DeVos Learning Center

Scout Programs

Boy Scouts

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Railroading Merit Badge Day

Come enjoy the Breton Village Train Exhibit at the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum this holiday season…and earn your Railroading Badge, too! Taught by guest merit badge counselor, Mr. Donald Pratt III and his team of experts, participants will earn their badge while learning all about types of trains, the railroad industry, train safety, and more. Non-Scouts including siblings over 10 and parents are welcome to register as well!

Please note: To earn your Railroading Merit Badge at the end of this program, you MUST complete step 2a (plan a rail trip between 2 cities at least 500 miles apart) and 8a, 2 or 5 (build a model railroad car OR structure) prior to attending. You MUST bring with you to class: a one-page description of the rail trip you planned AND the model you constructed (your model can be simple and inexpensive!) All other requirements will be covered in class.

Program details for Boy Scout 

  • Next program date: Saturday, January 3, 2020
  • Time: 9:30am – 3:00pm
  • To register please visit: Online RSVP
  • To download even flyer: Program PDF Flyer
  • Limit: 40 participants
  • Registration Deadline: December 20, 2019 or until full
  • Fee: $10 / person (includes program and lunch); No refunds after December 27, 2019
  • To register / Questions?
    • Contact Clare Shubert
      • E: cshubert@38foundation.org
      • P: 616-254-0409

Boy Scouts

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Citizenship in the Nation Merit Badge Day

Scouts will complete steps 1, 2c, 4, 5, 6, 7 and 8 of the Citizenship in the Nation Merit Badge during this one-day program. Scouts will discover what it means to be an active citizen by exploring the ex-hibits of the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum. Scouts will also come away with a better under-standing of our government as well as important lessons of character and leadership taught through the example of President (and Eagle Scout!) Gerald R. Ford.

Please note: Scouts must bring the Citizenship in the Nation: Merit Badge Series handbook with them. Scouts will need to complete steps 2 a, b, or d, AND step 3 before or after their visit to earn the Citizenship in the Nation Merit Badge. If completed beforehand, Scouts must bring written documentation on the day of the program to discuss with Merit Badge Counselor. Scouts should also come prepared to write a letter to an elected official and must know their address and zip code to do so.

Program details for Boy Scout 

  • Next program date: Saturday, November 16, 2019
  • Time: 9:30am – 4:30pm
  • To register please visit: Online RSVP
  • To download even flyer: Program PDF Flyer
  • Limit: 40 participants
  • Registration Deadline: November 7, 2019 or until full
  • Fee: $9/Scout  $7/Adult (includes program and pizza lunch) (no refunds after 11/8/19)
  • To register / Questions?
    • Contact Clare Shubert
      • E: cshubert@38foundation.org
      • P: 616-254-0409

Junior Girl Scouts

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Junior Girl Scouts Fall 2019 Series

Program details for Girl Scout Juniors – COMING SOON

Cadette Girl Scouts

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Finding Common Ground: Learning to Work Together Today for a Brighter Tomorrow

Through engaging, hands-on activities, Girl Scout Cadettes will satisfy all requirements to earn their Finding Common Ground badges. Girls will tour the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum to learn about the role of compromise in a democratic society through the example of President and Mrs. Ford and will explore the debate over the Equal Rights Amendment. Girls will also have the opportunity to interview an elected official and apply their own mediation skills to make group decisions. 

Program details for Girl Scout Juniors 

  • Next program date: September 28, 2019
  • Time: 9:30am – 3:30pm each day
  • To register please visit: Online RSVP
  • To download even flyer: Program PDF Flyer
  • Limit: 35 participants
  • Registration Deadline: September 19, 2019 (or until full)
  • Fee: $12/Girl Scout $7/Adult; includes program, pizza lunch, and badge for girls) (no refunds after September 19, 2019)
  • To register / Questions?
    • Contact Clare Shubert
      • E: cshubert@38foundation.org
      • P: 616-254-0409