Girl Scouts of the Northwestern Great Lakes offers portable programs to troops to use in the way that works best for them…troop overnights, meetings or as a service project. Portable Programs come with nearly everything you need to carry out fun and informative programming to girls to help them Discover new things, Connect with each other, and Take Action on issues that are interesting to them.
Using Portable Programs
Whether you're planning a troop overnight, thinking of upcoming meeting ideas, or if you have a group of teen Girl Scouts who want to implement programming for younger Girl Scouts, you'll want to take a look at Portable Programs!
Have your girls discuss the different Portable Programs and come to a consensus on the ones they want to try. You will have the kit for two weeks – plenty of time for you and your group to go over the activities before doing them. At any grade level, girls can be a big part of this planning process to ensure they are receiving the type of programming they desire. After you complete the activities in the kit, think of the ways you can carry out what you've learned in a new and exciting service project!
Reserving Portable Programs
To reserve a Portable Program Kit, call the Service Center nearest you to check for availability. Then complete the Portable Programs Reservation Form. Mail or drop off the form along with payment to the Service Center where you want to pick up the kit. The kit must be returned to the same Service Center two weeks after your reserved pick up date.
Available Portable Programs
GirlSports on the Go!
Grade Level: Girl Scout Daisies and Brownies
Swing, kick, run and jump! Get your troop moving with this GirlSports kit. The colorful and detailed leader guide will help you teach your troop the basics, which include throwing, catching, kicking, volleying, striking, batting, dribbling, and passing. The program also provides a few basic locomotor and agility activities so your girls can easily pick up the skills. The kit includes a variety of things you'll need such as cones, balls, chalk to mark circles or lines, balloons, paddles, and more! After completing the activities in this kit, your girls will be the queens of the court!
Historic Uniforms Kit
Grade Level: ALL
Try them on for size! This kit comes with historic uniform components as well as accessories and guides to help you identify the uniforms. Work together as a troop to guess from which era the provided uniforms are from and why Girl Scouts even have uniforms. Choose to use the uniforms to put on a fashion show to give others a walking history of Girl Scouts! If your troop likes fashion, design, and history, this kit is for you!
A Penny Saved
Grade Level: Girl Scout Daisies, Brownies and Juniors
Grab your piggy banks because this program is all about money! Teach your troop about the importance of being financially literate. You'll learn about saving, smart spending, and how to count money and give change. Sound like a lot of money talk? Well, you'll love the simple activities, fun games, and realistic money manipulatives that make financial literacy a breeze! We've even included instructions to make your own piggy bank so you can start saving today!
On the Road to Bronze, Silver and Gold!
Grade Level: Girl Scout Juniors, Cadettes, Seniors and Ambassadors
One is bronze, one is silver, and the other is gold! Is your troop ready to go for the three highest recognitions a Girl Scout can achieve? If the answer is yes, then your first step is to check out one of these training kits. This kit includes everything you need to get on the right track for an organized award- earning experience, including a detailed PowerPoint presentation outlining requirements, copies of essential books, and even tips on ceremonies for when everything's done!
Grade Level: Girl Scout Brownies, Juniors, Cadettes and Seniors
You'll find it fun and easy to keep your body and mind healthy with Saturday Suitcases! Each suitcase is packed with hands-on activities designed to help teach girls how to take care of themselves. Girls will use tools like "GlitterBug" and life-like models and visual aides to learn how to be their best! Click here for outlines of activities for each Grade Level.
Anishinabe Patch Kit
Grade Level: All Girl Scouts
Cost: $2 per girl (includes patch and materials)
"Mndaadenmaad niin gjichged bmiitwaad..." Learn what this means and much more when you study the Ojibwa people of the Upper Peninsula and northern Wisconsin. This kit is packed with educational resources to teach girls about Native American culture. The girls will love to make traditional recipes, practice the Ojibwa language, learn songs, and do crafts.
Grade Level: Girl Scout Brownies and Juniors
Beetles, bugs and bees - oh my! Do you have any future entomologists in your group? This kit is all about those incredible insects we see every day. Through games, visual aides, and observation, your girls will take a closer look at the tiny creatures all around them.
Wild Edible Plants
Grade Level: Girl Scout Juniors (Teen Girl Scouts can conduct programming for Girl Scout Juniors!)
This kit gives a whole new meaning to "eating organic!" Many plants you can find in your own backyard can be used as foods, salads, fruit pies, teas, and even soft drinks. This kit will help girls correctly identify, gather, and prepare several wild edible plants. Your girls will love the fun and easy recipes that go along with each plant!
FETCH! with Ruff Ruffman
Grade Level: Girl Scout Brownies (Girl Scout Juniors and teen Girl Scouts can conduct programming for Girl Scout Brownies!)
Let Ruff Ruffman teach you all about science and engineering. This kit features a series of fun, interactive and easy to understand activities that girls will love learning from. Can one sheet of paper hold up a heavy book? Can you train your brain to think outside the box? Can you build a tower that defies the laws of gravity? You'll find out with Ruff!
Girl Scout Daisy Celebration
Grade Level: Girl Scout Daisies
Celebrate being a Girl Scout Daisy by enjoying crafts, snacks and learning more about what it means to be a Girl Scout. Examples of activities include an interactive story about Juliette Low and how Girl Scouts first started, making a colorful bracelet to wear as a reminder of the Girl Scout Law, and playing a fun international game. Gather the whole group together for this fun "dabbling in Girl Scout Daisies" experience!
Comet and Meteorite Mysteries
Grade Level: Girl Scout Juniors
Which way does a comet's tail go and why does it even have a tail, anyway? What's the difference between a meteor and a meteorite? You'll have an out-of-this-world experience as you go on a hunt for meteorite impact sites, make your own comet (and eat it, too!) and much more. You won't believe how easy teaching science to your girls can be with this interactive kit!
Exploring the Solar System
Grade Level: Girl Scout Brownies
Have you ever wondered how NASA explores our nearest neighbors? This kit will show you who those neighbors are and just how close they really are. Build a model of a planet, look through "telescopes," and create a human solar system! Here's your chance to be a space scientist for a day as you dig into some of the mysteries of our solar system.
Making America Home
Grade Level: Girl Scout Juniors
This informative troop kit focuses on how everyone is an immigrant, how many of the reasons behind immigration have not changed, the difficulties of living in a new society, and the impact immigrants have on their new communities. You'll create your very own 3-D family tree, create a troop recipe book, and take a citizenship test. You learn through hands-on activities as you take a trip to Ellis Island to experience immigration for yourself!
Flora and Fauna
Grade Level: All
Answer the call of the wild with this exciting portable nature kit! Included in the kit are real animal pelt samples, animal skull replicas, real tree leaf and seed displays, identification mounts, a bird call identifier, plenty of books, and a fun program guide filled with games and activities to accompany all of the hands-on items provided. Whether your girls are nature novices or rangers, they will find plenty of things to keep them busy in this kit. The variety of activities suit any age level!
WPS Green Energy, Green Earth
Grade Level: Girl Scout Juniors
Go Green while participating in energy awareness activities! This kit will provide girls with a fun and hands-on way to learn about hydro, wind, and solar energy. The kit provides all the background information you need in a simple format, along with easy to follow and engaging activities. Some activities include building circuits, assembling a solar car, and a wind turbine! Participants will receive a Wisconsin Public Service Green Energy, Green Earth patch. This program is sponsored by Wisconsin Public Service.