FLEX PROGRAM SCHEDULING

ZOO SNOOZE — Stealthy Science:
Research After Dark

Join a group of fellow field researchers in training for an overnight expedition at the Woodland Park Zoo in Seattle. Learn about the amazing tools and techniques used by biologists to study animals in the wild. Hone your tracking skills and use real research equipment while prowling the zoo with your research team to see the wonders of the zoo at night through the eyes of a field biologist.

Groups of less than 22 participants: Zoo Adventures are specific dates set aside for either Brownies or Junior Girl Scouts. Your troop will be combined with troops from other councils for the same adventure to form a larger group of 22-75 participants. You will be eating and enjoying activities as a part of this larger group. In addition, all parties will sleep in the same rooms. Groups will be smaller for touring zoo grounds.

Groups of 22 or more can register for their own date. Contact Peggy McDonald, pmcdonald(at)gsewni.org to make arrangements.

Who: All children must be at least 7 years old and must be accompanied by adults at a minimum 1:6 ratio of adults to youth.
Group Size: See above info.
Cost: Overnight: $50 per person, Cookie Dough accepted (includes light pizza dinner, light breakfast, evening and morning guided programs, sleeping in Zoomazium and zoo re-entry admission in the morning.
Availability: Overnight: 6:30 p.m. - 9 a.m.
Location: Woodland Park Zoo in Seattle
Contact: Peggy McDonald, 800-827-9478, ext. 230, pmcdonald(at)gsewni.org


C&S HYDRO-HUTS — Otis Orchards (Spokane Valley), WA

C&S Hydro-Huts is a family-run hydroponic farm proudly owned and operated by Stewart and Cheryl Fry. The greenhouse is currently the only commercial hydroponic lettuce operation in the Spokane area offering nutritious, high quality, fresh greens to local residents and businesses 365 days a year. Hydroponic plants are grown in water instead of soil. All of the nutrients they need are circulated directly to the roots. This enables plants to spend less energy on creating root systems and more energy on developing fruits, flowers and leaves. Hydroponic systems are sustainable farming: they use 90 percent less water than conventional farming, do not deplete soil resources, and use no artificial chemicals as fertilizer or weed control, and there's nearly zero waste. Girls will learn about reducing our carbon footprint, sustainable farming practices, using our water resources, and running a business.

Who: Brownie, Junior, Cadette, Senior and Ambassador Girl Scouts
Group Size: 12 or fewer at a time (can schedule back to back tours for larger groups)
Cost: $6 per person
Availability: Mondays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays; November - April. After a very informative one hour tour, the girls will be able to pick their own head of lettuce to take home
Location: C&S Hydro-Huts is located in Otis Orchards, Washington, in the Spokane Valley
Contact: Peggy McDonald 800-827-9478, ext. 230, pmcdonald(at)gsewni.org


GPS Units

What an exciting opportunity! Twenty GPS units have been made available to Girl Scout troops from a grant from REI. Troops may check these items out for two weeks at a time, giving your group lots of time to plan and carry out fun activities. Go hiking and/or Geocaching with the GPS units! Handouts on how GPS works, the history and basics of geocaching, Leave No Trace and Cache In Trash Out ethics are included with each group of GPS units.

Who: Girl Scouts -- Daisies through Ambassadors, and their leaders
Cost: $30 for 10 GPS units for a two week period. This includes one-way shipping (plus insurance), batteries, instructions and background information. Badges and patches are available through the council store (separate purchase necessary).
Availability: Please contact Lani Nachtsheim for unit availability. Once a date is confirmed and the agreement signed, the leader will be sent an eCommerce link to complete payment.
Contact: Lani Nachtsheim, 800-827-9478, ext. 227, lnachtsheim(at)gsewni.org.


SPOKANE FAMILY FARM −Tours daily 4:30 p.m. and 11 a.m.

Spokane Family Farm utilizes renewable agriculture practices for benefits to both man and animals as well as saving energy and creating a smaller carbon footprint. Cows on our farm are part of a 3 generation practice, which includes top genetics, clean and humane treatment, nutritious and natural feed, and low stress management. Come on out to the "farm", see the cows actually being milked each day at 4:30 p.m. Bottling tours available at 11:00 a.m. all tours end with a tasting of Spokane's Family Farm milk and homemade cookies, or ice cream made fresh with Spokane Family Farm's Milk.

Get a taste of fresh and delicious milk, and see first hand how all of the milk goes from contented cows to your cup in less than 72 hours, traveling a total of 20 miles. Located just 13 miles west of Spokane on the West Plains.

