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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 haveVolunteer 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 & 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!

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 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 group = registrations to reserve your spot today.

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: Call 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 come to you.
Registration Instructions: Contact Essence Banks at essence@heartnhands.org for all group registrations to reserve your spot today.
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 cpage@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 

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: $3 for children 6-12 years old, $5 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)

Their new general admission prices now include unlimited admission to planetarium shows, all galleries, and public activities (Adults $9, children/seniorss $7.50, groups $6.) Family members/friends are also welcome to attend all of the LASM offerings.

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 2nd and 4th weekends of every month! Each 45-minute, instructor-led workshop offers safe, fun, and engaging chemical 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. The goal of this program is to foster science literacy and promote a greater appreciation for and interest in the dynamic world of chemistry. All participants will receive a lab apron, safety glasses, a certificate of participation, and a backpack filled with additional takeaway items. In order to provide assistance with this learning experience, one adult chaperone is required for every four Girl Scouts. Please sign in at their sign-in table at least 30 minutes prior to your scheduled workshop in order to confirm your reservation and guarantee space for your group

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 rates are available.  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. 132, for all group or individual reservations. Participants may also register on a first come, first served basis on the day of each workshop. Visit www.lasm.org for additional details.

Viewing & Doing Art

Open to girls, ages 6 – 12
This is a hands-on art activity you make and take home with you! The activity changes each month, ranging from paper-making to sculpture and drawing portraits.  Be prepared to get a little messy, and also don’t forget to view the current art exhibitions for some added creative inspiration. One guardian per two children is required.

When: First Saturday of every month.
Time: 10:30 a.m. – 12 p.m. Sign in at 9:30 a.m.
Where: 
Louisiana Art & Science Museum, 100 River Road South, Baton Rouge, LA 70802
Fee: Free with museum admission. Visit www.lasm.org for individual rates.
Capacity: No minimum for participation.
Registration Instructions: Group workshops are only held when a group is registered no less than 10 days in advance. To register, email tfrazier@lasm.org. Group workshops are 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, with sign-in beginning at 9:45 a.m.  Visit www.lasm.org for additional details.

LASM Engineering Day

Open to girls, grades K - 12
Enjoy a day of entertaining, educational discovery as Girl Scouts participate in “hands-on, minds on” activities and dynamic demonstrations designed to make learning about engineering meaningful and relevant. Opportunities will abound for applying the concepts of the engineering process with 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. Located in downtown Baton Rouge on the banks of the Mississippi River, the Louisiana 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!

When: Date TBD Spring 2017 
Where: Louisiana Art & Science Museum, 100 River Road South, Baton Rouge, LA 70802.
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.

LASM Engineer It Workshops

Open to girls, ages 6 – 12
These weekend family workshops focus on concepts used in engineering and design. Hands-on activities are presented by LASM in conjunction with professional engineering volunteers and students. Concepts introduce the disciplines of engineering and design professions such as civil engineering, mechanical engineering, construction, architecture, and other applicable areas of study. Participation is on a first come, first served basis.

When: Visit www.lasm.org for updates.
Where: Louisiana Art & Science Museum, 100 River Road South, Baton Rouge, LA 70802
Fee: Free with museum admission. Group rates are available. 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 Far-Out First Friday

Open to girls, grades K – 12
Experience a night at the planetarium. The first Friday of every month the Louisiana Art & Science Museum’s planetarium, the only one of its kind in the Greater Baton Rouge area, opens up for a special evening of shows. From dinosaurs to Harry Potter and the mysteries of our universe, each month features a unique theme and lineup. Plus, the first show of each evening is free!

When: First Friday of every month
Shows at 7, 8, 9 p.m.; Doors open 6:30 p.m.
Where: Louisiana Art & Science Museum, 100 River Road South, Baton Rouge, LA 70802
Fee: 7 p.m. show is free;  8 & 9 p.m. shows are each $7.50 for nonmembers or $5.50 for museum members.
Registration Instructions: Show admission is offered on a first-come, first-served basis only and there is a maximum capacity of 171; tickets are available beginning at 6:30 p.m. the evening of each event. All shows are for ages three and up.
Notes: Visit www.lasm.org for additional details.

