Registration for 2019-2020 Girl Scout programs opens this Monday, Sept. 16 at 9 a.m. You can see all of the exciting activities online RIGHT NOW in the digital version of our 2019-2020 Program Events and Family Guide.
No matter what your G.I.R.L. wants to do this year, we have
programs and activities that will help her discover, connect, and take
action! She can conquer challenge courses, design spaceships, tell her
story through photography, become an environmental activist, and more!
Our events help your Girl Scout bring out her inner go-getter,
innovator, risk-taker, and leader, and take her Girl Scout
experience to the next level!
With more than 150 events in the guide, it's hard to choose a favorite. Here are our top picks for at each Girl Scout level.
For Girl Scout Daisies:
LEGOLAND Scout Days - May 16, May 17, 10 a.m.–6 p.m. LEGOLAND Florida Resort, Winter Haven
Don't miss LEGOLAND Scout Days where you can see a movie in the 4–D Theater, feel like you’re part of The LEGO Movie on Master of Flight, slay The Dragon roller coaster, earn your driver's license at the Ford Driving School, meet your favorite LEGO characters, and so much more. If you’re looking to cool off, be sure to head over to the LEGOLAND Water Park (combo ticket required). Scouts can participate in a STEAM educational experience, collect an exclusive LEGOLAND Florida Resort fun patch by completing a scavenger hunt, and more!
Beginners Fun with Computers and Coding - Apr. 5, 10 a.m.-noon Microsoft Store, International Plaza, Tampa
Learn the basics of how computers work through coding challenges. Then turn the tables and teach adults how to complete a coding activity! Girls will receive a fun patch.
Daisy Goes to Camp - Multiple dates and locations
Make new friends and learn about the adventures that await at camp. Create an edible fire, sing Girl Scout songs, and learn about the outdoor flag ceremony and other Girl Scout traditions that are all part of #camplife! Includes a fun patch.
For Girl Scout Brownies:
Fling Flyer Badge with SOAR - Jan. 25, 10 a.m.-noon, 1-3 p.m. University of South Florida, Tampa
Join USF’s Society of Aeronautics and Rocketry (SOAR) to discover mechanical engineering! You’ll design, create, and then launch paper rockets while learning about the forces that affect flight. Girls will earn and receive the Fling Flyer Design Challenge badge.
Be My Pony - Feb. 16, 1–3:30 p.m. Camp Wildwood, Wildwood
Paint a Valentine big enough for a horse! Meet our smallest equine friends at Camp Wildwood and enjoy a ride in the arena with your painted Valentine.
My Money and Me - Multiple dates and locations
It’s never too early to start making smart financial decisions. Join GTE to explore the basics of making money choices and how to manage money wisely. Learn the difference between wants and needs, understand how money is earned, and set a financial goal. These essential skills will help you every day at home, school, and in Girl Scouts! Badge Link: Making Choices (D), Philanthropist (B), Savvy Shopper (J)
For Girl Scout Juniors:
Market Your Own Business - Oct. 20, 10 a.m.–noon Microsoft Store, International Plaza, Tampa
Get guidance on developing your ideas into robust business plans and polish your pitch to share with your troop! Get an introduction to key business concepts like creating a product, marketing and promotion, and manufacturing and distribution. Girls will receive a fun patch.
Community Give Back: Feeding Tampa Bay - Nov. 16, Dec. 7, 9 a.m.–noon Feeding Tampa Bay, Tampa
Make a difference in the lives of the food insecure with Feeding Tampa Bay. Your duties may include sorting non–perishable goods, packing produce, building boxes, stocking shelves, or filling pallets. Registered adults will be active volunteers too! This program fulfills the requirement for girls to earn the Uniforms in Action patch as part of this year’s council-wide cause. (See p. 13 for more details.)
G.I.R.L.’s Weekend at Camp - Jan. 17, 6 p.m.–Jan. 19, 10:30 a.m. Camp Wildwood, Wildwood; May 8, 6 p.m.–May 10, 10:30 a.m. Camp Wai Lani, Palm Harbor
Participate in camp activities that bring out your inner go-getter, innovator, risk-taker, and leader! Activities vary at camp properties and are weather permitting. Includes lodging, all meals and snacks, activities, and a patch.
