• Front Porch of the Garfield Home - site of 1880 presidential campaign

    James A Garfield

    National Historic Site Ohio

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For Kids

For Scouts!

The Rangers and Volunteers at James A. Garfield National Historic Site have developed a series of exciting programs for boy scouts earning a variety of merit badges. These programs are hands-on and collaborative, giving scouts an opportunity to delve deeper into difficult topics, work with boys from other troops, and see connections between each merit badge and James A. Garfield, his family and his property which today is a national park. Each program covers several merit badge requirements, with the option for scouts to complete the pre-requisites before hand. Merit badge counselors are on hand to review activities.

The 2013-2014 Merit Badge Programs are:

  • Citizenship in the Nation - November 16
  • Citizenship in the Community - January 11
  • Architecture - February 15
  • Archaeology - March 22
  • Citizenship in the World - July 11
  • American Heritage - July 19

These programs are free to all boy scouts. Registration is mandatory - please call 440-255-8722.

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These merit badges can be worked towards during programs at the James A. Garfield National Historic Site.
www.scouting.org, NPS Staff

Did You Know?

Partial Image of Garfield Inaugural Ball Leaflet. Library of Congress, Prints and Photographs Division

Garfield's inaugural ball was held at the Smithsonian Institute in Washington D.C. which had just opened.