Patriots Point has introduced exciting new educational programming opportunities to bring Girl Scouts’ Journey books to life. The Girl Scouts: Make YOUR Journey series at Patriots Point features hands-on programs and activities that are specifically designed to meet badge requirements for Brownies (ages 6-9) and Juniors (ages 9-11).
“With our state-of-the-art classroom aboard the Yorktown and surrounding estuarine environments, Patriots Point offers perfect educational platform for these programs,” said Patriots Point Executive Director Mac Burdette. “We are pleased to offer this innovative new series for Girl Scouts and hope our overnight campers and day campers/visitors will take advantage of this ‘one-stop shop’ to learn valuable skills and unlock the ‘keys to leadership.’”
Registration is open to overnight campers as well as day visitors. The 2-hour programs are available for $10 each and will be offered on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays between Nov. 2 and Dec. 9. A complete schedule and details about each program can be found below, and registration is available at www.patriotspoint.org.
It’s Your World- Change It! Brownie Quest Badge: Home Scientist
Girl Scout Brownies discover their own unique talents while they become scientists for the day. The girls will work as teams to uncover the secrets of electrical charges, density and ways one of our planet’s most abundant gases is important and FUN! Charleston Harbor and South Carolina coastal ecosystems provide the backdrop for these science experiences. Much like Campbell, Jamilia and Alejandro in the Brownie Quest story, Brownies will unlock the key to making the world a better place; it takes understanding your specials skills, the ones you want to learn and knowing how to share them with the community!
It’s Your Planet- Love It! Wonders of Water Badge: Household Elf
On their way to becoming “household elves”, Brownies will not only learn about the Wonders of Water, but will recognize Ways of Working: working with each other and their community. They will realize the potential they have to make a difference starting with water and energy consumption in their homes and hear stories of how girls and women have made their own efforts global. Girl Scout Brownies will be able to recognize water as one of our planet’s most precious natural resources and the importance of using this resource wisely. Charleston Harbor is an excellent setting for the story of the water cycle and making the connection between water and energy!
It’s Your Story- Tell It! A World of Girls Badge: Inventor
Girl Scout Brownies know that inventions are really stories! As Jamila points out along her journey, inventions can change the outcome of a story. Many women and girls have come up with great inventions, like windshield wipers and the square-bottomed paper bag! Sometimes accidents create inventions, like the chocolate chip cookie! Girls will explore creative ways of solving problems, discuss how inventions could solve some of their own, and share their inventive ideas with the group or choose to share it at home with friends and family.
It’s Your World- Change It! Agent of Change Badge: Entertainment Technology
Movies, merry-go-rounds and music? To be a good leader, a Girl Scout must be aware of her powers: her skills and interests that can make a difference to her and her community. Sometimes to uncover your strengths you need to try out and learn new things. In this unique program Girl Scout Juniors will learn about entertainment technology and its connections to our body, senses and even major planetary processes!
It’s Your Planet- Love It! Get Moving! Badge: Gardener
Get moving and get gardening! Gardening can be many things to many people, including a way to save energy! The First Lady Michelle Obama uses the White House garden to raise awareness about healthy eating habits and the benefits of eating local food. Eating and growing produce locally means food travels smaller distances- and you guessed it- saving energy! Speaking of energy, plants themselves are responsible for converting energy from the sun into energy the rest of us can use. During this session juniors will learn about plants from the ground up and get hands-on with some planting of their own!
It’s Your Story- Tell It! aMuse! Badge: Animal Habitats
Everyone has a story to tell, and by trying on different roles you might even change that story! Investigate a variety of animals and animal habitats during this wild program! Juniors will explore coastal ecosystems and the living community within them, and experience close encounters with regional fauna in our Education Center’s wet lab. They will get a first-hand glimpse at what it takes to maintain their aquarium homes aboard the USS Yorktown and what it is like to play the role of “care-taker”. The program will close with an eye-opening look into endangered habitats around the world and locally, and what girl scouts can do to help!