The Hicksville Gregory Museum offers a number of different programs for both girl and boy scout groups, which may be tied in directly to merit badge requirements. The museum is a small earth science museum with extensive collections of minerals, fossils, and rocks, and a small but spectacular fluorescent mineral collection. In addition, there is an extensive butterfly collection. The courthouse jail houses the historical collection.
General Information: The cost per scout is currently $8.00. There may be additional materials fees as noted in the programs. There is no charge for the above programs for Hicksville residents, except the materials fee. One adult is required for every 5 children with no charge for these adults. Tag-a-longs and extra adults will be charged $8.00 per person, but are discouraged, because of the museum's small size. Tours may be booked for after school if time permits--the museum closes at 4:30-- or on Saturdays on a first-come first-served basis. Please contact the museum to confirm current prices.
The following programs and tours are currently being offered:
GEOLOGIST'S TOUR: (This program is geared towards Webelos, but may be modified for Junior Girl Scout groups.) Learn about the rocks and minerals you can find in your own backyard, how to organize them into a collection, and experiment with one of the properties used to identify minerals. Discover how minerals are needed to build much of your house, and some of their other surprising uses. Group size limited to 1 den, up to a maximum of 8 scouts and two leaders. No additional adults or tag-a-longs, please. Tour length--approximately 2 hours.
GENERAL TOUR: (Recommended for Brownies and Cub Scouts) Get an overview of the museum's various collections, and learn about some very unusual uses for minerals while going on the museum's scavenger hunt. Group size limited to 15 scouts and three adult leaders. Tour length--one hour.
FOSSILS AND FOSSIL MAKING: (Junior Girl Scouts) Discover what fossils are, learn about the museum's fossil collection and make your own mold and cast of some of the museum's fossils. (Group size--15). Additional materials fee $2.00 per scout.
MINERALS, GEMS, AND JEWELRY: (Junior Girl Scouts) Explore the museum's collection of minerals and gemstones, and learn how minerals are turned into gemstones . (Group size--15)