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

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

Animal Shelters

Louisiana SPCA

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

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

Jewelry Making

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.

Museums, Zoos, and other Attractions

Audubon Zoo

Open to girls, grades K – 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: $35 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.

BREC’s Baton Rouge Zoo Safari Night

Open to girls, grades K – 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. Enjoy dinner and breakfast, included in your Safari Night package.

Hermann-Grima/Gallier Historic Houses

Open to girls, grades K – 12
The Hermann-Grima/Gallier Historic Houses invites Girl Scouts to step back in time and explore the excitement, wonder, and history of the Vieux Carré. After a special tour, girls will participate in a hands-on living history program in our historic open hearth kitchen. Additional Living History programs can be designed to meet particular proficiency award requirements.

Where: Hermann-Grima House, 820 St. Louis Street, New Orleans, LA 70112
Fee: $10 per Girl Scout, which includes tour of the Hermann-Grima House and Living History Activity.
Contact: Hermann-Grima/Gallier Historic Houses Education Coordinator Jenny Dyer at jennyd@hgghh.org or Lindsay O’Connor at lindsayo@hgghh.org to schedule a time.  Visit www.hgghh.org for additional information.

Louisiana Art & Science Museum (LASM)

LASM BASF Kids’ Lab Workshops

Open to girls, ages 6 – 12
Explore the wonders of chemistry in these hands-on science workshops sponsored by BASF and offered at the Louisiana Art & Science Museum on the 2nd and 4th Saturdays and Sundays of each month! Each 45-minute, instructor-led workshop offers safe, fun, and engaging chemical experiments such as Chemistry is Bananas, Playful Polymers, The Rainbow Connection, The “pHun” Factor, A Hair-Raising Experiment, Energy Loves Produce, Hold Everything, and Happy Hands. The goal of this program is to foster science literacy and promote a greater appreciation for and interest in the dynamic world of chemistry. All participants will receive a lab apron, a certificate of participation, and a backpack filled with additional takeaway items. In order to provide assistance with this learning experience, one adult chaperone is required for every four Girl Scouts. Please sign in at our Visitor Services Desk at least 30 minutes prior to your scheduled workshop in order to confirm your reservation and guarantee space for your group

When: Second and Fourth Saturdays of each month at 10:15 a.m., 12 p.m. and 2 p.m.; Second and Fourth Sundays of each month at 1:30 p.m. and 3 p.m.
Where: Louisiana Art & Science Museum, 100 River Road South, Baton Rouge, LA 70802
Fee: Free with museum admission – Group admission rate is $5 for all museum galleries and $7 for museum galleries and a planetarium show. Visit www.lasm.org for individual rates.
Capacity:  No minimum for participation; 15 minimum, including adults, to receive group rate/30 maximum per session, including adults. Groups of less than 25 may share lab space with other visitors.
Registration Instructions: Please email kidslab@lasm.org or call 225-344-5272, ext. 132, for all group or individual reservations. Participants may also register on a first come, first served basis on the day of each workshop. Visit www.lasm.org for additional details.

Viewing & Doing Art

Open to girls, grades K – 6
You and your family are encouraged to explore art together while viewing and discussing works in the art gallery. Then after gallery time, you can express yourselves through a hands-on art project of your very own! Participation is on a first come, first served basis.

When: First Saturday of every month.
Time: 10:30 a.m. – 12 p.m. Sign in at 9:30 a.m.
Where: Louisiana Art & Science Museum, 100 River Road South, Baton Rouge, LA 70802
Fee: Free with museum admission. Visit www.lasm.org for individual rates.
Capacity: No minimum for participation.
Registration Instructions: Contact Tammy Frazier at 225-344-5272, ext. 117. Visit www.lasm.org/exhibits/events or call 225-344-5272 for more information.

