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Girl Scouting builds girls of courage, confidence and character, who make the world a better place. This mission can only be accomplished with the support and assistance of many community partners. As an integral part of the community, Girl Scouts – Diamonds of Arkansas, Oklahoma and Texas is proud to partner with local businesses, organizations, and community members to deliver the Girl Scout Leadership Experience to our girls in fun and unique ways. 

Please note, the below partnership opportunities are not offered directly through Girl Scouts – Diamonds of Arkansas, Oklahoma and Texas and financial aid is not available.

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Central Arkansas

Arkansas Arts Center | Artist Badge Workshops

Matthew Thorne | 501-396-0308 | mthorne@arkansasartscenter.org

Come join the Arkansas Arts Center and earn your Brownie Paining Badge, Junior Drawing Badge, or Senior Collage Badge. Learn from the experts during this individual troop experience. Make sure to schedule soon before these sessions fill up! Please give one month’s notice for scheduling. Look for the Arkansas Arts Center Patch Program for all levels coming soon! This is an ongoing opportunity for Brownies, Juniors, & Seniors. The cost is $15 per girl. Call today to schedule or visit the website for more information!

Arkansas Game and Fish Commission | Animal Habitat Trek | Hiker Trek

Hollie Sanders | 501-907-0636 | hrlisk@agfc.state.ar.us

The habitat trek can provide program options to meet the requirements of the Animal Habitat badge and the following steps: 1, 2, 3, and 5. Please call for details.

The Hiker trek can provide program options to meet the requirements of the Hiker badge and the following steps: 1, 2, 3, and 5. Please call for details.

Arkansas State Parks Explorer

The Arkansas State Parks Explorer is our new program focused on lessons of conservation for kids that combines fun outdoor activities for kids and important learning experiences about our parks. Participants will receive their Arkansas State Parks Explorer Patch.

This is a free, ongoing opportunity for Brownies, Juniors and Cadettes. Visit the website for more information!

Arkansas Symphony Orchestra

Barbara Burroughs | 501-666-1761 | bburroughs@arkansassymphony.org

From Mozart to Broadway tunes, come visit with the Arkansas Symphony Orchestra and immerse yourself in music from another time. Spend the afternoon with the conductor and listen to the orchestra rehearse on Saturdays. During Masterworks concerts, visit with the conductor and the guest artist to learn about their experience learning their instrument.  To set up your visit, please contact Barbara Burroughs, Director of Education and Outreach. This is a free opportunity available September through May. Call today to schedule or visit the website for more information!

Audubon | Exploring Arkansas Animal Habitats

Uta Meyer | 501-244-2229 | umeyer@audubon.org

Girls will earn their ‘Animal Habitats’ badge by surveying and exploring the habitats at the Little Rock Audubon Center, making their own nest, learning about the endangered Red-cockaded Woodpecker, and plan their own backyard habitat. Contact to schedule a one-day program to complete the Junior Animal Habitat badge. This is an ongoing opportunity for all girl scouts. The cost is $4 (plus the cost of the badge) per girl for a minimum of 10 girls and maximum of 30. Fewer than 10 girls will result in a higher per girl cost. Call today to schedule or visit the website for more information.

Bass Pro Shop 

Katherine Nelson | 501-957-4517 | kcnelson@basspro.com

Fly Tying Seminar
This is a free, ongoing opportunity for all girl scouts held at Bass Pro Shop in Little Rock. The seminar is held on the 3rd Tuesday of every month. Call today to schedule.

Archery Seminar

This is a free, ongoing opportunity for all girl scouts held at Bass Pro Shop in Little Rock. The seminar is held on the 3rd Tuesday of every month. Call today to schedule!

Women’s Workshop

This is a free, ongoing opportunity for all Girl Scouts at Bass Pro Shop in Little Rock. The seminar is held the second Tuesday of every month from 7 PM to 9PM. Call today to schedule.

Dutch Oven Cooking

This is a free, ongoing opportunity at Bass Pro Shops in Little Rock for all girl scouts. The seminar is held the first Tuesday of every month form 7 PM to 9 PM. Call today to schedule.

Beginning Fly Fishing Seminar

This is a free opportunity at Bass Pro Shop in Little Rock for all girl scouts. The seminar is offered the 1st Thursday of every month from 7 PM to 9 PM. Call today to schedule or visit the website for more information.

Bobby’s Bike Hike | Bike Riding with Girl Scouts

Rachel Koch | 501-613-7001 | groupslr@bobbysbikehike.com

Come ride bikes with Bobby’s Bike Hike located in Little Rock to get exclusive discounted bike tours! Register online at http://www.bobbysbikehike.com/littlerock/Tours.aspx, using the online code GSLR2014, and Girl Scouts will get 20% their price. Decided to ride at the last minute? No worries! Show your Girl Scout membership pin and you will get 10% off your bike tour. Participants will receive the staying fit badge. Call today to schedule or for more information visit the website  for more information.

Centennial Bank

Come take a tour of centennial bank and learn all about banking and financial literacy.  Girls will receive a behind the scenes tour and learn about budgeting, different account types and the what role the bank plays in our day to day lives.  What a great way to kickstart cookie season!

Clinton Library Presents: Citizen Legacy Badge

Kathleen Pate | 501-244-2704 | kathleen.pate@nara.gov

Come visit the Clinton Presidential Center and explore President Clinton’s accomplishments as president, and how he continues to take action around the world. You can earn your Citizen badge along the way! Free entrance days throughout the year! Normal cost is $6 per girl and $10 per adult.

Joseph Daniel | Science for your Troop Meeting

Joseph Daniel | 501-425-9210 | paleoaerie@gmail.com

Bring real science into the troop meeting! Would you like to have a real scientist come to your class to talk with you? Learn about their research, find out what drives them and why they think it is important, discover what doing science is really like, and learn about the science from an expert.

This is a free, mobile, ongoing opportunity for Daisies, Brownies, Juniors, Cadettes, Seniors and Ambassadors.

Dunbar Community Garden | Gardening Workshop

Damian Thompson | 501.529.8520 | dunbarcommunitygarden@gmail.com

Two-hour interactive workshop on gardening organically, raising chickens and composting offering a comprehensive hands-on education in urban agriculture for the elementary/middle school students. The Dunbar Garden project is a two-acre outdoor classroom. Our mission is to preserve the relationship between education and the natural world by providing hands-on, outdoor, education for school children, teenagers and adults. One key focus is teaching children the origin of the foods they eat.The cost is $3 per girl and all girl scouts are welcome. The regular hours of the garden are Monday through Friday from 9 AM to 4 PM, but other times can be negotiated. Call today to schedule!

Emergent Arts Girl Scout Programs

Sarah Oatsvall | (501)613-0352 | sarah@emergentarts.org

Emergent Arts offers an array of classes that can be tailored to your troop needs.

Engineering for Kids | Heroes for the Environment

Jay Swindle | 501-472-3920 | centralar@engineeringforkids.net

Love animals? They need your help! Work with the Engineering for Kids to help come up with an engineering- designed plan for you to take action for an animal you care about! Costs $12 a girl.

This is a mobile, ongoing opportunity for Daisies, Brownies, Juniors, Cadettes, Seniors and Ambassadors. Visit the website for more information or call to schedule today!

Engineering for Kids | Get Moving with Energy!

Jay Swindle | 501-472-3920 | centralar@engineeringforkids.net

How do living things move? How do we keep our feet on the ground, or fall down? Engineering for Kids is ready to build and launch items with a catapult to show you potential and kinetic energy. Costs $12 a girl and $3 for the patch. This is a mobile, ongoing opportunity for Daisies, Brownies, Juniors, Cadettes, Seniors and Ambassadors. For more information visit the website or call to schedule today!

Engineering for Kids | Aerospace Engineering for Kids

Jay Swindle | 501-472-3920 | centralar@engineeringforkids.net

What makes a rocket fly in the sky? Come join Engineering for Kids, and learn the science of rockets! We will build a rocket and launch it into the sky. For more information, visit the website. Costs $12 a girl and $3 for the patch.

This is a mobile, ongoing opportunity for Daisies, Brownies, Juniors, Cadettes, Seniors and Ambassadors. Call to schedule today!

ESSE Purse Museum

Devin Hancock | 501-916-9022 | devin.essepursemuseum@gmail.com

See the evolution of the 20th-century American woman through the bags she carried and their contents. Girls will get a chance to explore the museum, learn about woman’s history and participate in a scavenger hunt.

Museum of Discovery | Go on a STEM journey!

Beth Nelsen | 501-537-3073 | bnelsen@museumofdiscovery.org

This is an ongoing opportunity for all girl scouts through the Museum of Discovery in Little Rock. The cost is $7 per girl. Call to schedule today!

The Good Earth Garden Center | Growing with the Good Earth

Jennifer Gibson | 501-868-4666 | jennifer@thegoodearthgarden.com

Come out for a 1 to 2 hour program about gardening at The Good Earth Garden Center! Tour the garden center, learn about gardening and plant something with a horticulturist. Register now before space fills up, limit of 8 troops per year. Specific dates available vary and can be discussed when scheduling. Participants will receive the good earth garden patch. This free opportunity is available for all girl scouts between 2 PM-3PM, June through October. Email to schedule.

Fired Up!

