Program Spotlight: Laura Ingalls Wilder Patch

Here at the Raupp Museum, we have a strong affection for all things Girl Scout. We love seeing the enthusiastic faces that grace our galleries, and avidly watch for that magical time of the year when Thin Mints and Samoas appear. In honor of Girl Scout week, we are highlighting our Girl Scout programs.

Girls will have a chance to explore what life was like as a pioneer on the prairie, during the Laura Ingalls Wilder Program. Scouts will learn about how to pack a covered wagon, bake bread from scratch, and hand-sew their own aprons, while enjoying one of the all-time classics of children’s literature. This program is available from January to May for Brownie and Junior Scouts. Fee of $9 per scout covers material costs and includes a patch.

Troop 287 posing with their homemade bread dough and aprons after a successful Wilder program.

To schedule a program for your troop, call the Raupp Museum at (847) 459-2318. For more information, please visit our Girl Scout programs page.

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Program Spotlight: Girl Scout Detective

Here at the Raupp Museum, we have a strong affection for all things Girl Scout. We love seeing the enthusiastic faces that grace our galleries, and avidly watch for that magical time of the year when Thin Mints and Samoas appear. In honor of Girl Scout week, we are highlighting our Girl Scout programs.

Can you figure out who killed Mrs. Krueger and her mother? In 1899, a scandal rocked Long Grove, as Bertha Krueger and her mother, Margaret, were found dead in their Long Grove farm house. Did George Kreuger kill his wife? Or did Bertha go insane? Girls will use modern forensic techniques to get to the bottom of this murder mystery. Scouts will combined science and history as they work to solve this crime using finger prints, examine bullets, and extract DNA from a strawberry. There is a cost of $5 per girl and the junior detective badge is included. Please note this program is appropriate for Junior and Cadette Girl Scouts.

To schedule a program for your troop, call the Raupp Museum at (847) 459-2318. For more information, please visit our Girl Scout programs page.

Program Spotlight: Girl Scout Geocacher

Here at the Raupp Museum, we have a strong affection for all things Girl Scout. We love seeing the enthusiastic faces that grace our galleries, and avidly watch for that magical time of the year when Thin Mints and Samoas appear. In honor of Girl Scout week, we are highlighting our Girl Scout programs.

As the weather turns warm and the daffodils begin to appear, consider checking out one of our newest Girl Scout programs, the Geocacher program.  Geocaching is your chance to be a global explorer and detective. Girls will search for ‘caches’ or treasures using GPS receivers. Scouts will learn what geocaching is, how to work a GPS, how to locate a geocache, how to construct and hide a geocache, and the ethics of geocaching. The program is available for Junior girl scouts and is $5 per girl (badge included). Special geocaching coins are available at the museum for $9.

To schedule a program for your troop, call the Raupp Museum at (847) 459-2318. For more information, please visit our Girl Scout programs page.

Happy 100th Birthday Girl Scouts!

Here at the Raupp Museum, we have a strong affection for Girl Scouts. We love seeing the enthusiastic faces that grace our galleries, and avidly watch for that magical time of the year when Thin Mints and Samoas appear. Today is Girl Scouts’ birthday and a notable one at that, its centennial. In honor of this momentous anniversary, we are dedicating the week to Girl Scouts. Check back all this week to read about our fantastic Girl Scout programs and see some of our favorite scouting events.

Girl Scouts collecting canned goods during WWII. (Picture courtesy of Girl Scouts of Chicago and Northwest Indiana)

One-hundred years ago, Juliette Gordon Low assembled the first troop of eighteen girls in her hometown of Savannah Georgia, and established a program which encouraged scouts to develop physically, mentally, and spiritually. This was a rather remarkable goal: encouraging girls to engage outside of their home environment, and become active, resourceful, self-reliant citizens of their community. The idea caught on, and from these rather humble beginnings Girl Scouting spread to every zip code in the country. Though scouting came to Lake County by the 1940s, Buffalo Grove came late to the game. It wasn’t until the population booms of the late 1960s, that the first troops were established. These scouts, donning green uniforms and berets, participated in community events, marched in annual parades, conducted food drives, studied first aid, and went on camping trips; activities not uncommon to Girl Scouts today.

Troop 40085, the first group to complete our 100 Years of Girl Scouts program.

It seems appropriate then, that today we feature our 100 Years of Girl Scouting program. Girls have the opportunity to celebrate the centennial with exciting activities that explore what Scouts would have done in 1912. Scouts will play a game, make a snack, and create an autograph to take home. There is a $5 per scout, and a patch is included.

For more details on additional scout programs check out our Girl Scout page.

The summer of the dragon

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We are excited to finally announce plans for the temporary “Kites!” exhibit that will run from June 1 to August 15 in the downstairs gallery. Visitors will learn about kites from around the world, see different types of kites, find out why they fly, and even have the opportunity to make an indoor kite (guaranteed to fly).

This handsome, fearsome kite creature has been waiting patiently in the office to be showcased in the summer exhibit and he’s brought plenty of friends with him. The exhibit is shaping up to be more awesome than anything we’ve ever attempted before.  Be sure to mark your calendar and stay tuned for updates!

Spring cleaning

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What’s with all the empty shelves? In honor of the first day of meteorological spring (the day when weather experts say that we shift towards warming trends), we thought it might be fun to give our permanent gallery a little face lift. Come see what artifacts made it out of our vault and see if you can spot the changes (and watch for a few more to come).