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Girls’ Science Programs

Girls’ Science Programs

Scouts can complete requirements and earn badges after school Tuesday – Friday, and Saturdays between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. during the fall and spring seasons. These workshops are designed to accommodate ten to 25 girls. Summer dates are available; please contact the program coordinator for details.

Girls 5–6 (Daisies)

The following programs are 90 minutes long and run year-round. Winter and rainy-day participants will visit the Chicago Botanic Garden's Greenhouses.

CLOVER PETAL — USING RESOURCES WISELY
This program satisfies the requirements for the Clover petal.

Daisies will earn their Clover petal by completing the badge requirements, making a picture frame from old magazines, planting a seed to take home, visiting one of the display gardens to see flowers and learn how gardeners use resources wisely at the Chicago Botanic Garden.

ROSIE PETAL — MAKE THE WORLD A BETTER PLACE
This program satisfies the requirements for the Rosie petal.

Daisies will earn their Rosie petal by completing the badge requirements, making a bird feeder, planting a seed to take home and visiting a garden in bloom.

Girls 7–9 (Brownies)

The following programs are 90 minutes long and run year-round. Winter and rainy-day participants will visit the Chicago Botanic Garden's Greenhouses.

Investigating Insects
This program satisfies requirements for the Bugs (Legacy: Naturalist) Badge.

In this badge workshop, participants will explore the world of bugs and learn why they're so important to the Garden and the Brownies. Scout groups that plan programs between June and Labor Day will have the opportunity to visit the Butterflies & Blooms Exhibition (weather permitting).

Clean and Green
This program satisfies requirements for the Household Elf Badge.

In this badge workshop, participants will learn ways to save energy and water at home as well as how to use natural alternatives to conventional cleaning supplies. Scouts will brainstorm ways to be green every day and will plant a seed to take home.

Girls 8–11 (Juniors)

The following programs are two hours long and run year-round. Winter and rainy-day participants will visit the Chicago Botanic Garden's Greenhouses.

BEAUTIFUL BLOOMS
This program satisfies requirements for the Flowers Legacy Badge.

Flowers are more than pretty—they are an important part of a plant's life cycle. Participants will make a corsage, dissect a seed, and go on a flower hunt in the Chicago Botanic Garden. Please note: the snack (a requirement of Step 3) is apple slices and this is a peanut-free program.

CAN YOU DIG IT?
This program satisfies the requirements for the Gardener Badge.

Spend time with soil and learn what every plant needs to survive. Participants will create a terrarium to take home, set up a seed experiment, and learn about plants that can endure the weather in the Chicago area.

Girls 12 & up (Cadettes)

NEW! Trees
Trees provide more than shade—they can be a home, provide a snack, or even be an artistic inspiration. Participants will visit the Bonsai Collection, learn about a forest's life cycle, and create art based on their findings. This workshop is available year-round, but requires scheduling with a specialist who may only be available on weekdays. Call the Scout Program Coordinator for more details. At least three weeks' advance notice is required.

Custom Programs

Looking for something different? Contact the Scout Program Coordinator at (847) 835-8239 for details on custom programs where you get to create the badge requirements! Special fees apply, and programs can be 90 minutes or two hours.