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On Your Own (Community Resources for Girl Scout Troops and Individuals).

There are many community organizations, businesses, non-profits, that offer programs to Girl Scout troops and individuals accompanied by a parent/guardian at discounted rates, with program tailored to the Girl Scout Leadership Experience.  Below are organizations, many of them sponsors of the council’s Program Pathways guide, who have submitted information to the council.

Animal Shelters

Louisiana SPCA

Open to girls, grades K – 12
The Louisiana SPCA welcomes troops to a special guided tour of their facility and to experience first-hand the love and dedication needed to provide for animals in a shelter. Interactive presentations may include: safety with animals, responsible pet ownership, and pet overpopulation. Girls will discover what it means to own a pet and how they can help play a part in ending animal cruelty and neglect. The Louisiana SPCA is constantly in need of the following donations: towels, blankets, comforters, newspapers, sturdy dog toys and yummy soft treats. A wish list of other needed items can be found on its website at www.la-spca.org/wish_list.

When: Tours are available five days a week, based on schedule availability. The shelter is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday. After school tours are welcome, however, the shelter closes at 5 p.m. and all programming would need to be completed by that time.  Presentation and tour lasts approximately one hour.
Where: Louisiana SPCA Shelter, 1700 Mardi Gras Blvd., New Orleans, LA
Fee: $25 flat fee to cover the tour for up to 20 Girl Scouts.
Capacity: Maximum 20 per tour/presentation
Registration Instructions: Contact the Louisiana SPCA Humane Education department at 504-368-5191, ext. 207 or Erica@la-spca.org to arrange convenient tour times and presentations for troop meetings throughout the year. All presentations must have Volunteer Essentials adult/girl ratios in attendance.
Notes: Visit www.la-spca.org/education for additional resources and children’s activities and click on Tools for Educators.

Art, Jewelry Making, etc.

Creative U – Art for All Ages

Open to girls, grades K – 12
This art education studio focuses on the individuality of their students and offers discounted rates to Girl Scout groups. Their projects can be catered to your specific needs and badges. They offer classes, parties and events geared around not just the techniques of art, but the joy of art, too! Because they have multiple locations in Houma, Thibodaux and Morgan City, please contact them via their website.

When: Call to schedule a date and time.
Where: They have Houma, Thibodaux and Morgan City locations.
Fee: $5 and up
Capacity: Minimum 6/Maximum 36
Registration Instructions: Visit www.creativeuart.com for contact and additional information.

Louisiana Pottery – Hand-building Pottery Class

Open to girls, grades K - 12
Girl Scouts will learn basic and primitive sculpting techniques for making utilitarian vessels from clay. Girl Scouts can earn a badge with the pottery techniques learned. Three pieces of pottery will be made, glazed and fired in a kiln.

When: Call to schedule a date and time.
Where: Louisiana Pottery, 6470 Hwy. 22, Sorrento, LA 70778 (located in the Historic Cajun Village, off I-10, exit #182)
Fee: $30 per Girl Scout, $35 for non-Girl Scouts.
Capacity: Minimum 6 per class. The classroom can comfortably fit 15 students. For larger groups, classes can be staggered. While one group is in class, the other group can tour the CajunVillage and see their live alligators. There is also a coffee house where café au lait and beignets are available.
Contact: Call Judy Starrett at Louisiana Pottery (225) 675-5572 to schedule an event.

Meme’s Beads & Things

Open to girls, grades K – 12
Girls are introduced to the world of gemstones and pearls.
They will make a piece of jewelry and earn a certificate
towards their jewelry badge. Play Bead Bingo with prizes.

When: By appointment only.
Where: 
Meme’s Beads & Things, 106 Gause Blvd. West, Ste. A5, Slidell, LA
Fee: 
$10 per person
Capacity: 
Minimum 16/Maximum 20 participants
Registration Instructions: 
Contact Michelle Roy or Shirley Hudson at 985-643-5700 for reservations, one week in advance.
Notes: 
Cupcakes and drinks can be provided at an additional fee.

 

Healthy Living, Cooking & Nutrition

Be Well Nutrition presents Smart Snacking

Open to girls, ages 11 – 17
Growing girls are hungry girls. With so many snacks available, it can be tricky to determine which snack is the healthiest and most satisfying. This 45-60 minute presentation teaches girls what to look for when choosing snacks and how to read a nutrition label. After a quick presentation, the girls practice what they’ve learned in an activity involving some tasty healthy treats! This program pairs well with another event focusing on fitness or nutrition.

When: After school or on weekends
Where: Greater New Orleans area, although if there are 3+ groups of 20+ kids, she will travel to you within our council jurisdiction.
Capacity: Minimum 20/Maximum 50 participants
Deadline to Register: 4 weeks before desired presentation date
Contact: Kelsey Chan-Chin; Community Outreach Intern for Be Well Nutrition; email: kchanchi@tulane.edu
Notes: Variety of healthy snacks will be provided!

Small Fry’s Cooking Cooking for Badges

Open to girls, grades 2 – 12 
Small Fry’s Cooking, LLC provides Cooking for Badges classes that can be scheduled by request at one of their partner facilities, your troop’s location, or public events. They can help you earn a badge or patch or just have a fun time learning and creating in the kitchen! Their classes follow the Healthy Hands Cooking curriculum and are all about fun, food, and facts! Every class begins with an entertaining, interactive nutritional game or activity and follows up with hands-on creation of delicious healthy recipes. They offer a range of 1- and 2-hour snack, breakfast, lunch, and dinner classes as well as 3- and 4-day class series that can be customized to your troop’s needs.  Let’s earn some badges together while being empowered with the skills to make healthy food choices and the knowledge to fight the epidemic of childhood obesity!!

When:  Classes will be scheduled upon request.
Where: Choices include a partner facility (Crossfit Zachary or Williamsburg Senior Retirement Center, BR), your troop’s location, or a public event.
Fee: $12 - $19/Girl Scout depending on length and content of class; includes all supplies and instruction; add-on options available.
Capacity: Minimum 5/Maximum 10 Girl Scouts per session—multiple sessions may be scheduled.
Contact: Nita Martin at 225-369-9509 or smallfryscooking@gmail.com. A link to class/event request form is located at https://goo.gl/forms/pwK3yGj7hFXLkfP92; website www.healthyinstructor.com/nita.martin; on Facebook, @smallfryscooking.

Culinary Kids

Open to girls, grades K – 12
Enjoy a custom cooking and kitchen science curriculum to fit your girls’ interests, such as a “hurricane party”—girls are given a pile of ingredients and have to cook it all up since the power is out! Participants learn about food safety and temperatures, being creative, and having fun! Other sessions can include cupcake decorating, cultural foods…anything you like!

When: Any time; please call and schedule date and time.
Where: Culinary Kids, 3441 East Causeway Approach, Suite G, Mandeville, LA 70448
Capacity: Minimum 10/Maximum 35
Fee: $16 - $20 per person, includes food they have prepared
Registration Instructions: Call (985) 727-5551 or email request to info@culinarykidsns.com. Allow a minimum of two weeks’ notice to create your event.
Note: With advance notice, food allergies can be accommodated.

Heart N Hands, Inc. – LOVE Your Heart Cooking Challenge

Open to girls, ages 10 – 17
Learn how to eat to live and what it takes to maintain a healthy heart! This heart healthy cooking demonstration features a local, New Orleans chef or nutritionist who will offer girls a chance to experiment with a healthy recipe and learn from the best. Participants will learn how to prepare heart healthy recipes by substituting salt/sodium and sugar for natural spices and also includes food label instruction. Each participant will receive cooking samples and heart healthy recipe cards. 

When: Call or email to schedule your one hour interactive session.
Fee: $8 per person which includes instruction by a chef/nutritionist, cooking demonstration samples and heart healthy recipe cards.
Capacity: Minimum 10/maximum 20 girls per workshop. The will come to you.
Registration Instructions: Contact Essence Banks at  essence@heartnhands.org for all groupregistrations to reserve your spot today. Visit www.heartnahnds.org for more details.

Heart N Hands, Inc. – LOVE Your Heart Fitness Challenge

Open to girls, ages 10 – 17
In this interactive fitness session, girls will learn how to exercise their hearts by participating in a heart healthy fitness challenge/exercise instruction, which includes a variety of fitness techniques (i.e., yoga, zumba, hula hoop contests, jump rope, etc). Each participant will receive  a special giveaway compliments of Heart N Hands.  

When: Contact Heart N Hands directly to schedule your one-hour interative session.
Fee: $10 per person which includes fitness instruction and special giveaway from Heart N Hands.
Capacity: Minimum 10/maximum 30 girls per workshop. They will travel to you.
Registration Instructions: Contact Essence Banks at essence@heartnhands.org for all group registrations to reserve your spot today. Visit www.heartnhands.org for more details. PE/Fitness attire required.
Note: Heart healthy snacks can be provided at an additional fee.

Mix It Up! 
What’s on Your Plate?

Open to girls, grades K – 12
Join Mix It Up’s registered dietitian nutritionist to talk about “My Plate” and how to make healthy choices. Girls will learn about healthy food choices and food groups. This 30-minute culinary experience also includes a game, color sheet, and snack sample.