LASM Hands-On Happenings

Open to girls, ages 6 - 12
Every first Saturday of the month, get hands-on to experience a featured art or science topic. With activities adapted to both the young and young at heart, have fun and be creative while learning something new.

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 are available. Visit www.lasm.org for more information.
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 and their families
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 are available. Visit www.lasm.org for more information.

LASM National Astronomy Day   

Open to girls, grades K – 12, and their families
Join the Louisiana Art & Science Museum in a celebration of the fascinating science of astronomy. This annual day of out-of-this-world exploration includes a variety of special astronomy related activities, exhibits,  planetarium shows, and films. Learn about the importance of dark skies, recent NASA discoveries, and careers in astronomy.

When: Date TBD, Spring 2017.
Where: Louisiana Art & Science Museum, 100 River Road South, Baton Rouge, LA 70802
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.

Longue Vue House and Gardens

Longue Vue House and Gardens – Girl Scout Ceremonies and Celebrations

Open to girls, grades K – 12
Honor your troop’s Girl Scouting milestones, for example a bridging ceremony, or just come together in a beautiful setting to celebrate! Guests of all ages will enjoy the unique beauty and outdoor funs in the half-acre children's Discovery Garden. Gutests can dig for worms, design a garden, chase bugs and butterflies and interact with the vegetale beds. Work with their special events staff to create a celebration as unique as your Girl Scouts. Catering options are available.

When: Please call to schedule. Celebrations are a two-hour booking.
Where: Discovery Garden, Longue Vue House and Gardens, 7 Bamboo Road, New Orleans, LA 70124
Fee: $200. Catering and additional tables or chairs are additional (6 tables and 12 benches provided.
Capacity: Maximum 30 girls or $5 for every girl over 30. No fee for adults. 
Registration Instructions: Contact Lydia Vaughn at 504-293-4722 or lvaughn@longuevue.com for more information and to check availability. 
Notes: Badges are not included. A Longue Vue patch is available at the Shop at Longue Vue for purchase.

Longue Vue House and Gardens – Girl Scout Workshops

Open to girls, grades K – 5
Schedule a workshop at your convenience. Visit us for a day of exploration, learning, friendship, and fun. We’ve created workshops specifically for your troops! Girl Scout Daisies can expand on their Daisy Flower Garden Journey in Our Flower Garden Workshop. Girl Scout Brownies can investigate the world of bugs in the Insect Investigation Workshop, meeting all of the requirements for the Bug Badge. Girl Scout Juniors can explore the world of plants and gardens in the Gardener Exploration Workshop, fulfilling most of the badge requirements for the Gardener Badge.

When: Call to schedule.
Where: Longue Vue House and Gardens, 7 Bamboo Road, New Orleans, LA 70124
Fee: $15 per girl, $4 per adult (free to 2 troop leaders/adults)
Capacity: Minimum 10/Maximum 25 (girls per workshop)
Contact: Lydia Vaughn at 504-293-4722 or lvaughn@longuevue.com.
Notes: Badges are not included. A Longue Vue patch is available at The Shop at Longue Vue for purchase.

Longue Vue House and Gardens – “Get Your Girl On!” Etiquette Tea

Open to girls, grades K – 12
Tea time is an honored tradition for enjoying conversation, food, and drink in elegant surroundings. Guests will enjoy an afternoon tea, with tea and lemonade, while dining on tea sandwiches, scones, and sweets. Girl Scouts will join “Ms. Manners” in an entertaining lesson on how to “get their girl on” by practicing gracious tea, table, and social etiquette. Time is available for photo opportunities (please remember to bring your camera) and a tour of our historic and elegant house – to see first-hand how gracious living once occurred in the Stern’s home.