Amber Breedlove | 501-442-0804 | firedup_cabot@yahoo.com

Crafts made with clay have been around for thousands of years. People who have found ancient clay art and everyday objects. Come to Fired Up in Cabot and work your way through the steps to become a clay artist yourself! Brownies will earn their Potter badge. This is an ongoing opportunity for all girl scouts. Cost is $10 per girl. Call today to schedule or visit the website  for more information!

Firewise Arkansas | Girl Scout Firewise Patch

Shelia Doughty | 501-813-2554 | shelia.doughty@arkansas.gov

In 2013, we had at least 787 wildfires in the state of Arkansas. Help make a difference to our environment by being Firewise Agent! Girls will explore the dangers of wildfires, both in rural and urban areas. Girls will practice risk assessment in their communities and homes, and take action by educating others on how to prevent wildfires. Costs $2 and participants will receive their Arkansas Firewise Patch!

This is a statewide, ongoing opportunity for Daisies, Brownies, Juniors, Cadettes, Seniors, and Ambassadors. Call to schedule today.

Goodwill | Thrifty Fashionista

Rebecca Brokman | 501-372-5100 | rbrockman@goodwillar.org

Girls will focus on shopping on a budget, creating looks for less and wrap it up with a fashion show. Girls will also learn why we should recycle clothes and how Goodwill helps the environment and local economy. The program can be tailored based on the size and interest of the troop.

This is an ongoing opportunity for Daisies, Brownies, Juniors, Cadettes, Seniors and Ambassadors, statewide. Visit the website for more information or call to schedule today!

Heifer Ranch

Rebecca Roetzel | 501-889-7017 | reservations@heifer.org

Alternative Break
This week long, Heifer Project program combines experiential learning programs, such as the Global Gateway experience and team building, with service activities. The service allows participants to give back while experiencing something for the first time-like milking a goat or harvesting vegetables. Check out the website for more info. This is an opportunity for cadettes, seniors, and ambassadors. Participants earn the Heifer patch. The cost is $350 plus $3 for the patch. Call today to schedule!

Animal Connections
This is an opportunity for all Girl Scouts through the Heifer Ranch. Explore the many benefits animals provide during a tour of the Ranch animals, global village and during hands-on activities such as goat milking and rope making. Participants will receive the heifer badge. Cost is $5 plus $3 for the badge. Call today to schedule!

Global Challenge
Global Challenge pairs the Global Gateway experience with globally-themed teambuilding exercises that develop communication skills within your group while exploring Heifer’s guiding principles. Check out the website for more information. Participants receive the heifer patch. This is a weekend opportunity for Cadettes, Seniors, and Ambassadors. The cost is $130 plus $3 for the patch. Call to schedule today!

Heifer Village

Lindsay Brown | 501-907-8831 | lindsay.brown@heifer.org

Best of Both Worlds
Heifer Village and the Clinton Presidential Center offer a joint program for all age level girls! Discover how both organizations are taking action in the world and how you can help! This free opportunity will be perfect for Service Unit events! Call to schedule today!

Green Building Tour
Heifer’s headquarters is designed as a sustainable & environmentally sensitive building. Adjacent wetlands, which support native species, complement the building’s design. This is an ongoing opportunity for cadettes, seniors, and ambassadors. This program is free! Call to schedule today!

We are Connected
Discover how we are connected to our world, the environment, and even our food at the Heifer Project in Little Rock. Our daily choices can affect others’ lives. Explore questions like “How does food get to my plate?” in fun, interactive way. This is an ongoing, free opportunity available to all girl scouts. Call today to schedule!

Kip A. Moore & Associates | Block Kids

Kristy Angyal | 501-944-5335 | kmangyal@kamarchitects.com

Where do the buildings we play in, go to school in and work in come from? Who designs and builds them? Creative women in the construction industry want to show you through a building block program called “Block Kids.” This is a free, mobile, ongoing opportunity for Daises, Brownies, Juniors, Cadettes, Seniors and Ambassadors. Call to schedule today!

Manners Basics

Carolyn Eastham | (501)251-4891 | mannersbasics@gmail.com

Girls will learn manners and etiquette during a fun and interactive session. Basic session covers: Visual poise (posture, stance, sitting, etc.); style strategy (proper attire, individual style); social and business etiquette (introductions, telephone, thank you notes); manners in motion (invitation, replies, hostessing, gracious guest, restaurant tutorial). Custom programs available.

National Park Service | Girl Scout Ranger Program

The Resource Stewardship Girl Scout Ranger program invites Girl Scouts to participate in projects at national parks sites to spark their awareness of the national parks and Girl Scouting; to provide them with the opportunity to learn more about protecting our natural and cultural resources; and to promote their exploration of natural and cultural resources, environmental science and conservation careers. Girl Scouts can earn certificates and/or patches for participating in the program. Participants will receive their Girl Scout Ranger Patch. This is a free ongoing opportunity for Daisies, Brownies, Juniors, Cadettes, Seniors and Ambassadors. Visit the website for more information.

Operation Christmas Child Shoeboxes

Susan Thomas | 501-580-8032

Stephanie Olsen | 615-767-3096

Girls can earn a fun patch each year for participating individually or as a troop by packing a box, making items to go in a box, attending a packing party or acting as a project leader to coordinate group participation. Operation Christmas Child gives shoebox gifts to needy children around the world. Shoeboxes are packed with hygiene items, school supplies and small toys. Notes of encouragement can be included and boxes can be tracked by email.

This is a free, mobile, ongoing opportunity for Daisies, Brownies, Juniors, Cadettes, Seniors and Ambassadors. For more information, visit the website or call to schedule today!

Rocks & Rubies Adventures in Etiquette | Confident Girls!

Karen Walker | 501-339-7852 | rocksandrubies@conwaycorp.net

Rocks & Rubies Adventures in Etiquette provides girls with the tools to properly interact with peers and the world around them, encourage girls to develop and maintain positive friendships, inspire girls to have confidence in themselves; and help girls recognize that they can make a difference in the lives of other. Costs $7 a girl. This is a mobile, ongoing opportunity for Daisies, Brownies, Juniors, Cadettes and Seniors. Call today to schedule!

Wildwood Park for the Arts

Angela Collier | 501-821-7275 | angela@wildwoodpark.org

Behind the Scenes: A Theatre Tour and Acting/Improv Workshop
This Wildwood Park for the Arts program allows the girls a behind the scenes look of what all is required for a professional theatre production. A tour of Wildwood’s Lucy Lockett Cabe Theatre is included as well as a brief acting and improv workshop, which will encourage teamwork and creativity. This program lasts 1.5 hours. This is a free, ongoing opportunity for all girl scouts. Call today to schedule!

Central Arkansas Master Naturalist Adventure - Gardening Workshop
The girls will take a hike around Wildwood Park for the Arts’ beautiful natural surroundings with a Central Arkansas Master Naturalist. The hike may highlight animal habitats, lake ecology, or many other natural elements depending on the girl’s questions as they walk and observe. This is a free, ongoing opportunity for all girl scouts. Call today to schedule!

Gardening Workshop
This Wildwood Park for the Arts program will allow the girls hands on experience with diverse opportunities, including, planting bulbs, caring for a raised bed, and basic garden upkeep. The girls will have the opportunity to learn more about how to care for a garden, which in turn cares for other natural elements in the surrounding environment. This is a free, ongoing opportunity for all girl scouts. Call today to schedule!

Midwest Arkansas

American Red Cross | Baby Sitter Training Course

Susan Chaney | (479)719-2779 | susanark@aol.com

Designed primarily for ages 11 and older girls, this program will prepare them to become better babysitters and learn infant/child first aid/cpr and AED. Cadettes can work toward their Babysitter Skill Building Badge. This is an ongoing opportunity available to Cadettes, Seniors and Ambassadors. Cost varies depending on troop needs. Call or email to schedule.

Arkansas Game and Fish Commission | Adventures in the Outdoors

Steve Dunlap | 479-409-5243 | sedunlap@agfc.state.ar.us

Girls can learn about many aspects of the outdoors, hunting, fishing, camping, animal habitats and more. This is a free, an ongoing opportunity open to all levels. Call to schedule.

Arkansas Oklahoma Astronomical Society | Mountainburg

David Grosvold | (479)848-0125 | dgrosvold@aoas.org

Girls can reach for the stars and learn the science of astronomy! This is an ongoing opportunity open to all levels. Call to schedule. Cost TBD.

Cato Fashions | Alma

Tisha Hargis | 479-632-0193

Girls can get an after-hours tour of Cato Fashions, learn how to become a savvy shopper and learn about fashion design through dressing mannequins!  Girls will also learn what it’s like to work in retail and learn about customer service. This program complements numerous aspects of different financial literacy badges and is a great activity for girls getting ready for cookie sales. This is a free, ongoing opportunity available to all levels. Call to schedule.

Children’s Emergency Shelter | Service Project

Ashley Ahlert | 479-242-5771 | info@fsces.org

The Fort Smith Children’s Emergency Shelter provides shelter and care, in a safe and structured, home-like environment for children ages 6-17 who have been removed from their home by the Department of Human Services due to neglect and/or abuse. The CES provides all the food, clothing, shelter, hygiene products and school/recreational needs. A service project may be found on the CES website.

Children’s Service League | Service Project

Sharon Chapman | 479-461-7469 | rkchap@aol.com

Are you looking for a Service Project? The Children’s Service League provides clothing for school-age children in the Fort Smith School District. New or gently used clothing can be donated. Children who feel good about how they look will have one less thing standing in the way of learning. Contact for current needs wish list.

