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Community Opportunities

Community Service has always been an important part of Girl Scouts. While Take Action projects address a root cause of an issue in a sustainable manner, service projects address more immediate needs. Examples of service include: collections, a one-day clean-up or other event, etc. Check out these opportunities where you and your troop may be able to help.

For questions, email program@gsofct.org.

Community Service
Check out these opportunities where you and your troop may be able to help. Remember that as Cadettes, Seniors and Ambassadors help make the world a better place, they may also earn a Community Service bar as well as a Service to Girl Scouting bar. If girls are interested in earning the Service to Girl Scouting, they may connect with your service unit or the Program Department at program@gsofct.org.

Council-wide Service
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Dress a Girl Around the World 
Dress a Girl around the World is a campaign under Hope 4 Women International, a 501(c)3 organization bringing dignity to women around the world since 2006. They dream of a world in which every girl has at least one new dress. Do you want to learn sewing skills and help at-risk girls from countries around the world? Participate in our Council Wide Service Project! Learn how to make a simple dress to donate by watching this video below or visiting our website.

Let’s all come together to make the world a better place one dress at a time!

Contact
Liz Skarzynski

Community Service
Greater New Haven Cat Project

Greater New Haven Cat Project
The Greater New Haven Cat Project, Inc. (“GNHCP”) is a 501(c)(3), all-volunteer, non-profit organization located in New Haven, Connecticut. GNHCP is dedicated to improving the lives of all cats through community outreach focused on educating the public about compassion and respect for all animals and helping community members to appreciate the role they can play in helping homeless cats. GNHCP often forms partnerships with feral cat caregivers to educate them on the correct way to feed and shelter outdoor cats.  Many times GNHCP provides outdoor shelters and/or feeding stations to feral cat caregivers who cannot afford these items on their own. In addition to educating caregivers, GNHCP engages in education workshops that include adults and children. It is through such activities as crafts, discussion groups, and informal talks where individuals develop compassion and respect for all animals. 

Badge Connections
Pets Badge
Voice for Animals Badge

Contact
Cheryl DeFilippo
(203) 782-2287 

 

QOV

Quilts of Valor
Quilts of Valor provides handmade quilts to service members and veterans touched by war. Their “Under our wings” Program pairs experienced quilters with people who would like to learn. Are your Girl Scouts interested in learning how to quilt while simultaneously making a difference in the lives of heroes? The mentor will provide material and tools needed and girls will be guided through all the steps to construct the quilt. After completion the troop and mentor will present the quilt to a local veteran. 

Badge Connection
Textile Badge

Contacts
Cindy Guendert 
Jane Dougherty 

ReadToGrow

Read to Grow
Everyone who organizes and contributes to book drives helps Read to Grow reach more children in need of books with the gift of books and the promise of literacy. Girl Scouts of Connecticut can help Read to Grow by running book drives within their troops, in their neighborhoods, at the schools the girls attend, or the places they worship. Looking for a fun service project? Interested in running a book drive? For more information please visit www.readtogrow.org and follow the link How You Can Help to Organize a Book Drive. There you will find a Book Drive Tool Kit!

Contact
Linda Sylvester 

TickedOff

Ticked Off Foundation/Recycle for Lyme
The Recycle For Lyme program is a combined effort of the Ticked Off Foundation and TerraCycle®. Participants (individuals, Lyme groups, clubs or companies) collect specific materials/containers, ordinarily destined for the land fill or incinerators and not considered traditional recyclable material. Recycle for Lyme is based in Connecticut, but benefits Lyme patients in crisis nationwide! For more information about the program and to sign up, visit their website. 

Contact
recycleforlyme@gmail.com

Wags4Hope

Wags 4 Hope
Wags 4 Hope is a non profit 501(c) 3 organization started by Annie Blumenfeld at the age of 13 in 2012. She began her organization after rescuing her dog from a high kill shelter in Texas just days before he was to be put down. Annie would be appreciative of any help girl scouts can give her in terms of gathering dog and cat food and toys and blankets to help pets in need as they wait for their forever home. 

Contact
Annie Blumenfeld 
wags4hope.org 

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Project Amigo
Project Amigo is a charity that supports students from Colima in rural western Mexico so that they can create their own educational opportunities and better their quality of life.
Would you be interested in knitting or crocheting squares? Each square that you send will be sewn into an afghan that will be distributed to poor families of students in Mexico who are being sponsored by Project Amigo. Already know how to knit or crochet? Perfect! Need to learn? Reach out to someone who knows how to knit or crochet in your community (senior centers, knitting clubs etc.). Please click here for the pattern and instructions on where to send the squares.  

Badge Connection
Textile Badge

Contact
Sam Brown
203-597-7181

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Connecticut Alliance of Foster and Adoptive Families

CAFAF hosts the “Avenue of Dreams,” where foster and adopted teen girls enjoy a prom-inspired day with their foster, adoptive, or legal moms! They need your help to make this event a success.

Donation items include new or gently used prom or bridesmaid dresses, tuxedos, suits, shoes (male and female), accessories, and new makeup or body products. There is also a need for plus-size dresses size 16+. The deadline for donations is February 25th

Items can be mailed to:

ATTN: Catherine Rose
2189 Silas Deane Highway, Suite 2
Rocky Hill, CT 06067

Items can also be dropped off. If you have a sizeable donation, please call Catherine Rose at 860-258-3400 to schedule a pick-up.

 

Community Partner Programs

The following organizations have opportunities for Girl Scout programs. Contact them directly to make appropriate arrangements for your girls’ age. 

STEM
BruceMuseum

The Bruce Museum
The Bruce Museum offers both in-house and outreach programs. All programs combine art and science with interactive, object and inquiry based teaching. See a complete list of programs here. 