When: After school or on weekends; early scheduling advised.
Where: Mix It Up! 1517 Polk Street, Houma, LA 70360
Fee: $8 per girl
Capacity: Minimum 8/Maximum 30
Contact: info@whatyaeatin.com or 985-868-3534. Website is mixituphouma.com

Museums, Zoos, and other Attractions

Audubon Zoo Badge Clinics

Open to girls, grades K – 12
Have a wild time exploring the Zoo, meeting animals up-close, and working on your Girl Scout requirements. Girl Scouts can work toward Petals or Badges. Come with a parent or bring your entire troop. Designed specifically for Girl Scouts, these workshops are sure to be an adventure! Badges not provided by Audubon Zoo.

Guardians of the Rainforest - Girl Scouts will have fun learning about rainforests and what they can do to help save the endangered animals that live there.

Wetlands Warriors - Girl Scouts will learn the importance of the wetlands and all that the wetlands provide for us. Troops will learn how to take action to save the wtlands and teach others their importance.

Where: Audubon Zoo, 6500 Magazine Street, New Orleans, LA
Fees: $25 per Girl Scout for non-Aububon members and $22 for members. Badge Clinic includes two-hour program and special patch. 
Registration Instructions:
 Contact the Scout Programs Coordinator at 504-212-5357 or Campsandscoutprograms@auduboninstitute.org or visit its website at www.auduboninstitute.org/education/programs/scout-programs for more information.

Audubon Zoo Camp Out

Open to girls, grades 2 – 12
The Girl Scout Overnight program was designed especially with Girl Scout advancement in mind. Individual Girl Scout units are invited to camp overnight while learning about animals. All Girl Scout leaders, parents, Girl Scouts, and siblings are invited to join in the fun with our Girl Scout Overnight program. The activities include animal encounters, exploring biofacts, snack and a night hike, a hot breakfast and a morning hike through the zoo.

When: Designated Friday or Saturday nights available in the Fall or Spring
Where: Audubon Zoo, 6500 Magazine St., New Orleans, LA
Fee: $40 per person includes security, an evening snack, and breakfast the following morning.
Capacity: Minimum 30/Maximum 70
Contact: Audubon Zoo at 504-861-5103 or bwalken@AudubonInstitute.org to request a reservation form which must be submitted with a $350 deposit in order to book your overnight.  This program operates on a first come, first served basis. A coordinator will contact you to assist with date availability. Visit its website at www.auduboninstitute.org/education/programs/scout-programs for more information.

BREC’s Baton Rouge Zoo Safari Night

Open to girls, grades 2 – 12
What goes on at the zoo at night? Safari Night guests get to find out! Safari Night programs are available Friday and Saturday evenings, year-round. Monkeys chatter, wolves howl, and tigers roar as your Safari Guide leads your group on walking tours of different parts of the Baton Rouge Zoo. You’ll learn all about the zoo’s animals through hands-on activities and animal encounters. The Safari Night program is only available for participants ages 5 and up. All participants receive a Safari Night T-shirt. Enjoy all-day Zoo admission immediately following your Safari Night. A variety of themes are available; call the zoo to receive further information.

Where: BREC’s Baton Rouge Zoo, 3601 Thomas Road, Baton Rouge, LA 70807
Fee: $30 per person includes dinner and breakfast. A $150 non-refundable deposit is required to secure your date. The Zoo accepts Visa and MasterCard.
Capacity: Minimum 15/Maximum 30
Contact: Call the Zoo Education Department at 225-775-3877, option 2.
Notes: Bring your sleeping bag and pillow. Sleeping accommodations are in the Zoo’s climate-controlled education building with two restrooms.

Workshops at Hermann-Grima Historic House

Open to girls, grades  4 - 5
The Hermann-Grima Historic House Museum is pleased to offer a full workshop on cooking or jewelry making. Both workshops are designed to cover all of the requirements needed to earn the relevant badges. They are conducted on their museum property and include a tour of the museum and tickets for a complimentary return visit. Workshops can accommodate up to 15 girls and one parent per girl.

When: Workshops are available most weekends and last approximately 2 hours.
Where: 
Hermann-Grima House, 820 St. Louis Street, New Orleans, LA 70112
Fee: $7 - $10 per girl.
Contact: Jenny Dyer at jennyd@hgghh.org or 504-274-0751 for more information or to register your troop.  

Lake Pontchartrain Basin Foundation
"Save Our Lake, Save Our Coast"

Open to girls, grades K – 12  
Come visit the Lake Pontchartrain Basin Foundation at our lighthouse on Lakeshore Drive and earn the LPBF badge! Girls will tour the lighthouse museum and explore the history of the New Canal Lighthouse while learning about its five women keepers of the light. Learn about the Lake Pontchartrain watershed and water quality of the lake through hands-on activities and water sampling. Discover the importance of saving our coast by creating a bead bracelet that represents our multiple lines of defense against hurricanes and storms.

When: Call to schedule.
Time: 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. or 1 – 3 p.m. Monday-Friday
Where: New Canal Lighthouse, 8001 Lakeshore Dr., New Orleans, LA
Fee: $4 for children 6-12 years old, $6 for children over 12 (group rate).
Capacity: Maximum 80
Registration Instructions: Call Joann Haydel with LPBF Education/Outreach at 504-836-2238.

Louisiana Art & Science Museum (LASM)

Located in downtown Baton Rouge on the banks of the Mississippi River, the Art & Science Museum houses changing art exhibitions and a state-of-the-art planetarium, along with galleries including Science Station, Discovery Depot, Solar System, and Ancient Egypt.  Be sure to meet our 2,300-year-old mummy and Jason the Triceratops (an authentic 65-million-year-old dinosaur skull) during your visit!

Enjoy unlimited planetarium shows, interactive galleries, and any of the hands-on activities listed below for the group admission rate of $6.50 per person. Contact Nita Mitchell at nmitchell@lasm.org to customize a learning experience based on your interests and badge requirements. Patches are also available for purchase in the museum store. Family members and friends are also welcome.

LASM BASF Kids’ Lab Workshops

Open to girls, ages 6 – 12
Explore the wonders of chemistry in these hands-on science workshops sponsored by BASF and offered at the Louisiana Art & Science Museum on the second and fourth Saturdays and Sundays of every month! Each 45-minute, instructor-led workshop offers fun, engaging chemistry experiments such as Chemistry is Bananas, Playful Polymers, The Rainbow Connection, The “pHun” Factor, A Hair-Raising Experiment, Energy Loves Produce, Hold Everything, and Happy Hands; activities change monthly. All participants will receive a lab apron, safety glasses, and a cool backpack. At least one adult is required for every four child participants.

When: Second and Fourth weekends of each month. Saturdays at 11 a.m., 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. Sundays at 1:30 and 3 p.m.
Where: Louisiana Art & Science Museum, 100 River Road South, Baton Rouge, LA 70802
Fee: Free with museum admission. Group rate: $6.50/person. Visit www.lasm.org for more information.
Capacity:  No minimum for participation in Kids' Lab; 30 maximum per session, including adults. Groups of less than 25 may share lab space with other visitors.
Registration Instructions: Please email kidslab@lasm.org or call 225-344-5272, ext. 139, for reservations. Registration is also available on a first come, first served basis on the day of each workshop. Visit www.lasm.org for additional details.

LASM Engineering Day

Open to girls, grades K - 12

Explore the world of engineering with us at our fifth annual Engineering Day! In partnership with LSU College of Engineering, this fun-filled festival will feature interactive stations showcasing a wide array of engineering and design specialties including robotics, 3D printing, bridge building, electricity, nano science, architecture, chemistry, solar powered cars, medical physics, and more.

Enjoy a day of entertaining, educational discovery at the Art and Science Museum as Girl Scouts participate in dynamic demonstrations and hands-on activities designed to make learning about engineering meaningful and relevant. Opportunities will abound for applying the concepts of the engineering process and making interdisciplinary connections in math, science, technology, design, and the arts. This exciting event will also provide Girl Scouts with insight into STEM careers related to engineering, construction, and design.  

When: Date TBD Spring 2018 
Where: Louisiana Art & Science Museum, 100 River Road South, Baton Rouge, LA 70802.
Fee: All programs are free with museum admission. Group rate: $6.50/person. Visit www.lasm.org for more information.Otherwise, no reservation or registration is needed to attend; pay admission at the door and enjoy the event.
Notes: Visit www.lasm.org for updates.

LASM Engineer It Workshops

Open to girls, ages 6 – 12
Explore the world of engineering through this fun and educational hands-on family workshop presented by the Louisiana Art & Science Museum and local professional engineers. Participation is on a first come, first served basis.  One adult participant is required for every four children.

When: Visit www.lasm.org for updates.
Where: Louisiana Art & Science Museum, 100 River Road South, Baton Rouge, LA 70802
Fee: All programs are free with museum admission. Group rate: $6.50/person.  Visit www.lasm.org for more information.
Capacity: No Minimum/Maximum 15 children.
Contact: Sheree Westerhaus at 225-344-5272, ext. 124 or swesterhaus@lasm.org

LASM Hands-On Happenings

Open to girls, ages 6 - 12
On the first Saturday of every month, visitors of all ages are invited to get creative and make a work of art. The project themes are each related to an exhibition currently on display.

