee office is the home of the Scout Heritage Museum. The museum was organized in July of 1975 with a mission to collect, repair, preserve, and prepare for exhibit Scouting items of historical value and interest. Today, the museum houses items from both Three Harbors legacy councils in one of the finest collections of historic Scouting memorabilia in the United States.

Cub Scout Advancement and Boy Scout Merit Badges. The Scout Heritage Museum provides a number of opportunities for Cub Scouts to fulfill rank requirements.

Cubs can learn about two Scouts who were astronauts.  They can view collections of knives, axes and uniforms and games.  A knot tying board displays most common knots including the bowline and square knot.

Boy Scouts working on Collections or Scouting Heritage Merit Badges can view an extensive collection of Scouting items including handbooks, uniforms, patches and Jamboree flags.  The display of Lord Baden-Powell, Gilwell Park and related items should be of special interest.  Museum guides can share their own experiences as Scouts and adult leaders.

Earn Merit Badges through the Scouting Heritage Museum

  • Are you interested in the Scouting Heritage Merit Badge or the Collections Merit Badge?
  • Three Harbors Council Scout Heritage Museum can help you get there.
  • Any one of the volunteer staff can help you with a portion of either merit badge. Simply coming to the museum covers a requirement.


The Scout Heritage Museum invites you to the 45th Annual Trade-O-Ree, Saturday, November 2, 2024 from 9:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m. at the Milwaukee Scout Service Center, 330 South 84th Street, Milwaukee. This event makes a great field trip for packs and troops. See thousands of Scout memorabilia, artifacts and collector items. Admission is FREE!

(coming soon)

The official 40th Anniversary Scout Heritage Museum Trade-O-Ree patch


Northwoods Camps
Commemorative Patches

Sets of the final LeFeber Northwoods Camps and Robert S. Lyle Scout Reservation patches are available at the Kenosha and Milwaukee Scout Service Centers. The price for the two-patch set will be $10.00 with a limit of no more than three sets per person. The sale of these patches will benefit the Scout Heritage Museum.   


Museum Tours

The Scout Heritage Museum is managed and staffed by a group of dedicated volunteers who can provide you and your unit with a guided tour, as well as answer your questions if you just want to stop in for a few minutes during your visit to the Milwaukee Scout Service Center or the National Scout Shop. Posted museum hours are Friday's from 1 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. and on Saturday's from 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. The museum is closed on Saturday's from June through August. Since volunteers staff the museum it is best to call ahead.  Please contact Marianne Mikush Monday-Friday between 9:00 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. at (414) 443-2870 or by clicking here. Tours are free.

Advancements Available

By visiting the Museum and speaking to one of our staff the following can be earned: 
Cub Scout Advancements

Tigers: Tigers: Sky is the Limit 

  • Find out about 2 astronauts who were Scouts
  • James Lovell display 
  • Tiger Tales
  • Visit a historical museum

Wolfs: Collections and Hobbies

  • Visit a museum that displays different collections or models 


  • Bear claws 
  • Knife Safety -Knife display 


  • Scouting Adventure -Tie a square knot, 2 half inches 
  • Art Explosion -Visit an art museum -Ben Hunt tie slides 
  • Looking Back, Looking Forward -Create a record of the history of Scouting 

Boy Scout Advancements

Scouting Heritage Merit Badge:  1, 2b, 3, 4c, 5,  8 partial
Collections Merit Badge: 

Current Exhibit Update - May 2024

Trail Patches

The museum’s latest exhibit features a wide collection of trail patches along with some colorful history of an earlier mode of transportation.  So let’s go hiking and don’t forget your bus pass.

From the 1930s through the 1960s, The Milwaukee Electric Railway & Light Company, T.M.E.R. & L. Co., offered trolley and bus riders a weekly burst of color and hand lettering on specially designed weekly passes.  The passes follow a fairly consistent design program of large hand-drawn numbers for the week of the year, lettering for the valid range of dates, and small-print information set in type, all functionally decorated with jaunty banners, frames, and rules. The museum’s exhibit showcases a number of these passes with a Boy Scouts of America theme and artwork. 

The trail patches feature a number of hikes that Three Harbors Council members are familiar with such as Milwaukee History, Devil’s Lake, Root River Trail and the Grant Pilgrimage.  You’ll also see number of out of council hikes and a few that unfortunately no longer exist.  If you’re a collector, here is an opportunity to see some unique patches.

LeFeber Camp Staff Paddles

A new addition to the museum is a display of LeFeber Northwoods Camps Staff canoe paddles. Each paddle has the names of the staff for a particular year. These staffers helped generations of Scouts earn merit badges, experience nature and build lasting friendships all in the northwoods of Wisconsin. The paddles are hanging from the ceiling...You have to look up!


Museum Committee Membership

If you have an interest and want to learn about joining the museum's volunteer team, please contact Marianne Mikush at (414) 443-2870 or by clicking here.

Three Harbors Council, BSA  I  330 South 84th Street, Milwaukee, WI 53214-1468