DeVos Learning Center

Scout Programs

Boy Scouts

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Citizenship in the Nation Merit Badge Day

Boy Scouts will complete steps 1, 2c, 4, 5, 6, 7 and 8 of the Citizenship in the Nation Merit Badge during this one-day program. Scouts will discover what it means to be an active citizen by exploring the exhibits of the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum. Scouts will also come away with a better understanding of our government as well as important lessons of character and leadership taught through the example of President (and Eagle Scout!) Gerald R. Ford.

Please note: Scouts must bring the Citizenship in the Nation: Merit Badge Series handbook with them. Scouts will need to complete steps 2 a, b, or d, AND step 3 before or after their visit to earn the Citizenship in the Nation Merit Badge. If completed beforehand, Scouts must bring written documentation on the day of the program to discuss with Merit Badge Counselor. Scouts should also come prepared to write a letter to an elected official and must know their address and zip code to do so.

Program details for Boy Scout 

  • Next program date: Saturday, March 30, 2019
  • Time: 9:30am – 4:30pm
  • To register please visit: Online RSVP
  • To download even flyer: Program PDF Flyer
  • Limit: 40 participants
  • Registration Deadline: March 22, 2019 or until full
  • Fee: $9/Scout $6/Adult (includes program and pizza lunch) (no refunds after 03/22/19)
  • To register / Questions?
    • Contact Clare Shubert
      • E: cshubert@38foundation.org
      • P: 616-254-0409

Junior Girl Scouts

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Junior Girl Scouts Summer 2019 Series

Agent of Change: It’s Your World – Change it! A Leadership Journey

Girl Scout Juniors across the globe are making their communities better by being agents of change. Come along on this leadership journey as we discover, connect, and take action in our own community! Girls will explore the Museum to discover how Mrs. Betty Ford was a real life “hero” in her own time. They then will create their own Supergirl stories before finally becoming “Supergirls” themselves by participating in their own “Take Action Project”.

Program details for Girl Scout Juniors 

  • Next program date: July 9 – 10 – 11, 2019
  • Time: 9:30am – 2:30pm each day
  • To register please visit: Online RSVP
  • To download even flyer: Program PDF Flyer
  • Limit: 24 participants
  • Registration Deadline: July 1, 2019 (or until full)
  • Fee: $15 / Girl Scout; includes 3-Day Series, Agent of Change Workbook, Snacks, and Badge
    • Lunch will not be provided; please send your Girl Scout with a sack lunch each day. 
  • To register / Questions?
    • Contact Clare Shubert
      • E: cshubert@38foundation.org
      • P: 616-254-0409

Cadette Girl Scouts

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Finding Common Ground: Learning to Work Together Today for a Brighter Tomorrow

Through engaging, hands-on activities, Girl Scout Cadettes will satisfy all requirements to earn their Finding Common Ground badges. Girls will tour the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum to learn about the role of compromise in a democratic society through the example of President and Mrs. Ford and will explore the debate over the Equal Rights Amendment. Girls will also have the opportunity to interview an elected official and apply their own mediation skills to make group decisions. 

Program details for Girl Scout Cadettes

  • Next program date: Saturday, April 27, 2019
  • Time: 9:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
  • To register please visit: Online RSVP
  • To download event flyer: Program PDF Flyer
  • Limit: 35 participants
  • Registration Deadline: April 17, 2019
  • Fee: $12/Scout $7/Adult (cost includes program, pizza lunch, and badge for girls, no refunds after April 20)
  • To register / Questions:
    • Contact Clare Shubert
      • E: cshubert@38foundation.org
      • P: 616-254-0409

Cadette Girl Scouts

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It’s Your Story – Tell It! MEdia Journey

Girl Scout Cadettes will earn this Journey award by exploring the media they consume each day and working together to reshape the narrative and turn negative media messages into positive ones. Our journey will include a tour of the Gerald Ford Presidential Museum as well as the Museum’s temporary exhibit—a collection of photographs by Pulitzer Prize winning White House Photographer, David Kennerly, to learn how his work helped President and Mrs. Ford re-establish a sense of trust in the American public, and how photographs can help reveal truths and debunk stereotypes. We will also visit the WGVU television and radio studios and interview female media personalities to learn what influences their work and the messages they hope to deliver to young women. We’ll then team up to create videos that promote positive media messages.

Program details for Girl Scout Cadettes

  • Next program dates: August 5 – 8, 2019
  • Time: 9:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. each day
  • To register please visit: Online RSVP
  • To download event flyer: Program PDF Flyer
  • Limit: 24 participants
  • Registration Deadline: July 26, 2019 (or until full)
  • Fee: $20 / Girl Scout; includes 4-Day Series, Program Workbook, Snacks, and Badge
    • Lunch will not be provided; please send your Girl Scout with a sack lunch each day. 
  • To register / Questions:
    • Contact Clare Shubert
      • E: cshubert@38foundation.org
      • P: 616-254-0409