Badge Connections
Bugs Badge
STEM Badges

Contact
Corinne Flax
(203) 413-6742

Everwonder

EverWonder Children's Museum
EverWonder Children's Museum cultivates a lifelong love-of-learning in children by encouraging them to think, inquire, and wonder about the world around them. We offer hands-on exhibits and programming to spark imagination in the fields of science, technology, engineering and math.

Badge Connections
STEM Badges

Contact
programs@everwondermuseum.org
(203) 369-4009
 

GLEE
GLEE (Girls Learning Environment and Energy) Training and Curriculum- Developed as a collaboration between Girl Scouts of Northern California and Stanford University

SedaMaritime

Seda Maritime
Science activities that can come to you! Kristen brings over 15 years of experience to science education in classrooms along the coast from Florida to Connecticut!  45 minute programs for youth groups combine hands-on activities with real-world science.  Focused on Marine and Environmental Science, activities are brought to your sight for a reasonable cost.  Call, email, or visit the website for program details.

Badge Connections
STEM
Pets Badge
Animal Habitats badge

Contact Info
Kristen Seda
(203) 450-3689
sedamaritime.com

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Connecticut Airport Authority
The Connecticut Airport Authority was established in July 2011 to develop, improve and operate Bradley International Airport and the state’s five general aviation airports (Danielson, Groton-New London, Hartford-Brainard, Waterbury-Oxford, and Windham airports). The board consists of 11 members with a broad spectrum of experience in aviation-related and other industries as well as government. The CAA serves as an economic driver in Connecticut, making the state’s airports more attractive to new routes, new commerce, and new companies who may be considering making Connecticut their home.

Groton New London Airport, located in Groton, is 489 acres.  Windham Airport, located in North Windham, is 280 acres. Airport Operations focus on recreational flying, flight training, aircraft repair and corporate/business activities.  They are well suited to exploring the interests of girls in the STEM subjects.  Airport tours are available for groups by request from May to October. For more information go to their website

To book a tour please fill out the tour request forms 
Windham Tour Request Form
New London Tour Request Form

Contact
Catherine Young
860-445-8549

Badge Connections
STEM
Breathe Journey
Sky Badge

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Stepping Stones Museum for Children 
Stepping Stones opened in March 2000, in response to the needs expressed by parents, educators and community leaders actively seeking quality educational offerings to help children learn and grow. Our ability to grow in step with our community and the changing world is due to the thousands and thousands of individuals who believe Stepping Stones is an essential resource in expanding young minds.

The museum seeks to create an environment that inspires lifelong learning and supports parents, caregivers and educators as facilitators of children's explorations. All year long, Stepping Stones Museum for Children offers special programs, performances and activities for visitors to enjoy – from exhibit-themed activities, arts and creative play to storytimes, sing-a-longs, active play and more. 

Let Stepping Stones inspire and support you throughout the year! 

Badge Connections:
Robotics Badge   
Home Scientist Badge
Computer Expert Badge
Inventor Badge 
Staying Fit Badge

Contact:
Olivia Hartley 
203-899-0606 ext. 267

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Treworgy Planetarium at the Mystic Seaport Museum
The Treworgy Planetarium at the Mystic Seaport Museum has been showing the night sky to visitors of all ages since 1959.  While the planetarium does focus on celestial navigation, or using the stars to find a ship’s location, we also offer workshops specially designed for Daisies, Brownies, and Juniors to complete their Space Science badges!  Please visit our website to learn more! 

Badge Connections
Space Science Badges

Contact
Jordan Ecker
(860) 572-0711 ext. 5032

Outdoors
DPNCCooganFarm

DPNC Coogan Farm
Pick one of four programs and earn a DPNC patch. $10 per Girl Scout.

Night Owl- Evening-2 hours

Learn all about the creatures of the night while enjoying a fun evening under the stars. Sit around the campfire, roasting marshmallows as we swap stories. Keep an ear out for any hoots. Take a night hike and see if we can spot any bats. Make a nature themed S.W.A.P to share with other scouts.

For the Birds- Daytime-2 hours

We will grab binoculars and guide books and go birdwatching. How many can you spot? Learn all about the adaptations that birds possess to help them survive and thrive. We will play “Bird Beak Buffet” and end with a campfire and sing alongs.

Buggin Out- Daytime-2 hours

Under logs and in the meadow, bugs are everywhere!! We will hike through the forest, head to the meadow and see what we can find. Be prepared to get dirty during exploration. What makes an insect, an insect? We will play sneaky butterfly and make a bug themed S.W.A.P. We will end with a campfire that we build together.

Pond Exploration- Daytime-2 hours

Grab nets and buckets and get exploring. See if we can find our resident snapping turtle,”Stanley”. Try your hand at frog catching or count the painted turtles. We will get some samples of water and use the microscopes to find macroinvertebrates, and then relax around a campfire. Come ready for some messy fun.

Badge Connections
Bugs Badge
Animal Habitats Badge
Night Owl Badge
Outdoor Adventurer Badge

Contact
Amy Stich
(860) 536-1216
dpnc.org 

 

WhiteMemorial

White Memorial Conservation Center
White Memorial Conservation Center has established a tradition of providing quality environmental education programming since 1964. Do you need help meeting the requirements of a nature-themed badge? Programs last up to 1.5 hours and cost $115 (25 people maximum). This cost also includes free admission into our Nature Museum. Just ask how we can design a program to meet your needs! Click here for a complete list of programs

Pine Grove I and II group camping sites, located in White Memorial’s Main Area, are available for non-profit youth group camping at no charge. Each area contains an Adirondack style camping shelter with sleeping space for 5-6 people, an outhouse, two picnic tables and a fire ring. Space is available to put up tents and water is nearby. Advanced reservations are required. Please call (860) 567-0857 Monday-Friday from 8:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m. For more information visit the White Memorial website.

