Youth Groups

Distance Learning Resources

Keep an eye on this page for new learning resources! You can find additional digital resources and virtual tours for NSCDA properties around the country, including Dumbarton House, at

Are you a teacher hoping to plan a virtual field trip for the fall? Are you a parent looking for virtual Girl Scout activities to keep your daughters occupied in the summer? Reach out with questions, concerns, and desires by emailing  

Virtual Programs and Activities

Explore life in the Federal Period with a virtual tour of Dumbarton House, keeping your eyes peeled for “I-Spys” along the way! (All I-Spys listed at the end of the document.) 

Find out how Classical Greek architecture and style influenced the society and culture of Federal Period America!

Use our guiding questions to explore three books about the Revolutionary War, one for adults, one for teens, and one for children in our Dumbarton House Family Book Club:_Founding Mothers.

Make your own Book Artist Craft using paper bags! Pair this craft with our Founding Mothers book club for further learning.

Read about the history of Dumbarton House while coloring in the pages of our Dumbarton House Coloring Book!

Practice your math skills by helping Joseph count some money in this Treasury Activity

Online Puzzles 

View of the Potomac by Caroline Rebecca Nourse (1838)

“Prospect of Georgetown from the Tenleytown Road” by Rebecca Wistar Morris Nourse (1820)

Portrait of Phoebe Morris by Charles Willson Peale 

Portrait of Sarah and James Nourse

More puzzles can be found at

Museums 101 Videos

Museums 101: Archives – learn what archives are and how to care for fragile primary source documents!

Museums 101: Federal Period Art and Architecture – learn how to spot the Federal style in architectural features and furniture design and how these style choices were influenced by Classical Greece and Rome!



In-Person Programming

Once Dumbarton House reopens, step back in time during one of our Youth programs! Dumbarton House offers a wide range of programming for children. Introducing youth to our nation’s past during hands-on programs at Dumbarton House, students “travel back in time” 200 years and explore early Washington, D.C., history.  Find out more about our youth programs:

Girl Scouts          School Groups


Girl Scouts 

Step back in time at Dumbarton House during one of our Girl Scout day or overnight programs!  Programs are geared towards Daisy, Brownie, Junior, & Cadette Girl Scouts badges/petal requirements.  All programs include a tour, materials, snack, and a Dumbarton House patch.



Programs are open to troops and individual scouts. Choose from our set schedule, max. size is 40 scouts.

  • Day programs cost $15 per Scout and $5 per Adult.
  • Overnight programs cost $30 per Scout and $10 per adult. Overnights also include a continental breakfast.
  • At Ease with Etiquette includes a tea party lunch for scouts and adults costs $25 per scout and $15 per adult.

Private Programs: Plan a special program for just your troop.

  • Day Programs: Saturday & Sunday starting between 9:30am -12:30pm. Programs last between 2-2.5 hours. The cost is $15 per Scout and $5 per adult. There is an $130 (8 scouts, 2 adults) minimum. Capacity: 40 Scouts and 10 adults.
  • Overnight Programs: Overnight programs are offered Friday nights at 7:30pm through 8:00am the following day. The minimum cost for an overnight is $630 for up to 20 Scouts and 2 adults. Additional people can be added at $30 per Scout and $10 per adult. Capacity: 40 Scouts and 10 adults. Overnights also include a continental breakfast.

2020 Schedule


Check back in later for more dates! 


Badge Workshop Descriptions


To register for a Girl Scout program, first complete an online registration form. After receiving your registration, a member of our staff will contact you to confirm and collect your required $50 refundable deposit. Your final count and payment will be due two weeks prior to your program, after which no refunds are possible. Please contact the Education Department if you have questions about our Girl Scout programs.




School Groups

Dumbarton House offers educational field trips for students in Kindergarten through 8th Grade. Our field trips are tailored to meet the Common Core School Standards and DC and Virginia school standards. View standards alignment for our Time Travelers and Capital Quest Programs.

School Programs and FAQs

School field trips cost $4/student and the first 3 required chaperones are free.  All additional chaperones are $4/each.  A $25 deposit is required to confirm your field trip and the balance is due upon arrival.  D.C. Public & Charter Schools are free of charge.  Additional funding may be available to Title I schools for transportation, please indicate on the registration form if your school is in need of transportation.  Support for school program transportation is generously provided in part by The National Society of The Colonial Dames of America in the District of Columbia.

To register for a field trip, please complete a field trip request form.  School programs are available Wednesday through Friday.  All programs have a minimum requirement of 8 students. A maximum of 36 students can be accommodated per field trip.  If you have a larger group, please contact the Education Department to discuss available options.



Dumbarton House offers a number of homeschool programs upon request. These programs cover various seasonal topics about life in the early Capital city. Programs include:

  • School and Fun: What was life like for children in the Federal period? 
  • Harvest Time: What did people eat and where did they get the food 200 years ago?
  • Patriotism and Presidents: Learn about American history and symbolism!
  • Time Travelers: Explore what life was like 200 years ago by using all your senses! 
  • Winter Warmth: Learn about how people stayed warm before central heating.
  • Parthenon to Portico: Discover the Classical Greek and Roman influences on Dumbarton House and other buildings!
  • Communication Through Time: Practice the art of letter writing and learn about the postal system.
  • Art at Dumbarton: Use close-looking skills to learn about artistic techniques using the art in our collection!

For homeschool programs, the cost is $7/child and $5/adult. There is a minimum cost of $75 (for example 10 children and 1 adult). Maximum capacity: 40 children and 10 adults.



The Museum’s programs are available to all students and Scouts as the hands-on programs are developed to connect with all learning styles.  Given enough notice, Museum Educators can adapt programs to fit the specific needs of your students or Scouts.  The Museum is wheelchair accessible.


Contact the Education Department, Monday-Friday, 9am-4pm. 202-337-2288 x222 or

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