Girl Scouts

Explore enchanting gardens and learn about treasures from France and Russia in the home where Marjorie Post once lived.

Bring your Girl Scouts to Hillwood to:

  • Create a jewelry box inspired by Fabergé
  • Design a Japanese-style Garden diorama
  • Host your troop's bridging ceremony
  • Enjoy an elegant tea

Schedule Your Visit

Programs are subject to availability.  Your visit is not confirmed until you receive confirmation from a Hillwood representative by phone or email.

Girl Scout troops must register at least four weeks in advance.

To request a Girl Scout visit:

Program Options

In Fabergé's Workshop (Girl Scout Junior Jeweler Badge):  Explore sumptuous jewelry and fanciful objects including those created by imperial Russia's legendary jeweler, Peter Carl Fabergé.  Then create a Fabergé-style gold box to hold personal jewelry collections.

  • Level:  appropriate for ages 6-12
  • Group Size:  8-40 Girl Scouts, 4 adult chaperones
  • Time:  10 am-12 noon or 2:30-4:30 pm
  • Dates:  Tuesday-Saturday & select Sundays, year-round
  • Price:  $8 per Girl Scout & tagalongs, 4 adults free, $15 additional adults
  • Badges:  Completes step 1 (Get to know the tools of the trade), step 4 (Jewelry inspired by another culture) and step 5 (Make a sparkling gift) of the 5 steps required to earn the Girl Scout Junior Jeweler badge.

Garden Journeys (Girl Scout Junior Gardener Badge):  Discover the beauty, tranquility and whimsy of the Japanese-style Garden and French Parterre.  Then design your own dream garden by creating a miniature garden diorama.

  • Level:  appropriate for ages 6-12
  • Group Size:  8-25 Girl Scouts, 4 adult chaperones
  • Time:  10 am-12 noon or 2:30-4:30 pm
  • Dates:  Tuesday-Saturday & select Sundays, March-November
  • Price:  $8 per Girl Scout & tagalongs, 4 adults free, $15 additional adults
  • Badges:  Completes step 1 (Visit a garden), step 2 (Explore garden design) and step 3 (Choose garden plants) of the 5 steps required to earn the Girl Scout Junior Gardener badge.

Flower Power!: (Girl Scout Junior Flowers Badge):  Go on a flower hunt, see dazzling orchids in bloom, and create flower artwork.

  • Level:  appropriate for ages 6-12
  • Group Size:  8-25 Girl Scouts, 4 adult chaperones
  • Time:  10 am-12 noon or 2:30-4:30 pm
  • Dates:  Tuesday-Saturday & select Sundays, March-November
  • Price:  $8 per Girl Scout & tagalongs, 4 adults free, $15 additional adults
  • Badges:  Completes all 5 steps required to earn the Girl Scout Junior Flowers Badge.

Mother/ Daughter Outing:  Participate in an art workshop together with your choice of activity: adorning fancy hats, embellishing jeweled picture frames, or creating decorative party plates.  Enjoy the mansion and gardens at your own pace on a self-guided exploration and extend your visit with tea in the Café or a picnic on the lawn.

  • Group Size:  50 person maximum
  • Dates:  Tuesday-Saturday & select Sundays, year-round
  • Price:  $8 per person

Bridging Ceremonies:  The half-moon bridges in the Japanese-style Garden are a beautiful setting for bridging ceremonies.  After the ceremony, you are welcome to continue celebrating with tea in the Café or a picnic on the nearby lawn.

  • Group Size:  40 maximum (includes Girl Scouts and accompanying family and friends)
  • Time/ Dates: 10-5 Tuesday-Saturday, 1-5 select Sundays, March-November
  • Price:  $50 per troop

Girl Scout Tea in Hillwood's Café:  Enhance your visit to Hillwood with an elegant afternoon tea in the Café.  Enjoy scrumptious scones, finger sandwiches, and cheesecake lollipops, after participating in a Girl Scout program, or exploring the mansion and gardens at your own pace on a self-guided visit.  Contact the Youth Audiences Manager to make arrangements.

  • Time:  11:30 am, 1:30 pm, or 2:30 pm
  • Dates:  year-round, Tuesday-Saturday; select Sundays
  • $19.20 per person (includes tax and gratuity)
  • Group Size: 10 minimum

 

Plan Your Visit

Transportation and Directions:  Directions, transportation and parking information.

Visit Guidelines:  Help us protect the art and gardens so everyone can enjoy them.  Please review Guidelines for Visiting before bringing your group to Hillwood.

Special Needs:  Inform the Youth Audiences Manager of any special needs when you schedule your visit.  Please review Hillwood's accessibility services.

Dining Arrangements:  Girl Scout troops are welcome to make arrangements to eat during their visit.

  • Café Dining:  Purchase meals from the Café's group menu to dine in the Café, inlcuding the afternoon tea menu.  Contact the Youth Audiences Manager to make arrangments.
  • Picnicking:  Bring a bag lunch or snack to enjoy on the lawn in a designated picnic area.  Though there are no picnic tables, you may borrow picnic blankets or bring blankets with you.

Museum Shop:  Commemorate your visit to Hillwood with a Hillwood participation patch.  Two designs are available:  one in the shape of a Fabergé egg, the other a scene from the Japanese-style Garden.  Enjoy the Shop's selection of toys, games, children's books, and jewelry.

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