Looking for a three-hour plus educational adventure for your Girl Scout? Look no further than a field trip to Cahokia Mounds, designated a World Heritage Site by the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization.
Beginning with an engaging performance by The Kahok Dancers, the Brownies not only watched The Pipe Dance and The Eagle Dance, they participated. Quite the workout if I do say so myself . . .
From there, our group, Arrowhead, headed to our crafts/games session. The girls began by rubbing copper-colored tin wrapped around tiles with Native American imagery. The completed rubbing was then transformed into a necklace. Once this was finished, girls then used their hands to form clay into a bowl similar to those seen in the museum.
The games portion consisted of learning how to throw spears using two different devices. One of our Brownies, Miss G., found her calling as a future javelin thrower as she was able to throw further than any other adult or child in our group.
Next, girls watched the award-winning movie, Cahokia: City of the Sun and then explored the museum.
Storytelling with Marilyn Kinsella followed with her telling the legend of the origins of light and darkness. Not a peep was heard until after she concluded her time with instructions on how to make a bracelet out of jute.
Our final session involved our returning to the auditorium where an archaeologist showed us various Native American tools, how they were crafted and where they were found. Learning soil color and striations matter when excavating, the girls put this knowledge to the test with their snack. Girls created their own “soil” layers with chocolate pudding, vanilla pudding, cookie crumbles, Gushers as “evidence,” chocolate sprinkles, and a gummy worm on top.
Given new energy, the girls then drove (me) or walked (others) across the street to Monks Mound and climbed the stairs, some more than once (not I).
This is most definitely a field trip worth taking, and one I think our Brownies will remember for a long time to come.