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Programs on Demand

Choose your own adventure with Programs on Demand! Whether it be building birdhouses, going horseback riding, or getting creative at a studio, there is no shortage of what you and your troop can do!
Program Partners with an asterisk (*) next to their name offer virtual opportunities.

Please contact the Program Partners directly regarding in-person opportunities and COVID-19 precautions. 

Contact girlexperience@gsmists.org if you have questions about a partner or programming.

Interested in becoming a program partner? Learn more about what being a Program Partner is all about here.

Online Program offerings are indicated with an *

Art

Grand Rapids Art Museum*
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101 Monroe Center
Grand Rapids, MI
49503

Programs offered online and in-person

Grand Rapids Art Museum offers a quality badge program for GSMISTS. This program is available Tuesday-Sunday and troops must schedule two weeks in advance. Troop leaders/caregivers are responsible for purchasing badges on their own.

Learn more and registration information here

Programs offered:

Daisy Outdoor Art Maker
Brownie Painting
Junior Drawing
Cadette Comic Art
Senior Collage Artist

Great Lakes Children's Museum
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13240 S W Bay Shore Dr
Traverse City, MI 49684


The Great Lakes Children’s Museum provides hands-on, interactive, and informal educational environments for children and the adults in their lives that invite curiosity, allow exploration, encourage participation and celebrate the child-like wonder in all of us.

For a limited time while supplies last, Girl Scouts can earn a free fun patch through the Great Lakes Children's Museum First Step Science. 

Learn More and Registration here

Lions and Rabbits Art Gallery*
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1264 Plainfield Ave NE
Grand Rapids, MI
49505

Explore your artistic side with Lions & Rabbits! Work done may apply various badges and you can earn a Lions & Rabbit Fun Patch upon completion. 

Learn more and registration information

Programs Offered:
These are not full badge programs. Fun patch is available.

Daisy & Brownie - Creating a Landscape
Brownie - Storyteller
Brownie, Junior & Cadette - Mixed Media
Junior & Cadette - Design Our Nature
Seniors & Ambassadors - After Dark Grand Rapids

Life Skills

Alzheimer's Association - Michigan Chapter*
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4081 Cascade Rd. SE
Suite 400
Grand Rapids, MI, 49546

Did you know almost two thirds of Americans living with Alzheimer's or dementia are women? Work toward your Women's Health badge with the Alzheimer's Association Michigan Chapter. Now offering virtual programs FREE for Seniors, Ambassadors, and Adults.

The Alzheimer's Assocaition can also support girls looking to pursue their highest award by helping them brainstorm projects and give them expert support.

Learn More and Registration Information 

Delta Dental Foundation*
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Earn the Smile Squad patch with this self-paced program by the Delta Dental Foundation. This online/self-guided program teaches Girl Scouts how dental health links to their overall health and well-being. 

Learn more and registration information here

Program Offered:

Smile Squad Patch Program - available to Daisies, Brownies and Juniors

As girls complete the requirements to earn the Smile Squad patch, they will also be able to work on earning Girl Scout badges, including My Best Self, Snacks, Eating for You and Staying Fit.

Full Bloom Yoga
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Instructor will travel to your troop's location

Offering children's yoga and mindfulness classes for children in preschool through middle school. Full Bloom also offers social-emotional education classes for elementary-aged students.

Learn more and registration information here

Programs Offered:
These are not badge earning programs. Fun Patch is available upon completion.

Daisy & Brownie Introduction to Yoga
Junior & Cadette Youth Yoga and Mindfullness

Gerald R. Ford Presidential Foundation*
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303 Pearl St NW
Grand Rapids, MI
49504

The Gerald R. Ford Presidential Foundation fosters increased awareness of the life, career, values, and legacy of America’s 38th President. It does so through activities designed to promote the high ideals of integrity, honesty, and candor that defined President Ford’s extraordinary career of public service. The Foundation promotes the ideals, values, commitment to public service, and historical legacy of President Gerald R. Ford and further promotes greater civic engagement and recognition of integrity wherever it exists in the public arena.

Learn about our government and begin earning a citizen or democracy badge today!

Learn more and registration information here

 

 

Heritage Woodworks
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318 Paris Avenue SE
Grand Rapids, MI
49503

Heritage Woodworks programs are currently on hold due to COVID-19.

