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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 Power guide, who have submitted information to the council.

Animal Shelters

Louisiana SPCA
Open to girls, grades 3 – 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 last 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.

Gem, Mineral, Fossil, and Jewelry Show 2018

Open to girls, Grades K – 12, and their families

Dinosaur bones, fossils, minerals, beads and precious gems, Oh My! This 48th annual show offers the “rock hound” and bead and jewelry enthusiast the opportunity to see an array of vendors displaying unique specimens of fossils, minerals, quartz crystals, opals, precious gemstones, beads, and dinosaur bones. The children’s section includes grab bags, geode cracking, cabochon cutting, dry pan mining, and much more. See them on Facebook – Gem and Mineral Society of Louisiana

When: Friday, October 19 - Sunday, October 21, 2018
Time: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday
Where: The Alario Center, 2000 Segnette Blvd., Westwego, LA 70094
Fee: Girl Scouts in uniform are free. Adults are $6, kids under 12 are free, and students and military with ID are $3.
Contact: Levette Carlos at 504-214-3205 or gemshow2018@gmail.com

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 Cajun Village 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 at (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.

New Orleans Botanical Garden Painting Workshop

Open to girls, grades 2 – 3

Ready to paint?! Visit the Botanical Garden for a day of creativity, imagination, and fun as you complete the requirements for the Brownie Painting Badge. Girl Scouts will meet a local artist or view local work, paint a self-portrait or landscape, make their own puff paint, use garden materials to create their own paintbrushes and add to a group mural! All requirements for the Brownie Painting Badge are met during this workshop.

When: Call or email to schedule.
Time: 10 a.m. - 12 p.m. or 1 - 3 p.m.
Where: New Orleans Botanical Garden, 5 Victory Ave, New Orleans, LA 70119
Fee: $15 per girl, $4 per adult (free to two troop leaders/adults)
Capacity: Minimum 10/Maximum 20
Registration Instructions: Advance registration required. Contact Lindsay Kirsch 504-483-9470 or nobgeducation@ nocp.org for more information.
Note: Painting Badge is not included.

New Orleans Botanical Garden
Outdoor Art Creator Workshop

Open to girls, grades 2 – 3

Come explore and let your inner artist be inspired by the New Orleans Botanical Garden. During this workshop Girl Scouts will go on a nature walk, make a garden-inspired gift, dance or make music outdoors, take some photographs or create their own picture, and design something from nature. All requirements for the Brownie Outdoor Art Creator Badge are met during this workshop.

When: Call or email to schedule.
Time: 10 a.m. - 12 p.m. or 1 - 3 p.m.
Where: New Orleans Botanical Garden, 5 Victory Ave, New Orleans, LA 70119
Fee: $15 per girl, $4 per adult (free to two troop leaders/adults)
Capacity: Minimum 10/Maximum 20
Registration Instructions: Advance registration required. Contact Lindsay Kirsch 504-483-9470 or nobgeducation@ nocp.org for more information.
Note: Outdoor Art Explorer Badge is not included.

New Orleans Botanical Garden
Outdoor Art Explorer Workshop

Open to girls, grades 4 – 5

Come visit the New Orleans Botanical Garden to create and explore! Have fun with friends while you make a garden-inspired painting, play and experiment with salt dough, find music in nature, complete a photography assignment, and explore outdoor art design. All requirements for the Junior Outdoor Art Explorer Badge are met during this workshop.

When: Call or email to schedule.
Time: 10 a.m. - 12 p.m. or 1-3 p.m.
Where: New Orleans Botanical Garden, 5 Victory Ave, New Orleans, LA 70119
Fee: $15 per girl, $4 per adult (free to two troop leaders/adults)
Capacity: Minimum 10/Maximum 20
Registration Instructions: Advance registration required. Contact Lindsay Kirsch 504-483-9470 or nobgeducation@ nocp.org for more information.
Note: Outdoor Art Explorer Badge is not included.

Open Hearth Cooking and Jewelry Making Workshops at 
Hermann-Grima + Gallier Historic Houses

Herman-Grima Historic House Museum is pleased to offer a full 90-minute workshop on cooking or jewelry making. Both workshops are designed to cover all of the requirements needed to earn the relevant badges. The workshops are conducted on museum property and include a brief tour of the museum and tickets for a complimentary return visit. The cooking workshops can accommodate 5 to 8 girls and our jewelry making workshop can accommodate up to 15 girls.

