Community Resource Guide

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Program Resources

Girl Scouts of Western New York (GSWNY) thanks all of our leaders and volunteers for the service and dedication you provide to girls.

This Community Resource Guide includes community field trip ideas and programming support of the National Program Portfolio, including the Journeys, Financial Literacy, Camping, and skill-building opportunities. This guide is intended to be a complement to the Program Guide.

The program team at GSWNY is here for you! If you need assistance with Journeys, the Girls Guide to Girl Scouting, council-sponsored programs, High Awards questions, etc., please contact the Program Department Team at 1-888-837-6410 and ask for a Program Manager or email programs@gswny.org.

Activity Planning: Leaders, do not forget to consult the Safety Activity Checkpoints for guidance on planning activities. If no Safety Activity Checkpoint exists for your activity, please follow the Safety Guidelines in Volunteer Essentials.

Resource Boxes: These kits contain everything you need to present a topic focus program to girls. To reserve a resource box, complete the form and submit it to the program team at programs@gswny.org. Requests must be submitted a minimum of two weeks prior.

 

The following contains information about other program ideas:

Ropes Courses at Camp Seven Hills/Goodyear and Camp Piperwood

2013-2014 Approved Horse Stable Listing

Council's Own Patches

Make Your Own Badge

Religious Awards for All Ages

Community Service

Take Action

Outdoor Program

Financial Literacy Program

 

Ropes Course (Camp Seven Hills/Goodyear and Camp Piperwood)

Imagine an unforgettable outdoor adventure that fosters trust, problem solving, team building and overcoming fears in a safe environment! Reserve a date just for your troop to experience our ropes course activities by submitting your application.  

Daisies and Brownies can participate in Adventure Play only. Juniors, Cadettes, Seniors, and Ambassadors can participate in all ropes course activities.  

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2013-2014 Approved Horse Stable Listing

Girl Scouts of Western New York understands many girls have an interest in learning to care for and ride horses. Our 2013-2014 Approved Horse Stable Listing can help you determine the best vendor for your troop or Girl Scout.

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Council’s Own Patches

Council’s Own Badges/Patches are designed to focus on something special and unique to a particular area. GSWNY is proud to offer several for you to choose from. Learn about the requirements on our forms page.

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Make Your Own Badge

As a Girl Scout Brownie, Junior, Cadette, Senior, or Ambassador, you can earn a Make Your Own badge once a year. Choose an idea or topic, decide on the five steps needed to learn that skill, and when you've completed the steps, have fun designing a badge that is uniquely yours!

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Religious Awards for All Ages

Girls of all grade levels can now earn the My Promise, My Faith pin developed by Girl Scouts of the USA. This pin, which girls can earn once a year, complements existing religious recognitions and allows all girls to further strengthen the connection between their faith and Girl Scouts. Requirements for the My Promise, My Faith pin can be found in each grade level of the Girls Guide to Girl Scouting Handbook.

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Community Service

This is a project or action(s) that benefits the community while girls gain greater understanding of the issues in their community and how to address them. Community service is a major part of the Girl Scout movement.

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Take Action

This is designed to elevate traditional Girl Scout community service projects from meeting an immediate need to advocacy projects that make change happen. Girls identify a cause they feel passionate about, and with advocacy and action, make a change.

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Outdoor Programs

An outdoor program is a great way to take the Girl Scout Leadership Experience to a whole new space! We encourage you to practice progression with your girls, starting small and working up to more advanced experiences. An outdoor program can be implemented simply at your troop meeting place. For example, you could have an outdoor program on the front law, in the parking lot, or by taking a walk around the block. Easy outdoor programs can be found throughout all GSUSA program resources, but check out the Legacy Naturalist badges (Girl’s Guide to Girl Scouting) and the It’s Your Planet – Love It! Journey and associated Skill-Builder Badges for great ideas. 

When your girls are ready, we encourage you to take them out to camp – possibly for a day trip, which makes a wonderful end-of-year party with families! Camping overnight is a great next step. To take your girls camping, you must have completed Troop Camping I training, which we offer a number of times throughout the year. You will learn basic camping skills, how to plan a trip with the girls, and fun program ideas. Troop Camping I certifies you to take the girls camping in a lodge or cabin. When you’re ready for another challenge, Troop Camping II training will prepare you to take the girls camping in a tent. Troop Camping I is required before you can take Troop Camping II. We also offer Troop Camping I/II combination, which allows you to complete both certifications in one training. Because Troop Camping I/II combination is a more condensed training, it is recommended for those with some camping experience.

If you have questions regarding introducing outdoor program, contact the GSWNY Program Department at programs@gswny.org. For camping training questions, contact training@gswny.org.

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Financial Literacy Program

Don’t miss your chance to take part in the Girl Scout Cookie and Magazine and Munchies programs. They’re the largest girl-led business in the world. It’s a great way for girls to earn money for their troop and learn some valuable life skills that they’ll use forever. It can also be a lot of fun as girls learn about setting goals, making decisions, and managing their own money. Girls also have the chance to hone people skills and gain an understanding of business ethics. These programs help girls become an in-the-know, confident, self-reliant consumer and leader. Check out the Girl’s Guide to Girl Scouting to find out what Cookie and Financial Literacy Badges are available for girls to earn.

