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Approved Community Partners

Our community partners are organizations approved by Girl Scouts San Diego to offer events, opportunities, and services based on the Girl Scout Leadership Experience in the categories of:

Community partners might offer programs at their places of business, Girl Scouts San Diego program centers, or bring programming to your troop meeting. To find a community partner who will come to you, look for those who list "your location" after "Where." To . You can also:

Many of our community partners were approved prior to COVID-19. Please check with individual community partners for updated information and availability.

Approved Community Partners

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Alie Makk Esthetics

   

Alie Makk Esthetics offers interactive teenage acne prevention workshop taught by Alie Makk Esthetics for grades 6-12. As a result of taking this course, the girls will gain tools for proper care of their changing skin and form effective habits to help avoid acne.

Who: Cadette-Ambassadors
What: Badge/patch earning opportunity; Self-care skills
When: On demand
Where: Your location
Cost: $10-$25
Contact: Alie Makovey, aliemakk@gmail.com or 916-346-5565

American Academy of Dermatology

The American Academy of Dermatology (AAD) offers the Good Skin Knowledge Program, developed with the goal of educating youth about skin, hair and nail conditions to eradicate stigma and raise self-esteem. Workshops include lesson plans with accompanying activities, available for reference on AAD’s website, medical career exploration and trainings led by medical students,who will help girls build self-esteem through education about good skin.

Who: Daisies-Cadettes
What: Badge/patch earning opportunity
When: On-demand workshops
Where: Online; virtual
Cost: Free
Contact: Katherine van den Bogert at KVanDenBogert@aad.org or 847-240-1736

AR Workshop San Marcos

AR Workshop San Marcos is a DIY art workshop where girls can create art on wood, canvas, and several other mediums. The type of project is chosen first and then the customer can choose from hundreds of different designs. Girl Scouts can complete their Junior Jeweler Badge, Cadette Woodworking Badge, or part of the Senior Room Makeover Badge. They can also earn a fun patch. Girl Scouts receive $5 off per project. 

Who: Daisies-Seniors
What: Badge/patch earning opportunity
When: On-demand workshops
Where: AR Workshop San Marcos, 1523 San Elijo Rd. S, Ste. 107, San Marcos 92078 
Cost: $26-40
Contact: Pam Zeman, sanmarcos@arworkshop.com or 760-613-0709

Aya Art Co.

Aya Art Co. is a nonprofit arts organization that provides environmental and multicultural expressive art classes for students throughout San Diego. Incorporating unique mix-media materials sustainably sourced from the Earth, art practices from diverse cultures, natural sciences, and historic art movements, their mission is to plant seeds of creative confidence in the hearts of students while helping them experience the magnificence of the universe through their individual artistic expression. Emphasizing the wide spectrum of what art can look like, they showcase that anyone can make beautiful art, and that the deepest significance of art lies within bringing something into the world that first only existed within the imagination.

Who: Daisies-Ambassadors
What: Badge/patch earning opportunity; community service opportunity
When: Scheduled workshops; on demand
Where: Your location
Cost: $10-25
Contact: Aya Chabayta, ayaart.co@gmail.com or 858-880-5599

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Bach to Rock

Bach to Rock allows Girl Scouts to explore real instruments in real band settings. B2R is a music school that provides music lessons with an innovative approach to music instruction based on the belief that everyone learns faster playing music they like, whether it’s rock or Bach, and the technical foundation is the same. B2R’s unique arrangements of music of our time and combined individual lessons with band instruction creates a learning experience for kids to last a lifetime! At Bach to Rock, weekly “jam sessions” lead to Battle of the Bands and recording sessions in B2R Studios, B2R’s own professional recording facilities. B2R also holds regularly scheduled public concerts that encourage students to become seasoned performers. These creative group activities foster teamwork, build self-esteem and motivate students to perfect their musicianship through independent practice.

Who: Daisies-Ambassadors
What: Badge/patch earning opportunity
When: On demand; Scheduled classes
Where: 13185 Black Mountain Rd #1. San Diego, CA 92129
Cost: $25
Contact: Fresas Balisteri, pq@bachtorock.com or (858) 208-3758

Blindspot Collective

  

Blindspot Collective develops radically inclusive programming that cultivates new work, emerging artists, and diverse audiences. The company has collaborated with The Old Globe, Diversionary Theatre, UC San Diego Department of Theatre and Dance, and other community partners since being founded in 2017. They also develop Forum Theatre for youth audiences, including Safa’s Story and Danny’s Story, which allow young people to consider the complexities of difference and prejudice. Blindspot Collective offers performance opportunities for teenage girls as well as public shows for younger girls to watch.

Who: Brownies-Ambassadors
What: Badge/patch earning opportunity; community service opportunity; free/discounted tickets
When: Scheduled workshops/performances
Where: Central San Diego, South County, East County, North County
Cost: Over $40 (scholarships available)
Contact: Sofia Zaragoza, education@blindspotcollective.org or 619-757-3711

Broadway Theater Arts Academy

Description: Founded in 2002, Broadway Theatre Arts Academy has been striving to provide theatrical opportunities to kids ages 5-19. Their programs provide children and teens a safe place to grow and explore their creativity, instill confidence, and build self-esteem through the magic of performing arts. BTAA offers all of this to children regardless of gender, religion, ethnic background, sexual orientation and economic status. Opportunities are available for low income and at-risk youth through scholarships and outreach programs.

Who: Daisies-Ambassadors
What: Discounted tickets; badge/patch earning opportunity
When: Scheduled performances
Where: North Inland
Cost: $10-25
Contact: Debbie Gowland, debbie.gowland@btaakids.org or 619-972-9831

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Cabrillo National Monument Foundation

 

At Cabrillo National Monument Foundation, discover the cultural, historical, and natural resources of San Diego's National Park. Whether it's touring the Old Point Loma Lighthouse, taking a close look at native plants, or wading through the tidepools, there are many educational and recreational opportunities for you and your troop at Cabrillo National Monument. Join a Ranger-led program or explore on your own. By spending time at the park, you can work on a variety of badges, your Outdoor and Citizen Science Journeys, and/or your Girl Scout Ranger certificate or patch. Contact us today to see how your Girl Scout or troop can get involved!

Who: Daisies-Ambassadors
What: Discounted tickets; badge/patching earning opportunity; community service opportunity
When: Scheduled workshops; ongoing, regular hours; on demand
Where: 1800 Cabrillo Memorial Drive, San Diego, CA 92106
Cost: Free
Contact: Samantha Wynns, samantha_wynns@partner.nps.gov or 619-523-4287

Capitol Debate

Capitol Debate believes that debate prepares students to become thinkers, speakers, and leaders. Their programs teach middle and high school students important skills—critical thinking, advocacy, persuasive speaking—through fun and challenging workshops, online classes, and camps. You’re invited to one of their new series of workshops focused on helping Girl Scouts achieve their public speaking and advocacy goals and preparing them to be leaders.

Who: Cadettes-Ambassadors
What: Badge/patch earning opportunity
When: Scheduled workshops; on demand
Where: San Diego County; your location
Cost: $10-25
Contact: Jacqueline Kelleher, team@capitoldebate.com or 800-450-5012

Center Stage Productions

Center Stage Productions (CSP) is a non-profit youth theatre company providing a wide range of classes and production opportunities for kids to express themselves creatively in a fun and professional stage environment.

Who: Daisies-Ambassadors
What: Discounted tickets
When: Scheduled performances
Where: North Inland (Escondido, Poway, Fallbrook, etc.)
Cost: $10-$25/girl
Contact: Abby Reynolds, abby@centerstagesd.com or 760-224-4140

Challenge Island San Diego (multiple locations)

Challenge Island —Where Engineering Meets Imagination!—is a one-of-a-kind enrichment program on the forefront of STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art, and math) education and 21st century learning. Collaborative, engaging, fun-filled STEAM challenges and adventures fulfill a wide array of Daisy, Brownie, Junior, and Cadette Journey and badge requirements. Just want a fun activity for your troop? Challenge Island San Diego North-Central offers fun patch workshops for Daisies through Seniors.

Who: Daisies-Seniors
What: Badge/patch earning opportunity
When: Scheduled workshops; on demand
Where: Central San Diego, North Inland, your location
Cost: $26-40/girl
Contact: Central/North: Rebecca Tanag, CISanDiego@challenge-island.com or 858-633-7648, Coastal: Ritika Sehgal, sandiegocoastal@challenge-island.com or 858-922-7489 

Chicanista Boutique

  

Chicanista Boutique was founded in 2014 by owners and sisters, Danielle Cisneros and Elizabeth Rodriguez. They grew up in a large family where their mother and aunts were always crafting, knitting, sewing and cooking. Danielle and Elizabeth were inspired to learn these skills as a way of staying connected to their cultural heritage and combining their love of family, art, creativity, culture and community. From these humble yet inspirational roots came Chicanista Boutique, dedicated to connecting culture, community and craft with people of all backgrounds through their fun, interactive, engaging and educational workshops! We encourage girl power, creativity and positive cultural communication!

Who: Daisies-Ambassadors
What: Badge/patch earning opportunity
When: Scheduled workshops; on demand; ongoing; private events
Where: Virtual Cost: $10-25
Contact: Danielle Cisneros, chicanistaboutique@gmail.com.

Children Arts and More

  

Children Arts and More provides fun and educational distant learning and on-site enrichment programs to children throughout San Diego County. Our classes help to build confidence, academics, team building, and social skills. Children will engage in hands on activities that include physical fitness, imaginative play, cooking, acting, science, engineering, and more. Classes are taught by highly trained and certified instructors. 

Who: Daisies-Cadettes
What: Badge/patch earning opportunity
When: On demand; scheduled workshops
Where: North Inland, North Coastal
Cost: $10-25
Contact: Lakeisha Holley, childrenartsandmore@aol.com or 757-635-3759

San Diego Children's Discovery Museum

   

San Diego Children’s Discovery Museum provides hands-on educational exhibits and programs focusing on science, art, and world cultures. The museum offers hands-on workshops and activities for Girl Scouts throughout the year. Choose from several badge workshops and receive a free Museum patch! Daisies can earn their Model Car Design, How Robots Move, and Art in the Outdoors badges while Brownies can complete their Bugs and Outdoor Art Maker badges.

Who: Daisies-Brownies
What: Badge/patch earning opportunity; community service opportunity
When: On demand; scheduled workshops
Where: 320 N Broadway, Escondido, CA 92025
Cost: $10-25; group minimums apply and groups size determines actual rate
Contact: education@sdcdm.org or 760-233-7755

The Children's Woodshop Bus

On the Children's Woodshop Bus, girls will use basic hand tools and premium sugar pine to measure, saw wood clamped into a miter box, shape, sand, drill, turn screws, and build a project as they learn skills and build confidence that will last a lifetime. This workshop is relevant, practical, and will encourage thought-organization, decision-making, and problem-solving. Sample projects are available to jump-start the building process and the instructor can customize a project to meet your troop’s needs. process and the instructor can customize a project to meet your troop’s needs. The traveling woodworking classroom (converted bus) can accommodate 5-8 Girl Scouts and will meet your troop at a pre-arranged/approved location. All sessions are two hours. Come, saw, conquer: "Do it safely or don't do it!" 

