Scouting Programs



Girl Scouts



Playing the Past Badge Program
History in the Making
Grades: 4–5
Cost: $20/scout

Get ready to be transported back in time to 1876! Join the staff at the National Museum of Industrial History and learn about how women lived in the 19th century. Become an exhibitor in the Women’s Pavilion at the World’s Fair, learn about the first woman engineer, or join Susan B. Anthony as a women’s right activist. Get ready to dress up and use artifacts from the museum’s Centennial Gallery as you recreate the lives of real and fictional characters from the period. Learn how to work an antique printing press, handle silk worm cocoons, and petition for your right to vote! All troops must meet girl/adult ratios for their group. Individual girls must be accompanied by a registered adult. *Includes admission to the museum and Playing the Past badge.

Inventor Badge Program
Grades: 4–5
Cost: $20/scout
See the world from a different perspective, think creatively, discover solutions! Join the staff at the National Museum of Industrial History and learn the process real inventors go through to solve real-world problems. Put on your inventor hat as we consider: How did Bethlehem Steel workers get 800 feet in the air above the New York City streets with their lunches? How did workers communicate in noisy factories? What fantastic invention will make my morning routine easier?

Scheduling: Register your troop for the scouting programs at NMIH by calling the museum at 610-694-6644 or emailing [email protected] This program is available the 1st or 4th Saturday of each month. Troops are scheduled on a first come, first serve basis. Add an NMIH museum tour for only $5 (applies to scout and accompanying adult)

Girl Scout Days at NMIH

International Women’s Day Celebration
Pre- K-12
Cost: $20/scout

The National Museum of Industrial History is celebrating the anniversary of Women’s Suffrage throughout the month of March by unearthing the stories of women inventors in our collection. Participants will bring to life the changemakers of our past through live interpretation, and celebrate local women leaders of the Lehigh Valley with hands-on activities, performances, and story times throughout the day. Girl Scouts can follow a museum curated activity sheet and receive a Women’s History Month fun patch on their way out.
Troops or individual scouts can reserve a spot for this program by emailing [email protected]

Rosie the Riveter Day
Brownies (2nd and 3rd)
Cost: $20/scout

Rosie Day will be celebrated at The National Museum of Industrial History as part of our month-long commitment to unearthing the stories of women inventors in our collection. Inspired by the women inventors of our past, Girl Scouts will put on their own inventor’s hats and discover how the inventing process works. Together we will consider real world problems, experiment with solutions, and get creative designing solutions. Completion of the Girl Scout activity that day will earn Brownies an inventor badge.
Troops or individual scouts can reserve a spot for this program by emailing [email protected]

Playing the Past at World’s Fair Weekend
Juniors (4th and 5th)
Cost: $20/scout

Get ready to be transported back in time to 1876 at the National Museum of Industrial History’s World’s Fair Weekend, an exciting time for women to showcase their creative talents, industrial capabilities, and overall ingenuity!! Become an exhibitor in the Women’s Pavilion, learn about the first woman engineer, or join Susan B. Anthony as a women’s rights activist. Girl Scouts will use artifacts in the museum as inspiration to learn about and recreate characters from the time period to earn their Playing the Past badge.
Troops or individual scouts can reserve a spot for this program by emailing [email protected]

Think Like an Engineer at World’s Fair Weekend
Pre- K-12
Cost: $20/scout

Come experience the 1876 Centennial Exposition! The first United States World’s Fair where innovations in science and technology changed our country from an agrarian society to an industrial landmark. This event will feature Centennial related displays, Victorian crafts and games, food, and historical characters brought to life! Inspired by the inventors of our past, Girl Scouts will take invention into their own hands by tackling 3 design challenges, through the process of Design Thinking, to earn their Think Like an Engineer Badge.
Troops or individual scouts can reserve a spot for this program by emailing [email protected]