The Schwenkfelder Library & Heritage Center provides hands on and inquiry based badge workshops for both boy and girl scouts related to local history, art, and culture.
Programs are offered on weekends, weekday afternoons and Thursday evenings, scheduled on an individual or troop basis. Our facility can accommodate small and large scout troops.
Girl Scout Programs
There is no charge for accompanied chaperons and scouting leaders. A minimum of participants may apply. Length and cost per program may vary. Programs are offered on weekends, weekday afternoons and Thursday evenings. Call or email to register.
After arranging a date and time, download and mail in your registration form with payment to: Maggie Buckwalter, Museum Educator, Schwenkfelder Library & Heritage Center, 105 Seminary Street, Pennsburg PA 18073.
Cadette- Badge Workshops
Book Artist Badge
$8.00; all day Saturday 10am-2pm or 4 hours divided between two days. Call for scheduling opportunities.
We’ll begin with a behind the scenes tour of our archive. We'll present how we store our old and rare books, provide highlights of some of bindings- including book covers, as well as highlight some of our more valuable books. Scouts will be able to identify different types of bindings. Back in the classroom we’ll continue to identify book parts, as well as take a book apart. We’ll look at one example of a paste paper bound book, made from painted paste and make our own paste paper. We’ll review techniques to make books and define techniques as fold & cut, glue binding, and stitching, as well as use terms like single signature stitch, five stitch, and single section case binding (hard cover). Some minor sewing is involved. Scouts will make more than one book during the workshop: one sewn soft cover and one hard cover or case bound book.
Service projects can be completed at the Schwenkfelder Library & Heritage Center but must be scheduled on an individual scout basis, outside of workshop time. Service projects are available at no additional charge per scout. We offer many different volunteer opportunities for scouts!
Boy Scout ProgramsIf your troop would like a guided tour please contact us before your arrival. We provide short guided tours of our facility to boy and cub scout troops in addition to providing badge workshop programs.
Earn Achievement requirements and complete electives for Cub Scouts, or fulfill requirements for Merit Badges! Length of program and cost varies per program. There is no charge for accompanied chaperons and scout leaders. Den leaders and or merit badge counselors make final approval for completion of requirements. A minimum of participants and adult chaperoned may apply. Programs are offered on weekends, weekday afternoons and Thursday evenings. Call or E-mail to register
Need to take part in a service project? At no cost to participate, help us to maintain our public grounds. Call to schedule a time as a den or pack to weed our flower beds and pick up litter. Need to take advantage of other volunteer opportunities or are you on the trail to Eagle Scout? Contact us to schedule opportunities.
Tiger Cubs and Cub Scouts
Family History Workshop (2.5 hrs, 5$)
Visit the Schwenkfelder Library & Heritage Center and discover the life of the PA Germans! Learn why the Schwenkfelders settled in this region more than 250 years ago. Share your family history as we share the Schwenkfelder story. Create a family mobile (a 3D family tree) and a family scrapbook to organize your family’s story.
Fulfills achievement requirements: 1d, 1g and elective 5
Discovering the Past (2.5 hrs, 5$)
What was East Greenville and Pennsburg like more than 100 years ago? Visit the Schwenkfelder Library & Heritage Center to learn about the history of our local community. Read newspapers and view photographs from the past.
Fulfills achievement requirements: 8a and 8e
Length of program and cost varies per merit badge workshop. Scouts may return for a second visit to the SLHC if more requirements need to be met at no additional charge. There is no charge for accompanied chaperoned and scout leaders. As per your requirements, merit badge counselors make final approval for completion of requirements but the Schwenkfelder Library & Heritage Center is willing to assist you in completing various requirements. A minimum of participants and adult chaperoned may apply. Programs are offered on weekends, weekday afternoons and Thursday evenings. Call or email to register.Genealogy (2-3hrs, $5)
Discover your family history. We’ll give you a tour of our library and archive and show you the resources we provide to genealogists. We’ll provide the framework for you to fill out a personal timeline, family tree and family group record form. Come prepared to ask questions about what types of services we provide!
Fulfills requirements: 1, 2a, 4a,b,c, 5e, 6 and 7
Visit the Schwenkfelder Library & Heritage Center and take a guided tour to learn about the Schwenkfelders, a German protestant sect that immigrated to America during the 1730’s that settled in the Perkiomen valley. Learn about their heritage and traditions.
Fulfills requirements: 1c, e
Visit the Schwenkfelder Library & Heritage Center and learn about the history of a PA German Protestant sect. We’ll review the Declaration of Independence, discuss the immigration story of the Schwenkfelders and take a trip to visit the site of the 1791 Washington Meeting House. Trip to the Washington cemetery is optional, as transportation is not provided by SLHC.
Fulfills requirements: 1, 2b, 3c, 4b (optional),4c