Girl Scout Museum

“Every badge you earn is tied up to your motto. This badge is not a reward for something you have done once or for an examination you have passed. Badges are not medals to wear on your sleeve to show what a smart girl you are. A badge is a symbol that you have done the thing it stands for often enough, thoroughly enough, and well enough to BE PREPARED to give service in it. You wear the badge to let people know that you are prepared and willing to be called on because you are a Girl Scout. And Girl Scouting is not just knowing.....but doing.....not just doing, but being.” – Juliette Gordon Low, Founder of Girl Scouting

Girl Scout Museum

 

The museum exists to preserve memorabilia related to Girl Scouting,
so it
may be available for present and future users.

With these materials, we offer exhibits and historical program activities to help
foster a sense of belonging to the Girl Scout organization founded in 1912.

Question of the Month

What is a modesty shield?
E-mail your guess to historycommittee@gscwm.org. The answer will appear next month.

Answer to last month's question:

Question: In 1940, Girl Scouts had to carry a nickel in their first aid kits. Do you know why?
Answer: A nickel in the GS first aid kits in 1940 to make a phone call.

Mystery Picture of the Month

Can you guess what this is? E-mail your guess to historycommittee@gscwm.org. The answer will appear next month.

August Mystery Photo

Answer to last month's mystery picture:

Picture: Can you guess what this is?
Mystery Photo July

Answer: Mariner Pendant Flag

Museum Tours and Hands-On Exhibits in Worcester

Girls, troops, friends, alumnae and parents are welcome to browse the exhibit and displays of unique Girl Scout memorabilia at our Worcester Service Center Museum. Guided tours and vintage uniform try-on sessions are available by advance reservation. Click here to schedule a tour.

Coming Soon: New exhibits and activities in the Gage Center at Camp Laurel Wood in Spencer and new program activities at the Holyoke Service Center.

Vintage Uniforms

Historic uniforms may be rented for activities such as parades, fashion shows, theater productions, or World Thinking Day.  Three weeks notice is required. Click here to reserve a set of uniforms.

Adventure Through Time Activity Boxes

Have you ever wondered what Girl Scouting was like in the past?  All you need is an Adventure Through Time Box.  There you will find a vintage uniform and handbook from another decade.  Try some badge activities, learn a new song, play a new game.  After completing the requirements, a Girl Scout History patch may be purchased. Click here to reserve a box.

Volunteers Needed – Donate Just 1 Hour Every Other Month

Volunteers operate our museum! We encourage you to consider being part of the team. Troops are invited to contact us about making a display and individual adults of every age are needed and appreciated. Can you assist with typing, record keeping or putting a display in place? Perhaps you’d like to help lead tours of our collection? Short term and continuing helpers are needed. To volunteer or learn more, contact historycommittee@gscwm.org.

Archival Library

The museum has a large collection of historic materials including books and publications, newspaper clippings and photos, as well as other Girl Scout memorabilia.  Girls and adults may browse these publications for troop projects and more. All items are available for use in the museum. Some items may be available for loan. Photocopies of materials may be made for use with your troop or in a display for your town.

Donations to the Museum

Click here if you have an item to donate to the museum.

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We want to hear from you! What types of exhibits or historic information would you like made available to your troop or group? How could we improve our tours? Any feedback you provide will help us provide better historic programming in the future.

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