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Community Resource Listings

These programs are operated exclusively by the organizations and are not associated with any activity sponsored by the Girl Scouts of Western New York. 

 

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Aquarium of Niagara 

701 Whirlpool Street, Niagara Falls, NY 14301

The Aquarium of Niagara offers overnight and day trip programs. Girls will learn about aquatic ecosystems through innovative hands-on activities and displays that teach about conservation and education on how they can become advocates for the environment and its inhabitants.

Phone: 716-285-8513

Contact: Jeanette Brunner

To set up a program, contact Jeanette Brunner, Coordinator of Education Programs, at 716-285-3575 ext. 209.

Level(s): All

Date(s) of program: Call for availability

Capacity: Day trips no limit. 85 participants for sleepovers.

Time(s): N/A

Cost: $3 for daytrips; $19 for sleepovers

 

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Beaver Meadows Audubon Center, Buffalo Audubon Society, Inc.

1610 Welch Rd; North Java, NY 14113

The Buffalo Audubon Society promotes appreciation and enjoyment of the natural world through education and stewardship. We offer Girl Scout programs for all age levels, including Journeys and badges. Troops can come for overnight or day programs. Leaders and/or parents must stay with girls for the entirety of the program scheduled. 

Phone: 585-457-3228

Contact: Jackie Keller

To set up a program, contact Jackie Keller by calling 585-457-3228 or emailing KELLER@BUFFALOAUDUBON.ORG

Level(s): All

Date(s) of program: N/A

Capacity: 5 to 100

Time(s): N/A

Cost: Varies

 

Buffalo Museum of Science

1020 Humboldt Parkway, Buffalo, NY 14211

The Buffalo Museum of Science is a non-profit educational institution dedicated to the study and interpretation of the natural and physical sciences. Its extensive collections of more than 700,000 specimens and artifacts represent all facets of the natural world with an emphasis on Western New York as well as man-made objects spanning the globe. Based at 1020 Humboldt Parkway and anchoring Buffalo’s East Side in Olmsted-designed Martin Luther King, Jr. Park since 1929, the Museum presents a wide variety of programs and services for families, teachers, adults, and community organizations throughout each year. The Museum also operates Tifft Nature Preserve in South Buffalo, a 264-acre urban wetland preserve on reclaimed former industrial lands. See program description under Tifft Nature Preserve.

Phone: 716-896-5200 ext. 339

Contact: Betsy Vazquez, Public Programs Coordinator

To set up a program, contact Betsy Vazquez at 716-896-520 ext. 345 or email bvazquez@sciencebuff.org.

Level(s): Grades 1-7

Date(s) of program: Visit website.

Capacity: Minimum of five girls for workshops, 30 for camp-ins. Maximum of 25 girls for workshops, 100 for camp-ins

Time(s): Varies

Cost: Varies

 

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The Canandaigua Lady Boat Cruise

205 Lakeshore Drive, Canandaigua, NY 14424

Narrated cruises where girls can learn about the history of the Steamboat Era, Canandaigua Lake, and the Seneca Indians. They can even visit with our Captain in his Wheelhouse. The newly remodeled 65-ton “Canandaigua Lady” is a 19th century steamboat replica and a double-decker Mississippi-style paddle wheel boat operating on Canandaigua Lake. Docking at Steamboat Landing, the "Lady" is a proud successor to locally famous steamboats that operated on the Finger Lakes between 1820 and 1930.

Phone: 585-396-7350

Contact: Sara Chambers

To set up a program, contact Sara at 585-233-5019 or events@cdgalady.com.

Level(s): All

Date(s) of program: Cruises May to October

Capacity: N/A

Time(s): One-hour public morning cruise 10:30 to 11:30 a.m.

Cost: $6 per girl and adult

 

Center for Inquiry

3965 Rensch Road, Amherst, NY 14228

The mission of the Center for Inquiry is to foster a secular society based on science, reason, freedom of inquiry, and humanist values. Girls will focus on building critical thinking skills to help them become lifelong learners.

Phone: 716-636-4869 ext 423

Contact: Sarah Kaiser

To set up a program, contact Sarah at 716-636-4869.

Level(s): N/A

Date(s) of program: N/A

Capacity: N/A

Time(s): N/A

Cost: N/A

 

Clay Hands Pottery

10086 Main Street, Clarence, NY 14031

Clay Hands Pottery is a paint-your-own studio. Our studio not only offers ready-to-paint ceramics, but also glass fusing technique classes and clay classes. Our studio offers group parties including birthdays, girls’ night out, Girl Scouts activities, showers, and more.

Phone: 716-759-1208

Contact: Marie Sperrazza, Owner

To set up a program, call Marie at 716-866-2180.