Badge Connections
Bugs Badge
Senses Badge
Hiker Badge
Animal Habitats Badge
Night Owl Badge
Trees Badge
Daisies- Clover Petal (Use Resources Wisely)

Contact
Carrie Szwed
(860) 567-0857 ext. 16

SkiButternut

Ski Butternut
Girls Scouts will save up to $25 on lift tickets, up to $10 on ski & snowboard packages and $20 on group lessons when skiing or snowboarding at Ski Butternut a “True Family Mountain” Located in Great Barrington, MA. Troop leader must register troops before November 30 to qualify their troop members for season long discounts on skiing or snowboarding. There is no cost to register your troop. 

Badge Connections
Athlete Badge
Healthy Living Badges

Contact 
David Ryel
(413) 528-2000 ext. 154
skibutternut.com
 

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Bushy Hill Nature Center
Bushy Hill Nature Center offers a wide variety of activities for girls of all ages. We have 740 acres of forests and wetlands waiting to be explored! Bushy Hill prides itself on providing hands-on, experiential learning for all of our participants in all of our programs. Activities include, but are not limited to: Indigenous/Native American Studies; Animal Adaptations; Habitats and Ecosystems; Wetlands Exploration; Tracking; Plant and Animal ID; Trail Etiquette; Team Building; High and Low Ropes Course; Maple Sugaring; Farm Life and more! We have a mile-long private lake waiting to be explored by canoeing and nets! Full or partial day programs and overnight programs are all available. Call or email Bushy Hill Nature Center's Director, Jen Malaguti for more information or to build your custom program!

Badge Connections
Animal Habitats Badge
Hiker Badge

Contact
Jen Malaguti
860-767-2148 ext. 104

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The Adventure Park at Storrs and The Discovery Museum
Get ready for an adventure at the Adventure Park at Storrs or the Adventure Park at the Discovery Museum! Girls can earn badges, challenge themselves, and have fun! The Adventure Park is located on beautiful wooded settings filled with nature and each park offers many different level courses. Girl Scouts can enjoy our easy courses, medium difficulty courses, and there are also very challenging courses waiting for the scouts that are up to the challenge.

 

Girl Scouts gain confidence and become energized! They will build self-esteem as they traverse from tree to tree conquering obstacles. They will gain social skills by participating together and offering each other strategies and encouragement. Physically, the courses help to build muscular strength, endurance, and flexibility and are a fun way to exercise. Plan your trip and get ready to conquer your fears, overcome challenges, and have fun!

When signing up, use the code GSOFCT18 and a donation will be made to Girl Scouts of Connecticut.

Badge Connections
Adventurer Badge
Camper Badge (Storrs Only)
Night Owl Badge
Trees Badge
Please reach out to inquire about badges

Contact
Doug Southward
203-690-1717

 

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Downunder
Downunder has locations in Westport and Rowayton, and offers paddling opportunities for all ages. They offer programs on paddling skills, navigation, safety, reading weather, and tides to determine how they will impact the outing. Paddlers learn skills on land and on water. Skills are cemented by engaging in fun activities that include team building and empowerment elements. Activities include board/boat swapping on water, walking across a raft of the boards/boats, paddling standing up on kayaks, prone paddling, pivot turns, racing etc. They have a ratio of 1 to 4 vessels, ensuring that the paddlers are safe. All paddlers wear life jackets and are not required to know how to swim. 

They have created a program especially for Girl Scouts that can be shared with leaders. They can also customize programs to fit whatever badge the Girl Scouts are working on. Programs are 3 hours, discounted 10% = $67.50. Co-leaders paddle for free.  

Badge Connections
Paddling Badge
Water Badge

Contact
Kim Hawkins
(203) 247-4579

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Jiminy Peak
Jiminy Peak offers a special reduced rate on either lift ticket and lesson or lift tickets to groups. Girl Scouts can take ski or snowboard lessons. There are lessons available for all ages and ability levels. The program runs for six weeks with an additional free ski week. The program focuses on enhancing the skill set and confidence of each person in a group setting. Co-leaders must register their troop by November 30 to reserve their lesson day and time. Call Jiminy Peak’s Snow Sports administrator, Bailey Cachat, for more information or to sign your troop up for this upcoming winter season!

Badge Connections
Healthy Living Badge
Adventure Badge
Ultimate Recreation Challenge Badge

Contact
Bailey Cachat
(413) 738-5500 ext. 5120

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REI
Are you working on Outdoor or Camping Badges? Do you want to get your girls outside or teach them outdoor skills but don’t where to start? REI is a retail store that sells sporting goods, travel equipment, camping gear, and clothing. We also offer informational sessions and classes! Whether your troop is new to outdoor adventure or seasoned pros, REI can teach girls new skills and help them earn outdoor and camping Badges. 

Daisies, Brownies, and Juniors can schedule 15-30 minutes to talk to an expert about camping and hiking gear. Please call in advance to make sure a representative in the store is available to speak with you. Please come prepared with at least two questions each. 

Cadettes, Seniors, and Ambassadors can schedule information sessions to meet badge requirements. Info sessions must be booked a minimum of 4 weeks in advance and have a minimum of 15 people and a maximum of 35 people. You can also schedule hands-on classes to learn outdoor skills or meet a badge requirement. These classes range from $10-$50 per person. Please contact for more information on specific classes and pricing. All classes must be booked a minimum of 4 weeks in advance and class size varies from about 6-12 people based on the class. 