When: First Saturday of each month at 10:30 AM-12 PM
Where: Louisiana Art & Science Museum, 100 River Road South, Baton Rouge, LA 70802
Fee: Free with museum admission. Group rates: $6.50/person.  
Capacity:  No minimum for participation; maximum 24
Registration Instructions for groups:  Group workshops are held when a group registers at least 10 days in advance. To register, please e-mail sfinch@lasm.org. Group workshops will be held from 1 - 2:30 p.m.
Registration for individuals: Participants may register on a first come, first served basis on the day of each workshop.  Visit www.lasm.org for additional details.

LASM Miss Trudy’s Traveling Trunk Show

Open to girls, grades K – 2 
Sing, dance, and share stories with Miss Trudy in this entertaining, interactive program that explores the art and science of the seasons. Meet special puppet friends, Sheldon the Sheepdog and Frederick the Mouse, and discover the amazing surprises that can always be found in Miss Trudy’s Trunk! Enjoy a different show each season, and then visit LASM’s hands-on galleries, especially Discovery Depot, for crafts and creative play. Siblings of all ages are welcome.

When: Every Saturday
Time: 11 a.m.
Where: Louisiana Art & Science Museum, 100 River Road South, Baton Rouge, LA 70802
Fee: Free with museum admission – Group rates: $6.50/person. Visit www.lasm.org for more information.

LASM National Astronomy Day  

Open to girls, grades K – 12
Join the Louisiana Art & Science Museum in a celebration of the fascinating science of astronomy. Experience a variety of astronomy-related activities for all ages, including hands-on stations and special planetarium shows at this annual event. 

When: Saturday, April 21, 2018
Where: Louisiana Art & Science Museum, 100 River Road South, Baton Rouge, LA 70802
Fee: All programs are free with museum admission. Group rate: $6.50/person. Visit www.lasm.org for more information.
Registration Instructions: Troops planning to attend as a group of 15 or more can contact Reservations Coordinator Jessica Correll at jcorrell@lasm.org for group rates/reservations. Otherwise, no reservation or registration is needed to attend; pay admission at the door and enjoy the event.
Notes: Visit www.lasm.org for updates.

Lake Pontchartrain Basin Foundation
"Save Our Lake, Save Our Coast"

Open to girls, grades K – 12  
Come visit the Lake Pontchartrain Basin Foundation at our lighthouse on Lakeshore Drive and earn the LPBF badge! Girls will tour the lighthouse museum and explore the history of the New Canal Lighthouse while learning about its five women keepers of the light. Learn about the Lake Pontchartrain watershed and water quality of the lake through hands-on activities and water sampling. Discover the importance of saving our coast by creating a bead bracelet that represents our multiple lines of defense against hurricanes and storms.

When: Call to schedule.
Time: 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. or 1 – 3 p.m. Monday-Friday
Where: New Canal Lighthouse, 8001 Lakeshore Dr., New Orleans, LA
Fee: $4 for children 6-12 years old, $6 for children over 12 (group rate).
Capacity: Maximum 80
Registration Instructions: Call Joann Haydel with LPBF Education/Outreach at 504-836-2238.

Longue Vue House and Gardens - Gardener Exploration Workshop

Open to girls, grades 4 – 5
Get ready to grow! Visit Longue Vue for a day of friendship and learning as girls explore the basics of garden design and what it takes to plan and plant a garden. Girl Scouts will learn about hardiness zones, soil, plant selection, seed germination, and will take home a seed growing experiment. Come explore the world of gardens! All of the Junior Gardener Badge requirements are met in this interactive two-hour workshop.

When: Sunday, September 10, 2017 AND can be scheduled at other available dates and times; please call for details.
Time: 10 a.m. or 1 p.m. on September 10, 2017
Where: Longue Vue House and Gardens, 7 Bamboo Road, New Orleans, LA 70124
Fee: $15 per girl, $4 per adult (free to two troop leaders/adults)
Capacity: Minimum 10 /Maximum 25
Registration Instructions: Advance registration required. Contact Lauren Rouatt at 504-293-4719 or lrouatt@longuevue.com to check space availability; register over the phone, or for more information.
Registration Opens: Now Deadline: August 27, 2017 or when maximum capacity is reached.  
Notes: Gardener Badge is not included. A Longue Vue patch is available at The Shop at Longue Vue for purchase.

Longue Vue House and Gardens - Insect Investigation Workshop

Open to girls, grades 2 – 3
Come visit Longue Vue’s Discovery Garden for a day of exploration, investigation, learning, friendship, and fun! Brownies will learn about and explore the world of insects, go on a bug hunt, and create insect-inspired crafts. The Brownie Bug Badge requirements are met in this interactive two-hour workshop. Come be an insect investigator!

When: Saturday, September 16, 2017 AND can be scheduled at other available dates and times; please call for details.
Time: Workshops are 10 a.m. or 1 p.m. on September 16, 2017 (and can be booked on other available dates)
Where: Longue Vue House and Gardens, 7 Bamboo Road, New Orleans, LA 70124
Fee: $15 per girl, $4 per adult (free to two troop leaders/adults)
Capacity: Minimum 10 /Maximum 25 girls per workshop
Registration Instructions: Advance registration required. Contact Lauren Rouatt at 504-293-4719 or lrouatt@longuevue.com to check space availability; register over the phone, or for more information.
Registration Opens: Now Deadline: September 1, 2017 or when maximum capacity is reached.  
Notes: Bug Badge is not included. A Longue Vue patch is available at The Shop at Longue Vue for purchase.

Longue Vue House and Gardens - Day of the Girl

For girls, grades 2 – 12. Open to the public.
Join Longue Vue House and Gardens as they celebrate the Day of the Girl in an annual inspirational and learning program. This year’s program inspires girls to embrace inner strength in their daily lives. With honored speakers and hands-on activities, girls will meet and interact with women who are making a difference in the local community, while fostering teamwork and empowerment. Lunch provided.

When: Sunday October 15, 2017
Time: 10 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Where: Longue Vue House and Gardens, 7 Bamboo Road, New Orleans, LA 70124
Fee: $8 per child, $10 per adult
Capacity: Maximum 60 guests
Registration Instructions: Advance registration required. Contact Lauren Rouatt at 504-293-4719 or lrouatt@longuevue.com.
Notes: A Longue Vue patch is available at The Shop at Longue Vue for purchase.

Girl Scout Day at Longue Vue House and Gardens

Open to girls, girls, grades K – 12
Take a guided tour through the lovely house at Longue Vue and then leisurely explore the gardens. Girl Scouts and adult volunteers will receive special ticket pricing plus go on a self-guided nature scavenger hunt while exploring the gardens. Complete your visit by picnicking at Longue Vue under some mighty oaks!

When: Saturday, November 11, 2017
Time: Group tours take place each hour on the hour from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Where: Longue Vue House and Gardens, 7 Bamboo Road, New Orleans, LA 70124
Fee: $4 per girl, $6 per accompanying adult
Capacity: Maximum 20 guests per tour
Contact: Book online at www.longuevue.com. Contact Lauren Rouatt at lrouatt@longuevue.com or 504-293-4719 for information.
Notes: Girl Scout uniforms are encouraged. A Longue Vue patch is available at The Shop at Longue Vue for purchase. If interested in picnicking, please bring non-glass containers and cold foods along with blankets for sitting on the ground.

Longue Vue House and Gardens - Collage Artist Workshop

Open to girls, ages 14 – 17
Come explore inspiration, creativity, and identity through collage! Taught by artist and educator Lauren Rouatt, Girl Scout Seniors will learn multiple collage techniques while experimenting with color, composition, and message. Each girl will leave with three artworks that are uniquely hers. Open to girls 14+, but the curriculum is based off of the Senior Collage Artist Badge.

When: Saturday, December 2, 2017 AND can be scheduled at other available dates and times; please call for details.
Time: Workshops are scheduled at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. on December 2, 2017
Where: Longue Vue, 7 Bamboo Road, New Orleans, LA 70124
Fee: $15 per girl, $4 per adult (free to two troop leaders/adults)
Capacity: Minimum 10/Maximum 25 girls per workshop
Registration Instructions: Advance registration required. Contact Lauren Rouatt at 504-293-4719 or lrouatt@longuevue.com to check space availability; register over the phone, or for more information.
Registration Opens: Now Deadline: November 18, 2017 or when maximum capacity is reached.

Longue Vue House and Gardens - Our Flower Garden Workshop

Open to girls, grades K – 1
Come visit the Discovery Garden for a day of exploration, learning, friendship, and fun! Daisies will expand on their Daisy Flower Garden by planting a Friendship Garden and investigating the life of our favorite garden helper – the ladybug! Come explore the world of ladybugs and flowers!

