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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 10am-6pm Monday–Friday preferred, evenings and weekends may be available. Programs run 30 minutes to 2 hours long. Museum open for self-guided in-person visits: Tuesday – Sunday 12pm – 4pm, closed Mondays.

Cost: Free
 

VIRTUAL OPPORTUNITIES:

You Schedule It opportunities listed below with an asterisk (*) can be offered virtually or in-person.

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.
 

YOU SCHEDULE IT 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 program.

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 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 1-4 in the new Democracy for Brownies badge. 45-minute program.

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.


Democracy for Juniors*

 Junior  

What is democracy and who represents me in government? Explore the new democracy badge in a program with the Dole Institute of Politics. Learn about the three branches of government and the importance of local & state governments, test your knowledge of Presidential trivia, and find out about former Girl Scouts who have served on the Supreme Court. Girls will complete steps 1-5 in the new Democracy for Juniors badge. Two (2) 45-minute programs.

Badge Connections: Junior Badge: Democracy for Juniors

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 sessions. 

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 sessions.

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.


Discover the Dole Institute

 All levels

Come explore the museum, archives, and educational programming relating to Senator Dole’s legacy in public service. The public education coordinator will take you on 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. Groups can also go behind the scenes in the archive to see where one of the country’s largest congressional collections is stored. Tours and interactive education activities can be planned depending on grade levels. Younger students learn about the American flag, while older students can delve into voting issues and other topics from the archives relating to civic engagement, legislation, elections, history, STEM, and more. Contact Julie to create an individualized program for your Girl Scouts!

Badge Connections:  Daisy Good Neighbor  

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