Girl Scout Programs

NCOF offers two main types of Scouting Programs:

 

Farm Fun Programs

GIRL Scout Badges and journeys

 

Read on below for descriptions, and keep in mind that we are happy to work with Scout leaders to find the best program for your troop.

 

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Fun Farm Programs

Perennial favorites! These Farm programs get Scouts outside and learning about the natural world in a hands-on environment. Read on below for Fun Farm Program descriptions.

 

> Chore Time

Scouts will feed and water our Farm animals and secure them for the night.

When: Mon – Thurs

Time: 4pm-5pm

Fee: $42/6 Scouts and $7 each additional Scout

Ages: All


> Interactive Farm Tour

Explore your Community Farm through an interactive tour and see what farming is all about. Learn about our different farm animals, the plants we grow in our garden and greenhouses, our compost pile, and our maple sugar shack.

When: Mon – Sat

Time: 1 hour between 9am-5pm

Fee: $42/6 Scouts and $7 each additional Scout

Ages: All


> Holiday Crafts

Bring your Scouts for a cozy afternoon at the Farm. You can choose to either make your own beeswax candles or to create your own holiday gift wrap and gift cards. You’ll go home with beautiful gifts for friends and family. Materials included.

When: Nov – Dec, Mon – Sat

Time: 1.5 hours between 9am-5pm

Fee: $90/6 Scouts and $15 each additional Scout

Ages: All


> Maple Sugaring Tours

In late February and into March, we invite Scouts to learn all about maple sugaring in New England. Learn the history of sugaring, visit our tapped sugar maples, sample dripping sap, and stop by the sugar shack where sap might be boiling down into delicious syrup (boiling is weather dependent).

When: late February through late March

Time and Days: Go to Maple Sugaring Tours for more info

Fee: $42/6 people and $7 each additional person

Ages: All


> Sheep Shearing & Their Wool

Why do we shear sheep in the spring? How do sheep eat with no front teeth? Learn about the adaptations sheep have developed and watch them get their springtime haircut. Try your hand at carding and weaving the wool from our sheep, and learn what makes wool so wonderful!

When: May 1 – 5, 2017, Mon-Fri

Time: 3:15pm-4:30pm (other times on early release days)

Fee: $70/10 Scouts and $7 each additional Scout

 

GIRL Scout Badges and journeys

Scout can earn specific Badges and Journeys with our Farm programs, which run September through June, and are seasonally-dependent. Times and days are customizable. Materials and badges are not included unless stated.

Click below to be taken directly to level-specific badge and journey programs:

 

DAISIES

BROWNIES

JUNIORS

CADETTES

SENIORS

 

 

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DAISIES

 

Petals: Clover “Use Resources Wisely”; Rosie “Make the World a Better Place”

 

> Interactive Farm Tour

Meet our animals, tour our flowers and vegetables, see where we make honey and maple sugar, and learn how organic farming is good for the environment.

When: Mon-Sat

Time: 1 hr

Fee: $42/6 Scouts and $7 each additional Scout

 

Journey: Welcome to the Daisy Flower Garden / It’s Your World – Change It!

Let’s put our heads together and see what sprouts! The Farm can help Daisies learn the skills to create their own mini-garden to earn The Watering Can or to take action to earn The Golden Honey Bee awards.

 

> Interactive Farm Tour

Meet our animals, tour our flowers and vegetables, see where we make honey and maple sugar, and learn how organic farming is good for the environment.

When: Mon – Sat

Time: 1 hr

Fee: $42/6 Scouts and $7 each additional Scout

 

> Soil & Plants

Learn about healthy soil and friendly worms, bugs and bees. See what’s growing in our greenhouses, discover the types of flowers we grow on the Farm, and maybe create your own potted mini-garden right here at the Farm - we bring the soil, you bring the pot and plants!

When: Mon - Sat

Time: up to 1.5 hrs

Fee: $70/10 Scouts and $7 each additional Scout

 

Journey: Between Earth & Sky / It’s Your Planet – Love It!

The Farm is all about the SOIL! Earn the Blue Bucket or Firefly awards and explore the sweet smell of soil, how to make a feast of plant parts, or find seeds on the Farm on our nature trail. Programs can include trees and tree rubbings, sampling our field vegetables, and learning about flowers.

 

> Interactive Farm Tour

Meet our animals, tour our flowers and vegetables, see where we make honey and maple sugar, and learn how organic farming is good for the environment.

When: Mon – Sat

Time: 1 hr

Fee: $42/6 Scouts and $7 each additional Scout

 

> Soil & Plants

Learn about healthy soil and friendly worms, bugs and bees. See what’s growing in our greenhouses, discover the types of flowers and vegetables we grow on the Farm, and learn what seeds need to grow!

When: Mon - Sat

Time: Up to 1.5 hrs

Fee: $70/10 Scouts and $7 each additional Scout

 

Journey: 5 Flowers, 4 Stories, 3 Cheers for Animals / It’s Your Story – Tell It!

Chickens, pigs, bunnies and more! Learn how the Farm raises its animals humanely and sustainably. Daisies can learn about one particular animal, or get “out and about” with all the farm animals as they journey towards their Birdbath or Red Robin awards.

 

> Interactive Farm Animal Tour

Get “out and about with animals” at our Farm! See up close how we care for the day-to-day needs of our animals, and learn where they originated from in the world and the special adaptations that make them unique.

