The Girl Scout History Collection is curated by Ernie and Carol Altvater. These California transplants converted the basement of their Denver home (Congress Park neighborhood) into a climate-controlled, carefully organized collection. It is not something to miss for Girl Scouts of all ages! Their collection is a comprehensive history of the Girl Scout movement seen through memorabilia. Thousands of items are on display including uniforms through the years, photos, camping gear, jewelry, badges and insignia, dolls, books, camp postcards, cameras, and dozens of other categories. From the earliest years of Girl Scouting to the present, all aspects of the program are represented. There is also a “try it on” area where girls can see how they look in hats, sashes, and vests from other levels and other areas.
What to expect: Since the collection is in the basement of Carol and Ernie’s home, we ask that troop leaders discuss manners with the girls before they arrive (for example, no running around). Candy, gum, and drinks are not allowed. We want this to be a fun experience for your troop, but also expect Girl Scout behavior. “Tag-a-longs” are not allowed, and all adults who accompany the troop are expected to help girls gain the most from the experience.
To schedule your tour: Email firstname.lastname@example.org. If your troop is using the tour as part of the requirements toward a specific badge, let us know so the tour can be tailored to your needs. The exact address of the collection (Congress Park neighborhood of Denver) will be provided upon confirming your tour.
About the tour: The tour consists of three or four parts, depending on troop level – a walk-though orientation, group discussion of Girl Scout history, and an opportunity for girls to explore the collection and ask about features that catch their attention. Girl Scout Juniors, Cadettes, and Seniors may also elect to view the 1918 silent film, “The Golden Eaglet”.
Daisies – 45 minutes
Brownies – 1 hour and 15 minutes
Juniors and older – 1 hour and 30 minutes
You can also check out the Girl Scout History Collection Facebook page.