Goshen Sarah Wells Girl Scout Service Unit

Building girls of courage, confidence and character.

Field Trips

This is where you'll find great suggestions for places to take your Troop.  Please be sure to read the Trip/Activity information around page 67 in the updated 2013  Volunteer Essentials to help plan your activities.


Trip Activity Notification Form  -  Must be filled out and properly submitted every time your troop does not meet at their regular meeting time/space. Must be submitted to the Service Unit Manager three weeks prior to the trip/activity with all requested information attached.


Parent Permission Form - Must be filled out by parents each time your troop does not meet at their regular meeting  time/space.  These must be kept by the troop for a minimum of one year from date of trip.



Be sure to check out The Field Trip Factory as well!




The Bull Stone House -

Nestled in the rolling, green hills of Orange County, New York, stands the Bull Stone House. The house is a living museum that has been placed on the National Register of Historic Places. It was built in 1722 by William Bull and Sarah Wells who were among the first settlers in Orange County.

Please call or e-mail to arrange a tour of The Bull Stone House. Tours are by appointment only: Children-$2, Adults-$3, Families-$8. Groups - please call for group rates.

Phone: (845) 496-BULL (2855)




Harness Racing Museum -

Their educational programs use the Standardbred horse and the sport of harness racing as a teaching tool for boy and girl scouts of all levels. Each participant explores the museum to learn something new appropriate to his or her level. Scouts also receive a take-home booklet and patch, plus everyone makes a craft and takes a ride on the 3-D harness racing simulator.

Scout patch programs may include the following:

  • Viewing an introductory film about the sport of harness racing
  • Discovering the local heritage of the Standardbred breed of horse and of Hambletonian 10, the Standardbred's founding sire  
  • Distinguishing the difference between a pacer and a trotter
  • Learning about the variety of horseshoes and their uses
  • Visiting the Good Time Stables, a part of Harness Racing Museum and finding out what makes a good stable
  • Examining harness racing equipment and sitting on a sulky or sleigh (seasonal)
  • Measuring a Standardbred horse
  • Learning common knots for leading and haltering a horse
  • Identifying the sounds and facial movements horses make to communicate
  • Calling a harness race
  • Creating a horse-themed craft
  • Riding the 3-D harness racing simulator 

    Cost is $8 per scout. Leaders are admitted free.
    Siblings are welcome to participate at a reduced rate (no badge or booklet given)

    For more information or to reserve your group
    contact the Education Department at
    education@harnessmuseum.com or call 845-294-6330

  •  Pilates Movement Studio-

    Spend some time with a Pilates instructer learning about healthy eating habits, sensible snacks and portion sizes.  Then spend some time doing excersises and an obstacle course.

    call (845) 694-6468  for more info.


























    Hudson Highlands Nature Museum

    Special Maple Sugar Tours for Scouts!

    Your troop or den will receive a special tour of our sugar bush guided by an environmental educator. This winter hike in the woods takes place at the Museum’s Outdoor Discovery Center on Muser Drive.
    Tours include:
    History of Maple Sugaring
    Tree identification
    Tree tapping and sap collection techniques
    Live demonstration of syrup production at the Sugar Shack
    Maple Syrup taste test
    Gift Shopping
    Hot Chocolate available for purchase

    Reserved tours will run every half-hour from 10am until 3pm.
    Each tour lasts approximately one hour.
    Dress appropriately for the weather, including warm snow boots, coats, hat and gloves.

    Cost: $6 per person, including scouts and adults.
    Tours can accommodate up to 24 people, scouts and adults included. If your group is small, we reserve the right to combine groups to fill tours.

    As this is a very popular event, reservations and a non-refundable deposit of $50 is required. Mastercard and Visa accepted.

    To book your tour or for more information, call 845-534-5506, x211.


    AMNH Sleepovers

    Be among the lucky few to spend

    A Night at the Museum!

    A Night at the Museum, the American Museum of Natural History's wildly popular nocturnal adventure experience, has new and exciting updates this season. Follow Sean Casey of TV's "Storm Chasers" and scientists of the largest tornado-research project ever assembled on heart-pounding adventures in the IMAX film Tornado Alley. Explore our live-animal exhibitions with knowledgeable Museum explainers and challenge yourself with one of our fun Museum Quests. End your night by falling asleep in the darkened halls of one of the world's most famous museums.

    As the doors close and the lights dim, you and your group will head out with flashlights in search of adventure. Meet your relatives in the Anne and Bernard Spitzer Hall of Human Origins. Climb the stairs and you're in the Age of Dinosaurs, standing beneath a 65-million-year-old T. rex. Then, as the night comes to a magical close, settle down beneath the 94-foot-long blue whale, next to African elephants, or at the base of a striking volcanic formation.

    Space is limited and dates sell out quickly. For the latest availability info, please call 212-769-5200.



    Hudson River Adventures


    Narrated Sightseeing Cruises

    Your Hudson River Adventure begins at the Newburgh Landing in Newburgh, NY. Your Captain will present a narration of the sights along the River including Mt. Beacon, Bannerman Island, Storm King Mountain, Breakneck Mountain, The Catskill Aqueduct, World's End, Cold Spring, and West Point.

    $20 Adult
    $17 Senior (65+)
    $17 Child (4-11)
    3 & under complimentary



    All departures from Newburgh Landing; Newburgh, NY. Rain or Shine. Call to confirm schedule. Above schedule is subject to change to accommodate charters. Cruises may be canceled if passenger requirement is not reached. A fully stocked bar and light snacks are available.

    Advance ticket purchase strongly recommended.
    Cruises often sell out in advance!

    Or to buy by Phone, call Zerve at (800) 979-3370.


    Society of Decorative Painters         Cornwall, NY

    Based out of Cornwall, NY, a representative from the organization will come to one of your meetings to teach the girls about art and do some painting with them.  There is a patch earned for this activity.  The Washingtonville Service Unit Manager, Claire Evans, has worked with them to create a Girl Scout program for all levels.  Call Karen Wutch at 744-2847 or email her at karenwutch@eazall.com

    Ring Homestead      Middletown, NY

    Located close by at 257 Lybolt Road, Middletown, NY 10941.  Team building activities, ropes activities, too!  This place comes highly recommended by lots of leaders of older troops...even the leaders had fun!  http://www.ringhomesteadcamp.com/

    The Inner Wall           New Paltz, NY

    The Inner Wall is an indoor rock climbing facility located just outside the famous Shawangunk Ridge (The Gunks) in New Paltz, NY. Our customers include rock climbers and non-climbers of all ages and experience levels. Indoor climbing involves the use of pre-set anchors, ropes and routes. With 4500 square feet of wall space and more than 100 climbing routes, The Inner Wall is quickly becoming a favorite climbing destination for residents of the Hudson Valley Region and visitors alike.  they have Scout specific programs, too!  http://theinnerwall.com/scouts/

    NorthStar Adventures     Bethlehem, PA

    NorthStar Adventure specializes in hands-on (experiential) education, teaching and leading our participants to gain the tools necessary to perform as people better. We guide our clients through activities that focus on communication, problem resolution, team building, getting to know one another, trust, breaking out of comfort zones and of course fun.

    Our programs can be adapted to any organization and any age. We have programs that are very physical and we have program guaranteed not to make the participants sweat.