"I believe that girls and women have a right to be themselves and that they are just as strong and capable as anyone else. Hardy Girls Healthy Women has taught me how to speak up in situations that might be uncomfortable and has set me up for greater opportunities in life." - Mackenzie
An interactive program for girls in grades 2-6, Adventure Girls gives girls the opportunity to meet once a month with women who are defying gender stereotypes and challenging notions of what a girl or woman “should” do or be. Adventure Girls brings girls together with college mentors and women facilitators to learn how mountaineers, race car drivers, boat captains, and other daring women chose to do what they do and how they've found the courage to follow their dreams.
The 2012-13 is open for registration!
You can now register for our 2012-13 season. Adventures are $20 per session with scholarships available. You can register for the entire season at a discounted rate of $220. Adventure Girls t-shirts are being offered for free while supplies last. Individuals can register online using this link or download the registration form and mail it to Hardy Girls.
Scholarship Policy: There has been a change to our scholarship policy this year in that scholarship registrations are only currently being accepted for the Fall Block of adventures. Scholarship registration for the Winter Block of adventures will open on November 5, 2012, and for the Spring Block on February 18, 2012.
Please register at least one day prior to an event to reserve a spot. Adventures are held from 10a-12p for Girl Scout Troops and from 1p-3p for individual registration. Requests to attend the morning session from individuals will be determined on a case by case basis as sessions fill up.
The cost is $20 per adventure. Events must be pre-paid. Full and partial scholarships are always available for events by session block (fall, winter, spring) or by individual session. Group rates of $15/girl are available for sign-ups of 3 or more - group registration here. Girls need to be dropped off by a parent/guardian at the specified activity location.
Adventure Girls is also happening in Bangor! More on the Bangor Adventures will be announced soon! If you have questions about Bangor Adventure Girls Please Contact: Trish Hansen at firstname.lastname@example.org or call (207) 356-9665.
Special Mother-Daughter Adventure: Farm to Table Saturday, November 10, 10am-12pm, Barrels Community Market, 74 Main Street, Waterville With generous sponsorship from MaineGeneral Health
Want to learn more about shopping for and preparing healthy and delicious foods with your daughter? A new Mother-Daughter Adventure will be held at Barrels Community Market that combines healthy living, shopping, and cooking, too! Shelley Goraj, MS, RD/LD, the Food Service Manager at MaineGeneral Medical Center in Augusta, will show how fun it can be to make snacks and meals out of local foods that are in-season. Together we'll find foods at the market and make some yummy recipes that every family can enjoy at school, work, and at the dinner table! Space is limited to 10 Mother/Daughter pairs. Please register at least two days prior to the event to reserve a spot. The cost is $25 per Mother/Daughter pair. Scholarships are available. Register Here!
The Season’s Schedule of Events All sessions are held on Saturdays from 1-3pm for individual registrations and 10a-12p for Girl Scout Troops, unless otherwise indicated.
Through the generosity of our sponsors, we are able to ensure that all girls can attend Adventure Girls sessions regardless of their ability to pay. Thank you!
Funded in part by grants from MaineGeneral Health, the Maine Women's Fund and People's United Community Foundation.
FALL BLOCK September 8th: Mooove Over Boys: Meet A Female Farmer THIS EVENT IS FULL Linda Hartkopf, owner of Hart to Hart Farm, will teach us about life as female farmer and business woman. Where does our food come from? What do farmers have to do to make sure the animals are healthy, the tractor’s running, and the crops are growing? Girls will find out at this event! Location: Hart to Hart Farm, 16 Duck Pond Lane, Albion, ME 04910
October 20th: Jane of All Trades Meet the women of Women Unlimited who will teach us about women in the fields of carpentry, construction and more. Learn how the trades help the environment. In this adventure girls will work together to construct their very own bat house! Location: Hardy Girls, 14 Common St. Waterville, ME 04901
November 3rd: Robotics Meet Jamee Luce and the girls of the Infinite Loop Robotics team! Girls will see demonstrations and learn the different ways to construct vehicles, animals, machines and much more using Lego Mindstorm technology. Location: Messalonskee High School, 131 Messalonskee High Dr., Oakland, ME 04963
November 17th: Trails and Tails Meet Outdoor Educator Leah Trommer of Tanglewood 4-H Camp and Learning Center. Girls will learn about outdoor awareness, tracking animals, scat, plant, and tree identification and explore the ecology of the woods while on a hike. Location: The Arboretum – Colby College, 4000 Mayflower Hill Dr., Waterville, ME 04901
WINTER BLOCK December 15th: Chop To It! Meet Cassidy Dangler, who became at 10 years old the youngest person to receive a black belt in Waterville. Now a Junior at Waterville High School, Cassidy is a 2nd Degree Black Belt, sensei (teacher in Japanese) at Club Naha and much more! Learn about women in martial arts and self defense! Location: Club Naha at the Alfond Youth Center, 126 North St., Waterville, ME 04901
January 5th: Chemical Commotion 9-11am & 1-3pm Who says that chemistry has to be all work and no fun? Adventurers will meet Chemist Lisa Miller who will show us how to make chemical reactions, discover what's in everyday foods and conduct other experiments in the lab. Location: 4th Floor Keyes Building, Colby College – 4000 Mayflower Hill Dr., Waterville ME 04901
SUNDAY, January 13th: Power Paddles Let’s go kayaking! Meet kayakers Dana and Murielle DiBiase, formerly of the Penobscot Paddle and Chowder Society. Learn basic paddle techniques as well as how to properly flip over in your kayak! We’ll also try our hand at racing and swamping. Location: Alfond Youth Center, 126 North St., Waterville, ME 04901
February 9th: Miss Wizard! CANCELLED Meet physics professor Lisa Lessard and learn how everything in the universe affects every other thing from the cosmos to the weather! Science can be fun too! From dropping eggs to floating boats, girls will learn hands on how everything interacts! Location: 3rd floor Mudd Building, Colby College, 4000 Mayflower Hill Dr., Waterville, ME 04901
SPRING BLOCK March 9th & 16th: Welding WomenTHIS EVENT IS FULL What’s a job that’s fun, makes a lot of money, and lets you travel? Meet Edie Benttinen of D&E Metalworks to learn the art of using a torch to make everything from sculptures to wind chimes. Participants will get to keep their pieces. Location: D&E Metalworks, 772 Rome Rd., Mercer, ME 04957
March 30th: Girls Go Green Meet Cathy Lee, owner and operator of Lee International. Lee International teaches companies in Maine and around the world how to be more friendly to the earth by reducing negative greenhouse gases. Learn what carbon trading means and how women are making the world a better place to live and breathe! Location: Hardy Girls Healthy Women, 14 Common St. Waterville ME 04901
April 27th: Chain Reaction What’s a fun way to exercise in the spring? Do you know how a bike is put together? Can you take it apart? Meet Merry-Beth Bumpus, a bicycle extraordinaire, who will show us what parts make up a bicycle and explore a fun way to keep our bodies healthy outside. Hardy Girls Healthy Women, 14 Common St. Waterville ME 04901
May 11th: Animal Doctor Dr. Eleanor Sabean, veterinarian at Lakeside Animal Clinic has helped many animals both large and small. How do you communicate with animals to find out what’s wrong? Do cats go to the dentist? Girls will go on a tour of the animal clinic and learn about a day in the life of vet. Location: Lakeside Animal Clinic, 88 Libby Hill Road Oakland, ME 04963