A group of Brownie Girl Scouts

Saturday, November 3, 2018

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

Cost: 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. Hands-on workshops are an additional fee.

Join us for our fall Scout Day! Scout Days offer you and your troop the opportunity to explore the 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.

We recommend that you allow for up to three hours to visit the Village, in addition to any scheduled hands-on workshops.

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. Additional adults pay the full price rate. Village admission tickets can be purchased at the door. Hands-on workshops are an additional fee.

For an additional $5-$10, participate in 50- and 90-minute workshops for Cub Scouts, Girl Scouts, and their siblings!

Special Scout Activities Offered throughout the Day (included with admission):

Stay tuned for a list of the exciting activities that will be offered in the Village, just for Scouts! A Map Guide with times will be posted online the week of Scout Day.

Hands-On Workshops

Whether you want to work towards one of your badges or just try out an activity for fun, we offer a wide variety of hands-on workshops for Scouts and siblings of all ages.

Pre-registration is required and workshops often fill up quickly. Workshops can accommodate 12 participants, except where noted. Scouts’ siblings are welcome to attend as well!

All workshops are located in the Museum Education Building, unless otherwise noted.

Girl Scout Badge Workshops

See listings below for requirements covered during the workshop. Some requirements will need to be completed outside of the visit to Old Sturbridge Village. Click on the time to register.

Daisies: Green Petal: Use Resources Wisely

10:00

50 minutes, $5/scout

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.

Brownies: Pottery

11:00
2:00

50 minutes, $5/scout

Become a clay artist! Make a useful and simple clay pot, and then get creative while making an art piece. Each group will visit the museum’s pottery shop and see the Village’s potter in action!

*This workshop will meet at the pottery shop and then walk to Museum Education for the rest of the activity.

Brownies: Senses

1:00

50 minutes, $5/scout

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.

Juniors: Simple Meals- Level 1*

10:00 SOLD OUT
1:00 LIMITED SPACE

50 minutes, $5/scout

Learn about food storage and holiday cooking as you experience 19th-century style hearth cooking. Explore kitchen innovations and tools and compare family life then and now. Bake apple fritters over an open hearth.

* This program will only complete Step 1& 2.  Accompanying recipe booklet will allow you to complete Steps 3, 4 & 5 at home.

Juniors: Playing the Past

11:00 SOLD OUT
2:00 SOLD OUT

50 minutes, $5/scout

Who lived in Sturbridge in the early 19th century?  Where did they live?  What did they wear?  What did they do this time of year, as they were getting ready for the busy summer season? These are some of the questions that will be answered when you play the role of a young lady from this town’s past.  Plus, learn how to weave and make a journal.

Cadettes: Book Artist

10:00

90 minutes, $10/scout

Be an apprentice. Learn one of the only skills that were 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.

Cub Scout Badge Workshops

Lions: Ready, Set, Grow

10:00

50 minutes, $5/scout

Learn about where your food comes from! Participants will explore how people grew and preserved food in the 1830s and compare it to today. Plant seeds to take home and try out a working cider press!

Tigers: Tiger-iffic

11:00

50 minutes, $5/scout

Let’s play games that kids played in the 1830s! 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.

Bears: Marble Madness

1:00

50 minutes, $5/scout

This studio is all about marbles! Discover the history of marbles, make your own fancy marble and paper marble bag. Learn some marble vocabulary and games.

Webelos : Build It!

10:00 LIMITED SPACE

90 minutes, $10/scout

In this extended workshop, participants will make a tin grater using different 19th-century tools! After learning about safety and the proper usage of each tool, we will use woodworking tools to create the wooden base of the grater, then shape and punch tin for the rest of this useful implement! This workshop accommodates up to 10 scouts.

Hands-On Workshops for Scouts & Siblings

These workshops are not specifically badge-related, but are a great opportunity to try out a new craft individually or together as a group! Siblings are welcome, too. Click on the time to register.

Hearth Cooking – Ages 6+

10:00
1:00 SOLD OUT

50 minutes, $5/scout (or sibling)

Learn about food storage and cooking as you experience cooking 19th-century style using common household tools and recipes. Make and enjoy a recipe for a snack to share together!

Make a Wood Block for Printing – Ages 6+

10:00

50 minutes, $5/scout (or sibling)

Create a print using our hand-carved woodblocks, then try your hand at making your own using modern materials. Participants will also marble paper and use a print press, if time allows.

Make Candles and Tin Candleholder – Ages 8+

11:00
1:00 SOLD OUT

50 minutes, $7/scout (or sibling)

Working with metal can be a fun challenge! Craft a small candleholder out of tin and make a set of hand-dipped candles to go along with it.

Make a Checkerboard – Ages 6+

11:00

50 minutes, $5/scout (or sibling)

Life in the 1830s was a lot of work, but people still found time to play games. The ancient game of checkers, or draughts, was one of those pastimes. Using woodworking tools and a ruler, make your own checkerboard to take home with you.

Pottery – Ages 6+

1:00 SOLD OUT

50 minutes, $5/scout (or sibling)

Let’s play with clay and get creative! Participants will make a pinch pot, coil pot, or other unique sculpture and learn a little about potters in the 1830s.

Make a Corn Husk Doll – Ages 6+

2:00

50 minutes, $5/scout (or sibling)

Corn was the most common grain grown in New England in the 1830s, and was usually saved for storage during the long winters. Participants will use the dried husks to create this traditional Native American toy.

Wood – Ages 8+

2:00

50 minutes, $5/scout (or sibling)

Use a variety of 19th-century tools to make a spaddle, a useful kitchen tool. Participants will learn how to be safe with woodworking tools, too. This workshop accommodates up to 10 people.

Make a Walking Stick and Nature Walk – Ages 8+

1:00

90 minutes, $10/scout (or sibling)

In the steps of Henry David Thoreau, make your own walking stick using a branch and woodworking tools. Then, explore the walking trails throughout the Village with an experienced guide.