Scout Groups

Come earn your badges at the Greenwich Historical Society!

The educators at the Greenwich Historical Society are familiar with badge requirements for all levels of both Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts.  Our 60-90 minute programs are available between the hours of 1-5 p.m. 

Programs will take place outside with a maximum of 12 scouts.  All participants and chaperones must wear a mask and adhere to social distancing protocols. Each visit includes the Bush-Holley House Historic Site patch. 

For more information, e-mail Heather Lodge, Manager of Youth and Family Programs, at hlodge@greenwichhistory.org. or call  203-869-6899, Ext. 32

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Girl Scouts:

Daisies

Outdoor Art Maker 

60 minutes - Fulfills Badge requirements – Includes all steps - $10 per scout 
Step 1 – Learn: The Bush-Holley House was once home to an influential art colony. Learn about the artists who stayed here and how they interacted with the natural world.
Step 2 - See the colors of nature: Walk around the Bush-Holley Site. Wander through the herb, flower, and natural dye gardens. Step down to the Mianus River to observe the water and the birds. See if you can spot our resident rabbits and squirrels. 
Step 3 - Hear the sounds of nature: Listen to the birds and the wind. What do they make you think of?
Step 4 - Share your outdoor art: Make a piece of art inspired by the site and share it with the group.

Brownies

Painting Badge

60 minute option - Begins badge requirements – Includes step 1 and either step 2, 3, or 4 
$10 per scout
90 minute option - Begins badge requirements – Includes step 1 and two of the following steps of your choice - $15 per scout
Step 1 - Get inspired: Go to the gallery and see the Impressionist paintings of the artists who lived at or visited Cos Cob. Learn how they were inspired by the sights and sounds of the surrounding village.
Step 2 – Paint the real world: Choose an outdoor setting or a group of stones, plants, or both, then paint a landscape or still life in the style of the American Impressionists.
Step 3 – Paint a mood: Learn how the 1913 NYC Armory Show changed the way artists expressed themselves; then, create a piece of art in the Modernist style that conveys a particular feeling.
Step 4 – Paint without brushes: Gather a few small objects outdoors or use those provided by the staff to create a unique piece of artwork.

Letterboxing Badge 

60 minute option - Begins badge requirements – Includes steps 3 and 4 and either step 1 or 2 - $10 per scout
90 minute option - Fulfills badge requirements – Includes all steps - $15 per scout
Step 1 – Get started with letterboxing: Learn about the history of letterboxing and create your own letterbox out of materials provided by the staff.
Step 2 – Find your own stamp: Create your own unique stamp for letterboxing.
Step 3 – Practice solving clues: Follow the clues provided by the staff to find objects in the Special Exhibition Gallery.
Step 4 – Search for a letterbox: Find the letterbox located on the Bush-Holley Historic Site.

Juniors

Playing the Past Badge 

60 minute option - Begins badge requirements – Includes step 1 and 2 and either step 3 or 4 - $10 per scout
90 minute option - Begins badge requirements – Includes all steps - $15 per scout
Step 1 – Decide who you are: Tour around the Bush-Holley House and learn about the life of Sarah Bush and other colonial women.
 Step 2 – Create a costume/become your character: Learn about colonial clothing and sketch your own outfit using colored pencils.  Give your newly drawn character a name, an age, a family, and a favorite chore or hobby. 
Step 3 – Experience daily life: Just like the colonists in the 1770’s, learn how to create your own fabric by spinning yarn and weaving.

Drawing Badge 

60 minute option - Begins badge requirements – Includes step 1 and 2 and either step 3 or 4 - $10 per scout
90 minute option - Fulfills badge requirements – Includes all steps - $15 per scout
Step 1 – Experiment with different materials: Try out charcoal, chalk pastels, oil pastels, and colored pencils. Find out which one suits your style.
Step 2 – Learn how to add shading: Enhance your drawing techniques by learning how to add depth and contours to your drawings. 
Step 3 – Get some perspective: Create a still life like resident artists Elmer MacRae or Childe Hassam did, and draw it from three different perspectives.
Step 4 - Make your masterpiece: Take your favorite drawing materials outside and sketch a scene from the Bush-Holley Historic site.

Cadettes

Book Artist Badge 

90 minute option - Fulfills badge requirements – Includes all steps - $15 per scout
Step 1 – Explore the art of bookbinding: Take a guided tour of the Library and Archives at the Bush-Holley Historic Site and learn about the care that goes into preserving historic books and documents.
Step 2 – Become familiar with the parts of a book as you learn how a book is made.
Step 3 – Try out book artist techniques: Learn three different book binding techniques
Step 4 – Focus on Function: Make your own book using the binding technique you think works best.
Step 5 – Focus on Style: Use your imagination to decorate your art book with stamps, ink, and found objects.

Seniors

Collage Artist Badge

60 minute option - Begins badge requirements – Includes steps 1, 2, and 4, and either step 3 or 5 - $10 per scout
90 minute option - Fulfills badge requirements – Includes all steps - $15 per scout
Step 1 – Explore collage: Learn about the history of collage from when paper was first invented in China c. 200 BC.
Step 2 – Focus on composition: Explore composition techniques and create a piece of collage art.
Step 3 – Create with color: Using materials provided, focus on color theory to create a unique piece of artwork.
Step 4 – Use found objects: Find a piece of nature to add to your collage.
Step 5 – Share a message: Make a collage that expresses a message you want to put out into the world.

Textile Badge

90 minute option - Fulfills badge requirements – Includes all steps - $15 per scout
Step 2 – Find your tools and materials: Choose which of the materials provided you would like to use for your project. 
Step 3 – Learn the basics: Learn about the textiles, tools, and techniques you selected to create a piece of textile artwork.
Step 4 – Make something for everyday use: Your creation can either be an embroidered or hand-dyed handkerchief. 
Step 5 – Create a gift or item for a special occasion: Using the technique you used on the last step, create a scarf as a gift for a friend.
*Achievement badges sold separately at girlscouts.org
Step 1 – Choose your textile art: The Bush family used simple embroidery to teach reading and writing. The Holley family may have learned about Japanese shibori tie dyeing from Genjiri Yeto, a Japanese immigrant who studied Impressionism at the Cos Cob Art Colony and taught them about his native culture. Choose one of these two decorative textile techniques to complete the requirements for this badge.

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