Level(s): All

Date(s) of program: N/A

Capacity: N/A

Time(s): Varies

Cost: Varies

 

Creative Essence

9450 Clarence Center Road, Clarence Center, NY 14032

Our shop is beautiful and provides a positive atmosphere to learn more types of handwork, including sewing, felting, jewelry making, clay work, collaging, paper making, and more. Our mission is to create a community space where people connect through crafting.

Phone: 716-407-2137

Contact: Michele Beiter or Tammy Ulrich, Co-Owners

To set up a program, call 716-946-0382 or email info@creativeessenceshop.com

Level(s): All

Date(s) of program: N/A

Capacity: N/A

Time(s): N/A


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Designing Dish

138 Grey Street, East Aurora, NY 14052

Designing Dish is a paint-your-own pottery studio where everyone is creative. We specialize in several media to teach the public.

Phone: 716-655-4456

Contact: Genevieve Turner, Owner

To set up a program, call 716-655-4456 or email Genevieve@designingdish.com.

Level(s): All

Date(s) of program: N/A

Capacity: Minimum of two girls in a class, maximum of 46 girls in a class

Time(s): N/A


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En Garde Fencing: Batavia

29 Liberty Street, Batavia, NY 14020

En Garde offers Olympic sport fencing programs for children and adults that focus on building fitness, nutrition awareness, and personal growth, including self-respect, independence and self-confidence. All coaches are United States Fencing Association Certified. Program includes a pizza party and patch.

Phone: 585-409-3993

Contact: Colin Dentino

To set up a program, call 585-409-3993 or email colin@engardebatavia.com.

Level(s): All

Date(s) of program: N/A

Capacity: Maximum 16

Time(s): N/A

Cost: Varies

 

Explore & More Children’s Museum

300 Gleed Avenue, East Aurora, NY 14052

Explore & More Children’s Museum provides an environment for creative play and learning through hands-on exhibits, activities, and programs that inspire creativity, curiosity, and imagination. The museum exhibits include Building Curiosity, Inside Architecture, Food Glorious Food, Make it Go, Exploration Rocks (geology), and the Culture Corner featuring Mexico, the Netherlands, Vietnam, and South Africa. Explore & More also has educational workshops that can be brought offsite.

Phone: 716-655-3131

Contact: Claudia Newton, Education Coordinator

To set up a program, call Claudia Newton at 716-655-3131, ext. 14 or email claudianewton@exploreandmore.org.

Level(s): Ages 1-10 and adults

Date(s) of program: N/A

Time(s): Usually two-hour sessions

Cost: Varies

Creative play and learning through hands-on programs and activities. Exhibits include Architecture, Food, Rocks, and Culture Corners featuring the Netherlands, Vietnam, and South Africa. Reserve a visit for any Scout Night, which includes a themed craft/activity and museum time. Groups of 22 or more - choose your own date. psE&M also brings educational workshops to your site!  

Phone: 716-655-5131

Contact: Sue Musial

To set up a program, call Sue at 716-655-5131 ext. 16 or email susanmusial@exploreandmore.org.

Level: Ages 5 to 12 and adults

Dates of program: Call for more info.

Time: 6 to 8 p.m.

Cost: $5 per person. One adult admitted free with each five paying Scouts


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First Choice Educational Tours

3080 West Main Road, Batavia, NY 14020 (office location)

We offer a wide variety of programs designed for experiential learning. Girls will broaden their horizons and build on their travel experiences to inspire others. Through carefully constructed domestic and international tours, First Choice works to open girls to the possibilities of the world beyond their neighborhoods. 

Phone: 585-762-6090, ext. 218

Contact: Phyllis Breen

To set up a program, call 585-762-6090, ext. 218 or email Phyllis@tours4students.com.

Address/Location: Office location-

Level(s): All

Date(s) of program: N/A

Capacity: N/A

Time(s): N/A

Cost: Varies

 

Forrestel Riding and Sports Camp

11380 Main Street, Medina, NY 14103

Forrestel is an 800-acre working farm. The summer English riding camp was started in 1980 where riding weekends are offered for children ages 7 to 17. At Forrestel, young people are encouraged to try new things and develop confidence in a safe and nurturing atmosphere.

Phone: 585-798-2222

Contact: Margaret Darroch

Level(s): Ages 7 to 17

Date(s) of program: N/A

Capacity: N/A

Time(s): N/A

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Genesee County Park & Forest Interpretive Nature Center

11095 Bethany Center Road, East Bethany, NY 14054

Genesee County Park & Forest Interpretive Nature Center offers a variety of programs that fill badge requirements for all levels of Girl Scouting. Leaders can contact the Nature Center to set up dates/times.

Phone: 585-344-1122

Contact: Judy Spring

To set up a program, call 585-344-1122.

