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boy scout merit badge workshops

Merit badge workshops are scheduled at various times throughout the year. These half-day workshops are designed to help scouts earn specific badges.

Space is limited, and workshops fill up quickly. Reservations may be made for the winter workshop beginning October 1, 2009. Spring and summer workshop reservations may be made beginning January 5, 2010.

Call 1-877-982-1410 ext. 0 to make reservations. (Please note that this is a new number for making scout reservations.)

Law Merit Badge
Does enforcing the law involve bravery? Does telling the truth equal courage? Investigate the judicial system and its important role in our society. Scouts re-enact a trial in our historic courtrooms and debate historic and contemporary issues. An attorney and a National Park Service Law Enforcement Ranger discuss their roles and responsibilities in society. Addresses the Law Merit Badge.
(Historic Old Courthouse). This workshop is free.
December 29, 2009 9:00a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
August 3, 2010 9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.


Railroading Merit Badge
Join us aboard the rails for a new, day-long Railroading Merit Badge Workshop. Scouts will travel round-trip on an Amtrak train between St. Louis, Missouri and Springfield, Illinois. A National Park Service Ranger will present the ins and outs of railroading, including history, economics and safety. In Springfield, boys will have the opportunity to explore the Lincoln sites with National Park Service staff. Reservations are required and space is limited.
(Amtrak Rail System and Lincoln National Historic Site).
Amtrak tickets cost approximately $25-$35 per person.
June 8, 2010 6:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. (time approx.)

American Heritage
Explore the history of St. Louis at and around the Historic Old Courthouse and learn about the important role this river city played in the development of our nation. Afterwards, take a cruise on the Mississippi River aboard one of the Gateway Arch Riverboats, the Tom Sawyer or the Becky Thatcher.
(Historic Old Courthouse, Gateway Arch Riverboat).
The cost for the Gateway Arch River Cruise is $4.00 per person.
June 10, 2010 9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

Indian Lore Merit Badge
In this new, half-day workshop, participants will explore the Plains Indian culture. Scouts will reenact some daily activities of Plains Indian life, including constructing a tipi, handling living history items, playing traditional games and communicating through sign language. With the help of the National Park Service staff, scouts will be able to complete the merit badge.
(Gateway Arch and Museum of Westward Expansion).
This workshop is free.
August 5, 2010 9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m

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Did You Know?

Drawing of Dred Scott from Frank Leslie's Illustrated Newspaper, 1857

In 1846, a slave named Dred Scott sued for his freedom at the St. Louis Courthouse. His case went all the way to the Supreme Court, where the verdict set the stage for the Civil War. Today, the Old Courthouse is part of the Jefferson National Expansion Memorial. Click to learn more about Dred Scott. More...