Honey Bee Mine: Snacks and Simple Meals Badge Activities
Saturday, March 11th, 11am – 1pm

Did you know that the relationship between people and bees goes back thousands of years? In their search for nectar, honeybees pollinate plants such as clover and sourwood.  We will have a honey tasting to see how different pollen sources produce different honey tastes.  Bees also pollinate lots of other plants that give us food.

In fun activities, we’ll prepare and enjoy healthy honey snacks.  Honey is a wholesome source of energy.  As we taste the delicious honey, a beekeeper will visit and take us on a journey from hive to honey.  Speaking of hives, do you know that bees do a “waggle dance”?  Want to find out what that is?  Come join us to find out.  Perhaps we’ll do a waggle dance ourselves!

As we make and taste our treats, we’ll learn how we can help honeybees do their important work by planting honeybee gardens in your own backyard, school yard, neighborhood park, or on your own window sill!  You don’t need a lot of space.

Local beekeeper, Susan Brand of Mama B’s Pure Honey, will present to participants about her bees and (weather permitting) show off her observation hive!

Bee smart and join us at the SVM to taste and explore the world of bees!

Ages: For ages 2nd-5th grade.

Location: Taking place in Black Mountain (participants will be notified of location closer to the event date).

Cost: $17.50 (plus fees) per girl scout or youth participant. No charge for parents/guardians.

Who is invited to the event? Troops with adult chaperones, individuals with adult chaperones, families.

Strike a Chord!: Junior Badge and Fun Patch Activities
Saturday, April 22nd, 1 – 4pm

Come earn a “Strike a Chord!” Fun Patch or a Musician Badge if your are a Junior Girl Scout! Scouts will work with museum staff to learn about traditional western North Carolina music in collaboration with the Swannanoa Valley Museum’s new exhibit, “Striking a Chord: Music and Community in the Swannanoa Valley.” Girl Scouts will get to expand their musical knowledge by learning to play three traditional Appalachian instruments of their choice from the museum’s collection as well as have the opportunity to make their own banjo for their own performance. Girl Scouts will also get to hear a live performance from a local Buncombe County singer who will give pointers on how to be a performer. Lastly, Girl Scouts will head over to the Swannanoa Valley Museum for a scavenger hunt to learn about 3 musical artists from the new exhibit. Girls will complete all badge or patch activities during the session and patches and badges will be available to take home at the end of the activities.

Ages: For ages K-5th grade, Junior Girl Scouts

Location: Taking place in Black Mountain (participants will be notified of location closer to the event date).

Cost: $17.50 (plus fees) per girl scout or youth participant. No charge for parents/guardians.

Who is invited to the event? Troops with adult chaperones, individuals with adult chaperones, families.