Saturday, February 23; Saturday, March 9

Times: Workshop Times will Vary; The Museum is open 9:30 am to 4:00 pm

Cost: The fee for a 50-minute workshop is $15, which includes daily admission to the Village. Longer workshops are a higher fee. See below for specific details.

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

Unlike our Scout Days, there is no special, Scout-oriented programming in the Village during Scout Badge Days. Groups are still welcome to visit the Village on their own before or after their workshop. See below for workshop options.

Important things to know:

Hands-on Workshops:

Cub Scout Workshops

Old Sturbridge Village offers hands-on workshops designed for Tiger, Wolf, Bear, and Webelo Scouts. Each program provides the information and resources to earn badges or belt loops; beginning in the Workshop, followed by time within the Village and completing at home.

Cub Scouts will get their hands on history during activities led by a museum teacher in our dynamic education center or within the museum. The following workshops are designed to provide the information and resources to earn all three steps.

Things to know:

Tiger Workshops (Grade 1)

Tiger Theater

Be an entertainer! People have found fun ways to tell stories for ages. Learn about some of the ways people entertained each other in the 1830s and make up your own fun skits. Create shadow puppets and use them to perform your skits for your pack!

Tiger-riffic

Let’s play games that kids played in the 1830s! Build teamwork skills as you play together and create your own games. Tigers will learn fun games from the past, play a game as a team, and make a game piece to bring home and share with their friends and family. Tiger Tales People in the 1830s loved to tell stories! Listen to folk songs and a tall tale from the past, then create colorful art to go with it. Scouts will also learn a fun historic game.

Wolf Workshops (Grade 2)

Grow Something

Be a gardener! Gardens were crucial to life in the 1830s, allowing people to grow what they needed to eat. Learn about growing conditions for seeds and how to maintain a stellar garden. Craft a terrarium to take home and use as an indoor garden!

Collections and Hobbies

Be a collector! Play a collecting game with the group. Create an autograph book and have the costumed interpreters sign it when you are out in the Village. Receive your first artifact to start your own collection and take a trip to the Village’s Clock Gallery to examine our collection of clocks.

Bear Workshops (Grade 3)

Marble Madness

Be a marble master! Kids have amused themselves with this complex game for thousands of years. Come continue the tradition as you craft your own clay marbles to take home. Learn the secret code words of playing marbles as you play a game called “Ringer” and make a bag to store your marbles in.

Baloo the Builder

Be a carpenter! Making things out of wood was an important skill in the past and is still useful today. Learn how to use woodworking tools safely as you create an awesome project.

Webelo Workshops (Grades 4 and 5)

Build It!

Be a builder! Making things using wood was a crucial part of life in the past, and it’s still an awesome skill to have today. Learn how to safely use a variety of woodworking tools as you create your own carpentry project, inspired by a historic artifact! Explore the Village to learn more about builders in the past and the objects they made. Please note: this is a 90-minute project. Fee: $20 per Scout.

Cast Iron Chef

Be an expert chef! In the 1830s, cooking was done using fire, kind of like camping today. In this extended workshop, cook a simple meal outside over a campfire. Learn how to start a fire and maintain it safely, then prepare and cook a meal like true cast iron chefs. *In case of inclement weather, this workshop will be held inside the Museum Education building. Please note: this is a 120-minute workshop. Fee: $25 per Scout.

Art Explosion

We will use our observation skills to check out some portraits from the 1800s. Then, we’ll grab some clay and paint to create self-portraits that show off our own style and personality!

Girl Scout Workshops

Old Sturbridge Village offers hands-on workshops designed for Daisy, Brownie, Junior, Cadette, and Senior Girl Scouts. Each program provides the information and resources to earn badges; beginning in the workshop, followed by time within the Village and completing at home.

Girls will get their hands on history during activities led by a museum teacher in our dynamic education center or within the museum. The following workshops are designed to provide the information and resources to earn all three steps.

Things to know:

Daisy Workshops (grades K-1)

Hearth Cooking (Yellow Petal: Friendly and Helpful)

Be helpful! Assist in making honey cake and mint tea. Discuss children’s work and play in the early 19th century and compare these with today. Learn about kitchen gardens, heirloom plants and honey bees. Attend a “garden party” and take on the role of a friendly hostess!

Herbal Remedies (Green Petal: Use Resources Wisely)

Be resourceful! What did people do to care for themselves in the early 19th century? How did they clean their teeth, get rid of a stomach ache, and clear the air? What plants and other natural resources were used to treat the family? Make and experience early 19th-century remedies and an herbal sachet.

Outdoor Art Creator

Be an outdoor artist! Everyone can be an artist, and some great art is inspired by beautiful nature. Draw inspiration for your own art from the great outdoors as you walk around the Village and take in its scenery. Watch an artist in action who creates art the way people in the 1830s did! Build creativity as you make your own drawings and sculptures using pieces of nature.

