Field Trip/Travel Ideas

Don't forget your permission slips (see below) and don't forget to notify the service unit by emailing High risk activities usually require special permission, insurance and waivers. 

Check the Safety-Wise/Safety Activity Checkpoints to make sure your field trip is appropriate for your program level and for tips to keep everyone safe.
GSUSA Safety-Wise Updates
Fill out a Trip and Travel application. It can be downloaded, filled out and saved. Instructions are on the form.

Also, be sure to share your great trips with us so we can post ideas to share with everyone.

Permission Slip for Overnight (see flyer below)
Frequently Asked Questions (see flyer below)

Council Programs:
Activities and Events, opportunities for all program levels

Village Board Meeting Flag Ceremony:
Participate in a flag ceremony during a Frankfort Village Board meeting. Bring flag ceremony patches to be handed out by the Mayor. The meetings are in the basement of the Frankfort Police Station at 7:00 p.m. Contact the Village of Frankfort at 815-469-2177 for more information. See the flyer below for additional details.

Field Trips/Adventures:
Dream-Hats Meditation in Frankfort/Tinley Park (60 minute child meditative sessions w/craft for ages 4-14)
Fair Oaks Farm
Exploration Station
Frankfort Quilt Shop
Frankfort Square Nature Center - The nature center/classroom is located on the grounds of the Community Center/Island Prairie Park.  Additional improvements will include 90+ mature, 5” caliper native Illinois tree species, an interpretive garden, gazebo, boardwalk, canoe and kayak launch, and an osprey platform. With the addition of this facility, children and adults alike will be able to learn about the ecological and environmental benefits of the natural areas within our community. 7540 W. Braemar Lane  Frankfort, Illinois
GINA MARIE'S SINGSONG AND YOGA - Kindergarten and 1st and 2nd Grade is a fun musical show that incorporates, my original music from my CD the BLUE ALLIGATOR, yoga, breath work, stillness, dancing, lots of laughter, fund interactive play! The messages from the Blue Alligator are life messages that educate and encourage, self confidence, letting go, using their imagination, listening, cooperation and loving oneself. Every message is for kids and parents to learn about love, anger, frustration life and dreaming.
Earn a Petal:   RED Courageous and Strong
                        GREEN - Considerate and Caring
                        PURPLE - Respect myself and others
Stand in Your Truth Program: 3rd Grade - Junior in High School - Interactive talk, yoga, breathing, music, relaxation, art, journaling, stillness, peer support, and truth.
                        Benefits: Healthy body Image, Leadership, Finding their voices and Coping skills for a lifetime.
                        Topics: Mean Girls vs. Leadership
                        Healthy Body Image vs. Media
                        Healthy assertiveness, How to say NO
It is my goal, to provide a loving a safe environment for girls and teach them essential life skills every girl/young woman needs for healthy maturation, development, build healthy relationships and the opportunity to reach her own unique and highest potential. Through  interactive talk, yoga, breathing art, journaling,  writing, drumming,  unconditional love and peer support….. girls will be guided to develop tools to successfully navigate issues every girl faces today.

Kay MacNeil's Garden tour - Tours held all year. Kay hosts "Avant Gardening" on FCTV-6 in Frankfort. (815) 469-1294
Life Time Fitness in Orland Park -  Call Cassie Miller the Kids' Activity Manager 708-675-3251 2-3 hour parties - rock wall, swimming, or gym games.
Manteno Veteran's Home (ask for Kathy to set up a Sunday visit to play bingo with the veterans)
Naper Settlement - Offers badge work for the Junior Geocaching badge and Brownie Letter box badge.  $27 per girl.
Pots and Paints
Sweet Dreams Cakes
Sweet Dreams Cakes, located on Route 30 and 80th Avenue, offers scouting badge work and/or a fun place to take your troop for an outing. I have not yet taken my troops there but I did work with Vicky, co-owner, for the Creative Arts Showcase and she is really excited to reach out to the community! We had a very positive experience working with her for the Showcase. She told me they have hosted girl scout troops in the past and would love to do more of it. I don't have cost details but Vicky would be happy to make arrangements. There information is as follows:
 Sweet Dreams Cakes   7956 W. Lincoln Hwy   Phone: 815.464.5766
Trinity Ladies Home 
A group home sponsored by Trinity Services.  Send a cards for any holiday and sign however you choose.  It does not occur to any of them that a stranger is sending a card.  Everyone is their friend.  Most of these ladies do not have any family.  These cards are a huge part of their Christmas celebration. The address listed is 18701 Rose Lane, Mokena, IL. 60448
Contact Jane for specific names of the residents at
Will County Forest Preserve (check the youth education section for badge programs)
Yarns to Dye For
I took my troop (2nd year Juniors) to Yarns To Dye For in downtown Frankfort for a knitting class last month. They loved it! The girls worked with yarn on looms and learned the basic method of knitting. The cost is $18 per scout for two hours of instruction. They will also receive a pass to come back for free on any Sunday from 1:00 - 3:00 to work with Tamara! She is probably going to open up Monday afternoons as well for the summer, so for parents looking for something for their girls to do, this is a great opportunity!
 Yarns To Dye For
19 Ash Street
Frankfort, IL 60423
Phone: (815) 469-4906
Instructor is Tamara Gibbons.

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Thinking bigger than a field trip? Check out these travel ideas.Here are travel ideas and resources for older girls.

Lauren Wander-Ziemba,
Jun 16, 2010, 3:20 PM
Lauren Wander-Ziemba,
Feb 7, 2012, 6:00 PM