Program on Demand and Community Partners – Fall/Spring 2012/2013
UPDATED Partner opporutnities will be listed by the end of June 2013.
This area of the website is a resource for troops, service units, groups and individual members to enable them to tailor their Girl Scout experience to their schedule and individual interests. The following opportunities are available by contacting the community partners directly using the contact information provided on this page.
Bug Lady’s Science Academy
Come enjoy a hands-on presentation with The Bug Lady and all of her buggy friends. Explore the wonderful world of arachnids and insects. See all the creepy crawlies up close and learn about their habitats, diets, and fun facts on each one. Schedule a field trip on your own or with your troop! Evening and Saturday classes are offered year round.
>Contact: Carrie Tiemeye, 316-734-6606
Eagle Valley Raptor Center - www.eaglevalleyraptorcenter.org
Be amazed by the “Masters of the Sky” with an up-close encounter with Kansas’ Birds of Prey; Red-tailed Hawk, Great Horned Owl, Turkey Vulture, Golden Eagle, Bald Eagles and a Eurasian Eagle Owl, and many more. Not only will you learn interesting facts about the birds, but also how they play an important part in our Kansas environment. Schedule a tour, or they will come to your location.
>Contact: Ken Lockwood, 316-542-9981
Fearless & Female -
Personal safety and self-defense workshops. Fearless and Female is a fun, high energy, age-appropriate self-defense workshop that teaches young girls how to live SAFE, STRONG and EMPOWERED lives. Come to this program ready to yell, stomp, hit, kick and finish it off by running to safety. Girls will leave this program with the motivation, skills and confidence that could someday save their lives. Parents are encouraged to stay, observe and learn a few SAFETY techniques of their own. Fearless and Female will travel to your location and programs are offered year-round. $10 per Daisy, Brownie or Junior; $15 per Cadette, Senior and Ambassador. Girl minimum – 10 / Girl Maximum – 75
>Contact: Cindy Coughenour, 316-347-9603 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Great Image Designs -
Great Image Designs is a screen-printing and embroidery business that is pleased to offer troop age-appropriate screen-printing demonstrations with an introduction to machine embroidery. They will walk girls through the process from art creation to actually seeing their design printed right before their eyes! If you are looking for a fun event for moms and daughters, they would love to host a “How-to” night at the shop for you! Come learn some creative ways to re-purpose a new or old T-shirt.
Many options are also available to help fulfill badge requirements. Tours by appointment: $10-$12 per person. Minimum 12 / maximum 15.
>Contact: Calah Titus Phone, 316-516-2583
There is always something going on at the Great Plains Nature Center including badge workshops, guided nature hikes and more! Programs are led by staff naturalists and designed to provide girls with enjoyable educational experiences learning about the wildlife and plant species of the Great Plains Region. Available by appointment $5 per Girl Scout; $2.50 per non-Girl Scout or sibling Girl minimum – 6; Adult minimum – 2 / Girl maximum – 15; Adult maximum – 15.
> Contact: Amanda Alessi, 316-683-5499
-Junior Duck Stamp Contest
Grab your colored pencils, paints, watercolors and imagination and create an image of your favorite duck, goose or swan and enter the Junior Duck Stamp program! You’ll have a chance to win prizes, ribbons and certificates. Students winning “Best of Show” at the state level advance to the national competition. The national 1st place design is used to create the Junior Duck Stamp, which is sold for $5 each. Proceeds from the sale of these stamps promote conservation education and scholarships. The winning artist also receives a $5,000 scholarship! Deadline for entry submission is March 15th.
>Contact: Lorrie Beck, 316-683-5499
The “Pet Pals” Pet Care Patch Program consists of four levels: Daisy, Brownie, Junior and Cadette/Senior. At each level, the girls do a variety of age-appropriate activities to teach them about being responsible pet people. All activities are done during troop meetings or at home, concluding with a tour of the Kansas Humane Society. Tours are offered Wednesday through Sunday; please call at least one month in advance. Special Kansas Humane Society patches will be issued after all activities are completed. $5 per girl.
>Contact: Kansas Humane Society staff, 316-524-9196
Pro Kansas Miller Recycling Center is located at 725 E. Clark in Wichita, Kansas. Tours and local presentations are available for groups or troops. Hours of operation are Tuesday and Thursday from 1:00-4:00 p.m. and Saturday 9:00-3:00 pm. No charge for tours, groups welcome.
>Contact: Beth McDonald, (by email only) email@example.com
Ribbons and Rings Photography is an on-location photography business excited to partner with and support the Girl Scouts! We are pleased to offer on-site, outdoor sessions demonstrating angle, posing and lighting techniques. In addition, we are available to attend troop meetings to discuss topics from design to small business and customer service.
