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D-A   Adopt a Nature Preserve!

Place: Westfield Highlands and Berkshire Mountains
Cost: No charge to attend

The Nature Conservancy of Massachusetts owns several nature preserves in the Westfield Highlands and Berkshire Mountains. We are in need of preserve monitors to hike the preserve, serve as our eyes and ears, record and report back on the conditions. Adopting is a one-year commitment with at least 3 trips to monitor your area. We'll train the leader, provide fact sheets and maps, visitation reports and a quest or scavenger hunt to use while hiking. This is a great way to get outdoors! Open to troops and girls with an adult. Please contact Laura Cook at laura.cook@tnc.org or 617-532-8311 for more information.

C-S   Any Way You Slice It Book Club

Cost: $8 per girl; $8 per adult

Author of the young adult novel, Any Way You Slice It, Kristine Carlson Asselin is available for one-hour group discussions in person at  your location (within 30 miles of Littleton) or via Skype to talk to you about the themes in her book or about writing and publishing in general. Discussion questions can be centered around the Science of Happiness or Good Sportsmanship badges (not included) or can be customized to particular group interests. Open to troops and girls with an adult. Contact Kristine at krisasselin@gmail.com to make arrangements.

J-A   Advanced Chocolate Workshop

Place:Chocolate Therapy, 60 Worcester Road, Framingham MA
Cost: $25*

Discover the history of chocolate and its many uses. Learn about ganache making, molding techniques and truffle piping. You'll explore how to create flavors and temper chocolate, then decorate and dip your own truffle while you earn your Chocolate Making patch! *No charge for adults if they are not participating. 

Register on-line at www.ctsweetremedies.com or by calling 508-875-1571. 

D-S   Badge Workshops at OSV

Place: Old Sturbridge Village, Sturbridge
Cost: Visit our website

OSV offers hands-on studio programs designed to provide the information and resources you need to earn badges, beginning in the Studio, followed by time within the Village and completing at home.  You will get your hands on history during activities led by a museum teacher in our dynamic education center or within the museum. Whether you 're working on the Daisy Petals, Woodworker, Making Games, Snacks or Textile Artist badges, we can help you! See our website at www.osv.org/girl-scout-programs for a complete listing of the hands-on studios we can offer you and for pricing. Open to troops and girls with an adult. Call 508-347-0285 or email us at osved@osv.org to schedule your hands-on studios.

D-C   Basic Electricity

Place: National Grid Sustainability Hub, Worcester
Cost: No charge to attend

What can you do at home to be more energy conscious? We'll explore that and so  much more in this Basic Electricity program. We'll cover a variety of topics from electrical safety to energy conservation. We'll cover the basics of electricity, usage and how electricity gets to your home, renewable energy, as well as electrical safety. We'll make a conservation pledge about what you will do to save electricity at home. We have interactive exhibits, hands-on demonstrations and age appropriate lessons. Whether you are working on a badge, on one of your Journeys or just want to learn how you can be an energy conservationist, this program can help you do that! We offer other great programs and community space as well. Open to troops only. Contact Colleen at 774-239-7587 or Colleen.Gardner@nationalgrid.com to set up a program that works for you!

J-A   Bird Marionette Workshop

Place: The Drawbridge Theatre, Lunenburg
Cost: $15 per girl; adults no charge

This fun and colorful workshop will teach you how to make puppets and make them dance! You'll be stringing beads, tying knots and even making your own tools to complete your marionettes, not to mention all the feather fun too! Be a puppeteer and leave with a feathered friend, you'll be glad you did! I can also bring this workshop to your location. Open to troops only. Contact Beth Robinson at beth_a_robinson@yahoo.com to schedule your two-hour program today!

D-A   Book Your Own Girl Scout Program at Wistariahurst Museum

Place: Wistariahurst Museum, Holyoke
Cost: Varies per program

Over the years, Wistariahurst Museum has offered a diverse selection of Girl Scout programs covering a range of topics.  Every program is designed to accomplish certain steps on the path to completing journeys and acquiring badges. If you are interested, please contact us. Bookings for these events are for Girl Scout groups of 10 or more, must be booked at least 1 month in advance and are subject to available dates. Events must be prepaid by 2 weeks before the date. Email wistariahurst@gmail.com or call 413-322-5660 to schedule your program.

D-B    Chocolatier for the Day

Place: Chocolate Therapy, 60 Worcester Road, Framingham MA
Cost: $23*

Learn the history of chocolate, how to make it and what it's like to have a career as a chocolatier! You'll have hands-on experience transforming ganache into truffles while earning your Chocolate Making Patch! *No charge for adults not participating. 

Register on-line at www.ctsweetremedies.com or by calling 508-875-1571. 

B-A      Classic Pop-Up Puppet Workshop

Place: The Drawbridge Theatre, Lunenburg
Cost: $15 per girl; adults no charge

You will participate in a skill-building process that results in a fun and festive puppet! You'll use patters, cut and sew fabric and much more! We'll be utilizing recycled materials to get professional results. Come find out how much fun it is to recycle! I can also bring this workshop to your location. Open to troops only. Contact Beth Robinson at beth_a_robinson@yahoo.com to schedule your two-hour program today!