Who: Cooking Workshop: grades 4-8; Jewelry Workshop: grades 1-8
When: Most weekends and holiday breaks.
Where: The Hermann-Grima House, 820 St. Louis St., New Orleans, LA 70112
Fee: $10 per person, one free adult per child. Does not include badges.
Registration Instructions: Contact the education department at education@hgghh.org for more information or to register your troop.
Note: All visitors should wear closed toed shoes and bring a water bottle for the cooking workshop. The Museum will provide all ingredients, and troop leaders must inform the museum of any allergies.

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 the 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 the 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, 915 Marigny Ave., Mandeville, LA 70448
Capacity: Minimum 10/Maximum 35
Fee: $16 - $20 per person, includes food they have prepared.
Registration Instructions: Call 985-727-5553 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 group registrations 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, love your HEART fitness session, girls will learn how to exercise and work their hearts by participating in a heart-healthy fitness challenge/exercise instruction, which includes a variety of fitness techniques (i.e., yoga, Zumba, dance lessons, hula hoops, jump rope, and much more). Each participant will receive a special giveaway compliments of Heart N Hands.

When: Contact Heart N Hands directly to schedule your one-hour interactive fitness session
Fee: $10 per girl, 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 by Heart N Hands 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 wetlands and teach others their importance.

Where: Audubon Zoo, 6500 Magazine Street, New Orleans, LA
Fees: $25 per Girl Scout for non-Audubon 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.

Common Ground Relief Wetlands Restoration

Open to girls, grades K – 12

Common Ground Relief owns and operates a tree farm in the Lower Ninth Ward and conducts plantings of trees and marsh grasses for various state and federal agencies. Younger students can assist in seed propagation and butterfly garden care and older students can assist in potting saplings and nursery maintenance projects as half day service events.

Older Girl Scouts can assist them with full day projects that involve planting native marsh grasses and bottomland hardwood trees around the Lake Pontchartrain Basin and along the Gulf Coast. Many projects involve boating and canoeing. All Girl Scouts receive an orientation about coastal land loss geared to their specific age group. Visit their wetlands page at www.commongroundrelief. org to preview videos.

When: Planting projects occur from mid-October through July. Contact them to schedule.
Time: Half or full day, Monday through Saturday
Where: 1800 Deslonde Street, New Orleans, LA
Fee: Contact them for details about planting projects
Capacity: 20
Registration Instructions: Email wetlands@commongroundrelief.org

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 or email Anne Barrett with LPBF Education Department at 504-836-2238 or anne@saveourlake.org

Lake Pontchartrain Basin Foundation
Beach Sweep

Open to girls, grades K – 12 

Help keep our lakes and waterways clean by participating in this annual event.    The cleanup will be followed by celebration picnics held in several areas, including LPBF’s New Canal Lighthouse.  Girl Scouts are always a huge contributor to the annual Beach  Sweep, so please come to participate and help keep our lake clean for everyone to enjoy year-round!

When: Saturday, September 15, 2018
Time: 9 a.m.  – 12 p.m.
Where: North  and  south  shores  of  Lake  Pontchartrain,  with  across  the city  sweeps  of  street  curbs  and  storm  drains
Registration Instructions: Contact  Anne Barrett with Lake  Pontchartrain  Basin  Foundation’s  Education Department at anne@saveourlake.org or 503-733-8220 ext. 2243

Longue Vue House and Gardens
Collage Artist Workshop

Open to girls, grades 6 – 12

Come explore inspiration, creativity and identity through collage! 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. Senior Collage Artist Badge requirements are met in this workshop.

When: Saturday, December 9, 2018, OR can be scheduled at other available dates and times.
Time: 1 - 3 p.m.
Where: Longue Vue, 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 Instructions: Advance registration required. Submit a Girl Scout Booking Form at www.longuevue.com/scout-programs. Contact Lauren Rouatt at 504-293-4719 or lrouatt@longuevue.com to check date availability or for more information.

Note: Collage Artist Badge is not included. A Longue Vue patch is available for purchase.

