Girl Scout activities
Council Patch Program
Patch programs are a great way to explore a wide variety of topics. Detailed booklets describing the requirements for each patch are available below. Patches for each program are available in the council shops unless otherwise noted. Have a question? Email Diana Keely .
It's Indiana's 200th anniversary! Indiana's 2016 Bicentennial celebration aims to honor our state's 200 years of history. Earn a special patch by participating in this yearlong celebration! Participate in each of the following areas to receive a special patch: arts and culture, sports and outdoor recreation, culinary and agritourism and heritage. When you register, your troop will be sent one booklet to catalogue each activity you attended. Take a picture of your troop participating, and have your troop write a few sentences explaining what you did. Once you fulfill the requirements, mail your passport back to receive your troop's patches. Follow this link to view the requirements.
*Grades: K, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5
Democracy starts with you, and the voice of every girl matters! Learn the political process at both the local and national level, and experience a unique opportunity to learn how government works, ways to get involved, and how to become active in the political process. Participation in this program will help build a foundation for active citizenship and leadership.To learn more read the detailed outline.
Jump IN for healthy children
Take the 12 week challenge with us to earn a fun patch! This program will teach you about making healthy choices in healthy environments. During the 12 weeks, you will learn about healthy foods, increase your physical activity and embrace healthy habits in your life! For more information click here.
Girl Scouts Mental Health Awareness Patch
With the increase in youth bullying, suicide and drug use, Girl Scouts are actively fighting to create change. Through a program written by International Bipolar Foundation to educate and reduce the stigma of mental illness, Girl Scouts can earn the Mental Health Awareness Patch developed by IBP for playing a positive role in their communities. Click here for more information.
Free Being Me
Strong body confidence is an important step towards building self-esteem, empowering the leaders of tomorrow. But in societies all over the world, children and young people list the way they look among their top concerns. They feel under pressure to change their appearance to fit in with society’s narrow image of beauty, which is presented in the media and idealized by their peers.
Global research shows that low body confidence holds young people back from reaching their full potential, with over 60 per cent of girls avoiding activities they love because they feel bad about their looks. This includes important life activities like trying out for teams and clubs, putting their hand up in the classroom, dancing and swimming, going to parties and even giving an opinion. When girls choose not to participate fully in this way, they are missing out on opportunities to grow and develop their capabilities in other ways, and we as a society miss out.
Free Being Me addresses this issue directly, helping you to support your group to become more body confident, and not let concerns about their appearance hold them back from becoming active, responsible and confident citizens of the world. Body confidence helps children and young people build the foundations they need to become role models and leaders in their communities.
Free Being Me patches are available for your girls who have completed the Free Being Me activities and a Take Action project! Patches are complimentary and available at your local Girl Scout showcase.
Non-Girl Scout activities
Indy Parks (camping or outdoor skills, environment)
Open to girls in grades 2-8 in Marion county. Girls can earn badges at Southeastway Park, 5624 South Carroll Road, New Palestine, Indiana 46163. Call Southeastway at 317-327-4834 to schedule your program.
For Brownies: Hiker and Bugs
For Juniors: Animal Habitats and Flowers
For Cadettes: Trees and Trailblazing
Program Cost: $4 per participant, including siblings and extra adults, leaders free. Some after school and weekend times available. Check them out at: http://indy.gov/parks, Twitter.com/IndyParksandRec, Facebook.com/IndyParksandRec, Facebook.com/SoutheastwayPark
Garfield Park Conservatory Field Trip (Environment)
Open to girls in grades K-12 and their families. Located at 2505 Conservatory Drive Indianapolis, IN 46203 in Marion county. The Garfield Park Conservatory is a fun place for troops to visit to learn about nature! It includes a tropical indoor conservatory and outdoor gardens. Leaders can visit on their own, check out our scheduled Girl Scout programs, or call to schedule a program for their troop.
Program cost: $1-7/girl and $1/adult Call 317.327.7580 or email email@example.com for more information.
Monroe Lake Turkey Trek (camping/outdoor skills, environment)
Open to girls in grades 4-12 and their families. Located at 4850 S. State Road 446 Bloomington, IN 47401 in Monroe county.
On this exploration hike, we’ll search for signs of wild turkey activity and discuss their daily life during the winter months. Please dress appropriately for the temperature and wear good hiking shoes (and be prepared for the possibility of some off-trail hiking!). Recommended for ages 8 through adult. 75 minutes. Meet at the overflow parking area inside Paynetown SRA (go past the gatehouse and the gravel parking area will be on your right).
Program cost: free for girls and adults. Call 812.837.9967 or email Jill Vance at firstname.lastname@example.org for more inforamtion.
Shireman Homestead Farm and Pioneer Days (camping/outdoor skills)
Open to girls in grades K-12 and their families. Located at 7060 West 200 North, Columbus, IN 47201.
Adventures and exciting events at the farm. Visit the past in the present. Learn outdoor and pioneer skills. Experience how to take care of our farm animal friends. Enjoy overnight camping, day obstacle hikes, candle making, cooking outdoors, and survival technics. They have special events to attend including October Sleepy Hollow, and December Holiday at the Farm.
Program cost: $7/girl and $7/adult. Contact Cheryl Shireman 812.372.2946 for any questions or scheduling
Ceramic Dreams Studio (Art and Creativity, self-esteem)
Open to girls in grade K-12 and their families. Located at 1134 E 54th St, Indianapolis, IN 46220.
Ceramics: groups of six or more can tour the facility, make pinch or coil pots then paint, glaze and fire it. Do all of this while earning your Ceramics and Clay badge and the I am the artist patch. Session it 1-1.5 hours.
Cost: $15/person. Contact Tanya Roberts at email@example.com or 317.202.9200.
Canvas painting class: Earn the I am the artist patch paint while learning painting techniques and creating your own masterpiece on an 8"x10" canvas. Make sure to bring your own apron or wear old clothes.
Cost: $25/person. Contact Tanya Roberts at firstname.lastname@example.org or 317.202.9200.
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