Girl Scouts Badge Workshops and Overnights

Register now for 2017-2018 Girl Scouts Badge Workshops & Overnights at Sloan Museum and Longway Planetarium!

General Information

View the 2017-2018 Girl Scouts Programs and Overnights Interactive Brochure

• Deadlines for fees are 2 weeks prior to the event date. Space is limited and some dates fill up quickly. Early registration is strongly recommended.
• Fees are non-refundable.
• Registration is first-come, first-served.
• With the exception of our Family Fun Night events, we request that no siblings or infants accompany the participant.
• All workshops at Sloan Museum include museum admission. Leaders may want to schedule time to explore the museum on their own after their workshops.
• A small snack will be provided during the workshops. Evening snack and light breakfast are provided during the overnights.
• All workshop/overnight participants receive a certificate of participation. Leaders are responsible for obtaining the actual award from their local council office.
• More information regarding overnights will be sent with your confirmation.
• If you have any questions, please call 810.237.3409.

All Scout Family Fun Nights

All Scout Family Fun Nights are open to all Girl Scouts, Boy Scouts, and their families. Families can register individually; they do not need to be troop activities.

Planetarium Family Fun Night

Date: Friday, February 9, 2018
Time: 6:00-9:00 pm (Arrival 5:30-6:00 pm)
Location: Longway Planetarium
Fee: $10 per person
Max Registration: 100 people

Bring your family and spend an evening of fun at Longway Planetarium! Enjoy an exciting show in our planetarium theater, and hands-on science activities in our classrooms. Price includes 2 slices of pizza, bag of chips, and juice box.

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Be The Astronaut Family Fun Night

Date: Friday, April 13, 2018
Time: 6:00-9:00 pm (Arrival 5:30-6:00 pm)
Location: Sloan Museum
Fee: $10 per person
Max Registration: 100 people

Discover STEM subjects that help you explore space, and blast off seated in your very own space capsule. Meet a real robot and see historic spacesuits. Choose your mission and explore the Moon, Mars, Jupiter and the Asteroid Belt. Drive a rover into the darkness of a lunar crater, and pilot a lander into a canyon on Mars. Price includes 2 slices of pizza, bag of chips, and juice box.

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Brownies Workshops and Overnights

Wonders of Water Overnight

Date: Friday, January 19 – Saturday, January 20, 2018
Time: 6:00 pm-9:00 am (Arrival 5:30-6:00 pm)
Location: Longway Planetarium
Fee: $26 per scout and $10 per adult
Max Registration: 100 scouts

Start your Journey by investigating where your water comes from. Explore the water cycle and participate in a clean water challenge. Learn about how much of our water is drinkable and how we get it to our sinks. Girls will build and use a ground water system to pump water from their “well” and find out why pollution is so harmful. Take an adventure with many other hands-on, water related activities. Includes a planetarium theater show.

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Wonders of Water Workshop #1

Date: Saturday, February 3, 2018
Time: 1:00-4:00 pm (Arrival 12:30-1:00 pm)
Location: Longway Planetarium
Fee: $10 per person
Max Registration: 45 people

Start your Journey by investigating where your water comes from. Exploring the water cycle and participating in a clean water challenge are just a few of the hands-on activities girls will experience. Does not include a planetarium theater show.

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Wonders of Water Workshop #2

Date: Saturday, March 3, 2018
Time: 1:00-4:00 pm (Arrival 12:30-1:00 pm)
Location: Longway Planetarium
Fee: $10 per person
Max Registration: 45 people

Continue your Journey as you discover how much of Earth’s water is drinkable and how we get it to our sinks. Girls will build and use a ground water system to pump water from their “well,” and find out why pollution is so harmful. Take an adventure with many other hands-on, water-related activities. Does not include a planetarium theater show.

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Home Scientist Overnight

Date: Friday, February 16 – Saturday, February 17, 2018
Time: 6:00 pm-9:00 am (Arrival 5:30-6:00 pm)
Location: Longway Planetarium
Fee: $26 per scout and $10 per adult
Max Registration: 100 scouts

Brownies, bring your pajamas and prepare to get messy! Did you know that we use science in almost everything we do? Come spend the night at the Longway Planetarium and explore science on a whole new level! We will explore chemistry, density, electricity, and more. Includes a planetarium theater show.