When: Call to schedule.
Where: Longue Vue House and Gardens, 7 Bamboo Road, New Orleans, LA 70124
Fee: $25 per person
Capacity: 
Minimum 40/Maximum 60 guests
Contact : Lydia Vaughn at 504-293-4722 or lvaughn@longuevue.com.
Notes: A Longue Vue patch is available at The Shop at Longue Vue for purchase.

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 their 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 andlearn how to grow, harvest, and cook with herbs, along with completing a "recipe swap" culminating in your troop's own cookbook!

When: Call to schedule. Workshops are a 1 ½ hour program.
Where: Longue Vue House and Gardens, 7 Bamboo Road, New Orleans, LA 70124
Fee: $15 per girl, $4 per adult (free to 2 troop leaders/adults).
Capacity: Minimum 10/Maximum 25 girls per workshop.
Registration: Contact Lydia Vaughn at 504-293-4722 or lvaughn@longuevue.com.
Notes: A Longue Vue patch is available at The Shop at Longue Vue for purchase.

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: $3 for children 6-12 years old, $5 for children over 12 (group rate).
Capacity: Maximum 80
Registration Instructions: Call Joann Haydel with LPBF Education/Outreach at 504-836-2238.

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: 
$60 - includes a tour and art activity for up to 10 Girl Scouts. Additional Girl Scouts are $6 per girl. Two adults per troop admitted free; $10 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 and Nature Centers

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.

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.

Typically the committee holds a fall informational and counselor training meeting (mandatory for all adult counselors - includes optional Safe Environment training) in October; a retreat for Girl Scout Juniors and Cadettes one weekend in November at Camp Abbey; a pilgrimage to a local Catholic shrine in December; a Court of Honor Book/Award review in March; a spring pre-ceremony meeting which is mandatory for all adult counselors in April; culminating in an Awards Recognition Ceremony, one Sunday in April at the St. Louis Cathedral.

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 28, 2016 (church 2-3 p.m., reception 3-4 p.m.) Emblem Counselor Training is September 18, 2016 from 1 - 5 p.m. A Rosary Patch Program is October 9, 2016 from 1- 3 p.m. Quarterly meetings will be held beginning October 19, 2016 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

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 12, 2016 and Spring date, TBD, 2017
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: You can 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 event 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: Email gist@tulane.edu for more information.

GIST (Girls In STEM at Tulane) Fellowship Program

Open to girls, grades 8 – 12
Starting in Fall 2016, past participants of GIST can apply to participate in their Fellowship Program and help assist in one of their science or engineering labs.

When: Saturday, November 12, 2016 and Spring Date TBD, 2017
Time: 8:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Fee: Free. Lunch, snacks, and a t-shirt will be provided. Fellows will work in one science or engineering lab and assist GIST participants with the STEM workshop throughout the day.  
Registration Instructions: Find out more about the fellowship program and apply online at http://gist.tulane.edu. Applications for the Fall GIST Fellows Program will open in August and the Spring event in January. Contact: Please email gist@tulane.edu with questions or for more information.  

Louisiana Arts & Science Museum

LASM BASF Kids’ Lab Workshops 

Open to girls, ages 6 – 12, and their families
Explore the wonders of chemistry in these hands-on science workshops sponsored by BASF and offered at the Louisiana Art & Science Museum on the 2nd and 4th weekends of every month! Each 45-minute, instructor-led workshop offers safe, fun, and engaging chemical 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. The goal of this program is to foster science literacy and promote a greater appreciation for and interest in the dynamic world of chemistry. All participants will receive a lab apron,safety glasses, a certificate of participation, and a backpack filled with additional takeaway items. In order to provide assistance with this learning experience, one adult participant is required for every four child participants. Please sign in at  their sign-in table at least 30 minutes prior to your scheduled workshop in order to confirm your reservation and guarantee space for your group

When: Second and Fourth weekends of each month. Saturdays at 11 a.m., 1 p.m. and 3 p.m.  Sundays at 1:30 p.m. and 3 p.m.
Where: Louisiana Art & Science Museum, 100 River Road South, Baton Rouge, LA 70802
Fee: Free with museum admission – Group rates are available. 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. 132, for all group or individual reservations. Participants may also register 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
Enjoy a day of entertaining, educational discovery as Girl Scouts participate in “hands-on, minds on” activities and dynamic demonstrations designed to make learning about engineering meaningful and relevant. Opportunities will abound for applying the concepts of the engineering process with 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. Located in downtown Baton Rouge on the banks of the Mississippi River, the Louisiana 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!

