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Girl Scout Badge Workshops

 Join our Education Staff as they assist your troop in fulfilling

all requirements for official Girl Scout Badges!

earn girl scout badges

 Spring 2021 Girl Scout Badge Workshops are now on sale! 

Whitaker Center's Girl Scout workshops are always a favorite.  We offer workshops for Daisies, Brownies, Juniors, and Cadettes.  We offer a variety of workshops from Citizen Science to Mechanical Engineering.  Scouts can register with their troop or as individuals.  Adults and leaders will need to accompany their Girl Scouts to the workshop and remain within the required ratios.  Each scout will take home the earned badge(s) at the end of the workshop to add to their vest or sash! Questions regarding workshops can be sent to education@whitakercenter.org.  We look forward to seeing you soon! 


 

Daisies

Robotics - Lab A

Saturday, January 30 - 10:00 A.M. - 12:00 P.M.

What makes a robot a robot? In this workshop, explore how robots are designed and programmed to solve different problems in our world. Upon completion of this workshop, Girl Scouts will be awarded the “What Robots Do”, “How Robots Move”, and “Designing Robots” badges.


ME: Roller Coaster - Lab A

Saturday, February 6 - 2:00 P.M. - 3:30 P.M.

Design and test your very own roller coaster in this hands-on mechanical engineering challenge! Who can make the fastest? The tallest? The most creative? Scouts will be awarded the "Mechanical Engineering: Roller Coaster Badge" at the end of the workshop.


ME: Model Car - Lab A

Saturday, February 13 - 2:00 P.M. - 3:30 P.M.

The race is on! Scouts will design and test model cars to learn about the effects of friction, how design affects performance, and how to use the engineering design process to improve their models.


ME: Roller Coaster - Lab A

Saturday, March 20 - 2:00 P.M. - 3:30 P.M.

Design and test your very own roller coaster in this hands-on mechanical engineering challenge! Who can make the fastest? The tallest? The most creative? Scouts will be awarded the "Mechanical Engineering: Roller Coaster Badge" at the end of the workshop.


Eco Learner - Boyd Big Tree Preserve

Sunday, April 11 - 10:00 A.M. - 11:30 A.M.

Go on a guided hike with one of our Educators to learn about proper trail etiquette, local species, and how to explore nature in a way that benefits humans and animals. *Trail difficulty is easy to moderate, please wear appropriate clothing and prepare to be outdoors for the duration of the workshop. The workshop is weather dependent.


Citizen Science - Hoffer Park

Sunday, April 25 - 10:30 A.M. - 12:00 P.M.

Everyone can be a scientist! Explore how citizen scientists make observations and collect data for current research projects around the globe. This workshop will be collecting bird population data to help ornithologists conserve Pennsylvania’s diverse bird population. NO EXPERIENCE NECESSARY. A Whitaker Center Educator will be there to help you every step of the way. *Trail difficulty is easy to moderate, please wear appropriate clothing and prepare to be outdoors for the duration of the workshop. The workshop is weather dependent.


 

Brownies

Home Scientist - Virtual

Saturday, January 16 - 10:00 A.M. - 12:00 P.M.

Join a Whitaker Center Educator from the comfort of your home with this digital workshop! Experiment with materials you already have at home to explore chemical reactions, static electricity, density, and more. Our Education staff will send a materials list ahead of time so you can gather everything you need, then join our Educator over a Zoom call to walk you through the experiments! Your registration fees include the cost of badges, and they will be mailed directly to you after the completion of the workshop.


STEM Career Exploration - Virtual

Saturday, January 23 - 10:00 A.M. - 12:00 P.M.

Is your scout interested in careers in the STEM field? Join our educator in this virtual workshop to explore STEM career possibilities and take a look at the day-to-day experiences in these fields. Make an effort, make a plan, make a difference. Our Education staff will send a materials list ahead of time so you can gather everything you need, then join our Educator over a Zoom call to walk you through the experiments! Your registration fees include the cost of badges, and they will be mailed directly to you after the completion of the workshop.


ME: Racecar - Lab A

Saturday, February 6 - 10:00 A.M. - 12:00 P.M.