D-A  Claytime

Place: Claytime, Shrewsbury
Cost: Varies per program

We can help you earn badges or come in just for fun! From pottery painting and clay building, to glass fusing and stuffing your own animal, we can work out a program tailored for your troop. Come to our studio or with 15 or more, we can come to you. Open to troops only. Visit us at www.claytimestudio.com or call us to plan a program at 508-798-9950.

D-A  Creative Play

Place: Wistariahurst Museum, Holyoke
Cost: $7 per girl; adults no charge

Spend this two-hour program as any kid might have at the turn of the 20th century. Feel free to come dressed in your best costume for the best old-fashioned fun! We'll start with some examples of what kids did in their free time before iPads, TV and computers and then do a scavenger hunt that should trip up even the most frequent Wistariahurst visitor! Finally, its croquet and graces on the lawn, weather permitting. Open to troops only. Email wistariahurst@gmail.com or call 413-322-5660 to schedule your program.

D-A   Discover Heifer Tours & Chores

Date: Schedule Your Own
Time: 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Place: Heifer International Learning Center, Rutland
Cost: $10 per girl; $10 per adult

Learn about Heifer's work around the world with a video and a guided tour through Heifer Farm's gardens, barnyard and Global Village. Gain an understanding of sustainable agriculture practices used on the farm and by Heifer partners around the world to help meet Heifer's mission. Then you get to help with the farm's daily tasks like feeding the animals, harvesting, weeding or gathering firewood. Open to families, troops and girls with an adult. No reqistration required!

C-A   Fencing Classes

Place: Pioneer Valley Fencing Academy, Easthampton

En garde! Learn about the history of fencing, the equipment, basic footwork and blade work techniques before suiting up to practice offensive and defensive techniques with the foil! All fencing equipment is provided. Please wear sneakers, a t-shirt and sweat or athletic pants (no shorts) and don't forget your water bottle. Touché! *Class size is limited to 6-12 girls. Open to troops only. To schedule your group class for a Saturday morning or Sunday afternoon, contact Paul at paul.sise@pioneerfencing.com or 413-204-6387.

D-A    Forage for Wild Food

Place: Cooking with Mrs. G
Cost: Visit Facebook page for prices

Ever wonder if you could find food and natural medicine in the wilderness? Join me for a spring, summer or autumn foraging walk and learn about the edible plants, fruits, nuts and medicinal herbs that grow all around us! Learn foraging safety guidelines, and how to forage sustainably, learn how Native Americans use the plants and how to cook and preserve them, and find out how nutritious and delicious they are. 

Visit www.facebook.com/cookingwithmrsg for complete information or contact Rachel at goclawski@msn.com to arrange a walk

D-J    Food Adventures

Place: St. Helena's Chapel Parish Hall,Lenox MA
Cost: $25*

Learn how to prepare a recipe through this interactive and fun food adventure with The Nutrition Center! Come learn hands-on cooking skills, kitchen safety, how to prepare balanced meals and local food production while also learning about food science, math and cultural heritage from around the globe. Be adventurous with new tastes and new foods! You will earn and receive a Food Adventures patch at this program. Working on badges? Many of the activities will meet some of the requirements for your level healthy eating and food badges or ask us to tailor a program just for your troop! *Adults charged only if they are participating. 

Call 413-429-8110 or email Liz@tnc413.org to schedule your food adventure today.

D-A   Frozen: The Science Behind Liquid Nitrogen Ice Cream

Place: Sub Zero Ice Cream & Yogurt, Nashua, NH
Cost: $6 per girl; $6 per adult

How "cool" is science? Negative 321 degrees at Sub Zero! You'll get an in-depth look at the states of matter, see experiments using liquid nitrogen and we can even help you earn badges, including the Junior Cooking Badge (not included). You'll end this program enjoying a delicious ice cream. You've GOT to see it! Open to troops and girls with an adult. Contact subzeronasuah@aol.com at least two weeks prior to desired date to schedule.

B*-A    Girls Just Want to Have Fun-Mermaid Swim Party

Place: Wilderness Experiences Unlimited, 526 College Highway, Southwick MA
Cost: $30 per person

We believe that mermaids are fun, brave and kind! This is a fantastic afternoon filled with aquatic fun and challenges. We'll begin with a proper mermaid fin introduction in the pool alongside free-swim and organized activities, followed by a craft and snack in our party room. You will be inspired to become strong, independent mermaids! We are happy to book your private mermaid event that works with your troop's schedule! *Open to troops only ages 8 and up. 

Email campweu@gmail.com for scheduling and registration information.

C-A   Girl Scout Programs at North Adams Museum of History and Science

Place: North Adams Museum History and Science
Cost: Varies per program

Working on a badge or just want to have fun? We can arrange programs on topics such as immigration, ballooning, farming, education, textile, machinery, electronics and shoe industries. Also, railroading, flora and fauna, rivers and mountains, beekeeping and our solar system! We’ll work with troop leaders to plan a program that fits your needs. Open to troops only. Contact us at 413-664-4700 or email nahs@ben.net to arrange your visit.