When: Date TBD Spring 2017 
Where: Louisiana Art & Science Museum, 100 River Road South, Baton Rouge, LA 70802.
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.

LASM Engineer It Workshops

Open to girls, ages 6 – 12
These weekend family workshops focus on concepts used in engineering and design. Hands-on activities are presented by LASM in conjunction with professional engineering volunteers and students. Concepts introduce the disciplines of engineering and design professions such as civil engineering, mechanical engineering, construction, architecture, and other applicable areas of study. Participation is on a first come, first served basis.

When: Visit www.lasm.org for updates.
Where: Louisiana Art & Science Museum, 100 River Road South, Baton Rouge, LA 70802
Fee: Free with museum admission. Group rates are available. 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 National Astronomy Day   

Open to girls, grades K – 12
Join the Louisiana Art & Science Museum in a celebration of the fascinating science of astronomy. This annual day of out-of-this-world exploration includes a variety of special astronomy related activities, exhibits, special planetarium shows, and films. Learn about the importance of dark skies, recent NASA discoveries, and careers in astronomy.

When: Date TBD, Spring 2017.
Where: Louisiana Art & Science Museum, 100 River Road South, Baton Rouge, LA 70802
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.

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 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 Computer Expert Badge 

In this two-hour workshop, Girl Scouts, ages 6-9, work through a variety of the exciting activities necessary to obtain a Computer Expert Badge*. Participants will get hands-on experience with the latest apps and devices from Microsoft to discover the versatility of computers, learn Internet safety and lots more!

From using Bing to conduct research and plan an adventure, to creating a photo presentation for their friends, Scouts will feel empowered to use their new skills with their troop and in the classroom.

Gamers will have the opportunity to challenge themselves and others as they try out the newest versions of Kodu, Project Spark and Just Dance on Xbox!

*or similar badge respective to their Girl Scouting program.

It is the responsibility of the troop leader to provide award badges to participants. If additional activities are needed to satisfy badge requirements, materials can be provided to troop leaders.

When: By reservation. Email requests and questions to mrs0068cds@microsoft.com
Where: Microsoft Store at Lakeside Shopping Center, Dillard’s wing, 3301 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, LA 70002
Fee: Free
Capacity: Minimum 5/Maximum 10
Notes: The parent, legal guardian or authorized adult caregiver of every camp participant under 17 years of age must sign a Participation Agreement upon arrival and remain in the Microsoft store for the duration of the event. For complete event calendar visit www.microsoftstore.com/lakesideshoppingcenter

Microsoft YouthSpark Camp: Minecraft Hour of Code

Curriculum designed for ages 8 and older.
Join us for this free, 90-minute camp to explore a Minecraft world through code and to take part in the global Hour of Code movement. Use blocks of code to take Steve or Alex on an adventure through a Minecraft world. You’ll use kid-friendly programming to learn how creativity and problem solving come together to make something all your own. Curriculum designed for ages 8 and older.

It is recommended that your student bring their own set of headphones for an optimal experience .

