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Girl Scouts at Home

Girl Scouts at Home

When girls take the lead, great things happen! Even though your girl’s daily routine may have changed, there are many ways she can still participate in Girl Scout activities and earn awards, even at home! Afterall, Girl Scouts isn’t somewhere girls go or something they do—it’s who they are day in, day out. These are all available to the public—no Girl Scout membership necessary.

Here are a few resources and ideas for Girl Scouts of all levels to help you get started. These resources are quickly becoming more available. Check back on this page often!

Digital Drop-In: Welcoming all girls from PreK–1st grade

You're Invited to GSSNE's Digital Drop-In!
Welcoming all girls from PreK-1st grade
Saturdays at 9:30 AM - 10:15 AM
May 9, 16, 23 and June 6th,
Free virtual event using Zoom

Join us for a FREE weekly meet-up for all girls in Pre-K through Grade 1! We'll be sharing stories from the Daisy Garden with simple activities and engagement for younger children. Click here to register.

The program is free and once registered, you will receive a link to the Zoom meeting and any details about supplies needed (supplies will be simple household items). You only need to register once and can attend as many as fits into your schedule.

Check out this page for additional FREE activities and programs for families and older girls! We know that this is a challenging time for families—staying home from school away from friends is a significant change in their routine that can make them feel disconnected. At Girl Scouts, we are fortunate to be able to continue offering the same quality programming to girls, volunteers, and families virtually for at-home enrichment experiences. The unique and far-reaching Girl Scout sisterhood experience will help us stay connected during these unprecedented times. We will regularly add virtual badge activities, programs, and resources for girls and families to engage with from home. These are all available to the public—no Girl Scout membership necessary. Check back often!

GSSNE's Adult Wellness Workshop

When Things Are Up In the Air, Learn to Fly!

When: June 3, 2020, from 6:30-8:00 pm 

Register: https://bit.ly/GSSNEVolunteerWellness 

By nature, we tend to do things that make us feel good, secure and comfortable. Change can make us feel that we've lost control, disrupting that comfort and leaving us with a range of feelings from hope and excitement to anxiety and anger.

When things are up in the air, it’s important we learn to fly!  Join us for this very special hour-long, interactive workshop developed specifically for Girl Scout Volunteers!  Together, we’ll explore how to avoid “floating”, how to identify our direction, how to fly with intent, and how to stay sane while doing it!  A special Q&A session will follow the workshop for those who wish to stay on the call. 

This workshop will be facilitated by Andrea Bastiani Archibald, Ph.D. Psychologist | Strategic Advisor | Executive | Speaker. Andrea was an executive at Girl Scouts of the USA (GSUSA) for over 10 years, where she developed and implemented national strategic initiatives and partnerships to better serve the needs of today’s girls and families. She was the national spokesperson for the organization, authored numerous program resources, and provided the child development expertise that powers the popular Raising Awesome Girls hub on GSUSA’s website.

National Letter-Writing Service Project

Girl Scouts Give Back: Letter-Writing Service Project

The idea is simple: girls write letters to people in nursing homes, senior residences, and assisted living facilities, including the dedicated staff and caregivers. This long-distance hug is a way to share your good thoughts with these vulnerable and loved community members. Click here for instructions on how to participate in this national service project!

Girl Scouts Love the Outdoors Challenge
GS Love the Outdoors Challenge

Beginning May 20, take the national Girl Scouts Love the Outdoors Challenge, made possible by funding from Johnson & Johnson!  Summer is the perfect time to celebrate our love of the outdoors. While safely socially distancing, explore the outdoors from your window, front step, laptop or the wide open trail!

The Girl Scouts Love the Outdoors Challenge kicks off May 20 and ends with Girl Scouts Love State Parks Weekend on September 12 and 13, 2020. Based on your grade level, complete the required number of activities to earn a snazzy new patch.

Use #gsoutdoors to share your story and to see how other girls are completing this fun outdoor challenge!

Download the activity sheet here!

For more information on how to get started on the Girl Scouts Love the Outdoors Challenge, click here

GSUSA Awards

Cookie Entrepreneur Family Pin

It’s never been easier to support your girl as she develops business skills, makes amazing memories, and earns a different pin for her uniform every cookie season. The simple, age-specific guidelines have been tailored for her developing skill set, making success a snap.

World Thinking Day Award

Backed by 10 million Girl Guides and Girl Scouts in locations worldwide, World Thinking Day 2020 celebrates the diversity, equity, and inclusion reflected in our global movement. Check out our activity guides to explore this theme—and celebrate being part of the diverse global sisterhood that is Girl Guides + Girl Scouts! Girls can earn this award at any time throughout the year, not just around World Thinking Day!

Global Action Award

Girl Scouts’ Global Action award calls for girls to address the Global Goals for Sustainable Development, or SDGs for short, by discovering, connecting, and taking action in their communities and beyond. In 2020, girls will explore SDG 5 (Gender Equality) to earn their Global Action award.