Level(s): Grades 2-12

Date(s) of program: N/A

Capacity: N/A

Time(s): N/A

Cost: Varies

 

Genesee Country Village & Museum

1410 Flint Hill Road, PO Box 310, Mumford, NY  14511

At Genesee Country Village & Museum, we inspire excitement and curiosity about the past and an appreciation for its relevance today. Visitors experience how life in small towns has changed over time through engaging and enjoyable encounters with the stories, objects, buildings, and environments of Western New York. We offer opportunities for girls of all ages to participate in community service. Some girls volunteer as a group, others as individuals. We also work with girls who want to earn their Bronze, Silver, and Gold Awards. Additionally, we offer a variety of Scout programs that focus on discovery, understanding, appreciation, and stewardship.

Phone: 585-535-6822

Contact:  Melissa Marszalek, Manager of Group and Natural History Programs

To set up a program, contact Melissa Marszalek at mmarszalek@gcv.org or call 585-294-8257.

Level(s): All

Date(s) of program: N/A

Capacity: N/A

Time(s): N/A

Cost: Varies

 

Gymnastics Training Center of Rochester, Inc.

2051 Fairport Nine Mile Point Rd, Rochester, NY

Gymnastics Training Center of Rochester provides customized Girl Scout field trips during which girls learn about and experience gymnastics in a one- or one-and-a-half-hour program.  Our philosophy is “safety first, last, and always.”  Each student is encouraged to learn at her own pace and strive for her personal best, not only in the gymnastics arena, but in all that life has to offer. Girls will warm up, discuss good health habits and exercise before having a chance to use Olympic event equipment, including uneven bars, vault, and balance beam. They will enjoy the two in-ground trampolines as well as the tumble track and two foam pits.

Phone: 585-388-8686

Contact:  Sarah Jane Clifford, President

To set up a program, visit their website or call 585-388-8686.

Level(s): All

Date(s) of program: N/A

Capacity: N/A

Time(s): N/A

Cost: Varies


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Helmer Nature Center

154 Pinegrove Avenue, Rochester, NY 14617

Helmer Nature Center utilizes the natural world as a classroom in order to provide practical, integrated learning opportunities, foster environmental awareness, and promote the concept of global stewardship and lifelong learning. We offer fun, hands-on learning experiences to Girl Scout troops. Girl Scouts of all ages can earn badges, enjoy the outdoors, and practice new skills. Programs include team building, Eight Basic Outdoor Skills, Skill Builder Badges, Snowshoeing, Maple Sugaring, Nature Hike, and Animal Presentation. 

Phone: 585-336-3035

Contact:  Brian Andrew, Naturalist, Scout Coordinator

To set up a program, contact Brian Andrew at 585-336-3035 or email Brian_Andrew@westiron.monroe.edu.

Level(s): All

Date(s) of program: N/A

Capacity: Mininum of 10 girls, maximum of 20 girls

Time(s): Weekday afternoons, starting as early as 3 p.m.

Cost: $5 to $10/girl, depending on program

 

Herschell Carrousel Factory Museum (Carousel Society of the Niagara Frontier)

180 Thompson Street, North Tonawanda, NY 14120

The museum offers many events throughout the year, and group tours can be schedule for any time. Tours for Girl Scouts include a trip through the museum’s exhibits, hands-on craft activity, and a ride on the carrousel. Learn about the art, science, music, and history of the early American amusement industry from carrousels to coasters.

Phone: 716-693-1885

Contact: Katie Loveless, Director of Education

To set up a program, contact Katie Loveless, Director of Education, at 716-693-1885 or at education@carrouselmuseum.org.

Level(s): All

Date(s) of program: Varies. Call for an appointment

Capacity: N/A

Time(s): Varies. Call for an appointment

Cost: $2.50 per girl, $5.00 per adult

Come to the Carrousel Museum to enjoy a special morning for Girl Scouts. This year’s program will focus on the art of the carrousel, from carving to scenery panel painting and more. See woodcarving demonstrations, learn how historic band organ music is produced, and take part in a number of hands-on activities and crafts throughout the museum. Activities are designed for Daisy, Brownie, and Junior scouts (Grades K through 5) and are linked to the NYS curriculum. This program counts toward earning the “Scouting in the Summer” patch.

Phone: 716-693-1885

Contact: Katie Loveless

To set up a program, call 716-693-1885 by Wednesday, June 25.

Level(s): Grades K through 5

Date(s) of program: Saturday, June 28, 2014

Capacity: Maximum 40

Time(s): 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. Check in is at 9:45 a.m.

Cost: $6 per participant. Adults, siblings, and other guests pay regular museum admission of $6 for adults, $5 for seniors, or $3 for children ages 2 to 16.


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Jam&Jemz Studio

496 Long Pond Road, Suite 3, Rochester, NY 14612

Jam&Jemz Studio is a club for girls in Rochester. Our mission is to enrich the lives of girls ages 8 to 12 years old through peer-building games and activities, group discussion, journal writing, and fun physical exercise. We use these activities as tools to empower and encourage a positive self-image and to develop confidence, individuality, communication, teamwork, respect, and responsibility. We are a stress-free, light-hearted studio full of love and fun. Our goal is to nurture in a safe, comfortable, structured environment while inspiring our girls to be the best they can be!  