Learn more and registration information here

Programs offered:

Junior Birdhouse Build – Fun patch
Cadette Toolbox Build- Woodworking

Kidding Around Yoga with Eight Leos*
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5779 13 Mile Road NE

Rockford MI 

8 Leos Kid Yoga offers a wonderful program, Kidding Around Yoga. This program is offered weekday evenings and weekends, depending on availability. The yoga instructor will travel to your troop meeting to teach girls all about the science of yoga. This is a fun patch program with some steps earned towards badges. Fun patch is included other badges are not received, troop leaders/caregivers are responsible for purchasing them on their own.

Learn more and registration information here

Programs offered:

Kidding Around Yoga Fun Patch - available to Brownies, Juniors and Cadettes

Norte - Youth Cycling
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1213 Civic Center Dr
Traverse City, MI
49684

Norte offers an opportunity for GSMISTS members to get active and learn new skills while bicycling! Norte will teach girls confidence, independence and bike safety skills as well as how to maintain and fix their bicycles.

***Programs temporarily on hold***

Program Offered:
These are not full badge earning programs.

Cadettes through Ambassador Bike Mass Project
Juniors & Cadettes The Solution: A Community Bike Fix

SpartanNash Supermarket
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Locations vary

SpartanNash offers a quality program for GSMISTS. Family Fare and D&W Fresh Market are excited to offer a 'Kids Crew' fun patch for completing a Kids Crew Supermarket Tour where they will learn about the different areas of the supermarket, how the supermarket works, and nutrition!

Learn more and registration information here

Program Offered:

Kids Crew Supermarket Fun Patch - for all levels

T. Rex and the Rabbit Foods, LLC*
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6422 S. Johnson Road
Greenville, MI
48838-9128

T. Rex and the Rabbit Foods, LLC offers several different cooking classes designed for different levels of girl scouts. Program partner requires a two week notice is required when scheduling these programs for your troop.

Virtual Program Offerings
Learn more and registration information here

Special Virtual Offerings

Chocolate Getaway for Troop Leaders & Parents (2-hour class)

$15 per person
Minimum of 4; maximum of 12

Parents and troop leaders are rock stars in the best of times but during a pandemic?  Whew!  You deserve a break!  Join this adults only class and learn how to make White Chocolate Mousse on Milk Chocolate Buttons and Cioccolata calda—a thick, decadent Italian hot chocolate that can be paired with your favorite salty dipper…like pretzels, kettle-cooked potato chips or even bacon! 

Happy Halloween Birthday! (75-minute class)

$10 per person
Minimum of 4; maximum of 12 

We celebrate the Halloween birthday of Girl Scouts’ founder, Juliette Gordon Low, by decorating Kitty Litter Cupcakes (they look gross but taste delicious) and Mummy Dogs!  By the way, you don’t have to wait until October to take this class.  It’s available all year long

In-Person Program Offerings
In accordance with the State of Michigan,  In-person Cooking Badge Packages are taking a little break! They may become available at a later date, so please check back.

Programs Offered:

Brownie Snacks
Junior Simple Meals
Cadette New Cuisines
Senior Locavore
Ambassador Dinner Party

Twists N Turns - Immersive Mystery Experience*
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Offered Online Only

Twists N Turns presents a unique and interactive detective game experience in which Girl Scouts become active participants in our immersive stories, and must work together as a team to unravel the plot before time runs out! We aim to engage and excite our participants in our obstacle-driven mysteries, leaving them with memories that will last forever.

Learn more and registration information here

VicTreeFi Financial Literacy*
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All Programs are offered online

VicTreeFi is a female-founded education tech company, dedicated to promoting financial literacy. Girl Scouts can complete financial literacy badges online with VicTreeFi courses.

Learn more and registration information here

Programs Offered:

Daisy
Talk It Up
Making Choices
Money Counts

Brownie
Meet My Customers
Money Manager
Philanthropist

Junior
Buisness Jumpstart
Business Owner
Cookie CEO
Customer Insights
Savvy Shopper

Cadette
Budgeting
Comparison Shopping
Financing My Dreams

Senior
Buying Power
Financing My Future

Ambassador
Good Credit
On My Own

Outdoor

Blandford Nature Center
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Blandford Nature Center
1715 Hillburn Avenue NW,
Grand Rapids, MI 49504

Blandford Nature Center offers several quality programs for GSMISTS. These programs can be scheduled year round after schools and on Saturdays, a 6 week notice is required for each program. Girl Scouts will earn and receive their badges.