When: Sunday, February 18, 2018 AND can be scheduled at other available dates and times; please call for details.
Time: Workshops are scheduled at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. on February 18, 2018 (and can be booked on other available dates).
Where: Longue Vue, 7 Bamboo Road, New Orleans, LA 70124
Fee: $15 per girl, $4 per adult (free to two troop leaders/adults)
Capacity: Minimum 10/Maximum 25 girls per workshop
Registration Instructions: Advance registrations required. Contact Lauren Rouatt at 504-293-4719 or lrouatt@longuevue.com to check space availability; register over the phone, or for more information.
Registration Opens: Now Deadline: February 4, 2018 or when maximum capacity is reached.

Longue Vue House and Gardens - Cadette Trees Workshop

Open to girls, grades 6 – 8
Come visit Longue Vue for a day of exploration and learning with friends! Cadettes will be naturalists for the day while working on tree identification and tree-inspired artwork. Get crafty while exploring the world of trees – to know them is to love them!

When: Saturday, March 3, 2018 AND can be scheduled at other available dates and times; please call for details.
Time: Workshops are scheduled at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. on March 3, 2018 (and can be booked on other available dates).
Where: Longue Vue, 7 Bamboo Road, New Orleans, LA 70124
Fee: $15 per girl, $4 per adult (free to two troop leaders/adults)
Capacity: Minimum 10/Maximum 25 (girls per workshop)
Registration Instructions: Advance registrations required. Contact Lauren Rouatt at 504-293-4719 or lrouatt@longuevue.com to check space availability; register over the phone, or for more information.
Registration Opens: Now Deadline: February 17, 2018 or when maximum capacity is reached.

Longue Vue House and Gardens - Herb Container Workshop

Open to girls, grades K – 12
Pot up an herb container in this workshop created for all levels of Girl Scouts! Girl Scouts will visit our culinary herb maze, pot up an herb container with three different herbs, learn how to take care of your container, and learn how herbs are used in cooking. Come to Longue Vue and learn how to grow, harvest, and cook with herbs, along with completing a “recipe swap” culminating in your troop’s own cookbook!

When: Sunday, April 1, 2018 AND can be scheduled at other available dates and times; please call for details.
Time: Workshops are scheduled at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. on April 1, 2018 (and can be booked on other available dates).
Where: Longue Vue House and Gardens, 7 Bamboo Road, New Orleans, LA 70124
Fee: $15 per girl, $4 per adult (free to two troop leaders/adults)
Capacity: Minimum 10 /Maximum 25 girls per workshop
Registration Instructions: Advance registration required. Contact Lauren Rouatt at 504-293-4719 or lrouatt@longuevue.com
Registration Opens: Now Deadline: March 18, 2018 or when maximum capacity is reached.
Notes: A Longue Vue patch is available at The Shop at Longue Vue for purchase.

Longue Vue House and Gardens - Mother’s Day Tea and Floral Workshop

Open to girls, grades K – 12
Enjoy an elegant afternoon with Mom that includes a scrumptious Afternoon Tea with delicious tea sandwiches, special treats, and kid friendly foods. Following the tea, the fun continues as you learn the basics of flower arranging and together create an arrangement to commemorate the day. Spend the rest of the afternoon enjoying a stroll through our beautiful springtime blossoms!

When: Sunday, April 29, 2017
Time: 1 – 3 p.m.
Where: Longue Vue House and Gardens, 7 Bamboo Road, New Orleans, LA 70124
Fee: $35 per person (girls/adults)
Capacity: Minimum 35/Maximum 60 guests
Registration Instructions: Contact Lauren Rouatt at 504-293-4719 or lrouatt@longuevue.com.
Notes: A Longue Vue patch is available at The Shop at Longue Vue for purchase.

Longue Vue House and Gardens - Ambassador Photography Workshop

Open to girls, ages 14 – 17
Come visit Longue Vue for a day of photography, fun, and learning with friends! Girls will be photographers for the day while learning about composition, motion, and light. Release your inner digital artist surrounded by the inspiration of nature! Open to girls 14+, but the curriculum is based off of the Ambassador Photography Badge.

When: Sunday, May 6, 2018
Time: 5 - 7 p.m.
Where: Longue Vue, 7 Bamboo Road, New Orleans, LA 70124
Fee: $15 per girl, $4 per adult (free to two troop leaders/adults)
Capacity: Minimum 10/Maximum 25 girls per workshop
Registration Instructions: Advance registrations required. Contact Lauren Rouatt at 504-293-4719 or lrouatt@longuevue.com to check space availability; register over the phone, or for more information.
Registration Opens: Now Deadline: April 22, 2018 or when maximum capacity is reached.

LSU Museum of Natural Science "Special Saturdays"

Open to girls, ages 5 - 10 and their families
Each "Special Saturday" at the LSU Museum of Natural Science (LSUMNS) is a STEM program that focuses on introducing children and their parents to the world of natural science. Each month they focus on a specific topic (ex. Louisiana archaeology, amphibians and reptiles in the environment, mammal movement, bird migration, etc.) and invite experts from within the LSU research community to give short presentations. These presentations are enhanced by hands-on activities tailored to incorporate both scientific inquiry and discovery.

When:
 One Saturday each month (September – May) from 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. Schedule TBA on the Museum's website (museum.lsu.edu) or social media in late summer.
Where: LSU Museum of Natural Science, Foster Hall, Baton Rouge, LA 70803; Main Exhibit Area
Fee: Free 
Capacity: Maximum 50 girls
Registration Instructions: RSVP at museum.lsu.edu under "Education & Exhibits" > "Special Saturdays."
Note: You may still participate if you did not sign up. RSVPs let us know how many to expect so they can prepare activities accordingly. 

Louisiana Universities Marine Consortium

Open to girls, grades K – 12 
Louisiana Universities Marine Consortium (LUMCON) is a marine research and educational facility located in the DeFelice Marine Center in Cocodrie, Louisiana. This location, situated within the estuarine wetland complex of the Mississippi River delta plain between the Atchafalaya and Mississippi Rivers, provides ready access to the most productive estuaries in the United States. LUMCON offers a wide range of marine science-related educational activities for students of all ages. Field trip participants are offered an array of activities designed to allow students to explore and gain a deeper knowledge and appreciation of Louisiana’s coastal environments. Each activity could be arranged to meet some proficiency award requirements about the environment or water. Troop leaders are encouraged to work with the educators in advance to plan the best possible experience for their Girl Scouts.

Where: Directions to LUMCON in Cocodrie are available at www.lumcon.edu/information/directions/asp. Mailing address is 8124 Highway 56, Chauvin, LA 70344
Fee: Call for fees associated with activities.
Capacity: Minimum 10/Maximum 25 participants.
Contact: Murt Conover at 985-851-2860 for program information and availability.
Notes: Not all activities are suited for every age group.

Kenner Rivertown Museums

Open to girls, grades K – 12
Bring your troop/group to visit the Rivertown Space and Science Museums and the Planetarium. They are open by appointment only, Tuesday through Friday, for groups of 10 or more, and on Saturdays to the general public from 11 a.m. until 3 p.m.

Where: Rivertown Museums, 415 Williams Boulevard, Kenner, LA 70062
Fee: Special group rates are available. Reservations required.
Contact: Heidi at 504-468-7231 for more information or visit the City of Kenner’s website at www.kenner.la.us

Mardi Gras World

Open to girls, grades K – 12
You’ve seen the parades, now see how they are made! Take a tour of their prop shop and float den where the Kern Studios artists are working year round. The hour-long tour includes a film about Mardi Gras history, costumes, and King Cake. Not only are they the most unique attraction in New Orleans, their tour qualifies Girl Scouts for a History of Mardi Gras patch!

When: 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. daily.
Where: Mardi Gras World, 1380 Port of New Orleans Place, on the Riverfront, New Orleans, LA
Fee: $7.50 per person, which includes King Cake.
Capacity: Maximum 30 per tour.
Registration Instructions: Call 504-361-7821 to book your tour today.

Ogden Museum of Southern Art

Open to girls, grades K – 12
The Ogden Museum of Southern Art invites Girl Scouts of all ages to participate in a special tour followed by an art activity. Girl Scouts will explore the world of Southern art, while working towards the completion of a variety of badges. Badges are not provided by the Ogden Museum.

For Daisy Troops

Leaders may choose one of the following programs focusing on character-building concepts required to earn each of the Daisy Petals below.

  • Sunny’s Petal — Girl Scouts tour the museum and discuss how to be friendly and helpful in the museum environment as well as the art studio. An art activity focusing on collage technique will follow the tour.
  • Clover’s Petal — Girl Scouts tour the museum and discuss artwork, focusing on how artists can use resources wisely. An art activity focusing on collaborative mural-making will follow the tour.

For Brownie Troops

  • Girl Scouts will work towards earning the Painting Badge by touring the museum and discussing how different artists portray ‘the real world’ around them. An art activity focusing on landscape painting will follow the tour.

For Junior Troops

  • Girl Scouts will work towards earning the Drawing Badge by touring the museum and discussing the variety of media that artists use to draw. An art activity focusing on different techniques of drawing, including shading and perspective will follow the tour.