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Inventor Overnight

Date: Friday, March 9 – Saturday, March 10, 2018
Time: 6:00 pm-9:00 am (Arrival 5:30-6:00 pm)
Location: Sloan Museum
Fee: $26 per scout and $10 per adult
Max Registration: 100 scouts

You are the next generation of inventors and innovators! What will you create? Explore different ways to solve problems by designing, creating, and building unique inventions.

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Bugs Workshop

Date: Saturday, March 24, 2018
Time: 1:00-4:00 pm (Arrival 12:30-1:00 pm)
Location: Longway Planetarium
Fee: $10 per person
Max Registration: 45 people

Alongside our planetarium pets, girls will draw a bug poster to be displayed in the Longway classrooms, create a bug box, look at different types of bug homes, use magnifying glasses to look at our bugs, and use their imaginations to build bugs of their own to take home! Does not include a planetarium theater show.

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Letterboxer Workshop

Date: Saturday, April 21, 2018
Time: 1:00-4:00 pm (Arrival 12:30-1:00 pm)
Location: Longway Planetarium
Fee: $10 per person
Max Registration: 45 people

Get ready for an adventure and learn all about letterboxing! In this treasure-hunting game, you’ll practice your seeking skills to find hidden art created by local letterboxers! Make your own special stamp, create your own letterbox, and go on a letterbox search. Learn about secret codes and practice solving clues. Each group will need to bring a GPS receiver (or smart phone) with them for this workshop. Please dress for the weather! Does not include a planetarium theater show.

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Senses Overnight

Date: Friday, May 4 – Saturday, May 5, 2018
Time: 6:00 pm-9:00 am (Arrival 5:30-6:00 pm)
Location: Sloan Museum
Fee: $26 per scout and $10 per adult
Max Registration: 100 scouts

Explore the world using your five senses! Test your visual memory by quickly looking at objects. How many will you remember? Listen to sound boxes, and see how many sounds you can identify correctly. Play a smelly game with your friends while blindfolded! Have fun with food, and do a taste test of different flavors. Using the sense of touch, explore various textures and surfaces during a guessing game.

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Juniors Workshops and Overnights

Detective Overnight

Date: Friday, December 8 – Saturday, December 9, 2017
Time: 6:00 pm-9:00 am (Arrival 5:30-6:00 pm)
Location: Sloan Museum
Fee: $26 per scout and $10 per adult
Max Registration: 50 people

Grab your magnifying glasses and join us for a mystery filled evening. Practice the power of observation, break a code, and learn about fingerprints. Try out detective science and follow clues to solve a mystery.

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Energy Workshop #1: Energy Introduction

Get Moving Journey
Date: Saturday, January 13, 2018
Time: 9:00 am-12:00 pm (Arrival 8:30-9:00 am)
Location: Longway Planetarium
Fee: $10 per person
Max Registration: 45 people

Kick off your Get Moving Journey with an introduction to energy! Explore electricity, light, sound, solar, potential and kinetic energy with several fast paced, hands-on activities. Build circuits and switches using batteries, bulbs, and wires. Create obnoxious noise makers while investigating volume and pitch. Use mirrors to reflect rays of light and catch a rainbow on paper. Design a marble roller coaster, while investigating potential and kinetic energy. Does not include a planetarium theater show.

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Energy Workshop #2: Plants and Animals Need Energy

Get Moving Journey
Date: Saturday, January 13, 2018
Time: 1:00-4:00 pm (Arrival 12:30-1:00 pm)
Location: Longway Planetarium
Fee: $10 per person
Max Registration: 45 people

Plants and animals need energy to survive and grow. Build a terrarium in a bottle to take home, while investigating how plants produce energy from the sun. See how energy from the sun moves through the food web as you dissect an owl pellet. Explore physical adaptations of animals that help them catch their prey and avoid becoming lunch. Does not include a planetarium theater show.

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Energy Workshop #3: Energy & Technology

Get Moving Journey
Date: Saturday, February 10, 2018
Time: 9:00 am-12:00 pm (Arrival 8:30-9:00 am)
Location: Longway Planetarium
Fee: $10 per person
Max Registration: 45 people

We use energy every day! Investigate how energy is generated and why it needs to be conserved while cookie mining. Build a draft checker to check for leaky doors and windows and sew a draft stopper to stop those leaks. Build a wind turbine to see how green technologies can save our resources and see how the sun can power a solar buggy. Does not include a planetarium theater show.