When: By reservation. Email requests and questions to mrs0068cds@microsoft.com
Time: 90 minutes
Where: Microsoft Store at Lakeside Shopping Center, Dillard’s wing, 3301 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, LA 70002
Fee: Free
Capacity:
 Minimum 5/Maximum 10
Notes: The parent, legal guardian or authorized adult caregiver of every camp participant under 17 years of age must sign a Participation Agreement upon arrival and remain in the Microsoft store for the duration of the event. For complete event calendar visit www.microsoftstore.com/lakesideshoppingcenter

Microsoft YouthSpark Camp: Learn to Code with Jetpack Jumper - Beginner

This is a prerequisite for YouthSpark Camp: Dream It Make It – (Beginner and Intermediate)

Want to power up your phone in a whole new way? Join them for this free, two-hour camp where you'll get your programming power on, and learn to fix a phone app in no time flat. Beginners to programming discover the basics needed to code a game that runs as an app on a mobile phone or tablet. It’s all part of computer science. Then they can try out how it all works by fixing a Jetpack Jumper game on a Windows Phone, a Surface Pro 3, or maybe even a device of their own. The main character in the game is a crazy robot who is trying to make it through a maze of wacky obstacles. Campers can learn even more by trying out some of the additional activities discussed, as well as by checking out Microsoft's Learn to Code site or Microsoft Imagine's create page.

When: By reservation.  Email requests and questions to mrs0068cds@microsoft.com
Time: 2 hours long
Where: Microsoft Store at Lakeside Shopping Center, Dillard’s wing, 3301 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, LA 70002
Fee: Free
Capacity: Minimum 5/Maximum 10
Notes: The parent, legal guardian or authorized adult caregiver of every camp participant under 17 years of age must sign a Participation Agreement upon arrival and remain in the Microsoft store for the duration of the event. For complete event calendar visit www.microsoftstore.com/lakesideshoppingcenter

Microsoft YouthSpark Camp: Dream it Make it 

Open to girls, ages 8 - 11
The prerequisite for attending this camp is the YouthSpark Camp: Learn to Code with Jetpack Jumper. Each participant is required to bring a pair of headphones to camp.

Join Microsoft for a free, four-part camp series for kids ages 8 to 11 to ignite their imagination and creativity as they code their own games. Kids at every skill level will use the same tools as gaming industry pros, and they’ll:

  • Get feedback from other players to improve their game
  •  Learn about professional opportunities in the game industry
  • Discover the kinds of skills and experience the game industry is looking for

Dream It, Make It is a four-part camp series lasting two hours per camp. Campers must attend the camps consecutively.

When: By reservation. Email requests and questions to mrs0068cds@microsoft.com
Time: 2 hours
Where: Microsoft Store at Lakeside Shopping Center, Dillard’s wing, 3301 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, LA 70002
Fee: Free
Capacity: Minimum 5/ Maximum 10
Notes: The parent, legal guardian or authorized adult caregiver of every camp participant under 17 years of age must sign a Participation Agreement upon arrival and remain in the Microsoft store for the duration of the event. For complete event calendar visit www.microsoftstore.com/lakesideshoppingcenter

Microsoft YouthSpark Camp: Dream it Make it –Intermediate

Open to girls, ages 12+
Dream It, Make It is a four-part camp series lasting two hours per camp. Campers must attend the camps consecutively. The prerequisite for attending this camp is the YouthSpark Camp: Learn to Code with Jetpack Jumper.


Join thrm for a free, four-part camp series for kids ages 12 and older to ignite their imagination and creativity as they code their own games. Kids at every skill level will use the same tools as gaming industry pros, and they’ll:

  • Get feedback from other players to improve their game
  • Learn about professional opportunities in the game industry
  • Discover the kinds of skills and experience the game industry is looking for

When: By reservation.  Email requests and questions to mrs0068cds@microsoft.com
Time: 2 hours
Where: Microsoft Store at Lakeside Shopping Center, Dillard’s wing, 3301 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, LA 70002
Fee: Free
Capacity: Minimum 5/ Maximum 10
Notes:  Each participant is required to bring a pair of headphones to camp. The parent, legal guardian or authorized adult caregiver of every camp participant under 17 years of age must sign a Participation Agreement upon arrival and remain in the Microsoft store for the duration of the event. For complete event calendar visit www.microsoftstore.com/lakesideshoppingcenter

Microsoft DigiGirlz 

Open to girls, age 13+
As a young woman your career aspirations should be as big as you want them to be. If you have ever been curious and wondered what a job in technology and namely a job at Microsoft looks like, you should come along to our DigiGirlz event.  At the two-hour free event you will hear from women who work at Microsoft, their career journeys, what a job in technology means to them and have the opportunity to ask them questions. You will also have the chance to build and publish your own mobile game using one of our fun coding languages.

