For Kids

Boy Scout Railroading Merit Badge Workshop

(Space is limited and advance reservations are required)

Join us aboard the rails for a day-long Railroading Merit Badge Workshop. Scouts will visit the park museums, then travel round-trip on a train (fee required) between Steamtown NHS and Gouldsboro, PA. During the trip, a park ranger will present the ins-and-outs of railroading, including history, economics, and safety. At Gouldsboro, Scouts will have the opportunity to explore the historical passenger station with staff and volunteers.

These workshops occur during the summer months.

Space is limited and workshops fill quickly. We recommend early reservations. More information and reservations (via credit card payment) may be made by phoning 570-340-5306 (phone only - Internet and email reservations are not available).


Junior Ranger Programs

Steamtown NHS offers Junior Ranger programs for all ages, including adults, that are sure to enhance your visit! The self-paced programs are designed to be completed using Park resources during your visit. Booklets are available at the Visitor Center at no charge.

Unable to visit our park? Challenge yourself to "Explore, Learn and Protect" our National Parks by becoming a WebRanger online. This site also features a "Railroad Connections" component that kids of all ages may enjoy!

Also, our Children's Discovery Center, is open most days, and features "hands-on" child-friendly learning activities.

NRHS RailCamp - Information

Most summers, the National Railway Historical Society presents RailCamp at various locations, generally one each at an East Coast and West Coast location. This one-week summer program for high school students introduces them to modern railroading, historic preservation and operations, and interpretation of railroad history. Click to learn more about RailCamp or write to NRHS RailCamp, PO Box 1481, Lockport, NY 14095.
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Resource Stewardship Scout Ranger

The National Park Service, the Boy Scouts of America and the Girl Scouts of the United States of America team up to bring you the Resource Stewardship Scout Ranger and Girl Scout Ranger Programs.

This program is designed to increase scout visitation to national park units, promote a better understanding of the National Park Service (NPS) mission among scouts and their families, educate young people about their responsibility to conserve our natural and cultural resources, encourage volunteer service and promote good citizenship.

Boy and Girl Scouts of all levels are given the opportunity to earn a unit certificate and an individual patch based on their participation level in organized education programs or volunteer service projects. Individual scouts are encouraged to earn their "Scout Ranger" patch by participating in regularly scheduled NPS programs. The individual patch is available for distribution by NPS staff at participating parks. Scout Ranger program participants may earn the certificate or patch by participating in volunteer service projects or education programs at Steamtown National Historic Site.

It is important for Boy and Girl Scouts to spend some quality time exploring park resources. Scouts are awarded a certificate to recognize their leadership development and resource stewardship activities after five hours at one or more national park sites. Five hours is an afternoon at a national park site. A patch is awarded after ten hours at one or more national park sites. Ten hours is two afternoons, or a month of volunteering 2 or 3 hours per weekend. The NPS strongly believes that with these set hour requirements, boys and girls will come away with not just a certificate or patch, but the reward of discovery, sense of awareness and hopefully an interest in something new.

Visit to find out more information or call 570-340-5206 to find out about opportunities at Steamtown NHS.

Last updated: August 2, 2019

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