Many businesses and organizations in our area open their doors to Girl Scout groups. They offer all sorts of opportunities including tours, demonstrations, instruction, and hands-on participation.Troops and groups are encouraged to contact any of the following to set up a program on a date and time that works for you!
See our Horseback Riding page for a list of approved
Baltimore Woods Nature Center
4007 Bishop Hill Road
Marcellus, NY 13108
Becky Wilson, Education Manager
Baltimore Woods offers exploratory programs for all ages. Through investigation and discovery, Girl Scouts will learn about the natural world around them. Programs can be specifically designed to meet the needs of the troop. Please contact Becky to set up your adventure!
Beaver Lake Nature Center
8477 East Mud Lake Road
Baldwinsville, NY 13027
Located in Baldwinsville, New York, just 15 minutes northwest of Syracuse, Beaver Lake Nature Center offers 9 miles of trails and over 400 annual programs. A rich mix of habitats creates the possibility of seeing more than 200 species of birds and over 800 varieties of plants. Staff Naturalists provide programming for troops of all ages. Badge programs as well as all of the aspects of the It’s Your Planet Journey series are available. To schedule a program, please email Meg or call her at 315.638.2519.
Colgate University Athletics
Is your troop interested in free admission to events? Troops/Girl Scouts can have access to discount tickets to events at Colgate.
Athletic Events & Group Tickets Deals
or call: 315.228.6089
Downtown Syracuse YMCA
340 Montgomery Street
Syracuse, NY 13202
Senior Program Director for Youth and Teens
YMCA of Greater Syracuse
Is your troop looking for a fun, interactive environment to come together and work toward their badges? The Y is happy to help! We offer a variety of experiences in Arts, Sports, Outdoors, and Enrichment and can customize a plan to help your troop with almost any badge. As an example, we have a full working art studio that girls can work on Painter, Potter, Jeweler, or other Art badges. At our camp we can work on any outdoor badges such as bugs, outdoor adventures, trees, flowers, letterboxing, archery, and horseback riding. Our sports and fitness departments can work on badges like Dancer, Playing the Past, making games, etc.
For questions or pricing please contact Kelly Butters.
Fields Trips and Programs at the Apple Store
9090 Destiny USA Drive
Syracuse, NY 13204
Select State, Store (Syracuse)
Click “Sign Up”
Fill in your contact information
• Enter your GS Troop # in the “School Information” field
• Looking for help with a badge/step of a badge/or topic? Enter this information in the “Comments” field
An Apple employee will contact you to schedule
*Requests must be made 3-4 weeks prior to your desired field trip date
Food Bank of the Southern Tier
Address: 388 Upper Oakwood Ave Elmira, NY 14903
Counties served: Steuben, Schuyler, Chemung, Tompkins, Tioga, and Broome.
Food Bank of the Southern Tier offers “Hunger 101”, which is appropriate for ages 12 and above. Hunger 101 is a one-time, role-playing activity and discussion that increases awareness and understanding of hunger and poverty and their many causes in our community. The hour-long program allows individuals to take on the identity and circumstances of a real person faced with food insecurity in our region. Participants must then try to make ends meet while also securing food for their families. It is a great compliment to volunteering or a food drive. In addition, we also have the Hunger Web, which is appropriate for ages 8 to 12. This activity asks the participants to brainstorm causes of poverty and then they work together to “link” the causes and form a web. We could also give a presentation about food banking in general, a volunteer activity, and we could give a tour of our warehouse, this would be good for ages 8 and above. We also have a board game that the girls could play.
These could be the hunger banquets, food drives, or other hunger education lessons that I could come to the troop to facilitate. We also have the “Take a Bite out of Hunger” patch curriculum that we would be happy to have girls complete.
Contact: Christine Ector, email@example.com
2000 NYS Rt. 392
Cortland, NY 13045
Adventure Center: 1858 NYS Rt. 392
Hope Lake Lodge & Waterpark: 2177 Clute Rd.
We are committed to consistently providing enjoyable recreation, a safe environment, and memorable vacation experiences for every guest and every member of staff.
Herkimer Home State Historic Site
200 State Route 169
Little Falls, NY 13365
The Herkimer Home is the 1764 farmstead of Nicholas Herkimer, a leader within the Palatine German community and Brigadier General of the Tryon County Militia.
We offer guided tours of the historic home as well as an assortment of colonial period and environmental programs. Our education programs can be done on-site or as outreach. We also have opportunities for volunteering and community service projects.
25056 Water Street • Watertown, NY Programs held at Petco, Town
Phone: 315.782.3260 Fax 315.782.9085
Email firstname.lastname@example.org to set up a program with your troop!
*Programs and events are open to ages 10 & up!
