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Virtual Scout Day: Architecture

December 3, 2023, 11:00 am – 2:15 pm

Virtual Scout Day: Architecture

Sunday, December 3, 2023 — Online via Zoom

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Considered the world’s first true penitentiary, Eastern State’s architectural design served as a model for over 300 prisons across the globe. Now a National Historic Landmark and criminal justice museum, Eastern State staff carefully navigate decisions around conservation and preservation while interpreting the past and present of prison reform in the building’s historic cellblocks.

All youth who participate will engage in interactive activities and conversations, learn about Eastern State's history and influence, and receive an introduction to the field of architecture and historic preservation. 

What to expect on Scout Day:

Below is the schedule for our virtual Scout Day on Sunday, December 3. Click here for a more detailed description of the sessions. All times listed in ET.

  • 11:00 am – 11:45 am - Let the Doors Be of Iron: A Virtual Tour of Eastern State Penitentiary
  • 11:45 pm – 12:15 pm - ”A Model for the World”: The Ethics and Influence of Prison Architecture
  • 12:15 pm – 12:45 pm - Lunch Break
  • 12:45 pm – 1:45 pm - Building a Prison, Saving a Landmark
  • 1:45 pm – 2:15 pm - Architecture and Historic Preservation Career Panel

BSA scouts who participate will satisfy all requirements for the Architecture Merit Badge; however, requirements 1a and 4 must be completed independently outside of Scout Day. Ciara Sullivan, Supervisor, Evening Education Programs, is certified to serve as an Architecture Merit Badge counselor through the BSA’s Cradle of Liberty Council.

GSUSA scouts who participate will satisfy all requirements for the STEM Career Exploration Badge. Girl Scouts will also satisfy a portion of the Think Like an Engineer Journey by learning how engineers use design thinking to solve problems and use their skills to change the world. To finish this journey, Girl Scouts must also complete three hands-on design challenges independently.

Still have questions about Scout Day? Check out our Scout Day page.

2017 American Aliance of Museums Excellence in Exhibitions Overall Winner