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Dole Institute of Politics

The mission of the Dole Institute of Politics is to promote political and civic participation as well as civil discourse in a bi-partisan, balanced manner. 

Address: 2350 Petefish Drive, Lawrence, KS 66045

How To Register: Please review GSKSMO's registration requirements before registering. Contact public education coordinator, Julie Clover, for tour and program reservations and questions at jclover@ku.edu; (785) 864-1420.

Times/Dates: All programs listed below can be scheduled between 9am-5pm Monday–Friday preferred, evenings and weekends may be available. Programs run 30 minutes to 2 hours long.

In-person programs are not available at this time.

Cost: Free
 

VIRTUAL OPPORTUNITIES:

Democracy for Daisies

 Daisy  

What is democracy and who represents me in government? Explore more about civics and government with the Dole Institute of Politics for a virtual program on the new Democracy badge. Learn how to write a letter to the governor or use your letter writing powers to write to Frances, the governor of Kansas’ cat!

Girls will complete steps 1-3 in the new Democracy for Daisies badge. 30-minute virtual program.

Additional Info: This program will be live on Zoom. Girls will need a pencil, notebook paper, and colored pencils or crayons.

Badge Connections: Daisy Badge: Democracy for Daisies

Outcomes: Learns to identify and solve problems in her community
Learn more about the 5 Girl Scout Outcomes.


Democracy for Brownies

  Brownie

What is democracy and who represents me in government? Explore the new democracy badge in a virtual program with the Dole Institute of Politics. Learn about presidential pets and vote in a virtual election of Socks the Cat vs. Leader the Dog. Use your letter writing powers to write to an elected official or even the Governor of Kansas’ cat! 

Girls will complete steps 1, 2 and 4 in the new Democracy for Brownies badge. 45-minute virtual program.

Additional Info: This program will be live on Zoom. Girls will need a pencil, notebook paper, and colored pencils or crayons.

Badge Connections: Brownie Badge: Democracy for Daisies

Outcomes: Learns to identify and solve problems in her community
Learn more about the 5 Girl Scout Outcomes.

 
Celebrating Community for Brownies

  Brownie

Be a landmark detective and celebrate your community! Virtually explore a museum dedicated to native Kansan and U.S. Senator Bob Dole and his legacy in public service and hear about the WWII memory wall in honor of veterans of the greatest generation. Discuss your community symbols such as Kansas state motto, animals, and observe the world’s largest stained glass American flag! Learn about the American flag and how to fold the flag honorably.

Please join us for both sessions of this two-part program. Girls who attend both sessions will complete all five steps of the Celebrating Community badge with in-between session homework. Two 45-minute virtual sessions. 

Additional Info: This program will be live on Zoom. Girls will need a pencil, notebook paper, envelope, and colored pencils or crayons.

Badge Connections: Brownie Badge: Celebrating Community

Outcomes: Displays positive values, Learns to identify and solve problems in her community
Learn more about the 5 Girl Scout Outcomes.


Inside Government for Juniors

 Junior  

Inspired by historical examples from the Dole Institute and Archives, let’s go inside government, then plan your political campaign. Learn more about our national government and write a letter to your local, state, or federal representatives based on examples written by kids just like you! What does an active citizen mean to you and your community? Discuss the three branches of government and create a list of what laws affect you and how they impact your daily life.

Girls who attend both sessions will complete all five steps of the Inside Government badge with in-between session homework. Two 60-minute virtual sessions.

Additional Info: This program will be live on Zoom. Girls will need a pencil, notebook paper, envelope, and colored pencils or crayons.

Badge Connections: Junior Badge: Inside Government

Outcomes: Displays positive values, Learns to identify and solve problems in her community
Learn more about the 5 Girl Scout Outcome


Find common ground at the Dole Institute

 Cadette    Senior    Ambassador

Find common ground with others by discussing voting rights and other public policies. Troop leaders can choose from a selection of activities related to their scouts’ focus.  Participate as senators in a mock debate and cast your ballot on the right to vote at age 18 by reading constituent letters from before the date of the 26th Amendment. Write your own letter to your representative on an issue that you think is important to you and your community. Understand how to compromise on public policies such as ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act) and how we as educated citizens can learn from history on past national compromises.

Badge Connections: Cadette Badge: Finding Common Ground, Senior Badge: Behind the Ballot, Ambassador Badge: Public Policy

Outcomes: Displays positive values, Learns to identify and solve problems in her community
Learn more about the 5 Girl Scout Outcomes.


Virtual Field Trip of Museum and Archives

 All Levels 

Virtually visit for an interactive, in-depth look at the Dole Institute and Archives. The museum gallery highlights Senator Bob Dole’s legacy and career of over 35 years representing Kansas in Congress. The Dole Institute is also home to the world’s largest stained glass American flag, Veteran’s Memory Wall with over 1,000 pictures of Kansas WWII veterans, and two beams from the World Trade Center, a memorial to the victims of 9-11. Also, go behind the scenes in the archive to see where one of the country’s largest congressional collections is stored and learn what an archive is. 

Badge Connections: Daisy Badge: Good Neighbor  

Outcomes: Displays positive values, Learns to identify and solve problems in her community
Learn more about the 5 Girl Scout Outcomes.