Girl Scout Badge Days

2015-2016

Historic Deerfield has planned a series of scheduled programs to help Girl Scout groups accomplish multiple steps toward earning badges using the collections and resources available at our museum of early New England Life. Contact us to register for one of the scheduled programs listed here, or to inquire about scheduling a custom designed program on an alternative date. Contact Faith Deering, Museum Educator at (413) 775-7116, fdeering@historic-deerfield.org


 Pottery Badge at Historic Deerfield (for Brownies)

  • 10 a.m. - Noon

  • $6 per girl plus $3 materials fee, adults free

  • Registration deadline is 2-weeks prior; program is limited to two troops, or 20 girls.

Join us to see the wonderful pottery collection in Historic Deerfield’s Museum of Early New England Life.  After looking closely at the pottery you will visit our Apprentice’s Workshop to complete more steps of your badge as you learn about clay, try your hand at techniques used by potters of the past and make a small clay pot with a lid.  You will take your pot home with you and decorate it during a troop meeting. Badges are not included in the cost of the program but can be purchased at any GSCWM store. Open to troops and single girls with an adult. 


Available Dates:

Saturday, November 7, 2015
Saturday, November 14, 2015
Saturday, November 21, 2015


Hearth Cooking for Scouts (multiple ages)

  • 10 a.m. - Noon

  • $6 per girl plus $2 materials fee, adults free.

  • Registration deadline is 2-weeks prior; program is limited to two troops, or 20 girls.

Join us in Historic Deerfield to find out how girls of long ago prepared food. In this program you will have an opportunity to bake in our colonial era kitchen. Using local ingredients and spices from far away you will make gingerbread by following an historic recipe.  You will learn about spices from around the world and make a spice sachet to take home.  While comparing old receipts with new recipes you will discover how cookbooks and recipes have changed over time. This badge meets requirements from New Cuisines and Locavore. Badges are not included in the cost of the program but can be purchased at any GSCWM store. Open to troops and single girls with an adult.


Available Dates:

Saturday, January 9, 2016 
Saturday, January 16, 2016
Saturday, January 23, 2016


Woodworker Badge at Historic Deerfield

  • 10 a.m. - Noon

  • $6 per girl plus $3 for supplies, adults free.

  • Registration deadline is 2-weeks prior.

If you have ever wanted to make something from wood, something you will feel proud of, join us in Historic Deerfield at our colonial woodworking shop. You will learn about hand tools of the past and some of the techniques used by carpenters to make utilitarian and beautiful objects. Under the careful supervision of a woodworker you will use a hammer, saw, and other tools to start a special wooden project, one that you can finish and say, “I made it myself.” Come back on your own time and visit one of our historic houses to see the work of skilled carpenters of the past. Curriculum ideas and background information will be provided to help complete all of the badge steps. Badges are not included in the cost of the program but can be purchases at any GSCWM store. Open to troops and single girls with an adult. 


Available Dates:

Saturday, February 20, 2016
Saturday, February 27, 2016


Gardener Badge at Historic Deerfield

  • 10 a.m. - Noon
  •  $6 per person plus $3 materials fee, adults free.
  • Registration deadline is 2-weeks prior.

Visit a traditional 18th century Cooks’ Garden in Historic Deerfield.  Join us to learn about the importance of a garden designed to provide herbs and vegetables for a Colonial family. As you walk with a gardener you will hear stories about the importance of individual plants that were used to flavor a soup, cure a headache, perfume a room and herbs that would keep insects away from clothing and other textiles.   After exploring the garden using all of your five senses, you will plant herb seeds in small pots, and make an herbal sachet to take home.  Curriculum ideas and background information will be provided so you can complete all the badge requirements. Badges are not included in the cost of the program but can be purchased at any GSCWM store. Open to troops and individual girls with an adult. 

Available Dates:

Saturday, May 7, 2016
Saturday, May 21, 2016