Saturday, April 24, 2021

Times: The Village is open 9:30 am - 4:00 pm. Activity times vary; pre-registration is required.

Cost: Included with standard daytime admission or Village membership. For non-members, cost is $14 per Scout for full-day admission to Old Sturbridge Village. One adult per Scout ages 5 and above is admitted at the rate of $15. Please make sure to reserve/purchase tickets before arriving! Pre-registration is required for timed activities as well. See details below.

Join us for our spring Scout Day on Saturday, April 24! Scout Days offer your family or Scout group the opportunity to explore the Village and participate in activities. This is a great opportunity for kids to gain exposure to many aspects of 1830s New England life in an interactive way. During this Scout Day, we’ll celebrate the coming springtime. See what’s happening on the farm in early spring, immerse yourself in the sights and sounds of nature, and learn about how early New Englanders utilized natural resources.

The health and safety of our visitors is our top priority, so this Scout Day will look a little different from past events. All of the following workshops are outside, allowing for appropriate social distancing. Participants will have their own supplies, which will be cleaned and sanitized between groups. Register for one of the in-person programs with the Village’s knowledgeable staff or explore the Village on your own using self-guides, scavenger hunts, and more.

Admission and Ticketing

To manage capacity in accordance with Massachusetts reopening guidelines, we are requiring visitors to purchase/reserve tickets in advance. You can read more about our policies regarding COVID-19 here and purchase/reserve your tickets Scout Day below.

Click here to purchase/reserve Village admission for Scout Day

All ticket holders must choose a date and time block during which you would like to arrive.  Please plan to arrive during the time window listed on your ticket. Once you have been checked in you are welcome to stay until the property closes at 4:00 pm. Click your preferred time slot to reserve your tickets. Please note that re-entry is not permitted at this time, so please bring everything you will need with you upon arrival.

10:00 am – 11:30 am

11:30 am – 1:00 pm

1:00 pm – 2:30 pm

Please also note:

Timed In-Person Programs (subject to change)

Things to know:


The following programs are all 50 minutes unless otherwise noted.

Playful Pastimes | Ages 7+ | Meets at the Sawmill

Register for 10:00 SOLD OUT
Register for 1:00 SOLD OUT

As a warm up, learn a fun 19th-century group game that kids used to play. Then, using simple materials, participants in this workshop will create their own Nine-Men’s Morris board. An ancient and very fun strategy game, we’ll make our game board and then learn how to play.

May fulfill the following requirements:
Tigers: Tiger-iffic 2, 3; Tiger Tag 1

Play with Clay | Ages 6+ | Meets at the Pottery Shop

Register for 10:00 SOLD OUT

Register for 1:00 pm SOLD OUT

Let’s gather inspiration from OSV’s potters before making our own clay creations from air-dry clay. Make a pinch pot, a coil pot, or your own work of art.

May fulfill the following requirements:
Webelos: Art Explosion 3b
Brownie: Potter 1, 2, 3, and 4

Spring Punched Tin Ornament | Ages 6+ | Meets at the River Walk

Register for 11:00 SOLD OUT
Register for 2:00SOLD OUT

We’ll look at some of the tin items made in the Village by the tinners and then make our own craft. Using a mallet and tin punch, create a spring-themed, decorative tin ornament to bring home.

Outdoor Art | Meets at the Salem Towne House Garden

Register for 10:30 (Ages 9+) SOLD OUT
Register for 11:30 (Ages 5+) SOLD OUT

Spring has sprung! Bring your artistic skills outside and get inspired by nature. Participants will check out one of the Village’s gardens and then paint what they see.

May fulfill the following requirements:
Tigers: Stories in Shapes 3
Webelos: Art Explosion 1 and 3a
Daisies: Outdoor Art Maker 1
Brownies: Outdoor Art Creator 1 and 2
Juniors: Drawing 3; Outdoor Art Explorer 1 and 2

Bookmark Weaving | Ages 8+ | Meets at the Fenno House

Register for 1:00

The process of making clothing in the 1830s was a little different than it is today. Step into the role of an 1830s villager and learn about the hard work behind making sheep’s wool into fabric. Then, participants will get their own mini cardboard loom and start weaving a project to take home.

