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Challenge Island of Southern Johnson County

Challenge Island offers a wide array of exhilarating, collaborative STEMtastic programs for kids ages 4-14+. Our action-packed options include in-person or VIRTUAL field trips, camps, parties, and more!

Location: Virtual and KC Metro

How to register: Register online

Cost per girl: See program descriptions

Materials Needed: Once registered, we will send you a Materials List which the Girl Scout can have a scavenger hunt with around the house. Many to all of the items are things you have in the house. You can gather an item OR substitute something else. 

Additional Info: Challenge Island® partners with Girl Scout councils nationwide, and we also offer fully interactive, hands-on STEAM Girl Scout virtual workshops for girls of all ages - Daisy through Ambassador! Our workshops are taught by a certified Challenge Island Owner who is also a Lifetime Girl Scout and a former Girl Scout Council Director. But girls be warned: These are not sit-watch-a-video and do the activity on your own types of classes! These classes are fully interactive with the teacher and the other kids on the call and completely hands-on, just as our in-person classes are. So come join us on our interactive online classes and connect with your troop members and new Girl Scout friends. We have put together a special workshop just for you!

Workshops include a Challenge Island Fun Patch!

Journey Workshops do not include the Take Action project.  However, you can contact our Troop Experience Team to get help at troopexperiencemanager@gsksmo.org

Covid Protocol: Please read our protocol practices here.

 
VIRTUAL OPPORTUNITIES:

Programs available throughout spring and summer. See individual program descriptions for specific dates.

Daisy Think Like an Engineer Journey Workshop

Daisy Think Like an Engineer Journey Workshops, INCLUDES three 1½-hour workshops on 3 separate dates.  Girls must be available for all three dates to register and complete their journey.

  • Mon, May 3 - Fairy House Design Challenge
  • Mon, May 10 - Cross a Canyon Bridge Design Challenge
  • Mon, May 17 - Puff Mobile Design Challenge

At each workshop session, girls will use the Engineering Design Process to understand a real-world issue, create a design build around the topic, and will have the opportunity to show off their go-getter ingenuity to their fellow Girl Scouts.  Girls are encouraged to wear their sash/vest. 

With participation in all three Journey workshop sessions, girls complete the entire Journey except for the Take Action Project which must come from the girls' vision and be implemented in their community per GSUSA requirements.  The Take Action Project will need to be completed as a Girl Scout troop or as an individual.  

Cost includes: Three 1½-hour workshops with 3 separate design build challenges, three materials lists scavenger hunts, additional printouts as needed, AND a Certificate of Completion & exclusive Challenge Island patch mailed directly to the Girl Scout. This does not include the Journey Award.  

Cost per girl: $22 

Journey Connections: Daisy Journey: Think Like an Engineer

Daisy Toy Business Designer Badge Workshop

When: May 15, 11am-1pm CST

In the Daisy Toy Business Designer Badge Workshop, girls will use the Engineering Design Process to complete the badge requirements by learning how to create a themed toy and coming up with ideas to make it a better toy.  Then girls will create a poster to market their product and pitch it to the group.   Then girls will create a poster to market their product and pitch it to the group.  

Girls are encouraged to wear their sash/vest.  

Cost includes: 1 1/2-hour workshop a design build challenge, materials list scavenger hunt, additional printouts, and a Certificate of Completion & exclusive Challenge Island patch mailed directly to the Girl Scout. This does not include the badge.

Cost per girl: $15

Badge Connections: Daisy Badge: Toy Business Designer

Brownie Budding Entrepreneur Badge Workshop

When: May 15, 2-4pm CST

In the Brownie Budding Entrepreneur Badge Workshop, girls will use the Engineering Design Process to complete the badge requirements by listening to a female Entrepreneur's story and the story of another famous Entrepreneur who changed how we live.  Girls will come up with a new themed restaurant business with unique products and services, design prototypes, and test those prototypes.  As Engineers do, girls will share their ideas to get feedback and make improvements on their business and products.   Then girls will pitch their business to the group.   

Girls are encouraged to wear their sash/vest.  

Cost includes: 1 1/2-hour workshop a design build challenge, materials list scavenger hunt, additional printouts, and a Certificate of Completion & exclusive Challenge Island patch mailed directly to the Girl Scout. This does not include the badge.   

Cost per girl: $15

Badge Connections: Brownie Badge: Budding Entrepreneur

Junior Think Like an Engineer Journey Workshop

Junior Think Like an Engineer Journey Workshops, INCLUDES three 1½-hour workshops on 3 separate dates. Girls must be available for all three dates to register and complete their journey.

  • May 3 - Eiffel Tower Design Challenge
  • May 10 - Earthquake Safe Hotel Design Challenge
  • May 17 - Pet Emergency Room Shelter Design Challenge

At each workshop session, girls will use the Engineering Design Process to understand a real-world issue, create a design build around the topic, and will have the opportunity to show off their go-getter ingenuity to their fellow Girl Scouts.  Girls are encouraged to wear their sash/vest. 

With participation in all three Journey workshop sessions, girls complete the entire Journey except for the Take Action Project which must come from the girls' vision and be implemented in their community per GSUSA requirements.  The Take Action Project will need to be completed as a Girl Scout troop or as an individual.   

