Scouting Programs

Calling all troop leaders

Bring your Scouts to Independence Seaport Museum for maritime fun and learning. The Museum hosts special Scout Days for Boy and Girl Scouts.

Seaport Slumbers are an excellent group activity for your troop. Cub scouts may also earn their Maps and Compass belt loop and pin during any of our Seaport Slumbers.

For more information, or to schedule a visit, program, or Seaport Slumber for your troop, please contact Melania Majowicz at 215-413-8663 or

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Scout Slumbers

Slumbers include hands-on activities, gallery and ship exploration, evening snack and continental breakfast. All children participating will receive a souvenir activity patch.

Cub Scouts may earn their Maps and Compass Academic Belt Loop and Pin during any of these slumbers. Activities included in the overnight meet the requirements for the Maps and Compass Belt Loop. Please remember that Scouts will receive verification that they completed the requirements, however, Independence Seaport Museum does not provide the belt loops or pins.

$50 per person. A 30 person minimum is required to reserve the night. Dates are flexible and can be arranged to accommodate your group!

Cub Scouts

Navigation Program
Our cub scout program offers scouts an opportunity to gain their navigation loop through fun activities throughout our Museum. Cub scouts learn all about maps, including how to draw a compass rose and a map to scale. They also learn to be adept at using a compass by completing a scavenger hunt through the Museum with only a compass to guide their way.

Boy Scouts

Astronomy Program
In our astronomy themes overnight program, scouts study how activities in space affect our own planet and bear witness to the wonders of the night sky. Scouts observe our world's constellations and planets with the Museum's telescope. Scouts also create their own star maps and drawings of the moon and sun, as well as the visible planets on that night. (This program can only be booked as a slumber.)

Woodworker Program
The woodworker program teaches scouts learn how to use traditional woodworking tools and what it is like to work in our Workshop on the Water. Our woodworker program includes hands-on activities where scouts make a tool box, using traditional woodworking methods. 

Girl Scouts

Playing the Past Program
In playing the past program, scouts go back in history and discover what it's like to be an immigrant coming to Philadelphia at the turn of the century. While pretending to be an immigrant to Philadelphia, they learn about the hardships of travelling to a new world with your family and becoming and American.

Woodworker Program 
Girl scout participating in our woodworker badge experience what it is like to work in our very own Workshop on the Water. Scouts learn all the basics to woodworking while creating a small model boat.

Sea Scouts

Ornamental Ropework Program
Our ornamental ropework program teaches sea scouts to tie a wide range of knots used in sailing. Scouts learn and practice knots from a four-strand Turk's head to a boatswain's lanyard.

All programs include a tour of our two historic ships, Cruiser Olympia and Submarine Becuna, and our overnight programs also include a complimentary late-night snack and breakfast. Most programs can be adapted to day programs.

For additional information about registration and costs, please call 215-413-8663 or email