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 Badges?
  • 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.

Current Exhibit Update

When Garfield became a Cub Scout

The Scout Heritage Museum’s current exhibit case is displaying a fine collection of Garfield items.  Stop in and take a look.

In 1996 Jim Davis, the creator of the Garfield comic strip was visiting with District Executive Dave Dominick of the Crossroads of America Council.  Dave asked if the cartoonist, through his company, Paws, Inc., would allow the council to use Garfield in its 1997 Cub Scouting recruitment campaign.

Davis agreed and donated all of the licensing of Garfield, doing a lot of additional artwork, and making a full commitment to the Cub Scout program."

To test the potential for a nationwide roundup, the BSA National Council then launched a pilot program in Indianapolis. The response to the Crossroads of America Council's 1997 Garfield-themed membership campaign was strong - a 13.9 percent increase in Cub Scouts, Tiger Cubs up 16.2 percent, and 6.4 percent growth in packs.

The successful results, in numbers and enthusiasm among volunteers and youth, were due both to Garfield's highly visible role and the efforts of Scout Executive Scott Clabaugh, said G. Richard (Rick) Williamson, outgoing national director of the Cub Scout Division (and just-named SE for Wisconsin's Bay Lakes Council).

Extending the impact of his generosity from Indianapolis to all Scout councils, Davis (through Paws, Inc.) then gave the BSA a license to use the Garfield characters in a national campaign that continued through the year 2000.


The Scout Heritage Museum invites you to the 43rd Annual Trade-O-Ree, Saturday, November 4, 2023 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!

The official 40th Anniversary Scout Heritage Museum

Northwoods Camps
Commemorative Patches

Beginning February 1, 2016, sets of the final LeFeber Northwoods Camps and Robert S. Lyle Scout Reservation patches will be 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.   


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 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 Tours are free.

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

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: 

Three Harbors Council, Boy Scouts of America  I  330 South 84th Street, Milwaukee, WI 53214-1468