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 Corinne Swanson, Coordinator of Youth & Family Programs, at corinne_swanson@chs.org or call (860) 236-5621 x222.

Girl Scout Programs

Program Length: 1 1/2 hours
Cost: $8 per scout; troop leader free; $3 for additional chaperones and siblings over five years old

Celebrating Community

Recommended for Scouts ages 7-9

Using a large floor map and building-shaped blocks, Scouts create their own ideal community and work together to decide what the community needs. They discuss different types of communities, make a craft to identify what communities they belong to, and explore 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, perform chores, design their own colonial outfit, and play with historic toys. Scouts then use these experiences and their imaginations to write a diary entry with a quill pen 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 Through role-playing, historical documents, and props, Scouts will learn about the three branches of state government, elect a governor from their troop, and debate a bill.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 explore 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

 

Cub Scout Programs

Program Length: 1 ½ hours
Cost: $8 per scout; troop leader free; $3 for additional chaperones and siblings over five years old

Work and Play

Recommended for Scouts ages 6-8

Scouts explore the museum, listen to a story, and try out a variety of jobs (hauling a water bucket, building a brick wall, fishing from a canoe), done by men, women, and children in the past. 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

This program introduces Scouts to 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 our state history and symbols, including the history of the 1928 mansion that is now the Connecticut Historical Society.
Fulfills requirements for Bear Scouts’ Adventure “Paws for Action.”

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.