Past Field Trips

This page contains archived information about past years' field trips and other information about the classes.


American Business
  • TD Bank
  • Where: 10 Gusabel Ave., Nashua, NH
  • When: Friday, March 21, 2014 at 7:00pm
  • 1. MIT Haystack Observatory
    • Where: Millstone Road and Millstone Hill Rd, Westford, MA
    • When: Saturday, March 22, 2014 at 9:30am to 11:30am
    • Click here for directions
    • Click here for a map
    • There is a closed gate on weekends, so park in the small lot at the intersection, next to the tall warehouse.
    • This is a walking tour, about 2.2 miles roundtrip to see all the facilities. Dress for outdoors, and wear comfortable footgear.
    • There is a possibility of an indoor tour. Otherwise, we’ll check out the huge antennae and learn about the work they do on a self-tour.
  • 2. Blue-card-o-rama
    • Where: 17 Villanova Drive, Westford, MA
    • When: Saturday, March 22, 2014 at 7:00pm to 8:15pm
    • Bring your BLUE CARD, and materials from requirements 5d (planet location), 6ab (moon sketches), 8 (visit/observe/photograph, if you didn’t attend the morning trip) and 9 (careers). We'll share and discuss each others' work in the warmth of indoors.
  • 3. Blanchard Middle School
    • Where: 14 West Street, Westford, MA
    • When: Saturday, March 22, 2014 at 8:30pm sharp!
    • Click here for a map
    • Park at the right end of the lot (facing the school). We will walk 100 yards to an open field that is shielded from most lights.
    • Dress warmly, wear boots, bring a snack and drink (no glass) if desired, low-power flashlight, and BLUE CARD. Telescope or binoculars are optional and welcome. Expect to be out until 10 PM. Sunset is at 7:00 and astronomical twilight (when fainter stars become visible) is at 8:35. The moon is waning gibbous, up from midnight to before noon, so it will not interfere with seeing.
  • When: Saturday, March 22 at 8:00AM (Morning Session) and 1:00PM (Afternoon Session)
  • Where: Lawrence Municipal Airport, 492 Sutton Street, No. Andover, MA  01845
  • Events: Control Tower Tour, Maintenance Facility Tour, Boston Med-Flight Tour, General Aviation Aircraft Pre-Flight, Classroom Discussion
  • What to Bring:
    • To participate in the Aviation Merit Badge Field Trip you must have a signed consent form!
    • To finish the Aviation Merit Badge on Saturday you'll need your completed FPG-9 Glider and your blue card! 
  • Note 1: If you were in the morning session on March 8th, you will be in the morning session on March 22nd, and if you were in the afternoon session on March 8th, you will be in the afternoon session on March 22nd.
  • Note 2: There will be no charge for the Field Trip on March 22nd.
  • Note 3: There will be an opportunity to fly in a small general aviation aircraft at a later date via the EAA 'Young Eagles' program ( These flights will take place at the Lawrence Airport sometime this spring.
  • Note 4: Anyone interested in model aviation is welcome to visit the website of the 495th R/C Squadron, Inc., an R/C club operating in Tewksbury, MA (
  • AM class:
    • Boston Children's Hospital
    • When: Saturday, March 22, 2014 at 9:30am until 11:00am
    • See attached document at bottom of page for directions and details.
  • PM class:
    • Analytical Answers, 4 Arrow drive, Woburn, Ma.
    • When: Saturday, March 22, 2014 at 2:00pm
    • Directions can be found at
    • It is near the intersection of Rt 93 and 95 quite close to the Woburn Scout Shop.
  • Where: IBM, 26 Forest Street, Marlboro, MA
  • When: Saturday, March 22, 2014 at 1:00pm
  • Directions found in attachment at bottom of page.
  • Dr. Wallace's office at 655 Boston Rd Ste 3A, Billerica, MA 01821
  • Saturday, March 22, 2014 at 9:00am
  • Parents are welcome to stay. If you stay with your scout, you will not need to fill out the permission slip. But if you are not staying, please fill out the permission slip and bring that with you. Please also remember to bring your blue card.
  • Cosentini Associates
  • Where: Building 200, 2nd Floor, One Kendall Square, Suite B2204, Cambridge, MA 02139-1571
  • Please bring:
    • Consent forms if they were not provided last week.
    • A pencil and paper.
  • Please complete and bring the required material for the below requirements:
    • 1.  Format TWO sheets of drawing paper with proper borders and title blocks - one for your manual project (see requirement 2) and one for your lettering project (see requirement 5).
    • Make a rough sketch of your project drawings to determine the correct size of paper to format.
    • Using either single-stroke vertical or slant Gothic lettering, fill in all important information in the title block sections of the formatted paper.