Drums Alive

Hachya Franklin/Crystal Cole | 479-262-5075 | faithfullyfit@juno.com

This unique fitness experience combines dynamic, full body movement with the pulsating rhythm of the drum! $5 per girl & $1 per adult. Call today to schedule!

Earthbound Angels | Community Service Project

Shelly Polluck | 479-650-5379 | earthbound_angels@yahoo.com

All ages can host a diaper drive, baby food drive, clothing drive. Girl Scouts 12 and older can help sort donations, determine expiration of items and more. This is an ongoing activity. Call to schedule, or for more information.

Expressions Flowers!

Robert Robertson | 479-783-3210 | robert@expressionsflowers.com

Girls will work together with instructor on a floral arrangement to build team work and critical thinking skills while they learn how to arrange and care for the flowers. These will then be given to the girls to take for themselves, as a gift or possibly a delivery for a service project! Call to schedule today.

Fort Smith National Historic Site

Pat Schmidt | 479-783-3961 | patschmidt@nps.gov

Civil war era barracks to Judge Parker’s jailhouse and courtroom, the National Historic Site in Fort Smith offers a journey into the wild west. Girls will tour the grounds, the museum full of artifacts and experience firsthand the courtroom, jail cell and gallows of the Fort. A Junior Park Ranger badge is available through the National Historic Site and girls will connect with their community and the impact it had on the entire nation’s history. Call today to schedule this free opportunity.

Fort Smith Public Library | Discover your library!

Robin Benham | 479-783-0229 | rbenham@fortsmithlibrary.org

Discover how to use your local library and what all it has to offer! From tours and organizational systems, to microfiche machines and genealogy the Fort Smith Public library offers something for girls of every age. Call today to schedule this free opportunity.

Kopper-Kettle Candies: Candy Making Fun | Van Buren

Tommy Greer | 479-474-6077  | info@KopperKettleCandies.com

How sweet it was when candy was made the old fashioned way! Well, it still is at Kopper Kettle Candies. Girls will have an opportunity to tour the facility and learn about old fashioned candy making. This is a free, an ongoing opportunity open to all levels. Call to schedule.

Lake Fort Smith State Park | Tinkerfest

Joe Hamilton | 479-369-2469 | joe.hamilton@arkansas.gov

Tinkerfest fuses a variety of creative arts and sciences with technology to provide experiences that bring out the creativity innate in everyone. Plenty of hands-on projects will be available to beginner and expert tinkerers that emphasize experimentation and learning by doing. There’s even a car to take apart. Free event. Pre-registration not required. For additional information on Tinkerfest or Amazeum visit the website.

Panera Bread | Fort Smith Bakers-In-Training

479-478-8989 | bitkids@panerabread.com   

The Bakers-In-Training program is a great way to introduce girls to kitchen essentials and fundamentals of baking.  In this fun-filled culinary experience, the girls will be outfitted with their very own cotton baking hat and apron to take home. Girls will try their craft of bread making by stretching and scoring two French Baguettes – one to take home and one to donate to people in need the community.  Girls will also decorate their own cookie with tips from Panera’s artisan baker. Scouts can earn a Panera Bread fun patch for completing the course. The program aligns with several earned badges (badges not provided). This is an ongoing opportunity available to ages 5-12. Cost is $20 per person. Call or go online to schedule at least three weeks in advance.

Poteau Valley Humane Society | Poteau Pets

Elive Moss | 918-649-0986 | poteaupets@clnk.com

Make the world a better place by starting with the animals in your own community! The Poteau Valley Humane Society provides educational programming while girls socialize animals, clean in needed areas or create toys and treats for the residents. Girls will not only be helping the shelter, but they will become educated and empowered to inspire others to take action in their own way. This is a free, ongoing opportunity. Call today to schedule or visit the website for more information.

River Valley Martial Arts | Kuk sool won

Mike Gray | 479-649-3542 | info@kswoftherivervalley.com

Commitment, confidence, respecting authority, discipline, and goal setting are just a few of the many practical life skills girls will discover through the study of Kuk Sool Won at River Valley Martial Arts! Call today to schedule!

Ronald McDonald Family Room

Emma Gentry | 479-314-8030 | emma@rmhcofarkoma.org

Offer your time and services for many needs at the Ronald McDonald Family Room providing rest and necessities for families of children admitted at Mercy Hospital! Call to schedule today.

Ronald McDonald House of Arkoma

Jacqueline Gibson | 479-338-4910 | jacqueline@rmhcofarkoma.org

The Ronald McDonald Family Room® is a place of comfort within the hospital where families of hospitalized children can rest and relax. Each night a hot meal is served for all families. Meals are provided through the Share A Meal program by members of the community, church groups, past families and local restaurants. Girls can be a part of the Share A Meal program by preparing a meal for the Family Room. This is a free, ongoing opportunity for all levels. 

Russellville Animal Shelter

Mike Vernon | 479-968-1944 | mikevernon@russelvillear.com

Make the world a better place by serving the animals in your community. The Russellville Animal Shelter enjoys having girls come out to socialize animals, clean in needed areas or create toys and treats for the residents. Girls will not only be helping the shelter, but they will become educated and empowered to inspire others to take action in their own way! Call today to schedule or visit the website for more information.

Van Buren Municipal Utilities

Brett Painter | 479-474-5067 | brettp1978@gmail.com

Water Conservation: It all begins with You!

Thirsty for Knowledge? Girls will learn about water, simple ways to save water and test their water knowledge.

E-Waste and Household Hazardous Waste Recycling

How many electronic gadgets does your family have?  Do you ever think about what happens to gadgets when you are done with them? When you stop using them and are ready to dispose of these products, they are sometimes known as electronic waste, or “e-waste.”  Learn about fun ways to recycle e-waste and household hazardous waste.

Van Buren Public Library | Take Your Dreams off the Shelf

Yuvonka Tapp | 479-474-6045 | ytapp@crawfordcountylib.org

Whatever your interests, the Van Buren Public Library offers many family and adult programs designed to get you involved with your library. Learn something new, meet other community members, and discuss your favorite books. With many new and annual programs featuring local talent and a wide variety of topics, there is something for everybody.

Yogaterrium | Breathe In, Breathe Out | Fort Smith

Terri Hargroves | (479)459-2187 | yogaterrium@yahoo.com

Earn badges while learning about respect, fitness, positive body image and stress management. Classes are offered at every age level and include music, movement, and relaxation. This is an ongoing opportunity open to all levels. Call to schedule. Cost TBD.

Northeast Arkansas

ASU Regional Farmer’s Market

Theresa Young | 870-926-0250 | rtyoung5455@sbcglobal.net

Girls will be given the opportunity to observe and assist small farmers, bakers, artisans, and crafters as they sell products at the farmers market located at 3407 South Caraway Road, Suite 7 Jonesboro AR. Gain insight on how to run a small business and how to interact with customers. Girls will help the farmers market special events coordinator with events throughout the season. This is a free, ongoing opportunity for Juniors, Cadettes, Seniors, and Ambassadors! Participants will receive the Farmer’s Market Visit Patch. Call to schedule today!

Animal Habitats

Contact: Elizabeth Whaley | 870-573-6751 | elizabeth.whaley@arkansas.gov

Girls search for animals at the park and participate in live snake meet and greet.  Girls learn about Arkansas geographic areas and which animals live where.  Girls observe man-made and natural animal homes around Walcott Lake and pick up trash.  Optional: Girls can make one of several types of animal houses (extra fee). The cost is $2 per girl. Call today to schedule.

Arkansas Firewise |Girl Scout Firewise Patch

Shelia Doughty | 501-813-2554 | shelia.doughty@arkansas.gov

In 2013, we had at least 787 wildfires in the state of Arkansas. Help make a difference to our environment by being Firewise Agent! Girls will explore the dangers of wildfires, both in rural and urban areas. Girls will practice risk assessment in their communities and homes, and take action by educating others on how to prevent wildfires. Costs $2 and participants will receive their Arkansas Firewise Patch!

This is a statewide, ongoing opportunity for Daisies, Brownies, Juniors, Cadettes, Seniors, and Ambassadors. Call to schedule today!

Arkansas State Parks Explorer

The Arkansas State Parks Explorer is our new program focused on lessons of conservation for kids that combines fun outdoor activities for kids and important learning experiences about our parks. Participants will receive their Arkansas State Parks Explorer Patch.

This is a free, ongoing opportunity for Brownies, Juniors and Cadettes. Visit the website for more information.

Arkansas State Parks | Scouting History

Sherry Hawkins | 870-655-8622 | sherry.hawkins@arkansas.gov

The first patch is the Scouting History patch which will teach each scout about the NatScouting History is a series of 7 patches created for the Hampson Archeological Museum State Park. A Scout leader handbook can be sent with more information on these programs. The Second patch is Native Games each scout will get to create a game and play two others. The third patch is the Culture patch which goes into details about their way of life. The others are in the handbook. This is a free, ongoing opportunity for all girl scouts. Call today to schedule or visit the website.

Bugs badge

Contact: Elizabeth Whaley | 870-573-6751 | elizabeth.whaley@arkansas.gov

Girls learn about importance of insects, especially as pollinators.  Girls make a butterfly craft and learn about butterfly metamorphosis.  Girls find insects to observe in their natural habitats and go on a short hike to see how many different bugs can be found.  Optional program: Edible Insects with “taste test” of food grade bugs. The cost is $2 per girl. Call today to schedule.

