A successful collaboration between eight Dallas history museums and the Girl Scouts of Northeast Texas has resulted in the “History Museums Explorers Patch.” The patch, designed in the shape of a flag pole, is unique to Dallas and underscores (as does the previous story) how our move from the basement of the JCC to the heart of downtown Dallas has changed the way that we are perceived and the way that we interact with the community. The History Museums Explorers Patch is a progressive patch designed to help girls discover about history museums and their influences and impacts on society. It adheres to the Girl Scout’s national organization’s values. Participants earn the patch by visiting each museum, answering questions, and fulfilling other educational tasks. Flags of each Museum can be added until they all eight are collected.
Museum Explorer Patch Information
The Dallas Holocaust Museum/Center for Education and Tolerance Girl Scout Patch is to be part of the History Museum Explorer Patch series. This patch may be earned by Girl Scouts in grades 6 through 12, and from any Girl Scout council. Once the requirements have been met, patches may be purchased at the council shop or through the council’s web site shop at gsnetx.org. The website will also provide more specific information to help earn each patch.
Questions about the patch should be directed to the council’s Resource and Referral Manager, 972-349-2436 or 1-800-442-2260, ext. 136, or email firstname.lastname@example.org. A complete information packet on the patch may be downloaded here.
- Girl Scout Cadets must complete at least 6 of the following activities, including the 3 starred.
- Girl Scout Seniors must complete at least 7 of the following activities, including the 3 starred.
- Girl Scout Ambassadors must complete at least 8 of the following activities, including the 3 starred.
- *(red: )** Visit the DHM/CET and take at least a one-hour tour of the permanent exhibit.
- *(red: )** Which artifact in the museum was the most thought provoking for you? What did it teach you about the Holocaust?
- *(red: )** Learn the history of the DHM/CET. How and by whom was the Holocaust museum in Dallas founded?
- What other Holocaust museums or education centers are located in Texas, and in what cities are they established?
- Listen to the testimony of one of the Dallas Holocaust Survivors and write a summary of their experiences that can be shared with the Girl Scouts in your troop. (Option: read the diary or memoir of a Holocaust victim and share what you have read with the scouts in your troop.)
- An “Upstander” is a person who stands up when he/she perceives an injustice that must be addressed. A bystander is a person who stands by and does nothing. Identify 3 “Upstanders” in the exhibit and describe how they helped the victims. Identify 3 bystanders in the exhibit and give one example of something they could have done.
- Find newspaper or Internet news stories about more recent or current genocides (like Rwanda, Darfur, Bosnia, etc.). What generalizations can you draw about the response of the other countries of the world to these events?
- Visit one of the other Holocaust museums or education centers located in Texas, or take a virtual tour of one of the Holocaust museums outside of Texas.
- Volunteer at one of the commemorative events held for Dallas area Holocaust survivors.
- Develop a “Call to Action” project for your troop to participate in, which would raise awareness of the violation of human rights, a current genocide, or the need for tolerance.
- Research the ways in which the Holocaust Survivors who came to the Dallas/Ft. Worth area to start their new lives have benefited or contributed to the North Texas community.