Girl and Boy Scout Resources

Caddo Mounds State Historic Site welcomes Boy and Girl Scouts throughout the year. Whether your group is working on a journey project, trying to earn a badge, or just want to have some fun with history, our scout opportunities are educational, engaging, and fun.

Get Involved with Volunteering, Events & the Ranger Program

Volunteer

Caddo Mounds will work with your scout troop or pack to design volunteer activities for all age levels

  • Trail maintenance (clearing invasive plants, maintaining gravel trails, cleaning signage and picnic tables)
  • Care and keeping of interpretive gardens
  • Hosting an activity or craft table at special events
  • Helping promote Caddo Mounds through contributing to our social media and blog outlets and distributing flyers for events and programs
  • Designing activities for other scout groups
  • Partnering on Bronze, Silver, and Gold Award projects
  • Partnering on Eagle Scout Award projects

Scouts who participate in programs or volunteer for Caddo Mounds are eligible to earn a certificate or patch through the National Park Service Girl Scout Ranger Program or the Scout Ranger Boy Scout Program.

Events

Escape the everyday and enjoy a variety of programs and events throughout the year!

Be in the know with our events by subscribing to them on the Caddo Mounds Facebook page.

Some of our events include:

  • El Camino Real de los Tejas Festival (fourth Saturday in October)
  • Caddo Culture Day (second Saturday in April)
  • Star gazing
  • Primitive Technology Series (stone tools, friction fire starting, atl atl)
  • Foraging and plant hikes
  • Geocaching
  • Archeology hikes and activities
  • Birding 101

Is there a program you would like to see offered at Caddo Mounds? Send us a suggestion at:
Phone: 936.858.3218
Email: Rachel.Galan@thc.tx.gov

Girl Scout Ranger Program

The Girl Scout Ranger program is a cooperative effort between the National Park Service (NPS) and the Girl Scouts of the United States of America. In recognition of their leadership efforts and resource stewardship activities, girls can earn a certificate and/or patch for their involvement in educational, volunteer or action projects. Caddo Mounds State Historic Site is participating in this program because of our connection to the Camino Real de los Tejas National Historic Trail.

To work toward earning their Girl Scout Ranger patch, scouts can participate in regularly scheduled events, reserve tours or special programs with site staff, and/or schedule volunteer work. Any other NPS site can help a Girl Scout achieve their Girl Scout Ranger goals. Learn more about other NPS sites nearby.

Earn a certificate

  • Participate for five hours in either an educational program or volunteer service or action project.
  • Download the Girl Scout Ranger Certificate. (Use of the certificate is on the honor system, as the certificate should only be downloaded after contributing five hours to project.

Earn a patch

  • Participate for ten hours in either an educational program or volunteer service or action project.
  • Girl Scouts will be awarded a patch upon submitting their Activity Sheet showing the completion of the program requirements to a Caddo Mounds State Historic Site or NPS employee or volunteer at a visitor center or information center. Time Sheets submitted to Caddo Mounds staff for the completion of patch requirements will be submitted to the NPS and an NPS staff member will mail the recipient their patch.

For more information on the national program, how to get started, and other tips please visit the National Park Service.

So, how exactly can your earn your Girl Scout Ranger recognitions at Caddo Mounds State Historic Site?

  • Regularly Scheduled Programs and Events
  • Special Girl Scout Program Level Activities
  • Schedule a Tour
  • Volunteer
  • Reserved Tours and Programs

Please visit our Hours and Admissions web page for information on scheduling group tours. The group rate for scheduled tours is $1.00 a person. Added activities must be requested at least three weeks in advance and will require an additional supply fee.


 

Girl Scout Journeys & Badge Opportunities

Daisy Girl Scouts

Caddo Mounds is a great place for first Daisy outings! You can explore the world of the Caddo Indians through their traditional stories and our hands-on museum, take short hikes on our two loop trails, do a little cloud gazing, attend one of our two annual festivals, schedule activities specially designed for Daisy Girl Scouts, have a picnic, or enjoy a unique spot for your bridging ceremony.

Activity Table

Have other great ideas for Daisies? Please share them with site educator/ interpreter Rachel Galan. We’d love to work with you to design a wonderful field trip to Caddo Mounds SHS.

Additional Resources:

  • Kids Only: World of the Caddo
  • Learn About Texas Indians
  • The Indian Year Coloring Book
  • Daisy Flower Friend Plan Hike at Caddo Mounds SHS
  • Texas Animal Tracks: Do You Know Them
  • Caddo Mounds Daisy Girl Scout Pinterest Board
  • Caddo Mounds Free PDF Downloads
    • Compare your hand/foot to dog and coyote tracks
    • Caddo Language Animal Matching Game

Brownie Girl Scouts

Caddo Mounds is a great place for Brownie Day Trips! You can explore the world of the Caddo Indians through their traditional stories and our hands-on museum, take short hikes on our two loop trails, learn about the Camino Real National Historic Trail, do a little cloud gazing, attend one of our two annual festivals, attend our regularly scheduled programs, schedule activities specially designed for Brownie Girl Scouts, have a picnic, or enjoy a unique spot for your bridging ceremony.

