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Eastern State Penitentiary is thrilled to invite BSA and GSUSA scouts and all youth to participate in specially-curated — virtual and in-person — learning experiences. Led by our engaging staff, participants will enjoy interactive discussions and activities. BSA and GSUSA scouts will also satisfy badge requirements. 

Virtual Scout Day: Architecture
Saturday, February 25, 2023 — 11:00 am - 2:15 pm ET
All sessions take place live via Zoom.

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

Can't make it this time? We plan to host additional Scout Days on the following dates: April 23 (In-Person), November 11 (In-Person), December 3 (Virtual). Email us at [email protected] if you'd like to receive updates by email including notifications when tickets go on sale.

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.

Participants 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. Matt Murphy, Tour Programs Supervisor, is certified to serve as an Architecture Merit Badge counselor through the BSA’s Cradle of Liberty Council.

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

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

Our next Scout Day will take place virtually, via Zoom, on Saturday, February 25, 2023 from 11:00 am to 2:15 pm ET.

Online Passes are on sale now! Click here to purchase.
All sales are final. There will be no refunds or exchanges including for unused Online Passes.


Can't make it this time? We'll host additional Scout Days on the following dates: April 23 (In-Person), November 11 (In-Person), December 3 (Virtual). Email us at [email protected] if you'd like to receive updates by email including notifications when tickets go on sale.

Our February 25, 2023 program costs $15 per participant, and all participating scouts and youth must purchase an Online Pass in advance to reserve their spot.

Online Passes are on sale now! Click here to purchase.
All sales are final. There will be no refunds or exchanges including for unused Online Passes.

Yes! This program was designed for all youth and their caregivers in mind, while also giving BSA and GSUSA scouts the opportunity to satisfy badge requirements. All are welcome to attend Scout Day!

Our February 25, 2023 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 February 25, 2023. 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 and youth who wish to attend must be present at the scheduled times to participate.

All registrants 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 and youth will need access to a laptop, tablet or other Internet-connected device to participate.

Yes. Each participating scout or youth must purchase a separate Online Pass.

Online Passes are on sale now! Click here 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 or child may have. In addition, feel free to email us at [email protected].

All scouts will receive a confirmation email from [email protected] after the last session.

GSUSA Scouts:

GSUSA scouts can use the confirmation email to self-report completion of the requirements for the STEM Career Exploration badge and/or part of the Think Like an Engineer Journey to their troop leader.

BSA Scouts:

BSA scouts will receive a prefilled blue card with their confirmation email; however, they must complete requirements 1a and 4 on their own to qualify for their Architecture Merit Badge:

  • Requirement 1a: Tour your community and list the different types of buildings you see. Try to identify buildings that can be associated with a specific period of history or style of architecture. Make a sketch of the building you most admire.
  • Requirement 4: Measure a room such as one where you live or where your troop meets. Make an accurately scaled drawing of the room’s floor plan showing walls, doors, closets, windows, and any built-in furniture or cabinets. Neatly label your drawing with the following: your name, the date, what room you drew, and the scale of the drawing. (Drawing scale: 1⁄4 inch = 1 foot)

These requirements can be completed before or after Virtual Scout Day at Eastern State. It is the responsibility of the scout to review their building sketch and scale drawing with their troop leader before submitting their blue card for the Architecture Merit Badge. The blue card will have requirements 1a and 4 prefilled for convenience.

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

Please note, that BSA scouts will also need to complete two requirements outside of Virtual Scout Day as explained above.

Our next Virtual Scout Day will be on Sunday, December 3, 2023. Tickets will go on sale closer to the date.

Please email us at [email protected] if you'd like to receive Scout Day updates by email including notifications when tickets go on sale.

We are planning on offering In-Person Scout Days on both Sunday, April 23, 2023 and Saturday, November 11, 2023. Tickets will go on sale closer to the date. 

Please email us at [email protected] if you'd like to receive Scout Day updates by email including notifications when tickets go on sale.

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

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