    • 2.  Using the formatted sheet of paper you prepared for your manual project, produce a pencil drawing as it would be used for manufacturing. Fill in all title block information. The manual drawing may be any one of the following drawing types: Architectural, Mechanical or Electrical.
    •  5.  Using single-stroke slant or vertical Gothic lettering, write a brief explanation of what you consider to be the most important benefit in using CAD in a particular industry
    •  7.  Investigate careers in drafting and we'll talk more about them next Saturday.
  • MIT High Voltage Research Lab
  • Where: Building N10, 155 Massachusetts Ave. Cambridge, MA
  • When: Saturday, March 22, 2014 at 10:00am
  • MagneMotion
  • 139 Barnum Rd, Devens, MA 01434
  • When: Saturday, March 22, 2014
    • AM class: 9:00am to 11:00am
    • PM class: 1:00pm to 3:00pm
  • Please remember to bring the following things with you:
    • 1. Your blue card if you took it with you, so that we can sign off on any more requirements completed.  It should be possible to finish the badge by the end of the field trip.
    • 2. Your projects/kits as well.  We will have soldering irons available so that you can solder your projects if you have not yet had access to do so.  If by chance you did not pay for the kit last weekend, please remember to bring $10 to the field trip.
    • 3. Your completed homework packet.
  • Advanced (Scarborough's) class:
    • "SilkLab" in the Tufts University Biomedical Engineering Department
    • Where: 200 Boston Ave., Medford MA 02155, in suite 4785
    • When: Saturday, March 22, 2014 at 9:00am
  • Regular (Christensen's) classes, AM and PM:
    • Recreational and Open Water Rowing Shells
    • Where: 277 Baker Avenue, Concord, MA  01742
    • When: Saturday, March 22, 2014
      • AM class at 9:00am
      • PM class at 1:00pm
    • Please don't forget your permit forms if you haven't submitted them yet. If you have a parent with you then that becomes easy.  Parents may attend also.
    • There were 3 items expected of you to do on your own (if you hadn't done them by last class) -  which included a significant engineering accomplishment, a design of a piece of camping equipment, and I think, the last item on the list. If done, they can be checked off when you make the field trip.
  • Trains on Tracks
  • Where: 76 Rt 101A Unit #4, Amherst, NH 03031
    • Across the street from a Wal-mart. The building is yellow and in a small plaza with a European Deli.
  • When: Saturday, March 22, 2014 at 1:00pm
Environmental Science
  • Cat Cove Marine Lab at Salem State University
  • When: Saturday, March 22, 2014 at 9:00am to 12:00pm
  • Environmental, Earth, and Atmospheric Sciences department of the University of Massachusetts in Lowell
  • Time:  1:30-3:00 p.m. 
  • Date:  Saturday, March 22
  • Location:  Meet underneath the walking bridge between Ball Hall and Olney Hall, on Riverside Street in Lowell.  
  • Here's a link to the UML campus map:
  • IF IT'S RAINING:  Meet just inside the security office entrance underneath the Ball Hall end of the walking bridge.
  • Parents are welcome to stay!  We will mostly be in Olney Hall, between rooms 202 and 210.  
  • Parking:  There are several large lots and a new parking garage to the north/northeast of Olney Hall that are all free of charge on Saturdays, plus limited parking between Ball & Olney. 
Insect Study
  • When: Saturday, March 22, 9.45 AM to 11.15 AM
  • Where: Butterfly Place, Westford, MA
  • Bring your blue card and permission slips (those of you who did not have them on March 8), along with your work for requirements 4 and 5. We'll have a limited supply of the butterfly kits and can be bought at the venue. The admission fee is $6 a person (group rate) and the butterfly kit is $9. Please bring the appropriate amount of money with you.
  • Key bits of info:
    • Saturday, March 22, 2014
    • AM Class arrive at 8:45am.
    • PM Class arrive at 12:45pm.
    • Where: MIT Media Lab, meet at 77 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge, MA
  • Details:
    • The Lemelson-MIT Program will welcome Boy Scouts working on their Inventing merit badge at 9:00 a.m. and at 1:00 p.m. in their office located at 10-110 at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology this Saturday, March 22. Scouts will present their inventions at the beginning of each session and receive feedback from their peers and the Invention Education Officer, Leigh Estabrooks. If the inventions are too large to carry comfortably, Scouts should bring images and/or a movie of their creation. Following the presentation of the inventions, Scouts will walk across campus to visit the MIT Media Lab and work with inventor, MIT student, and Eagle Scout, Christian Reed.
