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FACING HISTORY: Girl Scout Programs:

Girl Scout Program dates for the 2013-2014 academic year are full and we are no long accepting registrations. Please check back in mid-August 2014 for Girl Scout Program dates for the 2014-2015 academic year. Thank you.

The National Portrait Gallery offers exciting interactive programs that allow Girl Scout Brownie, Junior, and Cadette troops an opportunity for an educational and culturally enriching museum experience while earning points toward Girl Scout Legacy badges and Girl Scout Journey completions. Programs are offered during the academic year (October to May) on Saturdays as available. Programs are approximately two hours in length and include:
  • An interactive tour National Portrait Gallery, showcasing women who have made a significant contribution to American history and culture, including the portrait of Juliette Gordon Low, the founder of the Girl Scouts of the USA
  • A hands-on activity in the Education Center


Girl Scout Brownie Program
A Patchwork of Girls: How Portraits Tell Stories

This NPG educational program fulfills the following requirements:
  • Three requirements toward A World of Girls journey: 1. Hear a Story; 2. Tell a Story (Express Your Best!); 3. A Better World for Girls!
  • One requirement toward the Brownie Quest journey completion: Juliette Gordon Low and the Three Keys
  • Two requirements toward the Brownie Legacy: Girl Scout Way: Share Sisterhood and Leave a Place Better Than You Found It.
Highlighted Sitters: Marian Anderson, Susan B. Anthony, Juliette Gordon Low, Faith Ringgold, and Elizabeth Cady Stanton


Junior Girl Scout Program
Her Story, Your Toolbox: Overcoming Stereotypes

This NPG educational program fulfills the following requirements:
  • Four requirements toward the Girl Scout Junior aMUSE journey completion: 1. Stereotype Tracker (p. 27); 2. Honorary National President of Girl Scouts lesson (p. 33); 3. Act Two, Scene 2: Getting in on the Action (Your Heart, Your Art, Your Part, p. 45, and Project Toolbox, p. 47); 4. Give a Picture a New Story (p. 48)
  • Two requirements toward the Girl Scout Junior Agent of Change journey completion: 1. Looking Back at Herstory (pp. 17–19); and 2. Real Girls, Real Moxie: Stories that Inspire (p. 27)
  • One requirement toward the Junior Girl Scout Way: 1. Celebrate the Girl Scout birthday (p. 4).
Highlighted Sitters:
*Marian Anderson, Mary Cassatt, *Hillary Rodham Clinton, *Helen Hayes, *Dolores Huerta, *Jackie Joyner-Kersee, Juliette Gordon Low, Rosa Parks, Pocahontas, Phillis Wheatley, and Patience Wright


Cadette Girl Scout Program
Who Says? Talking Back to the Media

This NPG education program fulfills the following requirements:
  • One requirement toward the Girl Scout Cadette aMAZE journey completion: Friends Forever (p. 34).
  • Four requirements toward the Girl Scout Cadette MEdia journey completion: 1. Archive This, Trash That (p. 24); 2. Stereotypes: Easy but Inaccurate (p. 45); 3. Time to Talk Back (p.50); 4. Your Media Remake (p. 74)
  • One requirement toward the Cadette Girl Scout Way: Step 2: Celebrate Girl Scout Week: create a project honoring the courage, confidence, and character of the Girl Scouts (The Girl Scout Way, p. 4)
Highlighted Sitters:
Susan B. Anthony, Mary McLeod Bethune, *Dolores Huerta, *Jackie Joyner-Kersee, *Ann Landers, Maya Lin, Juliette Gordon Low, *Sandra Day O’Connor, Elizabeth Cady Stanton, and *Gloria Steinem

*Denotes that these women were Girl Scouts. (Occasionally, some of these portraits may not be on view.)


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