Scout Programs

Historic Wagner Farm Scout Programs

For All Scout Levels

A visit to Historic Wagner Farm is a special experience for all types of scouting groups. We have a variety of hands-on programs that work towards or meet certain requirements for scout achievements and badges.

  • Offered Monday-Friday.
  • All programs are one hour in length.
  • In district students: $5.25; Out of district students: $5.75.
  • Some programs may be offered seasonally only.

To arrange a visit for your group, call 847-657-1506.


Take a look at what a trip to Historic Wagner Farm can offer your group

Programs for Scout Groups:

The Poultry Business

During the 1920’s, children were the primary caretakers of the many chickens that roamed the barnyard. Not only caretakers, they also sold eggs, feathers, and meat for money. This program takes scouts back in time to try their hands at raising chickens and creating a successful poultry business. Kids will collect eggs, handle chickens, and learn about all the necessities needed to raise a healthy and fruitful fowl flock.

Girls
Daisy: Good Neighbor
Brownie: Senses; Outdoor Adventure
Junior: Playing the Past; Animal Habitat

Boys
Tiger: Backyard Jungle Requirement 1
Wolf: Call of the Wild Requirement 6
Bear: Critter Care Requirement 3b
Webelo: Into the Wild Requirement 7a

 

All Tied Up

Farmers used ropes and knots daily to help with a variety of chores. Scouts will make their own piece of rope using twine, an old fashioned rope making machine and a lot of manpower. They will also learn important knots used by farmers and end their visit with chores in the barn.

Boys
Wolf: Call of the Wild Requirement 5

 

Horsin’ Around

Scouts are invited to come meet our draft horse team. This program will educate boys and girls about proper horsemanship, draft horse breeds, and how farmers used these particular animals. Activities include grooming, harnessing, and proper handling techniques.

Girls
Brownie: Senses, Outdoor Adventurer
Junior: Horseback Riding; Animal Habitat

Boys
Wolf: Call of the Wild Requirement 6
Bear: Critter Care Requirement 3b

 

Milking Madness

Get your pails ready because it’s time for milkin’. Scouts will meet Wagner Farms cows and try their hands at hand and machine milking. They will learn the difference between different breeds of dairy cows and how milk goes from the milk pail to your kitchen table.

Girls
Daisy: Good Neighbor
Brownie: Senses: Outdoor Adventurer
Junior: Playing the Past; Animal Habitats

Boys
Wolf: Call of the Wild Requirement 6
Bear: Critter Care Requirement 3b
Webelo: Into the Wild Requirement 7a

 

Farm Fresh Snacking

Let’s get in the kitchen and cook up a delicious, healthy snack from ingredients on a farm! Scouts will learn about the fruits and vegetables grown on a Midwest farm and what goes into their production. Kids will pick produce fresh from the farm (seasonal) and whip up their own snack to enjoy together.

Girls
Daisy: Good Neighbor
Brownie: Snacks; Senses
Junior: Simple Meals

Boys
Tiger: Tiger Bites Requirement 6

 

Step Back in Time

What was life like on a 1920’s farm? Scouts will use the farmhouse to explore the life of a child growing up during this time. Participants will experience daily chores like making butter and sewing using period tools. There will also be time to explore leisure past times and entertainment.

Girls
Daisy: Good Neighbor
Brownie: Senses
Junior: Playing the Past