To sign up for a regularly scheduled class, check out their website and class list at https://www.rei.com/stores/west-hartford.html. Class categories include climbing, cycling, fitness, hiking, camping, navigation, paddling, photography, snow sports, stewardship, and wilderness medicine. Members of REI receive discounts on classes for themselves and anyone they sign up. 

Badge Connections
Outdoor Explorer Badges
Outdoor Badges
Troop Camping Badges
Digital Photographer Badge
Traveler Badge

Contact
Margaret Jackson
Mason Trumble

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CCAP
The Connecticut Cycling Advancement Program's mission is to ensure that Connecticut's youth and their families have access and exposure to an organized state-wide youth cycling league. Additionally, youth and their parents should be able to see a clear avenue that allows them to develop as far as their ambition, skills, and abilities can take them. The sport of cycling teaches girls and boys a wealth of values, social skills, and mindsets that help them become successful in every aspect of their life, and the CCAP is proud to provide kids across the state with the opportunity to participate in a safe and positive team-based environment. For more information, please visit our website.  

Badge Connections
Staying Fit Badge
Ultimate Recreation Challenge
Practice with Purpose Badge
Cross-Training Badge
Good Sportsmanship Badge

Contact
David Hoyle

Life Skills
MedExpress

MedExpress
Interested in earning your MedExpress First Aid Patch? Troops can now visit their local MedExpress to do so. The visit begins with a center tour in which troops will learn more about careers in the medical field and how urgent care works. Troops will also learn about first aid and make their very own first aid kit to take home, along with their MedExpress First Aid Patch. You can request a MedExpress First Aid Patch Activity through our community connections webpage

The MedExpress Center Manager has the autonomy to set up dates that will work best for the troop and the center.Visits to MedExpress Center are dependent upon staff availability and proximity to MedExpress Centers

Badge Connection
First Aid Badges

PhysicianOne

PhysicianOne Urgent Care
Each in-center team at PhysicianOne Urgent Care is eager to help Girl Scout troops earn their First Aid Badges by introducing them to basic emergency first aid. If you are interested in an on-site tour and basic first aid training, please contact them.  

Badge Connections
First Aid Badges

Contact
Ali Fein
(718) 817-4665 

ZaidiOrthodontix

Zaidi Orthodontix
Zaidi Orthodontix in Wallingford would like to teach girls about dental hygiene. The girls will watch a digital animation video discussing the fundamentals of orthodontics, learn the importance of good dental hygiene, and learn brushing and flossing techniques. In addition, girls will each be given an orthodontic exam. Girls will also get hands on and pair up to act like orthodontists. They will get to use the chairs, overhead lights, gloves, masks and mouth mirrors. Next, they will review patient dental hygiene, count and mark off baby teeth and adult teeth on a tooth tracker, diagnose bites and make recommendations for orthodontic treatment, and learn to mix alignment molds and see how they set. Once scouts have completed they will receive their Jr. Orthodontic certificate and have the opportunity to become members of the Zaidi Orthodontix Kids Club. Please allow approx. 1 hour in our office.

Badge Connections:
My Best Self Badge
Career Exploration

Contact
Karen Grabiec
(203) 269-1014 

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Sam's Word
Sam’s Word would like to help girls develop strong communication and job readiness skills. Girls will learn how to market themselves using resumes, job and college interviews, and college admissions essays. Sam’s Word will also teach girls the basics of writing college papers and the different types of papers and assignments they can expect to complete in college.

Girl Scouts will participate in mock interviews to practice their interviewing skills. This will include behavioral and standard questions, which will help girls become comfortable answering direct questions, be able to recall information quickly, and prepare them for real life interviews. Girl Scouts will also be taught the key components of a resume and how to write entry level resumes that will get them the job. Girls with a passion for entrepreneurship will learn the important elements of a business plan and skills for acquiring the capital funding needed to launch a successful business. Girls will also learn fundamental information about starting a business in Connecticut.

Badge Connections:
Business Etiquette Badge
My Portfolio Badge

Contact:
Samantha Williams
203-800-7119

Glastonbury Tennis Club
Glastonbury Tennis Club has amazing pros who have achieved great results with the children they have been teaching over the past 30 years. Our story is all about building confidence, social interaction and developing a stronger mind while living a longer, healthier, happier life. Tennis teaches our kids life lessons and to accept responsibilities; how to cope with pressure and be team players. It's a lifetime sport  which adds years to your life, makes you mentally and emotionally stronger and your whole family and all your friends can be part of it.
We offer beginner, intermediate and advanced clinics for everyone. Please contact for information on days, times, and prices.

Badge Connections
Practice with Purpose Badge
Good Sportsmanship Badge

Contact
Ioana Ilyes
860-659-3731

Alexandra Migani
Alexandra Migani is a mental health clinician and wellness consultant located in Bethany, Connecticut who was also once a Girl Scout. She is eager to be able to work with girls and families across the state to help promote total health, wellness, mind, body, and soul. Alexandra can help empower girls to realize their potential, have a strong sense of self, build confidence and self-esteem, learn about effective communication and healthy relationships, navigate through emotions and stress, and more. Alexandra is able to teach skills such as mindfulness as well as the connection and power between our thoughts, feelings, and behaviors. Being able to live a life filled with happiness, passion and purpose is extremely significant. Call today for a free phone consultation to learn more.

Badge Connections
Making Friends Badge
Women's Health Badge
Science of Happiness Badge

Contact
Alexandra Migani
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203) 772-5687

 

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It's My Money 
Looking for help earning your financial literacy badges? Want to learn money management skills that will serve you throughout your life? Interested in learning how to save and budget? Patrina Dixon, Certified Financial Education Instructor and award-winning author of  the top-selling financial guided series, “It’$ My Money™” can help. Please contact for more information. 