Who: Brownies-Cadettes
What: Badge/patch earning opportunity;
When: On demand
Where: Central San Diego; your location
Cost: $30-40
Contact: Sheila Dawson, sd9896@gmail.com

San Diego Civic Youth Ballet

San Diego Civic Youth Ballet has been the resident classical ballet school in Balboa Park since 1945, celebrating almost 75 years of affordable, high-quality arts education. Inspiring generations of dancers and audiences alike who have come to the Casa del Prado to learn about and appreciate ballet, SDCYB also presents a special, discounted performance of The Nutcracker and their spring ballet specifically for Girl Scouts each year. This is a chance for girls to learn about history, experience ballet and support their community - and production-specific patches are available! At SDCYB, they believe that everyone should have the opportunity to dance and look forward to sharing the hard work of their students with the Girl Scout community.

Who: Daisies-Ambassadors
What: Badge/patch earning opportunity; discounted tickets
When: Scheduled performances
Where: Casa del Prado Theater, Balboa Park, 1800 Village Place, San Diego, CA 92101
Cost:
Contact: Ira Bauer-Spector, ira@sdcyb.org or 619-233-3060

Code With Her

Code with Her provides real-world coding experiences to empower girls to be the next leaders in technology. All programs are in line with the Girl Scout Leadership Experience and taught by women mentors in the technology field. Girl Scouts will learn how to use technology as a tool to make the world a better place and come away with technical and team building skills, a supportive community and STEM confidence.

Who: Daisies-Ambassadors
What: Badge/patch earning opportunity
When: Scheduled workshops; on demand
Where: Your location; virtua;; self-guided
Cost: $10-$25/girl
Contact: Michaela Mitchell, info@codewithher.org

Code Ninjas (multiple locations)

At Code Ninjas, kids love technology, games, and having fun with friends. Parents want to give their kids the best and brightest future possible. Everyone wins at Code Ninjas. Kids learn to code through engaging game-based curriculum that teaches teamwork, logic, math, and problem-solving. That's the Code Ninjas way! Code Ninjas feels honored to partner with Girl Scouts where girls will be introduced to, practice, and master coding. Visit their center for a Coding badge scheduled workshop or schedule a troop visit. Code Ninjas is proud to help girls shape a better tomorrow.

Who: Daisies-Cadettes
What: Badge/patch earning opportunity
When: Scheduled workshops; on demand
Where:  Chula Vista location: 2318 Proctor Valley Rd, Suite 104, Chula Vista, CA 91914
North Carlsbad location: 1850 Marron Road, Suite 112, Carlsbad, CA 92008
Poway location: 12642 Poway Rd, Suite 14, Poway, CA 92064
Cost: $10-25
Contact: Chula Vista: Alma Zendejas, alma.zendejas@codeninjas.com or 858-621-3406
North Carlsbad: Tamara Weitzel, tamara.weitzel@codeninjas.com or 760-260-9275
Poway: Jazmin West, jazmin.west@codeninjas.com or 858-886-9309

Cooking Farm to Table

Learn, cook, and eat with Chef Ali and her Cooking Farm to Table classes. Girl Scouts and their leaders or parents prepare fun and delicious recipes from scratch using fresh, wholesome, garden ingredients. Students walk away with kitchen confidence and basic skills to impress the whole family. Workshops include professional instruction, safe kitchen habits, knife skills, reading recipes, prepping, keeping a clean workspace, cooking, eating, and clean up. Earn your Brownie Snack, Junior Simple Meals, Cadette New Cuisine, Senior Locavore or Ambassador Dinner Party badges.

Who: Daisies-Ambassadors
What: Badge/patch earning opportunity
When: On demand
Where: North County Coastal and Virtual
Cost: $15-40
Contact: Alison Caldwell, Alison@cookingfarmtotable.com or 917-568-6077

San Diego County Fair

 

With more than 1.5 million visitors each summer, the San Diego County Fair is the one of the top 10 fairs in the U.S. and Canada. Here are five ways your Girl Scout can participate in the fair:

  1. Enter your badge or Journey work into the Creative Youth Exhibit.
  2. Raise the flag with your Girl Scout troop.
  3. Do a scavenger hunt (fun patches available for $2).
  4. Enter a one-day contest.
  5. Take a fair field trip with your Girl Scout troop.

Who: Daisies-Ambassadors
What: Badge/patch earning opportunity; community service opportunity
When: Scheduled dates annually
Where: 2260 Jimmy Durante Blvd, Del Mar CA 92014
Cost: Under $10; $10-26
Contact: learn@sdfair.com

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DRS Daylight Solutions

The STEM Outreach Committee at DRS Daylight Solutions' slogan is “To Inspire with Light.” They aim to share their love of science, technology, engineering and mathematics with San Diego County youth through demonstration, education and mentoring in the area of photonics and its related disciplines. Their vision is to cultivate a smarter, kinder, safer, and more beautiful world by inspiring a passion in youth to learn, develop, and apply photonics-based knowledge in their education and careers. DRS Daylight Solutions offers periodic facility tours to outside groups, including Girl Scouts. Contact them directly to learn more about this opportunity to explore state-of-the-art laser products and the field of photonics. 

Who: Daisies-Ambassadors
What: Badge/patch earning opportunity
When: On demand; scheduled workshops
Where: 16465 Via Esprillo, San Diego, CA 92127
Cost: Free
Contact: Tom Watson, Daylight-Stem@drs.com or 858-432-7580

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EF Tours for Girl Scouts

EF Tours for Girl Scouts helps your girls discover the world. With international programs from Italy to India, our mission is to open the world through education and give Girl Scouts the opportunity to travel and grow. As part of EF Education First, the world leader in international education with over 50 years of experience, we take care of the logistics while the girls lead. They can choose from World Centre visits, service projects, STEM trips, and other adventures--meeting scouts from across the country and around the world along the way. From planning and fundraising to exploring foreign cities and meeting new people, the girls define their experience.  Then through culturally immersive educational travel and their own hard work, EF Girl Scouts discover themselves, connect with others, and take action to make the world a better place.

Who: Cadettes-Ambassadors
What: Travel
When: Scheduled tours
Where: Worldwide
Cost: varies
Contact: 800-457-9023 or online contact form

Elementary Institute of Science (EIS)

Elementary Institute of Science is a nonprofit organization dedicated to offering STEM learning opportunities for students in grades 2-12. We offer after school, camps, and Saturday programs. If you are interested in getting hands-on experience in marine biology, engineering, biology, geology, and many other disciplines in the STEM field, visit https://eisca.org and join our programs!

Who: Brownies-Ambassadors
What: Badge/patch earning opportunity
When : Scheduled workshops; contact info@eisca.org for more info
Where : 608 51st Street, San Diego, CA 92114
Cost: $10-25
Contact : Sandra Lebron, slebron@eisca.org or 619-263-2302

The Energy Coalition

The Energy Coalition collaborates with environmentally-minded community partners to bring new opportunities to teachers, students, and the public. TEC leverages a vast expanse of relationships throughout district offices, County Offices of Education, educational resource centers, science and environmental education networks, and community program providers to reach as many educators as possible. Through these and many other partnerships, TEC delivers:

  • A variety of community events with interactive exhibits
  • Judges for local and statewide science fairs
  • Field trip assistance and resources

Who: Daisies-Ambassadors
What: Badge/patch earning opportunity; community service opportunity
When: On demand
Where: your location
Cost: Free
Contact: Siria Salas, ssalas@energycoalition.org or 858-380-4674

Engage Thru Tech

Engage Thru Tech offers state of the art video production opportunities combined with personalized service and attention to detail. We believe that digital media is a powerful way for people to collaborate to make a difference in their own lives and those around them. By offering movie-making, coding, journey and technology camps and Girl Scout workshops, kids of all ages are empowered to share what's most important to them.

Who: Daisies-Ambassadors
What: Badge/patch earning opportunity, Journey and Technology Workshops
When: Scheduled and on-demand workshop
Where: Online
Cost: Over $40
Contact: Ruth Bacha, info@engagethrutech.com or 425-644-6074

Eric Paredes Save a Life Foundation

Smart Heart's Don't Miss A Beat program empowers the next generation of life savers to recognize and respond to sudden cardiac arrest (SCA)—the leading cause of death on school campus and the #1 killer of student athletes. Smart Heart's patch program provides great activities to satisfy various badge requirements and inspires highest awards projects that could change the standard of preventative and emergency care. One in 300 youth has an undetected heart condition that puts them at risk. The survival rate has been stuck at just 10% for three decades. What’s more, studies show bystanders are less likely to use life-saving CPR and an AED on female SCA victims. Today’s young women need to learn to create cultures of prevention where they live, learn, and play to affect change in tomorrow’s communities. 

Who: Juniors-Ambassadors
What: Badge/patch earning opportunity
When: On demand; Virtual
Where: On demand; Virtual
Cost: Free
Contact: Maureen Legg, executivedirector@epsavealife.org or 805-390-0679

Experience Nature Unplugged

 

Experience Nature Unplugged is a 501(c)(3) with a mission to inspire wellness in the digital age. While the foundation of their work is balancing screen time with green time, they offer a variety of preventative (upstream) solutions for mental and physical wellbeing. Their educational and experiential programming focuses on providing tools and resources to help people take a proactive and holistic approach to the current health challenges they are facing today as a society. They offer coaching, workshops, presentations, community hikes, day trips, and overnight retreats. 

Who: Cadettes-Ambassadors
What: Badge/patch earning opportunity
When: Scheduled workshops; On demand
Where: Your location; North Coastal
Cost: $10-25
Contact: info@natureunplugged.com or 858-775-6486

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Father Joe's Villages

 

Father Joe's Villages' mission is to prevent and end homelessness one life at a time. Established in 1950, Father Joe’s Villages has grown to include programs that house over 2,000 men, women, and children nightly. Your troop is invited to help accomplish their mission in many ways. Participate in a Brownie Philanthropy badge workshop, complete requirements to earn the Cadette Community Service Bar, volunteer as a troop to serve meals to your homeless neighbors (must be 10 years or older), help out at one of their special events such as the Annual Thanksgiving 5K, host a drive to collect donations, complete your Take Action projects, or work toward your Bronze, Silver, and Gold Awards!