Phone: 585-319-3724

Contact:  Amy Colombo, Owner

To set up a program, contact Amy Colombo at 585-259-5582 or info@jamandjemz.com.

Level(s): Ages 8-12

Date(s) of program: N/A

Capacity: N/A

Time(s): N/A

 

Jamestown Audubon Society, Inc.

1600 Riverside Road, Jamestown, NY 14701

Jamestown Audubon provides two-hour programs to Girl Scout groups wishing to earn their Legacy Naturalist Badges. Leaders are asked to schedule a minimum two-hour block and encouraged to consider an extra 30 to 60 minutes to allow the girls to explore our exhibits and/or trails. We also offer an overnight program for $250 that can be customized to your needs.

Phone: 716-569-2345

Contact: Jennifer Schlick, Program Director

To set up a program, contact Jennifer Schlick at 716-569-2345, ext. 25 or jschlick@jamestownaudubon.org.

Level(s): Brownie, Junior, Cadette

Date(s) of program: N/A

Capacity: 10 to 20 girls

Time(s): N/A

Cost: $8/girl, $80 minimum

 

Jungle Jolt

805 Ridge Road, Webster, NY 14580

Jungle Jolt’s themed adventure is a fun and exciting place where you let your kids enjoy a variety of play activities all day long. Parents can relax or join in on the fun! Our mission is to provide an excellent indoor child play environment with a kid-friendly atmosphere while ensuring both child and parent receive excellent service in a playful, clean, and safe location.

Phone: 585-247-4458

Contact:  Daneille Taumina, Co-owner

To set up a program, contact Daneille Taumina at 585-703-7117 or acdtenterprise@gmail.com.

Level(s): All

Date(s) of program: N/A

Capacity: N/A

Time(s): N/A

Cost: N/A


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Kissing Bridge Corporation

10296 State Road, Glenwood, NY 14069

Kissing Bridge is hosting Scout Day, a fun-filled afternoon of learning to ski or snowboard, on Monday, February 17, 2014. The offer is:

  • Discounted all mountain lift ticket, group lesson for ages 9 and above 3 p.m. lesson* for $25 good from 2 p.m. to 10 p.m.
  • Discounted ski rental for $20
  • Discounted snowboard rental for $20
  • First time skier/snowboarder* – Ages 9 and above. Includes a beginner lift ticket, from 2 p.m. to 10 p.m., good for the beginner hill only, a group lesson, and a ski or snowboard rental for $35
  • Helmet rentals available at the rental shop

Phone: 716-592-4963

Contact: Moira “Mo” Condon

To register, call Moira “Mo” Condon at 716-592-4963, ext. 2219. Reservations for this specific event must be made by February 16, 2014. Please contact Moira in advance so that she can get the necessary forms to you for your order for this event. If you can’t make the event, contact Moira and she will assist in setting up an outing for your troop.

Level(s): Lessons available for ages 9 and above

Date(s) of program: Monday, February 17, 2014 

Capacity: N/A

Time(s): 2 p.m. to 10 p.m.   

Cost: Varies

 

*Arrive at least one hour in advance to give time to get through the rental shop and out for your lesson.

 

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Martin House Restoration Corporation

143 Jewett Parkway, Buffalo, NY 14214

Become a Martin House Junior Docent! The Martin House offers a great experience for Girl Scout groups looking to engage with Buffalo history, architecture, and design. This program has three components. After a tour and specialized workshop, your group has the rare opportunity to partner with an education docent to give a one-time tour of the Martin House to their family and friends. In addition to learning, participants have the unique ability to gain skills in research, public speaking, and community engagement.

Phone: 716-856-4009

Contact: Gina Neureuther, Director of Education and Programs

To set up a program, contact Gina Neureuther at 716-856-3858, ext. 208 or gneureuther@darwinmartinhouse.org.

Level(s): Grades 3-12

Date(s) of program: N/A

Capacity: 15-30 girls

Time(s): N/A

Cost: $20/girl, special rate for Individuals (parents/relatives/friends) that come to the Martin House on the night of the tour pay $10/person

 

Meadows of Mendon Stables

1536 West Bloomfield Road, Honeoye Falls, NY 14472

We are a pleasure riding stables that offers both English and Western horseback riding. Safety, character building, and community involvement is our specialty. We service large children and adult therapeutic riding program. The stables owns all the horses, and they are utilized for our programs. Each person matters, and each riding need is different from person to person. We are a teaching stables, and people come here to learn how to ride and how to care for animals. Girls will experience a working farm. Riders will be provided a tranquil, warm environment to learn. Riding occurs in an indoor and outdoor riding arena.

Phone: 585-582-1437

Contact:  Amy Jenkins, Owner, Head Instructor

To set up a program, contact Amy Jenkins at 585-582-1437 or meadowsofmendonstables@yahoo.com.

