Information For Girl Scouts

DSC 0329 fullThe MCRD Museum offers free resources and opportunities for Girl Scouts.  Scouts are welcome and encouraged to request guided tours of the MCRD Museum for their troop.  In addition to guided tours, the MCRD Museum offers three badge or award workshops.  Classes on working in cultural heritage and volunteer opportunities are also available.  Please call (619) 524-6038 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if you are interested in scheduling a free class, workshop, or tour.


Cadettes will fulfill three of the five requirements to earn the Animal Helpers badge at this workshop.  During this workshop, the Cadettes will tour the MCRD Museum to learn how animals have helped the U.S. Marines throughout their history. The Cadettes will create a comic or a movie on iPads to demonstrate what they learned. Next, subject to availability, Cadettes will meet and interact with Therapy Dogs and their handlers, to learn how animals help people emotionally.  Finally, subject to availability, the Cadettes will observe a K-9 demonstration put on by MCRD's military police, to show how working dogs help the Marines.


  • This workshop is free!
  • Other family members are welcome to attend the workshop.
  • Attendees are allowed to pet and take photos with the Therapy Dogs.
  • Attendees are not allowed to pet the military working dogs.
  • If a child or adult is afraid of dogs, we do not recommend they observe the K-9 demonstration.
  • The K-9 presentation by the military police and the Therapy Dog session are subject to the availability of the staff and volunteers of those organizations.  Every effort is made to schedule these two events for the workshop.


For the Power of One award, Juniors will learn about a female Marine officer who served during World War II, Charlotte Gower.  Ms. Gower also held the distinction of being the only female Marine to have served with the OSS (the precursor organization to the CIA).  She was also a University professor, a Dean of Women's Studies, and a former POW (prisoner of war) during World War II.   Juniors will explore the amazing life of Charlotte Gower and compare her character with theirs.  During this award workshop, Juniors will interact with World War II museum artifacts and create a movie about Ms. Gower's life.   


  • This workshop is free!
  • Other family members are welcome to attend this workshop.


Brownies will learn about Marine Corps symbols, songs, and celebrations during this merit badge workshop.  This workshop will fulfill four of the five requirements to earn their Celebrating Community badge.  Brownies will come to the MCRD Museum and learn about the Marine Corps emblem and the Marine Corps mascot.  They will tour the museum, a landmark that honors the past.  Brownies will learn to sing the Marines' Hymn and later they will hear the Hymn played when they attend a ceremony held on MCRD, featuring a Marine Corps Band!  Subject to availability, Brownies will meet the MCRD mascot, a bulldog named Smedley.


  • This workshop is free!
  • Other family members are welcome to attend this workshop.
  • The ceremony will be held on the Parade Field on MCRD.  The ceremony lasts approximately 1.5 hours.
  • Smedley, the MCRD mascot, is a very busy bulldog.  He loves to meet Girl Scouts, but occasionally his schedule does not permit him to meet with all visiting groups.  He will do his very best to greet you if you attend this workshop!

MCRD Museum Foundation
Building 26 Post Office Box 400085
San Diego, CA 92140-0085

Hours of Operation
8:30AM to 4PM

Telephone: 1-619-524-4426
FAX: 1-619-524-0076

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