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Energy Workshop #4: Box City – Putting It All Together

Get Moving Journey
Date: Saturday, February 10, 2018
Time: 1:00-4:00 pm (Arrival 12:30-1:00 pm)
Location: Longway Planetarium
Fee: $10 per person
Max Registration: 45 people

Work as a group to design and build a miniature energy-wise city model! Will your city make use of alternative energy sources like wind, solar, or hydroelectric power? Will you choose to design buildings with green roofs and natural lighting? How will people move from one place to another using less energy? What will you do with your trash? Will you protect habitats for plants and animals? Use boxes and craft materials to build your city. Does not include a planetarium theater show.

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Geocacher Workshop

Date: Saturday, April 21, 2018
Time: 1:00-4:00 pm (Arrival 12:30-1:00 pm)
Location: Longway Planetarium
Fee: $10 per person
Max Registration: 45 people

Learn all about geocaching and prepare for an adventure! Learn how to use coordinates to find objects. Make a trade item, and take a multi-cache adventure. Each group will need to bring a GPS receiver (or smart phone) with them for this workshop. Please dress for the weather! Does not include a planetarium theater show.

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Flowers Overnight

Date: Friday, April 27 – Saturday, April 28, 2018
Time: 6:00 pm-9:00 am (Arrival 5:30-6:00 pm)
Location: Longway Planetarium
Fee: $26 per scout and $10 per adult
Max Registration: 30 people

Explore the wonderful world of flowers by planting a seed or bulb, experimenting with a flower’s root system to dye a white flower your favorite color, make floral bath beads, create flower art, and design a beautiful bouquet. Includes a planetarium theater show.

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Gardener Workshop

Date: Saturday, May 19, 2018
Time: 1:00-4:00 pm (Arrival 12:30-1:00 pm)
Location: Longway Planetarium
Fee: $10 per person
Max Registration: 30 people

Get ready to play in the dirt! Help design, and plant the Longway Planetarium garden! Learn which plants will grow best in your area by testing soil samples. Find out how variations in soil, sunlight, and water can affect your garden. Plant a “fairy garden” to take home with you. Weather permitting, we will be working in the garden. Please bring a rain jacket just in case! Does not include a planetarium theater show.

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Cadette Workshops and Overnights

Special Agent Overnight

Date: Friday, December 8 – Saturday, December 9, 2017
Time: 6:00 pm-9:00 am (Arrival 5:30-6:00 pm)
Location: Sloan Museum
Fee: $26 per scout and $10 per adult
Max Registration: 50 people

Become special agents while exploring the world of forensics and espionage. Have a fingerprinting party, and identify different fingerprint types. Participate in an eyewitness challenge, and experiment with chromatography. Learn common “tells” to determine if someone is lying. Write and perform a short forensic-science crime drama skit with your fellow scouts.

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Trees Overnight

Date: Friday, April 27 – Saturday, April 28, 2018
Time: 6:00 pm-9:00 am (Arrival 5:30-6:00 pm)
Location: Longway Planetarium
Fee: $26 per scout and $10 per adult
Max Registration: 30 people

Become a naturalist and get to the root of what trees are all about. Design a tree house, sketch your favorite tree and learn what kinds of plants or animals use your tree, create tree art, and learn about the logging industry in Michigan. Includes a planetarium theater show.

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Night Owl Overnight

Date: Friday, May 18 – Saturday, May 19, 2018
Time: 6:00 pm-9:00 am (Arrival 5:30-6:00 pm)
Location: Longway Planetarium
Fee: $26 per scout and $10 per adult
Max Registration: 60 people

The night sky has captured the human imagination since the dawn of time. With today’s technologies it’s easy to overlook the mystery and beauty of the night skies. Join us in an overnight worth staying up for. With our own Planetarium Specialist, girls have the chance to gaze at the stars, look at the planets, and watch a planetarium show in our planetarium theater! If weather permits, we will go outside to look at what is happening in the sky! This program does not complete all badge requirements. Includes a planetarium theater show.

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Senior Overnight

Sky Overnight

Date: Friday, April 27 – Saturday, April 28, 2018
Time: 6:00 pm-9:00 am (Arrival 5:30-6:00 pm)
Location: Longway Planetarium
Fee: $26 per scout and $10 per adult
Max Registration: 20 people

Explore the astronomy behind planets, stars, and the solar system. Build and launch a model rocket and explore the scientific principles of your design. Explore the causes and effects of light pollution. Make sky art to celebrate the wonders of the sky. Includes a planetarium theater show.

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