Scout and Youth Programs Offering a wide selection of programs for scout and youth groups.

The Connecticut Historical Society offers a selection of hands-on, interactive programs for scout and youth groups. Scout and youth programs are typically scheduled weekday afternoons and Saturdays. Below is a selection of our more popular scout programs, but please visit our Museum Programs and Outreach pages for a complete listing of programs. All of our school programs can be adapted to fit your scout or youth group’s needs.

For more information or to schedule a program, please contact Katerina Mazzacane, Youth & Family Programs Manager, at katerina_mazzacane@chs.org or call (860) 236-5621 x222.

Girl Scout Programs

Program Length: 1 1/2 hours
Cost: $50 for the first 6 scouts, $8 for each additional scout; troop leader free; $3 for each additional chaperone and siblings over the age of 5.

Celebrating Community

Recommended for scouts ages 7-9

What makes a community? Scouts will explore the answer to this question by using a large floor map and building-shaped blocks to create an ideal community, completing a craft to identify what communities they belong to, and exploring the Making Connecticut exhibit to learn about the symbols and stories of our state.
Fulfills requirements for Brownie Scouts’ ‘Celebrating Community’ badge.

Playing the Past: Life in Colonial Connecticut

Recommended for scouts ages 8-11

Step into the past and learn about the daily experiences of colonial girls. Scouts will explore life in colonial Connecticut by trying chores, designing their own colonial outfit, and playing with historic toys. Scouts then use these experiences, their imaginations, and a quill pen to write a diary entry about what their life would have been like as colonial girls.
Fulfills requirements for Junior Scouts’ “Playing the Past” badge.

Inside Government

Recommended for scouts ages 9-12

Go inside Connecticut’s state government and discover what makes an active citizen. Through role-playing, historical documents, and props, scouts will learn about the three branches of state government, elect a governor from their troop, and debate a bill. Scouts then visit the Making Connecticut exhibit to learn how citizens can make a difference and make a poster for a cause they believe in.
Fulfills requirements for Junior Scouts’ “Inside Government” badge

Agent of Change: The Fight for Women’s Suffrage

Recommended for scouts ages 9-12

Discover what it takes to become and agent of change! By investigating primary sources, scouts will learn about two Connecticut women who acted as agents of change during the Suffrage Movement. Scouts will then make a protest sign, vote, and work together to identify the many ways they can become an agent of change in their own community.                                                                                                                                                                             Fulfills requirements for Junior Girl Scouts’ Journey “Agent of Change”

Cub Scout Programs

Program Length: 1 ½ hours
Cost: $50 for the first 6 scouts, $8 for each additional scout; troop leader free; $3 for each additional chaperone and siblings over the age of 5.

Work and Play

Recommended for scouts ages 6-8

Experience the life of men, women, and children from the past. Scouts will explore the museum, listen to a story, and try out a variety of jobs, including fishing from a canoe and building a brick wall! After their “work” is done, scouts play with historic toys and games.
Fulfills requirements for Tiger Scouts’ Adventure “Tiger Tales.”

Native Americans in Early Connecticut

Recommended for scouts ages 7-9

Learn about the life and culture of Native Americans in early Connecticut. Scouts try out daily chores, examine reproduction artifacts, listen to a traditional story, and make a “bear claw” necklace to take home.
Fulfills requirements for Bear Scouts’ Adventure “Beat of the Drum.”

This is Connecticut!

Recommended for scouts ages 8-11

What makes our state so special? During this program, Scouts will learn about famous Connecticut people, places, events, and products. Through a varied pace of activities, scouts will explore the unique stories behind the history of our state and its symbols, including the history of the 1928 mansion that is now the Connecticut Historical Society.
Fulfills requirements for Bear Scouts’ Adventure “Paws for Action.”

Merit Badge Programs

Program length: 2 ½ hours

Cost: $15 per scout; $75 minimum; troop leader free; $3 for each additional chaperone

Genealogy Merit Badge Workshop

During this workshop, scouts will explore the importance of genealogy, investigate the various types of genealogical records, and learn how to analyze primary sources. Through the use of online databases and close-looking at historic documents from CHS’s Research Center, scouts will begin to uncover their family’s unique history.                                                                                                                                                                                        Fulfills requirements for Boy Scouts’ Merit Badge “Genealogy”

PLEASE NOTE patches, badges, and beads are not provided by the Connecticut Historical Society.

Find out about upcoming special programs for scouts, youth groups, and families listed in our calendar of events.

The Connecticut Historical Society is closed to the public through August 18. All on-site programs and events are canceled during this time.
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