Family Passport Sites 2016

Girl Scout and Boy Scout activities. Use the family passport or dive into specific scout requirements.

Have a Girl Scout Troop? Here are some ideas for earning awards

Doors Open provides many great opportunities for girls to earn recognition awards including:

Celebrating Community: Be a landmark detective and join a community celebration
First Aid: Talk to a police officer, firefighter or EMT.
Letterboxing: Make your own stamp, bring it to the event and fill your passport. Stop by our event headquarters at 235 E. Michigan for art projects too.

Inside government: Visit City Hall, a court house;  interview an elected individual (see Journal-Sentinel guide or website for lecture times)
First Aid: Talk to an EMT, firefighter or police officers
Playing in the Past: Gather information about your community at Doors Open


First Aid: Visit a fire station, the fire museum or the Milwaukee Safety Academy.

Book Artist: Tour a book arts center, library or art museum and talk with an expert
Special agent: Practice the art of detection and learn about spy gear. Where do to this? The Safe House is a spy-themed restaurant with a secret name and entrance. Check it out at 779 E Front St.

Seniors and Ambassadors:

Tour with your troop, explore potential Silver and Gold Award community partners or volunteer.

Want to volunteer? Sign up at

Reserve your troop’s patches in advance!

Email  with your troop’s number, school and quantity. Patches are $1 each. Pick up and pay at Event Headquarters, Michigan and Broadway on Sept. 17-18. Cash or checks made payable to Historic Milwaukee, Inc.

Boy Scouts

Doors Open provides great activities for Boy Scouts of all ages.  These Doors Open sites can help with Boy Scout merit badge activities and provide a fun weekend outing. We also offer Doors Open activity patches to Scout troops for $1 each.

American Heritage: Doors Open can help with these portions of the badge: 4a. Explain what is meant by the National Register of Historic Places. Describe how a property becomes eligible for listing. 4e. Visit a historic trail or walk in your area. 6. Discuss with your counselor the career opportunities in American heritage. Where to do this? Historic Milwaukee, Inc. office, 235 E. Michigan St.; the Soldiers Home.

Architecture: 1. a. Tour your community and list the different types of buildings you see. Try to identify buildings that can be associated with a specific period of history or style of architecture. ; 2a. Discuss sustainable architecture and identify three features typical of green buildings; b. know the difference between renewable and recyclable building materials; c. understand the relationship of architecture with its surrounding environment and the community; d. how do entire buildings get reused rather than torn down when they no longer serve their original purpose. Where do I do this? Watch for details soon.

Fire Safety: We can help out with these badge requirements: 3. Name the most frequent cases of fire in the home, 11. Visit a Fire Station and 12. Choose a fire safety-related career that interests  you and describe the level of education required and responsibilities of a person in that position. Where to do this? Visit one of fire houses, the Milwaukee Fire Museum or the Survive Alive House.

Metalwork: While you can’t be hands-on during Doors Open, you can get up close to a working blacksmith.  Doors Open can help you with these requirements: 1. Read the safety rules for metalwork; 4. Find out about three career opportunities in metalworking. Pick one and find out the education, training and experience required for this profession. It will also help with Option 4. Blacksmith.  1) Name and describe the use of a blacksmith’s tools.  Where is this? DETAILS COMING SOON

Sculpture: 3. Find out about career opportunities in sculpture.  Where is this? Visit the larger than life size sculptures on the roof of the Grohmann Art Museum.

Traffic Safety: 1c. Describe at least four factors to be considered in the design of a road or highway. Explain how roadside hazards and road conditions contribute to the occurence and seriousness of traffic crashes. Where is this? DETAILS COMING SOON

Many Webelos Adventure’s connect to Doors Open too. Adventures that tie in with Doors Open include:

Adventures in Science: 2. Visit a museum, college, laboratory, an observatory, a zoo, an aquarium or other facility that employs scientists; f. Study the night sky. Where can I do this? COMING SOON

Art Explosion: 1. Visit an art museum, gallery or exhibit. Where is this? COMING SOON

Building a Better World: 2 and 4. Visit Milwaukee City Hall to learn about local government and talk to a community leader.

First Responder: Visit a fire house, the Milwaukee Fire Museum or the Survive Alive House.

Maestro: 1a. Attend a live musical  performance. Where can I do this? Check out music written for Doors Open with Access Contemporary Music. Details coming soon.