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Programs popular with Cub and Scouts BSA troops include: Finding McLean County and The Unconquerable: Kickapoo in McLean County. Visit the School Programs page for more information. Troop members will receive an exclusive Museum fun patch for "Scouting Out History" with the completion of these programs.

To schedule a program, please contact the Museum's Education Department by email at or by phone at (309) 827-0428

Girl Scouts

The Education Department is happy to accept requests for Girl Scout programs and will accommodate these requests when possible. With advance notice, the Education Department is prepared to work with leaders on an individual basis to meet their troops' unique educational needs.

Badge programs the Museum has offered most recently include: Playing the Past (Junior), Senses (Brownie), and World of Girls (Brownie). Each program strives to feature stories of strong women in the context of McLean County's past through the use of hands-on, object-based activities and creative prompts. Activities include: creating a story book or family crest inspired by the women featured in the Museum's Making a Home exhibit (World of Girls); experiencing aspects of early settler life through an exploration of past and modern food ways—butter making and a food miles relay, respectively (Playing the Past, Senses); exploring the architectural history of the Museum by embarking on a sound scavenger hunt (Senses), and investigating material culture through a feel wheel (Senses), etc.

All participating troop members will earn an exclusive Museum fun patch for "Scouting Out History" after completing any Museum educator-led program.

Troops can also earn a fun patch by completing one of the Museum's regularly offered school programs, including: Finding McLean County; The Unconquerable: Kickapoo in McLean County; Growing McLean County; Challenges, Choices, and Change; A. Lincoln in McLean County; and more. For more information on these offerings, click here.

To schedule a program, please contact the Museum's Education Department by email at or by phone at (309) 827-0428

Other Group Programs

Contact the Education Department by email at or by phone at (309) 827-0428, and Museum Staff will work with you to create customized resources or experiences that meet your educational needs.