Girl Scout Troop Makes History Interactive
When most people think of an issue in their community, they think of helping the homeless, global warming, or needy animals. However, for our troop’s Silver Award, we thought of the privileged children; the ones who are blessed, who have houses to go back to, and food on the table every day; the ones who go places, but don’t really care or know why they’re there. Kids go to museums and the information is so distant, and it needs to be made relevant. These children, our future leaders, need to learn about the past so they don’t repeat it.
Our Silver Award Take Action Project goal was to make a museum experience interactive for children. We chose the Sandy Spring Slave Museum, a local family-owned establishment. One of their goals is to “bridge the information gap and inform all ethnic groups – particularly those in Montgomery County – about the advantages of cross-cultural communication and diversity, as expressed through the arts and humanities.” What better way to bridge the information gap in children than making an interactive program for them to use and enjoy? To do this, we created passports with questions for children to follow through the museum. At the end, they would receive a bookmark or patch for completing all of the questions.
On Montgomery County’s Heritage Day, we presented the passports to children attending the museum. They walked through the museum, answered the questions, and gave us feedback about the program. With the feedback we received, we will edit the passports and continue to make the experience better. The extra passports and prizes were left with the museum for future use. Through the project, our troop learned that the only issues in our community aren’t the well-known ones. There are lots of smaller issues that anyone can fix. And this year, when we start working on our Gold Awards, we’ll keep that in mind.
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