NEW: Virtual Scout Days
Announcing the National Constitution Center's Virtual Scout Events!
We have decided to “go virtual” due to continuing concerns about COVID-19.
Scouts can participate in Zoom webinars specifically designed to help them achieve select requirements for badges. Zoom sessions can be accessed from home computer, laptop, or phone.
Scouts will be provided with a customized packet to complete as they view the live programs. The packet will also have links to National Constitution Center resources that will be helpful when completing additional requirements.
Fall 2020 dates will be announced soon!
Scouts BSA Sessions:
Citizenship in the Nation Badge
Requirements: 1, 2a, 4, 5
Programs include an interactive trivia game, a question and answer session with a park ranger, and a special workshop on America’s founding documents, led by the Center’s education team.
Requirements: 1, 2b, 3, 4, 6b, 7, 9, 10, 11
Programs include a panel discussion with legal experts and law enforcement officers, and a fun and interactive mock trial where scouts play the part of the jury.
American Heritage Badge
Requirements: 2d, 4d, 6
Programs include our popular Road to Freedom Show, which explores events leading up to the Civil War, plus a special panel discussion with historians, museum professionals, and others who have made their careers in American heritage.
Note: National Constitution Center educators, who are registered merit badge counselors, will be available via email the week after the event to review packets and approve blue cards.
Girl Scouts of the USA Sessions:
Seniors: Behind the Ballot Badge
Steps 1a, 1b and 2c, plus get a head start on Step 4
At our “History of Elections” workshop, Center educators will help Seniors explore the history of political parties and platforms, and decode some of the most famous campaign ads throughout history. Plus, get a behind-the-scenes look at artifacts from the Center’s teaching collection to learn about how voting technology has changed over time.
Cadettes: Finding Common Ground Badge
Steps 2a, 3c, and 4c
All Rise! Cadettes will participate in a fun and engaging virtual mock trial and explore how juries reach verdicts. We also look at famous debates throughout history, including one that took place at the National Constitution Center!
Juniors: Inside Government Badge
Steps 1a, 2b, 5a
Juniors can show their smarts at our “Pass the Citizenship Test” trivia game, and then explore the ins and outs of the presidency and the election process with the “Destination: White House” show.
Bonus Program: Women Leading the Way
At a special bonus program, available for all Girl Scouts, we will explore the history of women and the Constitution and 19th Amendment—which celebrates its 100th anniversary this year!