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Community Engagement

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.

Community Service
Check out these opportunities where you and your troop may be able to help!  Remember that Cadettes and up can earn a Community Service bar as well as a Service to Girl Scouting bar.

Council-wide Service

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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. They 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 site for a reasonable cost. Call, email, or visit the website for program details.

Badge Connections
STEM Badges
Pets Badge
Animal Habitats badge

Contact Info
Kristen Seda
(203) 450-3689


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). 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

Badge Connections
STEM
Breathe Journey
Sky Badge

Contact
Catherine Young
860-445-8549

Stepping Stones Museum for Children 
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. 

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

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

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 Girl 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
    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. 

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
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
 

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, Habitats and Ecosystems, Trail Etiquette, Team Building, High and Low Ropes Course, 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. 

Badge Connections
Animal Habitats Badge
Hiker Badge

Contact
Jen Malaguti
860-767-2148 ext. 104

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 gain confidence and become energized! They will build self-esteem as they traverse from tree to tree conquering obstacles. 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

 

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. Activities include board/boat swapping on water, pivot turns, racing, and more!  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

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

REI
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. 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

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. 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

City Climb
City Climb Gym is New Haven’s only climbing gym! We offer Girl Scouts climbing events which can align with badges! Girl Scouts can expect their time here to be filled with climbing and fun, while challenging themselves both mentally and physically. Events have a minimum of 5 climbers and require advance notice (1-week preferred). Pricing varies upon a number of climbers and length of the event. Please visit our website for more information.  

Contact
Jen Chmiel

 

Riverfront Recapture
Riverfront Recapture offers an extensive menu of guided, fee-based recreational and instructional offerings for every age and level of experience in Riverfront Recapture’s parks and on the Connecticut River. Our activities include canoe lessons, kayak lessons, bird watching, snowshoeing classes, camping basics, and more. We can customize a program to your group’s needs. Call or email Riverfront Recapture’s Assistant Director of Adventure Programs, Blair Wlochowski for more information.

Badge Connection
Outdoor Badges

Contact
Blair Wlochowski
(860) 713-3131 x 323

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. Girl Scouts 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. Once Girl Scouts have completed these activities 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 

Sam's Word
Sam’s Word would like to help girls develop strong communication and job readiness skills. Girl Scouts 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. 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. 
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. 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
(
203) 772-5687

 

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

BringtheHoopla
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 is always on the move and they come to YOU. They provide the hoops, the music, and the fun! They can provide programming for a regularly scheduled troop meeting, a bridging ceremony, summer camp, or any special celebration no matter the size! They also offer 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

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. 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

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. 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. 

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

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

Wesleyan Potters
Participate in jewelry making or hands on pottery work with your troop! You can also tour the studio with an artist and visit their gallery!

Badge Connection
Potter Badge
Textile Badge
Jeweler Badge

Contact
Wesleyan Potters
(860) 347-5925

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

 

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

  • Gardening
    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
    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!
  • 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

Hill-Stead Museum
 Alfred and Ada Pope built the Colonial Revival mansion in 1901. It was designed by their daughter, Theodate Pope Riddle, who was a trail-blazing architect, an entrepreneur and a supporter of educational innovation during her lifetime. The museum offers a glimpse into the past as it is filled with the original furnishings and collections of the Pope family. Its crowning jewel is the exquisite collection of French Impressionist artworks by famed artists that include Degas, Monet, Manet, Cassatt, and Whistler. Now a museum, Hill-Stead offers a wide variety of learning experiences for Girl Scouts who want to learn more about history, architecture, women’s history, nature, and art.

Badge Connection
Find the full list of badges and programs here.

Contact
Gabrielle Gaulin

Other

The Cakery
Natalie Rose is an accomplished pastry chef from Connecticut who would like to teach baking and decorating skills to Girl Scouts. 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, and 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
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 in 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 is required. Trips generally last 45 minutes to 1 ½ hour 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 the 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

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

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 cyberbullying. 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.

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 our website 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

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

 

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

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. Yoga will help girls develop healthy exercise habits as well as build strength, flexibility, and balance.

Call us and we can plan a field trip. WalkAbouts are offered seasonally but indoor classes can be offered. Visit our website for more information.

Badge Connections
Healthy Living Badges

Contact
Traci Weber
203-873-7568

 

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

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

The Giggling Pig
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? 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

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. 

 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 our website.

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