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: Saturday, September 29, 2018 OR can be scheduled at other available dates and times.
Time: 1-3 p.m.
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)
Capacity: Minimum 10/Maximum 25
Registration Instructions: Advance registration required. Submit a Girl Scout Booking Form at www.longuevue.com/scout-programs. Contact Lauren Rouatt at 504-293-4719 or lrouatt@longuevue.com to check date availability or for more information. 
Registration Opens: Now. Deadline: September 1, 2018 or at least four weeks before a desired workshop date.
Note: Gardener Badge is not included. A Longue Vue patch is available 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, October 6, 2018 OR can be scheduled at other available dates and times.
Time: 1-3 p.m.
Where: Longue Vue House and Gardens, 7 Bamboo Road, New Orleans, LA 70124
Cost: $15 per girl, $4 per adult (free to 2 troop leaders)
Capacity: Minimum 10/Maximum 25
Registration Instructions: Advance registration required. Submit a Girl Scout Booking Form at www.longuevue.com/scout-programs. Contact Lauren Rouatt at 504-293-4719 or lrouatt@longuevue.com to check date availability or for more information.
Registration Opens: Now. Deadline: September 8, 2018 or at least four weeks before a desired workshop date.
Note: Bug Badge is not included. A Longue Vue patch is available 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 Girl Scout adult volunteers will receive special ticket pricing plus go on a self-guided nature scavenger hunt while exploring the gardens. Finish the day with a garden-themed craft in the Discovery Garden and complete your visit by picnicking at Longue Vue under some mighty Oaks!

When: Sunday, November 11, 2018
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
Registration Instructions: Advance registration required. Submit a Scout Booking Form at www.longuevue.com/scout-programs. Contact Lauren Rouatt at 504-293-4719 or lrouatt@longuevue.com for more information.
Registration Opens: Now. Deadline: October 28, 2018
Note: A Longue Vue patch is available at The Shop at Longue Vue available for purchase.

Longue Vue House and Gardens – Friendship 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, 2019, 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)
Capacity: Minimum 10/Maximum 25
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 2, 2019, or at least four weeks before the desired workshop date.
Note: A Longue Vue patch is available for purchase.

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, April 6, 2019, OR can be scheduled at other available dates and times.
Time: 1-3 p.m.
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)
Capacity: Minimum 10/Maximum 25
Registration Instructions: Advance registration required. Submit a Girl Scout Booking Form at www.longuevue.com/scout-programs. Contact Lauren Rouatt at 504-293-4719 or lrouatt@longuevue.com to check date availability or for more information.
Registration Opens: Now Deadline: March 9, 2019 or at least four weeks before the desired workshop date.
Note: Cadette Tree badge not included. A Longue Vue patch is available for purchase.

Longue Vue House and Gardens - Ambassador Photography Workshop

Open to girls, grades 11-12

Come visit Longue Vue for an evening of photography and fun with friends! Ambassadors will explore the gardens while learning about composition, motion, and light. Release your inner digital artist surrounded by the inspiration of nature!

When: Friday, May 3, 2019
Time: 4:30-6:30 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 registration required. Submit a Girl Scout Booking Form at www.longuevue.com/scout-programs. Contact Lauren Rouatt at 504-293-4719 or lrouatt@longuevue.com to check date availability or for more information.
Registration Opens: Now Deadline: April 5, 2019 or at least four weeks before the desired workshop date
Note: Photography badge not included. A Longue Vue patch is available for purchase.

Louisiana Art & Science Museum (LASM)
Welcomes Girl Scouts

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 (minimum of 15 participants to receive the group rate). Email reservations@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: All programs are free with museum admission. Group rate: $6.50/person (15 minimum). Visit www.lasm.org for more information.
Capacity: No minimum for participation in BASF Kids’ Lab; 30 maximum per session.
Registration Instructions: Please email kidslab@lasm.org 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.

Louisiana Art and Science Museum
Dino Day

Open to girls, grades K – 12

Unearth dinosaurs and their prehistoric world through hands-on activities and a special line up of related planetarium shows. Don’t forget to visit the colossal fossil Jason--an authentic 65-million-year-old triceratops skull. All activities are included in general admission or group rates. Additional participants of all ages are welcome.

When: TBD Summer 2019
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 with 15 minimum
Capacity: No minimum or maximum
Group Registration: Email reservations@lasm.org 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 sixth 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, nanoscience, 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 2019
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 with a 15 person minimum. Visit www.lasm.org for more information.
Contact: Sheree Westerhaus at swesterhaus@lasm.org

Louisiana Art & Science Museum
Engineer It: Dream Big

Open to girls, ages 6 – 12

Discover how today’s engineers are inspiring the world at our “Engineer It: Dream Big” mini-workshops, featuring participatory activities with the American Society of Civil Engineers along with special showings of Dream Big: Engineering Our World in the planetarium. Additional participants of all ages are welcome.

