Thursday, October 9, 2008

Gore Place in Waltham Offers Brownie & Junior Scouting Programs

Gore Place in Waltham: The early 1800s estate of Massachusetts Governor Christopher Gore includes a small farm with sheep, goats and poultry. The elegantly furnished mansion has been called “the Monticello of the North” and architectural historians consider it to be the most significant Federal period mansion in New England.
Gore Place is a unique location for Girl Scouts to visit and participate in programs. Located on 45 green acres in Waltham, Scouts can explore nature, visit a farmyard, snowshoe, or tour an elegant 1806 mansion. This unusual setting offers both indoors and outdoors programs for Brownies and Juniors.
Ongoing Scout Programs:
Eleven special programs allow Brownies and Junior Girl Scouts to fulfill requirements for badges. Using the Gore Place collections and the 45 acres of open space, these programs help scouts develop their visual and critical thinking skills while piquing their curiosity.
Brownie Try-Its
Self-guided Programs. Instructions and materials provided.

Animals: Explore the world of animals at Gore Place. Through 4 activities which COMPLETE the REQUIREMENTS for this TRY-IT, compare the lives of farm animals, wild animals and pets. Learn about characteristics that they all have in common and some things that make them different.
Outdoor Adventure: This program explores Gore Place’s 45 acres and provides the materials and instructions to do requirements number 1, 3, 4, and 5 to COMPLETE the TRY-IT. Brownies and their leaders will explore gardens, trees, fields, a brook, and the farm and learn that an outdoor adventure can happen close to home. Snack not included.

Docent-led Programs (1½ hours)
Listening to the Past:
Wear an elegant gown like Rebecca Gore. View the spiral staircase. Roll a large hoop through the gardens. These are some of the experiences Brownies will have as they discover life on an early 19th century country estate. They will see and discuss how the Gores, their nieces, nephews and servants ate, slept, worked and played. Following a tour of the 1806 mansion, Brownies participate in activities with reproduction clothing and toys.

Stitch It Together: Tour the beautiful 1806 mansion at Gore Place, focusing on 19th century examples of embroidery, quilts and clothing. See the sampler stitched by Christopher Gore’s mother when she was a young girl in 1736. See how stitches can change a plain fabric into a beautiful quilt. After the tour, participate in a simple stitching activity based on the Gore Place collections.

Eco-Explorer: Learn about habitats while exploring the gardens, fields, brooks and farm at Gore Place. Then, create a pretend habitat with craft materials.

Junior Scout Badges
Self-guided Programs. Instructions and materials provided.

Earth Connections: At Gore Place, scouts become ecologists and study plants, animals and their environments. Explore your own ecosystem, visit our heritage breed animals, identify native plants and learn how they were used by Native Americans.

Winter Sports: Would your scouts like to try snowshoeing for the Winter Sports badge? We have 25 pairs of children's snowshoes* and 15 pairs for adults which can be rented for 1 hour for $5 a pair.

Frosty Fun: Outdoor winter fun on Gore Place’s 45 acres includes snowshoeing*, building snow sculptures, and searching for animal tracks. Two visits to Gore Place can COMPLETE the REQUIREMENTS to earn this badge.
*Recommended maximum weight for snowshoes: children - 100 lbs. Adults - 220 lbs.

Docent-led Programs (1½ hours)

Architecture: How does an 1806 Federal mansion set on 45 acres differ from a 21st century home? With the aid of architectural plans, scouts examine the exterior of the mansion, tour 16 rooms and look for relationships between the two.

Yarn and Fabric Arts: See examples of 18th and 19th century yarn and fabric art while touring the 1806 mansion at Gore Place. Highlights include embroidery, clothing, needlework, and quilts.

Folk Arts : A visit to the Gore Place mansion reveals antiques, portraits, toys, and needlework. After touring the 1806 National Historic Landmark, use 19th century reproduction items and ideas prompted by the tour to draw a self-portrait.

Reservations are required for all programs
Cost is $7 per participant.
Programs are available Monday through Friday. Call for weekend availability.

Chaperones: Unlimited chaperones permitted at no charge for outdoor programs. Two chaperones for every 10 scouts admitted at no charge for Mansion Tour Programs. Additional chaperones pay regular adult admission.

Deposit is required. A $30 non-refundable deposit is due within 10 business days of booking.

For additional information contact the Education Department at 781-894-2798 or e-mail

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