Badge Connections 
Financial Literacy Badges

Contact
Patrina Dixon
860-607-3275

Yoga for Youngins
YFY is a yoga program for children ranging from ages 3 to 13. During class, the girls will learn deep breathing techniques that have real world application, from soothing anxiety to helping to focus before a big test. They'll also build self-confidence and cultivate a strong mind-body connection through a variety of poses and stretches. Not to mention, they'll feel a sense of friendship and community with their fellow yogis.

Badge Connections
Staying Fit Badge
My Best Self Badge

Contact
Emily Perry
203-818-7425

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BringtheHoopla
BringtheHoopla is an educational hula hoop business that brings the fun back into fitness. They custom design and hand make each hoop with LOVE.

They offer 6 different size hula hoops so everyone can find success and get into the spin! BringtheHoopla offers a welcoming environment where they will encourage and teach Girl Scouts of all ages to enjoy the positive and healthy activity of hula hooping while reinforcing self-esteem and leadership through age-appropriate games, team-building activities and communication.  BringtheHoopla focuses on healthy minds, healthy bodies while exploring their self-expression through hoop dance and movement. 

Hula hooping develops healthy and fun exercise habits as well as increasing energy, developing balance and coordination, improving flexibility and most importantly is a form of expression that builds confidence and self-esteem. Through this experience, each student feels pride and success while mastering new skills, working together and smiling!

BringtheHoopla is always on the move and they come to YOU. They provide the hoops, the music and the fun! They can provide programing for a regularly scheduled troop meeting, a bridge ceremony, summer camp or any special celebration no matter the size!!
They also offer an embroidered fun patches with each program. Programs start at $119 (travel not included). 

Badge Connections
Staying Fit Badge
My Best Self Badge

Contact
Nicole Heriot-Mikula
(203) 615-1116

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Food Explorers
Registered Dietitian, Katie Shepherd, created Food Explorers as a way to teach children about healthy eating, cooking, and nutrition, in a fun and interactive way. Girl Scouts will get the chance to get hands-on with cooking and learn how to make simple, healthy recipes that they can make at home while learning why nutritious food is important for our bodies. The girls will be provided with the knowledge they need to make healthy decisions for themselves, and learn how to work together to create delicious food. Cost is $20 per girl. Please visit our website for more information. 

Badge Connections
Snacks Badge
Simple Meals Badge
Eating For You Badge

Contact
Katie Shepherd
(203) 592-2317

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Seven Angels Theatre 
Seven Angels Theatre would like to help Girl Scouts discover the fun of learning to be a confident performer and public speaker. In the theater we find the sense of play behind being up in front of a group. By playing theater games based on improvisations and charades, we’ll help all Girl Scouts find the playfulness that makes getting up in front of a crowd something to be relished and to get excited about. Once we start to find that sense of fun and the energy that comes with it, we bring that energy into our public speaking. Whatever their present level of comfort is in front of a group, we know it will grow when they feel an audience paying attention to them and discover that it’s their energy that the audience is paying attention to.

Our Children’s Theater productions, designed to entertain all ages, provide an opportunity to see what has been learned for just $10 a ticket!

Badge Connections
Public Speaking Badge
Troupe Performer Badge
Social Butterfly Badge

Contact
Scott Kealey
(203) 605-6765

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Bollywood Boutique
At Bollywood Boutique, we have a mission, to educate more people about the Indian culture and to do it in a fun way. Girls put on a fashion show wearing Indian clothes and henna, which is traditionally called mehendi, and teach the girls all about India while they have fun! We also teach Yoga and Bollywood dance to all ages! We are located in Monroe, Connecticut. For more information, please visit our website

Badge Connection
Dancer Badge
Staying Fit Badge

Contact
Jigna Trivedi
(203) 606-8615

Local History
CHS

Connecticut Historical Society
The Connecticut Historical Society is the state’s official historical society and one of the oldest in the nation. The CHS collection, programs and exhibits help Connecticut residents connect with each other, have conversations that shape our communities, and make informed decisions based on our past and present. Ready to learn about Connecticut’s history, civics, and geography? Check out their website to learn more about the educational programs offered

Badge Connection
Celebrating Community Badge
Inside Governement Badge
Finding Common Ground Badge 

Contact
Corinne Swanson

GlassHouse

Glass House
Glass House was built between 1949 and 1995 by architect Philip Johnson, the Glass House is a site of the National Trust for Historic Preservation located in New Canaan. The pastoral 49-acre landscape comprises fourteen structures, including the Glass House, and features a permanent collection of 20th century painting and sculpture, along with temporary exhibitions. The tour season runs from May through November and advance reservations are required. For more information, and to purchase tickets, visit the glass house website.

Badge Connections
Potter Badge
Painting Badge

Old Sturbridge Village
Old Sturbridge Village offers hands-on studio programs designed for Girl Scout Daisies, Brownies, Juniors, Cadettes, and Seniors. Each program provides the information and resources to earn badges; beginning in the Studio, followed by time within the Village, and completing at home.

Girls will get their hands on history during activities led by a museum teacher in their dynamic education center or within the museum. Studios are 50 minutes unless otherwise noted. The following studios are designed to provide the information and resources to earn all three steps. Up to 10 participants per studio. Learn more here.

PequotLibrary

Pequot Library
The Pequot Library offers a variety of programs offering inquiry-based experiences through close examination of our primary source material. In keeping with our mission to provide educational experiences to the community that are “free as air to all,” we offer our programs at no cost. Have a specific learning goal in mind? We’ll collaborate with you to customize a program that meets your needs. See this brochure for more details. 

