Scout Programs


For Children's Parties Visit: https://www.waltwhitman.org/events/childrens-parties/
For Our Grade-Specific Educational School Programs Visit:
Secondary School Grades 9-12
Create & Explore Grades 3-8
Civic Mindedness Grades 5-12
See & Touch K-2

Year-round programs

Each of the programs below includes a guided tour of the Walt Whitman Birthplace. Scouts may apply the following programs toward earning badges from either Nassau County or Suffolk County Girl Scouts or Boy Scouts.

For more information or to make a reservation, please contact Dr. Kelly Ronayne, 631-427-5240 ext. 113 or educator@waltwhitman.org

Masterpiece Painting

Learn the artist’s inspirations and the Whitman influence on one of the following artists: Vincent Van Gogh, Henri Matisse, or Georgia O’Keefe. . .you decide! Create your own artwork guided by an experienced art and history teacher. Show off your artwork virtual style! You may schedule multiple programs to learn about each of these artists separately. 1 and 1/2 hour program.

Monday-Thursday 4:00pm-5:00pm or Saturday 11:00am-12:00pm
A Virtual Walt Whitman Birthplace program
$13.50 per registered Girl Scout
No Tag-Alongs
8 person minimum, 20 person maximum
Learn and Earn: Brownie Painting badge, Girl Scouting at Home patch Create it! activity, fun patch
Materials to be supplied by participant: One standard tempera paint set that includes black, heavy weight white paper or recycled cardboard, water, pencil, and paper towels.

Important: Please test the link 24 hours prior to the program To schedule a program: Please email educator@waltwhitman.org

Social Butterfly Tea Party

Learn the history of afternoon tea and table etiquette and practice your social skills to build the confidence you need to work the room at this fun and informative program. Make the connection between present and past while setting the table for a traditional tea party and preparing place cards. Learn cellphone etiquette and how to make personal introductions that leave a lasting impression. 1 and 1/2 hour program.

Monday-Thursday 4:00pm-5:00pm or Saturday 11:00am-12:00pm
A virtual Walt Whitman Birthplace program
$13.50 per registered Girl Scout
No Tag-Alongs
8 person minimum, 20 person maximum
Learn and Earn: Junior Social Butterfly badge, Girl Scouting at Home patch Create it! activity, fun patch
Materials to be supplied by participant: place setting, napkin, cup and saucer, small card to use as a place card, cell or play phone.

Important: Please test the link 24 hours prior to the program To schedule a program: Please email educator@waltwhitman.org

 

Junior Scribe Badge

Create your own floral lilac paintings with acrylic paints after learning about one of Walt Whitman’s best-known poems, “When Lilacs Last in the Dooryard Bloom’d.”1 and 1/2 hour program.

Monday-Thursday 4:00pm-5:00pm or Saturday 11:00am-12:00pm
A Virtual Walt Whitman Birthplace program
$13.50 per registered Girl Scout
No Tag-Alongs
8 person minimum, 20 person maximum
Learn and Earn: Junior Scribe badge, Girl Scouting at Home patch Create it! activity, fun patch
Materials to be supplied by participant: Basic acrylic paint set and an 9x12” canvas for each child., a variety of flat and round acrylic brushes and a piece of paper, water.
Important: Please test the link 24 hours prior to the program To schedule a program: Please email educator@waltwhitman.org

 

Brownie Potter Badge

Create pinch pots of your own after learning about pottery made during the 19th century on Long Island. See authentic pieces of pottery and learn their unique and little-known history! 1 and 1/2 hour program.

Monday-Thursday 4:00pm-5:00pm or Saturday 11:00am-12:00pm
A virtual Walt Whitman Birthplace program
$13.50 per registered Girl Scout
No Tag-Alongs
8 person minimum, 20 person maximum
Learn and Earn: Brownie Potter badge, Girl Scouting at Home patch Create it! activity, fun patch
Materials to be supplied by participant: Crayola Air Dry Clay, buttons, gems, or other items for decorating the pots.
Important: Please test the link 24 hours prior to the program To schedule a program: Please email educator@waltwhitman.org

Civic Mindedness: Civil War (j,c,s,a)

Learn about Walt Whitman and his personal experience with the Civil War, how it impacted him, influenced his poetry, led to his great compassion for others and why he was known as the Poet of Democracy.

Walt spent a year with wounded Civil War soldiers, writing letters for them. Walt also had a deep admiration for President Lincoln. Virtually tour the authentic 19th c. farmhouse in which Walt was born. Read excerpts from his poetry related to the Civil War, including “O Captain! My Captain!” and “Beat! Beat! Drums!” In addition, read two letters that Walt penned on behalf of injured soldiers. Now it’s your turn to write a poem or a letter for a person who could use your help and support.1 and 1/2 hour program.

Monday-Thursday 4:00pm-5:00pm or Saturday 11:00am-12:00pm
A virtual Walt Whitman Birthplace program
$13.50 per registered Girl Scout
No Tag-Alongs
8 person minimum, 20 person maximum
Learn and Earn: Fulfills one Junior Scribe badge requirement, Girl Scouting at Home patch Create it!
Important: Please test the link 24 hours prior to the program To schedule a program: Please email educator@waltwhitman.org

 

Civic Mindedness (j,c,s,a)

Watch a 10-minute video, celebrated worldwide for its democratic outlook and new distinctly American style. Read The Sleepers, O Democracy, and I Hear America Singing by Walt Whitman and discuss the concepts of empathy, democracy, and civic mindedness. Discover the responsibility you have to everyone in the community, especially to those who do not possess a voice. Write a poem about various people in your life and neighborhoods in the model of Whitman’s poems. Virtually, tour the authentic 19th c. farmhouse in which Walt Whitman was born and view the updated timeline exhibits. 1 and 1/2 hour program.

Monday-Thursday 4:00pm-5:00pm or Saturday 11:00am-12:00pm
A virtual Walt Whitman Birthplace program
$13.50 per registered Girl Scout
No Tag-Alongs
8-person minimum, 20-person maximum
Learn and Earn: Fulfills one Junior Scribe badge requirement, Girl Scouting at Home patch Create it! activity
Important: Please test the link 24 hours prior to the program To schedule a program: Please email educator@waltwhitman.org

Poetry Daze

Meet a published poet!  Discuss how a poet finds inspiration to write a poem.  All are encouraged to let their imagination and creativity soar through actually writing poetry and sharing it with the group.  Participants will have fun while building awareness of language and enhancing their comprehension skills. 1 and 1/2 hour program.  This program is well-suited for Junior/Ambassador Girl Scouts

A virtual Walt Whitman Birthplace program
$10/youth participant (minimum fee $100)
Important: Please test the link 24 hours prior to the program To schedule a program: Please email educator@waltwhitman.org

Group Tour

With a knowledgeable interpreter, tour an authentically furnished 19th century farmhouse, Walt Whitman Birthplace, home of America’s greatest poet. See the room in which he was born. In the Interpretive Center, view the exhibits and hear a recording of Walt’s voice reading his poem, America. 1 and 1/2 hour program.

A virtual Walt Whitman Birthplace program
$5/person
Important: Please test the link 24 hours prior to the program To schedule a program: Please email educator@waltwhitman.org

 

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