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Girl Scouts at Home

School might be closed, activities might be canceled — but Girl Scouting never stops! While your family practices social distancing, girls can still join in some of the programs you've all been looking forward to, all while keeping safe at home.

Not a Girl Scout (yet)? That's OK! We want you to join in too, and when you're ready, you can sign up for Girl Scouts to keep the adventure going!


GSGC Programs

Register for these programs to work toward badges, Journeys and patches — all from home

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Is your business or organization interested in delivering a virtual program for Girl Scouts? We'd love to hear from you! Contact Jessica Henderson, senior director of programs, at jhenderson@girlscouts-gateway.org.


Virtual Experiences

Explore your interests and expand your horizons by working on patches and badges! Be creative by completing the required steps at home or virtually with your troop.

Share what you learned with GSGC! You can send us your story, and share to social media with the hashtag #GSGC_AtHome — show us how you're staying connected!

It's a Bug's Life

Learn about bugs, investigate the bugs in your area, and make a poster to share what you learned! Badge earned: Brownie Bugs

Step One: Learn About Bugs

  • Did you know that the word “bug” refers to a specific kind of insect?
  • Learn more about bugs by watching this video.

Step Two: Explore

Step Three: Make a Bug Poster

  • Now that you’ve identified your bug, make a poster about it to share what you’ve learned. Include a drawing or picture of your bug, its name, and three cool facts!

 It's a Bug's Life (PDF)

Met Masterpiece

Take a virtual visit to the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City, then make and share your own masterpiece! Badge earned: Outdoor Art for all levels

Step One: Visit The Met

  • Use The Met 360 Project to explore spaces inside one of the three Met museums in New York City.
  • Use the #metkids map to explore different kinds of art housed at The Met.
  • What’s your favorite object? Why?

Step Two: Gather your materials and make art

  • Go outside and find objects like leaves, rocks, and flowers to make your own artwork. You could make your own version of something you saw at The Met, or come up with something all your own!

Step Three: Share!

  • Share your art with us!

  Met Masterpiece (PDF)

Found Poem

Gather inspiration, then make and share your own poem. Badge earned: Junior Scribe

Step One: Gather words

  • A “found poem” is a poem made from gathering words from the world around us and then using those words to make a new poem. 
  • Look for inspiration on the Poetry Foundation website
  • Once you’ve found 1-3 poems you like, you can either print them out and cut out the words and phrases you like, or write them down on pieces of paper or notecards. 

Step Two: Mix it up

  • Play around with the order of the words and see what new meanings you can create. You can add or subtract words. Play around with it until you see your own poem emerge.

Step Three: Share

  • Type your poem and share it with your GSGC community!

 Found Poem (PDF)

Five Senses Scavenger Hunt

Explore the world around you through your five senses. Badge earned: Brownie Senses

Step 1: Sight

  • Find something white
  • Find something patterned
  • Find something tiny
  • Find something heart shaped
  • Find something long
  • Find five of the same thing
  • Draw a collage of everything you found.

Step 2: Sound

  • Find something that snaps
  • Find a soft sound
  • Find something that crunches
  • Find something loud
  • Find something that echoes
  • Play music with the sounds you found.

Step 3: Smell

  • Find a scent you like
  • Find something that smells sweet
  • Find something that smells like nature
  • Find something that smells stinky
  • Find something that smells spicy
  • Using what you found, have a family member close their eyes and guess what they are smelling.

Step 4: Taste

  • Find and taste something salty
  • Find and taste something sweet
  • Find and taste something sour
  • Find and taste something bitter
  • Find and taste something you’ve never tried before
  • Make a snack or two with the flavors you tasted.

Step 5: Touch

  • Find something bumpy
  • Find something slippery
  • Find something warm
  • Find something soft
  • Find something prickly
  • Find something smooth
  • Find something super cold
  • Make a “feel wheel” by putting each object you found onto a different spot on a plate or sheet pan. Have a family member close their eyes, touch an object, and guess what it is.

 Five Senses Scavenger Hunt (PDF)

ACTION!

