Boy Scouts Badge Day


Open enrollment for the museum’s Boy Scout Badge Day on October 12 is going on now. Individual scouts or entire troops are welcome to register. Sign up to fulfill the Forestry and Archaeology badge requirements. The instructor is a certified merit badge counselor. Badges are not included. bs badge oct 12 copy

New Exhibit: Buffalo Tales


P1090579The new temporary exhibit in the lower gallery is now officially open. Discover Buffalo Grove’s seldom told history, mysteries, and folk lore.

See the oldest object in the museum and find out how a local snake made national headlines. We also settle once and for all whether or not Buffalo actually grazed in the area. This exhibit runs through April 30. As always, museum admission is free.

Introducing new scout programs

With the start of a new school year, the museum is unveiling new Boy and Girl Scout programs. The museum still offers retired Brownie Try-Its and our old programs can be tailored to meet new Girl Scout badge requirements. Descriptions of our other regularly offered badges can be found here.  As always, please call the museum at 847.459.2318 with questions or to schedule a program.

Civil War Drummer Patch
For both Girl and Boy Scouts:
This is a limited edition patch. Scouts will learn about the role of children in the Civil War, try on a uniform, bake hardtack, learn about Lake County’s own drummer boy hero, and make a Civil War style drum to take home. The $6 fee per Scout includes the patch.
For Boy Scouts:
Scouts learn about archaeology: what and where sites are located, local archaeology and artifacts, and how people lived thousands of years ago. Scouts will also learn flintknapping, and how to make their own stone tools. The $5 fee per Scout covers material costs.

For both Girl and Boy Scouts:
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. Special limited edition geocaching coins are available for $9.

100 Years Of Girl Scouts Fun Patch
For Girl Scouts:
Scouts can earn this limited edition patch by learning what life was like 100 years ago. Girls will play a game, cook food, do a chore, and make an autograph album to take home. $6 fee per Scout includes the patch.