It's all about SPEED! Design and test your very own model race car and racetrack in this hands-on mechanical engineering challenge! Explore the variables that affect speed and challenge yourself to beat your track times. Scouts will be awarded the "Mechanical Engineering: Roller Coaster Badge" badge at the end of the workshop.


Space Science Adventurer - Lab A

Saturday, February 13 - 10:00 A.M. - 12:00 P.M.

What is Earth’s place in our solar system? Why are there so many craters on the moon? Learn about our solar system and beyond in this hands-on workshop that’s out of this world! Upon completion of this workshop, Girl Scouts will be awarded the “Space Science Adventurer” badge.


Robotics - Lab A

Saturday, March 13 - 10:00 A.M. - 12:00 P.M.

In this workshop, explore how robots are designed to interpret the world around them. Then, practice coding robots before designing a prototype of your own! Upon completion of this workshop, Girl Scouts will be awarded the “Designing Robots” and “Programming Robots” badges.


Home Scientist - Virtual

Sunday, March 21 - 2:00 P.M. - 4:00 P.M.

Join a Whitaker Center Educator from the comfort of your home with this digital workshop! Experiment with materials you already have at home to explore chemical reactions, static electricity, density, and more. Our Education staff will send a materials list ahead of time so you can gather everything you need, then join our Educator over a Zoom call to walk you through the experiments! Your registration fees include the cost of badges, and they will be mailed directly to you after the completion of the workshop.


Outdoor Adventurer - Detweiler Park

Saturday, March 27 - 9:00 A.M. - 12:00 P.M.

Take a closer look at Pennsylvania's natural world with a guided hike by our educator. Scouts will discover ecological concepts through exploration, play, and observation while learning how to care for Pennsylvania's unique environment. *Trail difficulty is easy to moderate, please wear appropriate clothing and prepare to be outdoors for the duration of the workshop. The workshop is weather dependent.


Citizen Science - Hoffer Park

Saturday, April 25 - 8:30 A.M. - 10:00 A.M.

Everyone can be a scientist! Explore how citizen scientists make observations and collect data for current research projects around the globe. This workshop will be collecting bird population data to help ornithologists conserve Pennsylvania’s diverse bird population. NO EXPERIENCE NECESSARY. A Whitaker Center Educator will be there to help you every step of the way. *Trail difficulty is easy to moderate, please wear appropriate clothing and prepare to be outdoors for the duration of the workshop. The workshop is weather dependent.


 

Juniors

STEM Career Exploration - Virtual

Saturday, January 23 - 1:00 P.M. - 3:00 P.M.

Is your scout interested in careers in the STEM field? Join our educator in this virtual workshop to explore STEM career possibilities and take a look at the day-to-day experiences in these fields. Make an effort, make a plan, make a difference. Our Education staff will send a materials list ahead of time so you can gather everything you need, then join our Educator over a Zoom call to walk you through the experiments! Your registration fees include the cost of badges, and they will be mailed directly to you after the completion of the workshop.


Robotics - Lab A

Saturday, January 30 - 1:00 P.M. - 4:00 P.M.

Ever wonder how robots “think”? In this workshop, explore how robots are programmed, designed, and tested to accomplish different tasks. Then create a robot prototype to solve a problem we face in the world! Upon completion of this workshop, Girl Scouts will be awarded the “Designing Robots” and “Programming Robots” badges.


Digital Photographer - Lab A

SOLD OUT

Saturday, March 6 - 2:00 P.M. - 4:00 P.M.

With the advancement of technology, digital photography is no longer limited to those with expensive equipment and cameras! Learn about the basics of digital photography and photo editing before creating a masterpiece of your own! Upon completion of this workshop, Girl Scouts will be awarded the “Digital Photographer” badge.


Drawing - Lab A

Saturday, March 13 - 2:00 P.M. - 4:00 P.M.

Does your scout have an artistic side? Scouts will have the opportunity to tap into their creative side while learning basic drawing skills and techniques. All skill levels are welcome and materials will be provided!


ME: Crane - Lab A

SOLD OUT

Saturday, March 20 - 10:00 A.M. - 12:00 P.M.

