Visit Dumbarton with Your Girl Scout Troop

Step back in time at Dumbarton House during one of our Girl Scout programs!

Programs are geared towards Daisy, Brownie, Junior, and Cadette Girl Scouts badges/petal requirements. All programs include a live interactive tour, craft activity instructions in a PDF, and a Dumbarton House patch.

Program Costs

Programs are open to troops and individual scouts. Choose from our set schedule or schedule a private program just for your troop! Maximum size is 40 scouts. At this time all Girl Scout programs are virtual.

  • Virtual Program:
    • Saturday & Sunday starting between 9:30am -12:30pm. Programs last between 1-1.5 hours.
    • All badge requirements are met when the tour is paired with the supplementary craft PDFs emailed to the registrant. Although not all crafts will be completed together, all will be discussed during the program.
    • The cost is $10 per Girl Scout. There is a $60 (6 scouts) minimum. Maximum capacity: 40 Scouts.

Private Programs: Pick a program and date of your choice just for your troop! $60 (6 scouts) minimum.

2020-2021 Schedule

Spring Schedule


  • 27, 10am-11:30am: Playing the Past Badge Workshop, Junior
  • 17, 10am-11:30am: Inspired Painter Badge Workshop, Brownie
  • 25,  10am-11:30am: Drawing Dumbarton Badge Workshop, Junior
  • 8, 10am-11:30pm: Book Artist Badge Workshop, Cadette
  • 23, 10am-11:30am: Playing the Past Badge Workshop, Junior
  •  12, 11am-12:30pm: At Ease with Etiquette Badge Workshop, Brownie & Junior


To register for a Girl Scout program, first register below. After receiving your registration, a member of our staff will contact you to confirm and collect your payment. One week prior to your program no refunds are possible.

All of our virtual programs are designed to meet badge requirements through our time spent touring the house virtually together and through the supplementary activities emailed to the registrant in a PDF.

Please contact the Education Department if you have questions about our Girl Scout programs.

Badge Workshops

Participate in one or a few of our Badge Workshops related to the history and culture of Dumbarton House! (Virtual programs include a live, interactive tour on Zoom followed by discussion of craft activities that should be completed on the Girl Scouts’ own time by following instructions in a PDF emailed to the registrant. These activities can be completed with materials found at home. We do not mail materials.)

Courageous & Strong This program will explore examples of how to be courageous and strong! Listen to Tula’s story, then explore the museum as we look for examples of courageous and strong women throughout history. This program will cover all 3 steps to earn the Courageous & Strong Petal.

Inspired Painter Armed with artistic inspiration from the various 18th-19th century art forms at Dumbarton House, Brownies expand their art vocabulary and create their own artwork! Explore how to express yourself in a self-portrait and share a story by painting a mural. This program will cover all 5 steps to earn the Painting Badge.

At Ease with Etiquette Learn the essentials of etiquette and how it has evolved overtime. From table manners to polite conversation, Girl Scouts will get to practice the basics. After, they’ll be able to put what they’ve learned to the test during an afternoon tea party! This program will cover all 5 steps to earn the Making Friends Badge and Social Butterfly Badge.

Drawing Dumbarton Using 200 year-old objects from the museum, Girl Scouts will explore various methods and techniques of drawing including still life, shading, perspective, and even cartoons. During this program specific to art, Juniors will expand their art vocabulary and make a portfolio of their creations. This program will cover all 5 steps to earn the Drawing Badge.

Playing the Past Learn how girls lived during the Federal Period. Juniors will tour the historic house to “research” their role, then it’s time to pretend you’re a young woman living in the new capital city. After the program, your Girl Scout will be able to write a story, play games, and have a tea party! This program will cover all 5 steps to earn the Playing the Past Badge.

Book Artist Explore the art of bookbinding. Cadettes will tour the museum and historic books in our collection. After learning the process of bookbinding they will marble paper and design their own book. This program will cover all 5 steps to earn the Book Artist Badge.