April through November:
$15/scout for 50 minute studios
$20/scout for 90 minute studios
$25/scout for 120 minute studios
Minimum of 10 scouts per workshop.
Contact us if you are interested in visiting with your group during the winter.
Please contact our Museum Education Sales Department at 508-347-0274 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. If possible, please submit your registration six weeks in advance of your visit.
Old Sturbridge Village offers hands-on studio programs designed for Daisy, Brownie, Junior, Cadette and Senior Girl Scouts. Each program provides the information and resources to earn badges; beginning in the Studio, 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. Studios are 50-minutes unless otherwise noted. The following studios are designed to provide the information and resources to earn all three steps. Up to 10 participants per Studio.
Daisy Studios (grades K-1)
Hearth Cooking (Yellow Petal: Friendly and Helpful): Be helpful! Assist 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 Studios (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.
Junior Girl Scout Studios (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 Studios (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 studio.
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 studio.
Senior Girl Scout Studio (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 studio.