student field trip

Education & Programming

Scout Programs

York County History Center offers interactive tours and programs at all of our sites for Boy Scout and Girl Scout groups. We can tailor programs to each troop’s individual needs.

In addition to our interactive tours, we offer scouts the opportunity to earn a White Rose pin by learning about colonial life in York. For Girl Scouts, programs appropriate for Daisies through Ambassadors are available. Though created for Girl Scouts, this program has been tailored to meet Boy Scout badge requirements, and the Education Department will work with leaders to make the best experience for their scouts.

All programs start with an orientation to the Colonial Complex, where participants will learn about everyday life for middle class German settlers and life for upper class British families. The orientation includes a tour of the 1741 Golden Plough Tavern building, the house rented by Revolutionary War general, Horatio Gates, during his stay in York, and the reconstructed Colonial Court House where Continental Congress convened during their nine months in York. Troops will choose hands-on projects from options including candle dipping, colonial games, and Pennsylvania German crafts. Some activities fulfill requirements for the Foxfire House Patch.

For more information contact Parthena Bowman.


Soldiers and Spies Scout Event

Date: October 22, 2016,  10 a.m.-3 p.m. (Pre-registration for 1 hour time slot required)

Location: Colonial Complex, 157 W. Market St., York

Scouts will be “mustered in” to the Continental Army, “drilled” as soldiers, and recruited into Major John Clark’s spy ring where they will be taught the finer points of espionage, including discretion and attentiveness. Upon successful completion of their mission, they will receive a token of appreciation from the Commander in Chief himself, for their service.

*This program is designed to assist Boy Scouts earn the History Badge although Girl Scout groups are also welcome to participate. Registration as a group is preferred but single registrations may be accommodated, depending. Registering for 1 hour slots enables each group a more personal experience.

$6.00 per scout with accompanying adult free, if registering as a group of at least 10 scouts.
$7.00 per scout with accompanying adult free, if registering less than 10 scouts.

Register by contacting Dara Kane, Museum Educator.