Who: Daisies-Ambassadors
What: Badge/patch earning opportunity; community service opportunity
When: Scheduled workshops; ongoing, regular hours; on demand
Where: 1501 Imperial Ave. San Diego, CA 92101; Central San Diego
Cost: Free; $10-25
Contact: Jennifer Julich, jennifer.julich@neighbor.org or 619-446-2148

Feeding San Diego

 

Feeding San Diego invites Girl Scouts to earn their Climate Controller Food Rescue patch during a food sorting volunteer shift at the volunteer center in Sorrento Valley. This patch was developed by SOLV Energy and Feeding San Diego to educate Girl Scouts about the linkage between food waste and climate change, in order to inspire Girl Scouts to become “Climate Controllers” through food rescue. All troops are welcome any time of the year. Volunteer shifts are available six days a week with four different time options each day.

Feeding San Diego is a non-profit organization on a mission to end hunger through food rescue. Established in 2007, Feeding San Diego is the leading hunger-relief and food rescue organization in San Diego County and the only Feeding America affiliate in the region. Our organization provides more than 40.3 million meals every year to children, families, seniors, college students, military families, and veterans in partnership with a network of 292 local charities, schools, faith communities, meal sites, and food pantries. Last year, more than 70 percent of the food provided to the community was rescued from local and national food donors. By diverting high-quality food from the landfill and reducing greenhouse gas emissions, Feeding San Diego protects people and the planet. To get involved with Feeding San Diego and learn more about its mission, visit feedingsandiego.org. Get daily updates on social media at facebook.com/feedingsandiego, twitter.com/FeedingSanDiego or follow us on Instagram @feedingsandiego.

Who:  Brownies-Ambassadors
What: Badge/patch earning opportunity; Community Service opportunity
When: Ongoing/regular hours
Where: Feeding San Diego, 9477 Waples St. Ste. 100, San Diego 92121
Cost: Free
Contact: Feeding San Diego, 858-452-3663

Flinn Springs County Park

 

Flinn Springs County Park boasts a large diversity of plants and animals, with huge majestic oaks and a year-round stream. Several bridges, pavilions, and lawns are available for ceremonies. Their rangers are enthusiastic and knowledgeable when it comes to leading hikes, programs, or projects. They offer Girl Scout opportunities to all ages, programs tailored for your needs, and can even come to you. Flinn Springs County Park is always ready to support volunteerism or service projects at the park, whether it be planting trees, building gardens, or park beautification. Girl Scout troops can earn badges at most program levels in categories such as environmental stewardship, arts in the outdoors, outdoor explorer, and naturalist.

Who: Daisies-Ambassadors
What: Badge/patching earning opportunity; community service opportunity; facility use
When: On demand; scheduled workshops
Where: 14787 Old Highway 80, El Cajon, CA 92021; your location
Cost: Free
Contact: Ranger Nate Pownell, nathaniel.pownell@sdcounty.ca.gov or 619-561-0180

The Flower Fields

 

The Flower Fields has a unique growing program for Daisies and Brownies that want to earn a Flower Fields patch. Participants will plant a sunflower, learn about composting and recycling, do an art project, and take a tour on the tractor wagon ride. Programs are also offered for Juniors who want to earn a Flower Fields patch. Participants will dissect a flower, learn about vermicomposting (composting with worms), learn about good and bad bugs in the garden, and take a tour on the tractor wagon ride. 

Who: Daisies-Juniors
What: Badge/patching earning opportunity
When: Scheduled workshops
Where: 5704 Paseo Del Norte, Carlsbad, CA 92008
Cost: $10-$25
Contact: Joni Miringoff, joni@carltas.com or 760-930-9123 x118  

Flower Girl World Creative Writing Workshops

At Flower Girl World Creative Writing Workshops, children's book author, Lynelle Woolley, will turn your next troop meeting into a fun-filled creative writing workshop. Girls can earn badges in the storytelling category and each girl will receive a bonus Flower Girl World fun patch and either an author signed book or writer’s notepad.

  • Brownies: My Family Story—Explore family traditions while learning how to research, write, and present stories in creative ways.
  • Juniors: Scribe—Discover real world opportunities for writers including poetry, fiction, and journalism.
  • Cadettes: Screenwriter—Master scriptwriting with an introduction to building a plot, creating characters, and structuring scenes.
  • Seniors: Novelist—Choose from introductory or comprehensive sessions.

Who: Daisies-Seniors
What: Badge/patch earning opportunity
When: Scheduled workshops; on demand
Where: Your location
Cost: $10-25
Contact: Lynelle Kerstine Woolley, Lynelle@FlowerGirlWorld.com or 310-489-0694

Forecast 3D

 

Forecast 3D invites Girl Scouts to tour their facility by appointment and learn about the capabilities of 3D printing. Programming is offered for individual troops and at their annual Design Like a G.I.R.L. workshops, where your girl will learn to think like an engineer.

Who: Brownies-Ambassadors
What: Badge/patch earning opportunity
When: Scheduled workshops; on demand
Where: 2221 Rutherford Rd., Carlsbad CA 92008
Cost: Under $10                               
Contact: Carissa Stewart, carissa@forecast3d.com or 760-929-9380

Fort Cross Old Timey Adventures

Fort Cross Old Timey Adventures is your source for hands-on living history and outdoor adventuring in the Julian area. They have nine different educational programs to choose from and seasonal festival events throughout the year include the Lilac Festival, Autumn Jubilee, Haunted Harvest, and Holiday Hayride. Some activities include: archery, tomahawk throwing, slingshot range, gardening, petting zoo, reptiles, hoedowns and jug band participation, camping, fire-making, nature walks, fairy and dino garden making, cider pressing, berry and pumpkin picking, hayrides, and so much more! Every field trip includes items to keep.

Who: Daisies-Ambassadors
What: Badge/patch earning opportunity; community service opportunity
When: Scheduled workshops/events; on demand; ongoing/regular hours
Where: 4425 Hwy 78, Santa Ysabel, CA 92070
Cost: $10-25
Contact: Doreen Cross, fortcrossfun@gmail.com or 951-847-1904

Free Flight Exotic Bird Sanctuary

 

Free Flight is a non-profit exotic bird sanctuary located in Del Mar, CA. Our mission is to maintain a sanctuary that shelters, nurtures, and re-socializes parrots while educating the public to inspire a lasting concern for the well-being of exotic birds. We offer guided tours, field trips, art activities, parrot enrichment workshops, backyard bird-feeder workshops, and bird-watching along the nearby San Dieguito River Park. Many of our programs satisfy requirements for badges! 

Who: Daisies-Ambassadors
What: Badge/patch earning opportunity; Community service opportunity; Education programs in a unique outdoor environment
When: Scheduled workshops; on demand
Where: 2132 Jimmy Durante Blvd., Del Mar, CA 92014
Cost: Under $10
Contact: Isabelle Zapata at freeflightbirds@live.com or 858-481-3148

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Girls Rugby

Girls Rugby provides access for girls to learn vital skills and core values such as leadership, empowerment, achievement, respect, and sportsmanship all while enjoying the experience of playing all-girls, flag rugby. Girls Rugby embodies the philosophy of developing young girls through sport and understands the positive benefits that participation in team sports has on their lives.

Who: Brownies-Ambassadors
What: Badge/patching earning opportunity
When: Scheduled workshops
Where: Central San Diego, North Coastal, North Inland, East County, South County
Cost: $10
Contact: Jessika Marshall, socal@girlsrugbyinc.com or 802-782-6343 

Great Wolf Lodge

Great Wolf Lodge in southern California provides indoor waterpark fun and dry-land adventures for your entire family. Enjoy kid-friendly indoor activities, dining, shopping, and more all under one roof. Choose from over 600 suites, each featuring free access to all the waterpark's 14 slides, four pools, and more. Near Los Angeles in Garden Grove, the waterpark is exclusive to Great Wolf guests, and at a warm 84 degrees all-year round, is the perfect family getaway any time of the year.

Who: Daisies-Ambassadors
What: Discounted tickets on groups of 10 or more
When: Ongoing/regular hours
Where: 12681 Harbor Boulevard, Garden Grove, CA 92840
Cost: Over $40; varies
Contact: Groups of 10 or more, contact Casey Amoelibi, camoelibi@greatwolf.com or 657-667-5029; book regular reservations online.

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Healthy Chats

Healthy Chats provides in-home and public seminars for mothers and daughters ages 9-11 on the topic of puberty. The Healthy Chats program was developed by a local pediatrician and has served the community for over 20 years. Review with your daughter all the changes associated with puberty in a fun, age-appropriate seminar along with other mothers and daughters. Girl Scouts have an opportunity to earn a Healthy Chats patch.

Who: Juniors
What: Badge/patch earning opportunity
When: On demand; scheduled workshops
Where: Your location; San Diego County
Cost: Over $40
Contact: Chrystal de Freitas, info@healthychats.com or 858-405-0651

Healthy Within Brain and Wellness Center

 

As a leading provider of Brain Health services, Healthy Within offers non medication ways to balance the brain. They are leaders in integrative treatment of mental health conditions. Please reach out to Dr. Divya Kakaiya to learn more about neurofeedback. She conducts a very comprehensive evaluation and will recommend number of sessions your child may need. 

Who: Daisies-Ambassadors
What: Resource
When: Ongoing, regular hours; on demand
Where: Healthy Within, 5665 Oberlin Drive, Suite 206, San Diego 92121
Cost: $150 per session
Contact: Divya Kakaiya Ph.D, drkakaiya@healthywithin.com or 858-622-0221

Helen Woodward Animal Center

 

The education department at Helen Woodward Animal Center serves children of all ages by providing a variety of unique learning opportunities that support the bond between humans and animals. They achieve this by nurturing knowledge, compassion, and respect toward all living things. Their programs (including three badge programs) include hands-on animal encounters with a variety of species and interactive activities!

Troops can also get involved in a global awareness campaign that focuses on the importance of pet adoption: Remember Me Thursday. Whether it’s for a troop activity or a vehicle for girls who are working towards their Bronze, Silver, or Gold Award, you can be sure the girls will be proud of themselves for making a difference.

Who: Daisies-Ambassadors
What: Badge/patch earning opportunity, community service opportunities
When: On demand; ongoing/regular hours
Where: 6461 El Apajo, Rancho Santa Fe, CA 92067
Cost: $10-$25/girl
Contact: Nicole Woodbyrne, nicolew@animalcenter.org or 858-756-4117

San Diego History Center

San Diego History Center has a vast array of engaging and hands-on educational activities for your troop to experience! Become a historian by handling artifacts and archival documents, dress in historical costumes, and learn about different San Diego communities that have contributed to San Diego history. Badge workshops are available for every Girl Scout level. Book a workshop today!

Who: Daisies-Ambassadors
What: Badge/patch earning opportunity
When: On demand
Where: 1649 El Prado Suite 3, San Diego, CA 92101
Cost: $10-25
Contact: Dominique Herrera, dherrera@sandiegohistory.org or 619-232-6203 ext. 108

San Diego Humane Society

  

San Diego Humane Society, an open-admission shelter, is creating a more humane world by inspiring compassion and advancing the welfare of animals and people. Their mission is to inspire compassion and their Girl Scout programs strive to teach youth respect and compassion for pets and wildlife. Available opportunities for troops include:

  • Badges/petal workshops: Various Daisy petals, Pets badge, Animal Habitats badge, and Animal Helpers badge
  • Community service projects: Take Action, Bronze, Silver, and Gold Award projects
  • Patches: All levels of Girl Scouts can earn unique SD Humane Society patches including Project Wildlife and Playful Paws Patch.

