Scouting Bannack for Girl Scouts

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NOTE: DUE TO FLOODING IN THE AREA – BANNACK STATE PARK IS NOT AN OPTION UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE (8-2-13) Information provided by  Arlis Vannett, Visitor Center, Bannack State Park Phone: 406-834-3413 Fax: 406-834-3548 Email: bannack@smtel.com

 

 Bannack Girl Scout Patch

 

Scouting Bannack For Girl Scouts Welcome to Bannack!  As Girl Scouts, you have the unique opportunity to earn the Scouting Bannack patch.  The activities can be done individually or with a troop.  The record sheet can be obtained at the Visitor Center or Park Office.  When you return the completed record sheet, you can purchase the special Scouting Bannack patch for $2.50.    The Bannack Association sells the patch for a small profit, which goes towards supporting the park.

 

2013 GS Scouting Bannack requirements[1]

2013 GS Scouting Bannack Record Sheet1

Please contact the park at least 48 hours before your visit so plans can be made for the service project, arrange visit with a park employee about their career, etc. 

Activity Choices:  (Parents/Leader:  Please look over the list carefully.  Choose activities that are appropriate to the age and abilities of the scouts.  Suggested Girl Scout troop levels are listed in the abbreviations after each activity:  D – Daisy, B – Brownie, J – Junior, C – Cadette, S – Senior, A – Ambassador)

Be sure to consult the Girl Scout Safety Guidelines before engaging in an activity. 

All participants must be registered Girl Scouts who are covered by Girl Scout insurance Complete one activity from these areas:  Service, Career, and Technology. Complete at least three other activities of your choice from the other areas. Service:

The Park will arrange a service project that can be done by individuals or groups. It is important to contact the Park before your visit. Please allow at least 1 ½ to 2 hours time for the service project. (You may need to bring equipment such as work gloves. Other equipment needed may be obtained from the Visitor Center, State House Office, or Maintenance)

Activity Choices:  (Parents/Leader:  Please look over the list carefully.  Choose activities that are appropriate to the age and abilities of the scouts.  Suggested Girl Scout troop levels are listed in the abbreviations after each activity:  D – Daisy, B – Brownie,

J – Junior, C – Cadette, S – Senior, A – Ambassador) Be sure to consult the Girl Scout Safety Guidelines before engaging in an activity.  All participants must be registered Girl Scouts who are covered by Girl Scout insurance

Complete one activity from these areas:  Service, Career, and Technology.

Complete at least three other activities of your choice from the other areas.

Service:  The Park will arrange a service project that can be done by individuals or groups. It is important to contact the Park before your visit. Please allow at least 1 ½ to 2 hours time for the service project.

(You may need to bring equipment such as work gloves. Other equipment needed may be obtained from the Visitor Center, State House Office, or Maintenance)

1        Sweep boardwalk, porches, and steps (brooms) D, B

2        Pick up small branches, etc. (trash bags) D, B

3. Wash windows (paper towels or newspaper, window cleaner, garbage bags)

B, J, C, S, A

4        Pick up trash in campgrounds, group use area, parking lots, and town site. (trash bags) B, J, C, S,A

5        Pick large rocks out of the pile of dirt used in the gold panning area.  B, J, C, S, A

6        Check First Aid Kits for expired medicines and empty or missing supplies.  Make a list of needed items. (Park First Aid Kits)  J, C, S, A

7        Clean out fire pits in campgrounds (shovels, trash bags) J, C, S,A

8        Pick and dispose of noxious weeds (work gloves, trash bags)  J, C, S, A

9        Bundle fire wood for the campgrounds. C, S, A

10    Check with maintenance in advance to learn about any large projects that could be done by older girls (Ex: building/repairing jackleg fence) C, S, A

 

Career:  (Park employees/volunteers are willing to talk with the scouts when available.  Contact the Visitor Center or Park House.  This can be arranged before you visit.)

 

Find out about positions in the Park:  Manager, Assistant Manager, Maintenance, Interpretive Specialist, Tour Guide, Visitor Center Host, Campground Host.

Learn about:                    D,B,J,C,S, A

o    Job requirements

o    Training requirements

o    Job opportunities

o    Special aspects of each position such as preservation, living history, research requirements, etc.

 

Technology:

1   Before coming, visit the Bannack website:  www.bannack.org                                    D,B,J,C,S.A

2   Watch “The Window in Time” and other DVD’s offered in the Visitor Center                      (Some of these can also be obtained before coming to Bannack)   D,B,J,C,S,A

3   Find out about the Fire System used in Bannack  B,J,C,S, A

4   Find out about the Security System used in Bannack  B,J,C,S,A

5   Find out about the Mini Superfund site for environmental clean up at the Mill

B,J,C,S,A

6        Learn about the technology used in gold mining in the 1800’s to the present.

(The Mill Tour is an excellent way to learn this.  It is offered at noon on the weekends during the summer and also by special arrangement.)   J,C,S,A

Fine Arts:

1        Color pictures of Bannack (Coloring sheets of Bannack can be obtained at the park.)  D, B

2        Use newsprint or other paper, charcoal or crayons to do rubbings of various textures  Ex:  boardwalk, trees  (Please do not do rubbings on the buildings or cemetery headstones) D, B, J

3        Sketch/paint pictures of the buildings J, C, S, A

 

Photography

1        Photograph the building, plants and/or wildlife  D,B, J, C, S, A

 

Writing:  (Individually or as a group)

1    Write poetry about Bannack  D,B, J, C, S, A

2    Write riddles and share with another  B, J, C, S, A

3    Write a story about what a child’s day would be like in Bannack  D, B, J, C, S,A

4    Write a skit or play about Bannack and perform it somewhere in town.  Could be

videotaped.  B,J,C,S,A

5    After a visit to the cemeteries, write an epitaph  J,C, S, A

Geology:

1         Find out about the geology of this area   B, J, C, S, A

o    Why was this a good place to find gold?