    • Scouts and their parents should check-out the MIT map prior to Saturday so that boys will know where they are coming. MIT is an urban campus and the buildings are numbered in a unique, non-sequential manner. Suggested arrival time is 8:45 a.m. and 12:45 p.m. at 77 Massachusetts Avenue. This is the main entrance for MIT at Building 7. Scouts should walk down the main corridor to the next large lobby in Building 10. This is the lobby that opens to Killian Court and is "under the dome."  Turn left in Lobby 10 and go past the two elevators. 10-110 is the first office door on the left. If you go down a set of stairs, you have gone too far.
    • The Lemelson-MIT Program and Ms. Estabrooks were instrumental in the development of the Inventing merit badge in 2010. The Program was established in 1994 at the nation's premier technological university, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, by one of the world's most prolific inventors, Jerome Lemelson (1923-1997), and his wife, Dorothy. It is funded by the Lemelson Foundation and administered by MIT's School of Engineering. The Lemelson-MIT Program recognizes outstanding inventors, encourages sustainable new solutions to real-world problems, and enables and inspires young people to pursue creative lives and careers through invention.
    • Parking is free in MIT lots on Saturdays. Hayward Lot is large and near the MIT Media Lab where the Scouts will end their field trip to MIT. This may be a good place to park after dropping Scouts off at 77 Massachusetts Avenue. If this lot is full, there are commercial lots in the area. Most street parking requires quarters for meters; the City of Cambridge is very efficient when it comes to ticketing so please make sure you bring quarters just in case you need to use a metered, on-road parking space. 
  • St. Joseph Hospital
  • Where: 172 Kinsley Street Nashua, NH
  • When: Saturday, March 22, 2014 at 8:45am to 11:30am
  • You can be dropped off in front and we will meet up in the Atrium of the Hospital.
  • Please bring your completed worksheets and any questions you may have.
Model Design and Building
  • Stratasys
  • Where: 5 Fortune Drive, Billerica, Ma 01821
  • When: Saturday, March 22, 2014 at 7:45am
Nuclear Science
  • Radiation Science Laboratory at University of Massachusetts - Lowell
  • AM class meet at 9:00am sharp
  • PM class meet at 1:00pm sharp
  • Meet at Penanski Hall. See map.
  • Most parking lots should be open, best place to park is in the Costello Gym Lot behind the reactor building.
  • Cat Cove Marine Lab at Salem State University
  • When: Saturday, March 22, 2014 at 1:00pm to 4:00pm
Personal Management
  • Date: Saturday, March 22
  • Start Time: 9:00 am
  • End Time: 11:00 am
  • TD Bank Contact: Noemi Comolli
  • Attire: Class A Uniforms
  • Location :  TD Bank, 191 Main St., Nashua, NH  03060
  • Parking:   The parking lot is behind the building and is accessible via Pearl St.
    • Pearl St. is a one way street off of Main St.  
  • Parents:  Due to space constraints this is a drop-off event.  
  • Polycom
  • Where: 100 Minuteman Road, Andover MA, 01810
  • When: Saturday, March 22, 2014 at 1:00pm to 2:45pm
  • Scouts, please remember to bring along your event or subject photos.  You can either bring along printed copies, or digital versions on an SD card or usb stick.
  • When:
    • Morning session: Sat, 22 Mar, 8:30 AM-11:30 AM
    • Afternoon session: Sat, 22 Mar, 1:00p-4:00p
  • What:
    • A field trip guided by a Google employee (1-1.5 hours)
    • Working on Merit Badge requirements (the rest of the time)
  • Who:
    • Our hosts have asked that we limit the number of guests on the field trip.  There's room for all of the Scouts and the counselors, and two or three parents.  Parents, let us know if you'd be interested in coming on the tour, and we'll sign you up on a first-ask, first-serve basis.  For parents who aren't able to go on the tour, but need a place to be, we're trying to find a lobby or cafeteria or something where you can hang out.
    • If Scouts didn't bring your permission form last Saturday, please bring it on the 22nd 
  • Where:
    • Google Boston at 5 Cambridge Center, Cambridge, MA 02142
    • Parking: unfortunately there is no free public parking at Google.  You'll probably want to plan this beforehand and plan to give yourselves 15 minutes or so of buffer time on the 22nd to make sure you have time to park.  Here are some options to consider:
    • Take the subway and get off at the Kendall/MIT stop.  Personally, I'll probably park at Alewife and take the subway in
    • Look for nearby metered parking (may or may not be available)
    • Park in a nearby garage
  • To bring: See section in Finishing Requirements in left column.
  • Finishing requirements:
    • Thanks to those who did your homework beforehand.  Between the homework and what we went over on Saturday, you should be well on your way to being prepared to pass off most of the requirements.  We hope to have time to officially sign off as much as you're prepared to do on the 22nd.  The requirements for getting your blue cards signed will be no more and no less than what the BSA specifies.
