Girl Scouts - all levels
Available to all levels. Juniors can practice social skills for the Social Butterfly badge. Includes tour, tea etiquette lessons, tea and light refreshments.
Minimum group size 10, maximum group size 35 (including adults).
One adult per 5 children required.
Fees for etiquette teas:
$15 per person. Reduced admission of $10 for one adult per 5 children.
Additional adults will be charged $15. Siblings of scouts are charged
$15. Deposit of 1/2 program fee required at time of reservation.
Kick-start this badge by exploring stories about families in the past, learning what it’s like to be an immigrant and learning about tools to start your own genealogical research.
Learn how to prepare for a successful hike, blaze a trail on Montpelier’s extensive grounds, play exploring games, identify flora and fauna, learn who walked and worked her in centuries past, and practice leaving “no trace.”
Go on a treasure hunt through the past! Or play a mystery game with a historical twist! Learn how kids had fun long ago and invent a new game using old toys!
Experience how people lived before modern conveniences. Find new uses for old things. Create an invention or activity for future Girl Scout programs at Montpelier!
See how family portraits have changed over time. Sit and paint outside on our beautiful grounds. Use old methods to create something totally modern!
By learning the dances, education, and other customs from Maryland’s past, girls will discover what was considered appropriate in 18th-century society, and how much things have changed.
Playing The Past
Step into the life of a girl from the past. You might have been gentry, or enslaved, or maybe helped out with the family business. How did you dress, what did you learn, and how did you have fun?
Compare music from the past with music today. Discover what was acceptable for 18th-century girls, and decide if today’s dances would have been allowed! Make an unusual instrument, originally invented by Benjamin Franklin. Play instruments of the gentry and the servant classes.
Enjoy tea in Montpelier’s elegant East Wing, and practice skills to earn your Social Butterfly badge. You’ll even make an old-fashioned greeting or thank you card, to show off your social graces! The fee is different for the Etiquette Tea.
Explore the various habitats on the Montpelier’s grounds, including the flower and herb garden, the wooded path, the fields and the meadows, to discover how different the fauna can be in each one. Do art activities, and learn how people of the past used herbs and flowers for medicine and cooking.
Compare historical fabrics, learn what different classes wore and how it was made, experiment with natural dyes, and do a textile project. If you do this program in November, you'll receive free admission to the annual Needleart Exhibit, featuring many examples of hand-stitched masterpieces in all forms of needle art.
See examples of 18th and 19th century decoupage in Montpelier’s collection. Create a collage using traditional and modern art forms. Search our extensive grounds for natural materials, or use 18th century “everyday items” to make a 3-D collage.
Montpelier Mansion does have some, but not total, accessibility for wheelchairs. For details, please call 301-377-7817.