Who: Daisy, Brownie, Junior, Cadette, Senior and Ambassador Girl Scouts
Cost: Milk and cookies tours are $3 per person; ice cream tours are $5 per person.
Availability: Daily bottling tours 11 a.m.; daily milking tours4:30 p.m.
Contact: Peggy McDonald, 800-827-9478, ext. 230, pmcdonald(at)gsewni.org


ALPACAS FARM TOUR −Troy, ID

Judy LaLonde invites you to visit Big Meadow Creek Alpacas farm in Troy, Idaho, and learn about alpacas and their fiber. Members of the camelid family, alpacas are one of the world’s oldest forms of domestic livestock and have been imported into the United States from South America.

The Farm Tour consists of a walk to the pasture to meet the animals and learn the history of the alpacas, what they eat, how they breed, how they are sheared and how their fleece is processed and used to make yarn, clothing and other household goods and how alpacas are eco-friendly and environmentally sound. Everyone will have an opportunity to “touch” the alpacas, feel their toes, and see their special teeth and a few girls can take turns leading the alpacas through an obstacle course.

Because alpacas are raised for fiber, girls will take part in a fiber workshop. They will see a spinning demonstration, and make a small project with fiber or yarn to take home.

Who: Girl Scouts of all ages.
Cost: $6 per girl
Availability: This three-hour visit can be arranged to fit your schedules
Location: 1021 McKeehan Road; Troy, ID 83871
Contact: Peggy McDonald, 800-827-9478, ext. 230, pmcdonald(at)gsewni.org


THE ROCK RANCH, GEOLOGY CAMP and CRYSTAL DIG TOUR −Spokane Valley

During the average four-hour adventure tour, guests will have the opportunity to hike through fields of wild flowers and pine forest while conversing about local geological formative events. Then it's on to the Mineral Museum and Identification Lab, where students try hands-on experiments. And the best part of the day is heading to Gem Hill to dig for iron pyrite, quartz and fluorite crystals, obsidian, and many more exciting rocks and minerals.

Who: Girl Scouts of all ages
Cost:

Summer Geology Camp [includes dig at Gem Hill] (approx. 3 hours)
1-10 people = $15 ea. 11-30 people = $13 ea. 30+ people = $12 ea.
Winter Geology Camp: [includes building a collection at the Museum (approx. 2 hours)
1-10 people = $12 ea. 11-30 people 30+ people = $10 ea.


Availability: Geology Camps can be scheduled on Saturdays and Sundays or weekday afternoons.
Contact
: Peggy McDonald at 800-827-9478, ext. 230, pmcdonald(at)gsewni.org


WATERSHEDS, AQUIFERS, AND STORM WATER −Protect Your Drinking Water −Spokane County

Do you want to know what you can do to protect your drinking water? What about the water in our lakes and streams? This class can be held near your location, inside or outside. Spokane County staff will use models and real examples to explain how precipitation reaches lakes, streams, and even our drinking water. The girls will identify examples of potential contaminants to water and learn how they can help prevent water pollution. A short pollution prevention project can be arranged, weather permitting. Each girl will take home a souvenir to remind them to protect our water.

Who: Girl Scouts of all ages (best for ages 8 and above)
Cost: $25 per troop of 12 girls and 2 adults. $1 per girl/adult after 12. Fees include patch.
Availability: Contact Peggy
Group Size: 12 to 15 is best
Time: 1.5 to 2 hours
Contact: Peggy McDonald 800-827-9478, ext. 230, pmcdonald(at)gsewni.org


BREATHE — Spokane, WA

A Local Resource for Your Journey. The Spokane Regional Clean Air Agency (Spokane Clean Air) monitors and reports local air quality conditions, regulates businesses that pollute the air and administers other programs including asbestos, wood heating and outdoor burning. Spokane Clean Air staff will provide a 45-60 minute air quality presentation with hands-on activities that ties-in with specific journey requirements. Presentations are available for troops within Spokane County.

Who: Daisies, Brownies, Junior, Cadettes, Seniors and Ambassadors
Minimum Group Size: 15 girls and adults
Cost: $1 per girl per group of 12 and under; $2 each additional girl
Location: Spokane Regional Clean Air Agency
Contact: Peggy McDonald 800-827-9478, ext. 230, pmcdonald(at)gsewni.org


WSU SPOKANE CityLab — Spokane, WA

WSU Spokane CityLab offers STEM education and lab experiences for middle and high school students. The WSU/EWU Riverpoint campus is home to many health science and allied health programs including medical education, nursing, pharmacy, physical therapy, occupational therapy, speech and hearing sciences, and dental hygiene. An afterschool experience would include a tour of the Riverpoint campus including information on college requirements and job descriptions of the health science programs. Students will also participate in a hands-on lab where they will use research grade biotechnology equipment that is used to analyze DNA.