Bluestreak K9 | K9 Helpers

Black Bristow | 870-243-0331 | black@bluestreakk9.com

Girls will talk to K9 trainer about which animals are best for police officers, how dogs are trained, and find out what kind of educational background trainers need. Call today to schedule.

Craighead Electric Cooperative | Tour

Monty Williams | 870-336-4417 | mwilliams@craigheadelectric.coop

Girls will get a chance to tour the Craighead Electric Cooperative Building in Jonesboro. See what it’s like inside an electric facility and learn the ins and outs of how electricty is produced. This is a free, ongoing opportunity for Juniors, Cadettes, Seniors, and Ambassadors. Participants will receive electric company tour patch. Please call to schedule today!

Crowley’s Ridge | Animal Habitats

Several different animal habitats exist at the nature center.  Everything from mature hardwood forests to a one acre pond can be found on our grounds.  Lots of animals call the nature center home!  Join us for a half day of programming on animals and their habitats here at the nature center. Participants receive the Hiker’s Badge. This is a free, ongoing opportunity for Daisies, Brownies and Juniors. It is located at Crowley’s Ridge State Park in Jonesboro. Call today to schedule or visit the website.

Crowley’s Ridge State Park | Bugs | Hike | Animal Habitats

Cody Walker | 870-933-6787 | cody.walker@agfc.ar.gov

The nature center is a great place to go buggin’!  Join us for half a day of programming  about some of the native bug species found here in Arkansas.  We will be kicking and picking in our pond to see what kind of invertebrates call it home.  After collecting a few specimens we will take them back to the classroom to be observed.  A make-n-take activity is included in this program. This is a free, ongoing opportunity for Daisies, Brownies, and Juniors at Crowley’s Ridge State Park in Jonesboro. Call today to schedule or for more information visit the website.

Crowley’s Ridge State Park | Hike

Every trail at the nature center leads to a new adventure!  Join us for half a day of programming about our trail system.  While here you will get to talk to an Arkansas Game and Fish Commission employee about the 9 trails that our facility offers and what to pack on a hike.  During our trail hike we discuss the many different animals and plants found along the way, and search for a few things in a scavenger hunt! This is a free, ongoing opportunity offered at Crowley’s Ridge State Park in Jonesboro for Daisies, Brownies, and Juniors. Participants will receive the Hiker Badge. Call today to schedule or visit the website.

Crowley’s Ridge State Park | Tree Wars

Elizabeth Bittner | 870-573-6351 | elizabeth.bittner@arkansas.gov

Girls play “Tree Wars” to learn about competition among trees in a forest.  Girls accompany interpreter on a hike and identify edible trees and trees that were once used for medicine then “taste test” pine needle tea.  Girls observe evidence of prescribed burning and learn about the clearing and reforestation of the park. This is an ongoing opportunity for Junior campers at Crowley’s Ridge State Park in Jonesboro. The cost is $2 per girl. Call today to schedule or visit the website for more information.

Dancer Badge

Mary Buchman | 870-878-6765 | mary.buchman@arkansas.gov

Long before “Dancing With the Stars,” ballroom dancing was a common social activity. In this 2-hour program, girls will learn proper ballroom etiquette and carriage, then learn and perform one of the most popular dances of the 19th century, the Virginia Reel. This is an ongoing opportunity for brownies with cost of $2 per girl. Call today to schedule or visit the website for more information.

Dancing at Erin’s

Erin Walker | 870-203-9841 | erinsdanceacademy@yahoo.com

Girls will learn about jazz, ballet, and hip hop dance styles at Erin’s Dance Academy in Jonesboro. This visit will also help Brownies with their Dancer badge! This is a free ongoing opportunity for all Girl Scouts! Call to schedule today or visit the website for more information.

The Food Bank of Northeast Arkansas

Mary Beasley | 870-932-3663 ext 106 | mbeasley@foodbankofnea.com

Girls will be given the opportunity to tour the Food Bank of Northeast Arkansas in Jonesboro to gain a first-hand experience of what we do. A brief educational seminar and volunteer opportunity will follow the tour. Girls may organize a food drive to help assist the ever growing demand of food donations. There is a minimum of 8 participants and a maximum of 30 participants. Call or email today to schedule!

Geocaching Weekend

Ome Coleman | 870-578-2064 | ome.coleman@arkansas.gov

A weekend of fun activities for the whole family. This is a treasure hunt using a GPS. Come out and learn how to get you and the family started in the exciting worldwide adventure. Don’t know how to use a GPS? We will teach you the basics, not just for Geocaching but to use for many other activities. Call today to schedule!

Goodwill | Thrifty Fashionista

Rebecca Brokman | 501-372-5100 | rbrockman@goodwillar.org

Girls will focus on shopping on a budget, creating looks for less and wrap it up with a fashion show. Girls will also learn why we should recycle clothes and how Goodwill helps the environment and local economy. The program can be tailored based on the size and interest of the troop.

This is an ongoing opportunity for Daisies, Brownies, Juniors, Cadettes, Seniors and Ambassadors, statewide. Visit the website for more information or call to schedule today!

Hiker Trek

Elizabeth Whaley | (870)573-6751 | elizabeth.whaley@arkansas.gov

Choose a trail to hike from trail map, discuss what we might see on the trail and make a scavenger hunt list, prepare a supply kit to take on our hike, make a snack to take on the hike.  Discuss hiking safety- learn to recognize poison ivy.  Hike the chosen trail and fill out our scavenger hunt sheet. The cost is $5 plus a campsite fee.

Hiking for Nature

Ome Coleman | (870)578-2064 | ome.coleman@arkansas.gov

Join a park interpreter for a nature hike on part of the Great Blue Heron Trail. This nature adventure on the hiking trail will be a great way to see the active wildlife along the trail, as well as near the lake shore. Call to schedule today or visit the website for more information.

 

Jonesboro Fire Department | Fire House Visit

Eric Simmons | 870-932-2428 | esimmons@jonesboro.org

Earn the “Fire House Visit” fun patch by visiting the Jonesboro Fire Department! Girls will get a chance to tour the fire station and learn some fire safety tips! This visit will also help you earn your First Aid Badge! This is a free, ongoing opportunity for all girl scouts. Participants receive the fire house visit patch. Call today to schedule!

Jonesboro Radio Group | Tour Jonesboro Radio Studios

Christie Matthews | 870-933-8800 ext. 142 | cmatthews@jonesbororadiogroup.com

Girl Scouts will get the chance to tour the radio station! Tours usually take 45 minutes to an hour and MUST be scheduled in advance. Only weekdays with limited times are available for tours: 8am to 4pm. No night or weekends are available. This is a free, ongoing opportunity for all girl scouts. Participants receive the radio station tour patch. Call today to schedule or visit the website for more information!

Jonesboro Sun | Tour

David Mosesso | 870-935-5525 | dmosesso@jonesborosun.com

Come tour the Jonesboro Sun and learn what it’s like to produce a newspaper! A tour of The Sun Newspaper will take approximately 45 mintues to 1 hour and must be scheduled in advance. Weekdays only. This is a free, ongoing opportunity for cadettes and seniors. Participants will receive the newspaper tour patch. Call today to schedule or visit the website.

J & T Dive Shop | Learn how to scuba dive!

Keith Sharp | 870-935-3289 | jtdiveshop@jtdiveshop.com

Join us as we learn about Scuba and even become certified in either PADI (Professional Association of Diving Instructors) Junior Open Water or PADI Open Water Scuba Diving. Discover the way the world learns to dive with J & T Dive Shop! The program is offered between 9 AM and 12 PM & costs $8 per girl. Girl Scouts will receive their scuba diving patch through this program!

KAIT-TV | Tour KAIT Studios

Tory Shirley | 870-336-1805 | tshirley@kait8.com

Will tour the KAIT-TV station in Jonesboro with a focus on the badge you are working on. Tours usually take about one hour and MUST be scheduled in advance. Only weekdays with limited times are available for tours: 9:30am or 12pm-3pm are the only tour beginning times. No nights or weekends are available. This is a free, ongoing opportunity. Call today to schedule or visit the website for more information!

Medic-One | Talk to an EMT/Get Advice from an Expert/Disaster Preparedness/Interview an Everyday Hero

Shawn Perrin | 870-336-6215 | sperrin@medic-one.info

Girls will get the chance to see the inside of an ambulance and the equipment that Emergency Responders use! Girls will also get the chance to have a Q & A with an EMT! This opportunity is offered between 9 AM & 3 PM, call to schedule today!

National Park Service | Girl Scout Ranger Program

The Resource Stewardship Girl Scout Ranger program invites Girl Scouts to participate in projects at national parks sites to spark their awareness of the national parks and Girl Scouting; to provide them with the opportunity to learn more about protecting our natural and cultural resources; and to promote their exploration of natural and cultural resources, environmental science and conservation careers. Girl Scouts can earn certificates and/or patches for participating in the program. Participants will receive their Girl Scout Ranger Patch. This is a free ongoing opportunity for Daisies, Brownies, Juniors, Cadettes, Seniors and Ambassadors. Visit the website for more information.

Operation Christmas Child Shoeboxes

Susan Thomas | 501-580-8032

Stephanie Olsen | 615-767-3096

Girls can earn a fun patch each year for participating individually or as a troop by packing a box, making items to go in a box, attending a packing party or acting as a project leader to coordinate group participation. Operation Christmas Child gives shoebox gifts to needy children around the world to show them they are loved and not forgotten.  Shoeboxes are packed with hygiene items, school supplies and small toys. Notes of encouragement can be included and boxes can be tracked by email.

