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From field trips and downloadable program kits, to discount events and more, check out all of the other great ways you can customize your Girl Scout experience! 

 

Program Kits

Looking for an awesome new program to do with your troop? Check out these "Programs on the Go!"

From learning how to save a life with hands-only CPR, to channeling your inner scientist and learning about engineering, we've put together activity kits so you can do some great new activities with your troop or service unit! 

Ag-Journey | Grades K-5

Grades K-5

Ready to learn about farming? Check out this exciting program, created through collaboration with DuPont Pioneer!

We already know there wouldn't be any Iowa farms without farmers, but did you know our farms are also supported by scientists and engineers? If you like science and math, Ag-Journey is a great program for you and your troop! Through Ag-Journey you can learn about the science of agriculture and how you can change the world through an ag-science career. 

As a companion of It's Your Planet - Love It! you will discover how you can change the world through food, science, conservation, and careers. A mix of hands-on experiments, girl activities, and Iowa facts bring agriculture to life for everyone in your troop!

Troops receive a bag of resources to keep, the Ag Journey volunteer guide, patch, and fun activities for girls.

Are you and your troop interested in Ag Journey? Register here to receive your program kit! (Psst...On the first page where it asks "How many?," please enter the number of VOLUNTEERS participating. It will then ask for each adult's contact information.)

Girl Scout Week | Grades K-12

Girl Scout Week, celebrated each March, highlights the birthday of the Girl Scout movement on March 12! 

Complete our Girl Scout Week Request Form for instant access to the Girl Scout Week Program Guide!

Hands-Only CPR | Grades K-12

Sponsored by the Iowa Heart Foundation, GSGI is thrilled to offer several Hands-Only CPR Program Kits to our troops and groups. These kits include supplies to train Girl Scouts in performing Hands-Only CPR in the event of a medical emergency. 

After your troop/group completed the program, takes the post-program survey, and returns the kit to the council, you'll receive a patch for each girl!

Reserve a Hands-Only CPR Kit here!

Juliette Gordon Low Birthday Kit | Grades K-12

Grades K-12

Gear up for a great celebration for Juliette Gordon Low's birthday on October 31 with this program kit! Honor the Girl Scout founder with fun activities with your Girl Scout sisters.

Download our Birthday Kit.

Juliette Heritage Patch | Grades K-12

Grades K-12

Learn more about Juliette Gordon ‘Daisy’ Low, the founder of Girl Scouts, and the impact she has on the lives of Girl Scouts today. Complete this program to earn your Heritage Patch!

The BOW Patch Kit | Grades K-12

Grades: K-12

The BOW Patch is a celebration of inner and outer strength. It signifies overcoming obstacles while celebrating your true self. Complete the steps in this kit to earn your BOW Patch.

The BOW Patch Program

Created in partnership with Ninja Warrior, Maggi Thorne.

 

 

Virtual Learning

Looking for an awesome online tools to work with your troop? Check out these virtual learning opportunities!

Learn how to code or develop apps from GirlCoders.net, participate in CyberStart 2019, or channel your inner scientist with the Volunteer Tool Kit & SciStarters

CyberStart 2019 | Grades 9-12

CyberStart is an online series of challenges that allows students to act as cyber protection agents to solve realistic problems and puzzles and explore exciting cybersecurity topics.

Registration for this year's set of games is open March 20 through April 12!

Head to girlsgocyberstart.org to learn more.

Girl Code | Grades K-12

Girl Coders offers entry-level coding patches to inspire young girls to experience STEM in positive and empowering ways. No prior coding experience needed for Girl Scouts or volunteers! Once a girl has completed a program, girls can then request a free patch on that subject.

Head to GirlCoders.net to get started!

Think Like a Citizen Scientist | Grades K-12

Citizen science is the idea that everyone can contribute to scientific research by collecting data for scientists to use! In the Think Like a Citizen Scientist Journey, girls will become citizen scientists themselves, learning about how to observe, collect data, and analyze data. Maybe your girls will collect cloud readings for NASA or monitor streams!

Fill out the Think Like a Citizen Scientist Journey Request Form for more information on how to get started!

 

 

Connect with other Girl Scouts

Make new Girl Scout friends by requesting a Pen Pal! You and your new friend can write letters to learn about each other and your favorite things about Girl Scouts.

Pen Pal matches are made each year from August 15 through December 15.

Pen Pal Program

This guide is meant for troops, groups, and individually-registered Girl Scouts (Juliettes) who would like to share their experiences and connect with other girls through writing letters with a pen pal.