Level(s): Grades 3-12

Date(s) of program: N/A

Capacity: N/A

Time(s): N/A

Cost: N/A

 

Microsoft Store at Walden Galleria Mall

Suite L108 Galleria Drive, Buffalo, NY 14225

  • Daisies: Violet Petal “Being a Sister to Every Girl Scout” (Two-hour workshop) Your Girl Scout will hear Vi’s Story and learn how to keep in touch with others by getting hands-on with technology such as Bing search engine and Skype and creating postcards using Microsoft Publisher.
  • Brownies: Computer Expert Badge (Three-hour workshop) Your Girl Scout will learn how to paint a digital picture, participate in an Internet research project, letter writing, and learn a new Internet game!
  • Juniors: Digital Photographer Badge (Two-hour workshop) Your Girl Scout will learn the parts of a camera, photography tips and tricks, photo editing, and how to create a collage and photo album!
  • Cadettes: Netiquette Badge (Two-and-a-half-hour workshop) Your Girl Scout will learn about social media, online communication, email etiquette, start the Kindness practice, and present what they learned!
  • Cadettes: Digital Movie Maker Badge (Two-and-a-half-hour workshop) Your Girl Scout will learn the basics of filming, film a short video, share a scene, and work with other Girl Scouts to edit her movie!    

Phone: 716-713-9463

Contact: Emily Eckert

To register your troop, email Emily Eckert, community development specialist, at Emeckert@microsoft.com.

Level(s): Daisy through Cadette

Date(s): N/A

Capacity: Maximum 20

Time(s): N/A

Cost: No cost

 

Museum of disABILITY History

3826 Main Street, Buffalo, NY 14226

Daisy Girl Scouts will listen to carefully selected stories with characters that have disabilities. Each Story will increase disability awareness and show the girls a connection to disability history. They will also be taken into the museum to see related artifacts. Girls will receive a pencil and bookmark. Program will run about an hour. Cost is $4 for girls.

Brownie and Junior Girl Scouts will learn about celebrating differences during a tour of the museum and an interactive learning experience of the daily life of someone with a disability. Program runs one hour. Cost is $4 for girls.

Cadette Girl Scouts will engage in an interactive PowerPoint presentation designed to encourage them to communicate effectively with people with disabilities. Participants will learn “person first language,” how to dispel myths about people with disabilities, and to focus on abilities instead of disabilities. The program will include a guided tour of the Museum of disABILITY History. Each girl will design a bookmark about disability etiquette. Program will run for one-and-a-half hours. Cost is $4 for girls.

Senior Girl Scouts will participate in a scavenger hunt at the Museum of disABILITY History. They will learn about care and treatment and about societal views of people with disabilities over time. The girls will be split into two groups and take part in the scavenger hunt. The group of girls that finds the most correct answers will win a prize. Program runs for one-and-a-half hours. Cost is $5 for girls (includes ice cream).

Ambassador Girl Scouts will tour the Museum of disABILITY History. They will learn about the care, treatment, and societal views of people with disabilities. After, they will spilt up into groups of two and pick a wall to come up with an educational skit for. They will perform for the other groups and they will vote on whose was the best. The group that is voted the best gets a prize. Cost is $10 for girls (includes lunch, tour, and prize).   

Phone: 716-629-3625

Contact: Janet McNevin

To set up a program, call 716-629-3625.

Level(s): All

Date(s) of program: Mondays through Saturdays

Capacity: Minimum 4 girls, maximum 12 girls

Time(s): Events are held 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Cost: $4 to $10

 


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The National Susan B. Anthony Museum and House

17 Madison Street, Rochester, NY 14608

The National Susan B. Anthony Museum & House preserves the National Historic Landmark home of Susan B. Anthony and collects and exhibits artifacts related to her life and work. We offer programs through our Learning Center that challenge individuals to make a positive difference in their lives and communities. We offer a program for every level of Girl Scouting: Two Daisy Petals; Celebrating Community Brownie Badge; Susan B. Anthony House Patch for Juniors and Older Girls; and Bronze, Silver, and Gold Award Inspiration for those beginning to develop Take Action projects. Programs at all levels involve a specific tour of the Susan B. Anthony House followed by hands-on experiences in our Carriage House.

Phone: 585-235-6124

Contact: Annie Callanan, Director of Programs and Visitor Services

To set up a program, contact Annie Callanan at acallanan@susanbanthonyhouse.org or call 585-235-6124 ext. 19.

Level(s): All

Date(s) of program: N/A

Capacity: N/A

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Cost: Varies

 

National Museum of Play at the Strong

One Manhattan Square, Rochester, NY, 14607

The National Museum of Play is the only collections-based museum devoted to play. The museum blends the best features of both history and children’s museums and provides a multitude of offerings. The Strong explores play and the way it encourages learning, creativity, and discovery and illuminates cultural history. Museum Girl Scout programs include badge-based experiences, community service experiences, and museum exhibit experiences. 

Phone: 585-263-2700

Contact: Mary Kelly, Public Program Coordinator

To set up a program, visit our website or contact Mary Kelly at 585-410-6315.