In our program, we divide the Scouts and one group would listen to a 15 minute talk about the Shelter, while another would do a craft and take a tour of the adoption center. The last group would do a scavenger hunt through the Petco Store with an adult provided by the Scouts. Donations of cat litter are encouraged.
Kidding Around Yoga is stress management for children. KAY provides a curriculum that is specifically designed to help children be active, learn to relax, improve focus, and have FUN in a non-competitive environment. We do this through the use of cardiovascular conditioning, original songs, games, storytelling, and relaxation techniques. Kidding Around Yoga reaches children through the way they learn best—play!
Yoga helps with concentration and teaches a healthy respect for ourselves, others, and nature. It also gives you the needed tools to deal with the stress of daily life. I am a certified Kidding Around Yoga (KAY) teacher. Classes can be customized to meet a troop’s needs regarding theme, length, age group, as well as location. . As an added bonus, Kidding Around Yoga offers a beautiful fun patch!
Lime Hollow Nature Center
338 McLean Road
Cortland, NY 13045
Lime Hollow is a non-profit organization that provides free trail usage to the public year-round. Located on the border of Cortland and Tompkins counties, with a variety of interesting natural features to see, this nature center has a lot to offer your troop. In addition to its ability to host recreational programs such as camping and snowshoeing, Lime Hollow is also able to provide programs for troops (Daisies – Seniors) to help them earn their It’s Your Planet – Love It! Journey through hands-on, engaging, outdoor learning.
1393 Hathaway Dr.
Farmington, NY 14425
Is your troop looking for a fun way to earn a new patch? At Mattiacio Orthodontics it's our job is to put smiles on faces! Join us for an engaging experience where girls will learn how to practice good dental health. Our upbeat team will teach you the best ways to care for your teeth, as well as the right foods and drinks to consume in order to keep them healthy. We love FUN, so we have many interactive activities planned for your Daisies or Brownies.
Contact Alex Camp at email@example.com for more information.
Montezuma Audubon Center
2295 NY Route 89
Savannah NY 13146
The Montezuma Audubon Center, located in the Town of Savannah in eastern Wayne County, is the perfect place for Girl Scouts groups to connect with nature with activities all year long. We offer customized badge programs, snowshoe adventures, canoeing, birding van tours, day and evening hikes, as well as camp-in and camp-out opportunities.
For more information call 315.365.3588 Tuesday through Saturday, email firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit our website.
New York State Department of Environmental Conservation
Is your troop interested in a Hands on Archery Course?
Hunter Safety Class to earn a NYS certificate to obtain a Bow License?
Are you interested in fly tying or fly fishing?
Entomology(studying insects!) It really is fun understanding the cycle of life in the insect world!
Fishing related activities?
Civic activities with Trout Unlimited like Stream Projects & Clean ups?
Assisting with Fish Stocking?
Fish Hatchery Tours?
If any of the above sound like fun, sound interesting, or pique your interest, please contact:
Dave Corr (Region 6 Conservation Fund Advisory Board) at 315.724.7864
The American Red Cross Mohawk Valley
1415 Genesee Street
Utica, NY 13501
Pillowcase Presentation: Designed for students in grades 2–6, the Pillowcase Project Presentation teaches about the work of the Red Cross, how families can prevent, prepare for and escape a home fire, and how to stay safe during a natural hazard like flooding. We also teach skills to help students cope with emergencies and stressful situations and other tips and skills to prepare for emergencies. Students will receive a preparedness workbook along with a pillowcase for their own personalized emergency supplies kit! We can schedule this presentation for anytime and any location. For more information please contact Taylor Fanelli or Meghan Yost at 315.733.4666.
Citizen’s Preparedness Corps: Designed for anyone high school age and above this presentation talks about preparing for all types emergencies and disasters, including fires, how to respond during them, and how to recover after them. We talk about all the skills, tools and supplies needed for preparing for emergencies. We can also teach hands-only CPR along with this presentation, giving everyone the chance to practice life-saving CPR compressions on a mannequin! We can schedule this presentation for anytime and any location. For more information please contact Taylor Fanelli or Meghan Yost at 315.733.4666.
Redhouse Arts Center
400 S. Salina St
Syracuse, NY 13202
Redhouse Arts Center is a professional, not-for-profit theater serving the community by providing leading and inclusive experiences through its theater and educational programs. By participating in RedEd programming, students work with professional actors, musicians, designers, teaching artists, choreographers, and visiting artists to develop skills to succeed both on and off stage. Girl Scouts of all levels can earn badges by attending RedEd programming!
Enrollment is currently open for spring and summer 2020! Click here to learn more about what Redhouse offers.
Rice Creek Field Station
Oswego NY 13126
Email Dr. Diann Jackson or call her at 315.312.6678.
