Girl Scouts explore city in architectural scavenger hunt

More than 100 Girl Scouts and their families will search downtown Columbus Saturday responding to clues in an architectural scavenger hunt.

Young girls from across central Indiana are competing in the Girl Scouts of Central Indiana’s first-ever Columbus Architecture Walk on a mission to earn a new architecture patch.

Kate Weidner, Girl Scouts of Central Indiana program development manager, partnered with the Becky Harper at the Columbus Visitors Center to create an activity that would help Scouts become familiar with Columbus’ iconic architecture.

“Architecture and design is one of those STEM activities that we want to provide for the girls,” Weidner said.

The Girl Scouts could sign up for the scavenger hunt individually or with their troop. The Scouts will gather at the Columbus Visitors Center at 9 a.m. Saturday with a list of 14 sites to visit.

Sites include:

The Columbus Area Visitors Center

Cleo Rogers Memorial Library

Large Arch sculpture by Henry Moore

The Inn at Irwin Gardens

The Prall House

Lincoln Elementary School

First Christian Church

AT&T Switching Station

Cummins Irwin Conference Center

The Commons,

Chaos 1 sculpture

Bartholomew County Courthouse

Bartholomew County Memorial for Veterans

Columbus City Hall

The list of sites includes facts and questions about each site the Girl Scouts visit.

When the girls complete the scavenger hunt, they’ll head back to the visitors center to retrieve their new patch. The patch features the Robert N. Stewart Bridge and the Bartholomew County Courthouse with the Columbus logo is at the bottom.

“It not only is an effort to make them more familiar with their community, but also make them aware of the wider world,” Weidner said.

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Girl Scouts is a leadership development organization for young girls across the country. Girl Scouts are engaged in a variety of activities, including selling cookies, volunteering in the community and exploring STEM fields — all while earning badges along the way.

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