 

 

Field Trips

You can go on a Girl Scout adventure that works for your troop’s schedule!

We’ve made it easy by setting up field trip opportunities with organizations across the council. Simply have your troop leader reach out using the information below, and set up a great trip with your Girl Scout sisters!

Group sizes vary. Contact organization listed for details.

Please note: All registrations are made with the participating Field Trip Partners and fees are paid directly to them. Activities are not planned, led or supervised by Girl Scouts of Greater Iowa staff. Recommended girl/adult ratios must be met and are the responsibility of leaders and parents.

We welcome new Field Trip Partners! If you know a community organization or business offering programs for Girl Scouts, please email their contact information to our Girl Experience Team. 

High Adventure Activity Sites

Sites listed below do not require a Horseback Riding Activity Application - they have been approved by Girl Scouts of Greater Iowa.

Chasing Laurels - Horseback Riding (Mingo) - K-12

Hey Girl Scouts! Ready to saddle up for a new adventure? Join Chase Corley, who has close to 30 years of experience, at Chasing Laurels to earn your Horseback Riding Badge. You will gain the skills you need to feel confident and comfortable around horses and even take a ride!

When you schedule a time with Chasing Laurels, they will work with the groups to provide drinks and a snack. As a BONUS: Chasing Laurels will provide each Girl Scout with a FREE riding lesson, to be used on a future date.

Everyone attending must print and sign a waiver.

Clinics will take between 2-2.5 hours (instruction and ride time). Clinics will be held rain or shine. Girl Scout groups are welcome to bring lunch to enjoy at the stables, or arrange with Chasing Laurels to have snacks and drinks available. Please no tag-a-longs, as this program is intended for Girl Scouts only.

Cost: $40 per Girl Scout (Junior Horseback Riding badge earned, however the badge will need to be purchased in the Girl Scout Retail Store)

To schedule your horseback riding adventure, contact Chase Corley at chasinglaurels@gmail.com or at 515-447-6866.

The stable is located at 14272 N 51st Ave W, Mingo, Iowa 50168.

*Volunteers: It is still recommended that you submit a Plan 2 Insurance form for this approved horseback riding activity.  Chaperones are required for this session.* 

Chasing Laurels is a CHA certified stable and approved by Girl Scouts of Greater Iowa. Certifications can be viewed here.

 
Field Trips
Arbor Day Farms - Nebraska City

Arbor Day Farm offers coordinated programs and activities for Girl Scouts at all levels - from tree adventure and Arbor Lodge Mansion tours, to badge work tours including the Brownie Bugs badge, Junior Flowers badge, and Cadette Trees badge.

Available Year-Round: Monday - Saturday 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.; Sunday 11:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

2611 Arbor Drive, Nebraska City, NE

Cost: Ranging from $10-$16 per person (depending on activity)

Visit Arbor Day Farms' website to view options and request a tour. Most activities available year round

Contact Sonnie at 402-873-8757 or snelson@arbordayfarm.org if you have any questions!

Des Moines Botanical Garden

Visit the Greater Des Moines Botanical Garden with your Junior Girl Scout troop to grow their love of nature. We offer a variety of hands-on programs throughout the entire year to complete steps of the Junior Gardener and Flower badges. 

Grade Level: Juniors

Dates and Times: Flexible, must be booked at least two weeks in advance.

Location: 909 Robert D Ray Drive, Des Moines, IA 50309

Cost: Varies depending on program

Capacity: Varies depending on program

Contact: Visit the Des Moines Botanical Garden website to view options and book a program.  Email education@dmbotanicalgarden.com if you have any questions.  

*Chaperones required.

Dojo Family Martial Arts Bully Awareness and Protection Class - Des Moines

This class teaches girls how to be prepared and handle a bully situation in a positive and non-violent way.

Dates and Times: Mondays - Fridays before 2:00 p.m.; Saturdays any time, Sundays by appointment.

Location: 1960 Grand Ave #17 West Des Moines IA 50265

Cost: Free

Capacity: Varies

Contact: Anthony Loos at 515-223-7189 or email at wdm@mydojos.com

The Do Space - Omaha

Learn all about the technology and resources at the Do Space, from coding to 3D printing and everything in between! You'll take a 30-minute tour, followed by a 40-minute hands on tech activity. 

Mondays at 10:00a.m.

7205 Dodge St. Omaha, NE 68114  402-819-4022

Cost: FREE

Visit the Do Space Field Trip webpage!