When: Check the museum’s website at www.ogdenmuseum.org for hours of operation.
Where: Ogden Museum of Southern Art, 925 Camp St., New Orleans, LA 70130
Fee: 
$75 - includes a tour and art activity for up to 10 Girl Scouts. Additional Girl Scouts are $7.50 per girl. Two adults per troop admitted free; $11 for each additional adult.
Contact: Ellen Balkin, Education Coordinator at 504-539-9608 or ebalkin@ogdenmuseum.org to book a Girl Scout group tour or for more information.

Steamboat NATCHEZ

Open to girls, grades K to 12, and their families
All aboard the Steamboat Natchez for a tour which earns you the River Heritage Patch! The tour of the last authentic steamboat on the Mississippi lasts about 20 minutes, and the remainder of the cruise enables girls to enjoy the historical and port narration, the riverbank scenery, and jazz trio. Before each cruise is a steam calliope concert, which is an instrument used to draw people to the city from the outlying farms before radio, TV and internet. It’s just a step back in time.

When: The two-hour cruises run seven days a week, at 11:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. Girl Scouts may arrange to come any day.
Where: Toulouse Street & the Mississippi River, French Quarter, New Orleans, LA 70130
Fee: Call for Girl Scout participant rate.
Capacity: Minimum 3 Girl Scouts/No maximum 
Registration Instructions: 
Advance ticket purchasing will enable their staff to provide a guided tour of the boat and a River Heritage Patch for each Girl Scout. Reservations are recommended seven days in advance.
Contact: Call 504-561-1401 or 800-233-2628. For more information visit www.SteamboatNatchez.com

West Baton Rouge Museum
21st Annual Sugar Fest

Open to girls, grades K – 12, and their families
The West Baton Rouge Museum invites the public to celebrate the 20th Annual Sugar Fest, a family fun day to celebrate the sugar cane harvest with wagon rides, cane grinding, syrup making, 19th century crafts, sweets contest, and live Louisiana music performances.  

When: Sunday, October 2, 2016
Time: 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Where: West Baton Rouge Museum, 845 N. Jefferson Avenue, Port Allen LA 70767
Fee: Free admission
Registration Instructions: No registration required. For more information, visit www.westbatonrougemuseum.com

Parks, Gardens, and Nature Centers

Growing Gardeners at The New Orleans Botanical Garden

Open to girls, ages 6 – 9  
Introduce your little green thumbs to the world of gardening! The Botanical Garden Growing Gardeners program introduces children to the fun of gardening while learning about (and playing with) plants, food, and ecosystems.                                                                  

When: Classes meet Saturday mornings, usually twice a month
Time: 10 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Fee: $17 per class, $14 per class if Girl Scout registers for six classes at once! *When paying in advance classes do not need to be used consecutively.
Registration Instructions: Call 504-483-9470 or email nobgeducation@nocp.org to register or for more information. The Growing Gardeners webpage is http://neworleanscitypark.com/botanical-garden/growing-gardeners.
Notes: Upcoming class dates are included on  the New Orleans City Park Calendar at http://neworleanscitypark.com/calendar

National Park Service Patch Programs

National Parks in Louisiana include Chalmette Battlefield Workshops, Barataria Preserve Workshops, Jean Lafitte National Historic Park and Preserve Wetlands Acadian Cultural Center.

Open to girls, grades 2 – 8 
The National Park Service and Girl Scouts of the USA have partnered to create the Girl Scout Ranger Program. You can participate in the Girl Scout Ranger program through any Girl Scout activity at any national park—with your troop, at an event, or during a camping or travel experience. Girl Scouts can also work collaboratively with NPS employees and take part in educational programs, volunteer and service projects at any NPS site, such as participating in existing educational programs and service projects (Ranger-guided interpretive tours, Junior Ranger programs, Environmental education programs, Web Rangers).

Many national park sites have volunteer programs that can offer Girl Scouts an opportunity to assist in a variety of long-term or short-term service projects to improve and ensure protection of park resources and facilities. Girl Scouts are encouraged to take part in any sustainable organized project, agreed upon by the NPS, as an appropriate service opportunity that protects and preserves park resources.

Girl Scouts and their leaders should contact the park Volunteer Coordinator to select and develop these projects and activities.  After spending five hours at a park participating in activities, you will get a certificate from the National Park Service. Spend 10 hours and you will be awarded a Girl Scout Ranger patch! The Jean Lafitte National Historical Park and Barataria Preserve have designed some great workshops and other opportunities to help our girls get started!  More information about the Girl Scout Ranger Program can be found at http://www.nps.gov/subjects/youthprograms/girlscoutranger.htm

Barataria Preserve Workshops  

Brownie Bugs Badge Workshop                        

When: see event calendar
Time: 9:30 – 11:30 a.m. or 1 - 3 p.m.

Juniors Flowers Badge Workshop

When: See event calendar
Time: 9:30 – 11:30 a.m. or 1 - 3 p.m.

Cadette Trees Badge Workshop

When: See event calendar
Time: 9:30 – 11:30 a.m. or 1 - 3 p.m.

Where: Barataria Preserve, Jean Lafitte National Historical Park and Preserve, 6588 Barataria Blvd., Marrero, LA 70072
Fee: $3 per girl, fee covers registration and badges
Capacity: Two troops can sign up for each spot for a total of 40 girls for each time slot.
Registration Instructions: You may register online for any of these activitites at www.gsle.org/ebiz or complete and return the GSLE Program Event Registration form and fees. Final confirmations will be emailed after registration is closed.
Registration Opens: Now Deadline: When maximum capacity is met or two weeks prior to each event.
Staff Support: Kevin Shipp at kshipp@gsle.org  or 504-733-8220, ext. 2243.
Notes: Badges will be provided at the completion of each workshop.  Girls should dress in comfortable clothes (Girl Scout shirts are encouraged). A confirmation will be sent out via email prior to the event. 

Jean Lafitte National Historical Park and Preserve Wetlands at Acadian Cultural Center   

Interested in fulfilling the requirements to earn your Brownie Bugs Badge or Cadettes Tree Badge? Come visit this historic national park!

Fee: Free. Badges are not included.
Capacity: Maximum 25 girls at each workshop.
Where: The Wetlands Acadian Cultural Center, 314 St. Mary Street, Thibodaux, LA 70301
Registration Instructions: Call the Wetlands Acadian Center at 985-448-1375 to set up a time convenient for your troop to participate in the badge workshops, which are dependent upon hours of operation and presenter availability.

Jean Lafitte National Park

Open to girls, grades 4 – 12
Jean Lafitte National Park offers Citizen Science programs which provide opportunities for youth to get hands-on experience gathering data for national and local research projects going on at Barataria Preserve. Participants get to learn about the scientific method and gather data that is available to the public and used in national studies. Learn about the water cycle and do water quality testing or learn about seasonal plant cycles and observe and record data about local plants and climate change.

When: Call to schedule
Where: Barataria Preserve, 6588 Barataria Blvd., Marrero, LA 70072
Fee: Free
Capacity: Maximum 60
Registration Instructions: Contact Lea Schram von Haupt at 504-689-7611, ext. 14, or lea_schramvonhaupt@nps.gov to schedule a program.

Girl Scouts Bayou Lafourche Clean-Up
Acadian Cultural Center
     

Open to the public, girls ages 7 and older    

This day of community cleanup is a great way to experience the Acadian Cultural Center as well as help make the world a better place!
When: Saturday, March 11, 2017
Time: 8 a.m. – 12 p.m. 
Where: The Wetlands Acadian Cultural Center, 314 St. Mary Street, Thibodaux, LA 70301
Registration Instructions: Permission slips and pre-registration is required. Call the Wetlands Acadian Center at 985-448-1375 to register; canoe times are possible depending on availability. T-shirts provided for all volunteers.

Louisiana Universities Marine Consortium

Open to girls, grades K – 12
Louisiana Universities Marine Consortium (LUMCON) is a marine research and educational facility located in the DeFelice Marine Center in Cocodrie, Louisiana. This location, situated within the estuarine wetland complex of the Mississippi River delta plain between the Atchafalaya and Mississippi Rivers, provides ready access to the most productive estuaries in the United States. LUMCON offers a wide range of marine science-related educational activities for students of all ages. Field trip participants are offered an array of activities designed to allow students to explore and gain a deeper knowledge and appreciation of Louisiana’s coastal environments. Each activity could be arranged to meet some proficiency award requirements about the environment or water.  Troop leaders are encouraged to work with the educators in advance to plan the best possible experience for their Girl Scouts.
Where: Directions to LUMCON in Cocodrie are available here. Mailing address is 8124 Highway 56, Chauvin, LA 70344
Fee: Call for fees associated with activities.
Capacity: Minimum 10/Maximum 25 participants
Contact: Murt Conover at (985) 851-2860 for program information and availability.
Notes: 
Not all activities are suited for every age group.

