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Tours and badge workshops are available for troops that would like to learn more about natural foods and healthy eating. This member-owned grocery emphasizes whole foods that are minimally processed. In addition to tours and badge workshops, store personnel will arrange scavenger hunts, and DIY beauty-care sessions for older girls to make dry shampoos, sugar scrubs, and lotions. To schedule a visit or an event, contact Heather Grady at email@example.com.
ACRES Land Trust
Private hikes; nature walks; and presentations on a variety of topics, including wildflowers, animal habitats, and invasive species are available at the more than 100 natural areas in northeast Indiana, northwest Ohio, and southern Michigan that are maintained by the ACRES Land Trust. Troops can schedule a free private hike, environmental-education activity, or volunteer opportunities by contacting firstname.lastname@example.org.
On Super Science Saturdays imaginations take flight as aviation and aeronautics provide the backdrop for creative learning—and badge earning! Options include badge programs for Daisies through Juniors, as well as themed overnights and a Girl Scout Aviation Extravaganza. Customized events are also available. The sky truly is the limit at this Portage, Michigan, destination. Find out more.
Ann Cole Training Center
Do your girls love horses and want to learn more and ride more? Does your Junior troop want to earn the Horseback Riding badge? Then a visit to the Ann Cole Training Center, in Niles, Michigan, might be just the ticket! With both a heated indoor and an outdoor arena and special Girl Scout riding programs, this equine training facility might be perfect for a visit. Learn more.
Auntie Anne’s Pretzels
Take your troop on a pretzel field trip and learn the history of pretzels as well as the Auntie Anne origin story. Girls will get to roll their own pretzel and enjoy a hot pretzel and a cup of lemonade. For more information and details on how to register, click here.
CapeAble Sensory Products
This Fort Wayne company, started by two female entrepreneurs, offers tours of its operation for troops that would like to learn more about a locally run STEM manufacturing business. CapeAble’s weighted sensory products are designed to calm, soothe, and comfort their users. For more information, click here.
Challenger Learning Center
Exploration of the earth and a focus on space science are the cornerstones of the Challenger Learning Center, in Hammond, Indiana. Bring your troop to work on skillbuilding badges related to the Brownie Quest Journey (It’s Your World—Change It!), the Junior Get Moving Journey (It’s Your It’s Your Planet—Love It!), and the Cadette Media Journey (It’s Your Story—Tell It!). Discover firsthand the center’s vision: Merging the power of imagination with the excitement of discovery. To book your Girl Scout workshop, contact the center at 219-989-3250. Learn more about the center, including its planetarium programs for Scouts.
Cranbrook Institute of Science
Work on badges, enjoy an astronomy overnight, or just let your troop explore the wonders of science! The Cranbrook Institute of Science, in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan, is the place to go! Programs include Use Resources Wisely for Daisies; Bugs, Hiker, Home Scientist, Inventor, Potter, Senses, and Water for Brownies; Flowers, Jeweler, Product Designer, and Detective for Juniors; and Special Agent for Cadettes. STEM is alive and well at Cranbrook! Check it out.
Located in Albion, Indiana, DeCamp Gardens is a working organic vegetable farm open to the public. You can schedule a tour for your troop, earn a badge, or work on a Journey. Learn the ins and outs of organic farming and gain a new appreciation for gardening. For more information, call 260-636-2924.
Fernwood Botanical Garden and Nature Preserve
If you’re looking to get your troop outside to earn a badge in a hands-on environment, Fernwood Botanical Gardens, in Niles, Michigan, is the place for you! This 105-acre arboretum, botanical garden, and nature preserve can work with Brownie, Junior, and Cadette troops to set up the perfect badge workshop. To learn more about this Berrien County, Michigan, destination full of wildlife and natural beauty, click here. Call 269-695-6491 to schedule a badge event.
Fort Wayne Animal Care and Control
Tours and badge sessions can be scheduled with Fort Wayne’s Animal Care and Control. Brownies can work toward their Pets badge as they learn about responsible pet ownership, make enrichment treats, and tour the areas housing animals awaiting adoption. Donation opportunities are also available, and teens 13 to 17 years old can take part in several community-service and educational programs. Learn more about FWACC’s Scout programs and tour opportunities.