When: Mon – Sat

Time: 1 hr

Fee: $42/6 Scouts and $7 each additional Scout

 

> Chore Time

Chore Time is a special opportunity for Scouts to feed and water our farm animals and secure them for the night.

When: Mon - Thurs

Time: 4pm-5pm

Fee: $42/6 Scouts and $7 each additional Scout

 

> Egg to Chicken

Meet the chicks, hens and roosters as we tour the chicken yard (and maybe cuddle an egg), and learn where they originated from in the wild. Daisies will befriend one chicken or chick and learn up close about all things chicken - including their amazing adaptations, where eggs come from, and how to turn an egg into a chick!

When: Mon – Sat

Time: Up to 1.5 hrs

Fee: $70/10 Scouts and $7 each additional Scout

 

> Sheep Shearing & Their Wool

Why do we shear sheep in the spring? How do sheep eat with no front teeth? Learn all about the animal science of sheep and watch them get their springtime haircut. Try your hand at carding, weaving, dying, and felting the wool from our sheep, and learn what makes wool so wonderful!

When: May 1 – 5, 2017, Mon-Fri

Time: 3:15pm-4:30pm, other times on early-release days

Fee: $70/10 Scouts and $7 each additional Scout

 

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BROWNIES

 

Badges

 

> Bugs

Discover all the different roles creepy crawlies play on the Farm! Search for munching decomposers, pick pesky pests off if plants, and help the pollinators make our fruit grow! Find out which bugs are helpful to farmers and which are harmful. Through a series of hands on investigations, students will explore the Farm’s fields, composting system and greenhouse to see the smallest parts of a working farm. Egg-carton caterpillar materials included. Steps 1-5.

When: Mon – Sat

Time: Up to 2 hours

Fee: $80/8 Scouts and $10 each additional Scout

 

> Pets

Chore Time is a special opportunity for Scouts to feed and water our farm animals and secure them for the night. Learn about the unique health issues of our Farm animals, and help clean a stall or cage. A special focus will be on two popular home pets, rabbits and chickens. Steps 2, 3, 5.

When: Mon - Thurs

Time: 4pm-5pm

Fee: $42/6 Scouts and $7 each additional Scout

 

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JUNIORS

 

Badges

 

> Flowers

Stop and smell the flowers! Talk to our resident flower expert, learn all about plant parts, and go sniffing around our flower fields. Discover the medicinal and calming properties of flowers, and have fun with flower art. If flowers are in bloom on the Farm, Juniors can arrange one bouquet and donate it to the organization of their choice. Steps 1-5.

When: Mon – Sat

Time: Up to 2 hours

Fee: $80/8 Scouts and $10 each additional Scout

 

> Animal Habitats

How do farmers mimic forest animal habitats on the farm? Observe the farm animals and explore the unique “habitat” the Farm creates. If we have baby animals, get a peek at how we keep them comfy. Venture onto our nature trail and look for animal habitats in a New England forest. Learn why invasive plants are detrimental to animal habitats, and consider planting a native berry shrub in our forest to keep the birds and animals happy (shrub not included). Steps 1, 2, 3, 5

When: Mon – Sat

Time: Up to 2 hours

Fee: $80/8 Scouts and $10 each additional Scout

 

> Gardener

Take a tour of our flower and vegetable fields, and also discover some of the smaller vegetable, flower and herb gardens on the property! Learn about seasonal growing and eating, experiment with seeds, make a dream garden collage using our abundant flower and vegetable catalogues, discover our hardiness zone, and volunteer a little time in our fields and gardens (depending on the season). Steps 1-5.

When: Mon – Sat

Time: Up to 2 hours

Fee: $80/8 Scouts and $10 each additional Scout

 

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CADETTES

 

Badges

 

> Trees

Time this badge to coordinate with maple sugaring season at the Farm! Or, take a guided walk through our forested nature trail, identify tree types, and learn about the forest/farm life cycle of our trees. Read our favorite tree legend and craft your own story round-robin style. How might you help a tree thrive at the Farm or in our forest? Steps 1, 2, 3, 5.

When: Mon – Sat

Time: Up to 2 hours

Fee: $80/8 Scouts and $10 each additional Scout

 

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SENIORS

 

Badges

 

> Locavore

What is a “locavore”? Talk to folks at the Farm, and learn about the people who grow and buy our food. Discover 10 plants eaten seasonally in New England, get one of our “insider” seasonal eating recipes, and cook a simple dish showcasing local ingredients, like a simple omelet with our eggs! (Ingredients not included, and are seasonally dependent.) Steps 1, 2, 3, 4.

When: Mon – Sat

Time: Up to 1.5 hours

Fee: $70/10 Scouts and $7 each additional Scout

 

Voice for Animals

> Chore Time

Chore Time is a special opportunity for Scouts to feed and water our farm animals and secure them for the night. Step 3.

When: Mon - Thurs

Time: 4pm-5pm

Fee: $42/6 Scouts and $7 each additional Scout

 

Journey: Sow What? It’s Your Planet – Love It

Volunteer on the Farm, raise chicks for the Farm (late winter/early spring), or propose a simple “take action” farm project. How can we help you on your Journey? Let us know!

Fee: Call for information


 

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