C-A   Global Gateway Overnight

Place: Heifer International Learning Center, Rutland
Cost: $50 per girl; $50 per adult

Gain a deeper understanding of the daily struggles people in poverty face every day through an eye-opening immersion experience in the Global Village. Attend a global market to buy food, cook dinner over a campfire and sleep overnight in "another country"! Open to troops only. Pre-registration is required. Contact us at 855-343-4337 or reservations@heifer.org to schedule your experience today

D-A  Hop into History Overnights

Place: Old Sturbridge Village
Cost : $60 per person

    An overnight adventure designed for scouts, schools and other youth groups of up to 80 participants. Join in hands-on activities and engage in entertainments from long ago. An evening snack, breakfast and an Old Sturbridge Village patch is included.

Our Hop into History Overnights are offered Saturdays throughout the year; check out our website for dates and complete details at https://www.osv.org/education-youth-programs/hop-into-history-overnights.  

D-A    Horse Fan Workshop

Place: Fairview Farms JJC, 121 Haynes Hill Road, Brimfield MA, 01010
Cost:$20 per girl, Adults no charge

Girls of all ages love horses and this program will help you become an even bigger fan! Take a tour of our facility, learn about English and Western riding, learn about horse nutrition, feed some treats to our horse, muck a stall and more! Then-take a ride!

For complete information and to book your horse adventure, call 413-245-3083 or email Krys@fairviewfarmsjjc.com today!

D-B    Brownie and Daisy Horse Fun 

Place: Fairview Farms JJC, 121 Haynes Hill Road, Brimfield MA, 01010
Cost:$28 per girl, Adults no charge

You will have the opportunity to clean a stall, groom a horse, ride at a walk on a lead horse and even give a horse a treat! Learn all about the safety, care, grooming and the beginnings of learning to ride!

For complete information and to book your horse adventure, call 413-245-3083 or email Krys@fairviewfarmsjjc.com today!

D-A   Horse Programs at Camp Marshall

Place: Camp Marshall 92 McCormick Road, Spencer MA, 01562
Cost: $20 per girl, Adults no charge

Camp Marshall offers programs for all levels of Girl Scouts! Daisies have Ponies, Ponies, Ponies for girls who love ponies and want to learn more. Brownie Ponies gives girls a chance to explore different types of horse breeds, riding styles and learn about their care. Horsing Around is for Juniors who want to learn basic horse care, what horses need and about horse identification. Cadettes, Seniors and Ambassadors have Horses, Horses, Horses where they take their learning even further into the safety, standard etiquette, grooming, leading a horse and more. All programs are $20 per girl. Available to all levels are optional riding lessons added onto any program for an additional fee. Go to our website at www.campmarshall.net and click on "Year Round Programs" for all available dates, information and necessary forms. Long pants and heeled boots requested; wearing helmets (we have a supply) required.

D-A    Horse Rider

Place: Fairview Farms JJC, 121 Haynes Hill Road, Brimfield MA, 01010
Cost: $20 per girl, Adults no charge

This is a two-session program for girls who really want to ride! You'll spend one session on ground work getting ready to ride and the other one mounted! From learning about saddling and bridling a horse to practicing some basic grooming to learning how to mount and ride-this has it all! *$20 for each session or $30 for both.

For complete information and to book your horse adventure, call 413-245-3083 or email Krys@fairviewfarmsjjc.com today!

J    Horse Rider Junior Badge Day Program

Place: Fairview Farms JJC, 121 Haynes Hill Road, Brimfield MA, 01010
Cost: $20 per girl, Adults no charge

Have lots of fun while earning your Horse Rider Badge (not included)! Learn about safety, horse anatomy, tack and grooming, how to put on a saddle and bridle, practice leading and of course, basic riding! If there's time and volunteers, we may even clean a saddle and stall and help feed the horses!

For complete information and to book your horse adventure, call 413-245-3083 or email Krys@fairviewfarmsjjc.com today!

J    "I Dealt a Word of Gold": Scribe Badge Workshop

Place:Emily Dickinson Museum, 280 Main Street ,Amherst MA, 01002
Cost: $13 per girl, $8 per adult

Join us for a morning of word-play and discovery at the Emily Dickinson Museum! Earn the Junior Scribe Badge (not included) while learning about the trailblazing poet, Emily Dickinson, and her writing life. During this behind-the-scenes museum experience, you will visit rooms inside Dickinson's 1813 home and explore the rich surroundings of her landscape. You will harness your inner poet, utilize the power of language to express opinions, and explore sense of self through writing. Other activities include crafting a fascicle -- the bound journal preferred by Dickinson, herself -- to record thoughts throughout the program, reading letters sent over 100 years ago, and stepping into Dickinson's shoes by writing at a replica of her very own desk! 

To schedule your program, contact Elizabeth at 413-542-2034 of by email at ebradley@emilydickinsonmuseum.org. 

D-A   Keep Homestead Museum

Place: Keep Homestead Museum, Monson
Cost: No charge to attend
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Keep Homestead Museum offers over 75 acres of open meadow, wetlands and woodlands with hiking trails less than 2 miles. Open dawn to dusk for hiking and cross-country skiing and snow shoeing in the winter (maps are in the parking lot).  Come explore the sculpture garden or the family home of the Keep Family and the museum collections including one of the largest button collections in the US. Open House is scheduled the 1st Sunday of each month from 1-3:30 pm from early April to December. There is a special program offered at each open house. Check the schedule at www.keephomesteadmuseum.org/special. *There is no charge for any of these events, although donations are always welcome. Open to troops and girls with an adult. Contact khm@keephomesteadmuseum.org or call 413-267-4137 for more information.