Fort Wayne Children’s Zoo
Girl Scout groups are invited to overnights at the zoo, and zoo staff can provide guidance with badge requirements. Large groups of 50 or more receive a 15 percent discount on admission. Find out more about this award-winning destination.
Brownies and Juniors are invited to spend the night at the Indianapolis Zoo and come away the next morning with a badge—and a newfound appreciation for animals. The Bunk for a Badge program is offered on select evenings in June, July, and August. Badges offered include Pets and Senses for Brownies, and Animal Habitats, Detective, and Flowers for Juniors. After the overnight, the girls and adults in their group get to explore the zoo! Read more about this fun opportunity.
Krasl Art Center
Krasl Art Center, in St. Joseph, Michigan, is the perfect destination for Brownie or Junior troops that want to earn their Painting or Drawing badges. Email the youth-programming director to schedule your troop’s one-of-a-kind private workshop. Free tours are also available for groups, followed by an opportunity to make an art project inspired by the gallery’s displays.
Leslie Science & Nature Center
Get your troop outdoors in Black Pond Woods and work on a badge at this Ann Arbor nature facility and animal center. Overnight programs can also be arranged. There’s lots for Girl Scouts to discover here. Read about the Honey House, the DTE Energy Nature House, the Critter House, and the outdoor adventures the center has to offer.
Little River Wetlands Project
Catch a tadpole, check out some dragonflies, or learn about flower pollination through programs sponsored by the Little River Wetlands Project, in Allen and Huntington counties, in Indiana. At its various preserves, the LRWP can arrange guided tours and individual troop field trips. Learn more on the LRWP website.
Martin’s School of Cooking
Martin's School of Cooking offers classes at its store locations in Granger, Stevensville, and Warsaw to help girls earn cooking badges. Daisies can complete Cook the Books, Brownies can complete Snack Attack, Juniors earn Simple Meals, Cadettes work on New Cuisines, and Seniors complete Locavore. Learn more!
Metea County Park
Looking to take your troop on a hike, do some geocaching, or work on a nature-inspired badge? Visit Metea Park, in northwest Allen County, Indiana, for a rewarding day of outdoor experiences. Staff members at the park, located at 8401 Union Chapel Road, can work with troops to design custom programs that meet the needs of all troop levels as well as multilevel troops. Read more.
Is a Mackinac Island trip on your troop’s travel calendar? The Murray Hotel has a special package for Girl Scout troops heading to the island. Packages include two-night stays, round-trip ferry passage, self-guided tours of Fort Mackinac, a breakfast buffet, and group rates on island activities. Learn more about this full-service downtown hotel.
National Park Service Girl Scout Ranger Program
Does your troop want to make a difference while visiting one of the national parks, monuments, or 407 sites protected by the National Park Service? The National Park Service invites Girl Scouts to participate in educational or service projects at one of its sites. Projects can be existing NPS activities or Journey or badge projects that the girls devise on their own, including Take Action and Bronze, Silver, or Gold events. Girls can earn patches or certificates for their efforts. Find out more.
Potawatomi Wildlife Park
Camping and a variety of outdoor programs—including identifying leaves, hiking, aquatic science and ecology, soil studies, night hikes, astronomy, fishing, and historic- and prehistoric-features hikes—are available to troops at Potawatomi Wildlife Park, in Tippecanoe, Indiana. The park features five miles of trails and is a dark-sky preserve, making it a prime stargazing locale. The park does not charge an admission fee; however, donations or community service are appreciated. Learn more about the park’s programs.
Conservation Scouts is a two-hour program that allows Girl Scouts and Boy Scouts to get involved with the Potawatomi Zoo, in South Bend, and learn about conservation. After completing the program, each Girl Scout will be awarded a Potawatomi Zoo Conservation Scout patch. Learn more. In addition, the zoo offers an evening safari program in which Girl Scouts and their families can learn about exotic animals and their environments, meet ambassador animals, and make enrichment items. Read more and check out the 2018 safari schedule.
