Friday Freebie 4 Free Girl Scout Field Trips

As both a teacher and a Girl Scout leader, I can tell you that children love to go on field trips. It is a way to learn that is a welcome change in the routine. Each of my roles has me filling out paperwork and getting the appropriate number of volunteers, and it is always fulfilling to see how much fun the children have. It is certainly worth the extra effort!

Free Girl Scout Field Trips for troops on a budget

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There are major franchises around the country that offer free programs that will enable your troop to earn badges or parts of badges. Here are some that are not only free, but have also been recommended by other leaders on various Facebook groups. Please keep in mind that you will have to search on each site to see if which locations offer these free programs, as not all do.

Another way to find free programs is to do a simple Google search and plug in “Free Girl Scout Programs (insert your state, city, town). Some Girl Scout councils have free local programming on their websites as well.

Auntie Anne’s Pretzel Field Trip

On this tasty field trip, girls will learn how this business originated and the history of pretzels. After this, the troop will be taught how to roll their own pretzel with dough that is provided for them to use. At the end, the girls get a tasty treat of an Auntie Anne’s pretzel and lemonade.

Free Girl Scout field trip to Auntie Anne's

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To find participating locations, visit the Auntie Anne’s website here and fill in your zip code to find the store nearest you that offers these tours.

Microsoft Store

With a lot of emphasis on STEAM, and with technology being a necessity now and not just a tool for keeping children occupied, a field trip to a Microsoft Store is an appropriate field trip for all levels of scouts. Brownies can earn the Computer Expert badge, Juniors can earn the Digital Photography badge and they are able to do a few of the STEM badges like the robotics .

Check out the Microsoft Store website here and see if a location near you is offering the program.

Free Girl Scout field trips to the Microsoft Store or the Apple Store

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Apple Retail Store

The Apple Store has trips for educators and youth groups of all ages. Leaders can tailor their trips for their level and the badges they wish to earn. For more information, you can check out the Apple website for a full FAQ section.

REI Workshops

REI is a company that celebrates life in the great outdoors. That ties in perfectly with Girl Scouts! Local stores offer programs specifically for scouts. If you do not see one available, contact your local REI store and see if they can create an event for your girls or your Service Unit.

Free Girl Scout field trips and events from REI

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You can find your local REI store here.

If you do not have any of these stores nearby, there are still plenty of free Girl Scout field trips that you can take.

Bank Tours

Discussing financial literacy with girls can seem too much like school work. Instead of earning leaves that way, why not go on a tour of your local bank? Many will have some fun swag to offer your girls at the end (pens, folders, frisbees) and you can ask if they have a fun patch to go with their program (some banks have them available to purchase).

Visit a bank for a free Girl Scout field trip

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Visit the Animal Shelter

The girls can do a service project and go on a free field trip, like my troop did when they earned the Bronze Award several years ago. While you do not have to go in depth like we did as we spent months on this project, you can either have the girls bring in donations or you can make pet toys at a meeting prior to your trip. Most kids love animals, and this is an opportunity for a shelter to show the community how much they help the animals in need.

Dance/Karate/Gymnastic Studios

When my girls were Brownies, we went on a free field trip to a karate dojo near our school. A parent had an older child who went there, and the owners were more than happy to have our troop attend a free class. Use your connections-or just pick up the phone-and call and find out if a local business is willing to host a class for free.

What have you done for free with your troop?

 

Friday Freebie Girl Scout Founder’s Day Bingo Game

With Girl Scout Founder’s Day coming up soon, leaders need to have some fun activities for girls to play so they can learn about the founder of the Girl Scouts of the USA, Juliette Gordon Low.

Get your free Juliette Gordon Low Bingo Game to play with your troop for Founder's Day

 

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Jodi Carlson, who did a guest post last month on my blog, has a FREE downloadable game for leaders to use with their troops. It is the Juliette “Daisy” Gordon Low Bingo Game. You can get it for free here on Teachers Pay Teachers.

Friday Freebie Earn the Girl Scouts Radio Patch

It has been a while since I have posted a “Friday Freebie”, but that is because they are getting harder to find! I wanted to share with you a new one that is for older girls.

The Radio & Wireless Technology Patch Program was developed by American Radio Relay League, Inc., with the assistance of members of Girl Scouts of the Green and White Mountains and Girls Scouts of Greater Atlanta. If your girls are interested in ameteur radio, this program is perfect for them.

Girls Scouts Radio Patch for all troop levels

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Everything you need from the curriculum is available at their website.

 

Friday Freebie Girl Scout Rewards Program Now at JoAnn Fabrics

*This post contains affiliate links.

I went back to work this week and so this Friday Freebie is coming just a few hours late…but I do not think you will mind!

Leaders ave 15% on all eligible troop purchases with the new Girl Scout Reward Program at Joann Fabrics

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Joann Fabric now has a Girl Scout Reward Program!

JOANN is partnering with Girl Scouts to help inspire and unleash the power of G.I.R.L. (Go-getter, Innovator, Risk-taker, Leader)™ in every girl. In addition to offering a space for Girl Scouts in their stores, the company is going to donate to the Girl Scouts of the USA 2.5% of the purchase price on  all eligible transactions.

But wait, there’s more!

Once you get your card via email, you can print it out and save 15% on your total eligible purchases, whether you are shopping online at Joann’s  or going to the store to buy your troop supplies (and you can shop online and pick your purchase up at the store as well! How great is that?)

Hold on, JOANN’s is not done yet!

You can still use a coupon on your single item purchase with the 15%! (total purchase coupons cannot be combined with the 15% discount).

This program will be in effect until August 31, 2020!

Once you are registered, download the JOANN app with the same email you use to apply for the Girl Scout Rewards card. If you already have the app, sign out and then log back in. Your rewards card should be under the “My Coupons” tab.

Leaders of all levels should sign up for this card, as there is nothing to lose and everything to gain! I’ve already signed up for mine!

To find out more about the Girl Scout Rewards Program at JOANN’s, go to this page on their website to find out more.

 

 

Friday Freebie-Peep Fun Badge

(Okay, I know it is Sunday, but this cannot wait!)

If you are looking for a fun end of year meeting or something fun to do at your meeting, here is your chance to earn the “Peep Fun” Fun Patch. The program is free, but the patch is backordered. I am of the belief that you do not have to earn a patch for everything, and with Peeps being discounted greatly after Easter, here is your opportunity to have fun at a discount! My local Target has Peeps at 70% off.

‘PEEP FUN’ FUN PATCH PROGRAM Download free requirements.

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Here are the requirements for the patch (this link won’t hyperlink…just cut and paste the following).

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