George Washington left a legacy of character and leadership that can inspire all scouts! Mount Vernon offers a variety of opportunities for boy and girl scouts to explore the past and increase their understanding of America’s first president!

Mount Vernon Celebrates Scouting

In celebration of the World Scout Jamboree in West Virginia, Mount Vernon is offering a special program for scouts July 15 - August 9. On these days, scout troops can visit the Ford Orientation for a greeting and orientation, participate in a flag raising, and participate in activities to earn badges.

Discounts

  • Special admission price for scouts $8
  • 10% discount at the Shops at Mount Vernon for scouts and chaperones.

Scout Programs

Orienteering Course

Use compass coordinates to navigate to eight points around Mount Vernon, just like Washington did on the Virginia frontier. Scouts who complete this activity can purchase the Mount Vernon Merit patch.

Rules of Civility

In this interactive experience, engage with our character interpreters and practice proper social etiquette, such as a bow or curtsy. Participants receive a coupon to purchase the new Rules of Civility book at an additional 10% discount (20% total discount) in The Shops. 

Wreath-laying Ceremony

Scouts are invited to pay their respects to General Washington by laying a carnation at his Tomb. Wreath-laying ceremonies may be scheduled in advance by contacting our reservations office.

Agent 711: Revolutionary Spy Adventure App

Go undercover and test your spycraft skills while exploring the grounds of Mount Vernon. Solve ciphers, decode messages, and tackle challenges on a smartphone.

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Mount Vernon in AR

Put on a pair of augmented reality glasses and explore the estate through rich 360-degree visuals, interesting narration, period music, and atmospheric sounds.

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Be Washington

In this new interactive experience, face a leadership challenge that George Washington also confronted as commander in chief or president. Scouts listen to advice from Washington’s most trusted sources and make their own decisions.

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Reservations Office

Email or call 703.799.8688 to make a group reservation.

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Resources for Scouts

  • Mount Vernon Scouting Booklet: This guide takes scouts on a scavenger hunt around the estate while learning about George Washington. Completion of the route included in the booklet will earn scouts the Mount Vernon Historic Trail patch and the George Washington: Pioneer Farmer patch. Use the Leader's Guide to help your group get the most out of the scouting booklet. Available for download.
  • Adventure Map: Written clues and colorful pictures guide young visitors on an exploration of nine locations on the Mount Vernon estate. On one side is a map to help you find your way, with each stop that contains a clue clearly numbered. Available on-site.
  • Brownie and Girl Scout Badge Activities: These Mount Vernon related activities can help your Brownie or Girl Scout earn badges at their grade level. Available for download.
  • Scouts BSA Badge Activities
    These Mount Vernon-related activities can help scouts earn merit badges at their grade level. Available for download.

From the Shops: Scouts Collection

Scouts can earn multiple patches and pins while visiting Mount Vernon. View the available patches and pins below, along with the required activities.

By successfully reading one or more of the books on our reading list, Scouts can earn a George Washington Reading Pin. Available for download.

Scouting Days: November 1, 2019 - February 14, 2020

All children that are Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, and Camp Fire Club members, in uniform or wearing an official pin, are admitted FREE to the estate. Two leaders from each group will receive discounted admission. Additional adults accompanying scouts will be charged the regular daytime admission fee.

During this time period the Pioneer Farm will not be staffed, however, we invite your troops to tour the Mansion, lay a wreath at the General's Tomb (must be reserved in advance by contacting our Reservations Office at 703-799-8688 or groups@mountvernon.org), and explore our state-of-the-art galleries and theaters in the Donald W. Reynolds Museum and Education Center.

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