Most large Parks operated by the National Park Service have their own official Junior Ranger Program. These Junior Ranger programs were created for families with kids from 4 to 11 years of age. The goal is for the parent and child to learn together the history of the destination they are visiting.
The National Park Services’ Junior Ranger Scavenger Hunt is exceptional at Pearl Harbor. Each child receives a four-color 16-page booklet. The goal is for the parents and kids to find the answers to the question at the Pearl Harbor Visitor Center and the USS Arizona Memorial. Parents should explain to their children that this is not a test but an exciting game to learn about Pearl Harbor and World War II.
At the end of the tour and upon completion of the Scavenger Hunt, the child returns the booklet to the National Park Services’ ticket counter, located in the Pearl Harbor Visitor Center courtyard. The Park Ranger will review the answers, come out from behind the counter, and swears the child in as an official Junior Ranger, with an oath to protect parks, continue to learn about parks, and share their Pearl Harbor and Battleship USS Arizona Memorial experience with their friends. The new Junior Ranger then receives their certificate and badge. This makes for a fantastic photo opportunity to remind the family of their exciting time at the Pearl Harbor Visitor Center.
Junior Ranger booklets are available at the USS Arizona Memorial Narrated Tour ticket counter.