D-A   Let’s Gogh Art Girl Scout Badge Workshops

Place: Let’s Gogh Art, Leominster
Cost: Price varies per project

We offer many badge programs that are listed in this Program Guide but if the date didn't work for you or you're thinking about working on a different badge, give us a call! We can host private events for your troop and will work with you to meet your art badge requirements. Can't come to us? We might even be able to go to you! Open to troops only. Contact Lynn Toomey at 978-833-6067 or lynn@letsgoghart.com to set up your creative experience today.

D-C    Microsoft Badge Workshops

Place: Microsoft, Danbury, CT
Cost: No charge to attend

Thinking about earning your computer or technology badge? We're sure we can help! We are always adding new badge offerings, email us to find out what we currently offer! You can earn your Computer Expert Badge with us right now for FREE (badge not included)! Open to troops and girls with an adult. Contact Carolyn Bighinatti at cabighin@microsoft.com to arrange your workshop.

D-C    Microsoft Badge Workshops

Place: Microsoft, Farmington, CT
Cost: No charge to attend

Thinking about earning your computer or technology badge? We're sure we can help! We are always adding new badge offerings, email us to find out what we currently offer! You can earn your Computer Expert Badge with us right now for FREE (badge not included)! Open to troops and girls with an adult. Contact Michael DePalma at midepalm@microsoft.com to arrange your workshop.

D-C    Microsoft Badge Workshops

Place: Microsoft, Natick
Cost: No charge to attend

Whether you are going for your Computer Expert, Digital Photographer, Netiquette, Digital Movie Maker or Entertainment Technology Badge, Microsoft has just the fun workshop to help you do it! Register for one of these great FREE opportunities today and get started right away! Badges not included. Open to troops and girls with an adult. Contact Lisa Casillo at Lisa. Casillo@microsoft.com to arrange your workshop.

D-A   Mind Your Manners

Place: Wistariahurst Museum, Holyoke
Cost: $10 per girl; adults no charge

You are invited to step back in time to the late 1800’s and sip tea in Holyoke’s premier historic house. As distinguished guests, you will be refreshed on how to properly introduce yourself to others, display appropriate table manners and learn polite reminders on proper dinner conversation. Tea and light snacks will be served in the beautiful Italianate Music Room at Wistariahurst Museum, where you can display your pristine manners in this two-hour program. Open to troops only. Email wistariahurst@gmail.com or call 413-322-5660 to schedule your program.

S-A    Novelist

Cost: $18 per girl; adults no charge

Earn your Novelist Badge (not included) with published author Kristine Carlson Asselin. Discuss your favorite books, deconstruct common plot lines and brainstorm your own characters as you begin to create the foundation of your own Great American Novel. Bring your laptop or pen and paper and be prepared to write, write, write. Price includes the digital version of Kristine’s young adult novel, Any Way You Slice It. We can meet in person at your location (within 30 miles of Littleton) or via Skype. Open to troops and girls with an adult. Contact Kristine at krisasselin@gmail.com to make arrangements.

D-A    Otis Ridge Ski & Stay

Place: Otis Ridge Ski Area, Otis
Cost: Special rates for pre-registered Girl Scouts and families

We have special rates for Girl Scouts and a program that allows your troop to pre-register and take advantage of the special rate pricing, whether the entire troop goes or just a single member, all season long! The special pricing is even extended to immediate family members as well. Want to stay the night on the mountain? We have two dorm-style buildings available. *Troops must pre-register by November 30 for the season. Email groups@otisridge.com and request a Scout Discount Registration form and information about overnights.

B-C    Overnight Horse Camp

Place: Fairview Farms JJC, 121 Haynes Hill Road, Brimfield MA, 01010
Cost: $50*

If you're looking for a horse-packed overnight of fun-this is it! You'll spend the day learning everything from horse care to saddling a horse, to feeding them and doing horse chores. You'll have the chance to ride under the direction of our instructors. After dinner and a campfire under the stars, you'll retire to tents in the indoor arena with your new horsey friends! Learn some new skills and sing songs under the stars like cowgirls used to! *Troops are responsible for their own food and beverages or provided for an additional $5 per person. 

For complete information and to book your horse adventure, call 413-245-3083 or email Krys@fairviewfarmsjjc.com today!

D-C   Recycling and Composting

Place: National Grid Sustainability Hub, Worcester
Cost: No charge to attend

What's the difference between recycling and composting? Let's find out-together! At the end of the program we'll make a pledge about what we can do to increase our recycling and composting efforts at home. We have interactive exhibits, hands-on demonstrations and age appropriate lessons. Whether you are working on a badge, on one of your Journeys or just want to learn how to be a better friend to the environment, this program can help you do that! We offer other great programs and community space as well. Open to troops only. Contact Colleen at 774-239-7587 or Colleen.Gardner@nationalgrid.com to set up a program that works for you!