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 (15 minimum). Visit www.lasm.org for more information.
Capacity: No minimum or maximum
Contact: Sheree Westerhaus at 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 a.m. – 12 p.m.
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.
Capacity: No minimum/maximum 30
Registration Instructions for groups: Email educators@lasm. org.
Registration for individuals: Participation 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 the museum’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: All programs are free with museum admission. Group rate: $6.50/person. Visit www.lasm.org for more information.

Louisiana Art and Science Museum
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. Additional participants of all ages are welcome.

When: Saturday, May 11, 2019
Time: 10 a.m.- 12 p.m.
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 with 15 minimum. Visit www.lasm.org for more information.
Registration Instructions: Troops planning to attend as a group of 15 or more can contact Sheree Westerhaus at swesterhaus@ lasm.org for group rates/reservations. Otherwise, no reservation or registration is needed to attend; pay admission at the door and enjoy the event.
Note: Visit www.lasm.org for updates.

Louisiana Art and Science Museum
Planetarium Family Hour and Stargazing

Open to girls, grades K – 12

Young astronomers and their families are invited to gather around the “camp fire” to learn about stars, constellations and other objects that can be found in the local night sky. This interactive presentation is followed by a featured family hour planetarium show.

When: Every Saturday at 10 - 11 a.m.
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 with 15 minimum. Visit www.lasm.org for more information.
Registration Instructions: Troops planning to attend as a group of 15 or more can contact Sheree Westerhaus at swesterhaus@ lasm.org for group rates/reservations. Otherwise, no reservation or registration is needed to attend; pay admission at the door and enjoy the event.
Note: Visit www.lasm.org for updates.

Louisiana Children’s Museum
World’s Fair

Open to girls, grades K - 9

The Children’s World Fair is a celebration of various cultures and a chance to embark on an exciting trek all in one day! This event is also an inter-generational celebration of cultural diversity in the contributions of science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM). While on your expedition, you will experience an international exhibition of crafts, hands-on projects, activities, music, literature, native attire, and food from many regions of the world.

Typically, the event engages over 1,000 explorers who will travel around the world with them, with proceeds providing critical support to the Louisiana Children’s Museum’s hands-on exhibits, educational programs, and fun, safe, and meaningful learning opportunities for the children of this region.

When: Saturday, March 23, 2019 at 12 - 4:30 p.m.
Where: Louisiana Children’s Museum, 420 Julia Street, New Orleans, LA 70130
Fee: $15 per girl, troop leader and/or parent, when purchased in advance. One commemorative patch will be provided for each Girl Scout attending.
Registration Instructions: Only one order per troop. Tickets must be purchased by March 15, 2019, in order to receive this special rate. Order tickets by mailing or faxing the Girl Scout Form into LCM, or by calling Kathleen Ledet, Special Events Manager, at 504-266-2415. Please call 504-266-2415 or email kledet@lcm.org with any questions.

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-making activity. During each two-hour program, 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.

Clover’s Petal — Girl Scouts tour the Museum and discuss artwork, focusing on how artists can use resources wisely. An art activity focusing on collage technique will follow the tour.

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 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 which includes a tour and art activity for up to 10 Girl Scouts. Two adults per troop admitted free. Additional Girl Scouts are $7.50 each. Additional adults are $11 each.
Contact: Ellen Balkin, Education Manager 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 that 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 504-569-1481 or 800-233-2628.

WWII Air, Sea & Land Festival 2018

Open to girls, grades K – 12

As a part of WWII Air, Sea & Land Festival, Friday, October 12, will be a special Student Day with free admission for student groups like Girl Scout troops. Troop members will take part in activities focused on both the history and science of flight as they learn about what it took to keep iconic aircraft like these soaring overhead. The ‘Sea & Land’ portion of the event includes tours of America’s only WWII Patrol Torpedo Boat, PT-305, and tanks, halftracks, and jeeps from the Museum’s collection.

When: Friday, October 12 – Sunday, October 14, 2018 (festival), student day is Friday.
Time: 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Where: New Orleans Lakefront Airport, 6001 Stars and Stripes Boulevard, New Orleans, LA 70126
Fee: Friday, October 12 is free for Girl Scout troops that register by Friday, October 5. Discounted group rates will be available for pre-registered troops on Saturday and Sunday. Please email baylie.albus@nationalww2museum.org for more information.
Registration Instructions: Send an email to baylie.albus@nationalww2museum.org to begin the registration process or for more information.
Note: Girl Scout uniforms or t-shirts are encouraged.
Special Opportunity: The National WWII Museum is in search of Girl Scout Cadettes, Seniors, and Ambassadors to participate in the daily parade at the WWII Air, Sea & Land Festival. Availability is limited. Please email baylie.albus@nationalww2museum.org for more information

