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.
Archaeology
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.

Geocaching
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.

Geocaching at the museum

The museum geocache series has gone live! Now, you might be wondering, “what is geocaching?”  Basically, it’s hide and seek treasure hunting using a GPS enabled device. People hide containers called geocaches outside anywhere in the world and post the GPS coordinates of the geocaches for others to find online.  Part of the fun is that a geocache can be any size or type of waterproof container in a hidden location at the coordinates.

This series leads hunters around town highlighting local history. Limited edition souvenir “geocoins” are available at the museum to mark participation in the adventure for a $9 donation (trust me, they are worth every penny). Coordinates are posted at geocaching.com and can be searched by zip code 60089 or by clicking on the links below.

Some Land For A Farm, Worth More For A Busch!

If you are interested in geocaching but still not sure how to get started, the museum is offering a short class on June11 from 10.30-11.30. This is a free class for beginners, but you must register in advance by calling the museum at 847.459.2318.

New museum adventures

Do you enjoy adventures and history?  So does the museum. We are pleased to offer not one, but two new geocaching hunts starting this spring.

Now, you might be wondering, “well, what is geocaching?”  Basically, it’s hide and seek treasure hunting using your GPS enabled device. People hide containers called geocaches outside anywhere in the world and post the GPS coordinates of the geocaches for others to find.  Part of the fun is that a geocache can be any size or type of waterproof container in a hidden location at the coordinates.
The museum’s first adventure explores a series of historic sites around Buffalo Grove and the surrounding communities.  While there are no physical geocaches to find for this one, a “travel bug” and limited edition souvenir “geocoins” will be available at the museum to mark participation in the adventure. The second search will take hunters through the parks in Buffalo Grove to find geocaches that reveal the location of a special museum lawn gnome.  The museum’s geocache coordinates will be posted on the website and on Facebook in early April.

If you are interested in geocaching but not sure how to get started, the museum will soon offer a short class. We are also developing a Boy Scouts geocaching badge program. More details on these to come. Stay tuned.