Did you know that Mission Tejas State Park is just 6 minutes away? You can camp at Mission Tejas and Ranger Josh Crawford (Mission Tejas) and Educator/ Interpreter Rachel Galan (Caddo Mounds) will work together to make sure you have a wide variety of activities to do at both sites.

Visit our volunteer page to see where you can lend a hand out at the Mounds!

Activity Table

Have other great ideas for Brownies? Please share them with site educator/ interpreter Rachel Galan. We’d love to work with you to design a wonderful field trip to Caddo Mounds SHS.

Additional Resources:

  • Kids Only: World of the Caddo
  • Learn About Texas Indians
  • The Indian Year Coloring Book
  • Brownie Senses Hike at Caddo Mounds SHS
  • Texas Animal Tracks: Do You Know Them
  • Caddo Mounds Brownie Girl Scout Pinterest Board
  • Caddo Mounds Free PDF Downloads
    • Compare your hand/foot to dog and coyote tracks
    • Caddo Language Animal Matching Game

Junior Girl Scouts

Caddo Mounds is a great place for Junior Day Trips! You can explore the world of the Caddo Indians through their traditional stories and our hands-on museum, take short hikes on our two loop trails, do a little cloud gazing, attend one of our two annual festivals, attend our regularly scheduled programs, schedule activities specially designed for Junior Girl Scouts, have a picnic, or enjoy a unique spot for your bridging ceremony.

Did you know that Mission Tejas State Park is just 6 minutes away? You can camp at Mission Tejas and Ranger Josh Crawford (Mission Tejas) and Educator/ Interpreter Rachel Galan (Caddo Mounds) will work together to make sure you have a wide variety of activities to do at both sites.

Visit our volunteer page to see where you can lend a hand out at the Mounds! Talk with about being a partner and host site for your bronze award project.

Journeys

  • It’s Your Story. Tell It.
    Learn about the role of a park ranger, educator, interpreter and the important role story telling plays. Learn about Caddo Indian history and culture through traditional stories. Have a little more time, choose to learn about the role of stories in understanding wicked problems through a facilitated dialogue session

Badges

  • Playing in the Past. Learn about the role of women in Caddo Indian society. Anglo/ settlers
  • Simple Meals. Join us in the early spring and learn how to forage for a wild plant salad.
  • Musician. Tour the site, learn about the Caddo Indians of Texas and el Camino. Try your hand playing traditional Native American instruments and early settler instruments.
  • Flowers. Take advantage of any of our scheduled plant programs or festivals or schedule a Flower badge day with site Educator/ Interpreter Rachel Galan. At plant centered programs there are opportunities to talk with botanists, plant enthusiasts, gardeners, master naturalists, foragers, historians, ethnobotanists, bee keepers and more! On the badge day, we can accomplish the following steps:
    • Step 1, Go on a flower hunt.
    • Step 2, Stop and smell the flowers and/or meet flower families.
    • Step 3, Flowers are healers
    • Step 4, Flower craft (photo sensitive flower collage, tissue paper flowers, or paint a flower mural).
    • Step 5, Learn the meaning of some of the flowers on site. Create a photographic or drawn bouquet and share the message of what you have created.
  • Geocacher. (coming soon)
  • Animal Habitats. Learn about the animals that call Caddo Mounds their home and those who have passed through in history. Learn about the importance of animals in Caddo traditional stories. How can you help preserve and protect animal habitats?
  • Drawing. Schedule and art day with site partners and volunteers.
  • Inside Government. Learn the art of facilitated dialogue to talk about wicked problems. Get the resources to practice this tool to handle wicked problems at home, school, your community, or on a larger scale.
  • Girl Scout Way. Join forces with Caddo Mounds SHS to design a volunteer project that will help you complete Step 4, Leave a place better than you found it.
  • Scribe. Help spread the word write a guest blog post, Facebook post, and article for the Golden Link.
  • Digital Photogrpahy.

Additional Resources:

  • Kids Only: World of the Caddo
  • Learn About Texas Indians
  • Facilitated Dialogue
  • Texas Animal Tracks: Do You Know Them
  • Caddo Mounds Junior Girl Scout Pinterest Board

Cadette Girl Scouts

Caddo Mounds is a great place for Cadette Day Trips! You can explore the world of the Caddo Indians through their traditional stories and our hands-on museum, take short hikes on our two loop trails, do a little cloud gazing, attend one of our two annual festivals, attend our regularly scheduled programs, schedule activities specially designed for Cadette Girl Scouts, have a picnic, or enjoy a unique spot for your bridging ceremony.

Did you know that Mission Tejas State Park is just 6 minutes away? You can camp at Mission Tejas and Ranger Josh Crawford (Mission Tejas) and Educator/ Interpreter Rachel Galan (Caddo Mounds) will work together to make sure you have a wide variety of activities to do at both sites.

Visit our volunteer page to see where you can lend a hand out at the Mounds!

Senior Girl Scouts

 

Ambassador Girl Scouts