Cost includes: Three 1½-hour workshops with 3 separate design build challenges, three materials lists, scavenger hunts, additional printouts as needed, AND a Certificate of Completion & exclusive Challenge Island patch mailed directly to the Girl Scout. This does not include the Journey Award.

Cost per girl: $22 

Journey Connections: Junior Journey: Think Like an Engineer

Cadette Think Like an Engineer Journey Workshop

Cadette Think Like an Engineer Journey Workshop INCLUDES three 1½-hour workshops on 3 separate dates.  

  • Mon, May 3 - Fairy House Design Challenge
  • Mon, May 10 - Cross a Canyon Bridge Design Challenge
  • Mon, May 17 - Puff Mobile Design Challenge

In each workshop session, girls will use the Engineering Design Process to understand a real-world issue, create a design build around the topic, and will have the opportunity to show off their go-getter ingenuity to their fellow Girl Scouts.  Girls are encouraged to wear their sash/vest. 

With participation in all Journey workshop sessions, girls complete the entire Journey except for the Take Action Project which must come from the girls' vision and be implemented in their community per GSUSA requirements.  The Take Action Project will need to be completed as a Girl Scout troop or as an individual in order to complete the Journey requirements.  

Cost includes: workshops with 3 separate design build challenges, three materials lists, scavenger hunts, additional printouts as needed, AND a Certificate of Completion & exclusive Challenge Island patch mailed directly to the Girl Scout. This does not include the Journey Award.   

Cost per girl: $22 

Journey Connection: Cadette Journey: Think Like an Engineer

Senior/Ambassador Think Like an Engineer Journey Workshop

Senior/Ambassador Think Like an Engineer Journey Workshops, INCLUDES three 1½-hour workshops on 3 separate dates.  Girls must be available for all three dates to register and complete their journey.

  • Tues., April 6 – Harmless Can Holder Design Challenge
  • Tues., April 13 – Assistive Device Design Challenge
  • Tues., April 20 – Kinetic Sculpture Design Challenge

At each workshop session, girls will use the Engineering Design Process to understand a real-world issue, create a design build around the topic, and will have the opportunity to show off their go-getter ingenuity to their fellow Girl Scouts.  Girls are encouraged to wear their sash/vest. 

With participation in all three Journey workshop sessions, girls complete the entire Journey except for the Take Action Project which must come from the girls' vision and be implemented in their community per GSUSA requirements.  The Take Action Project will need to be completed as a Girl Scout troop or as an individual.   

Cost includes: Three 1½-hour workshops with 3 separate design build challenges, three materials lists scavenger hunts, additional printouts as needed, AND a Certificate of Completion & exclusive Challenge Island patch mailed directly to the Girl Scout. This does not include the Journey Award.

Cost per girl: $22 

Journey Connections: Senior Journey: Think Like an Engineer, Ambassador Journey: Think Like an Engineer

FAMILY WORKSHOP Automotive Engineering Triple Badge Workshop
  • May 8, 1-4pm
  • June 23, 1-4pm

COME CELEBRATE MOTHER'S or FATHER’s DAY in this FAMILY Workshop for the Daisy / Brownie / Junior Automotive Engineering Triple Badge Workshop. Girls have the opportunity to earn all three badges: Automotive Design Badge, Automotive Engineering Badge, & Automotive Manufacturing Badge.

Girl Scout(s) and their families will use the Engineering Design Process to complete the badge requirements for these three badges by learning about the design process, engineering process, and manufacturing process in the automotive industry.  We will learn about the automotive industry history, mobility, the parts of a car, design features and safety features.   We will sketch & sculpt a design of a vehicle for a specific purpose incorporating your design features and your design criteria list.  We will then engineer and build the vehicle prototype as well as work with members of the family to create & implement an assembly line for multiple builds.   

IMPORTANT NOTE: This workshop must have two (2) or more people per family participating order for a girl to earn the Automotive Manufacturing Badge because it includes an assembly line build with multiple people needed.  If a girl attends alone, she will only earn the Automotive Design Badge and Automotive Engineering Badges.   

Girls are encouraged to wear their sash/vest. 

Cost includes: 3-hour workshop multiple STEAM build challenges, materials list scavenger hunt, additional printouts, and a Certificate of Completion & exclusive Challenge Island patch mailed directly to the Girl Scout. This does not include the badge. 

Cost: $35 per household

REGISTRATION: You only REGISTER ONCE PER HOUSEHOLD regardless of the number of siblings in the family.  During or after the workshop, we will contact you for the names of additional GS siblings in the family to be able to provide a Certificate of Completion and Challenge Island patch for each one.  Sibling brothers are welcome to join us as well and if they are a Cub Scout, we will send them a CI patch too.  

Badge Connections: Daisy Badge: Automotive Design, Daisy Badge: Automotive Engineering, Daisy Badge: Automotive Manufacturing, Brownie Badge: Automotive Design, Brownie Badge: Automotive Engineering, Brownie Badge: Automotive Manufacturing, Junior Badge: Automotive Design, Junior Badge: Automotive Engineering, Junior Badge: Automotive Manufacturing

 

Outcomes:   Develops a strong sense of self.  Seeks challenges and learns from setbacks. Learns to identify and solve problems in her community. Displays positive values. Learn more about the 5 Girl Scout Outcomes.