Level(s): All

Date(s) of program: N/A

Capacity: N/A

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Cost: Varies

 

Nitro Magic Ice Cream

46 Southwick Drive, Orchard Park, NY 14127

NitroMagic is a Buffalo owned and operated ice cream business that provides a magical culinary experience. The Nitro Magic process produces deliciously smooth and tasty ice cream with clouds of nitrogen fog that the girls won’t stop talking about! Our mission is to provide the best tasting ice cream and make people smile.

Phone: 716-954-3707

Contact: Bruce Skorupa, Owner/Operator

To set up a program, contact Bruce Skorupa at 716-954-3707.

Level(s): All

Date(s) of program: Call for availability

Capacity: N/A

Time(s): Call for availability

Cost: Varies


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Oatka Glass

56 Harvester Avenue, Second Floor, Batavia, NY 14020

Girls will use their designing skills to develop and create unique glass projects, including pendants, wind chimes, plates, mosaics, and Christmas ornaments. Projects vary depending on age level.

Phone: 585-300-7606

Contact: Amanda Taylor

To set up a program, call 585-300-7606 or email Amanda@oatkaglass.com.

 

Level(s): All

Date(s) of program: N/A

Capacity: 5 to 50 people

Time(s): N/A

Cost: Varies with age level and project

 

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Penn Dixie Paleontological & Outdoor Education Center

PO Box 772, Hamburg, NY, 14075

The HNHS/Penn Dixie is providing affordable programs for families, individuals, schools, pre-school, mentally and physically challenged children and adults, groups of many backgrounds and visitors from across the country and around the world. Penn Dixie provides an opportunity for all to have a hands-on experience “Where Science Comes Alive” for children age 2 to 102! Science education is extremely important in all aspects of our lives. Penn Dixie programs provide science education, recreational, and cultural activities in a fun-filled environment.

Phone: 716-627-4560

Contact: Jerold C. Bastedo, Executive Director

To set up a program, contact Jerold Bastedo at 716-627-4560.

Level(s): All

Date(s) of program: N/A

Capacity: N/A

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Cost: Varies


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Rochester Broadway Theatre League

885 East Main Street, Rochester, NY 14605

Groups of 15 or more can save between 10% to 20% per ticket to shows at the Auditorium Theatre. Groups can pay overtime and typically receive priority seating over the general public. Discounts and payment deadlines vary by show.

Phone: 585-222-5000

Contact: Christina Moore

To set up a program, contact Christina at 585-277-3304 or groups@rbtl.org.

Level(s): Grades 4 through 12

Date(s) of program: Varies by show

Capacity: Minimum 15, No max

Time(s): Varies by show

Cost: $35 to $75, may vary by show

 

Rochester Fencing Club 

777 Culver Road, Upper, Rochester, NY, 14609

The Rochester Fencing Club is owned and operated by Olympic fencers Felicia and Iris Zimmermann. It’s a nationally recognized club that has produced Olympic, World, and Nationals Champions, and they work to provide fencing to all levels and abilities in a safe environment.  Our programs are designed to help girls to become more confident in their lives and to master their minds and bodies. We believe that sports help to develop confidence, leadership, and team work.

Phone: 585-654-6047

Contact:  Iris Zimmerman, Co-Owner and Coach

To set up a program call 585-654-6047 or email rfc@rocfencing.com.

Level(s): All

Date(s) of program: N/A

Capacity: N/A

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Cost: Varies

 

Ruckus Dance Alliance

445 W. Commercial Street, Suite 6, East Rochester, NY 14445

Girls will cover all requirements for the Brownie Dancer badge. Girls will learn basic stretching exercises and a few dance steps from different styles of dance (for example, tap, ballet, and/or hip hop). Then girls will work in small groups to create a short dance combination to show others in the group. Girls should wear comfortable clothes they can move in. They should bring clean sneakers and a water bottle.

Phone: 585-545-1927

Contact: Carrie Green

To set up a program, contact Ruckus Dance Alliance at 585-545-1927 or email info@ruckusdance.com.

Level(s): Grades 2 and 3

Date(s) of program: Various Saturdays

Capacity: Minimum of 5 and a maximum of 20

Time(s): 1 to 3:30 p.m. or 3:30 to 5 p.m.

Cost: $10, includes badge       


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Seneca Park Zoo Society

Seneca Park Zoo, 2222 St. Paul Street, Rochester, NY 14621

Using the exhibition of animals in naturalistic settings, the Seneca Park Zoo offers engaging educational experiences that provide the motivation and skills to act as stewards of the environment. The Zoo offers day workshops and Bunk with Beasts experiences. Participants tour the Zoo, see an animal presentation, and participate in activities geared to help them earn Journeys and badges. Service projects are available as well.  

Phone: 585-336-7200

Contact: Tina Crandall-Gommel, Conservation Education coordinator

To set up a program, call  the Education Department at 585-295-7394.

Level(s): Daisy, Brownie, Junior

Date(s) of program: N/A

Capacity: N/A

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Cost: Varies

 

Society of Women Engineers, University of Rochester Chapter          

Program: Society of Women Engineers Girl Scouts Workshop.

