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Eastern State Penitentiary is thrilled to invite BSA and GSUSA scouts to participate in specially-curated learning experiences. Led by our engaging staff, scouts will enjoy a full day of interactive discussions and activities while satisfying badge requirements.

Virtual Scout Day: Architecture
Sunday, May 15, 2022
11:00 am - 2:15 pm ET
All sessions take place live via Zoom.

Online Passes are available now! Click here and scroll to the bottom of the page to purchase.

*All sales are final. There will be no refunds or exchanges including for unused Online Passes.

Two people in an orange basket lift, wearing hard hats, in front of Eastern State's historic stone wall 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.

Participating scouts will meet with a variety of experts and engage in interactive activities and conversations. Scouts will learn about Eastern State’s history and influence, receive an introduction to the fields of architecture and historic preservation, and discuss the logistical challenges and ethical issues that complicate the role of prison architecture then and now.

BSA scouts that participate will satisfy all requirements for the Architecture Merit Badge. Members of our staff are certified to serve as merit badge counselors through the BSA’s Cradle of Liberty Council.

GSUSA scouts that participate will satisfy all requirements for the STEM Career Exploration Badge and/or the Think Like an Engineer Badge.

Still have questions about Scout Days? Check out our FAQ below.

Our next Scout Day will take place virtually, via Zoom, on Sunday, May 15, 2022 from 11:00 am to 2:15 pm ET.

Online Passes are available now. Click here and scroll to the bottom of the page to purchase.

*All sales are final. There will be no refunds or exchanges including for unused Online Passes.

The program costs $15 per scout, and all scouts must purchase an Online Pass in advance to reserve their spot.

Online Passes are available now. Click here and scroll to the bottom of the page to purchase.

*All sales are final. There will be no refunds or exchanges including for unused Online Passes.

Our Sunday, May 15, 2022 Scout Day is a virtual, one-day program from 11:00 am to 2:15 pm ET.

The day will be comprised of several sessions lasting 30-60 minutes each. There will be a 30-minute break for lunch midday.

Click here for a more detailed description of the sessions.

Below is the schedule for our virtual Scout Day on Sunday, May 15, 2022. 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

All sessions for virtual Scout Days will be led by one of our educators live via Zoom. Because these are live sessions, scouts must be present at the scheduled times to participate. All registered scouts will receive an email with a personalized Zoom link at least 24 hours prior to the class. Links are unique, password protected, and can’t be shared. In addition to this link, scouts will need access to a laptop, tablet or other Internet-connected device to participate.

Each participating BSA or GSUSA scout must purchase a separate Online Pass.

Online Passes are available now. Click here and scroll to the bottom of the page to purchase.

*All sales are final. There will be no refunds or exchanges including for unused Online Passes.

An educator will monitor the chat and answer any questions that your scout may have. Our staff is also available outside of the class time, if necessary, for one week after the program. Feel free to email us at [email protected].

No! Scouts will receive a confirmation email from [email protected] after the last session concludes confirming they have satisfied all requirements for their badge.

  • For BSA scouts - The email will include a signed blue card for the Architecture merit badge. The scout must then get their troop leader to sign off and send the Blue Card in to receive their official merit badge.
     
  • For GSUSA scouts - GSUSA scouts can use the confirmation email to self-report completion of the requirements for the STEM Career Exploration badge and/or the Think Like An Engineer Badge to their troop leader.

Yes! As long as scouts attend all four sessions, they will receive full credit for completing their respective badge.

If you have additional questions, please email us at [email protected] for assistance. 

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