West Baton Rouge Museum
23rd Annual Sugar Fest

Open to girls, grades K – 12, and their families

The West Baton Rouge Museum invites the public to celebrate the 23rd 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 7, 2018
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

Greenway Explorers

Open to girls, K- 8 Explore with the Friends of Lafitte Greenway for an educational and fun excursion on the Lafitte Greenway. Greenway Explorers takes youth on fun, active, and educational excursions into nature in the heart of New Orleans on the Lafitte Greenway. Girl Scouts will use the Greenway as their classroom and a playground to inspire and empower them to become the next generation of environmental stewards. All lessons include play-based learning and team-building games. Topics include: Our Colorful World, Pollinators, the Recycling Brigade, and volunteer projects. For more information, visit www.lafittegreenway.org/explorers
When: Monday - Sunday. Call to set a date and time convenient to your troop.
Fee: $3 per girl
Capacity: Maximum 60 girls
Registration Instructions: Contact Nellie Catzen, program director, at nellie@lafittegreenway.org or 504-702-6778 to schedule your excursion.
Note : Participants should dress in comfortable clothes suitable for outdoor activities; closed toe shoes are recommended. Bring a water bottle, sunblock, bug repellent, etc. Activities are outdoors. 

Lacombe Heritage Center
The Nature of Learning

Open to girls, grades 4 – 12

Select any one of these three programs being offered by the Lacombe Heritage Center: The Nature of Learning, which is a hands-on environmental education initiative; Adopt-A-Spot 9/11 Living Memorial Cypress Tree Planting Project to plant bald cypress seedlings in select locations in St. Tammany Parish; and the Bartram Wilderness Adventure Resource Restoration Trail and Blueway, an eco-adventure tourism development project. These three initiatives are interconnected as they supply academic and field instruction in the Big Branch Marsh National Wildlife Refuge, and other locations throughout St. Tammany Parish. Our programs combine learning with practical application.

When: Program are year round. Planting cypress seedlings can only be done in the fall, winter, and spring months. Their programs can be tailored to work within the troops’ availabilities.
Where: Lacombe Heritage Center, 29069 Clesi Ave., Lacombe, LA 70445
Fee: Fees may vary depending upon the program content, materials, and number of participants.
Capacity: Minimum 6/Maximum 30
Registration Instructions: Contact Nature of Learning Project Coordinator, Emma Villemarette at emma.villemarette@usm.edu or 985-377-5434; or Lacombe Heritage Center Coordinator, Tom Aicklen at aicklentom@gmail.com or 985-882-7218.
Registration Opens: Cypress Tree Planting registration is open from August through October 2018. No specific deadlines to register. Please call to receive appointment information. The more notice the better.
Note: Dress should be appropriate for outdoor activities in the wetland and forest environment, with sunscreen, insect repellent, and first aid. Parking will be available close to the site, but some walking may be required. They will endeavor to have food donated by local businesses, and participants will be notified if successful.

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.

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 the 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 activities 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 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.

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.

New Orleans Botanical Garden
Painting

Open to girls, ages 6 – 9

Ready to paint?! Visit the Botanical Garden for a day of creativity, imagination, and fun as you complete the requirements for the Brownie Painting Badge. Girl Scouts will meet a local artist or view local work, paint a self-portrait or landscape, make their own puff paint, use garden materials to create their own paint brushes and add to a group mural! All requirements for the Brownie Painting Badge are met during this workshop.

When: Call or email to schedule.
Time: 10 a.m. - 12 p.m. or 1 - 3 p.m.
Where: New Orleans Botanical Garden, 5 Victory Ave, New Orleans, LA 70119
Fee: $15 per girl, $4 per adult (free to two troop leaders/adults)
Capacity: Minimum 10/Maximum 20
Registration Instructions: Advance registration required. Contact Lindsay Kirsch 504-483-9470 or nobgeducation@nocp.org for more information.
Note: Painting Badge is not included.

New Orleans Botanical Garden
Outdoor Art Creator

Open to girls, grades 2 – 3

Come explore and let your inner artist be inspired by the New Orleans Botanical Garden. During this workshop Girl Scouts will go on a nature walk, make a garden-inspired gift, dance or make music outdoors, take some photographs or create their own picture, and design something from nature. All requirements for the Brownie Outdoor Art Creator Badge are met during this workshop.

