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!
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 315.638.2519
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.
Breakout Games Syracuse isn’t your average outing or everyday
experience. Breakout is for those who would rather solve mysteries
than watch someone else have all the fun. With different rooms that
follow unique and non-scary storylines, you and your friends will have
60 minutes to escape your adventure of choice by cracking codes,
solving puzzles, and following clues!
Girl Scouts receive 20% off their experience by using the code
NYGIRLSCOUT in the promotion area during website checkout. Girls ages
14 and up do not require an adult to stay. For those under 14, an
adult must remain onsite.
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.
Contact: Nathalie Carter Colgate Athletics Athletic
Events & Group Tickets Deals email Nathalie
or call: 315.228.6089
Downtown Syracuse YMCA
340 Montgomery Street Syracuse, NY 13202
P: 315.474.6851 F: 315.474.6857
Kelly Butters Senior Program Director for Youth and
Teens YMCA of Greater Syracuse Email: firstname.lastname@example.org 315.637.2025 x207
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 Destiny
USA 9090 Destiny USA Drive Syracuse, NY 13204
• 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
Submit request 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 Website: www.foodbankst.org
Counties served: Steuben, Schuyler, Chemung, Tompkins, Tioga,
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.
Goodwill Theatre offers over 70 performances, workshops, and special
events every year, and has several shows in the 2017-2018 season that
Girl Scouts might be particularly interested in, including two
educational science shows and four musicals based on classic
children's books. All children's shows include a pre-show hands-on
activity or craft project. There are also volunteer opportunities
available for older Scouts, including construction, painting, and
general community service.
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
Center Watertown Phone: 315.782.3260 Fax 315.782.9085 Email email@example.com 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
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,
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.
Mattiacio Orthodontics 1393 Hathaway Dr. Farmington, NY 14425 585.742.1050
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.
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 &
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
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
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
Redhouse Arts Center 201 S. West Street Syracuse, NY
Redhouse, a non-profit arts center, offers enriching, exciting, and
engaging theater and music camps and classes for students of all ages
and abilities throughout the year through its 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. Use the special Girl Scouts code
GIRLS2017 for discounts for your girls on classes during the 2017 season.
Enrollment is currently open for spring and summer 2017! Click
here to learn more.
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
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.
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.
Vera House 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.