Northlake Nature Center

Open to girls, grades 2 – 12
Located on 400 acres of ancient pines and hardwood forest, bounded on the west by Bayou Castine, crossed by a marsh and active beaver pond – teaming with native animal and plant life – the Northlake Nature Center is St. Tammany’s “Secret Garden” with endless possibilities for all girls! You can: adopt a trail to maintain throughout the year; adopt the wildflower garden to maintain throughout the year; adopt the front entrance garden to maintain throughout the year; adopt the herb garden to maintain throughout the year; plant potted tree seedlings throughout the community; plant tree seedlings in late January and early February; campaign to collect recyclable large round Weber grill lids for tree stones; make tree identification stones to mark the trails; assist with children’s nature art activity tents at “Wild Things” in mid October; assist with children’s nature art activity tents at “Three Rivers Art Festival” in mid November; prepare a campfire and host the marshmallow melt for the “Moonlight Hike and Marshmallow Melt” event(s)  in Fall and Spring on full moon evenings.

Where: Northlake Nature Center, 23135 Hwy. 190 East, Mandeville, LA 70448
Contact: Rue McNeill, Executive Director, Northlake Nature Center, at 985-626-1238 or info@northlakenaturec.org to coordinate desired dates and times.

Religion

Archdiocese of New Orleans
Catholic Committee on Girl Scouting

The committee is under the direction of the CYO/Youth & Young Adult Ministry Office of the archdiocese. Its main purpose and function is to oversee the Catholic religious recognition program for Girl Scouts in the Archdiocese of New Orleans.

Important 2017-2018 dates provided by the committee are: a fall informational and counselor training meeting (mandatory for all adult counselors – includes optional Safe Environment training) on Saturday, September 30, 2017, from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. at the CYO office, 2241 Mendez Dr., New Orleans; a Court of Honor Book/Award review on Sunday, March 4, 2018, 1 – 5 p.m. at CYO office; and Awards Recognition Ceremony on Sunday, April 8, 2018 at 3 p.m. at St. Louis Cathedral. Other activities still being planned include: a retreat for Girl Scout Juniors and Cadettes one weekend at Camp Abbey; a pilgrimage to a local Catholic shrine; a spring pre-ceremony meeting which is mandatory for all adult counselors in mid-March, exact dates to be decided.

Interested adults may email girlscouts@arch-no.org or call Cecilia Matherne in the CYO/Youth & Young Adult Ministry office at 504-227-3221, for more information. Questions may be also directed to Joey Pistorius, CYO Director, at 504-227-3219 (direct line.)

Baton Rouge Diocesan
Catholic Committee on Scouting

The Baton Rouge Diocesan Catholic Committee on Scouting (www.info.ccosbr.net) is a committee affiliated with the Diocese of Baton Rouge serving both Girl Scouts and Boy Scouts. Dedicated to promoting service to God at each level of Girl Scouting, it is affiliated with the National Catholic Committee on Girl Scouts and Camp Fire (www.nccgscf.org) and the National Federation for Catholic Youth Ministry (www.nfcym.org). There are six different awards a Catholic Girl Scout can earn throughout her years in Girl Scouts.

Each year the Diocesan Catholic Committee on Scouting holds several events to promote Catholic Scouting. Dates may change so please call to verify dates. The annual awards ceremony is set for August 27, 2017 (church 2-3 p.m., reception 3-4 p.m.) A Bible Patch Program is September 10, 2017 from 1:30- 3:30 p.m. Emblem Counselor Training is September 17, 2017 from 1 - 5 p.m. Quarterly meetings will be held beginning October 10, 2017 at Our Lady of Mercy (OLOM) office conference room from 6:30 – 8 p.m.

For more information please contact committee secretary Barbara Sicard at 225-769-7781 or chezsic@bellsouth.net or visit their website at www.info.ccosbr.net

P.R.A.Y.  

https://www.praypub.org/

Open to girls, grades K – 12

Programs of Religious Activities with Youth (P.R.A.Y.) is a non-profit organization aimed at fostering the Christian growth of children, youth, and families through churches and youth serving agencies. Its national board of directors includes representatives from Protestant and Independent Christian Churches and the national youth agencies.

Girl Scouts encourages girls to grow in their religious beliefs by earning Religious Recognitions offered by their faith communities and by earning the My Promise, My Faith pin, which helps a girl deepen the connection between the Girl Scout Law and her faith.

While GSUSA is a secular organization, Girl Scouts has always encouraged girls to take spiritual journeys via their faiths’ religious recognitions. Girl Scouts recognizes that religious instruction must come from the family and faith community.

 “The motivating force in Girl Scouting is spiritual.”
GSUSA Constitution

The P.R.A.Y. Award is the linchpin connecting scouting and churches to benefit young people. The result is stronger youth, stronger families, stronger congregations, and stronger councils.

Safety

Louisiana Operation Lifesaver

Open to girls, grades K – 12, and adults
Louisiana Operation Lifesaver is a continuing public safety education program established to end collisions, deaths and injuries at places where roadways cross train tracks, and on railroad rights-of-way. This program gives the basics of do’s and don’ts around railroad crossing and tracks, explaining why trains cannot stop quickly, etc.

When: After school or on weekends
Where: They will travel to your troop gathering.
Fee: Free
Capacity: Minimum 2/Maximum 75-200
Contact: Claude D. Maher, Executive Director, at 225-921-8381 or Operationlifesaver@la.gov or Jim Bellmyer at jbigfootb@gmail.com 

Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM)

Busy Bee Clinic

Open to girls, grades 2 - 10
The Busy Bee Clinic offers a variety of programs that help girls
develop collaboration skills while learning new computer and
digital photography proficiencies, and earning a Girl Scout badge!
This girl-led and learning-by-doing curriculum supports various
badge requirements.

When: Call to schedule.
Where: Busy Bee Clinic, 122 New Orleans Blvd., Houma, LA 70364
Fee: varies
Capacity: Minimum 6/Maximum 12
Registration Instructions: To schedule a workshop for your
group, please call 985-873-0107. Please note the workshop
capacity is 12 girls, and a group leader and second adult must be present at all times. Troops are welcome to bring refreshments, or they can make arrangements to provide refreshments.
Contact: Brenda Babin at beebabin@busybeeclinic.com or 985-873-0107.

GIST (Girls In STEM at Tulane)

Open to girls, grades 5 – 8
Tulane University’s GIST Program provides fifth through eighth grade girls with the opportunity to meet and work with women role models in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) fields. Workshops developed and offered by faculty and student teams encourage and empower girls to inquire, investigate, and discover in a positive environment. Their goal is to open the doors wide and welcome young students to careers in STEM fields by encouraging creative thinking, promoting self-esteem, and increasing awareness of the opportunities that await them.

When: Saturday, November 11, 2017.  Spring GiST event is Saturday, March 10, 2018.
Time: 8:30 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Fee: $10 per girl. Please do not mail checks or forms until contacted by email. There are no refunds. Lunch, snacks, and a T-shirt will be provided. Participants will visit three different labs where they will do workshops in STEM fields. 
Registration Instructions: Find out more about this program and register online at http://gist.tulane.edu. Registration for the Fall GIST will open in August and the Spring GiST in January. Participants with complete applications including payment and forms will be accepted on a first come, first serve basis. Please see their Groups page if you want more details on how to bring a group of girls to GIST. 
Contact: Additional information is at http://gist.tulane.edu. Please email gist@tulane.edu for more information.

Louisiana Arts & Science Museum - see Museums section

Louisiana Universities Marine Consortium

Open to girls, grades K – 12 
Louisiana Universities Marine Consortium (LUMCON) is a marine research and educational facility located in the DeFelice Marine Center in Cocodrie, Louisiana. This location, situated within the estuarine wetland complex of the Mississippi River delta plain between the Atchafalaya and Mississippi Rivers, provides ready access to the most productive estuaries in the United States. LUMCON offers a wide range of marine science-related educational activities for students of all ages. Field trip participants are offered an array of activities designed to allow students to explore and gain a deeper knowledge and appreciation of Louisiana’s coastal environments. Each activity could be arranged to meet some proficiency award requirements about the environment or water. Troop leaders are encouraged to work with the educators in advance to plan the best possible experience for their Girl Scouts.

Where: Directions to LUMCON in Cocodrie are available atwww.lumcon.edu/information/directions/asp. Mailing address is 8124 Highway 56, Chauvin, LA 70344
Fee: Call for fees associated with activities.
Capacity: Minimum 10/Maximum 25 participants.
Contact: Murt Conover at 985-851-2860 for program information and availability.
Notes: Not all activities are suited for every age group.

Microsoft Workshop - Girl Scouts Field Trip: Photography for Girl Scouts

Open to girls, ages 10 – 12
Snapping and sharing a photo has never been easier. Girl Scouts can use photographs to capture family memories, good times with friends, and selfies. Photography also allows Girl Scouts a chance to be creative and express their imagination using photographic elements such as lighting, composition, depth, color, and content. Going far beyond taking the ubiquitous selfie, in this workshop, Girl Scouts will learn to take expressive photographs, edit them, and present them as objects of art using a variety of Microsoft products and devices.

At the end of this 90-minute workshop, participants will:

  • Work through a variety of activities necessary to obtain a Digital Photographer Badge
  • Learn about the history of photography and the development of cameras
  • Understand composition and make amazing photo edits using a SurfacePro and Windows 10
  • Play new games on Xbox360 and have a blast trying new activities on the latest available apps and Microsoft devices

Microsoft Workshop - Girl Scout Field Trip: Salesmanship and Public Speaking

Open to girls, ages 12 – 14

Give your Girl Scouts the power to write and the confidence to address a crowd in public. Public speaking is rarely a favorite, easy, or fun task, but it can be! With the skills and tips offered in our 2-hour workshop, you will work through a variety of age-appropriate activities necessary to obtain a Cadette Public Speaker Badge.

