Scouts observing art

Scout Programs

If you are looking for fun ways to earn The Country Music Hall of Fame® and Museum scout patch, we’ve created some optional patch challenges.

The Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum welcomes scout troops. We have a patch and optional patch challenges that scouts can do at the museum or at home.

Feel free to use our suggested patch challenges or create your own. If your troop chooses, scouts may earn patches in a variety of ways – from participating in a family program to visiting our website, to touring the museum or Historic RCA Studio B. In these optional challenges, Scouts must visit the museum and accumulate the required number of activity points.

Patches are $1.00 each and available for pick-up at the Information Desk.


How It Works

Points Required to Earn Patch:

Daisies | Lions and Tigers: 2 Points

Brownies | Wolves and Bears: 3 Points

Juniors | Webelos and Arrow of Light: 4 Points

Cadettes | Tenderfoot, First, and Second Class: 5 Points

Seniors and Ambassadors | Star, Life, and Eagle: 6 Points

For scout troops not affiliated with Girl Scouts or Scouts, troop ranking and point system is up to troop leader’s discretion.

Two-Point Activities

Complete one activity from this section to earn two points. Scouts may complete any of the suggested activities in any combination until they have reached their required point goal. Scouts are encouraged to tour the museum before or after the program.

Participate in a Family Program

Family Programs are youth-focused and offer interactive fun. Music and art workshops are led every Saturday, drop-in artmaking occurs every Sunday and daily during the summer, and special programs with Hatch Show Print and Historic Studio B are offered throughout the year. Programs range from hands-on musical instrument activities and concerts to dance workshops, art-making, and recording experiences. Some programs require reservations, if space is limited. Most family programs are free.

Find Family Programs

Schedule a Guided Tour of Historic RCA Studio B

Historic RCA Studio B, located on Music Row, is the former recording home of Elvis Presley, Dolly Parton, the Everly Brothers, and many others. Scouts learn about Studio B’s historical significance and studio design. Groups of fifteen or more can arrange for a private tour. Tours are offered daily. Ticket prices vary.

Reserve Tickets

Participate in a Public Program

The museum offers a wide variety of public programs that expand the story of country music told in our exhibits. Formats include interviews with artists, panel discussions, lectures, films, and concerts.

Find Public Programs

One-Point Activities

Complete one activity from this section to earn one point. Scouts may complete any of the suggested activities in any combination until they have reached their required point goal. Scouts are encouraged to tour the museum before or after the program.

Research a Member of the Country Music Hall of Fame

Over 100 people have been inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame. Prior to your museum visit, select a Hall of Fame member from the museum’s Web site then research that person using books or the internet. During your museum visit, find the Hall of Fame member’s plaque in the Rotunda. Look for artifacts in the museum’s galleries that represent your subject (note: your selected Hall of Fame member might not have an artifact on display during your visit). Report your findings to your troop.

Select a Member

Listen to a Grand Ole Opry show

Attend the Grand Ole Opry or listen to a live broadcast at home. Radio station 650 WSM-AM has broadcast the program every Saturday night for over eighty years. The broadcast can also be heard live through WSM’s web site, on XM Satellite Radio channel 10, and SIRIUS Satellite Radio channel 62. Report back to the troop about what you saw or heard. Some questions to answer: Who did you hear performing? How is a Grand Ole Opry broadcast different from a regular radio broadcast? Where can you go to see the show in person? How would you describe the music that you heard?

Visit the Grand Ole Opry

Design a Country Music Costume

During your visit to the museum, look at the different styles of costumes on display. Notice how styles change, but also notice that certain items, like hats and boots, remain popular. Using the costume templates on the museum’s third floor education table, design a costume you would wear if you were a country star. Incorporate symbols that hold special meaning to you.

Reserve Museum Admission

Additional Information

  • The museum offers self-guided tours for scout troops. Self-guided tours can be arranged any day of the week during museum hours, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • To include a family program or public program in your visit, visit our calendar to plan accordingly.
  • We strive to make the museum inclusive for all. Please let us know how we can best accommodate accessibility needs in your troop.
  • To make a reservation, please email or call 615-760-6514.

1. Talk as a troop about what to expect from a visit to a museum. Discuss museums and the functions they serve in our community. What other museums have you visited? What did you learn from those visits?

2. As a troop, discuss the patch requirements.

3. Discuss your trip in detail: conduct, dress, food, spending money, etc.

4. Encourage scouts to bring a pencil and a sketchpad to record the fun and interesting things they will see and hear during their visit.

5. Go over the museum expectations below.

  • 1. Walk, never run, through the museum.
  • 2. Flash photography, videotaping, food, and drink are not allowed in the galleries in order to protect the artifacts and exhibit materials. We want them to last a long time.
  • 3. Groups should stay together when visiting the museum. Designate a meeting place in case you do get separated.
  • 4. If you have questions, please ask a Guest Services Representative, volunteer, or security guard. They are stationed on each floor and happy to help.

1. Pick up a Visitors Guide at the information desk upon your arrival. It includes a map of the museum and the exhibits.

2. Look for the special areas of the museum for children:

  • The Taylor Swift Education Center on the third floor features family programs, hands-on children’s activities, and a range of scavenger hunts and gallery guides (Please note: The Taylor Swift Education Center is temporarily closed).
  • The Sing Me Back Home exhibit on the third floor features listening stations and a children’s interactive computer program.
  • The ACM Gallery and the Dinah and Fred Gretsch Family Gallery, on the museum’s second floor, highlight contemporary country music and offer opportunities to record a song, test your country music knowledge, and much more.

Arrange Your Visit!

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