STREAM Girls gives Girl Scouts the oppurtunity to earn a patch and work on badges as they serve as citizen scientists, anglers, and artists, in order to build an appreciation for watershed conservation and the enviornment.. This outdoor watershed experience employs STEM-education (science, technology, engineering, math) plus recreation and arts to explore a local stream. Every person is a citizen of her watershed, and TU has partnered with Girl Scouts USA so that girls will get the complete picture of what their stream could mean to them.

Over the course of multiple sessions, TU volunteers will lead the Girl Scouts in observing a stream, collecting flow data, sampling macroinvertebrates (aka aquatic bugs), fly tying, and fly casting. Each day also gives the girls time to explore the natural area and record their thoughts and observations in their handbooks.

Patch Program Requirements
Eight core activities make a STREAM Girls program. You may choose activities that fit the interest and timeframe for your event; however, doing all eight core activities is required for your program to be considered a STREAM Girls “patch” program. That is, in order for the scouts to receive the patch, they must complete all eight activities.

The Eight Core Activites are: 

1.    STREAM Walk
2.    Fly casting
3.    Go with the Flow!
4.    Macroinvertebrate survey
5.    Fly tying
6.    STREAM stations and bracelets
7.    Some amount of reflection throughout
8.    Some amount of discussion throughout

What you will need (scroll down for downloadable resources):

  • STREAM Girls TU Volunteer Guide: your one-stop doc for planning and executing a flexible and fun curriculum.
  • STREAM Girls Field Notebook: used by the scouts as they move through the program. This should be printed and bound at a print shop, one for each girl. 
  • Equipment: outlined before each activity in the Volunteer Guide. 
  • Volunteers: you will need volunteers to fill varying roles from logistical planning to leading the girls in activities. 
  • Scouts: contact your local Girl Scouts Council to begin developing this worthwhile partnership! Click here to find a council near you.
  • TU Staff: Not finding what you need or have questions? Get assistance from TU Headwaters staff as you begin your program. They are always available for teleconferences or to point you in the right direction for resources. 



    Recorded STREAM Girls Webinar Trainings

    STREAM Girls Training Webinar - the ABC's of logistics for the program and a comprehensive look through the Volunteer Guide and Field Notebook.

    Video and Outreach Material

    STREAM Girls Promo Video by TU -  3 minute video to be used for promotion or outreach for the program.

    STREAM Girls Instructional Video with Promo by TU - 15 minute video that starts with promo and goes into the requirements of the patch program. It introduces the eight core activities. This can be used for training.

    IQ Smart Parent episode "STEM in Strange Places" by WQED in Pennsylvania. A great video about the macroinvertebrate portion of the program.

    Downloadable Documents and Other Resources

    One Page Quick Reference Guide

    STREAM Girls Volunteer Guide

    STREAM Girls Field Notebook (TIPS: print this as a half-page booklet, spiral-bound with spiral big enough to hold pencil. Only first page needs to be color if you want to save on costs!)

    STREAM Girls - Schedule for Pennsylvania Training Weekend

    Liability Documents: at, scroll down until you get to Liability Documents. There you will find youth liability waivers and photo model release forms. Above that there are youth-related documents including TU's sexual abuse policy.

    Macroinvertebrate Key for sampling rivers

    Packing List - Clothes and Gear for STREAM Girls

    Partnership Overview Sample - who does what? This can be editied to fit your partnership and used as a Memorandum of Understanding between TU and GSUSA.

    Certificate of Achievement

    STREAM Girls Patch Design

    Patch Ordering information

    TFO Dicounted Rods and Reels

    Shipwreck Beads

    TU Bulk Youth Membership Form - fill it out and return to Tara Granke or Franklin Tate.


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