    • To pass off the requirements, you'll probably want to bring:
      • A notebook with discussion points and notes for safety, history of programming, intellectual property etc.  You'll find relevant information in the slides we went over on Saturday, but may need to search around the Web a little to fill things out.  We didn't cover #6, but there should be plenty of information online to be prepared to discuss careers.
      • Your laptop to show us what you've done for requirement 5
      • Your signed cyberchip chard
      • We'll have time to work together some on the 22nd, but your greatest chance of success will be to have done the requirement beforehand and be ready to pass them off.  We understand that especially requirement 5 will be challenging - if you're not ready on the 22nd we'll be happy to pass off what you have and can schedule time to work with you later on as well.
  • Slides:
Public Health
  • Nashua Wastewater Treatment Plant
  • Where: 2 Sawmill Road, Nashua, NH
  • When: Saturday, March 22, 2014 at 1:00pm to 3:00pm
  • Finishes at 3:00pm (approximately)
  • Part of the tour is outdoors
  • You can get good information about the Nashua WWT and the treatment process on their website. Here is a good place to start.
  • WCAP AM Radio Station
  • Where: Two locations. See below.
  • When: Saturday, March 22, 2014 at 1:00pm to 4:00pm
  • Part 1: We will visit the antennas on location from 1pm to 2.30pm. Please bear with me at this location as by its very nature it is back in the woods.
    1. Address: 280 Totman Avenue, Lowell, Massachusetts 01852
    2. Location: Google Maps
  • Part 2: We will visit the broadcasting booths at WCAP from 2.30pm to 4pm
Reptile and Amphibian Study
  • Col. Moses Parker Middle School
  • Where: 75 Graniteville Road, Chelmsford, MA
  • When: Saturday, March 22, 2014 at 1:00pm to 3:30pm
  • Meet at the front door.
Space Exploration
  • Rocket launching and McAuliff Planetarium in Concord, MA
  • Where: Meet at 110 Concord St., Nashua, NH (same place as expo classes)
  • When: Saturday, March 22, 2014
    • AM class: 8:00am
    • PM class: 1:00pm
  • Details:
    • The field trip on March 22 will be a visit to the McAuliffe-Shepherd Discovery Center in Concord, NH along with rocket launching.  The AM session will meet at the Nashua LDS Church at 8:00 am and carpool up.  The PM session will meet at the Nashua LDS church at 1 pm.
    • Before the field trip build a model rocket (we will not be doing this during the first session on March 8th). Plan a second launch to accomplish a specific objective (we will launch the rockets twice).  Use of A engines is recommended (you will likely lose your rocket if you launch over 500', we usually lose 2 or 3 rockets each year because they float too far away and get stuck in trees).  We recommend getting the Baby Bertha model rocket kit if you are a first-time rocketeer.  It's cheap, easy to build, takes a beating, and looks great.  Get the A8-3 engines so it doesn't float too far.
  • Tempietto Homes in Wayland and Sudbury
  • Where:
    • Meet at 17 Waltham Rd, Wayland, MA for first part
    • Then at 9 Old Country Rd #2, Sudbury, MA
  • When: Saturday, March 22, 2014 at 1:20pm
  • Please park either on Waltham Rd or Lincoln Rd which is the cross street, not in the driveway.
  • Itinerary:
    • There is a tour of a home that has been built with sustainable practices.
    • We will then move to the offices at 9 Old Country Rd #2, Sudbury, MA where we have some hands on activities organized. The afternoon should last a couple of hours. Plenty of parking here.
Truck Transportation
  • Where: FedEx, 19 Republic Rd, Billerica, MA
  • When: Saturday, March 22, 2014 at 9:00am sharp
Veterinary Medicine
  • Bulger Veterinary Hospital
  • Where: 247 Chickering Road, North Andover, MA 01845
  • When: Saturday, March 22, 2014 at 10:00am
  • Who: Scouts and accompanying adult(s)
  • Where: WCVB-TV, 5 TV Place, Needham, MA, directions given below.
  • When: March 22, 5 to 8 PM
  • What: Please bring permission slips, blue cards. (Without permission slips, we can't permit you to join the group.)
  • How: All Scouts should meet in full class A (Dress) uniforms, must be quiet in the studio during the broadcast
  • Directions: Take route 128 to the 19B exit. Exit onto Highland Avenue and take your first right at the first traffic light at Gould Street. Pass car dealership on the right (Muzi Ford) and turn right into WCVB driveway at the "5" sign. Park in the parking lot near the satellite dishes and follow the signs for the lobby.