Innovators Academy - Ankeny

 Innovators Academy is a makerspace that offers technology, robotics, engineering, and woodworking classes taught by an experienced teacher.

Innovators Academy can help girls with any Robotics badges in the Daisy, Brownie, Junior, Cadette, Senior, and Ambassador levels. They can also help with any Digital Movie Making, Entertainment Technology, and Woodworking badges. Girls can work on any Daisy, Brownie, or Junior Engineering badges. And they can also help with any Cybersecurity or Netiquette badges for Daisy, Brownie, Junior, or Cadette levels.   

Dates and Times: Varies, by request

Location: 1615 SW Main St, Suite 207, Ankeny, IA 50023

Cost: $10/person

Registration: To set up a workshop, please contact Annie Barrows at annie@innovatorsacademyia.com or (515)326-5899.

Jordan Creek Apple Store - Des Moines

STEM is where it is at and with Jordan Creek Apple store’s help you can be well on your way  with earning the newest STEM badges!

Badges:

  • Step 1 & 2 or Daisy Journey Think Like a Programmer
  • Step 1, 2 & 3 of Brownie Computer Expert
  • Step 1 of Brownie Journey Think Like a Programmer
  • All steps of Brownie Robotics 2 Programming Robots
  • All steps of Junior Digital Photographer
  • Step 1 of Junior Journey Think Like a Programmer
  • All steps of Junior Robotics 2 Programming Robots
  • All steps of Cadette Digital Movie Maker
  • Steps 1, 4 & 5 of Cadette Robotics 2 Programming Robots
  • Step 1, 4 & 5 of Senior Robotics 2 Programming Robots
  • Step 1, 4 & 5 of Ambassador Robotics 2 Programming Robots. 

Dates and Times: Monday - Saturday: 10:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m.; Sunday: 11:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m.
Scheduled 1-3 months in advance. Earliest start time 10:30 a.m. Latest start time 7:00 p.m. 60 or 90 minute sessions available

Location: 101 Jordan Creek Parkway West Des Moines, IA 50266

Cost: Free

Capacity: 30 girls maximum

Contact: Visit www.apple.com/retail/fieldtrip/

Joslyn Art Museum (For Brownies) - Omaha

Earn either your Brownie Painting or your Brownie Pottery Badge in a workshop that includes gallery exploration and lots of hands-on fun in the art studio. The Painting Badge can be earned in 1 session, the Pottery Badge would need to be done in 2 sessions. Chaperones must be with the girls at all times.

Sundays: 1:30pm - 3:30pm for painting; 1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. for Pottery (2 separate sessions must be scheduled)

2200 Dodge St., Omaha, NE 68102

Cost: $10 for painting; $17 for pottery (per girl); $0/Adult

Min/Max: 12/24

Contact Josh: jbrown@joslyn.org or 402-661-3846

Learn more on the Joslyn Art Museum website.

Joslyn Art Museum (For Juniors) - Omaha

Earn either the Junior Jeweler Badge or Junior Drawing Badge in a workshop that includes gallery exploration and lots of hands-on fun in the art studio. Chaperones are required. 

Sundays: 1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.

2200 Dodge St., Omaha, NE 68102

Cost: $12/Girl; $0/Adult

Min/Max: 12/24

Contact Josh: jbrown@joslyn.org or 402-661-3846

Learn more on the Joslyn Art Museum website.

Money Smart with North Iowa Community Credit Union

Are you looking for an organization to help you with your financial literacy badge needs?

Visit North Iowa Community Credit Union, where the experts will tailor a talk to fit your group's grade level.

To schedule a time to work with North Iowa Community Credit Union for financial literacy badges contact:

Michelle Jurgens, Director of Marketing - 641-424-2281 mjurgens@niccu.com

640 South Federal Avenue, Mason City, IA 50402

 

Money Smart with United Bank of Iowa - Fort Dodge

Are you looking for an organization to help you with your financial literacy badge needs?

Visit United Bank of Iowa-Fort Dodge. Learn the story of the Tortoise and the Hare and how that relates to being Money Smart.

To schedule a time to work with United Bank of Iowa for financial literacy badges contact:

Michael D. Biedenfeld - 515-576-5111 or mbiedenfeld@unitedbk.com

1608 1st Ave. South, Fort Dodge, IA 50501

Nebraska Humane Society - Omaha

Are you looking to earn your pet and animal-related badges? Get in touch with the Nebraska Humane Society today to schedule a workshop time for a pet patch. It’s a 90-minute educational workshop about responsible pet ownership, dog/cat bite safety, and pet overpopulation. Each group will also get a special behind-the-scenes tour of NHS.