LASM Engineer It Workshops

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

When: Resuming Fall 2014; visit www.lasm.org for updates.
Where: Louisiana Art & Science Museum, 100 River Road South, Baton Rouge, LA 70802
Fee: Free
Capacity: Minimum 0/Maximum 15 children.
Contact: Sheree Westerhaus at 225-344-5272, ext. 124.

LASM Miss Trudy’s Traveling Trunk Show

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

When: Every Saturday
Time: 11 a.m.
Where: Louisiana Art & Science Museum, 100 River Road South, Baton Rouge, LA 70802
Fee: Free with museum admission – Group admission rate is $5 for all museum galleries and $7 for museum galleries and a planetarium show. Visit www.lasm.org for individual rates.
Capacity: No minimum for participation; 15 minimum, including adults, to receive group rate.
Contact: Jessica Correll at jcorrell@lasm.org or at 225.344.5272, ext. 142, for group reservations.

Longue Vue House and Gardens

Longue Vue House and Gardens – Girl Scout Ceremonies and Celebrations

Open to girls, grades K – 12
Honor your troop’s Girl Scouting milestones or just come together in a beautiful setting to celebrate! Longue Vue has lovely garden rooms and historic indoor spaces for available for special events. Work with our special events staff to create a celebration as unique as your Girl Scouts!  Catering options are available.

When: Daily, dependent upon availability
Where: Longue Vue House and Gardens, 7 Bamboo Road, New Orleans, LA 70124
Fee: Venue, rental, and catering fees apply.
Capacity: Minimum 10/Maximum varies
Contact: Lydia Vaughn at 504-293-4722 or lvaughn@longuevue.com for more information and to check availability. Visit www.longuevue.com to fill out a booking request form.

Longue Vue House and Gardens – Girl Scout Workshops

Open to girls, grades 2 – 5
Schedule a workshop at your convenience. Visit us for a day of exploration, learning, friendship, and fun. We’ve created workshops specifically for your troops! Girl Scout Daisies can expand on their Daisy Flower Garden Journey in Our Flower Garden Workshop. Girl Scout Brownies can investigate the world of bugs in the Insect Investigation Workshop, meeting all of the requirements for the Bug Badge. Girl Scout Juniors can explore the world of plants and gardens in the Gardener Exploration Workshop, fulfilling most of the badge requirements for the Gardener Badge.

When: Call to schedule.
Where: Longue Vue House and Gardens, 7 Bamboo Road, New Orleans, LA 70124
Fee: $12 per girl, $4 per adult
Capacity: Minimum 10 /Maximum 25 (girls per workshop)
Contact: Lydia Vaughn at 504-293-4722 or lvaughn@longuevue.com.
Notes: Badges are not included. A Longue Vue patch is available at The Shop at Longue Vue for purchase.

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

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

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

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
See the South! From 19th century Impressionistic landscapes to the works of self-taught artist Clementine Hunter to Contemporary Abstract Art, the Ogden Museum of Southern Art invites Girl Scouts to take a special tour of the museum followed by an art activity inspired by works in the collection. Tours and activity can also be tailored to meet many proficiency award requirements.

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:
$5 per Girl Scout (includes tour and activity); two adults per troop admitted free; $8 for each additional adult.
Contact: Ellen Balkin, Education Coordinator at 504-539-9608 or ebalkin@ogdenmuseum.org to schedule a time.

Parks and Nature Centers

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.

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.

Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM)

GIST (Girls In STEM at Tulane)

Open to girls, grades 5 – 8
Tulane University’s GIST Program provides fifth through eighth grade girls with the opportunity to meet and work with women role models in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) fields. Workshops developed and offered by faculty and student teams encourage and empower girls to inquire, investigate, and discover in a positive environment. Their goal is to open the doors wide and welcome young students to careers in STEM fields by encouraging creative thinking, promoting self-esteem, and increasing awareness of the opportunities that await them.
When: Saturday, November 8, 2014
Time: 8:30 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Fee: $10.  Please do not mail checks until formally accepted. Lunch, snacks, and a t-shirt will be provided. Participants will visit three different labs where they will do workshops in STEM fields. Need-Based Scholarships available.
Registration Instructions: You can find out more about this program and register online at http://gist.tulane.edu. Space is limited so apply today.
Contact: Email gist@tulane.edu for more information.


