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Crystal Bridges

Squirrels! Leave behind the campfire and put down the whittlin’ knife to troop with your troop up to Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art. Don’t worry, you won’t have to leave nature for long—Crystal Bridges has great hiking trails and even better landscape paintings, such as Sunset on the River by George Inness and Green River, Wyoming by Thomas Moran. If you want to take a break from the rugged outdoors, check out Georgia O’Keeffe’s Jimson Weed/White Flower No. 1 or the museum’s great Alfred Stieglitz Collection. Looking at art is hard work! Cool down by joining troop leader Anna King and her tireless helpers Andrew Fleming, Emily Holmes, and Ella Thomas for a plunge in the nearby lake. On Saturday, you’ll ditch the jerky and trail mix for a lovely meal at the amazing Eleven restaurant inside the museum. Afterward, you can wander around the galleries or hit the woods outside before heading back to the cabins to hang out and rest up. Art merit badge: complete! 

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