Senses with The McLean County Museum of History

At The McLean County Museum of History, girls will use their five senses to explore history through a sound scavenger hunt, exploration of past and modern food ways, and investigating material culture through a feel wheel.

Brownies will earn their senses badge. Girls of all ages will earn an exclusive fun patch.


The McLean County Museum of History Education Department is happy to accept requests for Girl Scout programs and will accommodate these requests when possible. With advance notice, the Education Department is prepared to work with leaders on an individual basis to meet their troops’ unique educational needs.

Each program strives to feature stories of strong women in the context of McLean County’s past through the use of hands-on, object-based activities and creative prompts. Activities include: experiencing aspects of early settler life through an exploration of past and modern food ways—butter making and a food miles relay, respectively (Playing the Past, Senses); exploring the architectural history of the Museum by embarking on a sound scavenger hunt (Senses), and investigating material culture through a feel wheel (Senses), etc.

All participating troop members will earn an exclusive Museum fun patch for “Scouting Out History” after completing any Museum educator-led program.


Physical Address:

200 North Main Street, Bloomington, IL 61707

In Person or Virtual:

Offered in person once fully opened after COVID



Contact to Schedule:

Museum’s Education Department by email at or by phone at (309) 827-0428

Award Earned:

Brownie – Senses & Exclusive Scouting Out History Fun Patch


You have five senses that work together to let you see, hear, smell, taste, and touch the world around you. Try all five in this badge!   

  1. Look around
  2. Listen to the world 
  3. Put your nose to work
  4. Take a taste test
  5. Touch and feel    

When you’ve earned this badge, you’ll know how you use your five senses to explore the world.