Badge Connections
My Family Story Badge
Scribe Badge
Book Artist Badge
Novelist Badge 

Contact
Jean Kaul
schoolprograms@pequotlibrary.org
www.pequotlibrary.org 

StonyCreekMuseum

Stony Creek Museum
Visit the Stony Creek Museum and discover the history, culture, and community of Stony Creek and the Thimble Islands! Girls will be able to see old outfits that were swimsuits and learn how the pink Stony Creek Granite was mined to help build the base of places like the Statue of Liberty. In addition, they can see an old desk from the schoolhouse and learn about Miss Stony Creek! It should only take about 45 minutes to visit and there are nearby locations to visit for lunch.

Badge Connections
Celebrating Community Badge
Playing the Past Badge

Contact
(203) 488-4014
stonycreekmuseum.org

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The Connecticut River Museum
The Connecticut River Museum offers several programs for Scouts. Bring your troop on a field trip to discover the Connecticut River Valley and explore the natural environment and human experience along its 410 miles. Every program encourages children to learn about local history and the environment through interactive discovery activities. All Connecticut River Museum Scout Programs are designed to meet badge, patch and award requirements and can be adjusted to accommodate most specific requests.
All programs require a minimum of 8 Scouts or $40 base fee, except for the programs on our partner vessels which requires 15 or $250 base fee. Scout groups are welcome to partner together in order to reach the required number of children. Registrations must be made at least 2 weeks in advance. Payment is due on the date of the program. Scout Programs may be scheduled during afterschool hours (2:30 – 6:00pm Mon – Thurs), over school vacation weeks or on select weekend dates. The Connecticut River Museum is in the process of developing overnight programs. Please call for more information or to make a reservation.

Contact
860.767.8269 ext. 113
67 Main St., Essex, CT 06426

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The Fairfield Museum
The Fairfield Museum and History Center offers educational opportunities for students of all ages to make history engaging and meaningful. The Fairfield Museum presents dynamic exhibitions that tell important stories about the region’s arts, history and culture. Located in the heart of the historic town center, the Fairfield Museum’s exhibitions and programs also extend to several historic buildings to form the Museum Commons. Field trips explore our connections to the past through the main exhibition, “Creating Community: Exploring 375 Years of Our Past,” in addition to the Sun Tavern (c. 1780), Old Academy Schoolhouse (1804), Victorian Cottage children’s museum and agricultural barn (1888). Our inquiry-based educational programs bring learning to life, making history hands-on and personal.

Badge Connections
Playing the Past
Celebrating Community
Book Artist
Scribe
Brownies Outdoor Art
Junior Outdoor Art
Detective Badge
Senses Badge

Contact
Christine Jewell
203-259-1598

 

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Orange Historial Society
The Orange Historical Society is able to tour Girl Scouts in two historical homes. One of them, the Stone-Otis House, is an 1830 homestead set with furnishings of the time. Tours offer information on the life of two families. The other house is the Bryan-Andrew house which was built in 1740 and is the oldest house in Orange. The home is furnished in the period and at this facility, they offer a hands-on presentation, a tour, and informational material on Mr. Bryan. 

They can offer butter-making or candle-making. The butter would take 20 minutes with 4 girls working at a time. The candles can be done with the entire group. It can take 20-30 minutes to complete a small candle.

Badge Connections
Celebrating Community
Playing the Past 

Contact
Ginny Reinhard
203-795-6465

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Wethersfield Historical Society
The Wethersfield Historical Society welcomes you to Historic Wethersfield, Connecticut’s oldest and largest historic district. Our programs, collections and exhibits are designed to preserve Wethersfield’s history and culture to inspire people today and tomorrow. We have many education programs that would help Girl Scouts earn their badges. For example. our colonial medicine program includes making sachets which help Junior Girl Scouts earn their Flower Badge while learning about the history of medicine.  We would also be happy to work with you to design programming to fit your troop’s needs. We are available for programs after school, week days during the summer, or during some school holidays. Check out our website to learn more about our education programs. 

Badge Connections
Celebrating Community Badge
Playing the Past Badge
Hiker Badge
Trees Badge
Flowers Badge

Contact
Jessica Dean

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The Greenwich Historical Society
Offers programs for Brownies, Juniors, Cadettes, Seniors, and Ambassadors.  Our unique campus and historical home allow for programs that incorporate art, nature, and history. Built circa 1730, the Bush Holley House lets Girl Scouts immerse themselves in colonial history as well as one of the foremost Impressionist art colonies from the 1880’s to the 1920’s. Using inquiry-based methods, our hands-on activities make for an enriching and exciting experience.

Badge Connections
My Family Story Badge
Outdoor Art Badge
Painting Badge
Potter Badge
Drawing Badge
Textile Art Badge
Collage Art Badge

Contact
Carol Levison
203-869-6899 ext. 32

 

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CT Corsair Chapter of the ARRA
The purpose of the CT Corsair Chapter as part of the American Rosie the Riveter Association (ARRA) is to recognize and preserve the history and legacy of working women, including volunteer women, during World War II. We are dedicated to documenting the stories of women in Connecticut who were “Rosie the Riveters” for the ARRA National Archives. 

There are many ways Girl Scouts can get involved and exciting about history:

GARDENING 
Girl Scouts can plan and plant a Rosie the Riveter Memorial Rose Garden in their towns, attend a garden ribbon-cutting ceremony for a national rose garden in 2019, research WWII victory gardens, or try canning and jarring food they grow! 

HISTORY 
Girl Scouts can visit a senior center and interview a woman who worked or volunteered during WWII, research Rosie the Riveter at their local libraries and present during a meeting dressed as Rosie, and research Girl Scout history during WWII and make a poster display!

COOKING/ART/MUSIC
Girl Scouts can research ingredients that were rationed during WWII and make snacks or cookies with ingredient substitutions and learn how Rosie the Riveter was portrayed through art and music!

