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Badge Programs

 
 

The Museums of Burlington offer badge programs for Sparks, Brownies, Guides, Pathfinders, Beavers, Cubs and Scouts. Designed around badge requirements, these programs offer participants the chance to learn, discover and create, ultimately receiving their badge at the end of the program. 

PROGRAM FEES

Regular Program (1, 1.5 or 2 hours) | $125 (up to 15 participants) | $9 for each additional participant 

Extended Program (3 hours) | $225 (up to 15 participants) | $15 for each additional participant

Full-Day Program (5 hours) | $325 (up to 15 participants) | $25 for each additional participant 

Leaders and parent volunteers are free at a ratio of 1:8. All other leaders, parent volunteers or siblings will be charged the additional participant fee. 

Programs can be booked for any evening during the week, Saturday or Sunday. Please book at least 2 weeks in advance to ensure your badges can be ordered.

HST is not applicable.

For more information or to book your program, contact an Educator today at 905-332-9888 or email MuseumEducation@burlington.ca

See below for program descriptions or click here to download.


PROGRAM DESCRIPTIONS | SPARKS

 

Going Outside | 1.5 or 3 hoursAvailable April-October

  • Outdoor exploration, including a walk on our nature trail
  • Make birdfeeders
  • Play historic active games

Please contact us for details of the extended program.

Being Healthy | 1.5 hours

  • Discover healthy habits as you experience our ‘gross’ tour of Ireland House
  • Make a healthy vegetable soup on our hearth
  • Learn about being active and how to check/record a pulse

 

The World Around Me | 1.5 hours

  • Learn about the celebrations of Diwali, Eid al-Fitr, Rosh Hashanah and Wesak
  • Explore the religions of Hinduism, Islam, Judaism and Buddhism
  • Participate in different parts of these celebrations, through crafts and games

 

Exploring and Experimenting | 1.5 hours

  • Examine artifacts and become a Junior Curator
  • Explore and create Indigenous musical instruments
  •  Experiment with homemade play dough and make your own creations to enjoy 

 

In My Community | 1.5 hours

  • Learn about water, where it comes from and how to keep it clean
  • Play “I Spy” to learn about what makes a community
  • Create a simple first aid kit to help you stay safe on your next adventure

 


PROGRAM DESCRIPTIONS | BROWNIES

Making Things Go | 1.5 or 2 hours

  • Learn about life before electricity, as you tour Ireland House
  • Compare and contrast sources of light, heat and modes of transportation
  • Create an experiment and make a tin punch tea light to take home

 

Family Heritage | 1.5 or 2 hours

  • Discover life in Burlington for the Ireland family children during the 1800s
  • Bake delicious scones on our hearth using a family recipe
  • Explore your own family history through a family tree activity

 

Girlfriends through Time | 1.5 or 2 hours

  • Discover a young girl’s life and the role of women in the family during the 1800s
  • Have fun trying on replica costumes from the past
  • Play popular historic games and make your own thaumatrope

 

Special Interest – Victorian Christmas | 1.5 or 2 hours | Available November-December

  • Experience Ireland House decorated for a Victorian Christmas
  • Bake delicious gingerbread cookies on our hearth
  • Create a special tin punch ornament to take home

 

Aboriginal People in Canada | 1.5 or 2 hours

  • Explore artifacts and become a Junior Curator
  •  Hear a Haudenosaunee legend and learn about Joseph Brant’s life
  • Create your own Haudenosaunee plate game to play and take home

 

Go for It! | 3 hours – time for lunch not included | Saturdays or Sundays only

  • Discover physical literacy and the importance of staying healthy
  • Learn Victorian era stretches, play active games and measure your heart rate
  • Play our healthy food relay activity and create a lacrosse stick craft

 

Special Interest – Family and Community Traditions | 1.5 or 2 hours

  • Learn about the celebrations of Diwali, Eid al-Fitr, Rosh Hashanah and Wesak
  • Explore the religions of Hinduism, Islam, Judaism and Buddhism
  • Participate in different parts of these celebrations, through crafts and games

 

Super Crafts | 1.5 hours or 3 hours

  • Explore the history and culture of the Haudenosaunee people
  • Examine First Nations artifacts and earn a Junior Curator certificate
  •  Enjoy making two First Nations crafts to take home
  • Program can be extended to include up to 5 crafts

 


PROGRAM DESCRIPTIONS | GUIDES

Naturalist | 2, 3, 5 hours – time for lunch included in the 5-hour option

Available April-October, Saturdays or Sundays only

  • Explore our wooden nature trail
  • Discover the animals in our neighbourhood and learn about the food chain
  • Experiment with natural dyes
  • Test your skills in our Survival Game

