As of Tuesday, June 19, all Gateway Arch visitors will enter the monument through the new west entrance, which faces Fourth Street and the Old Courthouse. The Gateway Arch legs will become exits only. Tram tickets will sell out early and often - advance tickets are strongly recommended. EACH guest planning to enter the Gateway Arch will be required to have EITHER a Tram Ride to the Top ticket or an Arch Entry-Only ticket to be allowed access to the facility.

Please Note: The Museum of Westward Expansion, located under the Gateway Arch is closed for significant renovations. The Grand Opening of the Museum at the Gateway Arch begins with a ribbon cutting event on Tuesday, July 3 at 10am - the facility will open at noon following the event that morning. The Museum galleries will be closed to the public until then.

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Scouts

Scout Leaders

As part of the national park system, the Jefferson National Expansion Memorial and scouting naturally go together. Here, your troop can earn badges as they learn about St. Louis’ role in westward expansion, the abolition of slavery, and more.

Register your troop for a variety of free programs and workshops offered by Jefferson National Expansion Memorial and led by National Park Service rangers. For reservations, call (877) 982-1410.

Troop leaders can make reservations for the programs below year-round with at least 30 days’ notice. Approximately 50 minutes in length, each program highlights a different, age-appropriate theme. A minimum of six scouts is required, with a maximum of 30 scouts. If possible, we will place groups with less than six scouts with another group.

Boy Scout Programs
(Tiger Cubs, Wolf Cubs, and Bear Cubs)

At the Gateway Arch and Old Courthouse, Boy Scouts can learn about history through a variety of age-appropriate topics, such as:

  • The roles of 19th century girls and boys
  • The challenges faced by early settlers moving west
  • The culture of the Plains Indians
  • The cultural differences among the Plains, Illini, and Osage Indians

These Boy Scout programs include activity guides for leaders and will help Boy Scouts fulfill requirements for arrow points, achievements and badges.

Download the 2017–2018 Boy Scout Brochure.

Girl Scout Programs
(Daisy Scout, Brownies, and Juniors)

Girl Scouts can learn about history through a variety of age-appropriate topics, including:

  • The roles of 19th century girls and boys
  • How stories of long ago can help us learn about ourselves
  • The contributions women have made to our history
  • The structure of local government and how to become an active citizen today

These Girl Scout programs include activity guides for leaders and can help Girl Scouts fulfill requirements for earning badges.

Download the 2017-2018 Girl Scout Brochure here.

Boy Scout Merit Badge Workshops

Law Merit Badge

Scouts investigate the judicial system and reenact trials in historic courtrooms at the Old Courthouse. Maximum capacity is 60 scouts.


2018 workshops: 9:00am–1:00pm
Wednesday, June 6, 2018 | Tuesday, July 31, 2018

Railroading Merit Badge 

Scouts travel from St. Louis, Missouri to Springfield, Illinois via Amtrak. Staff members from Jefferson National Expansion Memorial will accompany your group. Please note this workshop requires a fee. Maximum capacity is 25 scouts.

2018 workshops: 6:00am–3:00pm
Saturday, March 3, 2018 | Tuesday, June 5, 2018 | Wednesday, June 13, 2018 | Thursday, August 2, 2018 | Wednesday, August 8, 2018

American Heritage 

Explore the history of St. Louis at the Old Courthouse and learn about the important role this river city played in the development of our nation. Afterward, take a cruise on the Mississippi River aboard the Riverboats at the Gateway Arch and experience the river firsthand. Please note that this workshop requires a fee. Maximum capacity is 25 scouts.

2018 workshops: 9:00am–1:00pm
Thursday, June 7, 2018 | Wednesday, August 1, 2018

Girl Scout Workshops
(Cadettes and Seniors)

Finding Common Ground

Scouts learn the arts of debating and compromising during this workshop held at the Old Courthouse. Maximum capacity is 25 scouts.

2018 workshops: 9:00am–2:30pm
Monday, June 11, 2018 | Monday, August 6, 2018

Public Speaking

Scouts can improve their abilities to connect with people by learning the skills of public speaking. They’ll even get the opportunity to “perform” at the Old Courthouse. Maximum capacity is 25 scouts.

2018 workshops:
Tuesday, June 12, 2018 | Tuesday, August 7, 2018

Commemorative Patches

A Jefferson National Expansion Memorial patch may be purchased upon completion of a park scout program. Please find more details about scouting activities, including admission to other attractions on the Gateway Arch grounds, at the resources below. For additional group activities, visit our Educators section.

The Resource Stewardship
Scout Ranger Program

Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts of all ages can participate in educational and/or volunteer service projects at national park sites. Scouts can explore the national parks and learn more about protecting our natural and cultural resources. Through this program, scouts can earn participation certificates and/or patches. For more information, call Jefferson National Expansion Memorial at (314) 655-1635 or visit the National Park Service website.

Planning Your Group Visit

Unless otherwise noted, scout programs and workshops are free. The Gateway Arch will waive the $3 national park entrance fee for bona fide educational groups. Contact the Call Center at (877) 982-1410 to make your group reservations for educational programs and activities at the Arch grounds. Please Note: Due to space availability, we cannot accept email or voicemail reservations for scout programs or workshops.

Find more group information here or fill out the Group Inquiry Form below, and a sales agent will contact you. 

Group Inquiry Form

Educational Resources

You are invited to use the following educational resources to enrich your group’s learning experience.

Curriculum Materials

Guidebooks for pre- and post-visit lessons and activities, trial guides, scripts, and more are available for download here.

Traveling Trunks

If you cannot travel to the Gateway Arch for a visit, bring “hands-on” history to your troop meeting. Find a list of trunk topics and information on reserving a trunk here. Trunks are available for a period of two weeks. Call (314) 655-1635 to inquire about pricing or to reserve.

Teacher Workshops and In-Services

Each year the education department hosts educator workshops. The education department can also help schools develop and facilitate workshops for their teachers. View a list of topics or to learn more, please call (314) 655-1635.

Video Loan Program

Troop leaders may borrow DVDs related to westward expansion and the Gateway Arch for off-site use. Find a list of available titles here. Call (314) 655-1635 to reserve.

Group Inquiry Form

How can we be of service? Use the form below to let us know more about your group. Together, we’ll develop a plan to ensure that your group has an unforgettable experience at the Gateway Arch.

 

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