I Speak for the Trees
This program, based on Dr. Seuss' classic story The Lorax, focuses on how each girl can make the world a better place. Scouts will learn their impact on the environment, what they need versus what they want, and how practicing the 3R's can help them be good Earth protectors. Fulfills Rosie petal requirements.

Our Earth Needs YOU!
Our Earth provides everything we need to live and so we need to use those resources wisely. Scouts will discover how we harm the environment through pollution, over-consumption and waste generation. Through interactive discussion, Scouts will consider ways to reduce these stresses, with an emphasis on reducing, reusing and recycling. Fulfills Clover petal requirement.


Bugs help us in lots of cool ways. Explore the world of bugs and learn more about these creatures that do so much through the museum’s collection of insects and spiders! Get your hands dirty by exploring the bugs of Lords Park. Fulfills steps 1-5.

Get ready for adventures by hiking along the Willow Creek Trail in Lords Park. Bring along a museum educator to point out cool plants and animals along the way! Fulfills Steps 1-3, 5.

Home Scientist
Become a scientist using everyday objects. Make ice cream, play with static electricity, stand in a giant bubble, make explosions and more all in the name of science! Fulfills steps 1-5.

Household Elf
Make your home clean and green by learning how to save energy, save water, and even help save the planet! Fulfills steps 1-5.

Crafts made with clay have been around for thousands of years. People have found ancient art and everyday objects made from clay. Visit the museum to find out how American Indians used clay for pottery and jewelry. Fulfills steps 1-4.

Discover the world through your senses – touch, sight, hearing, smell and taste. Have a scavenger hunt in Lords Park and use your senses to discover nature, test your sense of taste, smell and touch through Braille and museum objects. Fulfills steps 1-5.


Animal Habitats
Observe animals in their natural habitat during a hike in Lords Park, and then inspect these animals up close in the museum. We’ll learn about threatened habitats in our Endangered Animals exhibit and find simple solutions to help preserve animals’ habitats. Fulfills steps 1-5.

Grab your magnifying glass and dive into the science of detecting! Learn about secret codes, finger printing, DNA, and evidence on a microscopic level. Then solve the mystery of who broke into the museum and stole the two-headed calf! Fulfills steps 1-5.

Dig up flower secrets by completing this badge! Investigate the wild flowers of Lords Park and check out the flowers that make up our Medicinal and Savannah Gardens. These beautiful blooms do more than just look pretty – they heal, too. Learn how American Indians and early settlers used bloodroot, asters, yarrow and more! Create flowers of your own to take home. Fulfills Steps 1-4.

Dig your hands into the earth and spend time with soil, water and sunlight to find out how to help life grown from a tiny seed. Help care for the gardens around the museum. Fulfills Steps 1-3, 5.

Add some bling to your life! Check out the museum’s collection of American Indian jewelry, made from natural materials like stones, seeds and bone. Create your own trinkets out of recycled materials, metal and more. Fulfills steps 1-4.

Have fun with music at the Elgin Public Museum, using African beats, Plains Indians rattles, and Brazilian Laughing Gourds. Experiment with different songs and instruments from cultures all over the world. Make your own instrument to take home! Fulfills Steps 1-4.