 

Ecology | 2 hours

  • Learn about the natural environment and the changes that occur due to human influence
  • Play a game to discover the delicate balance within our ecosystems
  • Create a hanging terrarium to take home

 

Heritage Home Skills | 5 hours – time for lunch included | Saturdays or Sundays only

  • Discover the life of a young girl in the 1800s, through interactive activities
  • Make jam, churn butter and bake delicious scones on our hearth
  • Hand dip candles, create a tin punch tea light holder and a peg doll

 

Folklore | 2 hours

  • Discover Haudenosaunee folklore, oral histories and stories
  • Create a corn husk doll to take home
  • Create a story and perform a skit in small groups

 

Cultural Awareness | 2 hours

  • Learn about the history and culture of the Haudenosaunee people and discover Joseph Brant’s life
  • Explore artifacts and become a Junior Curator
  • Play a special game and make bannock over an open fire

 

Conservation | 2 hours

  • Learn about conservation, by exploring some of the ways in which everyone can help the environment
  • Create a homemade water filter to take home
  • Make a bird feeder

 


PROGRAM DESCRIPTIONS | PATHFINDERS

We Are What We Eat | 2 hours

  • Complete a ‘Chopped Junior’ challenge
  • Learn about the basic principles of healthy eating
  • Complete a food taste test, then plan a nutritious party menu
  • Play healthy food Jeopardy

 

Up Close and Personal with Nature | 5 hours – time for lunch included | April-October, Saturdays or Sundays only

  • Explore the region’s flora, by playing a relay race
  • Bring out your inner artist, by sketching trees and flowers
  •  Follow hidden animal tracks, go bird watching and make a bird feeder
  • Present an endangered species skit

 

The Arts from A to Z | 3 hours – time for lunch not included 

  •  Play a variety of improv games
  •  Create your own skit and song
  •  Learn a traditional country dance
  • Make a collage, to redecorate your bedroom with your own personal style and design 

 

From Dinosaurs to Vintage Cars | 2 hours

  • Investigate museum-related careers, and then go on a tour of Ireland House
  • Dress up in historic costumes, demonstrate butter churning and try wool carding 
  • Create a mini exhibit to take home, including text panels, overall concept and message

 

Knots, Knives and Outdoor Lore | 2 hours

  • Complete a science experiment, to test the strength, absorption and protection of different fabrics
  • Learn how to tie 4 different types of basic knots, as well as 4 styles of lashing 
  • Investigate the ways a Swiss army knife can be used
  • Make a useful gadget, using only ropes and sticks

 


PROGRAM DESCRIPTIONS | BEAVERS

Earth | 1 hour

  • Go on a nature walk
  • Identify hidden animal tracks
  • Complete an animal study
  • Make a bird feeder 

The above is our program for September-March. Please contact us for information about the April – August version of this program.  

Scientific | 1 hour

  • Investigate the science of buoyancy, by designing ships made out of tinfoil
  • Make your own lava lamps, exploring the science intermolecular polarity
  • Build a marshmallow tower, to test stability and strength 
  • Create a homemade volcano

 

Spirit | 2 hours

  • Learn about the celebrations of Diwali, Eid al-Fitr, Rosh Hashanah and Wesak
  • Explore the religions of Hinduism, Islam, Judaism and Buddhism
  • Participate in different parts of these celebrations, through crafts and games

 


PROGRAM DESCRIPTIONS | CUBS

Hobby | 1.5 hours

  • Take a tour of historic Ireland House
  • Practice dipping candles
  • Use knitting looms to create a small project 

 


PROGRAM DESCRIPTIONS | SCOUTS

Scouts Canada | 2 hours

  • Visit Ireland Museum to learn about the history of our community
  • Hear about the life of Joseph Brant, and how his land, Brant's Block, grew into the city of Burlington
  • Discover historic landmarks, and learn about some of Burlington's influential citizens

PROGRAM DESCRIPTIONS | GENERAL INTEREST

Family and Community Traditions | 2 hours

  • Learn about the celebrations of Diwali, Eid al-Fitr, Rosh Hashanah and Wesak
  • Explore the religions of Hinduism, Islam, Judaism and Buddhism
  • Participate in different parts of these celebrations, through crafts and games

 

Victorian Christmas | 1.5 or 2 hours | Available November-December

  • Experience Ireland House decorated for a Victorian Christmas
  • Bake delicious gingerbread cookies on our hearth
  • Create a special tin punch ornament to take home