ALERT: The Gateway Arch Ticketing & Visitor Center has relocated to the Old Courthouse at 11 N. 4th Street. The walking distance between the Old Courthouse and the Arch entrance at the SOUTH leg is approximately 0.3 miles (7 minutes of average walking time). EACH guest planning to enter the Gateway Arch will be required to have EITHER a Journey to the Top ticket or an Arch Entry-Only ticket to be allowed access to the facility.  Tram tickets will sell out early and often - advance tickets are strongly recommended.

Please Note: The Museum of Westward Expansion, located under the Gateway Arch is closed for significant renovations. Certain artifacts from the Museum are on display in exhibit galleries at the Old Courthouse.


Girl Scouts: Earn Badges at Jefferson National Expansion Memorial

January 06, 2015

Release Date: January 6, 2014
Contact: Ann Honious, Jefferson National Expansion Memorial
Phone: 314-655-1614
Contact(s): Jenna Todoroff, Common Ground PR
Phone: 636-530-1235

WHAT: Jefferson National Expansion Memorial will offer free programs and workshops designed to enrich and fulfill requirements for various Girl Scout badges throughout 2015. 

“Our badge programs tie-in the Girl Scouts’ mission to build courage, confidence and character in young women,” says Ann Honious, Chief, Museum Services and Interpretation, Jefferson National Expansion Memorial. “Scouts can learn about the events related to America’s westward expansion and St. Louis history during the 19th century.”

2015 Girl Scouts Badge Programs

Facilitated by National Park Service rangers, all programs are approximately 50 minutes long and offered year-round. A 30-day advanced reservation and a group of at least six Scouts (maximum of 30) is required to book a program. Some programs have a limited capacity on specific dates, and others can be scheduled per the group’s availability.

  • Daisies
    • Cooperation on the Trail: Learn what life was like for 19th-century families traveling west in a wagon over prairies, rivers and mountains.
    • Fun and Games: Learn about the lives and pastimes of nineteenth century boys and girls. Scouts will make their own pioneer toy.
  • Brownies
    • My Family Story: Discover how stories of long ago—gathered from oral histories, photographs, letters and diaries—help us learn about where we came from and who we are. Fulfills Skill Builder Badge.
  • Juniors
    • Playing the Past: In the 19th century, opportunities for women were often limited; but regardless of the challenges, women made significant contributions to our history as a people. Fulfills Skill Builder Badge.
    • Inside Government: Learn about local government, past and present, and how to be active citizens today. Fulfills Legacy Badge.

2015 Cadette and Senior Workshops
These half-day interest project workshops are scheduled on varying days throughout the year.

  • Finding Common Ground: Learn the art of debate and compromise in an effort to find our common ground. Offered Fri., June 5, and Thurs, Aug. 6; 9 am—1 pm.
  • Public Speaker: Speaking in public is a powerful way to connect with people. Learn the skills of public speaking and “perform” at Jefferson National Expansion Memorial. Offered Fri., June 12, and Fri., Aug. 7, 9 am—1 pm.

HOW: For reservations, call 877-982-1410 or 314-982-1410. Due to space availability, no email or voicemail reservations will be accepted for workshops. For more information, visit A Jefferson National Expansion Memorial patch is available for purchase upon completion of a Scout program.

Scouts receive the National Park Service America the Beautiful passport rate for Arch tram rides. One complimentary tram ticket is available for groups of 20 or more.

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