 

Native Plants:

1        Identify at least 3 trees and/or bushes  D,B,J,C,S, A

2        Identify at least 3 flowering plants  D,B,J,C,S, A

3        Identify at least 3 noxious weeds   D,B,J,C,S, A

Wildlife:

1    Learn about the wildlife found in the area  D,B,J,C,S,A

Ex: Birds. cottontail and pigmy rabbits, beavers, skunks, rattlesnakes, chipmunks. skunks, deer, elk, moose, pronghorn antelope

2         Look for track and make track castings (Bring own materials) B, J, C, S, A

3   Look for evidence of nests and other homes D, B, J

4        Check out and use the Birds of Bannack backpack from the Visitor Center (it has      binoculars, bird identification books, and list of birds often seen in Bannack) Identify  at least 3 different species of birds.  B, J, C, S, A

Hiking:

1        Hike through the townsite  D,B,J,C,S, A

2        Hike through the townsite from the Visitor Center parking lot to the east end parking lot; then hiking on the road that takes you back to the campgrounds  B,J,C,S, A

3        Hike Hangman’s Gulch and the old stagecoach road to Road Agent Rock (approx. 3 miles one way) or any section of this route. J,C, S, A

Cycling:

1   Take a bike hike on Road Agent Trail, See brochure with map.

(Note: Bicycles are not permitted in the Bannack Townsite)

HorsebackRiding:

1          Take a horseback ride on Road Agent Trail. See brochure with map.

Astronomy:  Take advantage of being away from city light pollution to study the night sky. You must provide your own telescopes.  Check the Saturday Program series to see if this is being offered.

1                With the aid of telescopes, study the night sky to:

  • identify at least 5 different constellations
  • locate other objects such as planets and galaxies
    • Identify the current phase of the moon

Ice Skating:  Weather permitting, the park maintains a skating pond on the east end of the townsite begining December 26th through February. The Maintenance Building is open as a warming house and several sized of skates are available for use at no charge.  Call the Park before coming to see if skating is being offered. 

1        Skate on the pond  D,B,J,C,S, A

2        Learn about skating being a popular past time in Bannack from the Bannack video or from park personnel.  D,B,J,C,S, A

Girl Scouts

Scouting Bannack Record Sheet

 

Girl Scout’s Name: ___________________________________ Troop Level & Number: _______________________________

Date:  _____________________________________________

To complete the Scouting Bannack Patch, I did these activities Service:

(Must do at least one)

_____ Swept the boardwalks

_____ Picked up small branches, etc.

_____ Washed windows

_____Picked up trash in the campground, group use area, parking lot and/or town site

_____ Picked large rocks from dirt pile at the gold panning area

_____ Checked the first aide kits

_____ Cleaned out fire pits in the campground

_____ Picked and disposed of noxious weeds _____ Bundled firewood for the campgrounds

_____ Helped with a large project designated by Park Maintenance Career:  (Must do)

_____Learned about positions at Bannack State Park form a staff member or volunteer I spoke to ___________________________ who position is _________________ __________________________________________________________________.

Technology:  (Must do at least one)

_____ Before I came to Bannack, I visited the Bannack website

_____ Watched the “Window In Time”  or other DVD  about Bannack

_____ Learned about the fire system at Bannack _____

Learned about the security system at Bannack _____

Learned about the mini superfund clean up site at the mill _____

Learned about the technology used in gold mining in the 1800’s I also chose to do these additional activities (Must do at least three)

Fine Arts:

_____ Colored pictures of Bannack

_____ Made nature rubbings (Please do not make rubbings on buildings or tombstones)

_____ Make a sketch or painting of the buildings, plants, and/or animals

____ Made a free standing sculpture made from objects found in nature (do not use or remove any     artifacts Ex: nails, leather, cans,etc.)

Photography:

_____Took pictures of the buildings, plants, and/or animals

Writing:

_____ Wrote poetry about Bannack

_____ Wrote a riddle about Bannack

_____ Wrote a story about what a child’s day would have been like here

_____ Wrote a skit or play about Bannack and preformed it here

_____ Wrote an epitaph

Geology:

 _____Found out why this was a good place to find gold

Wildlife:

_____ Learned about wildlife found in the area

_____ Found tracks and made track castings

_____ Looked for and found evidence of animal nests and homes

_____ Used the Birds of Bannack backpack to observe and identify birds

Native Plants:

_____ Identified at least three trees and/or bushes

_____ Identified at least three flowering plants

_____ Identified at least three noxious weeds

Hiking:

_____ Hiked through the town site

_____ Hiked though the town site and on the back road

_____ Hiked Hangman’s Gulch and the old stage road.

I went approximately ____miles.

Cycing:

____ Cycled on Road Agent Rock Trail. I went approximately ____ miles.

Horseback Riding:

____Rode a horse on Road Agent Rock Trail.  I went approximately ____ miles.

Astronomy:

____ Studied the night sky with a telescope

Ice Skating:

_____ Skated at the pond and learned why this was a popular past time atBannack

  1. Judy Schofield says:

    The Bannock State Park is closed due to a flash flood for “an indefinite amount of time”