Who: Daisies-Cadettes
What: Badge/patch earning opportunity; community service opportunity
When: Ongoing, regular hours; on demand
Where: San Diego Campus: 5500 Gaines St., San Diego, CA 92110;
Escondido Campus: 3500 Burnet Drive, Escondido, CA 92027;
Oceanside Campus: 572 Airport Road, Oceanside, CA 92058
Cost: $10-25
Contact: Lauren Worley, lworley@sdhumane.org or 619-299-7012 ext. 2316

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I Love a Clean San Diego

  

I Love A Clean San Diego (ILACSD) leads and inspires the San Diego community to actively conserve and enhance the environment through example, outreach, and local involvement. ILACSD strives for a zero waste, litter-free, and environmentally engaged San Diego region. They host community cleanups, flexible volunteer programs, free zero waste workshops, and a recycling call center and website (WasteFreeSD.org). WasteFreeSD is a one-stop resource focused on minimizing waste, which offers information on diversion of household items, recyclables, and household hazardous waste from our crowded landfills. Easy access information connects you to local resources that reduce waste with resources for recycling, donation, and repair.

Who: Daisies-Ambassadors
What: Badge/patch earning opportunity; community service opportunity
When: Scheduled workshops
Where: San Diego County; your location
Contact: Carly Keen, ckeen@cleansd.org or 619-704-2774

Inspire School of Ballet

Inspire School of Ballet is a classical dance studio with classes in ballet, tap, contemporary, jazz, rhythmic gymnastics, and Pilates. Their caring and professional staff love teaching and inspiring students to be all they can be. Inspire can cater workshops around your troop’s dance or fitness badge requirements. In addition, they offer special discounted Girl Scout tickets to full-length ballet productions twice yearly (e.g. Nutcracker, Alice in Wonderland, Sleeping Beauty). Girl Scout performances include the options of a theater tour, a Q & A period, and the opportunity to meet the performers. Patches for each performance are available for sale.

Who: Daisies-Ambassadors
What: Badge/patch earning opportunity; discounted tickets
When: Scheduled workshops/performances; on demand
Where: 861 Harold Place Suite 302, Chula Vista, CA 91914
Cost: $10-25
Contact: Tylla Evangelista, admin@inspireballet.com or 619-551-4095

International Bipolar Foundation

 

Girl Scouts can earn the Mental Health Awareness Patch developed by International Bipolar Foundation (IBPF) to educate and reduce the stigma of mental illness and become a positive role in their communities. With approximately one in four people in the U.S. diagnosed with a mental illness, awareness of those impacted is also growing. In earning the patch, Girl Scouts will learn how the brain impacts mental health, explore how discrimination against those with a mental health condition makes it difficult to seek help, learn about great achievers who experienced mental illness, research how mental health is portrayed in the media, and create anti-stigma campaigns activities.

Who: Daisies-Ambassadors
What: Badge/patch earning opportunity
When: On demand
Where: Your location
Cost: Free
Contact: Mika Burgess, mburgess@ibf.org or 858-598-5967

Iron Oak Canyon Ranch

At Iron Oak Canyon Ranch—uniquely positioned city-close, but surrounded by the San Diego National Wildlife Refuge—Girl Scouts of all ages can earn their Horseback Riding badge. By learning horsemanship from the ground up, girls will leave the ranch more confident, ready to be a leader among their peers. Iron Oak Canyon Ranch also offers animal presentations, guided nature hikes, and hands-on activities around the ranch to help girls earn Outdoor, Eco, and Animal badges by learning to be a good neighbor to local wildlife. While all programs are offered on-site, some programs can travel to you.

Who: Daisies-Ambassadors
What: Badge/patch earning opportunity
When: On demand; scheduled workshops
Where: 12310 Campo Rd, Spring Valley, CA 91978; your location
Cost: $26-40      
Contact: Lessa Ritzma, lessa@ironoakcanyonranch.com or 619-670-1861

Ivey Ranch Park

Ivey Ranch Park serves children and adults with disabilities as well as the able-bodied. Serving over 200 individuals a month, their essential goals include community integration and participation, personal choice, self-respect and respect for others, competence, and self-reliance. Volunteer opportunities are available for individual girls and small or large groups. Girl Scouts have the opportunity to earn several badges on the ranch and in their garden, give back to the community by volunteering, and participate in horseback riding.

Who: Daisies-Cadettes
What: Badge/patch earning opportunity; community service opportunity
When: On demand; ongoing, regular hours
Where: 110 Rancho Del Oro Drive, Oceanside, CA 92057
Cost: Over $40
Contact: Cynthia Renteria, volunteer@iveyranch.com or 760-722-4839

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JCompany Youth Theatre

JCompany Youth Theatre is a nationally recognized youth theater program at the Lawrence Family Jewish Community Center JACOBS FAMILY CAMPUS in La Jolla, California. Guided and inspired by seasoned professionals in the theatre industry, JCompany Youth Theatre provides performing arts opportunities to young artists regardless of gender, religion, ethnic background, sexual orientation or economic status. In a safe and nurturing environment, artists explore the magic of theatre as they train and develop their creative potential, while building confidence and self-esteem. Discounted tickets and theatre tours are available as well as expanded Playing the Past, Entertainment Technology, and Troupe Performer badge programs.

Who: Daisies-Ambassadors
What: Discounted tickets; badge/patch earning opportunity
When: Scheduled performances
Where: Lawrence Family Jewish Community Center, 4126 Executive Drive, La Jolla, CA 92037
Cost: $10-25
Contact: Krystle Hart, krystleh@lfjcc.org or 858-362-1155

Jennie MacGoy Yoga

  

Would you like to learn how to better respect your body -- and others' bodies? At Jennie MacGoy Yoga, you will be amazed at what you can learn about yourself through gentle yoga! Yoga is about learning how to tune into what your body and mind needs through movement, stretching, breathing exercises, and listening to guided meditations. Come spend a few minutes learning what YOU need so you can better understand what others need. Your body and your mind will definitely feel better!

Who: Daisies-Ambassadors
What: Badge/patch earning opportunity
When: Scheduled workshops; on demand
Where: North Coastal; North Inland
Cost: $10-25
Contact: Jennie MacGoy at jennie@jenniemacgoyyoga.com or 703-579-0123

JJ Sawyer Consulting

 

JJ Sawyer Consulting, LLC provides immersive workshops in which older Girl Scouts develop skills around leadership, identifying their own behavioral style, effective communication, and planning for their future by getting clear about their dreams and setting goals. Workshops include DISCovering Me and You; Mirroring Your Vision®; and Mastering the Art of Leadership, an online, four-week course.

Who: Cadettes-Ambassadors
What: Badge/patch earning opportunity
When: Scheduled workshops; on demand
Where: North Coastal
Cost: Over $40
Contact: Dr. Janet J. Sawyer, info@jjsawyerconsulting.com or 858-255-9175

Junior Achievement of San Diego

Junior Achievement of San Diego's mission is to empower young people to own their economic success. Our K-12 curriculum focuses on three pillars; work readiness, financial literacy and entrepreneurship. JA programs reach every ethnic and economic demographic. Junior Achievement is a world-wide nonprofit organization, reaching over 10 million students a year. Since 1950, Junior Achievement of San Diego County has provided life-changing programs to more than 765,000 youth in the classroom and after school to foster an understanding of how the “real world” works. To ensure youth are prepared for their future, JA teaches them how to get a job, start a business and how to manage money. Home to the popular McGrath Family JA BizTown and Mission Fed JA Finance Park, JA of San Diego will reach 70,000+ youth from 38 school districts during the 2016-2017 calendar school year. JA San Diego receives support from more than 5,400 volunteers annually in order to help impact our youth in the community. Please visit our website to learn more about our organization and how you can get involved!

Be on the lookout for upcoming programs in the spring!

Financing My Dreams Badge Workshop

“When you daydream about your future, what kind of job do you think you might have? Do your daydreams include owning a home or traveling the world? Now's your chance to dream -- and dream big! By earning this badge, you'll explore how your dream job and dream life really match up.” – Girl Scouts of San Diego. During your JA Finance Park simulation you will be provided with an “adult situation” which includes a job, salary & monthly income, credit score, debt, family status. You will have to learn how to plan, budget and save for your “family” scenario. This experience will also include access to our on-site Career Center, as well as our online Career Center to explore real San Diego career and educational opportunities. This JA Finance Park simulation aligns well with some of the key components in earning your Financing My Dreams badge.

Grades: Cadettes 
Dates/Times: TBD
Location: Junior Achievement Finance Park - 4756 Mission Gorge Place, San Diego, CA 92120
Cost: $24/per Girl Scout
Ratio Requirements: 4 Girl Scouts to 1 Troop Leader/Chaperone*
Contact: Email Valerie Hash or call 619-906-4916

*This is NOT a drop off event. Girl Scout troop leaders or chaperones are REQUIRED to attend as volunteers (free of charge), UNLESS they want to have their own tablet and go through the JA Finance Park simulation themselves, which would also require a fee of $24 per adult. JA recommends that the leaders/chaperones role is to provide ACTIVE support with helping the girls go through this learning experience.

San Diego Junior Theatre

San Diego Junior Theatre provides engaging, innovative, high-quality theatre education and productions for children of all cultural heritages, ages, abilities and levels of interest.

Who: Daisies-Ambassadors
What: Badge/patch earning opportunity; discounted tickets
When: Scheduled performances; on demand
Where: 1650 El Prado, Suite 208, San Diego, CA 92101
Cost: $10-25
Contact: Erin Roberts, erin@juniortheatre.com or 619-239-1311

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Kids Yoga Zone

   

Kids Yoga Zone offers classes and events for Girl Scouts of all ages! Classes are centered around building confidence, co-operation, leadership and most importantly having fun. From partner and group work to overcoming fears with fun poses, the girls will be left feeling strong, relaxed and happy. We also do longer events like yoga/beach clean ups, yoga/art project, yoga/vision boarding and much more. Classes are customizable and can incorporate lots of different ways to earn badges. Classes are mobile and can be at the beach, parks, or even your backyard.

Who: Daisies-Ambassadors
What: Badge/patch earning opportunity; Community service opportunity
When: Scheduled workshops; on demand
Where: North Coastal; Your location
Cost: $10-25
Contact: Marci Kawar at marci@kidsyogazone.com or 760-846-6571

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La Jolla Nutritional Health

   

La Jolla Nutritional Health offers virtual workshops to discover healthy eating habits and the effects of carbohydrates, proteins, and fats on the body. Girl Scouts will learn and understand what happens to their bodies when they eat different foods and how they can affect skin, energy levels, and sleep. Cadette Girl Scouts will fulfill requirements towards the Eating For You Badge.