When: Call or email to schedule.
Time: 10 a.m. - 12 p.m. or 1 - 3 p.m.
Where: New Orleans Botanical Garden, 5 Victory Ave, New Orleans, LA 70119
Fee: $15 per girl, $4 per adult (free to two troop leaders/adults)
Capacity: Minimum 10/Maximum 20
Registration Instructions: Advance registration required. Contact Lindsay Kirsch 504-483-9470 or nobgeducation@nocp.org for more information.
Note: Outdoor Art Explorer Badge is not included.

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.

Woodlands Conservancy
Guided Nature Hikes

Open to girls, grades K – 12

Explore the plants, animals, insects and other wildlife found in a forested wetland on a guided hike with Woodlands Conservancy naturalists. Learn how to conserve local forests and waterways while working towards nature and outdoor related badges. Hikes can be tailored to meet requirements for different scout levels or linked to tree planting, water quality testing, or trail-clean-up service projects.

They recommend their hikes for Girl Scout Brownies working towards Bugs, Hiker, and Outdoor Adventurer Badges, their Water Journey for Girl Scout Juniors working towards their Animal Habitats badge and for Girl Scout Cadettes working towards their Trees badge.

When: Hikes scheduled upon request; weekdays and weekends, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Where: Woodlands Trail, 449 F. Edward Hebert Blvd., Belle Chasse, LA 70037
Fee: $10 per girl
Capacity: Minimum 8/Maximum 30
Registration Instructions: Email info@woodlandsconservancy. org or call 504-433-4000 for scheduling, information and questions. Please contact them at least three weeks in advance of your preferred trip date.
Note: Girls should wear closed-toe shoes and dress appropriately for outdoor seasonal conditions.

Woodland’s Conservancy
Owl Prowl Hikes

Open to girls, grades K – 12

Experience the forest after dark on a hike guided by Woodlands Conservancy naturalists. Join them to learn legends and facts about owls and other nocturnal wildlife, dissect owl pellets, and then venture into the forest to look and listen for nocturnal wildlife. Bring a Flashlight and a sense of adventure!

This program is open to Girl Scouts of all ages and may be especially relevant for Cadettes earning their Night Owl Badge.

When: Hikes scheduled upon request, weekdays after 5 p.m.
Where: Woodlands Trail, 449 F. Edward Hebert Blvd., Belle Chasse, LA 70037
Fee: $15 per girl
Capacity: Minimum 8/Maximum 25
Registration Instructions: Email info@woodlandsconservancy. org or call 504-433-4000 for scheduling, information and questions. Please contact them at least three weeks in advance of your preferred trip date.
Note: Girls should wear closed toe shoes, bring a flashlight, and dress appropriately for outdoor seasonal conditions.

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 2241 Mendez Dr., New Orleans. Its main purpose and function is to oversee the Catholic religious recognition program for Girl Scouts in the Archdiocese of New Orleans.

Important 2018-2019 dates include: an informational meeting and counselor training on Saturday, October 6, from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m., CYO office or OLDP, Metairie; deadline for counselor and girl registration for program and December retreat October 30; mandatory meeting for all counselors attending Dec. retreat - TBA in November; Overnight retreat at Camp Abbey on Dec. 8-9 for girls working on I Live My Faith and Mary, the First Disciple Awards; God is Love Retreat Day, OLDP, on January 26, 2019; Family of God Retreat Day, St. Christopher Parish Center, Sat mid-Jan; Committee meeting 7 p.m. March 13, OLDP; book review on Sunday, March 24, 2019 from 1 - 5 p.m., CYO office. Girls are scheduled for a 15-minute appointment with a committee member; Daisies are exempt, Brownies meet as a troop and Juniors - Ambassadors have individual interviews. Pre-ceremony meeting is Wednesday, April 10, 2019, at 7 p.m. CYO office, while award recognition ceremony is Sunday, April 28, 2019 at 3 p.m. at St. Louis Cathedral.

Interested adults may email girlscouts@arch-no.org or call the CYO/ Youth & Young Adult Ministry office at 504-227-3221 or contact committee chair Gloria St.Pierre at gloriastpierre@gmail.com

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. All activities are at Our Lady of Mercy Catholic Church in Baton Rouge. The annual awards ceremony is set for Sunday, August 25, 2019 from 1 – 4 p.m. Religious counselor Emblem Trainings are September 16, 2018 or February 10, 2019 from 1 – 5 p.m. A Rosary Program for Girl Scouts in 2nd- 5th grade is September 16, 2018 from 1:30 - 3:30 p.m. and a Bible Patch Program is set for March 10, 2019. Quarterly meetings will be held at the beginning of October 24, 2018 from 6:30 – 8 p.m.

