Scout Days

Scout Days offer Scout troops and their families the opportunity to explore Old Sturbridge Village and participate in hands-on activities. This is a great opportunity for Scouts to gain exposure to many aspects of 1830s New England life in an interactive way.

Also available on Scout Days are scout-specific workshops designed to fulfill some but not all of the badge, patch and elective requirements. Some requirements will need to be completed outside of the visit to Old Sturbridge Village.

We recommend that you allow three hours to visit the Village in addition to scheduled hands-on workshops. Online registration opens one month prior to each event, and pre-registration is required for all workshops. Open to Scouts ages 5 to 17.

Scout Days Admission:

Upcoming Scout Days:

Great Scout Camp Out

Join us for a unique camping experience in the countryside of Old Sturbridge Village! Cub and Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, and their families are invited to pitch their tents in the Village and enjoy an evening of tours and activities throughout the museum. The evening will be topped off with stories by a roaring bonfire. Not a scout? All families are welcome!

Save the date! The 2020 Great Scout Camp Out is June 13! Check back for more information in the spring!

Hop Into History Overnights

Hop into History is an overnight experience designed for scouts, schools and other youth groups of up to 80 participants. With only a map and a tattered journal at their side, young historians will travel back in time and take part in a mysterious, candlelit adventure through the 1830s. The quest will exercise their detective skills as they hunt for clues, conduct experiments, and investigate the past. Back at our hands-on learning laboratory, we will experiment with historic crafts to learn more about 19th-century life. Learn more here.

Scout Workshops

Scout Workshop Days:


Learn more and register here. Registrations must be received at least two weeks prior to the workshop date.

Hands-on Workshops

Old Sturbridge Village offers hands-on workshops designed for most levels of Cub Scouts and Girl Scouts on our Scout Days and Scout Workshop days throughout the year. Each program provides the information and resources to earn badges, beginning in the workshop and followed by time within the Village and at home.

Participants will get their hands on history during activities led by a museum teacher in our dynamic education center or within the museum. Workshops on Scout Day and workshop days are 50 minutes, unless otherwise noted. The following workshops are designed to provide the information and resources to earn all additional steps. We can accommodate up to 12 participants per workshop.

Not interested in badge work? Offerings may include our traditional hands-on studios, including hearth cooking, textiles, print, farm, and woodworking.

Scout Metalwork Merit Badge Workshop

Old Sturbridge Village’s Metalwork Merit Badge Workshop with a focus on blacksmithing is designed to meet most (but not all) of the badge requirements*.

2019 Dates:

Learn more and register here.