Who: Cadettes-Ambassadors
What: Badge/patch earning opportunity
When: Scheduled workshops; on demand
Where: Virtual
Cost: $15
Contact: Lauren Weiss, lajollanutritionalhealth@gmail.com or 619-976-6866

LEGOLAND California

 

LEGOLAND® California Resort is turning twenty and has great ways for everyone to join the celebration. Girl Scouts enjoy special discounts year round, with optional hands-on STEM workshops and patches for Daisies, Brownies, and Juniors. Dive into the LEGO CITY: Deep Sea Adventure or go-behind-the-scenes at THE LEGO MOVIE™ 2. Enjoy over 60 rides, shows and attractions including the SEA LIFE aquarium, LEGOLAND Water Parks and two on-site hotels. In spring and fall, don’t miss their Girls Who Build events, where girls are inspired by female professionals, attend hands-on workshops, and receive a patch and LEGO giveaway.

Who: Daisies-Juniors
What: Badge/patch earning opportunity; discount tickets
When: Scheduled workshops; on demand
Where: One LEGOLAND Dr., Carlsbad, CA 92008
Cost: $26-40; minimum group size of 10 (other than Girls Who Build workshops)
Contact: LEGOLAND Reservations, 760-438-5346

Lockhart Training

Lockhart Training provides classes for Girl Scout troops in First Aid (Brownies-Cadettes), Pet First Aid/Dog Safety (Daisies-Cadettes), and Babysitter Training (Cadettes-Ambassadors). These hands-on workshops cover most or all requirements towards various national Girl Scout badges. Babysitter Training workshop participants will receive Babysitting Certificate and Pediatric CPR participant card upon completion.

Who: Daisies-Ambassadors
What: Badge/patch earning opportunity
When: On demand
Where: Your location
Cost: $10-$25; Over $40
Contact: Sue Lockhart, lockhart.sue@gmail.com or 858-344-0475

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Mindful Community Leadership

Loretta's uplifting and interactive workshops aim to help people of all ages develop and sustain techniques for personal development. Her workshops incorporate meditation, facilitated group discussions, journaling, yoga, and more. Loretta's background in leadership and mindfulness coaching creates a safe and encouraging space for participants to shift their mindsets, gain new perspectives, and commit to living more fulfilling and purposeful lives! The workshops that Loretta currently offers include:

  • 21-Day Accountability Groups
  • Introduction to Journaling & Empowered Journaling
  • Understanding Your Leadership Values
  • Mindfulness Toolkit
  • Community Vision Boards

Who: Seniors-Ambassadors
What: Discounted tickets; badge/patch earning opportunity
When: On demand
Where: Central San Diego, East County (El Cajon, La Mesa, etc.), your location
Cost: $10-15
Contact: Loretta Turner, hello@lorettaturner.com

Mingei International Museum

 

Established in 1978, Mingei International Museum collects, conserves, and exhibits arts of daily use—by anonymous craftsmen of ancient times, from traditional cultures of past and present and by historical and contemporary designers. The Museum’s collection is a singular mix of folk art, craft and design—ranging from ceremonial objects to vessels to furniture, with significant holdings of textiles, quilts, and beads.

Mingei Family Sunday Pop Up is hosted at one of three local libraries: City Heights/Weingart, Malcolm X/Valencia Park, and Logan Heights. This free program includes an interactive, hands-on art project, musical performances, storytelling, prizes and much more. Each month the Museum partners with local artists, organizations, and volunteers to offer a diverse range of programming tied thematically to the Museum’s permanent collection.

Who: Cadettes-Ambassadors
What: Community service opportunity; badge/patch earning opportunity
When: Scheduled workshops
Where: Central San Diego
Cost: Free
Contact: Jessica Owens, jowens@mingei.org or 619-704-7507

Mission Fed

Mission Fed helps girls gain financial knowledge and confidence to prepare for a bright future. Girl Scout troops across San Diego County partner with Mission Fed to learn important money management skills while earning financial literacy badges and patches. Now hosted online, your Troop can experience a virtual tour of a branch and earn national badges by learning about banking basics, budgeting, smart shopping or credit. Juniors can even earn their Money Madness patch by participating in a virtual workshop. These are interactive and lively! In addition, Mission Fed offers a unique Girl Scouts savings program and other services for Girl Scouts San Diego and their families! Mission Fed is a not-for-profit financial services company.

Who: Daisies-Ambassadors
What: Badge/patching earning opportunity
When: Scheduled and on-demand workshop
Where: Virtual and Troop Locations
Cost: Free
Contact: Call 858-524-2850 to find the nearest branch and schedule a tour

San Diego Model Railroad Museum

 

San Diego Model Railroad Museum offers true STEAM opportunities for Girl Scouts. What make arches and triangles so strong? Take a self-guided tour at one of several annual opportunities and perform experiments to learn why civil engineers use them in the construction of railroad bridges. Use science and technology to earn your SDMRM STEAM Engineering patch.

Who: Daisies-Cadettes
What: Badge/patching earning opportunity
When: Scheduled workshops
Where: 1649 El Prado #4, San Diego, CA 92101
Cost: $10-$25
Contact: Julia McMeans, education@sdmrm.org or 619-696-0199

MOXIE Theatre

  

MOXIE Theatre provides several programs that engage girls and young women, which includes a mentorship program for high school age students who are interested in pursuing a career in the arts. Mentorships are available in many areas, including: directing, scenic, lighting, stage management, production management, marketing, and house management.

Who: Daisy-Ambassadors
What: Discounted tickets; Badge/patch earning opportunity; Community Service Opportunity
When: Scheduled workshops
Where: 6663 El Cajon Blvd. Ste. N, San Diego, CA 92115
Cost: $15-$25
Contact: Callie Prendiville, callie@moxietheatre.com or 714-393-1256  

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National Marine Mammal Foundation

Nation Marine Mammal Foundation’s mission is to inspire young minds through marine mammal science with innovative programming focused on the science conducted at the foundation. They believe in the enormous potential of today’s youth and aim to celebrate and embolden them through communicating NMMF’s work and introducing the extraordinary people who do it. NMMF work to address some of the most extreme climate science and STEM challenges today: from the dramatically diminishing richness of the oceans that our grandparents once enjoyed, to the fact that less than half of eighth grade girls consider careers in science, engineering, technology or mathematics.

Who: Daisies-Ambassadors
What: Badge/patch earning opportunity
When: Scheduled workshops
Where: Girl Scouts Balboa Campus
Cost: Free
Contact: Dianna Dibble, outreach@nmmpfoundation.org or 716-397-1506

National University Department of Engineering and Computing

National University School of Engineering & Computing offers a wide variety of STEM programs including cybersecurity, design, electrical, and computer engineering. Their workshops meet requirements for a variety of badges and journeys across program levels.

Who: Daisies-Ambassadors
What: Badge/patch earning opportunity
When: Scheduled workshops; on demand
Where: National University Library & Makerspace, 9393 Lightwave Ave, San Diego, CA 92123
Cost: Free
Contact: Jodi Reeves, jreeves@nu.edu or 619-929-6594

San Diego Natural History Museum

 

The San Diego Natural History Museum (the NAT) encourages us to interpret the natural world through research, education, and exhibits, promotes understanding of the evolution and diversity of southern California and the peninsula of Baja California, and inspires a respect for nature and the environment. Brownies can earn their Bugs badge by exploring the world of bugs and learning more about small creatures that make a big difference in the biodiversity of our region. Juniors can earn the Animal Habitats badge, where docents will take them on a tour of Coast to Cactus in Southern California, one of the Museum’s permanent exhibitions, which explains how animals have adapted to the diverse ecosystem.

Who: Brownies-Juniors
What: Badge/patch earning opportunity
When: On demand
Where: 1788 El Prado, San Diego, CA 92101
Cost: $10-25/girl
Contact: Docent Volunteer Marilyn, mfmiles235@att.net or 619-291-2556

The New Children's Museum

 

The New Children’s Museum offers engaging experiences with contemporary art installations designed to stimulate imagination, creativity and critical thinking in children and families. Visitors are invited to think, play, and create in their galleries and studios. Badge workshops are offered quarterly and are available for Daisies-Juniors. Sign up for a program today!

Who: Daisies-Juniors
What: Badge/patch earning opportunity; discounted tickets
When: Scheduled workshops
Where: 200 West Island Avenue, San Diego, CA 92101
Cost: $10-25
Contact: Alisa Miller, amiller@thinkplaycreate.org or 619-233-8792

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Olivewood Gardens

 

Olivewood Gardens and Learning Center's purpose is to build healthy families and a healthy environment. We do this through hands-on classes in the garden and in the kitchen with children and adults. Our children’s program offers ecological, academic, and culinary lessons to build a positive relationship with food and the environment. 

Olivewood Gardens hosts public workshops where girls can complete the steps necessary to earn badges through our Garden Explorers program. These classes are usually held on the last Saturday of the month and are geared towards 1-6th grade learners. Additionally, private workshops can be scheduled for activities that span the garden and the kitchen.

Who: Grades K-12
What: Badge/patch earning opportunity
When:
 Scheduled workshops; On demand
Where: 2525 N Avenue, National City, CA 91950
Cost: $10-$25/girl 
Contact: Callie Brust, callie@olivewoodgardents.org or 619-434-4281

Outdoor Outreach

 

Outdoor Outreach's mission is to connect youth to the transformative power of the outdoors...To realize the positive attitude and behavioral changes that help them become happy, healthy, and successful adults. Our Vision: Youth everywhere will be inspired by the outdoors to play, learn, serve and share. Earn requirements towards Snow or Climbing Adventure badges. Program opportunities and locations can be found in our pamphlet.

Who: Juniors-Ambassadors
What: Badge/patch opportunity, community service
When: On demand; Ongoing/regular hours
Where: County of San Diego
Cost: Varies
Contact: Sunny Chang, sunny.chang@outdooroutreach.org or 619-235-5790 x100  

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Pacific Motion Dance

Pacific Motion Dance Center offers exciting and educational dance classes and workshops to dancers ages 2-17. Dance helps build confidence and teamwork skills and inspires creativity and movement for girls and teens. During this workshop, girls will learn a dance routine and will participate in fun games and activities. Certain ages may also include a dance themed craft. This event provides the opportunity to earn the Brownie Dancer badge, but can be customized as needed to fit a variety of ages and levels. Classes are offered in a variety of styles, including ballet, jazz, hip hop, tap, and musical theater. 