For more information please contact committee secretary Barbara Sicard at 225-769-7781 or bsicard5@gmail.com 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 – 7

Tulane’s GiST program provides fifth through seventh grade girls with the opportunity to meet and work with female undergraduate, graduate, faculty, and professional role models in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) fields. Workshops developed by faculty and student teams empower students to inquire, investigate, and discover in a positive environment. Their goal is to open the doors wide and welcome young girls to careers in STEM fields by encouraging creative thinking, promoting self-esteem, and increasing awareness of the opportunities in STEM that await them.

When: Saturday, November 3, 2018. Spring GiST event is Saturday, March 30, 2019.
Time: 8 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 with any questions or to bring a group of girls to GiST.

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 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.

Mad Science
STEM Workshops

Open to girls, grades K- 6

Mad Science is on a mission to spark the imagination of children everywhere with exciting, live, interactive programs that instill a clear understanding of what science is really about, and how it affects the world around us. Mad Science is proud to offer a large selection of STEM workshops. Choose one of their existing science themes or allow them to customize one to meet badge requirements. All programs are led by highly qualified instructors using unique equipment and are performed at the location of your choice! Additionally, workshops include: exciting demonstrations that introduce scientific phenomena; concept illustrations through physical expression that engage students with the material through body movement; hands-on activities that encourage students to become the scientists; take-home tool of science exploration reinforcing the lesson and continuing experimentation at home.

When: One-hour workshops are scheduled at your convenience. Call to schedule.
Where: They bring their science lab to your meeting location.
Capacity: Maximum 25
Fee: $190 for workshop, which includes all materials and instructions
Registration Instructions: Call 504-345-2602 or email info@madsciencesela.com to register. For more information, please visit us at www.madscience.org/sela

Microsoft Workshop
Computer Expert Badge

Open to girls, ages 8 -14

In this two-hour workshop, girls will 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, Girl Scouts will feel empowered to use their new skills with their troop and in the classroom.

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: Maximum of 15 girls per session
Registration Instructions: Email requests and questions to mrs0068cds@microsoft.com
Note: A confirmation will be sent out via email prior to the event.

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.

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: Maximum of 15 girls per session
Registration Instructions: Email requests and questions to mrs0068cds@microsoft.com
Note: A confirmation will be sent out via email prior to the event.

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 will 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.

When: By reservation. Email to set up a time. pen to girls, ages 12 – 14
Where: Microsoft Store at Lakeside Shopping Center, Dillard’s wing, 3301 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, LA 70002
Fee: Free
Capacity: Maximum of 15 girls per session
Registration Instructions: Email requests and questions to mrs0068cds@microsoft.com
Note: A confirmation will be sent out via email prior to the event.

Microsoft Workshop - Make Your Own Story with PowerPoint and Word

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.

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: Maximum of 15 girls per session
Registration Instructions: Email requests and questions to mrs0068cds@microsoft.com
Note: A confirmation will be sent out via email prior to the event.

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.

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: Maximum of 15 girls per session
Registration Instructions: Email requests and questions to mrs0068cds@microsoft.com
Note: A confirmation will be sent out via email prior to the event.

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; and how to iterate on solutions to complete a task.

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: Maximum of 15 girls per session
Registration Instructions: Email requests and questions to mrs0068cds@microsoft.com
Note: A confirmation will be sent out via email prior to the event.

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: Maximum of 15 girls per session
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: Call to set a date and time convenient to your troop.
Where: TBD (in the New Orleans Central Business District)
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.
Note: 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

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: Fridays, September 28, October 19, November 2, and December 14, 2018
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 when registered with their troop. Fee includes pizza dinner.
Capacity: Minimum 40/Maximum 60. If less than 40 children registered at the four-week deadline, troops will be contacted to reschedule.
Registration Instructions: Advanced Registration is REQUIRED at least four weeks prior to the scheduled event. Any late registrations will be required to pay a $17 per girl fee. Please complete the GSLE Program Event Registration Form, including roster, 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.

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

LSU Athletic Patch

Throughout the LSU Athletic season, Girl Scouts have the chance to earn the official LSU Athletics patch! Girl Scouts will have the opportunity to meet student-athletes, coaches, and learn the sports by participating in special events.

The patch will be awarded to each girl that attends three out of five designated LSU Girl Scout events over the 2018-19 LSU Athletic season at select sporting events. To receive credit torward the patch, all Girl Scouts must sign-in with the marketing department on the day of the event.

