Girls and STEM
Statistics show that many careers of the future will require STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) training. These careers are typically higher paying and companies are increasingly turning to women to fill their positions. A recent report, Generation STEM: What Girls Say About Science, Technology, Engineering and Math, issued by the Girl Scouts of America, found that many teen girls are interested in STEM fields and subjects but need more exposure, education and experience in these arenas. The Museum is dedicated to exposing girls of all ages to science by offering opportunities to explore the skills required in STEM careers in a fun, supportive atmosphere. Programs described on below.
Earn the "playing the Past" or the "Make Your Own" Badge! The cost of this program is $8 per scout. There is no charge for leaders. Museum patches are available and cost $3 per patch. The class is limited to 30 scouts so register early to save your troop's space. Advance registration and payment is due, and can be made by calling 815-723-5201, ext. 226.
- Learn about Life on the Prairie
- Make Bread or Jam
- Try Pioneer Chores
- Discuss the Pioneer Lifestyle and why it's important to our history
- And More!
Advance registration and payment is required for these programs.
Call Jessamyn at 815-723-5201, ext. 226 to save your spot!
Workshops and special events, especially Midnight at the Museum, fill quickly so register early to reserve space for your troop. If your troop is not able to attend a workshop session, but you would still like to have your scouts work on that badge, you can still schedule a program for your scouts for school holidays/days off. Weekend dates are also a possibility, depending upon staff availability. Please consult your school calendar when scheduling workshops/programs so that you are aware of holiday weekends, etc. Please do not register for Museum programs at the Girl Scout Council Headquarters!
Please check class descriptions for program fees and length. Siblings five and older can participate in classes and special events and will be charged the noted admission fee.
Each class has a minimum of eight participants. If you do not have the minimum required in your troop, consider pairing with a sister troop or inviting siblings to participate. If you do not have eight participants, you can still schedule a program, you will simply be charged for the minimum number of scouts required for programming.
Program Deposit and Cancellation Policy
If you are registering for a workshop or a special event, payment is due by the registration date for each workshop/special event. If you are scheduling an individual class, a $10 deposit, due upon receipt of your confirmation notice, is required to hold the date/time of your program. If the deposit is not received by the date on your confirmation notice, you will lose your desired date/time. The deposit can be applied to the cost of your program or refunded the day of your program. You will lose your deposit if you must cancel and do not do so at least one week prior to your program.
The Museum is handicap accessible. When scheduling a program, please let us know if you have any patrons with special needs so that appropriate accommodations can be arranged.
Parking is available in the Museum parking lot at the corner of Ottawa and Webster Streets.
Scouts can visit the Museum Gift Shop as long as they are supervised by an adult.
A Museum patch can be purchased for $2 per scout/leader. Add on patches are $1.50 each. Please specify the number of patches you will need when you schedule your program. Siblings can purchase a patch in the Gift Shop, if desired.