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Girl Scout Programs

Try It, Badge, Patch, Achievements, Jam Making and Overnights

Green Briar offers a number of science and nature-based programs for Scouts throughout the school year. Programs include, but are not limited to, Fetch Patch, map and compass, rocks and minerals, kitchen science, dinosaurs and fossils, and night walks, including overnights. Troops and dens can also schedule their own programs with a naturalist.

Scout leaders should contact the Education Department for a complete schedule and program registration information. Scouts participating without their leader will receive a signed completion form.

Overnights in the Education Center   BOOKING NOW        see below  


Programs are facilitated by our Education Director Mary Beers. Mary has been involved with Girl Scouting for over 25 years. Although retired from troop leadership, Mary continues to share her love of scouting through the programs listed below. Girls coming without their troop must have a completed Burgess Society Parental Authorization Form. Girls must obtain any official Girl Scout badge from their troop leadership team.

Troops can also schedule Friday overnights at our Nature Center. Girls work on a badge, learn and sing songs, take a night hike, make s’mores around a camp fire and enjoy a hearty breakfast in our jam kitchen. Cost is $375 for up to 15 girls with an additional girl fee of $25. Maximum troop size is 22 in total.


A variety of badge days are offered for Brownie and Junior Girl Scouts. The badges are official Girl Scout emblems and must be purchased by each troop’s leadership team. Girls coming on their own must have a completed parental authorization form on file here. Cost for these programs is usually $7 per girl with a $50 minimum.

  Daisy Petals:




Brownie Try-its:

             Bug Badge

             Brownie Girl Scout Ways


             Home Scientist


Junior Badges:

             Animal Habitats

             Junior Girl Scout Ways




FETCH Science: (Patch provided) 

Brownies and Juniors  $10 per girl.  Program is 2 hours in duration.

Scheduling and Fees


Troops and Dens can schedule programs after school, on weekends or during vacation weeks.  Programs run 1-hour to 1.5 hours depending on age level.  We do not provide the badges or patches.

Cost: $7.00 per scout
with a $50.00 minimum.


Scouts can prepare their own delicious jam or yummy candy in our circa 1903 kitchen.  Scheduled after school, on the weekend or when kitchen is not operating in the winter.

Troops choose either 1 type of jam or 3 types of candy to make together.  Jam choices range from simple recipes for scouts ages 6—8 to more challenging recipes for scouts ages 9 and up.  All children must be at least 6 years old to be in our kitchen.  For scouts ages 6-8 years plan on having a 1 adult for every 4 scout ratio for chaperones.

JAM COST: $45.00 per pot.  One or two scouts may work on one pot.  Each pot yields 4 to 6 (6-ounce) jars. There is a 6 pot minimum for any private class.

CANDY COST: $20.00 per scout.  There is a 9 scout minimum for any candy class.


Phone: 508-888-6870


Situated on the shore of the “Smiling Pool” pond, Green Briar is located just off Route 6-A, 2 miles east of Sandwich Village.
Take Exit #3 off Rt. 6. Head North towards bay and turn left onto Rt. 6-A. Travel 6/10 mile to Discovery Hill Rd on left. We are on the right.


WHEN CAN WE COME? - Overnights are scheduled at Green Briar Friday evening to Saturday morning from September through June.  Dates are scheduled with the Education Director.  

HOW MUCH WILL IT COST? - The cost for the overnight is $375.00 for up to 15 scouts. Up to 4 adults are free.  Each additional person is $25.00

CANCELLATION POLICY - A 50% deposit is due two weeks prior to start of program.  Refund less $25.00 cancellation fee will be given for a cancellation received within 72 hours prior to program.  No refund of deposit if less than 72 hours notice of cancellation. 

WHAT DO WE BRING? - Each person needs to bring a sleeping bag, sleeping pad, pillow, PJ’s, toiletries, and a complete change of clothes. (See below for night hike clothing)  Teddy bears and other stuffed companions are welcome .

We always go on a night hike unless weather prohibits so bring a pair of long pants, long socks that you can pull up over your pant bottoms and a jacket.   

WHAT FOOD IS PROVIDED? - Night Snack is s’mores at the fire pit outdoors (weather dependent) or Popcorn and Juice.   

Breakfast is in our historic Jam Kitchen at Green Briar and includes: fruit, choice of either cold cereal or pancakes, milk, hot cocoa and juice.  List your choices on the contract you will receive.

Coffee and Tea are available for adults. 

WHERE DO WE SLEEP? - Putnam Education Center at Green Briar: Everyone sleeps on the wood floor.  Your troop will be the only troop on site.  A Burgess Naturalist stays on site over night in an upstairs room. There are no shower facilities.   

WHO WILL BE WITH US? - A staff naturalist organizes and conducts your program. Only one group is scheduled per overnight.   

CAN WE VISIT THE GIFT SHOP?  - We do not encourage groups to visit the gift shop.  The gift shop does not open until 10:00 am. 

VISITS WITH THE ANIMALS - The animal room is open for exploration.  Many of our scout programs include visits with our animals.  Scouts may have an opportunity to handle the animals at the naturalist’s discretion.

WHAT DO WE DO IF IT RAINS?  - Programs at Green Briar are rain or shine.  Activities will be shifted as needed.

(This Schedule is flexible)

6:00 - 6:30 Arrive and Stow Gear

6:30 - 8:30 Scheduled Activities
Snack (S’mores)

8:30 - 9:30 Night Hike or Activity

9:30 - 10:00 Free Time

10:00 Get Ready for Bed
Story Time with staff

11:00 - 7:00 Quiet Time

7:15 - 8:00 Breakfast and Clean-up

8:00 - 8:45 Scheduled Activity

8:45 - 9:00 Closing Ceremony

Everyone shares in clean up Kapers.
Troop leaders are responsible for scouts at all other times.






Thornton W. Burgess Society
6 Discovery Hill Road
East Sandwich, MA 02537