Brownie Workshops (Ages 6-9)

The Girl Scout Way

Be a good sister! Reflect on ways in which girls from the past and Girl Scouts today are similar and different in the way they play, celebrate and support each other
and those around them. Sew a book to collect some games, songs & stories and make a game piece to continue the fun on the run!

Making Games

Be an inventor of fun! Look at games from America’s past that we still play today. Are they the same or different? Learn about children’s lives and the creative ways in which they created their own fun. Together we will create and play new games. Craft your own game piece and invent your own game.

Herbal Remedies: Senses

Be inquisitive! Test your memory, sight, smell, touch and hearing as if you were a child in the early 19th century. What would you have known, seen, smelled, felt, and heard two hundred years ago at home, school, and work in rural New England? Use all of your senses to make an herbal sachet. Participants will also get a five senses scavenger hunt to bring into the Village with them.

Hearth Cooking: Snacks

Be healthy! Cook 19th-century style, using common household tools. Compare and contrast snack foods of today with long ago. What were common ingredients? Where did they come from? How did they get there? Why did they eat them? Prepare jumbles (a cookie) and bake in a tin reflector oven in front of an open hearth.

My Family Story

Be a historian! Look at families from the early 19th century and compare them to families today. Every family is different in the way they celebrate, record their history, carry on traditions, and proudly display what is important to them. Take this moment to share and register your family story!

Painting

Be a painter! Art was used to decorate homes and commemorate loved ones in the 1830s, just like it is today. Grow your artistic abilities and learn to express yourself as you complete a variety of painting projects. Explore different types of art found in the Village and create your own!

Pottery

Be a potter! Potters in the 19th century made jugs, mugs, pitchers, flower pots, pans for baking pies and puddings, lard pots, mixing bowls, and more! Participants will visit the Village’s Pottery Shop, then use their creativity to create practical and artistic creations from air-dry clay. Note: this workshop meets at the Pottery Shop in the Village, not at Museum Education.

Junior Girl Scout Workshops (Ages 8-11)

Gardener

Be a gardener! Learn about heirloom plants that are grown in the five different types of gardens at OSV. Investigate the different types of plants and their stages of growth. Plan your own dream garden based on what you learn. Take away your own garden experiment.

Playing the Past

Be a time traveler! Who lived in Sturbridge in the early 19th century? Where did they live? What did they wear? What did they do for work and fun? These are some of the
questions that will be answered when you play the role of a young lady from this town’s past. Scouts will learn basic weaving techniques and make a journal to help relive “herstory!”

Hearth Cooking: Simple Meals – Level 1*

Be a cook! Experience cooking 19th-century style, using common household tools and recipes. Explore innovations and compare family life then and now. Bake apple fritters over an open hearth! *This program will complete Steps 1 & 2. Accompanying recipe booklet will allow you to complete Steps 3, 4 & 5 at home.

Flowers

Be creative! Explore the beauty and essence of the Daisy flower family. Investigate and document its family tree. What draws us to these wonders of nature? How do they serve us in the home? How do they help us express ourselves? Make a replica of an early 19th-century valentine or token of friendship.

Cadette Girl Scout Workshops (Ages 11-14)

Book Artist

Be an apprentice! Learn one of the only skills that was acceptable for young women to learn outside the home in the early 19th century. Investigate the beauty of a well-made book. What types of books were popular with girls and young women? Construct your own book and decorate it with unusual materials. Please note: this is a 90-minute workshop. Fee: $20 per Scout.

Woodworker

Be industrious! Make your own six-board chest using a hammer, nails, screws, hinge, level, saw, chisel and draw-knife. This miniature piece of furniture can be used to store small treasures or boost you up to reach just a little bit higher. Create a design with tacks to make it your very own! Please note: this is a 120-minute workshop. Fee: $25 per Scout.

Senior Girl Scout Workshop (Ages 14-16)

Textile Artist

Be a knitter! Learn the basics about 19th-century knit goods and the tools and materials used to knit. Practice your skill under the guidance of a seasoned knitter. Begin by learning how to cast on, knit and purl and cast off. Create a square–better known in early America as a washcloth. Use these simple skills to make a masterpiece! Please note: this is a 90-minute workshop. Fee: $20 per Scout.

Registration:

Follow these steps to register your group for a workshop:

  1. See the listings of possible badge workshops for Cub Scouts and Girl Scouts above.
  2. Decide which workshop is right for your group!
  3. Fill out the online registration form below at least two weeks prior to the program date. On it, indicate your workshop choice, as well as your group size, arrival time, etc.
  4. Wait for confirmation and details from OSV staff.
  5. Come to Old Sturbridge Village on the day of your workshop! Groups can pay upon arrival.

Contact us at 508-347-0274 or email us at osved@osv.org if you have questions.

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