B-A         Ski Butternut

Place: Ski Butternut, Great Barrington
Cost: Varies per person

Whether you're a beginner or an expert, now is the perfect time to hit the slopes with your troop for a day of adventure! We are ready for you with lift tickets, equipment rental and lessons all at great Girl Scout group discounts for members and their immediate families. Open to troops only. Register by November 30 for season long discounts or two days in advance for single-day discounts at groups@skibutternut.com.

B*-A    Snorkeling Introduction

Place: Wilderness Experiences Unlimited, 526 College Highway, Southwick MA, 01077
Cost: $35 per person

Want to sing like a whale while swimming under the surface? Come play the ultimate Fishy Fishy, Cross My Ocean game! We'll introduce you to the equipment, skills and objectives of snorkeling in our 83-degree indoor pool. Open to troops only. *Girls must be at least 8 years old to participate. Payment in full required at booking. We are happy to book your private snorkeling event that works with your troop's schedule!

Email campweu@gmail.com for scheduling and registration information.

J    Social Butterly

Place: Berkshire School of Etiquette, Lenox
Cost: $20 per girl; adults no charge

Bring the expert directly to your troop! Learn dining etiquette and social skills to build confidence in unfamiliar social situations. We'll practice planning a party, making proper introductions, setting the table, using proper table manners and writing the perfect thank you note, in two one hour sessions. Open to troops and girls with an adult. Call Diane at 845-325-2247.

D-A   Sock Puppet Workshop

Place: The Drawbridge Theatre, Lunenburg
Cost: $15 per girl; adults no charge

Create some delightfully fun and colorful sock puppets in our most popular workshop! Use your imagination and make your puppet into whatever you want it to be, the sky's the limit! Come create a one-of-a-kind friend and learn the endless ways you can use your puppet. I can also bring this workshop to your location. Open to troops only. Contact Beth Robinson at beth_a_robinson@yahoo.com to schedule your two-hour program today!

K-6*  Sprouting Minds

Place: Community Harvest Project, North Grafton & Harvard
Cost: $10 per girl, Adults no charge

Hands-on farming, cooking and nutrition education experiences at a non-profit farm in Grafton and at an orchard in Harvard. Lessons and activities tailored to fit your troop's age and interest. *This program is for girls in grades K-6 only. Adults can participate in the planting activity for $5. 

Email tori@community-harvest.org to plan your visit and stop by our website at www.community-harvest.org. 

D-A    Tower Hill Botanic Garden Badge Programs

Place: Tower Hill Botanic Garden, 11 French Drive, Boylston MA 01505
Cost: $15 per girl, Adults no charge

We offer many programs in this Program Guide but we offer so much more! Girl Scouts can work on badges, have a guided tour of the Garden or even focus on a special interest topic! Daisies might choose to work on their Daisy Garden; Brownies might work on Eco-Explorer or Senses; Juniors might decide to pick Get Moving, Flowers, aMuse or Outdoor Art Explorer; and Cadettes may enjoy working on their Trees or Outdoor Art Apprentice. Girls of all ages may also like to take garden tours, learn about gardening, tree identification, pond like, animal tracking and so much more! 

Contact Alice at apuccio@towerhillbg.org or 508-869-6111 and plan your trip today!

D-A   Visit the Botanic Garden

Place: The Botanic Garden of Smith College, Northampton
Cost: No charge to attend*

Come learn about the science, beauty and importance of the plant kingdom. We offer guided and self-guided tours that can be tailored to suit your needs. Working on a badge? We can help! Self-guided tours require at least two weeks in advance booking, guided tours at least four weeks. Tours of the arboretum and outside gardens available. *Tours are free of charge to non-profits. Donations are appreciated. Open to troops and girls with an adult. Email garden@smith.edu or use our online form at www.smith.edu/garden/Home/tourform.html for reservations.

D-A   Visit the Salisbury Mansion

Place: Salisbury Mansion, 40 Highland Street, Worcester MA 01609
Cost: $5

Come inside Worcester's only Historic House Museum and see what it was like to live in the 1830s. At the Mansion you can learn about how people prepared food, worked, and how they spent their free time.

D-A   Visit the Worcester Historical Museum

Place: Worcester Historical Museum,30 Elm Street, Worcester MA 01609
Cost: Visit our website

The Worcester Historical Museum is where we tell the stories of the men and women who made Worcester one of the most important cities in Massachusetts. Worcester Historical Museum is the only institution dedicated to the collection, preservation, and interpretation of Worcester history. Revolving exhibits focus on important parts of Worcester's history. The family gallery has hands-on exhibits so you can learn about Worcester diners, Stephen Salisbury's store in the late 1700s and Industrial Worcester. 

FREE ACTIVITIES

 

Adopt-a-Trail Program  - Buffumville Dam and Hodges Village Dam recreation areas in Charlton and Oxford. Troops and groups are invited to adopt 1 mile or more of trail for a year or more. You may plan to come out once in a year and do a big work day or come often and chip away. The scope of the trail work consists of: picking up trash on your section, refresh blazes on the trees with paint, clear/cut little brush off the path and notify them if there is anything too large that needs to be moved. They’ll supply the tools, paint, safety gear (gloves), etc. In exchange, your troop/group is offered free camping privileges at Buffumville Park from mid-September through mid May and all year at Hodges Village Dam. To sign up or to learn more, contact: Jamie at jamie.r.kordack@usace.army.mil or call 508-248-5697.