Weekdays and Weekends - By Appointment

8929 Fort Street, Omaha, Nebraska 68134 

Cost: $10/Girl Scout

Tours are $3/person (youth and adults)

Contact Alysa: 402-444-7800 Ext. 2396

Nelson Pioneer Farm & Museum - Oskaloosa

1.     Nelson Pioneer Farm and Museum

Daniel and Margaret Nelson settled their farm in 1843. They raised six children here. Two Civil War veteran mules made their home with the family. In 1958 when grandchildren Roy and Lillian died, the farm became the home to the Mahaska County Historical Society.

Since 1960 they have been honoring the rural pioneer, sharing his life and her thoughts through the place they lived, the skills they had and the items they left behind. 

A visit to Nelson Pioneer Farm and Museum is a walk in the past. Join them Tuesday through Sunday every week for a quiet self-guided exploration or come on a special event day for programs and presentations of days gone by.  Many events include hands-on activities.

Come share the fun and enjoyment of Nelson Pioneer Farm - not just another old farm!

Dates and Times: May - September

  • Tuesday - Saturday: 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
  • Sunday: 12:00 - 5:00 p.m.

Location: Nelson Pioneer Farm & Museum, 2211 Nelson Lane, Oskaloosa, IA 52577

Cost: $2/Person (for Girl Scout groups only)

Registration: To schedule your group, please contact Margaret Spiegel - Director/Curator at 641-672-2989 or email at Curator@nelsonpioneer.org

Sanford Museum & Planetarium - Cherokee

There's so much to explore at the Sanford Museum and Planetarium! From archeology and art, to astronomy and geology, there's something exciting to discover for every interest!  Plan your adventure today. 

Museum hours: Monday - Friday 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Saturday - Sunday 12:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. 

Find a list of classes and different programs at sanfordmuseum.org

Planetarium shows occur every Wednesday and Sunday of each month at 4:00 p.m. or by appointment to groups of 10 or more, Monday through Friday.

117 E Willow St, Cherokee, Iowa 51012

Cost: FREE

Contact Kerisa: educator@sanfordmuseum.org or 712-225-3922

Sioux City Public Museum

Schedule a visit to the Sioux City Museum for a hands-on exploration of local history. Watch their exciting 15-minute film in the Corn Palace theatre, explore the main gallery (including a scavenger hunt), and search for dinosaur and marine fossils in the 'big dig.' Call ahead and schedule your group tour today!

Visits MUST be scheduled in advanced.

Tuesday - Saturday: 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Sunday: 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

607 4th Street, Sioux City, IA 51104

Cost: FREE

Contact Connie Macfarlane: 712-279-6174 or cmacfarlane@sioux-city.org

Five Monkeys Inc. - Des Moines

Come get creative!  Five Monkeys Inc offers hundreds of ceramic items for you to paint!  Items start at $10.  Studio fee $6 - includes 2 hours of studio time, glazing and firing of your items. 

Troop outings get 1/2 off studio fee. If they are scheduled outside of normal studio hours there is a 10-person minimum.

Open Studio 10 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday. Friday night until 9:00 p.m. 

4211 Chamberlain Ave, Des Moines, IA 50312

Cost: Varies by designed project

Contact Dina: 515-537-5658

www.fivemonkeysinc.com

 

 

Discount Events

Want to spend some time with your family, Girl Scout? We have several great discount opportunities for you this fall - you can save some money and have a great time with other Girl Scout families!

The events below are on-going (meaning they apply to more than one date). To see more Discount Event opportunities for you and your family, be sure to check out our Event List!

*Please note: As these are not council-sponsored events, Cookie Dough, Munch Money and Juliette Program Credits can not be used for ticket fees. 

Class Act Productions (CAP) Community Theatre
 

Come share the laughs and stories as the youth actors of CAP Theatre put on a fantastic performance for you and your family! The best part - Girl Scouts receive a 20% discount on tickets. 

Visit captheatre.org for a complete schedule of shows. Ticket pricing varies by show - see website for more details. Use the password/discount code GSCAP1718 at the time of purchase to receive your discount. 

For more information, contact the theatre at 515-967-7950. 

Address: CAP Theatre, 201 1st Avenue S, Altoona, IA 50009