Who: Daisies-Ambassadors
What: Badge/patch earning opportunity
When: Scheduled workshops; On demand
Where: 712 South Rancho Santa Fe Rd., San Marcos, CA 92078
Cost: $10-$25
Contact: 760-727-2426 (M-Th 3:30-8 p.m.) or office@pacificmotiondance.com

Padres Dam - Advanced Water Purification

 

Padre Dam Municipal Water District offers a Water Journey Day at the East County Advanced Water Purification Program twice a year in the spring and fall. Learn about the future of water in east San Diego County at this free event. Girl Scouts (Brownies and older) will visit several fun and educational stations and earn a free patch at the end of the program. The information focuses on where our water comes from, what happens after water goes down the drain, how we can reuse this "wasted" water, and how the Advanced Water Purification Program can create a new source of drinking water in East San Diego County.

Who: Brownies-Ambassadors
What: Badge/patch earning opportunity
When: Scheduled workshops
Where: East County, Advanced Water Purification Demonstration Facility
Cost: Free
Contact: Melissa McChesney, info@EastCountyAWP.com or 858-385-2240

Paws for Purple Hearts

 

Like Girl Scouts, Paws for Purple Hearts want to make the world a better place, especially for our nations Veterans. Paws for Purple Hearts are dedicated to improving the lives of America’s Warriors facing mobility challenges and trauma related conditions such as PTSD and TBI by providing the highest quality service dogs and canine assisted therapeutic programs. Girl Scouts can earn their Animal Helpers badge and learn about the important connection between humans and dogs.

Who: Cadettes-Ambassadors
What: Badge/patch earning opportunity; community service opportunity
When: Scheduled workshops
Where: 5550 Oberlin Drive, Suite B, San Diego, CA 92121
Cost: Free
Contact: Caitlin Donahue, caitlind@pawsforpurplehearts.org or 760-652-3893

Play It Safe Self-Defense

 

Play It Safe Defense participants “GO CHIHUAHUA CRAZY” and learn self-protection. This fun, age-appropriate class teaches: stranger awareness, abduction defense, and how to verbally deal with friendship drama, bullies, and conflict resolution. Using role-play and simple techniques, Play It Safe teaches girls to be aware, project confidence, use voice, trust their intuition, and set boundaries. Patch and safety materials are included.

Who: Daisies-Ambassadors
What: Badge/patch earning opportunity
When: Scheduled workshops; on demand
Where: Your location; North Inland; North Coastal; Central SD; South County; East County
Cost: $10-25      
Contact: Tracie Arlington, Tracie@PlayItSafeDefense.com or 619-723-0036

Play-Well TEKnologies

 

Play-Well TEKnologies recognizes that kids are already naturally gifted creators. Through their programs, they get added inspiration from specially trained instructors. Students dive into their massive collections of LEGO® while building elaborate objects, structures, and vehicles to explore fundamental principles of engineering and physics. Play-Well lets students learn, collaborate, and create without fear of mistakes.

Who: Daisies-Cadettes
What: Badge/patch earning opportunity
When: Scheduled workshops; on demand
Where: Central San Diego, your location
Cost: $10-$25
Contact: Jessica Wall, jessica@play-well.org or 619-888-4270

Poway Trail Company

Poway Trail Company offers girls a unique experience learning vital life skills that are at the heart of the Girl Scout Leadership Experience and are an important part of leading a healthy, balanced life. Run by an experienced Girl Scout leader, Poway Trail Company offers lessons in horseback riding, grooming, animal care (hands-on activities with a variety of animals), organic gardening, composting, cooking, art, and more. Badges and Journeys offered include: 5 Flowers, 4 Stories, 3 Cheers for Animals, Between Earth and Sky, Welcome to the Daisy Flower Garden, Eco Learner (Daisies), Pets, Painting, Outdoor Adventurer, Snacks (Brownies), Horseback Riding, Gardener, Flowers (Juniors), Trees (Cadettes), Sow What (Seniors), Art in the Outdoors badge series (Daisies-Ambassadors).

Who: Daisies-Ambassadors
What: Badge/patching earning opportunity
When: On demand
Where: 14875 Mina De Oro, Poway, CA 92064
Cost: $26-40
Contact: Shana Eastman, shanacaster@hotmail.com

Princess Project San Diego

 

Princess Project San Diego promotes self-confidence and individual beauty by providing free prom dresses and accessories to high school teens who cannot otherwise afford them. Our effort is made possible through invaluable volunteer, donor, and community support. 

  • San Diego has been helping girls since 2009 find their prom dress.
  • With the yearly help of over 300 volunteers, we reach over 1000 local teenagers to make their prom dreams come true.
  • We collect 1000’s of dresses each season and have dress drop off sites all throughout San Diego County.
  • Over the past 9 years we have given away 6050 dresses.
  • Princess project holds its Giveaway Events each spring in preparation for prom season, usually in March or April. 

Dress & Accessory Collection Drives
Dates/Times: Ongoing
Location: TBD/Throughout San Diego
Cost: Free
Contact: Email or call 760-621-4193

Girl Outreach Committee
Help connect The Princess Project to your local High Schools to ensure all girls in your region have access to free prom dresses and accessories. If you are interested in connecting your school to this opportunity please send us an email with your name, contact information and school you attend.
Dates/Times: Ongoing (Dress Giveaways happen in early Spring)
Age level: Seniors and Ambassadors
Location: Throughout San Diego
Cost: Free
E-mail: Email or call 760-621-4193

Pure Water Oceanside

 

Girl Scouts are invited to learn about a new source of drinking water: Pure Water Oceanside. Pure Water Oceanside will produce enough water to provide more than 32% of the city's water supply. Learn about where water comes from, what happens when it goes down the drain, and how Oceanside is planning to create a new local source of high-quality drinking water. Interactive workshops demonstrate how Oceanside will purify recycled water to create drinking water that is clean, safe, drought-proof and environmentally sound.

Who: Juniors-Ambassadors
What: Badge/patch earning opportunity
When: Scheduled workshops; on demand
Where: San Luis Rey Water Reclamation Facility, 3950 North River Road, Oceanside, CA 92058
Cost: Free
Contact: Sarah Davis, sdavis@oceansideca.org or 760-435-5830

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Rady Children's Hospital

 

Rady Children’s Hospital-San Diego is a nonprofit, pediatric-care facility dedicated to excellence in care, research and teaching.  We are the only hospital in the San Diego area dedicated exclusively to pediatric healthcare and the region’s only designated pediatric trauma center. In affiliation with the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine, we are the region’s teaching hospital for the next generation of pediatric physicians. Since Rady Children’s first opened its doors in 1954, our mission has been "to restore, sustain and enhance the health and developmental potential of children through excellence in care, education, research and advocacy." 

We are pleased to offer the opportunity for Girl Scouts to learn more about Autism Spectrum Disorders through self-completion of the Kristen Gist Autism Awareness Patch or learn more about protecting our hearing through self-completion of the Rady Children’s Hearing Protection Patch.

Who: Daisies-Ambassadors
What: Badge/patch earning opportunity 
When: On demand self-guided patch program
Where: Your location
Cost: Patches are free with completion of age-appropriate activities
Contact: For more information or to receive a patch, contact Julie Purdy, jpurdy@rchsd.org  or 858-966-5408

Rap A Tap Center for the Arts

Rap A Tap offers dance training for all ages and levels in ballet, jazz, tap, hip hop, and contemporary dance. Attend one of their Girl Scout workshops or schedule your own! Girl Scout discounts available for scheduled performances throughout the year.

Who: Daisies-Ambassadors
What: Badge/patch earning opportunity; discounted tickets
When: Scheduled workshops; on demand
Where: 3582 Mt. Acadia Blvd., Suite E, San Diego, CA 92111
Cost: $10-25
Contact: Summer Williams, summer@rapataparts.com or 858-256-0749

RARE Science

Join forces with  RARE Science, Inc., a non-profit organization that helps find cures for kids with rare disease. The RARE Bear Project is a community driven initiative and is supported by the ever-growing RARE Bear Army of volunteers that help make one of a kind bears for special one of a kind kids. With close to 3,000 bears gifted in over 38 countries, RARE Science is bridging the divide in the rare disease community by creating awareness and support!

An estimated 250 Million kids have a rare disease.  30% of these children will die before their 5th birthday  and 35% will pass before their first birthday. Treatments are difficult to develop for rare diseases because of the scarcity of patients identified, the lack of data needed to better understand, and the cost it takes to find treatments for these diseases. RARE Science is tackling all three of these challenges using a unique methodology to accelerate and decrease time to identify medicines for rare diseases affecting kids.

RARE Bear Program
Our RARE Bear Program offers a unique opportunity for the community to become engaged in supporting children and their families who are trying to find help and treatment. Creating a RARE Bear for a rare child is a rewarding and selfless act that in turn brings joy and hope to others. Join the RARE Bear Army TODAY!

Grades: all
Dates/time: ongoing
Location: At home, troop meetings, or with friends
Cost: free
Contact: info@rarescience.org

Reading Legacies

 

Storybooks and grandparents—need we say more? Help Reading Legacies create a grandparent’s read-aloud video at the Coronado Public Library! Girl Scouts will spend time coaching and videotaping local seniors as they read stories and share personal memories with the children in their families who will be watching their video. Your time and efforts will allow these seniors to give a cherished gift to their grandchildren. This opportunity is open to Girl Scouts ages 16 and up. Girls must be paired with a parent or troop leader.

Who: Seniors-Ambassadors
What: Storybook Legacies Program Facilitator
Where: Coronado Public LIbrary, 640 Orange Avenue, Coronado, CA 92118
When: Various Wednesdays, noon-4 p.m.; Check website for details
Cost: Free
Contact: Jen Alvord, jen@readinglegacies.org or 619-269-2743 ext. 6 

Reuben H. Fleet Science Center

The Fleet Science Center connects people of all ages to the possibilities and power of science to create a better future. At the science center, you can explore and investigate more than 100 interactive exhibits that pique your curiosity and become immersed in an IMAX film adventure that shows the wonders of the planet—and beyond! We also offer Girl Scout programs on the weekends. Sign up today!

Girl Scout Programs Offered at the Fleet Science Center:
The Fleet offers the following ongoing Girl Scout badge workshops. Please visit our website to learn more http://www.rhfleet.org/learn/scout-badge-workshops.

  • Brownie Badge: Home Scientists
  • Junior Girl Scout: Detective Badge
  • Cadette Girl Scout: Special Agent Badge

Grades: Brownies, Juniors, and Cadettes
Dates/times: Reservations can be made on Saturdays or Sundays, noon–2 p.m.
Location: The Fleet Science Center, 1875 El Prado, San Diego, CA 92101
Cost: $14 per Girl Scout
Contact: Reservations are taken by telephone. Please call 619-238-1233 ext. 806.