Learn more and registration information here

Programs Offered:

Outdoor Adventurer Badge
ECO Friend Badge
Bugs Badge
Animal Habitats Badge
ECO Trekker Badge

Forbush Corner Nordic - Cross Country Skiing
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4971 W Co Rd 612
Frederic, MI
49733

Forbush Corner Nordic is a recreational non-profit cross country ski facility where you and your family can enjoy miles of rolling, wooded trails that are designed for all ability levels. Their entire trail system is groomed with large Pisten Bully snow cats to provide the best classic tracks and skate lanes possible.  They have also added a state of the art SMI snowmaking system that almost guarantees skiing for the majority of the winter. 

Learn more and registration information

Frederik Meijer Gardens
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1000 E Beltline Ave NE
Grand Rapids, MI
49525

Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park promotes the enjoyment, understanding and appreciation of gardens, sculpture, the natural environment and the arts. The Girl Scouting tradition emphasizes a love of nature, an appreciation of the arts and a commitment to the good stewardship of the environment. Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park shares these values and is pleased to support Girl Scouts through discounted admission rates and special programs.

Learn More and Registration Here

Howard Christensen Nature Center
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Howard Christensen Nature Center
16190 Red Pine Dr NW
Kent City, MI 49330

From animal habitats to adaptations, hiking to snowshoeing, and everything in between, Howard Christensen Nature Center can help troops earn new badges in a hands on, experiential environment! From Girl Scout Daisies to Ambassadors, teachers at HCNC will work with you to develop a program that meets the needs of your troop. Call or email to schedule your troop’s visit today!

Learn more and registration information here

John Ball Zoo*
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1300 West Fulton Street
Grand Rapids, MI
49504

John Ball Zoo offers quality programs for GSMISTS, online and in-person!

Virtual Program On-Demand

In-Person Program On-Demand
The overnight program is available April-November. A minimum two weeks’ notice is required for this event, spots fill up quickly. The John Ball Zoo Badge Program is offered year round. 

Badges Worked on:

Daisy Three Cheers for Animals
Brownie Bugs, Hiker, Senses,
Junior Animal Habitats
Cadette Animal Helpers, Night Owl
Senior Voice for Animals

Legacy Stables and Karin’s Horse Connection
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Karin’s Horse Connection and Legacy Stables LLC.
8001 Patterson Ave. SE
Caledonia, MI 49316

During the 2 hour program, Girl Scouts will learn horse psychology, how to behave around a horse, safety, proper apparel, grooming, feeding, how to lead a horse, stable management and will ride a horse/pony. We also have some in-saddle and out-of-saddle horse games included such as ‘horse soccer’ or a jumping contest with one of our Miniature Horses! Junior's can earn their Horseback Riding Badge, but parents or troop leaders are responsible for purchasing the badge. 

Learn more and registration information here

Michigan State Parks*
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From horseback riding to water parks, kayaks, RVs and more, Michigan State Parks work with Girl Scouts to provide access to unique outdoor experiences and equipment rentals in our state parks and recreation areas, trails and waterways.

In-Person - Learn more and registration information here

Online - Learn more and registration information here

STEM

City of Muskegon
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1350 East Keating Avenue
Muskegon, Michigan 49442


Working towards a new badge? The City of Muskegon is here to help! Contact us to connect with city departments, meet city professionals, and complete steps of your Democracy, Citizen, or STEM badges. Tours of the water filtration plant available for Girl Scouts working towards Wonders of Water journey. 

Learm More and Registration Information 

Challenge Island*
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Programs are offered online and in-person

Challenge Island offers a wide array of exhilarating, collaborative STEMtastic programming for girl scouts. Their action-packed options include afterschool enrichment classes, in-school field trips, camps, parties, and much more.

Learn more and registration information here

Daisies through Cadettes can earn a variety of STEM Badges

Code Camp Kidz*
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Program is offered entirely online

CodeCampKidz will guide you step by step as you work through your projects. No experience or previous knowledge is required.

You are free to come and go as your schedule permits picking up where you left off. Optional live support classes are available daily to help you. All you need to participate is a modern browser, high speed Wi-Fi, and a computer with audio capability. You will have as long as you need to complete your Journey!

Learn more and registration information here

Programs Offered:

Cadettes through Ambassadors can complete their Think Like A Programmer Journey

Special Offers

Murray Hotel
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7260 Main St
Mackinac Island, MI
49757

Murray Hotel offers an incredible overnight opportunity for GSMISTS. This program is available Sunday-Thursday during the months of May-June. A minimum of 1 month notice is required to schedule this program however, troops may want to schedule 3 months in advance as this program fills up quickly.

Learn more and registration information here

Program Offered:

Murray Hotel Girl Scout 2 Night Package - available for Brownies through Ambassadors