NOVA Parks offers a variety of programs designed to help your girl scout achieve a wide range of badges for Daisies all the way up to Cadets! Badge programs are currently available at three different locations, with more being added all the time! Click on the park of your choice to go directly to their programs, or scroll to see the full list of agency-wide offerings. (Note: Some custom programs may be available for other badge requirements. Please call or email the respective park to inquire.)
- ALDIE MILL HISTORIC PARK
- CARLYLE HOUSE HISTORIC PARK
- MEADOWLARK BOTANICAL GARDENS (coming soon!)
- POTOMAC OVERLOOK REGIONAL PARK
- TEMPLE HALL FARM REGIONAL PARK (coming soon!)
|GIRL SCOUT PROGRAM||Price min (10 scouts or less)||Price per scout (11 or more scouts)|
All Program Topics (except Letterboxing)
$75.00 per hour
$25 per extra half hour
$7.00 per scout
$100.00 per 1.5 hour program
$10.00 per scout
Be a Nature Detective!
Explore the outdoors around Aldie Mill by joining in a Nature Detective Walk. Find items on a scavenger hunt, choose a leaf, and make a leaf rubbing to add to a card you’ll take home. This activity helps to fulfill the requirements of the Outdoor Art Brownie Badge. Minimum of one adult per five scouts.
JUNIOR GIRL SCOUTS
Playing the Past
What was life like in the past, around the time of the Civil War? What would it have been like to be Ann, the daughter of Aldie Mill owner John Moore, or Ellen, the daughter of mill neighbor Alexander Davis? Listen to diaries accounts and letters from women of the time, discover what girls wore and what games they played, and make your own “housewife” – a Civil War-era sewing kit – to take home! This program helps to fulfill the requirements of the Playing the Past Badge. Minimum of one adult per ten scouts.
For more information and to book your program, contact us at email@example.com or call 703-327-9777.
Playing the Past
Who lived at Carlyle House in the past? What would it have been like to be John Carlyle’s daughters Sarah and Anne? Explore the house and discover what kinds of things girls wore, what kind of games they played and what they learned in school. By completing this two hour program, girls will have earned the Playing the Past Badge.
Designed in the 18th century style, the Carlyle House garden features researched plant materials which would have been available to John Carlyle House during his occupancy. Girls will explore the garden and learn how colonists used gardens in everyday life. By completing this two hour program, girls will have earned the Flowers Badge.
Something is amiss at the Mansion House! Mr. Green has come home and discovered some of the rooms are in disarray. Girls will discover what is missing, learn some techniques used by detectives, and then try to find the missing objects at the Mansion House. By completing this two hour program girls will have earned the Detective Badge.
Letterboxing is a scavenger hunt style adventure that takes you to interesting locations all over the world solving clues and searching for hidden treasures. Participants will learn what exactly Letterboxing is and how it differs from Geocaching, where to find the clues, how to decipher them and receive hints on what to look for. Then off on an adventure around the park to find the boxes hidden here. Participants will also get a chance to make their own personal stamp. Min of one adult per ten scouts.
For more information and to book your program, contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or 703-549-2997
This program will teach scouts the basics of being kind to nature and the basic principles around not leaving a trace while spending time in protected spaces. We will start with going through what everyone needs to be prepared for your adventures and what steps we can take to keep living things safe. The program will include a hike on one of the trails where we will participate in activities that will include searches for local wildlife, identification of local and non-native plants, and instructions on how to safely remove trash from natural spaces. Min of one adult per ten scouts.
Letterboxing is a scavenger hunt style adventure that takes you to interesting locations all over the world solving clues and searching for hidden treasures. Participants will learn what exactly Letterboxing is and how it differs from Geocaching, where to find the clues, how to decipher them and receive hints on what to look for. Then off on an adventure around the park to find the boxes hidden here. Participants will also get a chance to carve their own personal stamp and receive an introductory logbook. Min of one adult per ten scouts.
Scouts will get a tour of the James I. Mayer Center for Environmental Education and introduced to all of the native species of animals which are on display and meet a few up close. Then out on the trails, participants will identify different types of homes for different local fauna and then the challenge to build a small home to keep a critter safe and dry. The program will wrap up with a hike to look for habitats that might be considered endangered and discuss what we can do to protect them. Min of one adult per ten scouts.
First, participants will review the basic make up of a tree and how each part functions and discuss the relationship the humans have with tree. Next we will learn more about the differences between the different tree here at Potomac Overlook and while the scouts create their own take-home tree identification guide.
For more information and to book your program, contact us at email@example.com or 703-528-5406.