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.

New summer activities lineup

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Looking for something fun to do with the kids now that school is out? Summer Try-It Tuesdays and Wednesday Walks are back and better than ever! All of these activities are fun, unusual, and FREE!  Try-It Tuesdays feature a unique walk-in activity from 1-3.30 at the museum every week. Just come in, no need to register. 

Or if you enjoy the great outdoors, join us from 10.30-11.30 AM for Wednesday Walks in the park. Each Wednesday will have a different themed nature walk and talk. We will meet at a park shelter, do a nature activity and then take a walk to find examples of what we have learned about. This program is FREE but please call ahead to register (847.459.2318) so we know you are coming. Don’t forget to wear comfortable shoes.

Try-It Tuesdays schedule 1.00-3.30 PM
June 14- Butter churning
June 21- Candle making
June 28- Rope making
July    5- Corn husk doll making
July  12- Spinning and dyeing
July  19- Mystery activity TBA
July   26- Felt flower making
August 2-Carving soap

Wednesday Walks schedule 10.30-11.30 AM
June 15- Bird themed walk at Mike Rylko Park
June 22- Bat themed walk at Willow Stream Park
June 29- Life under logs themed walk at Mike Rylko Park
July    6- Skunk themed walk at Willow Stream Park
July  20- Urban wildlife themed walk at Mike Rylko Park
July  27- Invasive plant themed walk at Willow Stream Park
August 3-Stream themed walk at Mike Rylko Park

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.

Calling All Scouts

As the Boy Scouts organization continues to celebrate its centennial anniversary with the revival of four historic merit badges, the museum is pleased to offer one of them for a limited time. Starting August 14th, the carpentry badge is available to earn for a limited time through the end of 2010. During the two-hour program, scouts will learn to construct a wooden tool box with hand tools that they can take home at the end. The program fee is $5.00 per scout to cover material costs. Tools will be provided but we recommend you BYOH (bring your own hammer).

Although the historic carpentry badge is only available for Boy Scouts for a limited time, Webelos and Girl Scouts won’t be left out of the fun. The museum will offer a similar woodworking program for Girl Scouts.  We are also developing a craftsman badge program for Webelos that provides a safe environment for younger scouts to learn tool safety and make a display box or stand. This program will cost $3.00 and can be tailored for younger girl scouts, as well.

The historic carpentry Boy Scout merit badge program will only run through the end of December but the other woodworking programs will continue through 2011.  Call the museum for more information and to arrange a program date for your troop ASAP.

Summertime fun

Try-It Tuesdays and Super Sundays

Looking for something fun and different to do with the kids this summer? We are excited to host a number of fun (and free!) summer activities here at the museum. Try-It Tuesdays feature a different free walk-in activity every Tuesday from 1-3.30 PM. If you can’t come for a Try-It Tuesday, no problem! The museum will feature the same walk-in activity every other Sunday from 1-4 PM.

June 15- Butter Churning
June 22 and 27- Surprise activity
June 29- Cornhusk doll making
July 6 and 11- Make a candle
July 13- Surprise activity
July 20 and 25- Weave a bookmark
August 3 and 8- Carve soap
August 10- Make paper

Wild Wednesdays

Enjoy the great outdoors and join us from 10- 10.45 AM for Wednesday morning nature walks. Each Wednesday will have a different theme. We will meet at a park shelter, do a nature activity and then take a walk to find examples of what we have learned. This program is free but please call ahead to register (847.459.2318) so we know you are coming. Don’t forget to wear comfortable shoes.

June 16- Trees at Busch Grove Community Park
June 23- Fruits and Flowers at Willow Stream Park
July 7- Animals at Busch Grove Community Park
July 14- Water at Willow Stream Park
July 21- Leaves and Seeds at Busch Grove Community Park

44 chickens in 30 minutes

Just a quick post to share with you this fine Sunday afternoon. A group of ten girl scouts visited us last week to participate in the drawing and painting program. They produced 44 portraits of our resident (albeit artificial) chicken in a record breaking 30 minutes. Their paintings were so charming, I wanted to share a couple with the blogging world.