This is a free, mobile, ongoing opportunity for Daisies, Brownies, Juniors, Cadettes, Seniors and Ambassadors. For more information, visit the website or call to schedule today.

Self defense and bullying workshop

Kelly Perry | 870-910-3903 | kelly-perry@hotmail.com

We can cater to your event! We can offer girls/women self defense, no bullying talks, respect talks, demos/motivational talks, and more! Give us a call to set up a talk with your troop!

Trillium Garden Club | Girl Scouts Garden!

Sandy Risi | 870-802-0080 | sjrisix@aol.com

Learn new skills for gardening, recycling, and composting to make the world a better place! There are also activities that include a service project! Girls can connect with each other and adult garden club members to learn about gardening! This is an ongoing, free opportunity for all Girl Scouts located at the Trillium Garden Club in Jonesboro! Call today to schedule!

Yoga classes

Amanda Spurlock | 870-336-3910 | amandaspurlock4163@gmail.com

Give us a call to schedule a yoga session with your troop! Girls can earn the yoga patch from the Girl Scout shop!

Northwest Arkansas

Abrakadoodle Mobile Art Enrichment

Joy Davis | 479-856-6651 | jdavis@abrakadoodle.com

Abrakadoodle embraces “process art”, which simply means that kids learn best as they explore! This is an ongoing opportunity in Northwest Arkansas for Daisies, Brownies, Juniors, Cadettes, Seniors and Ambassadors. Visit the website for more information or call to schedule today.

American Heart Association | Heartsaver First Aid Course

Shawn Perrin | 870-336-6215 | sperrin@medic-one.info

Girls will be able to attend the American Heart Association Heartsaver First Aid Course with CPR & AED course! A book is included in the cost. Those who complete the course will receive an AHA Heartsaver First Aid with CPR & AED card. This opportunity is available between 9 AM & 3 PM. The cost is $50 per person. Call today to schedule.

Arkansas Firewise | Girl Scout Firewise Patch

Shelia Doughty | 501-813-2554 | shelia.doughty@arkansas.gov

In 2013, we had at least 787 wildfires in the state of Arkansas. Help make a difference to our environment by being Firewise Agent! Girls will explore the dangers of wildfires, both in rural and urban areas. Girls will practice risk assessment in their communities and homes, and take action by educating others on how to prevent wildfires. Costs $2 and participants will receive their Arkansas Firewise Patch!

This is a statewide, ongoing opportunity for Daisies, Brownies, Juniors, Cadettes, Seniors, and Ambassadors. Call to schedule today.

Arkansas State Parks Explorer

The Arkansas State Parks Explorer is our new program focused on lessons of conservation for kids that combines fun outdoor activities for kids and important learning experiences about our parks. Participants will receive their Arkansas State Parks Explorer Patch. This is a free, ongoing opportunity for Brownies, Juniors and Cadettes. Visit the website for more information.

Association of Women Geoscientists | Girl Scout Scientists

Anna Lindquist or Noel Turner | alindq@uark.edu  or nlt001@uark.edu

The Association of Women Geoscientists offers many learning opportunities to girls of all ages! Girls can learn about natural resources, oil, fossils, gemstones, natural hazards and many more topics through hands-on activities.  Girls will learn practical life skills by learning how we interact with the Earth and when we need to be agents of change in our community.

Botanical Gardens of the Ozarks

Roslyn Imrie | 479-750-2620 | rimrie@bgozarks.org    

A BGO volunteer or staff leader will take Girl Scouts on a walk around the 5-acre garden while teaching them and asking them to think critically about plants, insects, animals, gardening and environmental science. Opportunities for multiple badges such as butterfly, insect, habitat, gardening and more are possible. This is an ongoing opportunity for all levels and costs $4 per person. Call to schedule.

Camper Badge

Elizabeth Bittner | 870-573-6351 | elizabeth.bittner@arkansas.gov

Interpreter will assist with building a campfire, learning to use a GPS to find a GeoCache, demonstrate cooking in a Dutch oven, and teach girls how to kayak (or go on bird watching hike).  Optional night hike also available.  One night of camping fee can be waived if a service project is completed.

Cobblestone Farm | Let’s Farm!

Olivia Adams | (901)921-3700 | olivia.adams@cobblestoneproject.org

Girls will have the opportunity to tour the farm, play with the chickens, and learn how to garden in the Girl Scout Herb Garden. ***Lunch might be available based on time of year. Please ask when you are planning your trip to the farm.

Crystal Bridges Museum of Art | Guided Tours

Sally Ball | 479-418-5795 | sally.ball@crystalbridges.org

Girls have the option of the following three tours: Brownie Painting, Junior Drawing, and Nature – Sky, Water, Plants, and Animals.

Election Commission Tour

Jennifer Price | 479-444-1766 | jprice@co.washington.ar.us

Program 1: Tour facilities and see how ballots are handled.
Program 2: Set up Mock Election (small scale).
Program 3: Create an Election Event (large scale).

Fayetteville Animal Services

Justine Lentz | 479-444-3455 | jlentz@fayetteville-ar.gov

Play with pets, take a tour and learn how to care for animals at the Fayetteville Animal Shelter! Troops can also bring donations such as food, dog blankets and other supplies. This is a free, ongoing opportunity open to all levels. Call to schedule.

The First Tee of Northwest Arkansas

Elizabeth Prenger | 479-419-5807 | Elizabeth@nwafirsttee.com

First Tee of Northwest Arkansas is a youth development nonprofit that teaches life skills and healthy habits through the game of golf. Your group of 10 or more Girl Scouts can schedule a clinic with a First Tee Coach and learn about the game of golf and the First Tee Nine Core Values. Your girls will explore different ways to show respect, integrity, perseverance and confidence on and off the golf course. To waive the $5 clinic fee, Girl Scouts can sign up to be a First Tee member which comes with many benefits. Please inquire about this membership opportunity when scheduling the clinic.

Goodwill | Thrifty Fashionista

Rebecca Brokman | 501-372-5100 | rbrockman@goodwillar.org

Girls will focus on shopping on a budget, creating looks for less and wrap it up with a fashion show. Girls will also learn why we should recycle clothes and how Goodwill helps the environment and local economy. The program can be tailored based on the size and interest of the troop.

This is an ongoing opportunity for Daisies, Brownies, Juniors, Cadettes, Seniors and Ambassadors, statewide. Visit the website for more information or call to schedule today.

Happy Hydration

Rhonda Fincher | 479-986-9960 | rhonda@kendrickfincher.org

Learn about healthy hydration and how to prevent heat illness.

Har-Ber Village Museum Badge and Patch Program

Paula Keefer | 918-786-6446 | education@har-bervillage.com

Har-Ber Village is a pioneer-era village and history museum. It has exhibits, hands-on activity stations, demonstrations, a nature trail, and workshops. The museum holds special event days and themed holiday events. Discounted youth group tours and badge/patch programs available when you pre-register.

Imagine Studios

Melanie Hewins | 479-619-6085 | melanie@imagine-art-studio.com

Paint pottery, make a tie dye shirt or make a flower scupture! Imagine studios is a place for you to be creative, and you may even be able to earn badge requirements. This is an ongoing opportunity for all levels. Cost varies depending on project, $5-$20. Call to schedule.

Learn How to Fly!

Lt. Col. Dave Bowmen | 479-409-6920 | theaviationguy@cox.net

Learn the basics of flying from “The Aviation Guy,” a retired United States Air Force officer.

Museum of Native American History | Troop Talks | Museum Tour | Discovery Box

Stephanie Brown | (479)273-2456 | monah202@gmail.com

Troop Talks

Hear about topics related to Native American history, behaviors and beliefs unique to ancient America.

Museum Tour

Visitors take a self-guided tour through 14,000 years of Native American history, all illustrated by displays of authentic tools, pottery, weapons, clothing and other artifacts.

Discovery Box

Discovery Box can be checked out from the museum for one week.  Box contains an information packet, glossary, large collection of hands-on artifacts reproductions, flash cards, etc.

National Park Service | Girl Scout Ranger Program

The Resource Stewardship Girl Scout Ranger program invites Girl Scouts to participate in projects at national parks sites to spark their awareness of the national parks and Girl Scouting; to provide them with the opportunity to learn more about protecting our natural and cultural resources; and to promote their exploration of natural and cultural resources, environmental science and conservation careers. Girl Scouts can earn certificates and/or patches for participating in the program. Participants will receive their Girl Scout Ranger Patch. This is a free ongoing opportunity for Daisies, Brownies, Juniors, Cadettes, Seniors and Ambassadors. Visit the website for more information.

Northwest Arkansas Food Bank

Carrie Harlow | 479-872-8774 | carrie.harlow@gmail.com

Girl Scouts can learn about the area’s needs and perform needed services for the food bank.

Northwest Arkansas Naturals | Strike the Sasquatch | Ballpark Tour and Baseball Education

Matt Fanning |479-927-4053 | matt@naturals.com

Strike the Sasquatch

Come hang out with the Naturals Mascot or have him come to your troop meeting!

Ballpark Tour and Baseball Education

Take a tour of the ballpark and learn all the ins and outs of the baseball business.