Rice Creek Field Station, a unit of SUNY Oswego, is located one mile south of the main campus and Lake Ontario. It is a year-round facility serving the college and community for the advancement of science knowledge through ecological research, education, and stewardship of the natural world. Rice Creek Field Station offers a number of education programs. Troops can explore the trails, relax on a bench at a scenic overlook and enjoy the natural history displays and featured artwork inside the building. Special free programs for your troop can be scheduled on Saturdays for a guided trail walk or to ask questions of our naturalist.
Contact Rice Creek at least two weeks in advance to schedule a special program for your troop.
SECNY Federal Credit Union
branches in Baldwinsville, Onondaga Hill, North Syracuse, Manlius and Skaneateles
SECNY Federal Credit Union offers financial literacy programming to girls of all ages. We believe strongly that financial education starting at an early age can only strengthen girls’ futures, giving them the foundation that they need to be successful for a lifetime. SECNY FCU offers programs in Onondaga, Cayuga, Madison, and Oswego counties. The following is a sampling of our program offerings:
For Daisies and Brownies
Money Mammals Based on the simple concepts of Share, Save, & Spending Smart, this program focuses on teaching children good money habits so they won’t have to break bad habits later in life.
We also offer a seminar for parents that addresses the importance of giving a child an allowance that teaches them how to be financially responsible.
We recently partnered with the American Banking Association and can offer their programming, which is not only educational but fun, engaging the children with a hands on approach to learning.
For older girls
Budgeting in High School This program examines the ways teens spend money on items that won’t last such as food and entertainment. Students will set a budget when getting a paycheck or other lump sum of money, prioritize spending needs from spending wants, recognize wasteful spending habits, and predict the amount of money potentially saved during a set period by altering spending habits.
Budgeting in the Real World Students learn how to track their spending when they have to pay for living costs, bills, and other necessary expenses. This lesson is designed to prepare young adults for real world income and expenses when living on their own and earning a paycheck. It also teaches students how to create and stick to a workable budget.
Paying for College This program introduces students to elements they should consider when choosing how to finance their college education.
Protecting Your Financial Identity Students will learn about identity theft and ways to protect their personal and financial information against fraud.
Knowing your Credit Score This program introduces students to the importance of knowing their credit scores, understanding what a credit score and credit report are, and how important a credit score is to achieving financial success and stability.
For additional information about these programs, please contact Karen Ellis.
Seward House Museum
33 South St.
Auburn, NY 13021
The Seward House Museum, built in 1816, explores 19th century history through the lens of the Seward family, including Secretary of State William Henry Seward and his wife, Frances, who was an abolitionist who fought for equality for all. Themes of abolition, women's rights, the Civil War, and local history are all included in the guided tour, which takes visitors through the Seward's home to see the original contained within.
Along with learning about 19th century history, the Seward House Museum has developed three specialty tours aimed at providing Girl Scouts the unique experience while they explore the history. Given by professionals and volunteers, these tours are inquiry based and focus on the Seward family women. Upon completing the tour, Girl Scouts receive a custom patch highlighting their experience.
Contacts: Dr. Jeffrey Ludwig, Director of Education, email@example.com or Zachary Finn, Education and Outreach Coordinator, firstname.lastname@example.org
Sterling Nature Center
15730 Jensvold Rd
Sterling, NY 13156
The Sterling Nature Center is part of the Cayuga County Park & Trails Department and is open to the public free of charge year-round from sunrise to sunset. Located in northern Cayuga County on the shore of Lake Ontario, it provides opportunities to experience and learn about nature through a variety of hands-on activities and programs. There are over ten miles of hiking trails and 2-miles of Lake Ontario shoreline to explore with your troop. In addition to its ability to host programs such as guided nature hikes, pond exploration and snowshoeing, the Sterling Nature Center is also able to provide programs for troops to help them earn their It’s Your Planet – Love It! Journey through hands-on, engaging, outdoor learning adventures.
Technology & Innovation Center (TechWorks!)
321 Water St.
Binghamton, NY 13901
The mission of the Innovation & Technology Center is to document and present in context in context invention and industrial innovations of New York's Southern Tier.
TechWorks is full of technical, aviation and musical history, with hands on opportunities for all ages.
9090 Destiny USA Dr.
Syracuse, NY 13290
WonderWorks is an amusement park for the mind. The 40,000 square feet of "edutainment.” The attraction combines education and entertainment with more than 100 hands on exhibits that challenge the mind & spark the imagination!
6181 Thompson Rd #100
Syracuse, NY 13206
Ginger Price is an educator at Vera House. As part of the education/prevention programs at Vera House she offers presentations that include the following topics:
Helping youth to identify and build healthy relationships.
Helping teens identify abusive behaviors in the context of a dating relationship, a family relationship and a friendship.
Increase the capability of youth to protect themselves from abusive individuals.
315.425.0818 x 216