Petals, Badges, and Patch Programs
Outdoors
STEM
Activities from Other Girl Scout Councils

Girl Scouts of San Jacinto Girl Scout Guide to Helping other During the COVID-19 Pandemic 

Girl Scouts of Central Maryland has created resources dedicated to Virtual Badge Workshops and Campfire. Check out their website to follow along with daily events and activities

Girl Scout of Southern Arizona has online resources to help girls of all ages earn the Outdoor Art badges and Digital Game Design badges

Girl Scouts of Western Ohio has taken over their external Facebook page. Every day at 10AM and 2PM they host virtual at-home sessions for Girl Scouts utilizing Facebook Live. On Mondays at both times, they offer Girl Scout traditions engagements for all age levels. Badge/journey activities for Daisies are Tues/Thurs 10AM, Brownies are Tues/Thurs 2PM, Juniors are Wed/Fri 2PM, and Cadettes Wed/Fri 2PM. Check out their recorded virtual sessions on Facebook

Girl Scouts of Eastern Washington and Northern Idaho has some great step-by-step guides for multiple badges for each age group, along with some wonderful resources related to Girl Scout history

Girl Scouts of Eastern Massachusetts Girl Scouts at Home

Girl Scouts of Green and White Mountains Virtual Troops  and Programs

Girl Scouts of Black Diamond Virtual Programs

Girl Scouts of Jersey Shore Virtual Program Activities

Girl Scouts of Gulfcoast Florida Girl Scouts from Home

Girl Scouts of Arizona Cactus-Pine Virtual Girl Scouts

Girl Scouts of Southern Appalachians Virtual Girl Scouts

Girl Scouts of Lakes and Pines Virtual Programs

Girl Scouts of Central and Western Massachusetts Virtual Opportunities

Virtual Experiences & Just For Fun

Marine Life Fun: Mote Marine daily Facebook live (times vary, like their page to get notifications)

Boston, Museum of Science: Join the Museum of Science on a quest of science! Now, through its new #MOSatHome platform, delivering the museum experience to families online with a host of live stream events, webinars, podcasts, and family STEM activities.

Naturalists: Leave No Trace activities you can do indoors or in a backyard to keep them occupied.

STEM Activity: Look at satellite images of storms and help researchers predict cyclone behavior with Cyclone Center.

History Buffs: Become a Smithsonian Historian and transcribe historical documents for the Smithsonian.

Animal Lovers: Identify Rhode Island Wildlife, map our galaxy or assist researchers in many other ways with Zooniverse.

Older Girls: Lend your eyes to solve tasks for blind and low-vision people. As a sighted volunteer, you can help just by installing the Be My Eyes app to help with anything from checking expiry dates, distinguishing colors, reading instructions, or navigating new surroundings.

Older Girls: Test your grammar while you’re off of school. Proofread eBooks for Project Gutenberg. 

Power of Positivity: GSSNE Cadette Girl Scout Bailey H. recently completed the Cadette aMAZE Journey through a series of webinars. For her Take Action Project, Bailey created a website to help people, especially girls, feel better about themselves and to help people increase the amount of positive relationships in their lives!

Japanese Friendship Gardens: The Japanese Friendship Gardens in Balboa Park in San Diego is offering virtual tours. These tours are $20 for unlimited participants. Click here for the form to request a tour!

Girl Scouts and Faith

Everything in Girl Scouting is based on the Girl Scout Promise and Law, which includes many of the principles and values common across religions. So wile we are a secular organization, Girl Scouts has always encouraged girls to take spiritual journeys via their faiths’ religious recognitions.

Here are some ways families can earn at home:

  1. Work on the My Promise, My Faith. (The only online adjustment needed: Step 2: ‘Find a woman in your own or another faith community’ and ask her how she tries to use that line of the Law in her life, will need to be done online.)
  2. Complete the P.R.A.Y. religious emblems at home, keeping young people engaged in their faith formation. Online resources for completing the P.R.A.Y. religious emblems can be found here:
  3. Offer to be of assistance to your house of worship’s online service: perhaps record a children’s sermon to be shared on the online service, do a reading, or participate in some other way virtually.
  4. Service Projects: How can girls virtually support service projects through their house of worship? Donate food? Other ideas?
Pen Pal Network

Remember the time before social media when we wrote letters to our pen pals on cute stationery with colorful stickers and swirly handwriting? Give your troop that same fun experience—use the GSSNE Pen Pal Network! Girls will make long-lasting connections with Girl Scouts from across the council. Plus, this is a fun way to improve writing skills, while sharing stories and making new friends. It’s easy, too!

How it works:

  1. Complete this form and click “submit.” 
  2. Once a match has been made, a Girl Experience team member will notify you and connect you with your new pen pals. 
  3. Start writing! Once a week or once a month, email or snail mail—you decide!
Digital Platforms for Troops to Connect

Holding virtual troop meetings is a great way for troops to stay connected and continue to support each other while they can't meet in person! Here are some video chat options to check out: 

Helpful Hints for a Virtual Meeting

  • Hold a digital parent meeting before meeting with the girls to work out technology roadblocks
  • Plan well in advance with a wide variety of activities (send links out beforehand to parent emails if you can)
  • Engage the girls equally and by name so they are acknowledged and so they know you can see them
  • Create a group agreement with ground rules in your first meeting (be respectful, keep microphone muted unless you are talking, etc)
  • Incorporate traditions, even if it feels awkward (the girls will appreciate and love this part)
  • If a leader is also a parent/caregiver, encourage them to log on separately from their girl if technology allows 

Here are some additional safety resources for conducting virtual troop meetings.

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