Programs for Scouts
Group reservations, including scouting programs, are made with the park's Education Specialist. Contact Jane Clark at 724-329-8124 (M-F, 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.), or send an e-mail to request information or reservations.
Archaeology Merit Badge
Program Length: about 4-5 hours
This program meets the requirements of the BSA Archaeology merit badge. The scouts will have a great time learning Archaeology, participating in a mock dig, making a soldier's musket cartridge and studying the French and Indian War soldiers. There is a merit badge counselor on staff to sign the boys' blue cards. (Badges are the responsibility of the troop.)
It is suggested that the scouts do either requirement 4a or requirement 4b before arriving. They will do requirement 4c at Fort Necessity. Likewise it is suggested the scouts complete requirement 5. Follow the links below to learn about some archaeological site in the United States.
Reservations are required. For the first 1-10 scouts there is a $50 fee, then for each additional scout there is a $5 per scout program fee. Adults - 16 and over - pay the $5 park entrance fee.
Indian Lore Merit Badge
Program Length: about 3 hours
George Washington Learning to be a Leader – Historic Patch Program
Program length: 3 hours
The requirements are designed to help Scouts gain experience and an understanding of the qualities of leadership. The boys and their leader read text, answer questions, and participate in self guided activities all contained in one booklet.
The program themes are leadership and stewardship. As the scouts work through the activities to earn "George Washington Learning to be a Leader" patch, they find how young George Washington learned lessons which he used throughout his lifetime as a general and as our first president.
One booklet per scout and one leader's booklet per group will be provided.
The program is free, however, reservations are helpful. The park entrance fee of $5 ea. applies to all person age 16 and older. Upon completion the scouts may purchase the "George Washington Learning to be a Leader" patch through the Westmoreland-Fayette Council.
The French and Indian War in Western Pennsylvania: 1754-1763 – Historic Patch Program
Program length: 5 hours
The requirements are designed to help Scouts gain experience and an understanding of the scope of the French and Indian War. The boys and their leader read text, answer questions, and participate in self guided activities all contained in one booklet.
Participants will complete activities Fort Necessity Visitor Center and Battlefield, Braddock's Grave, and Jumonville Glen.
One booklet per scout and one leader's booklet per group will be provided. The program is free, however, reservations are helpful. The park entrance fee of $5 ea. applies to all person age 16 and older. This patch will be the second in the series and is designed to attach to the "Learning to be a Leader" patch.
Listening to the Past
Program length: about 1 ½ hours
This program is based on the requirements of "Listening to the Past" from the obsolete Brownie Try-It series. While the patch is no longer available, the girls will have a great time as they visit the historic stagecoach stop on the old National Road - the Mount Washington Tavern. They will participate in a guided tour and a special program where they learn games from the past and dress up to act out a scene from the National Road. Each Girl Scout will receive a booklet with two stories from the past and learn interesting facts.
Reservations are required. The program is offered on weekends. A program fee of $20.00 is charged for the first ten girls with each additional girl being $2.00. Adults (16 yrs and older) must also pay $5.00 per person entrance fee. Make sure to leave some time to visit Fort Necessity, walk through our museum exhibits and see our 20 minute orientation film.
Tiger Cub - Go See IT
Program length: 45 minutes
The boys learn about many aspects of traditional Indian family life including what they ate, where they lived and how they dressed. The boys also participate in making a wampum bracelet.
Reservations are required. The program is offered on weekends. A program fee of $20.00 is charged for the first ten boys. Each additional boy is $2.00. Adults (age 16 and older) pay the $5.00 per person park entrance fee.