Scouts Rock at Elvis Presley’s GracelandPosted by Elvis Presley's Graceland on Mar 12, 2015 | 1 comment
Hundreds of Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts will descend on Elvis Presley’s Graceland next weekend for a day of fun, learning and, of course, rock ‘n’ roll.
Scouts Rock at Graceland is a day for Scouts to discover Elvis, play games, get crafty and learn about music, animals, safety and much more. Scouts from more than 10 states gather at the King’s castle one day each spring, and the next Scouts Rock at Graceland is March 21.
Scouts Rock at Graceland includes, of course, a tour of Graceland.
Scouts can explore Elvis’ home, as well as the Racquetball Building, Vernon’s business office and the Archives Studio.
They can also explore Elvis’ cars in the car museum, as well as three Elvis exhibits. This year they’ll explore a brand-new exhibit, “I Shot Elvis.” It focuses – no pun intended – on famous photos of Elvis and the photographers who took them. There’s even a place to take a selfie with Elvis.
This year also marks the first time the Scouts can tour the mansion using iPads. Graceland’s iPad tours launched last fall, and fans love using the iPad to see extra photos and videos as they’re guided through the mansion.
Scouts can also take a peek inside the studio at SiriusXM Elvis Radio, located across the street from Graceland.
Scouts Rock at Graceland is a busy day. In addition to touring Elvis’ home, they also learn and play games.
The Shelby County Sheriff’s Office teaches the kids about safety and, and officers can even fingerprint them. Tennessee State Parks officials bring live animals and teach the Scouts about wildlife. Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency brings animal pelts, and the Memphis Zoo and Aquarium will be there, too.
Memphis’ Playhouse on the Square will be there this year, as will Shelby Farms Park, Stax Museum of American Soul Music, the Memphis Grizzlies, and the Memphis Archaeological & Geological Society.
Putt Putt Golf & Games sets up a putt-putt golf game for the kids to play, and there will be, of course, Elvis-themed karaoke.
There’s even a service project included in the day.
An arts and crafts station is set up in the car museum. There they’ll create thank-you cards to send to U.S. Troops, via the American Red Cross. This year, they’ll make picture frames out of popsicle sticks, too.
Graceland also asks that Scouts bring a non-perishable food item, which will be donated to the Mid-South Food Bank.
During Scouts Rock at Graceland, Scouts can earn achievements toward ranks or pin/belt loop/merit badge requirements toward American Heritage, Journalism, Forestry, Photography, Citizenship, Service Opportunities and Collections.
Scouts can also purchase a “Scouts Rock at Graceland” patch, too.
Scouts Rock at Graceland 2015 is March 21, and deadline to register is Wednesday, March 18. Scout activities will be available from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. on March 21, with mansion tours available from 8 a.m.-5 p.m.