Girl & Boy Scout Programs

We offer Girl Scout programs for Juniors, Brownies and Daisies through the Girl Scouts of Northern New Jersey and the Girl Scouts Heart of New Jersey. Please contact the Curator of Education and Community Engagement for details.

Girl Scouts

Programs are available for Daisy, Brownie, Junior, and Cadette scouts for dates listed or by arrangement. Please see the information below for programs and the awards earned.

Making Memories
Meets requirements for Girl Scout Daisy Zinni Petal Award

Enjoy a visit to Macculloch Hall Historical Museum with your special female adult. See the garden in bloom. Create a watercolor painting of the garden, remembering Zinni’s lesson of sharing, while painting. Explore the 19th century rooms at Macculloch Hall, where generations of mothers and daughters lived and cared for one another. Special arrangement dates are available. Scout Fee: $7/Adult Fee: $5. Minimum: 12 girls & adults.


Louisa’s Rose Garden
Meets Requirements for Golden Honey Bee Award from “Welcome to the Daisy Flower Garden” Girl Scout Daisy Journey

After reading A Smiling Bee and a Garden Key (Chapter 2: “Welcome to the Daisy Flower Garden” Girl Scout Daisy Journey), girls will visit the garden at Macculloch Hall Historical Museum to learn more about Louisa Macculloch (1785-1863) and her rose garden first planted in 1810. Girls will discover a treasure box of their own and be inspired to create paintings of flowers in the garden. Available late May and June. Girl Fee: $7/Adult Fee: $5. Minimum: 12 girls & adults.

To pre-register or schedule your program please contact Cynthia Winslow, cwinslow@maccullochhall.org or 973-538-2404, ext. 16

Celebrating Community

Meets requirements for Girl Scout Brownie Celebrating Community Badge

New Jersey is a unique state with a diverse population whose immigrants have brought a variety of ceremonies, songs, and symbols that scouts can enjoy in celebration of our great state. Come to Macculloch Hall Historical Museum to see 19th-century musical instruments and hear how music has captured the mood of the state and nation in times of sadness and joy. Scouts “scout out” symbols and learn about American symbol maker and late- 19th-century American artist and political cartoonist, Thomas Nast (1840-1902). While at the Museum, discover how Macculloch Hall went from a family home to a historic landmark, prepare for a parade, and learn how to properly fold the American flag. A 10-minute snack break is built into the program; please bring a nut-free snack for each girl. Length of Program: 2 hours. Scout Fee: $10; Adult Fee: $5. Minimum: 12 girls & adults.


Pen, Ink and Paintings

Meets requirements for Girl Scout Brownie Painting Badge

Girls begin their visit to Macculloch Hall Historical Museum with a walk through the garden for inspiration. Then, they will spend time painting “with” and from nature to create a landscape painting. Enjoy a guided tour of Macculloch Hall’s 19th-century rooms, discovering portraits and paintings throughout the house. Leaders will receive materials for a mural painting project that girls can complete at the next troop meeting. A 10-minute snack break is built into the program; please bring a nut-free snack for each girl. Available Fall and Spring. Scout Fee: $10; Adult Fee: $5. Minimum: 12 girls & adults.

To pre-register or schedule your program please contact Cynthia Winslow, cwinslow@maccullochhall.org or 973-538-2404, ext. 16

Yes to the Dress –19th Century Style

RESCHEDULED: Monday, March 16 and Monday, March 23, 4:30-6:30 pm
Meets requirements for Girl Scout Junior Playing the Past Badge

Enjoy a guided tour of Macculloch Hall Historical Museum while learning about the wedding preparations of Mary Louisa (1804-1888), George and Louisa Macculloch’s only daughter. Sketch a wedding dress and slipper shoes. Listen to music that was popular at that time while making a flower craft to take home. Write diary entries capturing the excitement of Mary Louisa’s preparations for her special day. Length of Program: 2 hours. Scout Fee: $10; Adult Fee: $5. Minimum: 12 girls & adults.


It’s About Time

Meets requirements for Girl Scout Junior Product Designer Award

Will you remember to “spring forward” for Daylight Savings Time this year? Why do we adjust our clocks? Take a tour of Macculloch Hall built in 1810 to see and hear clocks dating from the 17th to 19th centuries. How did each design improve upon the last? What designs failed? Scouts can then take on the role of product designer, observing, testing, and analyzing clocks in use. “Mind power” provides the spark of innovation when girls provide their own designs to improve upon the technology of time keeping. Length of Program: 2 hours. Scout Fee: $10; Adult Fee: $5. Minimum: 12 girls & adults.

To pre-register or schedule your program please contact Cynthia Winslow, cwinslow@maccullochhall.org or 973-538-2404, ext. 16

Who Speaks For You?