American Red Cross of Central Massachusetts, Worcester – Tour the facility and learn about the Red Cross’ history and areas of service: Disaster, Health and Safety, Armed Forces, International and Blood! Involve your troop in Red Cross Community Service projects: Build comfort kits for victims of disaster; educate others on safety and preparedness; hold a clothing drive; and more! Become educated on HIV/AIDS prevention: Age appropriate informational sessions available for your troop by certified HIV/AIDS Education and Prevention Instructor. To arrange for any of these programs contact: Sue Swanberg, Director of Youth Programs: SwanbergS@usa.redcross.org  or 508-595-3710.

Amherst College Museum of Natural History - Individuals and groups are welcome to explore the Museum exhibits on their own during regular business hours: Tuesday-Sunday from 11 AM to 4 PM and Thursday evenings from 6 PM to 10 PM. If you wish to bring a group of 10 or more (including adults and children) to the Museum for a self-guided visit, please see the instructions here.

Appalachian Mountain Club (AMC) - Offers free outdoor programming for troops of all ages. AMC will match your group with qualified and screened leaders who will share their expertise and facilitate an outdoor experience for the girls. Available activities include nature walks, conservation and trail work, paddling, biking, skills classes in topics such as map and compass, how to backpack and more. All at a location of your choice! To schedule your experience, contact Barbara Dyer at 508-735-3281 or barbaraadyer@gmail.com.

Big Y Supermarkets – Will do educational tours and nutrition programs. Contact your local Big Y directly to set up. You can find store locations here: http://www.bigy.com/Locations#.UPLKDW_hrkc.

Boston Trips

Cambridge: http://www.cctvcambridge.org/node/4575

Freedom Trail, Boston – Walking the Freedom Trail itself is free. Some of the sites charge admission, and you can book a guided tour for a fee. You can start making your plans here: www.thefreedomtrail.org or www.cityofboston.gov/freedomtrail

Planning a Boston trip with lots of destinations? Check out www.gobostoncard.com for a pass to many Boston attractions at a discount – this deal isn’t free, but can be a money-saving alternative.

Boston Children’s Museum – Not “free”, but admission is only $1 on Friday nights from 5pm to 9pm. www.bostonkids.org

Commonwealth Museum, Boston
- After a major renovation the Commonwealth Museum, has opened its new permanent exhibit. Now all of our citizens can see and appreciate rare original documents and artifacts that are true national treasures. Girl Scout troops are invited for free field trip visits to see the original Massachusetts Constitution, one of only 14 copies of the Declaration of Independence, and the US Bill of Rights. For all the details visit: http://www.sec.state.ma.us/mus/museum/index.htm

Harvard Museum of Natural History, Cambridge - Free to Massachusetts residents every Sunday morning (year-round) from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. and on Wednesdays from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. (September through May) excluding commercial groups. http://www.hmnh.harvard.edu

Massachusetts State House, Boston - Free Tour of the oldest building on Beacon Hill. http://www.sec.state.ma.us/trs/trsidx.htm

Massachusetts Historical Society, Boston
- Always free. www.masshist.org

Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston – Free from 5pm to 9pm every Thursday and for families on the last Saturday of each month. http://www.icaboston.org

Boston University Observatory, Boston - Free Star Gazing every Wednesday Night at 7:30 p.m. from October through March, weather permitting. http://www.bu.edu/astronomy/events/public-open-night-at-the-observatory/

Buffumville Lake, Oxford, MA - Free programs including vernal pool walks, star gazing evenings and campfires on the beach.  Plus, there are trails to hike and a swimming beach.  Access to the beach is free for people under 12 years old.  The cost is $1 per person over 12, with a maximum fee of $4 per carload.
http://www.nae.usace.army.mil/Missions/Recreation/BuffumvilleLake.aspx

Camp Open Houses – Every spring our council holds open houses at each of our camps. A great time to check out our council camps, get a tour and engage in a few activities. Would make a fun troop trip to travel to a different part of our council to check out a camp the girls haven’t seen yet! Watch our Event Guide or the camp section of the website for dates.

Canines for Disabled Kids – Representatives from Canines for Disabled Kids will visit your troop meeting to educate your girls on Assistance Dogs by bringing a service dog to your meeting place and talking with your girls about service dogs and the people they help.  You can learn about the laws that allow service dogs to work as tools for people with disabilities, as well as what they can do, and why they are needed. Learn how you can perform service by helping to spread the word, create awareness, conduct donation drives and more. To request a troop visit contact: Mallory Anderson, Manderson@caninesforkids.org, 978-422-5299 ext 102

Casella Waste Management, Auburn, MA – Virtual tour and presentation on how items are recycled at the plant level. Offered M-F 9am to 5pm. Call: 508-721-2700

Danforth Museum of Art, Framingham, MA – First Sunday of the month, 2-4pm Free Museum admission, children’s art activities and tours by teen docents. www.danforthmuseum.org/firstsundayactivities.html

Fire Department - Safety Program - The Worcester Fire Department's education department will work with your troop on their Safety Awards! Brownies can earn their "Safety Sense" Try-its, Juniors can work on their "Safety First" or "First Aid" badges and Cadettes and Seniors can work towards their "Emergency Preparedness" IP. Contact Lt. Annie Pickett, at: 508-799-1754 or email: picketta@ci.worcester.ma.us  to set up a program for your troop! Or contact your local fire department for their offerings!