May fulfill the following requirements:
Juniors: Playing the Past 2, 4
Seniors: Textile Artist: 1, 2, 3

Make a Terrarium | Ages 5+ | Meets at the River Walk

Register for 11:30 SOLD OUT
Register for 2:00 SOLD OUT

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!

May fulfill the following requirements:
Lions: Ready, Set, Grow 3
Wolves: Grow Something 3, 4a
Juniors: Gardener 1, 2, and 5

Sew a Marbled Journal | Ages 9+ | Meets at the Saw Mill

Register for 11:30 SOLD OUT

During the 1830s, printing was a very important job. Printers in a town like Sturbridge printed posters, books, and pamphlets. Learn all about how a book is put together before sewing your own using traditional bookbinding methods. We’ll also marble the cover for an artistic finish.

May fulfill the following requirements:
Cadette: Book Artist 1, 2, and 3

Tree Walk | Ages 6+ | Meets at Goods from the Woods

Register for 10:30 SOLD OUT

Join one of the Village’s experts on a nature walk. Participants will learn how to identify regional trees and explore how New Englanders use natural resources both today and in the past.

May fulfill the following requirements:
Lions: Mountain Lion 3
Tigers: Tigers in the Wild 2, 4, and 6
Wolves: Paws on the Path 3, 6
Bears: Fur, Feathers, and Ferns 1, 4, and 5
Webelos: Into the Woods 1-3, 6
Brownies: Eco Friend 2; Outdoor Adventurer 2; Bugs 3 and 5; Hiker 5
Cadettes: Trees 1 and 2

Basic Woodworking: Make a Suet Bird Feeder | Ages 8+ | Meets at the Sawmill

Register for 10:30 SOLD OUT

Using hand tools, make a simple wood project to feed the birds in your neighborhood!

May fulfill the following requirements:
Bears: Baloo the Builder 1 and 3
Webelos: Build It 1, 2, and 3
Cadettes: Woodworker 3 and 5

Basic Woodworking: Make a Marble Maze | Ages 8+ + Meets at the Sawmill

Register for 1:30 SOLD OUT

Hone your woodworking skills! Using hand tools and wooden bumpers, participants will create a fun, hand-held marble maze.

May fulfill the following requirements:
Bears: Baloo the Builder 1 and 3
Webelos: Build It 1, 2, and 3

Marble Madness | Ages 6+ | Meets at the Grist Mill

Register for 11:00SOLD OUT

Learn all about the ancient game of marbles! From aggies to jaspers, we will explore marble slang and play fun marble games. We will also make our own marbles from clay and a decorative bag to store them in!

May fulfill the following requirements:
Tigers: Tiger-iffic 2, 3
Bears: Marble Madness 1, 2, 3, and 5
Daisy: Light Blue Petal, Purple Petal

Make Seed Balls | Ages 5+ | Meets in the Parsonage/Richardson House Garden

Register for 2:00 SOLD OUT

It’s spring, which means that it’s time to get planting. Participants will check out one of the Village’s gardens and plot out where to plant our beans and peas. We will plant a seed to take home, and also try out a 21st-century planting activity: making seed balls from clay, soil, and wildflower seeds!

May fulfill the following requirements:
Lions: Ready, Set, Grow 1
Daisies: Green Petal
Juniors: Gardener 1, 2, and 5

Writing in Secret Code | Ages 6+ | Meets at the Flagpole on the Common (Location change)

Register for 11:30 SOLD OUT
Register for 2:30 SOLD OUT

People have been writing in code for a long time in order to keep their messages safe. Other codes, like Morse Code (developed during the Village’s time period!) and semaphore, were created to make communication easier. Learn about the history of codes, write in invisible ink, and then decipher and encode your own messages to share with friends.

May fulfill the following requirements:
Juniors: Detective 2
Brownies: Letterboxer 3
Tigers: Curiosity, Intrigue, and Magical Mysteries 3 and 4

Shelter Building | Ages 8+ | Meets at Goods from the Woods

Register for 10:30 SOLD OUT
Register for 1:30 SOLD OUT

Use your creative problem-solving skills and create a shelter from natural and manufactured materials. Participants will be given a scenario before coming up with their own designs for protective shelters.

May fulfill the following requirements:
Webelos: Castaway 1C, 2A
Juniors: Camper 4
Cadettes: Outdoor Primitive Camper 5


Other Programming in the Village:

Check back in the week prior to Scout Day for more information!