The Dallas Holocaust Museum/Center for Education and Tolerance Girl Scout Patch is to be part of the History Museum Explorer Patch series. This patch may be earned by Girl Scouts in grades 6 through 12, and from any Girl Scout council. Once the requirements have been met, patches may be purchased at the council shop or through the council’s web site shop at http://www.gsnetx.org. The web site will also provide more specific information to help earn each patch.
Girl Scout Cadets must complete at least 6 of the following activities, including the 3 starred.
Girl Scout Seniors must complete at least 7 of the following activities, including the 3 starred.
Girl Scout Ambassadors must complete at least 8 of the following activities, including the 3 starred.
*1. Visit the DHM/CET and take at least a one-hour tour of the permanent exhibit.
*2. Which artifact in the museum was the most thought provoking for you? And what did it teach you about the Holocaust?
*3. Learn the history of the DHM/CET. How and by whom was the Holocaust museum in Dallas founded?
4. What other Holocaust museums or education centers are located in Texas, and in what cities are they established?
5. Interview or listen to the testimony of one of the Dallas Holocaust Survivors and write a summary of their experiences that can be shared with the Girl Scouts in your troop. (Option: read the diary or memoir of a Holocaust victim and share what you have read with the scouts in your troop.)
6. An “Upstander” is a person who stands up when he/she perceives an injustice that must be addressed. A bystander is a person who stands by and does nothing. Identify 3 “Upstanders” in the exhibit and describe how they helped the victims. Identify 3 bystanders in the exhibit and give one example of something they could have done.
7. Find newspaper or Internet news stories about more recent or current genocides (like Rwanda, Darfur, Bosnia, etc.). What generalizations can you draw about the response of the other countries of the world to these events?
8. Visit one of the other Holocaust museums or education centers located in Texas, or take a virtual tour of one of the Holocaust museums outside of Texas.
9. Volunteer at one of the commemorative events held for the Dallas area Holocaust survivors.
10. Develop a “Call to Action” project for your troop to participate in, which would raise awareness of the violation of human rights, a current genocide, or the need for tolerance.
11. Research the ways in which the Holocaust Survivors who came to the Dallas/Ft. Worth area to start their new lives have benefited or contributed to the North Texas community.