ENGINEERING/AVIATION/HISTORIC PRESERVATION/COMMUNITY FUNDRAISING 
Our CT chapter is a supporter of the CT Air & Space Center’s efforts to restore its 1929 Curtiss Hangar at the Sikorsky Memorial Airport and the Corsair airplane. Have a WWII-era scrap drive, collect empty bottles and cans for the deposit, and donate money to the CT Air & Space Center museum for the restoration of the Curtiss Hangar. 

SEWING/KNITTING
Girl Scouts can create a new outfit from an old piece of clothing, make Rosie bandanas for their troops using red and white polka-dot material, and learn about WWII knitting and knit a hat or a scarf!

GOVERNMENT 
Rosie the Riveter Congressional Gold Medal Act - Use the Gold Medal tab on CT Corsair website to write to the Congressmen and Senators who haven’t co-sponsored the bill to award a Congressional Gold Medal to WWII Women who worked on the Home Front. 

For more information on these activities or the American Rosie the Riveter Association, visit our website or contact us. 

Badge Connections
Playing the Past Badge
Celebrating Community Badge
Flowers Badge
Textile Artist Badge

Contact
Gretchen Caulifield

Other

The Cakery
Natalie Rose is an accomplished pastry chef from Connecticut who would like to teach baking and decorating skills to girls. Troops just need to supply a large enough surface to explore their creativity. The class will include a personalized dessert box for each child to take their creation home in. She will supply all of the tools and the baked goods. The decorating tools include; icing bags, spatulas, fondant and cutters, rolling pins & sprinkles to let the children’s creative side come out while she instructs them on how to decorate a unique masterpiece.

Badge Connections
Snacks Badge
Simple Meals

Contact
Natalie Rose 
(203) 667-9693
thecakeryct.com

ChocolateWorksDarien

Chocolate Works Darien
Looking for a fun experience for your troop? What could be sweeter than a day full of chocolate? Chocolate Works in Darien offers an interactive chocolate factory experience. They offer a wide range of educational workshop packages where kids are invited to enjoy hands on learning by touring and tasting, as well as molding, decorating, enrobing, and crafting their very own chocolate and candy creations with the help of 175 pound melting machines and 20 foot conveyor belt “I love Lucy” style enrobing machine. 

Chocolate 101 ($10 per person)- This trip includes a sweet chocolate history lesson (an interesting and entertaining presentation that follows the origins of chocolate and uses hand-on chocolate manipulative, including sampling different kinds of chocolate) and a fun quiz with chocolate + Private Facilities tour + Each participant will make their own chocolate covered treat on the 20 foot conveyor belt.

Chocolate Dipped ($12 per person)- All the fun of Chocolate 101 +  the addition of taking a dip on the flowing chocolate fountain.

Master Chocolatier ($20 per person)- All the fun of Chocolate 101 + the Chocolate Dipped adventure + the opportunity to mold, decorate, and take home a “one of a kind” chocolate creation. 

Educational Field Trips are offered Monday- Thursday only and a minimum of 10 participants in required. Trips generally last 45 minutes to 1 ½ hours depending on group size and package choice.

Badge Connections
Snacks Badge
Simple Meals Badge
New Cuisines Badge 

Contact
Chocolateworksdarien@yahoo.com
(203) 202-7067

MitchellFarm

Mitchell Farm
Mitchell Farm Equine Retirement provides a safe and comfortable retirement alternative for aged horses to live out their lives. They offer educational programming to advance the awareness of the plight of elderly equine. Topics include animal welfare, animal care, farming, and community service. Their programs are flexible and if contacted in advance, they can design a 2-3 hour program to meet your needs. 

Badge Connections
Pets Badge
HorseBack Riding Badge (steps about care)
Community Service 

Contact
Melissa MacDonald
(860) 639-4989
mitchellfarm.org

NHSO

The New Haven Symphony Orchestra
The New Haven Symphony Orchestra invites Junior Girl Scouts to earn their Musician Badge or Senior Girl Scouts to begin their Troup Performer badge by attending one of two performances. Each concert is based on availability, so please reserve your seats sooner rather than later! Tickets are $10 for girls and chaperones. Girls will get to try several orchestral instruments and become junior ushers before the concert, watch the show, and have an opportunity to interview the stars of the show afterwards. 

What a Wonderful World (a tribute to Louis Armstrong):
Saturday June 3 at Hamden Middle School at 2:30 p.m.
Sunday, June 4 at Shelton High School at 3:00 p.m. 

Badge Connections
Musician Badge
Troupe Performer Badge 

Contact
Caitlin Daly - NHSO Education Director
(203) 865-0831 ext. 13 

Shubert Theatre Girl Scout Program
Now you can earn a "Shubert Theatre Participation Patch," designed exclusively for Girl Scouts and enjoy a special program prior to select shows to enhance your experience at the Shubert. Learn more about this program.

Badge Connections
Performance Badges

Contact

More info: Kelly Wuzzardo
(203) 773-4307

Tickets/Registration: John Michael Whitney
(203) 562-5666

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One World Observatory
Come EXPLORE ABOVE at One World Observatory! Start at the top of the tallest building in the Western Hemisphere, where you can truly feel the city’s invincible spirit! The package includes a Limited Edition OWO Scout Patch, a ticket to the Observatory, as well as the opportunity to learn from some of New York City’s brightest tour ambassadors!

Contact
Rob Bolen
212-602-4037

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Alexa took her life at 14 years of age. SHE MATTERED. The tragic loss of Alexa compelled me to tell her story to raise awareness and educate others about the dangers of bullying and cyber bullying. This mission is accomplished through personal presentations and a website I created called SHE MATTERED. Sharing Alexa’s experiences enables me to shed light on the issue of depression in adolescents and the relationship between depression, bullying and suicide.