Use the engineering design process to design, test, and improve your team's crane in this hands-on mechanical engineering challenge! How much weight can your crane lift? How far can your crane move an object? Those answers are up to you! Scouts will be awarded the "Mechanical Engineering: Crane" badge at the end of the workshop.


Flowers - Virtual

Sunday, March 21 - 10:00 A.M. - 12:00 P.M.

Join a Whitaker Center Educator from the comfort of your home with this digital workshop! Ready to take a closer look at those flowers blooming outside? Pick a bouquet and join our Educator over Zoom to learn about their anatomy, ecological importance, and beauty! Your registration fees include the cost of badges, and they will be mailed directly to you after the completion of the workshop.


Animal Habitats - Boyd Big Tree Preserve

Sunday, April 11 - 1:00 P.M. - 4:00 P.M.

Science doesn’t just happen in a lab! Join a Whitaker Center Educator for a guided hike to explore local animal habitats and practice techniques used by field biologists to study them. Upon completion of this workshop, Girl Scouts will be awarded the “Animal Habitats” badge. *Trail difficulty is easy to moderate, please wear appropriate clothing and prepare to be outdoors for the duration of the workshop. The workshop is weather dependent.


Citizen Science - Hoffer Park

Saturday, April 24 - 8:30 A.M. - 10:00 A.M.

Everyone can be a scientist! Explore how citizen scientists make observations and collect data for current research projects around the globe. This workshop will be collecting bird population data to help ornithologists conserve Pennsylvania’s diverse bird population. NO EXPERIENCE NECESSARY. A Whitaker Center Educator will be there to help you every step of the way. *Trail difficulty is easy to moderate, please wear appropriate clothing and prepare to be outdoors for the duration of the workshop. The workshop is weather dependent.


 

Cadettes

STEM Career Exploration - Virtual

Saturday, January 16 - 2:00 P.M. - 4:00 P.M.

Is your scout interested in careers in the STEM field? Join our educator in this virtual workshop to explore STEM career possibilities and take a look at the day-to-day experiences in these fields. Make an effort, make a plan, make a difference. Our Education staff will send a materials list ahead of time so you can gather everything you need, then join our Educator over a Zoom call to walk you through the experiments! Your registration fees include the cost of badges, and they will be mailed directly to you after the completion of the workshop.


Special Agent - Lab A

SOLD OUT

Saturday, February 27 - 1:00 P.M. - 4:00 P.M.

Dive into the world of forensic science and learn about the tools and techniques used by law enforcement to bring criminals to justice. Upon completion of this workshop, Girl Scouts will be awarded the “Special Agent” badge. *Graphic content will be discussed in this workshop.


Digital Movie Maker - Lab A

Saturday, March 6 - 10:00 A.M. - 12:00 P.M.

With the advancement of technology, movie making is no longer limited to those with expensive equipment and cameras! Learn about the basics of digital videography and editing before creating a masterpiece of your own! Upon completion of this workshop, Girl Scouts will be awarded the “Digital Movie Maker” badge.


Citizen Science - Hoffer Park

SOLD OUT

Saturday, April 10 - 8:30 A.M. - 10:00 A.M.

Everyone can be a scientist! Explore how citizen scientists make observations and collect data for current research projects around the globe. This workshop will be collecting bird population data to help ornithologists conserve Pennsylvania’s diverse bird population. NO EXPERIENCE NECESSARY. A Whitaker Center Educator will be there to help you every step of the way. *Trail difficulty is easy to moderate, please wear appropriate clothing and prepare to be outdoors for the duration of the workshop. The workshop is weather dependent.


Eco Trekker - Detweiler Park

SOLD OUT

Saturday, April 17 - 9:00 A.M. - 12:00 P.M.

Discover Pennsylvania's natural world with a guided eco-friendly hike by our educator. Scouts will discover ecological concepts through exploration and observation while learning how to care for Pennsylvania's unique environment. *Trail difficulty is easy to moderate, please wear appropriate clothing and prepare to be outdoors for the duration of the workshop. The workshop is weather dependent.


 

Whitaker Center’s Girl Scout Badge Workshops are generously funded by grants from The Stabler Foundation 

The Donald B. and Dorothy L. Stabler Foundation

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