Operation Christmas Child Shoeboxes

Susan Thomas | 501-580-8032

Stephanie Olsen | 615-767-3096

Girls can earn a fun patch each year for participating individually or as a troop by packing a box, making items to go in a box, attending a packing party or acting as a project leader to coordinate group participation. Operation Christmas Child gives shoebox gifts to needy children around the world to show them they are loved and not forgotten.  Shoeboxes are packed with hygiene items, school supplies and small toys. Notes of encouragement can be included and boxes can be tracked by email.

This is a free, mobile, ongoing opportunity for Daisies, Brownies, Juniors, Cadettes, Seniors and Ambassadors. For more information, visit the website or call to schedule today!

River Valley Regional Food Bank

Clarence Smith | 479-785-0582

Girls will learn about the River Valley’s need and give back helping the food bank with daily tasks and special events. Call today to schedule.

Scott Family Amazeum Workshops

Kelsey Howard | 479-696-9280 ext. 211 | khoward@amazeum.org

Scott Family Amazeum offers many opportunities for Girl Scouts! They will offer workshops throughout the year, a patch day, and self-guided badge tours.

Shiloh Museum of Ozark History

Judy Costello | 479-750-8165 | jcostello@springdalear.gov

Programs will vary by age.

Sylvan Learning Center | Robotics and Engineering

Courtney Wright | (479)903-7210 | Courtney@sylvannwa.com

Sylvan Learning Center offers workshops, tutoring and academic help to children of all ages.

Southeast Arkansas

American Red Cross | Masters of Disaster

Donna Brown | (870)534-7312 | donna.brown4@redcross.org

Girls will learn about disaster safety and disaster preparedness from the American Red Cross of Arkansas.

Arkansas Firewise | Girl Scout Firewise Patch

Shelia Doughty | 501-813-2554 | shelia.doughty@arkansas.gov

In 2013, we had at least 787 wildfires in the state of Arkansas. Help make a difference to our environment by being Firewise Agent! Girls will explore the dangers of wildfires, both in rural and urban areas. Girls will practice risk assessment in their communities and homes, and take action by educating others on how to prevent wildfires. Costs $2 and participants will receive their Arkansas Firewise Patch!

This is a statewide, ongoing opportunity for Daisies, Brownies, Juniors, Cadettes, Seniors, and Ambassadors. Call to schedule today.

Arkansas State Parks Explorer

The Arkansas State Parks Explorer is our new program focused on lessons of conservation for kids that combines fun outdoor activities for kids and important learning experiences about our parks. Participants will receive their Arkansas State Parks Explorer Patch.

This is a free, ongoing opportunity for Brownies, Juniors and Cadettes. Visit the website for more information.

The Arts & Science Center for Southeast Arkansas

Alexandra Pearson | (870) 536-3375 | info@asc701.org

Girls will get to participate in monthly hands-on arts and science activities in which visitors create art, complete science projects, or perform dance, music, or theater. Activities complement current art or science exhibitions. Activities are led by visiting artists, local art educators, and ASC staff.

For A Moment Like This

Leaundra Sanders | 870-872-2965 | leaundrasanders@yahoo.com

Girls will actively participate in challenging & enjoyable dance activities

Goodwill | Thrifty Fashionista

Rebecca Brokman | 501-372-5100 | rbrockman@goodwillar.org

Girls will focus on shopping on a budget, creating looks for less and wrap it up with a fashion show. Girls will also learn why we should recycle clothes and how Goodwill helps the environment and local economy. The program can be tailored based on the size and interest of the troop.

This is an ongoing opportunity for Daisies, Brownies, Juniors, Cadettes, Seniors and Ambassadors, statewide. Visit the website for more information or call to schedule today.

Healing Place Ministry | Archery Club

Edna Morgan | 870-692-2400

Girls will use archery as a vehicle to improve self-esteem, develop team building, and learn the importance of respecting others. Archery provides a recreational outlet for our children to have fun in a safe and competitive environment. Archery club will inspire team building, cooperation and the ability to follow directions both written and verbal.

JF Photography

Jessica Findley | 870-489-7501 | Mrs.findley@yahoo.com

Girls will explore and discover digital photography.

Lowe’s Kids Clinic

Sarah Lunsford | 870-850-7702

Girls will learn valuable wood working skills.

Mike Huckabee Delta Rivers Nature Center Program

Maurice Jackson and Eric Maynard | (870)534-0011

Girls will learn proper shooting and safety techniques, bow maintenance, NASP tournament rules.

A variety of programs are offered at the Mike Huckabee Delta Rivers Nature Center. Many of them will fulfill all or partial requirements of Girl Scout nature badges. Call or visit the website for upcoming programs and information.

National Park Service | Girl Scout Ranger Program

The Resource Stewardship Girl Scout Ranger program invites Girl Scouts to participate in projects at national parks sites to spark their awareness of the national parks and Girl Scouting; to provide them with the opportunity to learn more about protecting our natural and cultural resources; and to promote their exploration of natural and cultural resources, environmental science and conservation careers. Girl Scouts can earn certificates and/or patches for participating in the program. Participants will receive their Girl Scout Ranger Patch. This is a free ongoing opportunity for Daisies, Brownies, Juniors, Cadettes, Seniors and Ambassadors. Visit the website for more information.

Operation Christmas Child Shoeboxes

Susan Thomas | 501-580-8032

Stephanie Olsen | 615-767-3096

Girls can earn a fun patch each year for participating individually or as a troop by packing a box, making items to go in a box, attending a packing party or acting as a project leader to coordinate group participation. Operation Christmas Child gives shoebox gifts to needy children around the world.  Shoeboxes are packed with hygiene items, school supplies and small toys. Notes of encouragement can be included and boxes can be tracked by email.

This is a free, mobile, ongoing opportunity for Daisies, Brownies, Juniors, Cadettes, Seniors and Ambassadors. For more information, visit the website or call to schedule today.

Paws and Claws | Law of the Paw

Rashonda Benson | (870)543-5135 | rashonda@cityofpinebluff.com

Daisy: Birdbath Award

This fun, interactive, animal-themed program helps Daisy Scouts earn their Birdbath Award, as part of the 5 Flowers, 4 Stories, 3 Cheers for Animals daisy guidebook. Our humane educators use storytelling and games to teach Daisy Scouts about basic pet needs and safety to help them be responsible future pet owners. They learn how people and animals help each other, and how they can help their own pets.

Brownies: Pets Badge

The Brownie workshop is focused on responsible pet guardianship, with a review of animal safety. Scouts experience a mock adoption, learning how much time, money, and effort it takes to keep a pet healthy and happy. Each participating child “adopts” a plush cat or dog to take home. We also explore how pets communicate their feelings.

Junior: Animal Habitats

Join us for a wild adventure! Juniors learn about wild animals, investigate an animal habitat, and explore endangered habitats. Discover some differences between wild and domestic animals, and learn why wild animals don’t make good pets.  Covers steps 1, 2 & 4 of the Animal Habitats Badge requirements.

Cadette: Animal Helpers

Cadettes examine the different ways in which animals help us in our everyday lives. Explore the connection between humans and animals, and discover how animals keep us safe and improve our lives. A PBAS Canine Comfort team (dog and handler) will share how they make a difference in our community through pet therapy visitation. Covers all or most of steps 1-4 of the Animal Helpers Badge requirement.

SRT – Special Response Team

Deputy Wringer or Deputy Beam | 870-541-5351

Crime prevention program

Stamp Out Smoking

Kyle Hartsfield | 870-575-8258

Tobacco prevention and education summit.

Tish Bullard Events | GLAM GIRL SPA

Tish Bullard or Shanta Rice | (870) 872-2128 | Tish@TishBullard.com

GLAM GIRL SPA Parties are an introduction to the wonderful world of Relaxation and Beauty in a Day Spa atmosphere. Girls will sample the delights of being pampered for the day. Including soothing mini-facials, mini-manicures and pedicures, mini massage, kid friendly tattoo art/make-up & party favor gift bags to customize your personal retreat. All services are modified for your particular age group or preferences.

UAPB/Boys and Girls Club | Robotics

Felicia Webb | 870-413-9152

Girls and robotics go together like gears and pistons. Through our innovative STEM-based robotics program, girls of all ages can work in teams to unlock their creativity to design, program, and build their very own robot. Will their robots spin in a circle, or pick up pencils, or push a block across the floor? That’s for them to decide! As girls problem-solve to gain a deeper understanding of science, technology and computers, they’ll also learn how to collaborate as part of a team to create a one-of-a-kind robot. And, they might even discover a 21st century career path.

Unique Cakes | Fun Patch Class | Pine Bluff

Miss Margaret | 870-534-2121
Enjoy Life One Cupcake, Cake Pop or Cookie at a Time. Decorate your own cupcakes, cake pops or cookies! What could be better? Each guest will learn some tricks of the trade to decorate six of their own sweets to take home. Includes a tour of the bakery. All scouts welcome.

World War II Japanese American Internment Museum

Susan Gallion | 870-501-8002 | librarylady613@gmail.com

Girls will learn about flag etiquette.

Southwest Arkansas

AG Learning Center | Ag Ed Programs

Jennifer Caraway | 870-774-6455

The Ag Learning Center at the Four States Fair Grounds in Texarkana provides programs that teach the importance of dairy and agricultural in today’s society in a fun interactive way. Girls can request any agriculture program ranging from animal nutrition, growing and harvesting, Ag history, to science experiments! This free, ongoing opportunity is for Daisies, Brownies, Juniors, Cadettes, Seniors and Ambassadors. Call today to schedule! Visit the website for more information.