Make your own stop motion animated film! Find characters, storyboard, build a set, and shoot your very own movie. Badge earned: Cadette Digital Movie Maker

You will need:

  • A phone or tablet and a tripod
  • Stop motion animation app (Stop Motion, StikBot Studio, I Can Animate, etc.)
  • A set
  • Storyboard
  • Characters

Step One: Brainstorm

  • What kind of story do you want to tell? Who will your characters be? A character can be anything from a leaf to an action figure to a blob of clay! Look around your home or backyard for characters that you will bring to life. 
  • How long will your animation be? Remember that film is generally 24 frames per second, which means that you’ll need 24 pictures for each second of your movie. A 10-second animation will be 240 pictures, and a 1-minute animation will be 1440!

Step Two: Storyboard

  • Storyboarding is an important step in the filmmaking process because it helps you plan your production and decide how your movie will look. Your storyboard can be as elaborate or as simple as you’d like, but you should at least plan a beginning, middle, and end for your animation. 
  • Draw a visual for how it will look, and then write a description of the action.
  • Video resource on storyboarding is available here.

Step Three: Build Your Set

  • Your set should be a spot where your characters and camera can be set up without being disturbed for the entire time you’re filming. You can build a background for your characters, or just use a background that already exists in your home. 

Step Four: Action!

  • It’s time to set up the shot! Use a tripod to set up your phone or tablet so that it will stay still while you’re filming. Use your stop motion app to create your movie. It may take some experimentation before you get the hang of it, so be patient with yourself and have fun!
  • Video resource on production available here.

Step Five: Premiere

  • Share your movie (be sure to use #gsgcstopmo) and watch what other Girl Scouts created!

Resources

 ACTION! (PDF)

   
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Activities for Home

Leave No Trace Online Course

Leave No Trace Online Course

Juniors, Cadettes, Seniors and Ambassadors can work on their Environmental Stewardship badges by completing this course.

Cookie Entrepreneur Family Pin

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

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

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.

Spring Break Camp

Spring Break Camp

Experience Girl Scout camp online, hosted by a Girl Scouts of Colorado resident camp, Sky High Ranch. Follow along through Instagram Stories titled Spring Camp '20.


Keeping Your Troop Connected

While we can’t be in-person, keep your Girl Scout troop connected through online meetings to keep girls engaged with one another, while keeping safe. Here are some tips on how to run a productive, fun and engaging online meeting.

  • Choose a virtual platform: There are several different virtual tools you can use to host an online meeting. Here are several suggestions to help you.
  • Keep girls connected: Designate the first 10 minutes to have girls share what they’ve been up to and how they are feeling. This will keep girls socialized and engaged with one another.
  • Prepare: Create an agenda and a purpose for your meeting with the girls. Ask each parent to complete the Girl Scout internet safety pledge.
  • Make it girl-led: Have girls choose a topic they are interested in discussing or learning about and create a simple action plan.
  • Use online resources: Take advantage of learning tools online! Sign up for our Girl Scouts at Home programs, participate in a virtual field trip to earn a badge or patch, or find something else that your girls are excited about!
Use the Volunteer Toolkit

Troop leaders, use the Volunteer Toolkit to help your girls earn badges, on their own and during your meetings! You can download and share badge requirements, set up your meeting plans, contact parents and more. It's an easy way to keep everyone engaged and on track!


Community Service

Now's a great time for your girl to get creative on how she can give back to her community! 

Some ideas:

  • Send cards and notes to nursing home residents who are seeing fewer visitors. 
  • Say thank you to the health and emergency workers keeping us safe. Create a video, send cards and notes, share messages across social media — there are so many ways to show your appreciation!
  • Take a walk in your neighborhood. Bring a trash bag and safely pick up litter you see.

What else can you do to make the world a better place right now? Let us know what you're up to!


Share your story!

Girl Scouts have amazing adventures! We want to hear how your girl is using her skills by taking initiative, caring for the community, and Girl Scouting at home. Tell us here »


Resources from other councils

Our Girl Scout sisters in other councils are offering online programs, virtual field trips and more. Check out what they're doing and join in — now is a great time to "visit" each other!