Cost: $25 per troop
Availability: Most weekdays by arrangement, 3:30-5 p.m.
Location: WSU/EWU Riverpoint Campus
Contact: Peggy McDonald 800-827-9478, ext. 230, pmcdonald(at)gsewni.org


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DESIGN YOUR OWN T-SHIRTS — Spokane and Tri-Cities

Your troop can design their own shirts, and take a field trip to watch it being screen printed at an area vendor. You must submit your design ten business days in advance. One color prints only, one location on the shirt (example one design on the front). White shirts are $11; $1 more for color. At the time of your order we need to know shirt sizes, and quantities. Must wear covered shoes, no flip flops.

Who: Daisies, Brownies, Juniors, Cadettes, Seniors and Ambassadors
Group Size: Minimum 12 participants
Cost: $11 per shirt; Minimum order of 12 shirts
Location: Brunette Sportswear, Spokane; and Sunset Sportswear, Richland
Contact: Peggy McDonald 747-8091, ext. 230, pmcdonald(at)gsewni.org


PAMPER YOURSELF! —Spokane Valley, WA

Treat your troop to a visit to Paul Mitchell School’s Salon, 15303 E. Sprague, Suite C, Spokane Valley, 99037. Girls have the choice of learning about Tool Time (learn about what tools to use and how), a makeup workshop or a manicure/pedicure.

Cost: $25 per troop
Availability: Any time Tuesday- Thursday day or night
Location: 15303 E. Sprague, Suite C, Spokane Valley, 99037
Contact: Peggy McDonald 800-827-9478, ext. 230, pmcdonald(at)gsewni.org


ZUMBA! — Tri-Cities, WA

A certified children’s Zumba instructor will come to your regular meeting place to lead your girls (and adults) through a fun, one hour Latin and International based dance workout combined with great cardio! *Girls must wear sneakers (not a lot of tread).*

Who: Daisy, Brownie, Junior, Cadette, Senior, Ambassador and Adult Girl Scouts
Group Size: Minimum 5 participants
Cost: $3 per girl, patch included
Availability: To be arranged
Location: Will come to your site
Contact: Sulema Pacheco-Granfield, 800-827-9478, ext. 406, spacheco-granfield(at)gsewni.org


PAINT YOUR OWN POTTERY — Pasco, WAprog-idea.png

Pasco Ceramics will provide all paints, glaze, and ceramics (girls can choose between mug, soup bowl, and snowman). Pat will also demonstrate the ceramic molding, pouring and firing process. This class takes about an hour and a half.

Who: Daisy, Brownie, Junior, Cadette, Senior and Ambassador Girl Scouts
Group Size: Minimum 6, and maximum 12 girls at a time.
Cost: $15 per girl
Availability: Evenings and weekends, not Tuesdays
Location: 616 W. Columbia Street, Pasco, WA 99301
Contact: Jennifer Monroe 800-827-9478, ext. 415, jmonroe(at)gsewni.org

 


TROOP YOGA — Spokane and Outlying Areas

Are you ready to relax and stretch your body with a troop yoga class? Mobile yoga instructor can come to your troop if you have appropriate space or meet the instructor at the Spokane Program Center. Instructor is willing to drive as far as one half hour out of Spokane, however, depends on size and place so please inquire within. Also perfect for our out of town troops who are staying at the hostel to start their morning off right with a troop yoga session!

Who: Girl Scouts of all ages
Cost: $5 per person.
Availability: Please contact Mindy
Contact: Mindy Thorp at 509-747-8091, ext. 216, mthorp(at)gsewni.org


OLD MISSION BRICK OVEN BREADS — Spokane, WA

Cooking, baking, organic gardening, spirituality and bread retreats. Four hours.
Join Mary Lee Abba-Gaston for an old world experience. Learn to bake your own breads from all over the world. While the dough is rising, enjoy table fellowship with a home cooked, gourmet meal. Choose between three menus: Homemade pizza, basil pesto pasta with Italian sausage roasted in the oven, or marinara sauce with spaghetti. As the bread bakes in the outdoor brick ovens, learn the fine details of bread baking success. Then, gather around the oven and watch the miracle of bread as it saturates your senses. Take home two loaves of your own brick-oven baked bread.