A confident speaker has the skills to connect with an audience, to persuade them or to share an experience. Those who can be themselves while speaking self-assuredly to one person—or a crowd—will benefit from this important life skill.

Participants conduct an interview of a salesperson, use their favorite Microsoft products to search for a presentation topic and create a unique PowerPoint presentation as a visual aid. With a Dance off Challenge on Xbox for good measure, Girl Scouts will be much more comfortable sharing their reasoned thoughts with a crowd.  

Microsoft Workshop - Make Your Own Story with PowerPoint and Word

Open to girls, ages 6 – 8+
In this free, hands-on, two-hour camp, girls will learn how to create and tell a story using Microsoft PowerPoint and Word. They will explore using drawing tools, selecting and sizing images and icons, creating backgrounds and changing fonts. Activities will focus on learning through hands on guided experiences and collaborative learning in small groups.

At the end of the camp, participants will:

  • Be familiar with key tools in PowerPoint and Word
  • Feel confident using a Surface Device and Pen
  • Create an original story with text and images in a small group

Microsoft Workshop - YouthSpark Camp: Code and Create with Collage Me

Open to girls, ages 8 – 12+
Learn how to code in this hands-on programming camp. During the free, two-hour camp, girls will work in a real software development environment, gaining experience with Touch Develop. Participants will use their creativity and imagination to develop a unique personal collage that can be shared with family and friends.

At the end of this camp, participants will:

  • Have increased confidence in their technical and coding skills
  • Improve their computational and creative thinking
  • Read and understand code in the Touch Develop environment
  • Create and publish a coded script containing a personal collage

It is recommended that each girl bring her own set of headphones for an optimal experience.

Microsoft Workshop - Minecraft Hour of Code

Open to girls, ages 8+

Girls can save the day and program Minecraft mobs how to behave in our free, 90-minute Minecraft Hour of Code. Participants will learn coding concepts such as randomness, entities, loops and events. No previous coding experience is required.

Participants will also learn:

  • How computers perform instructions in a sequence
  • How to create a list of instructions to complete a task
  • How to iterate on solutions to complete a task

Microsoft Workshop- YouthSpark Camp: Create Digital Art with Fresh Paint

Open to girls, ages 8 – 12

In this free, hands-on two-hour camp, girls will learn to create and share their own digital art with the Fresh Paint app for Windows 10. They’ll explore the basics of Fresh Paint, using lifelike oil and watercolors, pastels, and more to craft their own creations. They’ll also get a sneak peek of advanced digital art skills like mixing paint and layering media.

At the end of the camp, participants will:

  • Be familiar with the creative possibilities of digital drawing and painting
  • Have experience with the Fresh Paint layout and tools
  • Create original artwork and share it with peers
  • Learn how to share their art with the swipe of a finger

When: By reservation. Email to set up a time.
Where: Microsoft Store at Lakeside Shopping Center, Dillard’s wing, 3301 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, LA 70002
Fee: Free
Capacity: 25
Registration Instructions: Email requests and questions to mrs0068cds@microsoft.com
Note: A confirmation will be sent out via email prior to the event. 

NOLA_CODE
Computer Science Workshops

Open to girls, grades K – 8
NOLA_CODE provides age appropriate instruction in computer science, circuitry, and robotics.  Participants leave the program with a concrete understanding of how they can explore their unique interests through computer science.

When: Saturdays, January 20, 2018; February 17, 2018; March 17, 2018; April 21, 2018; May 19, 2018
Where: TBD (in the New Orleans Central Business District)
Time: 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Fee: $15 per girl (includes NOLA_CODE T-Shirt, swag, and snack)
Capacity: Minimum 7/Maximum 15
Registration Instructions: Email Élan Jones at info@nolacode.org
Staff Support: Kevin Shipp at kshipp@gsle.org or 504-733-8220, ext. 2243.
Notes: Girls should dress in comfortable clothes; Girl Scout uniforms encouraged.

NOLA_CODE
Mother/Daughter, Father/Daughter Pair-Programming Workshops

Open to girls, grades K – 8, and their guardian

Join NOLA_CODE on Mother’s Day/Father’s Day 2018 and spend two hours with your Girl Scout learning to code like they do in the real-world offices of the top tech firms. Pair programming is when two programmers use one computer to write a program together. Participants will learn basic programming language and techniques and leave with resources to continue instruction at home.

When: Mother’s Day, May 13, 2018; Father’s Day, June 17, 2018
Where: TBD (in the New Orleans Central Business District)
Time: 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Fee: $35 per pair (includes t-shirt, swag, and snack) per event
Capacity: 6 pairs (12 total)
Registration Instructions: Email Élan Jones at info@nolacode.org
Staff Support: Kevin Shipp at kshipp@gsle.org or 504-733-8220, ext. 2243.
Notes: Girls should dress in comfortable clothes; Girl Scout uniforms encouraged.

THINKERELLA STEAM Workshops

Open to girls, ages 5 - 13
Thinkerella is an interactive educational STEAM company that inspires the next generation of makers, doers, builders, shapers, and inventors. All experiments are safe and non-toxic and curricula is written by certified teachers. 

Where: Either your location or at Thinkerella, 260 Hickory Avenue Suite D Harahan, LA 70123
Fee: $12 a girl, includes a lab coat for each one to keep ($25 travel fee if 20 miles from Thinkerella) 
Capacity: Unlimited at your location, 20 at Thinkerella.
Registration Instructions: Call 504-232-1394 or email mythinkerella@gmail.com to reserve your date/time. 
Contact: Cherie Melancon Franz at cherie@mythinkerella.com or 504-232-1394

 

Sports, Dance, and Fitness

The Dance Project Alliance, Inc.

The Dance Project Alliance, Inc. is a non-profit organization housed by The
Dance Project. Its mission is to provide arts education to students, ages 3-18, in dance and theatre through tuition-free classes offered by local and visiting artists, to share quality national artists' performances with residents of St. Tammany Parish, and to further arts appreciation in the community. They hold a color run in the fall as a fundraiser.

Where: The Dance Project, 1042 B Front Street, Slidell, LA 70458
Contact: Tara Brewer, president, at 985-445-9414 or  danceprojectslidell@gmail.com

LSU Athletic Patch

Throughout the LSU Athletic season, Girl Scouts have the chance to earn the official LSU Athletics patch!

The patch will be awarded to each girl that attends three out of five designated LSU Girl Scout events over the 2017-18 LSU Athletic season at select sporting events.

Special classification borders are available to those girls who have already earned the patch!

Please visit www.LSUsports.net/girlscouts for most up to date information regarding registration instructions and event details for LSU Soccer, Volleyball, Women’s Basketball, Gymnastics, Softball and more! For any other questions please contact promotions@lsu.edu.

Kidding Around Yoga

Open to girls, ages 5 – 12
Join Kidding Around Yoga (KAY) for an introduction to the Science of Yoga! Girl Scout troops can earn a Yoga Fun Patch! Kidding Around Yoga provides a curriculum that is specifically designed to help children be active, learn to relax, improve focus, work together, and have FUN in a non-competitive environment. Classes can be customized for your troop, which will include a Yoga story, original music, meditation techniques, games, activities, and much more! 

Fee: $10 per Girl Scout or $12 per Girl Scout, which includes the fun patch.
Capacity: Minimum group of seven.
Registration Instructions: To reserve your date or for more information, call 504-909-8881 or email bellab@kiddingaroundyoga.com
Note: Learn more at www.kiddingaroundyoga.com/bella

Ivanov’s Gymnastics Academy Friday Night Fun Night, Parents Night Out!

Open to girls, ages 5 – 14
Come play and do gymnastics in their wonderful new facility! There will be supervised gymnastics activities on the Bars, Beam, Vault, Floor, and Tumble-Trak, as well as games, music, and fun in the 12,000-square-foot facility. Ivanov’s provides a pizza dinner with non-caffeinated soda. No experience necessary, just bring your smile and the desire to have a great time!

