Fun Patch Workshops for Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts
Scouts who complete one of our workshops are rewarded with a "fun patch" to celebrate their new learning. We adjust the content of our Fun Patch workshops so that they are suitable for all ages, from Daisies and Cubs through Senior Scouts. Scout groups may also choose any of the workshops we have for school groups.
Our introductory "show-and-tell" program focuses on helping young people understand that being blind is not about what people can’t do—it’s about what they can do. They will learn how the blind read and write with braille, how they "see" illustrations with their fingertips, and how a guide dog enables them to be independent. They’ll also try out APH products which help students who are blind or visually impaired succeed in school. We finish with a Q&A, giving frank answers to the questions young people ask about blindness.
Pictures for Your Fingertips
Explore how people who are blind and visually impaired read braille and "see" through tactile illustrations. Then make a picture, a card, or a mask for your fingertips to see. (Requires a $3.00 per Scout materials fee.)
Connect the Dots
Louis Braille was only twelve years old when he began work on the system of reading and writing now used worldwide by the blind. Scouts will be inspired by his story. They’ll also learn the basics of Louis’s alphabet and practice writing on a braillewriter and a slate and stylus. Each Scout receives a magazine written in braille and a card for decoding it.
Scouts will learn about the amazing products generations of engineers and technicians have designed so that the blind have the tools they need to achieve at high levels.
Scouts will learn all they ever wanted to know about the amazing dogs who partner with people who are blind. They’ll find out what they do for their handlers, how they are trained, and what happens when the harness comes off.
Meet Mary Ingalls
Mary Ingalls, the older sister of the celebrated children’s author Laura Ingalls Wilder, was left blind after a bout with scarlet fever when she was fourteen. Learn all about Mary’s richly rewarding life. Sing along with some of Pa’s fiddle tunes and weave a beaded bracelet (the same as those Mary made for her sisters).
Helen Keller’s Story
Through examining artifacts and documents, students learn about Helen Keller, the deaf-blind author, speaker, and activist who played a leading role in most of the significant political, social, and cultural movements of the first half of the twentieth century and changed forever the way we treat people with disabilities.
People who are blind are scientists, engineers, business owners—all jobs that involve lots of math. But how do you do math if you can’t see? With the right tools, it’s as easy as 1-2-3. Students will learn to use the abacus to solve arithmetic problems and also pick up some tips on doing mental math, that is, solving math problems in their heads.