Firestone - Some Firestone shops will do Car Care workshops for Girl Scouts. Check with your local Firestone directly. You can find locations at www.firestonecompleteautocare.com

Fitchburg Art Museum – Children under 12 free. First Thursday of the month museum admission is free from 4pm – 8pm. Tours and other activities will be offered. www.fitchburgartmuseum.org

FLEXcon’s School Stock Program – Spencer, MA. Provides local non-profit groups with surplus supplies such as outer wraps, end rolls and aged sample stock of self-adhesive material (similar to contact paper). Materials are available on a first come first served basis and cannot verify if a specific material is available. Visit their website for hours.

Hancock Shaker Village – Hancock, MA. Located just outside of Pittsfield, visit this living history museum to learn about the lives of the Shakers. Children 12 and under always free. Free admission on Tuesdays from 3-5pm, Memorial Day to Labor Day. For more information, visit: www.hancockshakervillage.org

Heifer International – Overlook Farm – Rutland. Visitors are welcome to drop-in for a self-guided tour. Open Monday-Saturday from 9-5 p.m. and Sunday from 12-5 p.m. Overlook Farm includes a Global Village, over 16 species of animals, organic gardens and an International Shop. To learn more about Overlook Farm and the work of Heifer International, visit www.heifer.org

Home Depot Kids Workshops – Kids Workshops are FREE “How-To Clinics” designed for children ages 5-12. The workshops are offered on the first Saturday of each month between 9am and noon at all Home Depot stores. Visit their website for store locations and more information.

Letterboxing – A fun, popular hobby. Use your navigational skills in a charming "treasure hunt" style outdoor quest. A wide variety of adventures can be found to suit all ages and experience levels. Learn about letterboxing here: www.letterboxing.org.

Lowe’s Build and Grow Clinics – Free kids workshops held at Lowe’s stores. Visit their website for information on upcoming clinics and to sign up.

Midas – Some Midas shops will do Car Care workshops for Girl Scouts. Check with your local Midas directly. You can find locations at www.midas.com.

Mineral Club Annual Shows – Scouts receive free admission when wearing their uniforms. Dates and times can be found on their website here: www.worcestermineralclub.org. The show features dealers with a wide range of materials from children's and beginner level items to advanced collector's items. Usually held in Worcester in November. Check out the Western Mass pages for Holyoke and West Springfield shows here: http://www.cvmineralclub.org

Mount Holyoke College - Mount Holyoke College has a big greenhouse, museums and trails all free.

Art Museum – Educational programs and events. Always free admission! https://www.mtholyoke.edu/artmuseum.

Botanical Garden – Talcott Greenhouse provides free tours, flower shows and more: https://www.mtholyoke.edu/botanic.

Neads – (Dogs For Deaf and Disabled Americans), of Princeton, MA, “was established in1976 to train and provide rescued dogs and donated puppies to assist people who are deaf or physically disabled in leading more independent lives at work, at home and at school. These assistance dogs become an extension of their owners and bring security, freedom, independence and relief from social isolation to their human partners”. Contact to find out about scheduling a site visit for your group. www.neads.org  

North Adams Museum of History and Science - Over 25 exhibits on 3 floors portray a microcosm of America as told through the history of north Adams and the environment of the Berkshires. Admission is free.  Special tours and programs are available.  Call 413-644-4700 or email nahs@bcn.net to make special arrangements. www.northadamshistory.org

Orthdontic Office Tour - Dr. Sam Alkhoury and his team invites troops to visit his orthodontics!  Troops will get the opportunity to learn about orthodontics along with an office tour with Dr. Alkhoury.  The team will encourage girls to ask questions and some of the girls may be selected to play the patient role for a more engaging experience.  At the conclusion of the tour each girl will be given a goodie bag encouraging hygiene, a pamphlet reiterating what they learned and a little extra treat.
Please contact Melissa at melissa@simplyortho.com or at 508-277-4062 to schedule a visit! For more information about the offices please visit their website at www.simplyortho.com and be sure to visit their facebook page too!
Office locations:

  • 101 Pleasant St, Worcester, MA
    (this office can accommodate groups up to 20)
  • 50 Thompson Rd, Webster, MA
    (this office can accommodate groups up to 30)
  • 208 Main St, Milford, MA
    (this office can accommodate groups up to 15)

Petco – The Fur, Feathers & Fins program allows children to learn about the characteristics and habitats of fish, reptiles, birds, and small animals. At your local PETCO, lessons in science, math and geography come to life through this hands-on field trip. As students develop a respect for animals, they will also develop a greater sense of responsibility (see www.fieldtripfactory.com).

Pick Your Own – A Website dedicated to help you find a “pick your own” farm near you. Many include free offers which may include free petting zoos or ice cream for example. Keeps you updated on the best picking season in the area and which farms are offering what! http://www.pickyourown.org/mass.htm

Second Chance Animal Shelter - East Brookfield. Community service opportunities such as pet food/supply collections and drives, free tours and presentations for your troop. Volunteer opportunities at shelter and events. See www.secondchanceanimals.org to learn more about the shelter. Email info@secondchanceanimals.org for more information on volunteering or presentations and tours.