When: One Friday every month from September – May. All dates will be posted on Ivanov’s web site at www.ivanovsgymnastics.com
Time: 6:30 – 9:30 p.m.
Where: Ivanov’s Gymnastics Academy, 800 Webb St.,Jefferson, LA 70121 (inside the Big Easy Sportsplex) Webb St. runs behind the McDonald’s, Chick-Fil-A, and Ochsner’s Elmwood Medical Center in Elmwood.  Follow Webb St. past all three of these all the way to the dead end.
Fee: $12 per girl in groups of 8+, $17 per girl in groups of less than 8. Fee includes pizza dinner.
Capacity: No minimum/Maximum 60. If less than 45 children registered at the four-week deadline, the event will be opened to other Ivanov’s families as well.
Registration Instructions: Advanced Registration is REQUIRED at least four weeks prior to the scheduled event. Any late registrations will be required to pay the $17 per girl fee. Please complete the GSLE Program Event Registration Form and either mail it or bring it to the gym with your troop’s payment. They accept payment either in cash or via check, one total amount for the whole troop. Once registration has been submitted, there will be no refunds or substitutions allowed.
Registration Opens: August 15, 2017 Deadline: Four weeks prior to scheduled fun night.
Contact: Ivanov’s Gymnastics at 504-889-9800 or Ivanovs.gymnastics@yahoo.com to check availability or with any questions.
Notes: Girls should wear comfortable clothes, either a close fitting t-shirt tucked into a pair of shorts or pants with an elastic waistband (no snaps, buttons, buckles, or zippers), or a leotard with or without shorts on top.  Hair should be pulled back from the face, and held in place with ponytail holders and/or small flat barrettes. No large hair ornaments or headbands. Shoes must be worn to enter and leave the gym, but the girls will do all of their activities barefoot. No jewelry should be worn except for stud earrings. Electronic devices should not be brought to the gym.  

Metairie Central Jazzercise
Junior Jazzercise Dance Party

Open to girls, grades K - 12 
Junior Jazzercise is a perfect program to get girls active and learn the importance of healthy living. The program combines fun, easy-to-follow dance moves to popular music, fitness games, and strength training as well as discussions on nutrition and staying fit. Girls will receive a Junior Jazzercise fun patch for participating. Activities overlap Girl Scout badge activities. Refer to corresponding age level Girl Guide for related badges.

When: Call to schedule 1-2 hour sessions. Minimum two weeks’ notice for registration.
Where: Metairie Central Jazzercise, 3939 Veteran’s Memorial Blvd., Metairie, LA  70002
Fee: $10 per person, includes patch
Capacity: Minimum 10/Maximum 40
Registration Instructions: Contact Jamie Ashby at metairiejazzercise@hotmail.com or call 504-252-0223.
Notes: Dress comfortably in T-shirt, shorts, etc. Tennis shoes are required. Snacks are allowed. Parking in rear of building. 

Premier Lanes Entertainment Center

Open to girls, grades K – 12
Premier Lanes Entertainment Center offers upscale bowling in a family center with security, restaurant, VIP area for special parties, events, birthdays, as well as a 65-game arcade with the latest in bumper cars and the only laser maze in LA. An adjacent movie theater has recently opened. Premier Lanes offers bowling and arcade packages for Girl Scouts, qualifying them for the Bowling fun patch offered in the council shop.

When: Weekdays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. or weekends before 2 p.m.
Where: Premier Lanes Entertainment Center, 1414 N. Airline Highway, Gonzales, LA 70737
Fee: The Girl Scout bowling package starts at $6.50 per person, and may increase based on activities/food selection.
Capacity: Minimum 10/Maximum 125
Registration Instructions: Contact the Premier Lanes sales and event office from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily at 225-621-2695. Their website is www.premierlanes.net.

Unlimited Skills Basketball Skills Training and Mentoring

Open to girls, ages 8 – 18
Unlimited Skills Basketball Skill Training and Mentoring (USBTM) is a program that maximizes kids potential by using basketball, fitness, and mentoring to help youth succeed and achieve their goals and aspirations. USBTM teaches youth to understand the fundamentals of basketball and fitness, create training plans, become familiar with basketball rules and fitness terms, increase their individual basketball skills and fitness levels and practice holistic wellness, sportsmanship, and teamwork.

What they offer: basketball skill training clinics for all levels beginner to collegiate, Fitness bootcamps, health/wellness clinics and self defense. Their mentoring program offers: conflict resolution, dealing with peer pressure, self awareness, anti-bullying, self esteem and goal setting. (Services can be customized for the specific needs of your troop).

When: Sessions will be scheduled upon request.
Where: Their facilities include Tulane University Reily Center and Premier Fitness.
Fee: $10 - $15 per Girl Scout depending on the length and duration the session. The average session is roughly 60 - 90 minutes.
Capacity: Minimum 5/Maximum 20 Girl Scouts per session - multiple sessions may be scheduled.
Contact: Patrick Carter at 504-303-9136 or unlimitedskillsglobal@gmail.com. You can also make contact by visiting www.unlimitedskills.net

Restaurants

Domino’s Pizza Field Trip

Open to girls, grades K – 12
Tour a Domino’s Store and learn how to make a pizza! The tours can be adapted to include additional information to help achieve badges. During the field trip girls will learn the history of Domino’s Pizza, talk about safety rules, learn the importance of washing your hands, see what happens with an order after it is placed, and participate in making their own pizza! Each girl will receive a small 1-topping pizza they made themselves, a Junior Pizza Maker Certificate, and a Domino’s Pizza goodie bag including a Domino’s Pizza Patch! Tours begin before the store opens at 9 a.m. and they last about an hour depending on how many people participate.

Fee: $2 per girl. There’s also a deluxe package for $5 per girl which includes the pizza, goody bag, and certificate, as well as a juice box and a lava cake.
Capacity: None
Registration Instructions: Email smartslice@rpmpizza.com with what store you'd like to rour, the date you would like, and how many girls you have to start setting up your Domino's Pizza Field Trip. This applies to the New Orleans Metro and Northshore area. Maton Rouge and west Louisiana have similar programs and they can help set them up once you email.

Hospitals

East Jefferson General Hospital 
It’s Great to Be a Girl!

Open to girls, ages 9 – 12, and a trusted adult
* Sensitive Issues:
 In order to be contemporary and responsive to girls’ needs and interests, some Girl Scout activities focus on subjects that may be considered sensitive. These subjects include, but are not limited to advocacy projects, work with religious groups, or anything that could yield a political/social debate. Please review the following information so that you are informed of the program content being presented to your daughter.

So much happens to a young girl’s body during puberty – both emotionally and physically. Learning how their bodies grow, what changes to expect, and how to take care of themselves are valuable lessons for preteens. This class, for girls ages 9 – 12, includes an informal, open discussion, on self-esteem, self-care, puberty and communication. A brief and simple introduction to the opposite sex is covered.  A parent or trusted adult should accompany each preteen. It will be important to continue discussions at home on these topics as each girl experiences will have their own unique situation, story and culture.

When: Call for scheduled dates and times.
Fee: $20 per person.
Registration Instructions: Call Health Finder at 504-456-5000 or Amy Luke at 504-503-4870 or aluke@ejgh.org for more information.

East Jefferson General Hospital
ABC’s of Babysitting

Open to girls, ages 11 and older
A fun, basic introductory session for those interested in learning how to provide nurturing childcare. This class is designed off the Cadette Babysitter Badge requirements, but is open to all girls 11 and older. The session is two hours long and a snack will be provided for participants.

When: Scheduled at various times.
Where: East Jefferson General Hospital, Conference Center, 4200 Houma Blvd, Metairie, LA 70006
Fee: $10 per person
Registration Instructions: Call Health Finder at 504-456-5000 or Amy Luke at 504-503-4870 or aluke@ejgh.org for more information.

Sewing

JoAnn Fabric and Craft Machine Sewing Classes

Open to girls, grades 2 – 12
Learn to operate a sewing machine and create your own custom project such as pillow cases, lunch totes, pajama pants, and hat scarves. In this class students will learn the basic operations of a sewing machine, how to thread the machine and fill a bobbin. Students will also learn about different types of fabric and what each fabric is used for along with how to properly cut and piece fabric together to create a finished product to take home. There is no need to bring your own sewing machine or tools. All supplies are included.

When: Group projects are scheduled at your convenience. Sessions are 2 - 4 hours in length.
Where: JoAnn Fabric and Craft, 7000 Veterans Memorial Blvd. Ste A, Metairie, LA 70003
Fee: Dependent on project choice
Capacity: Minimum 6/Maximum 6
Contact: Tashia Brown, Education Coordinator at 504-456-2083.

JoAnn Fabric and Craft Hand Sewing and Quilting

Open to girls, grades 2 – 12
Forget the modern sewing machine and electricity! Learn how and sew or quilt. Students learn how to follow a basic pattern or quilting pattern. All students take home their finished project!

When: Group projects are scheduled at your convenience. Sessions are two hours in length.
Where: JoAnn Fabric and Craft, 7000 Veterans Memorial Blvd. Ste A, Metairie, LA 70003
Fee: Dependent on number of attendees.
Capacity: Minimum 10/Maximum 20
Contact: Tashia Brown, Education Coordinator at 504-456-2083

JoAnn Fabric and Craft Piping Class

Open to girls, grades K – 12
Students work with a pastry chef to decorate cookies or cupcakes using, butter cream, royal icing or fondant. In this exciting class students will be challenged to learn proper decorating techniques using piping bags, tips and other tools specific to the decorating medium. Projects can be customized based on age/skill level of the troop along with holidays or current season. Each student will take home decorated treats along with basic decorating tools to show off their skills later!

When: Group projects are scheduled at your convenience. Sessions are two hours in length.
Where: JoAnn Fabric and Craft, 7000 Veterans Memorial Blvd. Ste A, Metairie, LA 70003
Fee: Dependent on number of attendees.
Capacity: Minimum 10/Maximum 20
Contact: Tashia Brown, Education Coordinator at 504-456-2083.