By the end of this workshop, you will have

  • Gained exposure to careers in technology and been given an inside look at what it's like to work at Microsoft across different departments and levels of seniority.
  • Learned to build and publish a mobile game.

When: By reservation. Email requests and questions to mrs0068cds@microsoft.com
Where: Microsoft Store at Lakeside Shopping Center, Dillard’s wing, 3301 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, LA 70002
Time: 2 hours long
Fee: Free
Capacity: 6-8
Notes: The parent, legal guardian or authorized adult caregiver of every camp participant under 17 years of age must sign a Participation Agreement upon arrival and remain in the Microsoft store for the duration of the event. For complete event calendar visit www.microsoftstore.com/lakesideshoppingcenter

Microsoft Office 365 Student Productivity Workshop

High school and college prep level curriculum.
Did you know that Office 365 has a ton of features and tools that will make studying easier and your time not only more productive, but fun?

Learn tips and tricks within the many programs included with Office 365, including how to use:

  • Multi-doing and Snap to make switching between your study tools and notes easier
  • Cortana to help you find information, send reminders and keep you on track
  • OneNote for handy study and note-taking, including audio and video recording, audio tagging, math problem-solving and collaborative working features
  • PowerPoint’s OfficeMix- a cool feature with voice-over capability
  • Sway. It’s an easier way to make your presentations shine—without having to know graphic design
  • Word’s track edits and bibliography features
  • Excel. It’s more than just a spreadsheet program. Use it for statistical analysis, chart and graph building and even as a survey tool

When: By reservation. Email requests and questions to mrs0068cds@microsoft.com
Time: 1 hour long
Where: Microsoft Store at Lakeside Shopping Center, Dillard’s wing, 3301 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, LA 70002
Fee: Free
Capacity: Minimum 5/Maximum 10
Note: The parent, legal guardian or authorized adult caregiver of every camp participant under 17 years of age must sign a Participation Agreement upon arrival and remain in the Microsoft store for the duration of the event. For complete event calendar visit www.microsoftstore.com/lakesideshoppingcenter

Microsoft Introductory Teacher Academies

Open to adults
These educator workshops leverage the US Education team's Teacher Academies content. These one-hour workshops cover the following and participants receive a certificate of completion (catalog here):

a.     Build a Collaborative Classroom
b.    10 Free Microsoft Tools to Energize Your Classroom
c.     Making Global Connections with Skype
d.    Transform  Student Learning with Windows in the Classroom
e.     Support Digital Literacy with Bing in the Classroom
f.      Personalizing Student Learning with the OneNote Class Notebook 

When: By reservation. Email requests and questions to mrs0068cds@microsoft.com
Time: 1 hour long
Where: Microsoft Store at Lakeside Shopping Center, Dillard’s wing, 3301 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, LA 70002

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 and Fitness

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

Open to girls, ages 5 – 15
Non-members are welcome for Friday Night Fun Nights at Ivanov’s Gymnastics Academy. Ivanov’s provides supervised gymnastics on Bars, Beam Vault, tumbling, tumble-track, games, music and fun in a 12,000 square foot facility! Ivanov’s provide a pizza dinner. You only need to bring your smile and the desire to have a great time!

When: One Friday of each month, September – May. Exact 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, 3930 Barron St., Metairie, LA 70002 (one block behind French Riviera on the corner of Veterans & Cleary)
Fee: Non-members are $17 per child; Ivanov’s members are $12 per child. Contact Ivanov’s Gymnastics at 504-889-9800 for more information.
Registration Instructions: Register in advance. Stop by the gym. Office hours are 3 – 7 p.m. Monday – Friday, and Saturday, 9 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Deadline: Two weeks before FNFN (First come – First serve)
Notes: Dress code is PE uniform, bare feet.

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.

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.

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.