Scout Programs: Girl Scouts

Brownies:

Art Abounds! 

The historic portraits of the residents of Liberty Hall hold many secrets!  We’ll discuss how each portrait tells us something about its subject.  Scouts will use origami techniques to create a one-of-a-kind sketch book that will be used as we find inspiration for sketches on the grounds of Liberty Hall.  Using the historic technique of silhouette, scouts will create and personalize a self-portrait of their own to take home.  This program fulfills several requirements the Brownie Painting Badge.

Fun and Games in Colonial America

Scouts will learn about the types of toys, games and activities that entertained early American children and have the opportunity to play with reproductions of the very same games and toys.  Scouts will learn about the many different types of marble games dreamed up over the centuries and the unique vocabulary that “mibsters” (marble-players!) use.  The event culminates in a marathon of marble playing with scouts devising their own original marble game.  Each participant will make their own set of clay marbles with a burlap carry bag to take home. This program fulfills requirements for the Fair Play Brownie badge.

Honoring Our Heritage

Scouts will discover how the American flag evolved and learn about the various flags and symbols that have represented our country, state and county.  Scouts will explore Liberty Hall Museum and learn how historic sites become landmarks.  Finally, scouts will create a banner representing the qualities of their own troop.  This program fulfills several requirements for Brownie Celebrating Community Badge

 

Juniors:

Art Abounds! 

The historic portraits of the residents of Liberty Hall hold many secrets!  We’ll discuss how each portrait tells us something about its subject.  Scouts will use origami techniques to create a one-of-a-kind sketch book that will be used as we find inspiration for sketches on the grounds of Liberty Hall.  Using the historic technique of silhouette, scouts will create and personalize a self-portrait of their own to take home.  This program fulfills several requirements for the Junior Drawing Badge.

Green Thumbs

The gardens that surround Liberty Hall provide the perfect setting for scouts to learn about the types of plants that thrive in New Jersey’s temperate climate.  Scouts will learn how to identify some of the plants growing in beds throughout the gardens and discuss the wonderful array of herbs that are grown on the property   and how they have been used over the centuries.  Highlights include a visit to our two greenhouses and a hands on seed planting activity that scouts will take home to be cared for and later planted.  This program meets many of the requirements of the Junior Gardener badge

The Language of Flowers 

The gardens of Liberty Hall hold a treasure trove of blooms, each with its own story.   Scouts will use magnifying glasses to study flowers up close.  We’ll discuss the traditional meanings that flowers have carried for centuries and learn how a basic flower arrangement is constructed.  Flowers have been used to beautify, send a message and sometimes even to heal, learn about the traditional uses for flowers and herbs as remedies for various ills.  Finally, scouts will plant a flower seed to take home and tend. This program fulfills several requirements for the Flowers badge for Junior scouts.

The Heroines of Liberty Hall   

Liberty Hall was home to many generations of accomplished women.  Learn the stories of the women who called Liberty Hall home and how life changed for women from the 1780s through the 1940s.  Using artifacts, reproductions and hands-on activities, Museum educators in period clothing will guide scouts through a time travel adventure that focuses on how technology evolved and women’s roles changed.  This program fulfills several requirements for the Playing the Past badge for Junior Scouts.

 

Cadettes:

The Forest Around Us 

The grounds of Liberty Hall contain many unusual specimens of trees.  We’ll learn how to identify different types of trees and learn the important roles trees play in daily life from Early American times to present day.  We’ll study the growth rings of a massive tree felled by Hurricane Sandy and learn what those rings can tell us about the life of a tree. In addition, scouts will learn how to identify four common plants from Liberty Hall’s herb garden.   Scouts will make a booklet of bark rubbings to take home that will aid in identification of their own neighborhood trees. Meets the requirements of Cadette Tree Badge.

Book ‘em 

Liberty Hall’s book collection will inspire the artist in every scout!  Learn the history of book making and then create your own handmade books.  Using origami techniques, participants will create four different types of books.  The books provide an ideal platform for poetry, journaling, art, recipes and countless other uses.   This program fulfills requirements for the Cadette Book Artist badge.

 

Seniors and Ambassadors:

The Art of Fine Dining

From its earliest days in the 18th century, Liberty Hall hosted many formal dinners.  Join us to travel back in time and discover the art of fine dining as it was, learn the rules of formal place settings, etiquette and service.  Scouts will view Liberty Hall’s extensive collection of china, crystal, silver and fine table linens.    Many of the ladies of Liberty Hall left their recipe books behind and we will discuss how recipes have changed over the last 200 years.  Finally, scouts will make their own recipe book and create their own design pattern for fine china. This is an accompanying program for the Ambassador Dinner Party Badge.

 

Other Girl Scout Programs:

The Architecture of Liberty Hall

Liberty Hall was a residence for prominent New Jersey families for over 200 years.  During that time, the house grew from 14 rooms to 50.  The house reflects the changes in architectural styles over three different centuries.  Scouts will learn about the variety of building materials used on structures throughout the property and learn how form follows function in the design and construction of those buildings.   We’ll examine floor plans and elevations and observe how they were translated into actual buildings.  Finally, scouts will create a scale drawing of a room.  

The Art of Liberty Hall

The extensive art collection of Liberty Hall will provide a springboard for scouts to discover the elements of art and the principles of design.  We’ll discuss how color can be used to set a mood  or convey an emotion. Scouts will explore the collection with a museum educator and then draw inspiration from the museum’s artifacts and grounds to create their own one-of-a-kind masterpiece.  

Scouts, Spies and Soldiers:  A Revolutionary Adventure 

In addition to being the Commander in Chief of the Continental Army, General George Washington also served as Spymaster in Chief of our intelligence services.  In this exciting program, scouts will learn how Revolutionary era spies used codes, dead drops and ciphers to convey military intelligence.  Scouts will follow clues to find a secret message from General Washington hidden on the trails of Liberty Hall. They will learn how to use the pig-pen code and will discover the important role scouts played during the American Revolution.  Scouts will participate in a musket drill and learn how Revolutionary soldiers trained for battle. All scouts will create and take home their own secret code book.