Meadow Brook Girl Scout Programs
Bring your troop to Meadow Brook Hall to explore the historic mansion and experience our engaging Girl Scout programs.
Meadow Brook Hall inspires and educates with its grand rooms and collections of fine and decorative art. The expansive collection provides scouts with insight into local history that has had an international impact, making this estate, with its original furnishings unlike any place you have seen before.
Meadow Brook Girl Scout Program Features:
- Tour times: Tours are offered on Saturdays and Sundays at 10 a.m., noon and 2 p.m.
- Cost: All Girl Scout programs are $10 per person attending (Scouts, adults and siblings). A Meadow Brook Patch is available for $3 each.
- Free admissions: With the first ten paid admissions, your group receives two free admissions for troop leaders.
- Arrive early: Please arrive 10 minutes before the start of your tour to ensure starting and ending on time. Groups that arrive late will have their tour shortened accordingly.
Available Girl Scout Programs:
DAISY TEDDY BEAR TEA
Designed as a first visit and introduction to Meadow Brook Hall, the Teddy Bear Tea Party is perfect for young girls. It includes a brief introduction of the Dodge-Wilson family, a tour of the first floor and a tea party. Girls are invited to bring a teddy bear or doll to have “tea” with them. Approximately 1 and a half hours.
This tour focuses on the Wilson and Dodge children and how life at Meadow Brook Hall in 1929 differs from our own today. What has changed, and what has stayed the same? Scouts meet the requirements for the “Making Games Badge” by playing a variety of games, as well as taking home a blank game board so that they can create their own. Approximately 1.5 hours.
MEETS: Brownie Girl Scouts – Making Games badge
PLAYING THE PAST
This tour focuses on the life of Frances Dodge and what it was like to grow up as a young girl at Meadow Brook Farms and Hall in the 1920s and 30s. We will also cover some of the great accomplishments of Matilda Dodge Wilson, who made great contributions to her community through her philanthropic work. After the tour, take part in an art activity in Frances’ Playroom. Approximately 1.5 hours
MEETS: Junior Girl Scouts – Playing the Past badge
Your troop knows Meadow Brook like the back of their hands, now they’re ready to “master” it by exploring behind the scenes. Check out the secret passage ways and attic level of Meadow Brook Hall, an exclusive tour for Scouts only! This tour is intended for the older Scout who has been to Meadow Brook before. Approximately 1.5 hours.
BEHIND THE BUDGET
This tour invites Cadettes to see Meadow Brook Hall behind the scenes and allows them to create their own budget, as Matilda did, for their dreams and goals. Scouts meet the requirement of the Budgeting Badge by creating a list of things they want, prioritizing those wants, examining the costs behind the wants, and brainstorming ways that they can save up for the items that they want. Scouts also have a scenario activity where they examine the wants and needs of the characters in their different scenarios.
MEETS: CADETTES – Budgeting badge
KNOLE COTTAGE ADD-ON
Knole Cottage is the charming six-room, Tudor-style playhouse built for Frances Dodge, daughter of Matilda and John Dodge. The playhouse features a living room, dining room, bedroom, playroom, bathroom and kitchen – all with child-size furnishings and appliances. Also featured in the playhouse are the collections of dolls, toys and tea sets owned by Frances. Approximately 1 hour.
*Available June – August only, rain or shine. Please dress accordingly for weather and outdoor activities.
*Offered as a combination tour in addition to other Girl Scout tours. (additional $5 per person charge)
Your girls will learn to properly set a table, introduce themselves, handle meals at a friend’s house, and more! This tour changes according to the age range. Plan to spend an additional 30 minutes in Frances’ playroom.
*Offered as a combination tour in addition to other Girl Scout tours. (additional $2 per scout)
Contributes toward the following:
DAISY GIRL SCOUTS:
- Zinni (Spring Green Petal): Considerate and Caring
- Mari (Orange Petal): Responsible for What I Say and DO
- Gloria (Purple Petal): Respect Myself and Others
JUNIOR GIRL SCOUTS:
- Social Butterfly Badge
Girl Scout Holiday Walk Tour
Come see Meadow Brook Hall decorated for the holidays! Scouts will tour the home while participating in a holiday scavenger hunt. Then stroll down the wintry path through the woods to Knole Cottage and Danny’s Cabin both “decked” for the holidays! Each group will enjoy hot chocolate and cookies immediately following the tour.
Girl Scout Bridging Ceremonies
Your troop still talks about their Daisy tea and the “secret spaces” of The Hall, so why not let us host this special day? Hold your troop’s bridging ceremony in one of Meadow Brook Hall’s beautiful rooms or gardens. Please call or e-mail for more information.