LASM BASF Kids’ Lab Workshops

Open to girls, ages 6 – 12
Explore the wonders of chemistry in these hands-on science workshops sponsored by BASF and offered at the Louisiana Art & Science Museum on the 2nd and 4th Saturdays and Sundays of each month! Each 45-minute, instructor-led workshop offers safe, fun, and engaging chemical experiments such as Chemistry is Bananas, Playful Polymers, The Rainbow Connection, The “pHun” Factor, A Hair-Raising Experiment, Energy Loves Produce, Hold Everything, and Happy Hands. The goal of this program is to foster science literacy and promote a greater appreciation for and interest in the dynamic world of chemistry. All participants will receive a lab apron, a certificate of participation, and a backpack filled with additional takeaway items. In order to provide assistance with this learning experience, one adult chaperone is required for every four Girl Scouts. Please sign in at our Visitor Services Desk at least 30 minutes prior to your scheduled workshop in order to confirm your reservation and guarantee space for your group

When: Second and Fourth Saturdays of each month at 11 a.m., 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. (new hours beginning in Jan); Second and Fourth Sundays of each month at 1:30 p.m. and 3 p.m.
Where: Louisiana Art & Science Museum, 100 River Road South, Baton Rouge, LA 70802
Fee: Free with museum admission – Group admission rate is $5 for all museum galleries and $7 for museum galleries and a planetarium show. Visit www.lasm.org for individual rates.
Capacity:  No minimum for participation; 15 minimum, including adults, to receive group rate/30 maximum per session, including adults. Groups of less than 25 may share lab space with other visitors.
Registration Instructions: Please email kidslab@lasm.org or call 225-344-5272, ext. 132, for all group or individual reservations. Participants may also register on a first come, first served basis on the day of each workshop. Visit www.lasm.org for additional details.

LASM Engineer It Workshops

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

When: Resuming Fall 2014; visit www.lasm.org for updates.
Where: Louisiana Art & Science Museum, 100 River Road South, Baton Rouge, LA 70802
Fee: Free
Capacity: Minimum 0/Maximum 15 children.
Contact: Sheree Westerhaus at 225-344-5272, ext. 124.

Sports and Fitness

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

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

When: One Friday of each month, September – May. Exact dates will be posted on Ivanov’s web site at www.ivanovsgymnastics.com
Time: 6:30 – 9:30 p.m.
Where: Ivanov’s Gymnastics Academy, 3930 Barron St., Metairie, LA 70002 (one block behind French Riviera on the corner of Veterans & Cleary)
Fee: Non-members are $17 per child; Ivanov’s members are $12 per child. Contact Ivanov’s Gymnastics at 504-889-9800 for more information.
Registration Instructions: Register in advance. Stop by the gym. Office hours are 3 – 7 p.m. Monday – Friday, and Saturday, 9 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Deadline: Two weeks before FNFN (First come – First serve)
Notes: Dress code is PE uniform, bare feet.

Premier Lanes Entertainment Center

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

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

Restaurants

Domino’s Pizza Field Trip

Open to girls, grades K – 12
Tour a New Orleans or Northshore 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: Contact Stephanie Siegwald at Stephanie.Siegwald@rpmpizza.com or 504-521-6296 to set up your Domino’s Pizza Field Trip at a store near you. This applies to the New Orleans Metro and Northshore area. Similar programs may be available in other areas;call your local store to find out details.

Hospitals

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

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

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

When: Offered every other month.
Fee: $20 per girl. Free for trusted adult.
Registration Instructions: For dates and to register, call Health Finder at 504-456-5000.

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