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.

Jazzercise - Metairie Center
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 Center 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 are the newest, unique activity center for all ages located in Gonzales, LA. They offer upscale bowling in a family center with security, VIP area for special parties, company events, birthdays, Girl Scouts and sport team events, plus a 65- game arcade with latest in bumper cars and the only laser maze in the state. Amenities include an exciting restaurant and bar and recently added Malco 11 Screens Movie Theatre. 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.premierelanes.net.

R+L Carriers New Orleans Bowl
Girl Scouts for Football


Open to girls, grades K – 12

The R+L Carriers New Orleans Bowl is inviting all Girl Scouts to come out on the field to watch pre-game warm-ups and address the American Flag during the National Anthem! The bowl game features the champion of the Sun Belt Conference against a representative from Conference USA. During the game participating troops will be recognized on the stadium and message board system.

When: Saturday, December 15, 2018
Time: 8 p.m.
Where: Mercedes-Benz Superdome, Sugar Bowl Dr., New Orleans, LA 70112
Fee: All Girl Scouts and three leaders get in for free! Parents, family, and friend tickets are only $12.65 (price includes all taxes and fees).
Registration Instructions: Register online at www.Fevo.me/girlscoutsnola. Tickets along with detailed game day information will be mailed to the troop leader during the second week in December. For any additional questions please contact Craig Forshag at CForshag@gnosf.org or 504- 525-5678.
Contact: Craig Forshag at Craig@NewOrleansBowl.org for more information. Please send him your email address to be added to the email list.
Staff Support: Kevin Shipp at kshipp@gsle.org or 504-733-8220, ext. 2243.

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. Baton Rouge and west Louisiana have similar programs and they can help set them up once you email.

Hospitals

Blood Buddies

Open to girls, grades K – 12, and their families

Founded in 1960, the Blood Center serves as the lifesaving link between the donor and the patient. Blood is a vita medical component that cannot be manufactured. It is only through generous donors that blood is made available to patient in need.

Girl Scouts earn the Blood Buddies patch by: attending a presentation on blood facts, why people need blood and what are the requirements to donating blood; supporting the community blood supply by successfully recruiting two blood donors.

Contact: Paul Adams at BloodDrive@TheBloodCenter.org to learn more about the Blood Buddies program.

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

Open to girls, ages 9 – 12, and a trusted female 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 seminar, 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 will have their own unique situation, story and culture.

When: Call for scheduled dates and times
Where: East Jefferson General Hospital, Conference Center, 4200 Houma Blvd, Metairie, LA 70006
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

The EJGH Woman & Newborn Services department invites you to learn an assortment of key babysitting tips. The information presented will include infant and child choking, essentials of childcare, problem behavior, entertaining Ideas, healthy and safe snack/meal choices, and babysitting as a business. The event is designed off of the Cadette Babysitter Badge requirements but is open to all girls, ages 11-14.

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

East Jefferson General Hospital
Safe Sitter

Open to girls, ages 11 and older

Safe Sitter is a national medically accurate childcare course developed for girls, 11 to 14, who are ready to learn the skills they need to care for themselves and younger children. This class is taught by registered nurses certified in the Safe Sitter curriculum. The program teaches safe and nurturing child care techniques, behavior management skills and appropriate responses to medical emergencies. At the conclusion of the of the two-day course, participants will receive a program completion card.

When: Scheduled at various times.
Where: East Jefferson General Hospital, Conference Center, 4200 Houma Blvd., Metairie, LA 70006
Fee: $85 per person
Registration Instructions: Health Finder at 504-456-5000 or Amy Luke at 504-503-4870 or aluke@ejgh.org for more information. Participation rosters will be share with Girl Scouts Louisiana East

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 pillowcases, 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, buttercream, 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 the 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 the number of attendees.
Capacity: Minimum 10/Maximum 20
Contact: Tashia Brown, Education Coordinator at 504-456-2083.

Theater

Manship Theatre's Fall Family Fun 2018

The Manship Theatre in Baton Rouge is offering 20% off to all Girl Scouts who wear their uniform or a Girl Scout T-shirt to any of these performanes for their upcoming children's series. 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea (Oct. 14 - 2 p.m.), The Legend of Sleepy Hollow (Oct. 21 - 2 p.m.), Magic School Bus: Lost in the Solar System (Oct. 28 - 2 p.m.), Sleeping Beauty (Nov. 4 - 2 p.m.)