Sleepovers and Birthday Parties at the Fleet:
The Fleet Science Center’s popular sleepovers and birthday parties make it possible to have your own private museum experience. All sleepovers and birthday parties include admission to the Fleet, one of San Diego’s favorite museums. Eight interactive exhibit galleries, ever-changing traveling exhibitions, and breath-taking imagery and stunning surround sound in the Giant Dome Theater are just the beginning … education workshops, scavenger hunts, and more can be added to the fun!
Grades: 1-8
Dates/times: Ongoing
Location: The Fleet Science Center, 1875 El Prado, San Diego, CA 92101
Cost: $55 per person for sleepovers. There are several birthday packages to choose from.
Contact: Email Special Events or call 619-685-5761

RoboThink

RoboThink is an international STEM Education Program. Their robotics kits and curriculum are specially designed to help children be better prepared for the tech jobs of the future. Workshops are designed to provide hands-on experience on engineering and STEM concepts (problem solving, critical thinking, creativity, self-esteem). Girls build robots (or video games), following step-by-step instructions and continue their learning by improving, customizing, and playing with their cool creations. With over a hundred unique build models ranging in all sorts of shapes, sizes, functions, and difficulty, Girl Scouts will have new projects to build and new learnings in every badge, patch, and outreach program.

Who: Daisies-Juniors
What: Badge/patch earning opportunity
When: Scheduled workshops; on demand
Where: Your location
Cost: $10-25      
Contact: Javier Rosales, robothinkcv@gmail.com or 619-656-0473

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San Diego Canoe Kayak Team

San Diego Canoe Kayak Team is a non-profit organization focused on developing young athletes in the Olympic sport of sprint kayaking and canoeing. They strive for all paddlers of all ages and skills to be connected with a desire to pursue a lifelong passion of being on the water with a paddle in their hands. 

Who: Juniors-Ambassadors
What: Badge/patch earning opportunity; community service opportunity 
When: Scheduled workshop; On demand; Ongoing regular hours
Where: Fiesta Island Youth Aquatic Center, 1750 Fiesta Island Rd., San Diego, 92109 
Cost: $26-$40
Contact: Douglas Ellery, dellery@sdckt.net or 858-287-0771

San Diego County Sheriff's Department

 

San Diego County Sheriff's Department has various opportunities (station tour, crime lab tour, or a presentation on careers/public safety topic) for Girl Scout troops residing within the Sheriff’s jurisdiction to obtain a badge/patch. Troops residing within other jurisdictions should connect with their local law enforcement agency. Requests should be made via email. 

Who: Daisies-Ambassadors
What: Badge/patch earning opportunity
When: On demand
Where: Sheriff’s jurisdiction throughout San Diego County
Cost: Free
Contact: Edith Sanchez at Edith.sanchezCruz@sdsheriff.gov

San Diego Gulls Hockey Club

Check back for more information on Girl Scout Night with the San Diego Gulls. Email Melissa Werman to receive updated information.

San Diego Loyal Soccer Club

 

San Diego Loyal is one of the newest members of USL Championship, a USSF-sanctioned Division II league and one of the most competitive pro soccer leagues in the world. The Club plays at Torero Stadium at the University of San Diego and is led by some of the best in sport. San Diego Loyal is built on four core pillars – independent, authentic, inclusive and optimistic. SD Loyal is more than just a sports club and is built on its core values – Competition, Commitment, Connection and Camaraderie. We’re excited to offer Girl Scout San Diego members exclusive opportunities to attend soccer games and events.

Who: Daisies-Ambassadors
What: Discounted tickets
When: Ongoing/regular hours
Where: Torero Stadium, 5998 Alcala Park, San Diego, CA 92110
Cost: $26-$40
Contact: Jonah Eldridge, jonahe@sdloyal.com or 619-790-7115  

San Diego Padres

San Diego Padres offer discounted ticketing programs for Girl Scouts and their families with exclusive promotions and activities. Please contact them directly to learn more about dates and offers.

Who: Daisies-Ambassadors
What: Discounted tickets; badge/patch earning opportunity
When: Scheduled games
Where: Petco Park, 100 Park Blvd., San Diego, CA 92101
Cost: $10-$25
Contact: Logan Washburn, lwashburn@padres.com or 619-795-5000

San Diego Regional Urban Forests Council

  

San Diego Regional Urban Forests Council is a coalition of local professionals who promote the benefits of trees for a cleaner, healthier, and more prosperous San Diego region. Foresters are all about making the world a better place with trees! Girls can learn from urban foresters and arborists about the science of trees, watering and planting trees, and organizing to care for and plant trees in their neighborhood.

Who: Brownies-Ambassadors
What: Badge/patch earning opportunity; community service opportunity
When: Scheduled workshops
Where: Central San Diego, North Coastal, North Inland
Cost: Free; Under $10; $10-25; $26-40
Contact: Anne Fege, afege@aol.com or 858-472-1293

San Diego Seals

The San Diego Seals are a professional indoor lacrosse team. Each game is action-packed, family fun entertainment. The National Lacrosse League has a rich, 32-year history with fan-bases throughout North America who have been riveted by the fast-high, hard-hitting, high-energy sports entertainment product. Now it’s your turn to enjoy the world’s best lacrosse players right here in San Diego.

Who: Daisies-Ambassadors
What: Discounted tickets
When: Scheduled games
Where: Pechanga Arena San Diego, 3500 Sports Arena Blvd, San Diego, CA 92110
Cost: $10-25
Contact: Maddy Pickett, maddy.pickett@sealslax.com or 619-375-3755

San Diego Strike Force

Join San Diego’s indoor professional football team Strike Force for high-scoring, hard-hitting, fast-paced action. Season runs from March to July. Free parking at Pechanga Arena. 15% off all tickets.

Who: Daisies-Ambassadors, Adults
What: Discounted tickets
When: Scheduled games
Where: Pechanga Arena San Diego, 3500 Sports Arena Blvd, San Diego, CA 92110
Cost: Starting at $15
Contact: Vicki O'Rourke at vicki@sdstrikeforce.com

Scripps Theatre Arts

Scripps Theatre Arts (STA) is where kids learn, grow, and shine on the stage! STA opens the world of theatre to youth with classes, camps, and on-stage productions. Participants will learn about stage direction, choreography, voice, scripts, set design, costume design, and more. STA welcomes all youth, regardless of ability or experience. Everyone gets a role in the show. Girl Scouts are invited to all on-stage productions, and tickets include a patch and Q&A with the cast at select shows. Come play in the spotlight with us!

Who: Daisies-Ambassadors
What: Badge/patch earning opportunity
When: Ongoing/regular hours
Where: 9845 Erma Road Ste. 207, San Diego, 92131
Cost: $10-$25
Contact: Alicia Gonzalez, info@scrippstheatrearts.com or 858-800-1020  

Sebesta’s Rocking K Ranch

Sebesta’s Rocking K Ranch offers girls the opportunity to spend a generous two to six hours enjoying a peaceful, scenic ranch and very gentle horses. Over the last ten-plus years, more than 2,000 Girl Scouts have participated in Sebesta's horse programs which are designed for all interest and ability levels. These include:

  • Horse Fun Program (for those who want to do everything but ride)
  • Horseback Riding Program (focuses on learning and improving safe riding skills; open to all ages, but Juniors can specifically earn their Horseback Riding badge)
  • Combined Program (a cohesive blend of the Horse Fun and Horseback Riding Programs)

Who: Daisies-Ambassadors
What: Badge/patch earning opportunity
When: On demand
Where: 16656 John Henry Lane, Ramona, CA 92065
Cost: Over $40
Contact: Kimberly Sebesta, sebestasrockingk@aol.com or 760-579-1260

Sisterhood Seminars

Join Sisterhood Seminars for the most fun discussing puberty, menopause, and manners! Lifetime Girl Scout Linda Sheldone, RN, can attend troop meetings or troops can attend one of her public seminars. Sisterhood Seminars offers several workshops that include gift bags and patches or badges:

  • It's a Girl Thing! puberty seminar will have you and your girls laughing and learning together, and is targeted for mature Juniors through young Cadettes.
  • Strings & Things” is an in-depth class for older Girl Scouts on periods and product choices.
  • Social Butterfly Badge Workshop completes the five steps to earn the Junior badge.
  • Manners Matter covers table manners, and is tailored to your troop level.
  • For female adult Girl Scouts, “Hot & Flashy” is a fun evening learning and commiserating about menopause. 

Who: Daisies-Ambassadors, Adults
What: Badge/patch earning opportunity
When: On demand
Where: Your location
Cost: $22.50-$60
Contact: Linda Sheldone, Linda@sisterhoodseminars.com or 760-685-2961

Southern California Ballet

Based in Carmel Mountain Ranch, Southern California Ballet's mission is to provide enrichment, education, outreach, and public entertainment for the community through the art of dance, and to provide performance and artistic opportunities for dedicated young dancers. Southern California Ballet presents two annual professional-level performances at the Poway Center for the Performing Arts: The Nutcracker in December and an annual spring production in April. Southern California Ballet also hosts workshops for schoolchildren, special-needs adults, and free creative dance classes in local libraries for young children. Southern California Ballet is committed to providing a safe place where kids can express themselves and grow into well-rounded, mature adults.

Who: Daisies-Seniors
What: Badge/patch earning opportunity; discounted tickets
When: Scheduled workshops/performances
Where: North County Inland
Cost: Under $10
Contact: Toby Batley, outreach@southerncaliforniaballet.org or 858-247-1742

The STEM Zone

With more than 15 years of STEM Education and classroom experience, The STEM Zone offers inquiry and nature based lessons using scientific probes that take experiments and the engineering design to the next level. Their experience and expertise coupled with a vast array of educational scientific equipment will inspire girls to explore and earn their STEM Badges. Lessons are conducted out in the field, on the side of Lake Poway, in your meeting place, or on Zoom.

Who: Daisies-Ambassadors
What: Badge/patch earning opportunity; Community Service Opportunity; Citizen Science Projects
When: Scheduled workshop; On demand
Where: Central SD; North Coastal; North Inland; Will travel to troop or Girl Scout meetings to deliver program.
Cost: $10-$25
Contact: Carrie Herndon, thestemzonesd@gmail.com or 858-358-4586

SwiftKick Martial Arts

 

SwiftKick Martial Arts (SKMA) is a San Diego martial arts self-defense and applied martial arts education program. SwiftKick is not the typical San Diego martial arts gym or school. Their unique training approach blends the best of mixed martial arts and combat self-defense to teach a highly functional and dynamic martial arts system, encouraging everyday students to become experts in functional self-defense and martial arts. Their training is also about integrating martial arts to become a high performer in all aspects of life including school, athletics, and relationships.

