When you look up at the night sky, what do you see? Darkness, stars, planets, moons, satellites, constellations, galaxies or a speck on your glasses. Gain an understanding of basic astronomy. Meet with members of the Astronomy Club of Asheville. Check out star charts for the current month. Discover what you can see using a telescope. Did you know that the August full moon is the largest full moon in 2014? The Astronomy Club of Asheville has invited Girl Scouts out for an introduction to backyard astronomy.
The club star gazes are open to the public and usually occur twice per month on the Friday night that falls near the Last Quarter and New Moons (unless a holiday interferes.) Should the Friday night be clouded out, we will use the next night (Saturday) as a backup night.
Dress as warmly as you can especially your head, hands and feet. They’ve never heard anyone complain about being too warm at a star gaze. You may want to bring a sit upon, blanket or chair. Feel free to bring a pair of binoculars if you have them.
Anyone who comes to a star gaze should turn off your car lights as soon as possible, and give a warning before you turn on your lights to leave. Don’t use a flashlight unless it has a deep red filter over it. Few things irritate astronomers more than losing their night vision. It takes at least 15 minutes to get it back, longer if the person was observing very dim objects such as faint galaxies. If you bring a flashlight, it MUST have several layers of red cellophane covering the light.
Girls must be accompanied by adults, either troop leadership or parent/guardian. For last minute location updates and tons of useful resources, check out www.astroasheville.org.
GRADE LEVEL: Girl Scout Juniors, Cadettes, Seniors, Ambassadors
REGISTRATION DEADLINE: August 18, 2014 (E-mail Laura Allison at email@example.com or leave message at 828-210-9027 with number of girl participants and adult participants, group contact person name, e-mail address and phone number.)
The service centers and shops are closed in observance of Labor Day.
Imagine meeting a black bear or building your home like a beaver. These animals live in the wild, so we don’t get to spend time with them in their natural homes—their habitats. But that doesn’t mean we can’t find out more about where they live, how they play and how we can help them! Girls are welcome to attend without adults in attendance. Arboretum educators serve as adults required for safety ratios. Girl Scouts are encouraged with groups/troops that register together to meet safety ratios. Register online at www.ncarboretumregistration.org. Contact Jonathan Marchal, Youth Education Coordinator, at 828-665-2492 ext. 228 with questions.
GRADE LEVEL: Girl Scout Juniors (grades 4-5) and troop leaders
REGISTRATION DEADLINE: August 21, 2014
GIRL FEE: $10
BRING: suitable clothes for the weather, water bottle, completed permission/health form for girls attending individually
This event “otter” be fun! Come on in and BE ACTIVE! We’ll have Frisbee golf, kick ball, basketball, crafts, movies and much more! Stations will be set up to complete your troop’s on-time registration. Friday night and Saturday morning snacks are included.
GRADE LEVEL: All Girl Scouts
REGISTRATION DEADLINE: September 5 (To register individually, as a small group or as a troop, please go here.)
FEE: $30 per girl; one leader free and each additional leader is $20
BRING: Wear comfortable clothes and shoes
Quilts say so much about our lives – our likes, desires and dreams. Quiltmakers were storytellers of the past. Put your math skills to use, learn to use a sewing machine and to also make hand stitches. Members of the Asheville Quilt Guild will teach girls needed skills to make their own quilt wall hanging. All materials will be provided.
GRADE LEVEL: Girl Scout Cadettes, Seniors, Ambassadors (grades 6-12) and troop leaders, parents
REGISTRATION DEADLINE: August 28, 2014, Click here to register in E-biz!
GIRL FEE: $10
ADULT FEE: Free
BRING: bag lunch, water bottle
DATE TIME LOCATION DEADLINE
September 13, 2014 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Asheville Service Center, Asheville August 28, 2014
Come tour our beautiful riding facility, meet the horses and learn more about the different programs we offer. Participate in several un-mounted equine and barn-related activities.
GRADE LEVEL: All Girl Scouts (grades K-12) and troop leaders, parents
REGISTRATION DEADLINE: N/A
GIRL FEE: Free
ADULT FEE: Free
Camp Sunshine is a leadership program for girls in grades 7-12. These older Girl Scouts work together as a staff to plan an overnight camping experience for younger girls in grades 3-5, whom have never been a Girl Scout and/or have never had the opportunity to experience camp. This REQUIRED orientation will give you an overview of the program and detailed job descriptions of all the leadership positions available for the event. The girl staff designs the activities, learns techniques to work with younger girls, expands their leadership and organizational skills and gains self-confidence in themselves by helping others. Camp Sunshine staff are selected by application only and applications MUST be received by October 1, 2014, to be considered.
If selected, girls MUST be available to attend the following meetings and training to be held at Camp Ginger Cascades: October 26, November 16 and January 11 from 3-5 p.m. and a required training March 21-22, 2015, with the actual event April 10-12, 2015. Please Note: If you are applying for a position on the leadership team, there are additional meeting dates that you MUST attend.
GRADE LEVEL: Girl Scout Cadettes, Seniors, Ambassadors (grades 7-12) and troop leaders
REGISTRATION DEADLINE: September 2, 2014
GIRL FEE: Free
ADULT FEE: Free
BRING: water bottle, pencil, notebook