For Girl Scout Cadettes:
Engineering Cookie Factory Sleepover - Jan. 25, 5:30 p.m.–Jan. 26, 9 a.m. Girl Scout Leadership Center, Tampa
Adventures in Engineering will help you become a cookie factory engineer, and work with your team to design everything from the cookie, to the machinery, to the packaging! Your teams will spend the evening collaborating to solve real manufacturing issues and in the morning, you will present an integrated cookie factory design. Experience what it takes to make these delicious treats from start to finish! Includes fun patch, late night snack, and continental breakfast.
Obstacle Course Archery - Jan. 4, 10 a.m.–3 p.m. Camp Indian Echo, Hudson
Are you ready to take your archery skills to the next level? 3D archery combines basic archery skills and strategic thinking to complete your shot. Hike along our 3D archery trail while aiming at different targets to expand your skills. Basic knowledge of archery is required for this event. Girls will complete the requirements for the Cadette Archery badge.
Teen Leadership Mentoring Weekend - Multiple dates and locations
Are you ready to start your Counselor–in–Training (CIT) journey? Gain practical experience and learn how to work with younger campers and facilitate activities that provide fun with a purpose. Teen leadership mentoring weekend is one of the steps required to earn your CIT II Award. This program is for girls in grades 8 and up.
For Girl Scout Seniors:
Car Care and Safety - Jan. 18, 10 a.m.–2 p.m. Girl Scout Leadership Center, Tampa May 2, 10 a.m.–2 p.m., GEICO Corporate Office, Lakeland
Gain valuable information from the knowledgeable GEICO staff and meet the Gecko! Get a handle on basic car maintenance including changing a flat tire, using jumper cables, and checking and changing fluid levels (on standard and electric cars). Investigate vehicle safety and learn how crash test dummies help save lives as well as which cars and features are the safest. Research safe driving practices and create a poster highlighting one of the safe driving tips. Find out what to do in an emergency, compile your own emergency kit, and even include items specific to Florida’s environment. Test your own driving skills with the Distracted Driving Simulator. Parents are invited to attend a special session detailing factors that affect insurance costs. Includes lunch for all participants and girls will receive a GEICO fun patch and swag bag. Badge Link: Car Care (S)
Self-Defense Basics - Multiple dates and locations
Learn both the physical and mental aspects of self–defense including anti–bullying, anti–abduction, close quarter engagement, striking and escapes, assertiveness, and much more. This program is packed with information and resources for youth and adults. Chaperones are encouraged to practice these techniques with their Girl Scout(s) at home or in troop settings to assist with developing them into habits.
Paddling Badge–in–a–Day - Sept. 28, 9 a.m.–2 p.m. Horseshoe Lake Park and Retreat, Fort McCoy
Get an introduction to the basics of how to safely navigate canoes, kayaks, and paddleboards. Participate in fun games and challenges in a safe environment. Seniors will complete and receive their Paddling badge.
For Girl Scout Ambassadors:
Career Cafe - Jan. 18, 9 a.m.–1 p.m. St. John's Lutheran Church, Ocala May 9, 9 a.m.–1 p.m. St. Petersburg College, Clearwater
Join us for a day packed with workshops on building your resume, personal branding, networking, and preparing for interviews. Hear from some of Tampa Bay’s most successful women as they share their stories of overcoming obstacles in their lives and careers to get where they want to be. Partake in mock interviews, make connections, and establish relationships.
Global Action Summit - Oct. 19, 10 a.m.–noon University of South Florida Patel Center, Tampa
Did you know the Girl Scout sisterhood not only stretches across the US but spans the entire world too? Earn the Global Action Award by participating in this event, exploring challenges, and opportunities. You'll experience interactive activities, table top discussions, a Q&A session, displays, and more. This program fulfills one of the three requirements for girls to earn the Global Action Days patch.
Women of Water - Feb. 15, 10 a.m.–noon, South Cross Bayou Water Reclamation Facility, St. Petersburg
Come learn about the most valuable resource on the planet— water. You'll collect water samples, speak to engineers, operate lab equipment, and see how operators use computers to run a 35-acre facility. Badge Link: Water (A)