Arkansas Museum of Natural Resources

Charles Licciardi | 870-725-2877

Head on over to the Arkansas Museum of Natural Resources this Fall for Second Saturday Girl Scout Programs.

Arkansas State Parks Explorer

The Arkansas State Parks Explorer is our new program focused on lessons of conservation for kids that combines fun outdoor activities for kids and important learning experiences about our parks. Participants will receive their Arkansas State Parks Explorer Patch.

This is a free, ongoing opportunity for Brownies, Juniors and Cadettes. Visit the website for more information!

Atlanta Athletics and More

Megan Murphy | 903-796-9342 | atlantaathleticsandmore@gmail.com

Girls will learn about screen printing, vinyl design, embroidery and engraving at Atlanta Athletics and More. Troops can also purchase* t-shirts and the girls can design their own shirt and even help screen print it! *Purchase of a shirt is not required. This is an ongoing opportunity available to all levels. Cost is free, or cost of t-shirt, if purchased. Call to schedule.

Atlanta Citizens Journal/Cass County Sun

Randy Grider | 903-796-7133 | randy@casscountynow.com

Girl Scouts get the opportunity to tour the offices of the Atlanta Citizens Journal and Cass County Sun in this Girl Scouts Make the News MEdia program. Learn about interview techniques, digital layouts, printing and advertisements.  This is a great program for Cadettes working on their It’s Your Story – Tell It! Journey, older girls interested in journalism, or any Girl Scouts who want to know how the news gets distributed! This is a free, ongoing opportunity available to all levels. Call to schedule.

Brownie Pet Badge Workshop

Connie Slater | 870-773-6388

Girls will learn about how to take care of animals including bathing, feeding, walking etc. and learn about the processes at the animal care and adoption center. Brownies will complete all the requirements for the Brownie Pet Badge and receive a certificate.

Burson Orthodontics | Tin Grin Tour

Laura Buchanan | (903) 334-8080 | info@bursonbraces.com

Girls will meet Dr. Stacee Burson, DMD, MS, the first female orthodontist in the state of Arkansas! They will get a tour of the office, learn the importance of dental health and see first hand what dentists and orthodontists do. Girls can even make a mold of their mouth to bring home! Please schedule at least 3 weeks in advance. All participants will earn a fun patch for attending this program!

Christus St. Michael | Hospital Tour

Francine Francis | 903-614-1000 | francine.francis@christushealth.org

Come learn about the inner workings of a hospital. Girls will tour patient rooms, visit the newborn nursery, learn about state of the art equipment and visit the simulation center where doctors and nurses stage medical events and practice their skills on life-like mannequins. Tours can be tailored to fit any age group!

Cornerstone Retirement Community | Kid Crafters

Anita Hicks | 903-733-6826 | ahicks@mrcaff.org

Love arts and crafts? Interested in volunteering? Spend the afternoon helping the residents of Cornerstone Retirement Facility make fun arts and crafts. This is a free, ongoing activity available to all levels. Call to schedule.

Cossatot River State Park – Natural Area

Shelley Flanary | 870-385-2201 | shelley.flanary@arkansas.gov

Discover the Cossatot River at the Cossatot River State Park – Natural Area in Wickes, AR through outdoor adventures and education. The park stretches 12 miles along the wild and scenic Cossatot River. Programs are available for interest areas from the birds in the sky down to the creatures in the water. Activities can be fit to meet troop’s interests and badge needs This is an ongoing, free opportunity for Daisies, Brownies, Juniors, Cadettes, Seniors and Ambassadors. Visit the website for more information or call to schedule today!

Downtown Gallery Studio | Downtown Artists

Georgia Hubnik | 903-826-3219 | gfhubnik@yahoo.com

Head over to the Downtown Gallery Studio at 218 E. Broad St. in Texarkana, AR to learn about art and practice your skills! Brownies can work on their Painting Badge, Juniors can work on their Drawing Badge and Seniors can work on their Collage Badge. There is a minimal fee depending on the supplies used. This is an ongoing opportunity for Daisies, Brownies, Juniors, Cadettes, Seniors and Ambassadors. Participants receive an Artist Badge.

Extreme Couponing Classes

Karen Rayfield | 903-280-8860 | krayfield@peoplepc.com

Ever wondered what exactly extreme couponing is? Attend a class by an expert extreme couponer and learn how to clip coupons and save money. Girls will not only learn how to be financially responsible and use resources wisely, they will also learn how to use this new skill to give back to those less fortunate in their community. This is a 3-hour long class at the Texarkana troop meeting location. This is a free, ongoing opportunity for Cadettes, Seniors and Ambassadors. Call to schedule today!

Firewise Arkansas | Girl Scout Firewise Patch

Shelia Doughty | 501-813-2554 | shelia.doughty@arkansas.gov

In 2013, we had at least 787 wildfires in the state of Arkansas. Help make a difference to our environment by being Firewise Agent! Girls will explore the dangers of wildfires, both in rural and urban areas. Girls will practice risk assessment in their communitites and homes, and take action by educating others on how to prevent wildfires. Costs $2 and participants will receive their Arkansas Firewise Patch!

This is a statewide, ongoing opportunity for Daisies, Brownies, Juniors, Cadettes, Seniors, and Ambassadors. Call to schedule today!

Goodwill | Thrifty Fashionista

Rebecca Brokman | 501-372-5100 | rbrockman@goodwillar.org

Girls will focus on shopping on a budget, creating looks for less and wrap it up with a fashion show. Girls will also learn why we should recycle clothes and how Goodwill helps the environment and local economy. The program can be tailored based on the size and interest of the troop.

This is an ongoing opportunity for Daisies, Brownies, Juniors, Cadettes, Seniors and Ambassadors, statewide. Visit the website for more information or call to schedule today!

Health Care Express | Healthy Habits Clinic Tour

Suki O’Neal | (903)791-9355 | suki.oneal@healthcareexpress.us

Bruises, bumps, and breaks, oh my! Visit HealthCare Express in Wake Village, TX to get a behind-the-scenes tour of the clinic. Girls will see how x-ray machines work, talk to doctors and nurses, and learn about careers in the medical field.

Historic Architecture Walking Tour | Texarkana

Zoe Nakashian | 903-793-4831

Enjoy a tour of Historic Texarkana! Take a walking tour of downtown Texarkana and learn things about your city. Girls will be visiting the historic cemetery, courthouse, and many other landmarks unique to Texarkana!

Historic Washington State Park

Leita Spears | 870-983-2625 | leita.spears@arkansas.gov

Go back in time for the night at Historic Washington State Park! Girl Scouts can have the unique opportunity to camp for free at Historic Washington State Park after completing a service project. Girl Scouts can also receive the same discounted tour rates that school groups receive for field trips.

This is an ongoing opportunity. Contact the park for a full list of tour packages and to schedule a trip.

Hope Animal Shelter | Hope for Paws

Jo Ann Sandlin | 870-703-3054

Girls will make four-legged friends at the shelter while learning how to care for cats and dogs. Older girls can take the dogs for walks or participate in service projects and Brownies can earn their Pets badge!

This is a free, an ongoing opportunity open to all levels. Call to schedule.

Logoly State Park | Badge Workshops

Devin Moon | (870)695-3561 | devin.moon@arkansas.gov

Park interpreters at Logoly State Park are excited to help troops earn badges while learning about the environemnt! Logoly is Arkansas’ first environmental state park and can help girls earn their Outdoor Art and Naturalist badges as well as a variety of other badges including Jeweler, Digital Photographer, Trailblazing and Night Owl! Call Logoly today to schedule a badge workshop for your troop.

National Park Service | Girl Scout Ranger Program

The Resource Stewardship Girl Scout Ranger program invites Girl Scouts to participate in projects at national parks sites to spark their awareness of the national parks and Girl Scouting; to provide them with the opportunity to learn more about protecting our natural and cultural resources; and to promote their exploration of natural and cultural resources, environmental science and conservation careers. Girl Scouts can earn certificates and/or patches for participating in the program. Participants will receive their Girl Scout Ranger Patch.

This is a free ongoing opportunity for Daisies, Brownies, Juniors, Cadettes, Seniors and Ambassadors. Visit the website for more information.

Neighbors Emergency Center | Teddy Bear ER

Leanne Maynard | (903)249-0187 | lmaynard@nec24.com

Girls will learn how to diagnose and treat their teddy bear Patients! Bears and activity books provided. Older girls will also have the opportunity to tour the clinic, learn about careers in the medical field and learn about personal health and safety. This is a free, ongoing activity open to all levels. Call to schedule.

New Boston Landfill Tour and Recycling Presentation

Greta Calvery | 214-316-0817

Tour the New Boston Landfill to learn what happens to your waste. Girls will see firsthand how landfills are built and maintained and learn what should and should not be thrown away. Troops can also participate in a recycling presentation to learn how to keep the Earth green! Call today to schedule!

Operation Christmas Child Shoeboxes

Susan Thomas | 501-580-8032

Stephanie Olsen | 615-767-3096

Girls can earn a fun patch each year for participating individually or as a troop by packing a box, making items to go in a box, attending a packing party or acting as a project leader to coordinate group participation. Operation Christmas Child gives shoebox gifts to needy children around the world to show them they are loved and not forgotten.  Shoeboxes are packed with hygiene items, school supplies and small toys. Notes of encouragement can be included and boxes can be tracked by email.