Programs of Religious Activities with Youth (P.R.A.Y.)
Girl Scouts can deepen the connection between the Girl Scout Law and their own religious beliefs as they pursue the My Promise, My Faith pin and the religious recognition for their faith. P.R.A.Y. is a not-for-profit organization that offers programs and resources that help young people understand how God is active in their lives and in the world around them. Through Bible lessons and service projects, participants not only grow in Christian faith but also express that faith by reaching out in service to others. Read more.
Sarett Nature Center
If your troop would like to earn badges in a beautiful outdoor setting, be sure to check out this community environmental-education center in Benton Harbor, Michigan. Girls can participate in badge workshops, ski and snowshoe in the winter months, and hike year-round on wetland and upland-forest trails. Find out which badges are offered and read about other programs for Girl Scouts here.
Bring your troop to this Fort Wayne power-plant-turned interactive museum for the ultimate STEM experience. Options include a Girl Scout overnight, badge workshops, and troop parties. Find out which badges or Daisy petals your girls can earn here. Come for the badge sessions; stay for the remarkable exhibits and unique hands-on experiences!
Girl Scout groups of 15 or more enjoy special admission rates to this award-winning Chicago aquarium. Bring your troop and check out the 4-D Experience, the Wild Reef, the oceanarium, and the aquarium galleries. Go on a scavenger hunt and earn a Shedd Aquarium Salute to Scouting patch. You can also earn special patches by attending Shedd’s group overnights and weekend programs. Learn more or email group reservations to book your group’s outing.
Spring Creek Equestrian Center
If your girls are interested in learning all about horses and their care as well as advancing their riding skills, expanding their horsemanship knowledge, and making new friends, Spring Creek Equestrian Center might be the place to go. Located in Three Oaks, Michigan, in a beautiful farm setting, Spring Creek is the perfect spot for all girls to have an equine adventure and for Juniors to earn their Horseback Riding badge. See what the center has to offer.
Treat your troops to an evening of stargazing and planet sightings at the Star*Quest Observatory, in Jefferson Township Park, in New Haven, Indiana. Operated by the Fort Wayne Astronomical Society, the observatory is open on clear Saturday nights from April through November. To find out more, visit the society’s website.
The Fresh Market
Free tours for girls of all ages are available at this natural-foods grocery, in Fort Wayne, Indiana. Store personnel can teach troops about special types of food, such as gluten-free and organic, and girls will get a sample or two! Call 260-459-9691 to schedule a tour.
The Region of Three Oaks Museum
Badge workshops are available at this Three Oaks, Michigan, history museum. Choose from the Make a World a Better Place petal for Daisies, the Celebrating Community badge for Brownies, or the Playing the Past badge for Juniors. Troops are welcome to bring a picnic lunch to enjoy on the museum grounds. Programs last two to two and a half hours. Visit the museum’s website to make reservations.
Wellfield Botanic Gardens
Elkhart’s Wellfield Botanic Gardens offer tours and badge workshops for Girl Scout troops. This botanically diverse landscape is a living museum that will give girls an appreciation for the relationship between animals, plants, and water. Learn more.
Wholesome Roots Cooking
If your troop is looking to complete a Girl Scout cooking badge, Wholesome Roots Cooking can help. Meghan Hauser, a certified Healthy Hands Cooking instructor based in Fort Wayne, can work with girls to complete the Snacks, Simple Meals, New Cuisines, Locavore, or Dinner Party badges. Troops can also schedule holiday-themed cooking lessons and healthy-snack demonstrations. Learn more or call Meghan Hauser at 260-403-0624 or email@example.com.
YMCA Water Safety Programs
Monica Weaver, aquatics director at the Parkview YMCA, in Fort Wayne, can help your troop with badge activities that include health, fitness, and/or water safety. If your troop needs assistance with badge requirements in these areas, Monica will work with you to provide activities. Daisies through Ambassadors are welcome. Monica, a current Girl Scout leader, understands the details of badge work and provides assistance free of charge. No YMCA membership is required. Contact Monica at 260-755-4851 or firstname.lastname@example.org to discuss a personalized visit.