Who: Girl Scouts of all ages
Cost: $27 per person
Availability: Every day except Monday
Group Size: Minimum class size 8 people.
Contact: Peggy McDonald at 800-827-9478, ext. 230, pmcdonald(at)gsewni.org


STITCH IT TOGETHER — Spokane / Coeur d'Alene / Tri-Cities

Earn your sewing try-it, work on your sewing badge, or do a sewing project just for fun.

Who: Girl Scouts of all ages
Cost: Varies by sewing project. Example project: Drawstring bag sewing kit - $12
Availability:
Spokane: Contact Peggy for specific times
Coeur d'Alene: Saturday only
Group Size: Minimum 4, maximum depends on amount of sewing machines available.
Contact: Peggy McDonald at 800-827-9478, ext. 230, pmcdonald(at)gsewni.org


SELF DEFENSE WORKSHOP — Spokane, WA

Participate in a workshop that could prove to be the most valuable use of time you can give yourself. Learn about dangerous situations, how to avoid them, and what to do when you find yourself in them. This class will focus on discovering the natural tools we all carry with us which can potentially help to save our lives. Hands-on self defense techniques will overcome the sense of helplessness many girls and women feel when faced with a threatening situation and provide you with options you may have never thought of. Taught by Opal Harbert, a female black belt, and offered at your location. This workshop can be tailored to meet any amount of time you have available, as well as any age group. Just keep in mind that more time means more training opportunity!

Who: Brownie, Junior, Cadette, Senior and Ambassador
Cost: $35 per group, patch included
Availability: To be arranged
Contact: Peggy McDonald 800-827-9478, ext. 230, pmcdonald(at)gsewni.org


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FINANCIAL LITERACY — All Council Areas

When girls develop financial savvy, business skills and innovative thinking they can become entrepreneurs who change the world. Take a tour of a bank in your area. Visit the vault, safe deposit area, and see what goes on behind the Teller's Window. Find out what you need to do to open a savings account. Learn about checking and savings accounts and credit cards. Learn about jobs in the banking industry. Younger girl tours about 15 minutes long. Older girls will receive some instruction on checking accounts and learn about check registers.

Who: All Girl Scouts
Cost: $25 per troop of 12 girls and 2 adults. $1 per girl/adult after 12. Fees include patch.
Availability: Contact Peggy McDonald
Group Size: Contact Peggy McDonald
Contact: Peggy McDonald at 800-827-9478, ext. 230, pmcdonald(at)gsewni.org


TELEVISION STUDIO TOURS — Tri-Cities, Spokane, Lewiston, Yakima

Tri-Cities: Tim Adams, KNDU TV’s Chief Weather Forecaster, will be your guide on a visit to the station. Arrive by 5:30 p.m. to take a tour, and at 6 watch the evening news being broadcast. Maximum group size is 20 people.

Spokane: KHQ TV Tours available most Mondays - Thursday 4 - 5 p.m. Your tour guide will take you behind the scenes at the television station. Learn about the business side of a media outlet. (No tours the month of December).

Lewiston: KLEW TV. Girl Scouts are invited to tour the studio and watch the news being produced. Girls must be 8 years or older, maximum group number 15. Monday – Thursday 4:30 or 5:30 p.m.

Yakima: Girls will have an opportunity to learn how commercials are made and explore green screen technology. Tour lasts about 1 hour. No minimum age, no group size limits. Monday - Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Who: Girl Scouts of all ages
Cost: $25 per troop of 12 girls and 2 adults. $1 per girl/adult after 12. Fees include patch.
Contact: Peggy McDonald at 800-827-9478, ext. 230, pmcdonald(at)gsewni.org


JAPANESE CULTURAL CENTER

The students and faculty from Mukagowa Fort Wright University invite you to visit the Japanese Cultural Center for an exchange of arts, food and culture. The Japanese Cultural Center serves as a program source, museum, and resource center with the express purpose of reaching regional and international audiences, young and old, with information on Japanese culture to promote global friendship and peace. Girls will have the opportunity to talk with Japanese students, and help them practice their English, as well as learn for themselves about Japanese life.

Who: All Girl Scouts
Cost: $40 per troop, includes snack and patch
Availability: Visits by arrangement; plan at least three weeks ahead.
Contact: Peggy McDonald at 800-827-9478, ext. 230, pmcdonald(at)gsewni.org