Smith College Art Museum – Free to all on the second Friday of the month, 4-8 pm. Free passes may be checked out at Lilly Library (19 Meadow Street, Florence, MA), or at a library with reciprocal borrowing privileges. For a full list of participating libraries and for further information on the library pass program, click here.http://scma.smith.edu/artmuseum/Visit/Planning-a-Visit

Smith College Botanic Garden - Lyman Conservatory Hours: 8:30 am to 4:00 pm daily. Northampton, MA 01063, (413) 585-2740. Group visits are welcome, please register in advance. More information: http://www.smith.edu/garden/Home/visitorinfo.html

State Parks/State Forests – Contact each directly. Many offer free walking tours, nature programs and community service opportunities for Girl Scouts, as well as unguided opportunities for use of their site for hiking and other recreational needs. A full listing with links can be found here. Also check out: www.thetrustees.org for Brooks Woodland Preserve and Swift River Reservation in Petersham, Doane’s Falls in Athol, Rock House Reservation in West Brookfield, Royalston Falls in Royalston, Tantiusques Reservation in Sturbridge and more.

Sterling Animal Shelter – Sterling. Community service opportunities such as pet food/supply collections and drives, free tours and presentations including a “Bone Badge” program appropriate for Girl Scouts of all ages (program is free, the patches can be purchased for $1 each). To schedule, contact Melissa at 978-422-8585 or Melissa@sterlingshelter.org. Learn more about the shelter at: www.sterlingshelter.org

Stop & Shop - Introducing “Kid Healthy Ideas,” a FREE Field Trip at local Stop & Shop stores. This hands-on experience is designed to teach Girl Scouts how to be healthy kids through everyday healthy habits. They will discover the benefits of nutrition and the importance of a balanced diet using MyPlate. "Kid Healthy Ideas" promotes the importance of personal care, physical activity and eating healthy! Book your trip today at http://www.fieldtripfactory.com/Program?event=184&banner=2008#!

Teddy Bear Clinic – Held every April at the Greendale Mall in Worcester. A fun health-care field trip for Daisies and younger Brownies.

Tatnuck Bookseller, Westborough, MA – Free meeting space for community groups. Check out their events page. There are often book signings with children’s authors and other programs offered for kids. Contact their children’s department for special requests. www.tatnuck.com

Tower Hill Botanic Garden - Boylston. Each year in early spring and late fall, Tower Hill hosts an open house with free admission with activities and demonstrations. Watch their website for dates: www.towerhillbg.org. Also available are service opportunities for our Cadettes, Seniors and Ambassadors to help with their Youth Gardening programs. Contact their Education department for details.

Uno’s – For kids in grades K-6 at participating Uno’s. Call your local restaurant to schedule your trip. See how a restaurant kitchen works and learn how their world famous pizza is made. Each child gets a tour of the restaurant and kitchen including a visit to their huge walk-in refrigerator and given their own dough with choice of toppings to create, bake and eat their own homemade pizza.

USS Constitution - Free tour of the oldest commissioned warship afloat in the world.
1 Constitution Rd,  Charlestown, MA 02129   617 242-7511  

Wachusett Greenways – A series of trails in Central Mass which are still being developed. Free activities can be found on their site, such as Story Walks, guided hikes and bike rides as well as volunteer opportunities. www.wachusettgreenways.org.

Woodmeister Master Builders - Located in Holden, MA, Woodmeister Master Builders offers a limited number of plant tours and badge activities in the areas of woodworking, architecture, drafting, painting and home repair. For more information, please fill out the information requested at www.woodmeister.com/scouting and a Woodmeister representative will contact you.

Worcester Art Museum – Free for kids 17 and under, free on Saturday mornings 10am – noon (arrive between those times and stay as long as you like). Regular admission is $10 per adult. http://www.worcesterart.org/Information/

Worcester Public Library – Check out their calendar of events on their website at: www.worcpublib.org for their offerings for children and teens. Story Time, Anime, Genealogy, movie night and more. Also, check out your local library’s offerings. Coordinate with the librarians to work on a specific topic with your girls. Often the children’s librarian is more than happy to work with your group!

Yankee Candle Village, South Deerfield, MA – “Far more than just candle stores, our South Deerfield, MA and Williamsburg, VA locations are special places where magic comes to life”. An especially popular field trip around the holiday season! www.yankeecandle.com

Other free ideas:

  • Fire Station Tours/Safety Programs
  • Ethnic Festivals – watch local cultural websites for notices on ethnic festivals – often free admission. A great way to “study” a country for Thinking Day!
  • Police Station Tours/Safety Programs
  • Library Reading Programs
  • Most local libraries offer passes to area attractions for free or at a substantial discount
  • Post Office Tours
  • Town Hall – meet your local government officials!
  • Local recreational sports leagues ie: softball, basketball, soccer, etc. Ask for a one day clinic for your troop! These dedicated volunteer coaches are usually more than happy to work with our girls. If you have young ones, ask that they recruit some older girls to help out too! The little ones love to work with older-girl mentors!
  • Local parks & recreation departments for service project opportunities: town clean-ups, planting flowers, etc.