Meets requirements for Helper: Girl Scout Cadette Public Speaker Award

Cadettes enjoy and recite the witty poems of Alice Duer Miller (1874-1942) which address issues of the women’s suffragette movement. Learn what Miller loved and how she shocked 1890s New York society by attending college. Examining this suffragette writer’s most popular works, “Are Women People?” and “Come Out of the Kitchen”, girls learn about the importance of body language when speaking, use props for dramatic effect, and deliver lines with expression. Scouts will also learn more about how during the 1930s and 1940s Alice Duer Miller’s works were turned into a Broadway play and Hollywood movies! Length of Program: 2 hours. Scout fee: $10; Adult fee: $7. Minimum: 8 girls & adults.

To pre-register or schedule your program please contact Cynthia Winslow, cwinslow@maccullochhall.org or 973-538-2404, ext. 16

Boy Scouts

Programs are available for Tiger, Wolf, Bear, Webelo, and Boy Scouts. Additional dates are available by arrangement. Please see the information below for programs and the requirements they meet.

Shape Search

Meets requirements 1 a&b and 2 a&b of Stories in Shapes

Tiger Scouts see the artwork collected by Museum founder, W. Parsons Todd (1877-1976), search for shapes in art, work with tangrams, and create an artwork to take home. Pre-registration required. $7 per scout; $5 per adult.


Ready, Set, Float Your Boat

Meets requirements 1,2,5, and 6 of Floats and Boats

Canals were the craze in the early 1800s. George Macculloch (1775-1858), the “father” of the Morris Canal, believed a canal was the answer for New Jersey’s transportation problems at the time. Learn about different types of boats while testing what materials float. Design and make a boat from recycled materials to take home. Pre-registration required. $7 per scout; $5 per adult.

Call 973-538-2404 ext. 16 or email cwinslow@maccullochhall.org

Great Gardens

Meets requirements 2,3,4 of Grow Something. Includes materials for requirement 1 and 5a

Search for the sassafras tree and find the wisteria during a visit to the historic garden at Macculloch Hall. Wolf scouts make a terrarium to take home while learning about the vegetables and fruits that George Macculloch (1775-1858) planted in the early 1800s. Pre-registration required. $10 per scout; $5 per adult.


Treasures Assembled

Meets requirements 3,4,5,6 of Collections and Hobbies

Wolf scouts view the collection of W. Parsons Todd (1877-1976), founder of Macculloch Hall Historical Museum, and learn what he collected as a teenager. Scouts examine letters signed by famous Americans and start their own autograph collections. Pre-registration required. $10 per scout; $5 per adult.

Call 973-538-2404 ext. 16 or email cwinslow@maccullochhall.org

Machines that Move

Meets requirements Machines 2, 3, 4a of Make it Move

Bears learn about simple machines and how they are used to move objects, including the inclined planes used to move boats on the Morris Canal. After a lesson about Rube Goldberg (1883-1970), his machines, and his drawings, Bears draw and design their own machines. Pre-registration required. $10 per scout; $5 per adult.

Call 973-538-2404 ext. 16 or email cwinslow@maccullochhall.org

Looking Back, Looking Forward

Meets Adventure Requirements #2 and #3 for Looking Back, Looking Forward

Through hands-on activities Webelos explore how past technology has shaped our world and consider how current technology will influence our future while visiting the historic home of George Macculloch (1775-1858), the “father” of the Morris Canal. Pre-registration required. Limited to 15 participants. $10 per Scout; $5 per adult.


Off the Wall

Meets requirements 1, 2, 3, 4a of Art Explosion

After a tour of Macculloch Hall Historical Museum to see the art on exhibit, with special focus on Thomas Nast’s political cartoons, Webelos create original works of art, including self-portraits and cartoons, and build a portfolio to take home. Pre-registration required. $10 per scout; $5 per adult. Includes materials for requirement 3e.

Call 973-538-2404 ext. 16 or email cwinslow@maccullochhall.org

We the People

Meets requirements for the Citizenship in the Nation Merit Badge

What makes a good citizen? Scouts discuss this, review the functions of the federal government, and examine early American documents in the home of former U.S. Senator Jacob Miller (1800-1862). Activities include a focus on the life and work of political cartoonist Thomas Nast (1840-1902), whose home is on the National Register of Historic Places. Pre-registration required. $15 per scout; $5 per adult.


Architecture

Use 19th century Macculloch Hall and Morristown’s first Historic District to meet all five requirements of the Boy Scout’s Architecture Merit Badge. Activities help boys compare building styles and trends today with those of the past as they look at Morristown’s historic neighborhood. Boys also learn about three career options in the field of architecture. Pre-registration required. $10 per scout; $5 per adult.

Call 973-538-2404 ext. 16 or email cwinslow@maccullochhall.org