- Families & Volunteers
McFadden Girl Scout Cabin is currently located in City Park behind the New Orleans Museum of Art. Constructed by William McFadden specifically for the Girl Scouts in the early 1920’s during the Arts and Crafts era, it is a simple, one room stone structure that has great artistic integrity, including scissors roof trusses, stone work, window shutters, clay tile floors. Tucked under large live oak trees with hanging Spanish moss on the City Park lagoon, the girls are transported in time when the shutters and doors are pushed open. The cabin includes tables, benches, toilet facilities and a non-working fireplace.
The cabin was previously used for outdoor skills training up until 2 ½ years ago when the Park banned fire building. Additionally, as of summer 2015, the cabin is in need of some structural review, and is currently not available for use by troops or service units for meetings, outings, and ceremonies. The training center located at Council Headquarters may be reserved for any displaced troops.
McFadden Cabin Trail - This two mile trail will guide girls through the surrounding area, noting the many beautiful and historic structures. The trail guide points out Enrique Alvarez sculptures, Storyland, bandstand, foot bridges, bandstands, sundials, etc. A patch is available for purchase upon completion.
City Park Trail - This three mile trail expands on the sites of City Park. The guide is more historical in nature, adding such interests as the 1906 carousel, old pony ring, stadium with art deco sculptures, the Franklin Delano Roosevelt Mall, etc. A patch is available for purchase from the Council Service Center upon completion.