Scheduling by appointment only $5 per person with a minimum of 10 and no maximum
>Contact: Calah Titus, 316-516-2583
Girls are invited to visit Small Smiles Dental Clinic of Wichita for an opportunity to learn about Oral Healthcare and Dental First Aid. They will tour the facility, have question and answer time with a member of staff, do a craft, and all participating girls will receive a goody bag a prize. Program will be tailored to fit the age level of your troop. The girls are eligible to earn a dental patch for participating.
>Contact: Erin Manning, 316-686-2721
Girls are invited to choose a great tour offered by the museum, or go on an exclusive Girl Scout tour! Ask the front desk for a Museum Scavenger Hunt!
Guided Tours include:
- A Child’s World – Students step back in time and explore children’s activities from the past. This tour includes a guided lesson and also hands-on activities (Suggested for Daisies).
- Wichita: The Magic City – Students discover the early days of Wichita and its rapid growth from a vast prairie to a bustling city through hands-on activities (Suggested for Brownies).
- A Wichita Cottage – Students tour the rooms of a recreated Victorian house and learn about the design and function of the average 1890’s home in Wichita through hands-on activities (Suggested for Juniors).
- Aviation Tour – Students learn the history behind the local aviation industry and how Wichita became known as The Air Capital (Suggested for Cadettes).
- Behind-the-Scenes Tour – Take a behind-the-scenes look at the building, along with the artifacts and exhibits it holds, and the historic clock tower (Teens, CSA)
$2 per girl, and the first two troop leaders are free!
>To schedule a group tour, contact: Abby Miller, 316-265-9314 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Zumba - www.zumba.com
Book a Black Light Zumba Troop Party. Location determined at time of booking. cost: $6 girls 13-adult w/bracelet, $5 without; Girls 4-12 $4 w/bracelet, $3 without.
> Contact: Stephanie Schneider, 316-393-3326
Kansas Wildscape -
WARNING: If you’re the type of kid who loves to stay indoors, lazily perched on a nice, comfy couch while you text on your phone in front of a television with a game controller in your hand-all day, every day – you are about to be officially challenged! MISSION: Prove to you that getting outside – beyond the playgrounds, ball fields and concrete sidewalks – is a blast! You will be taken on a journey of 15 outdoor challenges! Take the Wildlifer challenges on your own, or as part of a troop!
>Contact: Kansas Wildscape, 785-843-9453 or begin the challenges online
Troops can check-out historical trunks containing artifacts, documents, photos, and a notebook full of information and activities pertaining to the period from 1879-1910. Trunks can be checked-out anytime free of charge!
Boot Hill Museum traveling trunks are devoted to educating students in southwest Kansas, through the interpretation of artifacts, photographs, and materials dealing with the late 19th and early 20th century cultural history of the Dodge City area. One trunk is devoted to the general history of the city, while the other addresses the history of the city as it relates to the cattle trade. Call early to reserve trunks, they can be checked out for 11 days. There are two trunks available for each topic. Clothing is provided, feel free to wear or display them.
> Contact: Karen Pankratz, 620-227-8188 or email@example.com
Take a field trip to the zoo without leaving your house! Pick from our pre-planned programs, including… Animal Adaptations, Awesome Amphibians, The Night Shift, Mammal Mania, Creepy Creatures, What’s for Dinner?, Reptile Rumble, and Ready, Set, Recycle! Distance Learning Programs can be adapted for most grade level and are designed to meet National Education Standards.
>Contact: Whitney Buchman, 620-276-1250 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Prepare for a herculean high ropes challenge! Certified facilitators will lead structured activities that are on the Challenge Course low to the ground. After successful completion, you will be ready for the high adventure! This unique program offers a high energy, dynamic environment that encourages personal growth and builds confidence and esteem. All high elements are voluntary. Those who choose not to go high will have important on-the-ground duties. Contact for pricing, ages, and group sizes:
>Contact: Jean Warta, email@example.com
Finney County Museum -
Educational Programs available include: Kansas Symbols-sharing the history and stories behind each symbol, Grandma’s Apron-sharing the history of the apron, materials used to make aprons and sharing a poem about grandma’s apron, Not my Momma’s Kitchen-visit the tools of yesteryear and how things have evolve, and Women’s History Month-this presentation includes 5 nationally known women, 5 famous Kansan women and 5 Finney County women who left their mark on the world around them. These programs can be shared at troop meetings and other Girl Scout events.
>Contact: Johnetta Hebrlee, 620-272-3664