Goergen Hall, 500 Joseph C. Wilson Boulevard, Rochester, NY 14627

University of Rochester’s Chapter of Society of Women Engineers welcomes Girls Scouts to its campus for a day of thrilling hands-on science and engineering activities. We hold this event biannually with new and exciting activities each time. In the past, participants have toured engineering labs in addition to making magnets, circuit boards, and mood patches. Plan to exercise your creativity, learn about engineering, and have fun on this jam-packed day! 

Contact: Natalie Tjota, Vice President of Community Outreach

To register for this program, contact Natalie Tjota at urcommunityoutreachswe@gmail.com.

Level(s): Junior and Cadette

Date(s) of program: November 2, 2013

Capacity: 5 to 60 girls

Time(s):  9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Cost:  $10 per girl

 

Swain Resort

2275 County Road 24, Swain, NY 14884

Learn to ski or snowboard on Girl Scout day at Swain Resort. Purchase an eight-hour lift pass for $35 and receive complimentary ski or snowboard rentals and lesson. Parents and families are welcome with their Girl Scouts for the same price.

Phone: 607-545-6511

Contact: Mike Lord or Erich Dobson

To set up a program call 607-545-6511.

Level(s): Grades 3 through 12

Date(s): February 8, 2014                    

Capacity: No Max

Time(s): 9 a.m.

Cost: $35


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Theatre of Youth

203 Allen Street, Buffalo, NY 14201

TOY is proud to present its 2013-14 Season:

PINKALICIOUS: THE MUSICAL, May 9 through June 1, 2014

Since 1972, Theatre of Youth (TOY) has been Buffalo's only professional theatre for child audiences and their families. Our plays are performed by professional adult actors in full-scale main stage productions. Our staff has excellent training and many hold advanced degrees in their fields. Time and time again, parents tell us how much our plays impact their children. We hope that you will join us for the special theatre experience that only TOY creates for young people.

Phone: 716-884-4400

Contact: Tim White

To set up a program, call Tim at 716-884-4400 ext. 305 or email timwhite@theatreofyouth.org.

Level(s): Daisy through Cadette

Date(s) of program: See Above

Capacity: N/A

Time(s): N/A

Cost: Varies

 

This little Yogi went OM

161 Mill Street, Williamsville, NY 14221

Girl Scout Yoga- OM+ Meditate + Yoga + Games + Partner Poses + Dance + Relax + Namaste = FUN

Phone: 716-553-5563

Contact: Melanie Keaveny

To set up a program, contact Melanie at melaniebecker79@hotmail.com  or thislittleyogiwentom@hotmail.com.

Level(s): All

Date(s) of program: Friday nights or Sundays

Capacity: Minimum of 6, maximum of 20

Time(s): Hour class

Cost: N/A

 

Tifft Nature Preserve operated by Buffalo Museum of Science

1200 Fuhrmann Boulevard, Buffalo, NY 14203

The Buffalo Society of Natural Sciences aspires to create a better world by helping all people to explore and understand it, valuing the sharing of knowledge by creating engaging experiences such as informative exhibits and public programming. We show that science matters. We create life-changing experiences. We expand people’s horizons. We are progressive. We value each person.

Phone: 716-896-5200, ext. 339

Contact: Mary Hughes, facilitator

To set up a program, contact Mary Hughes or Meghan Dye at 716-896-5200, ext. 339 or email at mhughes@sciencebuff.org or mdye@sciencebuff.org.

Level(s): All

Date(s) of program: Visit website.

Capacity: Minium of five girls, maximum depends on program

Time(s): Varies

Cost: Varies

 

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Western New York Book Arts Center

468 Washington Street, Buffalo, NY 14203

The Girl Scouts Book Arts Badge Workshop will provide Girl Scouts with all of the necessary steps to complete the Book Arts Badge. Explore the art of the book by learning about the anatomy of a book, building your very own books, and discovering the art of antique letterpress printing!

Phone: 716-348-1430

Contact: Khrista Tabak

To set up a program, contact Khrista Tabak at Khrista@wnybookarts.org to request a date to visit WNYBAC!

Level(s): Grades 3 through 12

Date(s) of program: Wednesdays through Saturdays

Capacity: Minimum 5 girls, maximum 25 girls

Time(s): 12 to 6 p.m.

Cost: N/A

 

Wild Wings   

27 Pond Road Honeoye Falls, NY 14472

Discover – learn new things about the world they live in and the need to value the natural world. Take Action – Learn things they can use to help educate others and how they can advocate for the natural world.  There are opportunities for girls to plan for and complete Take Action Projects through this organization.

Phone: 585-334-7790

Contact: Terry Kozakiewicz, Director

To set up a program, contact Terry Kozakiewicz at 585-334-7790 or info@wildwingsinc.org.

Level(s): All

Date(s) of program: N/A

Capacity: N/A

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Cost: Varies

 

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