This is a free, mobile, ongoing opportunity for Daisies, Brownies, Juniors, Cadettes, Seniors and Ambassadors. For more information, visit the website or call to schedule today!

Playing the Past Badge Workshop

Zoe Nakashian | 903-793-4831

Have you ever wondered what it was like to live in the past? Juniors can earn their Playing the Past Badge at the Ace of Clubs House in Texarkana and learn about historical food, fashion, games, and fun!

Roger Tipton’s Handcrafted Creations

Roger Tipton | 870-898-6071

Master wood turner, Roger Tipton, will demonstrate his wood working craft for girls at troop meetings or troop events in Texarkana. Girls can learn about wood working and examine his hand-crafted products. Troops may even get a souvenir to keep! This is an ongoing opportunity for Daisies, Brownies, Juniors, Cadettes, Seniors and Ambassadors. Call today to schedule!

Salvation Army | Troop Volunteer Opportunities

Sann Terry | (870) 774-2701 | sann_terry@uss.salvationarmy.org

Girls can give back in their community with one of the many volunteer opportunities The Salvation Army has to offer. Opportunities include making hygiene kits for the homeless, collecting food and supplies to donate, and volunteering to serve food at the homeless shelter (J-A only). Contact Sann Terry for a complete list of opportunities.

Savvy Fashion at Cato’s

Lisa Cornett | 870-779-7225 | lcornett64@gmail.com

Girls can get an after-hours tour of Cato Fashions, learn how to become a savvy shopper and learn about fashion design through dressing mannequins! Girls will also learn about what it’s like to work in retail and learn about customer service. This program compliments numerous aspects of different financial literacy badges and is a great activity for girls getting ready for cookie sales!

Savvy Fashion at Catos (New Boston)

Lindsey Book | 903-628-9896

Girls can get an after-hours tour of Cato Fashions in New Boston, TX, learn how to become a savvy shopper and learn about fashion design through dressing mannequins! Girls will also learn about what it’s like to work in retail and learn about customer service. This program compliments numerous aspects of different financial literacy badges and is a great activity for girls getting ready for cookie sales!

Girls will earn aspects of their financial literacy badges by learning about money management, savvy shopping, customer service, customer insights, and how to run a business. This is a free opportunity for Daisies, Brownies and Juniors between the hours of 6:30 and 7:30 p.m. Call today to schedule!

Screen Printing and T-shirt Making

Richard Hartcraft | 903-334-8881 | lonestartrophy@yahoo.com

Need a troop T-shirt? Purchase shirts from Lone Star Graphics in Nash, TX and girls can learn firsthand about design, graphic art and how screen printing works. They can even help make their own shirt! *Purchase of a shirt is not required. This is a free (or cost of purchased t-shirt) ongoing opportunity for Daisies, Brownies, Juniors, Cadettes, Seniors and Ambassadors. Call to schedule today!

Tea Party

Zoe Nakashian | 903-793-4831

Get dressed up and head on over for a tea party! Girls will learn the history behind tea parties as well as proper table manners and etiquette. Join in for some food, fun, and of course, tea!

Texas Parks and Wildlife | Wildlife Wonders

Penny Wilkerson | 903-796-7526 | penny.wilkerson@tpwd.texas.gov

Girls can get in touch with their wild side at Texas Parks and Wildlife in Bowie and Cass County, TX as they learn about common characteristics of mammals, birds, amphibians and reptiles using taxidermy mounts. There will also be a discussion on skull characteristics in association with life history; including diet, vision, etc. from a wildlife biologist. Great program for both troops and service units!

This is a free, ongoing opportunity for Daisies, Brownies, Juniors and Cadettes. Call to schedule today!

Texarkana Krav Maga | Self Defense Class

Dana O’Neal | 903-908-4314 | dana@texarkanakravmaga.com

Learn female empowerment in this awesome self defense class at Texarkana Krav Maga. Troops can attend a private training session on a Saturday or girls can attend a drop-in class at Legends Gym Monday-Thursday at 6:30pm. This is a free, ongoing opportunity for Brownies, Juniors, Cadettes, Seniors and Ambassadors. Call to schedule today!

Texarkana Recycling Center | Tour

Brandy Chewning | 870-779-4946 | brandy.chewning@txkusa.org

Reduce, reuse, RECYCLE! Discover how a recycling center works! Girls will learn how recyling is sorted, what is accepted, what cannot be recycled any why. All of your recycling questions answered! Tours can be scheduled during normal business hours, M-F 8am-5pm

Texarkana Regional Airport | Aerospace Education

John Gender | 903-334-7073 | gender_@msn.com

Are you interested in the aerospace field? Are you not sure what aerospace is but want to learn a bit more? If so, contact Lt. Col. Gender with the Civil Air Patrol at the Texarkana Regional Airport in Texarkana, AR. Topics include learning about why airplanes fly, civilian and military vocational opportunities in aerospace, and any other aerospace topic girls may be interested in. Girls age 12-18 can also join the Civil Air Patrol Cadet Program. They meet weekly on Monday nights at 6:30pm. Not sure if you are ready to join but interested in checking it out? Head on over and sit in on a meeting to see what it is all about. Cost is free! This is a free, ongoing opportunity for Daisies, Brownies, Juniors, Cadettes, Seniors and Ambassadors. Call to schedule today!

Texarkana Water Utilities | Safety Presentation

Bill King | 903-798-3821 | 801 Wood St. Texarkana, TX

Poisonous plants, snakes, and spiders, OH MY! Girls can attend a safety presentation teaching them to identify and understand the risks of local poisonous plants, snakes, and spiders. This is a free, ongoing opportunity at Texarkana Water Utilities for Brownies, Juniors, Cadettes, Seniors and Ambassadors. Call today to schedule! For more information visit the website.

Town Square Media | Girl Scouting and the ME-dia

Andi Darby | 870-772-3771 | andi.darby@townsquaremedia.com

Girls will tour the radio station, meet and interact with DJs, learn about careers in radio, music, and production. This is a free, ongoing opportunity in Texarkana for Daisies, Brownies, Juniors, Cadettes, Seniors and Ambassadors. Call today to schedule!

Tumbling Tots and Teens

Megan Adcock | 903-490-7979 | tumblingtotsandteens@gmail.com

Girls will learn to stay fit while having a tumbling good time! Price ranges from $0-$25 per troop depending on day.

Two Rivers Museum, Ashdown | Stories of the Past Badge Workshops

Lajuana Hinton | 870-898-7200 | lb55hinton@gmail.com

Girls will explore their own family tree in the genealogy room of the museum and learn about what it was like to live in the past through the exhibits at the museum. Brownies and Juniors will earn badges and older girls can research their history and the history of their community!

Badges: Brownie, My Family Story Badge and Junior, Playing the Past Badge

This is a free, an ongoing opportunity open to all levels. Call to schedule.

UAMS Prevention Classes

Pam Culver | 870-773-6272 | pjculver@uams.edu

As girls get older, they are faced with many challenging situations and choices. Let an expert come to your troop meeting to speak with girls about serious issues facing today’s pre-teens and teens. Topics include anti-bullying, suicide prevention, smoking and e-cigarette prevention, and fetal alcohol syndrome prevention (permission slip required). Counties served: Miller, Little River, Columbia, Union, Sevier and Howard. This is an ongoing opportunity for Cadettes, Seniors and Ambassadors. Call today to schedule!

US Army Corps of Engineers | Service Projects

Dustin Flowers | 903-838-8781 | robert.d.flowers@usace.army.mil

Do you want to make a difference in your community? If your troop is interested in service projects, head over to Wright Patman Lake in Texarkana and assist the Army Corps of Engineers with projects including trail maintenance, building bird houses and bat boxes, designing sand boxes, making horseshoe pits, and much more! If girls participate in a service project they can camp at the park free of charge! This is a free, ongoing opportunity for Daisies, Brownies, Juniors, Cadettes, Seniors and Ambassadors. Call today to schedule!

VA Clinic: Town Hall Flag Ceremonies | Texarkana

Emily Eudy | 870-773-2151 |  eeudy@girlscoutsdiamonds.org

The VA is looking for girls to lead the flag ceremony for their upcoming Town Hall meetings. This is a great opportunity for girls to gain experience with flag ceremonies and earn service hours. Town Hall meetings occur quarterly throughout the year. Call to schedule, open to Juniors through Ambassadors.  This is a free, ongoing opportunity available to all levels. Call to schedule.

Wells Fargo | Hands on Banking

Geanenita Kelly | 903-223-1573

Making dreams a reality begins with knowing how to manage your money. Join Wells Fargo, in Texarkana, in learning how to develop your financial literacy. From Daisies to Ambassadors, the Hands on Banking program will get girls excited about learning how to manage their money, create a budget, and save for their future! This is a free, ongoing opportunity. Call to schedule today!

Wright Patman Lake Programs

Dustin Flowers | 903-838-8781 | robert.d.flowers@usace.army.mil

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in Texarkana at Wright Patman Lake offers great programs to Girl Scouts! Girls can attend a birding program at the waterfowl observation area, take a guided nature hike, participate in a wildlife identification program and even schedule a tour of the dam. Brownies can earn their Hiker Badge if they schedule a guided nature hike. This is a free, ongoing opportunity for Daisies, Brownies, Juniors, Cadettes, Seniors and Ambassadors. Call to schedule today!

 

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