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Scout Programs  

Programs are available Monday - Friday between 3:00 and 6:00 pm. Troops can meet and complete badge programs at Oatlands during their regular meeting times.  Programs might be available on school holidays or weekends by special arrangement.  Scout programs last 60 to 90 minutes.  A minimum of 10 scouts is required for a program.  Cost is $5.00 per scout with parents and leaders free.  School-age siblings who attend the program are also $5.00 each.  Tag-a-longs (ages 4 and under) are free.  Siblings, tag-a-longs and parents who do not wish to participate in the program can wait in the Carriage House or purchase a general admission grounds pass to explore the property.  Programs are not canceled due to the weather. Registration is required.

To book a scout program, please contact: 703-777-3174 or education@oatlands.org.

Girl Scout Programs:

Girl Scout programs meet ALL badge requirements allowing scouts to earn their badge in one visit to Oatlands!  Oatlands does not provide the badges – just the experience of earning them.

 

Daisies

 

Mari petal: “Responsible for what I say and do” –Troops hear Mari’s Story: Keeping a Cupcake Promise and then tour Oatlands mansion learning about museum manners and how to be a responsible house guest, hostess and friend. Daisy scouts also make and take home a “responsibilities” craft. 

Tula petal: “Courageous and strong” – Troops hear Tula’s Story: Standing up for Darla and then tour the mansion to learn about some of the amazing women who have lived, worked, or visited here. Scouts draw a portrait of one of Oatlands courageous women and make a “courage” bracelet to take home. 

 

Brownies

Making friends: Troops “make friends” with Oatlands while learning about making new friends and keeping the old ones. Scouts will try a new game together, learn about making polite introductions, and being considerate of others including practicing complimenting each other. Brownies also enjoy a poem activity.

Naturalist/Bugs: On this bug field trip, Brownie naturalists explore the gardens and grounds at Oatlands on a quest for amazing bugs. Scouts meet bugs up close, look for insect homes, and learn cool buggy facts. Brownie naturalists also create a bug poster and make a bug craft. 

 

Juniors

Social Butterfly:  Manners, etiquette and social graces are explored during a tour of Oatlands historic house. Scouts learn about the etiquette that was practiced here in the past as well as modern manners. Juniors practice conversation starters, discuss social dos and don’ts, and learn how to be prepared for a special occasion. Scouts will “say thank you” by writing a note to someone special and take home a tea handbook. 

Playing the Past: History comes alive at Oatlands. Juniors take a tour of Oatlands mansion and grounds to learn about the enslaved and about the Carter and Eustis families. Scouts work as a group to discuss ideas for one of the historical characters and play 20 questions, sketch and label a typical outfit, explore chores and games, make a paper doll, and learn how to research time periods!

Naturalist/Flowers: Juniors begin with a quick lesson on flower anatomy and create a simple sketch book. Scouts then venture out into the Oatlands gardens on a flower hunt to get up close and personal with flowers.  Scouts will stop and make observations, take notes and sketch flowers in their books. In the herb garden, scouts discuss the beneficial uses of plants and herbs.  Scouts create a silk flower tussie mussie to take home. 

 

Cadettes

Naturalist/Trees: Explore Oatlands’ grounds and meet some amazing trees. Cadettes learn about tree identification, anatomy, and the uses of trees. Scouts will make a simple sketch book, draw and label parts of a tree and collect leaves for a waxed-paper sheet collage project. The whole troop finishes their visit by debating the issue of logging and clear cutting and promising to “adopt” a tree. 

Girl Scout Gold Award

Contact Oatlands to partner with and plan your Gold Award Project. 

 

 

Boy Scout Programs:

Each Boy Scout program fulfills MOST of the adventure requirements.  Please look at each program to see exactly which requirements are met while at your visit to Oatlands.

 

Tiger Cubs

Tiger Adventure: Tigers in the Wild – 1 hour

Tiger scouts learn about the 6 essentials you need for a hike, go on a hike around the Oatlands property, discuss the Outdoor Code and Leave No Trace Principals, find plants, trees, animals or signs of animals and record these in their Tiger handbook.  At home scouts need to learn about two more animals on their own.

Scouts need to bring: a back pack, flashlight, filled water bottle, snacks and sun protection.  Scouts will make small first aid kits and be given a whistle to complete the 6 essentials needed for a hike. They also need to bring their Tiger handbook.

 

Wolf Cubs

Wolf Adventure: Paws on the Path – 1 hour

Wolf scouts learn about the 6 essentials you need for a hike and the buddy system.  They go on a 1 mile hike around the Oatlands property.  While on the hike scouts will watch and record 2 interesting things they have never seen before.  On the hike they name 2 birds, insects and other animals and explain how they identified them.  After returning to the Carriage House scouts discuss how they showed respect for wildlife while on their hike.  At home scouts need to draw a map and show the direction of north on it.

Scouts need to bring: back pack, flashlight, filled water bottle, snacks and sun protection.  Scouts will make small first aid kits and be given a whistle to complete the 6 essentials needed for a hike.

 

Bear Cubs

Bear Adventure: Fur, Feathers, and Ferns – 1 hour

Bear scouts go on a 1 mile hike of Oatlands. While on the hike they will identify six signs that show any mammals, birds, insects, reptiles or plants are living nearby.  They also will discuss extinct and endangered animals; use a magnifying glass to examine plants more closely; and stop at the Oatlands compost pile to learn about the importance of composting and how vegetable waste can be turned into fertilizer for plants.  At the end of the program scouts will choose seeds to take home and plant in a garden or pot.

Scouts need to bring: back pack, flashlight, filled water bottle, snacks and sun protection.  Scouts will make small first aid kits and be given a whistle to complete the 6 essentials needed for a hike.

 

Webelos

Webelos Adventure: Webelos Walkabout – 2 hours

Webelos scouts take a 3 mile hike that includs a break for lunch/dinner. They also complete a service project while at Oatlands.  Before the hike they will go over a hike plan and describe and identify from photos any poisonous plants or dangerous animals or insects they may encounter. While on the hike they stop along the way to eat lunch or dinner, recite from memory the Outdoor Code and Leave No Trace Principals and perform a leadership role. After the hike Webelos complete a service project at Oatlands (to be determined).

Scouts need to bring: back pack, flashlight, filled water bottle, snacks and sun protection.  They will also need a nutritious lunch or dinner. Scouts will make small first aid kits and be given a whistle to complete the 6 essentials needed for a hike.      

 

Boy Scout Eagle Award

Oatlands is pleased to partner with and help plan, develop, and give support to a specially designed Eagle Scout service project. Please call to schedule an appointment to discuss service projects at Oatlands.

 

 

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Please Note:

Advance reservations are required. Please contact the education department to book a scout program at 703-777-3174 or education@oatlands.org

 

Click here to download the Scout Program Information and Logistics page.

 

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