After Alexa passed away our family discovered that there were signs that she left, personally and on-line. There were opportunities to possibly save her if kids and adults had reacted appropriately. My hope is that the Girl Scouts and leaders who attend my presentation will realize they have the POWER to change the OUTCOME. I want to promote the message that kindness, tolerance and inclusion MATTER.

Visit shemattered.com to learn more about Alexa and what my presentation can offer the Girl Scouts. Minimal group size required.  Several Girl Scout troops can host together. 

Contact
Debbie Berman
203-491-0187

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The XL Center
The XL Center proudly supports Girl Scouts of CT. Enjoy arena family shows, sporting events, and concerts with friends and family. Special discounts are available to those groups who meet a minimum ticket requirement. Most events include a unique patch. Ask us about our group experience packages, fundraising programs, and badge earning opportunities. We are looking forward to hosting your scouts this season! 

Contact
860-548-2000
groupsales@xlcenter.com
http://www.xlcenter.com/tickets/group-sales

 

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Hall of Fame Silver Lanes
Bowling is fun for everyone! Hall of Fame Silver Lanes is a 52 lane bowling center that features a state of the art Laser Tag Arena and a full Arcade with redemption. We also feature a full service snack bar that includes soft serve and milkshakes. Visit silverlanes.com or call for more information.
Contact
Tony Reynaud
860-307-8396

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WalkAboutYoga
WalkAboutYoga (WAY) is a unique outdoor yoga adventure at Silver Sands State Park in Milford, CT. WAY combines yoga with hiking, friendship, teamwork and a sense of community.  WalkAboutYoga creates an experience where girls can learn how to build strength, live a healthy lifestyle, reduce stress, and have fun all at the same time.

Yoga will help girls develop healthy exercise habits as well as build strength, flexibility, and balance. It will help our future leaders become self-confident, courageous and strong.

Do you think your girls would be interested in a WalkAbout? Call us and we can plan a field trip. WalkAbouts are offered seasonally but indoor classes can be offered. Visit walkaboutyoga.net for more information.

Badge Connections
Healthy Living Badges

Contact
Traci Weber
203-873-7568

 

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JOANN
Girl Scouts and JOANN Stores are partnering! Current Girl Scout members qualify for a Girl Scout Rewards Card, which grants them 15 percent off their total eligible in-store and online purchases from JOANN. In return for all eligible purchases, JOANN will donate to GSUSA a minimum of 2.5 percent for every transaction. Sign up for your card here.

The Hamden, Manchester, Newington, Milford, and Torrington stores have classrooms available for meet ups and other locations can accommodate smaller groups as needed. Plan your next meeting at JOANN's or get everything you need for the art badges!

Badge Connections
Painting Badge
Drawing Badge

Contact
JOANN Phone List

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Webster Bank Arena
Webster Bank Arena is the premier sports and entertainment venue in the Bridgeport, CT area. Get tickets for upcoming concerts, events, Bridgeport Sound Tigers games, and more! For more information and to purchase tickets, please visit their website.

Contact
Sarah Rodrigues
203-345-4823

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The Giggling Pig
The Giggling Pig was founded in 2005 by Hannah Perry. The first studio was opened in Shelton, CT and the second in Bethel, CT. The studio is a place to be creative, but also a place where children can grow, learn to be kind, confident and express themselves. This is a friendly, safe place for children to visit and learn to paint and draw or simply have fun with arts and crafts. 

In addition to numerous classes, they also proudly offer troop visits, meeting the necessary badge requirements. From painting on canvas, ceramics, wooden projects to clay creations, they have endless options and ideas for you! Sessions are available on afternoons, evenings and even weekends! Book a session today and learn more about how they can create projects around your curriculum.

They also have a small wooden bridge that can be used for the bridging ceremonies! Ask to reserve it!

Badge Connection
Painting Badge
Drawing Badge
Potter Badge

Contact
Hannah Perry
Laura Shevlin
203-513-2731
203-919-1153

Greenwood Glass Blowing Studio
Have you ever wanted to try glass blowing and create a masterpiece? Maybe you want to try your hand at something new? Greenwood Glass Blowing offers 15-minute hands-on workshops where you can create a paperweight or glass flower. These workshops are best for children ages 7 and up.

The workshops are available by appointment Tuesdays through Saturdays. Other options include:  A 1-hour workshop to blow a small vase, live educational glass blowing demonstrations for larger groups, team building workshops, and blow-your-own Christmas ornament for ages 5 and up. This is a rare fun opportunity to experience what it’s like to work with hot glass.

For more information, please visit our website.

Badge Connection
Artist Badges

Contact
Peter Greenwood
860-738-9464

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Imagine Nation
Imagine Nation, A Museum Early Learning Center, is a hands-on, interactive Reggio Emilia inspired museum with experiences designed for ages 2-8.
Explore three floors that feature 12 interactive Museum Studios with a weekly schedule of STEAM-based initiatives and educational workshops. 

Imagine Nation is a unique division of the Boys & Girls Club of Bristol Family Center. Earn badges with dedicated time for your program and access to explore our three levels of 12 interactive museum studios!

Programs are scheduled for one hour. Museum Studio exploration can be scheduled either before or after the program (included in program fee). Some programs may require an additional materials fee.

For more information, please contact or visit www.ImagineNation.org

Badge Connections
Sunny's Story, Tula's Story, Clover's Story, Rosie's Story, and Vi's Story
Painting Badge
Snacks Badge
Bugs Badge
Drawing Badge
Simple Meals Badge
Flowers Badge

Contact
(860) 314-1400
info@imaginenation.org