Who: Daisies-Ambassadors
What: Badge/patch earning opportunity
When: Scheduled workshops; on demand
Where: 16775 Bernardo Center Dr, San Diego, CA 92128 and 7040 Avenida Encinas #107, Carlsbad, CA 92011
Cost: $10-39
Contact: Sarah McCann, sarah@swiftkickma.com or 760-930-9300

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Team Spyder 1622 Robotics

Team Spyder 1622 Robotics represents the Poway High Engineering Academy and builds robots to compete in competitions such as FIRST (FRC, FTC) and VEX, but they’re also so much more! As a robotics team, they’re set apart by a commitment to safety, countless hours of mentoring and events, and community outreach (150+ events annually). As members, Spyder's get to learn to program and build robots, be part of a real business environment, and participate in everything from fairs to local government meetings. Find out how your girl can become a member, or connect with them about how they can mentor your troop in the area of robotics.

Who: Daisies-Ambassadors
What: Badge/patch earning opportunity; community service opportunity
When: Scheduled workshops; on demand
Where: 15500 Espola Road, Poway, CA 92064
Cost: Free
Contact: Rodger Dohm, rdohm@powayusd.com or 760-484-4392

Tijuana Estuary

 

Encompassing 2,300 acres, the Tijuana Estuary (Tijuana River National Estuarine Research Reserve, California State Parks) is the largest coastal wetland in Southern California. Visitors enjoy beach combing, hiking, horseback riding, biking, and bird watching.  Designated as a Research Reserve by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, it is one of 29 Reserves in the country devoted to education and research. The Tijuana Estuary (TRNERR) is an essential breeding, feeding and nesting ground and key stopover point on the Pacific Flyway for over 370 species of migratory and native birds, including six endangered species. The Reserve is managed cooperatively by the California State Parks and the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service.

Girl Scout Programs Offered at Tijuana Estuary
The Reserve connects Girl Scouts to their local estuary and inspires them to take action for wetland wildlife. Girl Scout badge workshops are scheduled upon request. Please visit our website to learn more about badge, journey, and take action project offerings.

Grades: K-12
Dates/times: By reservation. Monday – Friday, contact for weekend availability.
Location: Tijuana Estuary Visitor Center, 301 Caspian Way, Imperial Beach, CA 91932
Cost: Free ($8.00 + tax to purchase a Tijuana Estuary patch)
Contact: Lorena Warner-Lara, 619-575-3613 ext. 305

Upcoming Events hosted by Tijuana Estuary
World Migratory Bird Day: Birding on the Bay!

Grades: K – 12
Dates/times: Saturday, May 12t, 10 a.m.–2 p.m.
Location: South San Diego Bay Refuge (498 13th Street, Imperial Beach, CA 91932)
Cost:  Free
Contact: 619-575-3613

The True Life of Gems

The True Life of Gems is a one of a kind workshop that brings everyone together to create gifts for one another. Unlock your inner artist by creating empowering, inspirational, and conscious gem bead jewelry. Encourage your child’s creativity and have fun making your own hand-made bead jewelry.

Who: Brownies-Cadettes
What: Badge/patch earning opportunity
When: Scheduled workshops
Where: Central San Diego
Cost: $10-25
Contact: Belen Cervantes, bcervantesbelen@gmail.com or 619-289-2712

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USS Midway Museum

USS Midway Museum is America's living symbol of freedom!

Accomplish missions, learn lessons, and build character during one of our overnight events. Ages 4 and up are welcome to experience life aboard the historic aircraft carrier USS Midway. Hear and re-live sea stories about leadership, teamwork, and Midway Magic from USS Midway Sailors.

  • Guided behind-the-scenes tours
  • Mess in the Forward Galley
  • Sleep in Enlisted Berthing
  • Explore the Flight Deck under the stars

Grades: K-12
Dates/times: Dates TBA
Location: USS Midway Museum (910 N Harbor Dr, San Diego, CA 92101)
Cost: $55 per guest (use code: GSA100)
Contact: Email with your Troop Number and contact info or visit our webpage

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Vector Control Program

The San Diego County Vector Control Program works to protect our communities from mosquitoes and mosquito borne diseases. Girls learn about STEM principles, mosquito prevention, and how to to take an active role in preventing mosquito borne diseases in their communities through interactive workshops, presentations, and a patch project.

Who: Daisies-Ambassadors
What: Badge/patch earning opportunity
When: Scheduled workshops, on demand
Where: Balboa Campus or your location
Cost: Free
Contact: Allison Bray, allison.bray@sdcounty.ca.gov or 858-322-4430

VicTreeFi

VicTreeFi introduces your Girl Scout or Girl Scout troop to financial literacy and entrepreneurship skills. Girl Scouts can earn badges using VicTreeFi's on-demand courses, created by financial experts. Badge courses are available for all grade levels (at least six badge options per grade level). Girl Scouts can enroll in VicTreeFi on-demand courses at any time to complete badge. Live virtual workshops are also available throughout the year. Badge-in-a-box kits are also available and provide a hands-on approach to money management.  

Who: Daisies-Ambassadors
What: Badge/patch earning opportunity
When: Courses can be taken online at any time
Where: Online
Cost: Under $10
Contact: Chrissy Earl, christine@victreefi.com or 865-384-4405

Wild Willow Farms and Education Center

  

Wild Willow Farm is a wonderful place for girls to learn about farming, gardening, growing, and cooking healthy food in an engaging, hands-on way. Learn about regenerative farming, partnering with nature to grow food in a way that supports diversity in all aspects for both plants and animals. Come meet worms, bees, goats, chickens, fruits, vegetables, and herbs. Along the way, you'll learn valuable skills and connect to the land, your food, and each other!

Who: Daisies-Ambassadors
What: Badge/patch earning opportunity; community service opportunity
When: On demand
Where: 2550 Sunset Ave, San Diego, CA 92154
Cost: $10-$25
Contact: Kim Hanson, kim.hanson@rcdsandiego.org or 619-562-0096

Women in Bioengineering

 

UCSD Women in Bioengineering is a non-profit, student-run organization committed to advancing the academic and professional careers of women and other marginalized genders in bioengineering at the undergraduate, graduate, and post-doctoral-levels. Their mission is to promote diversity within the scientific community by facilitating events that strengthen the involvement of marginalized genders in STEM. They generate opportunities to best serve the interests of their members and the broader community so that they can shape a more diverse future. Their outreach program aims to spark STEM interest in the youth and share STEM passions beyond the scientific community to educate the public on bioengineering concepts, research, and careers. Women in Bioengineering is available to work with your troop to put on specific STEM workshops to satisfy badge requirements or for interest's sake.  

Who: Cadettes-Ambassadors
What: Badge/patch earning opportunity
When: Scheduled workshops
Where: UC San Diego
Cost: $10-$25
Contact: Alyssa Chiang, a3chiang@ucsd.edu or 818-398-5168

YMCA of San Diego County, Toby Wells

Toby Wells invites you to try a 55-minute gymnastics class with your troop. While here, you will enjoy rotations on all events including trampoline and foam pit! Athlete and Healthy Living badges can be incorporated into the workshop.

Who: Daisies-Ambassadors
What: Badge/patch earning opportunity
When: On demand
Where: 5105 Overland Ave, San Diego, CA 92123
Cost: Under $10
Contact: Rebecca Floyd, refloyd@ymca.org or 858-496-9622

San Diego Zoo

For over 100 years, the San Diego Zoo has served the children of San Diego, providing programs and experiences that inspire a passion for wildlife and spark action for conservation. The San Diego Zoo is home to more than 3,500 rare and endangered animals representing more than 650 species and subspecies, and a prominent botanical collection with more than 700,000 exotic plants.

The San Diego Zoo is a world leader in animal care, research and conservation. Each year, millions of people visit the Zoo to learn about our animal and plant collections, see exotic species close up, and help us lead the fight against extinction. 

San Diego Zoo programs for Girl Scouts:

Wildlife Sleepover
This overnight educational camping adventure is designed for school, scout, and youth groups. Sleepover activities are aligned with the Next Generation Science Standards, and each scout will bring home a San Diego Zoo patch!  Each sleepover program includes:

  • Orientation and games with Dr. Zoolittle
  • Live animal presentations
  • Private bus tour
  • Zoo craft activity
  • Set up your own Zoo tent and camp at the Zoo’s Camp Timbuktu
  • S’mores around the campfire
  • Guided nighttime stroll featuring nocturnal animals
  • Breakfast and beverages
  • Optional: Hot meals (dinner and breakfast) available for an additional fee
  • Exclusive (pre-opening) morning animal viewing with keepers

Ages: 5 and older
Dates/Times: March-November, 4 p.m.-9 a.m.
Location: San Diego Zoo
Cost: $90 & up per person.  Minimum number of participants (adults & children) = 35
Contact: For information and reservations, call 619-718-3000

San Diego Zoo Safari Park

San Diego Zoo Safari Park is a 1,800 acre wildlife sanctuary, a vast reserve where wild animals live in herds within natural habitats. For over 45 years, guests have come to the Park seeking adventure and close encounters with the wild.

The Safari Park is a pioneer in animal care, research and conservation. Here, guests come to understand what scientists and conservationists are actually doing in various global habitats. We are a place for people to be inspired to get actively involved, whether in their own backyards or on their next global adventure.

Roar & Snore Safari: Girl Scouts – Conservation Camp
On this overnight camping event, Girl Scouts sleep in tents right in the heart of the Safari Park, surrounded by giraffes, rhinos, and elephants. Scouts will learn how easy it is to become a hero for wildlife in their daily life. To reinforce conservation learning, the scouts will take walking tours, participate in games and crafts, and enjoy up-close animal encounters. By the end of their experience, each Girl Scout will have checked off elements of different scouting level badges. Dinner, breakfast, and campfire s’mores are included.
Ages: 5 and older
Dates/Times: Select dates March-November, 4:15-9 p.m.
Location: San Diego Zoo Safari Park
Cost: $130 & up per person
Contact: Visit our webiste for program dates or call 619-718-3000 for information and reservations

Education Field Trips
Girl Scout troops may participate in the Safari Park's on-grounds field trip programs, which align with Next Generation Science Standards and Common Core State Standards. Self-guided programs include free grade-specific educational materials sent prior to your visit, and are just $10 per person (15 person minimum). Guided programs, including Conservation in Action (grades K-12) and Save Our Aquatic Resources (SOAR; grades 2-6), are also available to scout troops for an additional $10 per person.
Grades: K-12
Dates/Times: Year-round during Park operating hours
Location: San Diego Zoo Safari Park
Cost: Self-guided program $10 per person, guided programs $10 additional per person
Contact: Visit our websiteEmail or call 760-738-5057 for information, reservations and program details

Zovargo

Zovargo.org is a Girl Scouts San Diego award-winning community partner that brings a variety of unique animals (mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians, insects) to every badge or Journey workshop. They host Journey in a Day programs that complete all Journey requirements, with the exception of the Take Action Projects. They also provide many badge workshops for all levels of G.I.R.L.s!

Who: Daisies-Ambassadors
What: Badge/patch earning opportunity; internships
When: Scheduled workshops; on demand
Where: Your location; Central San Diego; North Coastal; North Inland; South County; East County
Cost: $10-25
Contact: Amanda Plante, learn@zovargo.org or 619-618-0745

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