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3.4.1 Partners

Preferred Partners

Giant City Stables
722 Giant City Stables Rd.
Makanda, IL 62958

Looking to earn the Junior Horseback Riding badge?  Then Giant City Stables is the place for you! Learn about horses, how to groom a horse, and hit the dusty trail for a ride! Giant City Stables will provide a 3 hour program for the girl where they will complete all the badge requirements.

Fee (with badge):  $48.00
Fee (without badge):  $45.00

Giant City State Park
235 Giant City Rd.
Makanda, IL 62958

Whether you are looking to have a troop campout or just looking to have a day of fun in the sun this the perfect place. At Giant City State Park you and your girls can hike the trails, hunt for wildflowers or butterflies, go fishing, take a nature photos, or play around on sandstone rock bluffs. Need help run an outdoor badge program? The park interpreter is more than willing to schedule something with you in January, February, or September. Just give the visitor center a call.

Heath Museum & Confectionary
125 Court Street, Robinson, IL 62454

The Heath Museum and Confectionary is a museum, vintage soda fountain and candy store devoted to the product perfected by L.S. Heath Sons, the Heath Toffee candy bar. The museum is located in the original building of the Heath Co. The Museum is also a soda fountain which serves a variety of original, classic dairy treats served directly from a restored and vintage 1914 soda fountain. Open weekdays from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. and on Saturday from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. Free tours are available at the site.

Hettenhausen Center for the Arts
400 North Alton Street, Lebanon, IL 62254

“The Hett” is Southern Illinois’ premier performing arts venue, presenting world class dance, drama, classical music and jazz. The 488-seat auditorium is located on McKendree University campus in Lebanon, IL, 25 miles from St. Louis. Children’s shows are always part of the lineup for this state of the art facility that is reasonably priced under $10 for children’s tickets and around $15 for adult tickets.

MedExpress Urgent Care
Alton - 1704 Homer M. Adams Parkway, Alton, IL 62002 | 618-465-0260
Collinsville - 515 Beltline Road, Collinsville, IL 62234 | 618-344-7882
O'Fallon - 1711 W. Highway 50, O'Fallon, IL 62269 | 618-628-1791
Swansea - 2524 N. Illinois Street, Swansea, IL 62226 | 618-235-0605

MedExpress offers a great program where troops can earn a First Aid patch developed by MedExpress. The program takes about an hour to complete. The program includes the following: 1. Tour of the Center 2. Opportunity to meet the MedExpress Center Team 3. First Aid Demonstration 4. MedExpress First Aid patch and certificate presentation. This is a patch program set up my MedExpress and will not complete the First Aid Badge for Brownies, Juniors, Cadettes or Seniors. Troops can request the possibility of completing the Girl Scout First Aid badge when contacting one of the above MedExpress Urgent Care Centers. 

MedExpress Center Tour Request Form

Missouri Botanical Gardens & Shaw Nature Reserve
4344 Shaw Boulevard, St. Louis, MO 63110
307 Pinetum Loop Rd., Gray Summit, MO 63039

Register online by using link for each workshop or contact Scout Programs Instructor at or 314-577-9473, ext. 6357

Girl Scout Troops and individual Girl Scouts can explore the wonders of nature at the Missouri Botanical Garden & Shaw Nature Reserve. Some programs are aligned with GS Journey awards or badges. Others explore nature and STEM concepts without resulting in an award.  

Shinobi Fitness
127 W . McArthur Drive (Rte 140) Rear, Cottage Hills, IL

The first indoor Ninja Warrior inspired Obstacle Training and Martial Arts facility of it’s kind in southern Illinois.  The facility was founded by Tim Minnick, with over 20 years of Martial Arts and fitness experience.  Minnick competed on American Ninja Warrior Season 6, in 2014 in St. Louis.  Contact facility for class times, cost and etc. 

Stang Arts
112 W. Washington Ave., Effingham, IL

Stang Arts is helping kids to be more creative and finding a sense of accomplishment for doing something new and different. Book a custom art class or a paint party.

St. Louis Bread Company (Panera)
1126 E. Walnut St., Carbondale, IL 62901
2704 W. Deyoung St., Marion, IL 62959
Any St. Louis Bread Company (Panera)

Bakers-In-Training. Each girl will receive a baking hat and apron, score and bake their own French Baguette (as well as one to donate), enjoy milk and a cookie and take home a Baker’s Certificate to remember the day. Signed parent permission slip from the bakery is due prior to the hour and half session.  

Tarple Art Center
600 Lincoln Ave., Charleston, IL 61920
Contact: Kit Marice at

On site art museum at Eastern Illinois University that provides a tour an activity for Girl Scout groups. Center serves as a major arts resource for Central Illinois and Eastern Illinois University that primarily focuses on the visual arts.

Treehouse Wildlife Center
23956 Green Acres Road, Dow, IL 62022

Whether you are seeking a casual tour of the facilities or an educative experience unlike any other in the Riverbend area, Treehouse Wildlife Center is committed to providing opportunities in environmental and wildlife education. In-house programming incorporates hands-on learning as well as in-depth discussion of the selected topic.