March 23, 2023
Troop 1407 stepped back in time to celebrate Women’s History Month! Six Brownies and Daisies from the troop made a journey to the past at the Pejepscot History Center in Brunswick to explore the Skolfield-Whittier House and learn about the groundbreaking women who once lived there.
“The home is beautifully preserved and mostly untouched since 1924. The tour was themed around six of the women who lived there and for each woman, we explored a different area of the house where their belongings were kept,” said Troop Leader Anna Nelson.
Upon arrival, the girls and adults were split into two groups to tour the Skolfield-Whittier House, home to the state’s first female pediatrician. The girls asked questions, observed original historical objects, and participated in a scavenger hunt around the space.
The troop first came up with the idea to visit the history center after Troop 1407’s co-leader, Michelle Morris, heard about a scavenger hunt being organized by Dr. Aimee, the museum services manager at the Pejepscot History Center.
“I was chatting with Dr. Aimee about programming and mentioned that I lead a Girl Scout troop. She was super excited to let me know that she had recently set up an International Women’s Day themed scavenger hunt for an older group of Girl Scouts and was happy to tailor it to our age group,” said Michelle.
Throughout the tour, the Girl Scouts enjoyed learning about how active and involved the women who once lived in the home were, despite living during a time where gender equality was highly disputed.
“Representation matters, and it’s important for me as a mother and a troop leader, to show girls examples of women, past and present, doing impactful things,” said Anna.
Not only did the girls get a history lesson and the opportunity to tour one of Maine’s best preserved historical sites—the field trip also checked off one of their Global Action Challenge activities!
See photos here.