McFadden Girl Scout Cabin is located in City Park behind the New Orleans Museum of Art. It is a simple, one room stone structure with many artistic and fun opportunities surrounding it. 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 fireplace.
The cabin was constructed by William McFadden specifically for the Girl Scouts in the early 1920’s during the Arts and Crafts era. The cabin is simple, but has great artistic integrity, including scissors roof trusses, stone work, window shutters, clay tile floors. Girl Scouts commonly use the cabin to train girls in basic outdoor skills, as a base to visit the many nearby program areas in the park or to explore special Girl Scout trails.
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.
Outdoor Skills - McFadden Cabin is a great site to introduce girls to the outdoors for their first day outing. A leader trained in OLS I is needed to accompany girls planning to build fires - see Outdoor Training .