NHM is beginning a series of specific programs for Scouts. Programs are 90 minutes in length. Advance registration is required. Programs are available Monday - Friday afterschool and during vacation weeks. If your troop would like to come for a program and you do not see a topic of interest, please call the Education Department. We are happy to try and develop a project for your group.
Please see the Scheduling Information for more details.
The following programs are available for Girl Scouts.
- Women in Herstory Patch: New Haven Herstory
This brand new program focuses on the role of women in New Haven's past. The program traces women from the Quinnipiac Indians to the twentieth century. Girls will explore the roles and experiences of women in each era. Older girls may explore primary documents connected to individual women in New Haven's past. Younger scouts will participate in a craft activity.
- Amistad Patch: The Story of the Amistad
This program traces the experiences of the African people on board the Amistad using the art and artifacts in the museum. Scouts will have the opportunity to explore the role of art in this historic event by studying the portrait of Cinque by Nathaniel Jocelyn and other images. Girls will create their own art relaying the important concepts of the story. In addition, scouts may investigate documents connected to the Amistad Africans and others involved in the anti-slavery movement in New Haven.
- Native People of the U.S.A/ Now and Then Stories: Quinnipiac Indians
Scouts will explore the rich heritage of the Quinnipiac Indians, including their oral traditions and legends relating to local natural resources and landmarks. Activities include: creating their own legends; debating the issues of the treaty between the Quinnipiac and English settlers; studying the Quinnipiac leaders including the woman sachem Shampishuh; and making a craft in the style of the Quinnipiac.
- United We Stand/Honor the Past Badges: Coming to America: The Roots of New Haven
Scouts will use the museum collection to discover the original New Haven settlers and foundation of the city. Using primary documents including census records and maps, scouts will trace the waves of immigration into New Haven and explore how people from many nationalities have interacted to make New Haven what it is today. Scouts will make a map of one New Haven neighborhood, charting the nationalities of its inhabitants through time. If your troop is from New Haven and would like to focus on a particular neighborhood, please let us know in advance.
- Life as a Child in the 1700s
This interactive program for Junior or Brownie Scouts explores the museum and discusses life during the colonial period through the perspective of a child. Scouts can participate in hands-on activities with reproduction objects including toys and games, clothing and household chores. An activity creating their own copy book and practicing penmanship with a quill pen round out the program.