The American Textile History Museum offers badge programs for both Boy and Girl Scouts. A minimum of 10 scouts per group is required to run a program. Each group of 10 scouts must have two troop leaders to assist in the program. All other parents, siblings, and visitors are invited to visit the Museum at the general admission price.
Each Girl Scout Daisy Badge program runs between 2 – 2.5 hours. The program cost is $60 for up to 10 Girl Scouts and 2 troop leaders. Additional Girl Scouts pay $6 each. All others must pay general admittance fee upon entering the Museum.
Vi’s Story-Friends Around the World
Listen to Vi’s story and make your own friends by using large paper dolls to dress in clothing from countries around the world like France, India, and Japan.
Zinni’s Story – The Art of Sharing
Listen to Zinni’s story on sharing and participate in a collaborative weaving project to promote the kind deed! You will receive a cardboard loom and strands of colorful yarn. You will then weave a few rows on the loom and pass it to the next scout, who will weave her yarn onto your loom. This process will continue until every scout has added a row to each other’s looms. We will then cut off the woven piece which can be used as a mug rug or rug for a dollhouse!
Each Girl Scout Brownie Badge program runs between 2 – 2.5 hours. The program cost is $80 for up to 10 Cub Scouts and 2 troop leaders. Additional Girl Scouts pay $8 each. All others must pay general admittance fee upon entering the Museum.
Come join us and make your own small doll. Learn to thread a needle, sew on a button, and use different hand stitches and embroidery stitches to create your own little cute munchkin! We will then take a Scavenger Hunt through the museum to find sewn and embroidered items.
Each Girl Scout Junior Badge program runs between 2.5 – 3.5 hours. The program cost is $120 for up to 10 Cub Scouts and 2 troop leaders. Additional Girl Scouts pay $12 each. All others must pay general admittance fee upon entering the Museum.
It is your turn to walk the catwalk!! Cut, snip, and decorate your own original design. Make a plain t-shirt into a cool part of your wardrobe using tricks and techniques fashion designers show on the runway. The t-shirt is included in the price of the program.
How would you like to design and make your own jewelry for yourself or for someone else as a gift? You will be shown the different tools in jewelry making and then make a necklace and a beaded bracelet using weaving or macramé’ techniques. We will also talk abut how different cultures used jewelery as symbols.
Playing the Past
Who are you? What was it like living on a farm in an 18th Century New England town? The girls will start with a paper doll as their character and they will make clothing to dress the doll. They will immerse themselves in activities of the time period by carding and spinning wool, processing flax to make a flax doll, and playing colonial games. All the activities will be recorded in a diary so they can share them with family and friends.
In this fun, hands-on program, the girls will learn about inventions and inventors. They will become an “innovative detective” as they examine a product that they use by determining what is good about the product and what can be improved. They will build a “prototype” of their newly improved product and try “selling” their products to each other. They will then go up to the INOVATION STATION in the museum and record a commercial at our video station.
Each Girl Scout Senior badge program runs between 2.5 – 3.5 hours. The program cost is $120 for up to 10 Cub Scouts and 2 troop leaders. Additional Girl Scouts pay $12 each. All others must pay general admittance fee upon entering the Museum.
For this badge we will discuss the basic principles of interior design such as space relationships and how to use color and lighting. Then we will use this knowledge to craft an inspiration board using fabric swatches, paint samples, and photographs from magazines to create a layout of a room.
Science of Style
Fashion and glamour is a big business today made popular by science. Scouts will make and test a homemade skin-care product and compare it to a brand name product that can be bought today. They will examine the science behind fabrics, accessories, hair products, and perfume. They will make a fashion timeline that shows how clothing styles have changed through the years and then formulate a future clothing style. Finally, they can take a walk through the museum for a fashion show through the ages!
What is textile art? We start with learning about different fibers and how they are processed into yarn, dyed, and then woven into cloth. There are many different varieties of textile art from all over the world. How are they made and what embellishments do they use to make then more attractive? For your textile art project we will make a pin wheel quilt block pillow and then make a “funky felted” item to give as a gift.
Each Girl Scout Cadette, Senior, or Ambassador badge program runs between 3 – 3.5 hours. The program cost is $120 for up to 10 Cub Scouts and 2 troop leaders. Additional Girl Scouts pay $12 each. All others must pay general admittance fee upon entering the Museum.
Bring your own t-shirt and design your own logo. Learn the steps to produce a screen, then silkscreen print a design or logo onto your t-shirt. Explore the museum and see for yourself all the different ways that printing has evolved through the ages from stamping with wooden stamps to modern machinery printing.
Self-Made Glamour Clothing
Would you like to learn the “tricks” behind today’s hottest fashion trend known as self-made glamour? Scouts will learn sewing and embellishing techniques that will unleash their creativity as they transform ordinary or no longer used clothing into custom designed outfits, accessories, and bedroom décor. Clothing items such as skirt, t-shirt, pants or jeans brought by the scout. ATHM provides the embellishments, scraps, sewing supplies and sewing machines and directions.