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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! Here are a few resources and ideas for Girl Scouts of all levels to help you get started.

Wondering how to talk to your kids about coronavirus? Read this Raising Awesome Girls article from GSUSA for tips.

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Girls and their Families

Below you'll find activities, patch programs and more that you can do with your Girl Scout. These resources are quickly becoming more available. Check back on this page often!

Don't forget, you can find information on the below activities and all other programming opportunities on our Event Listing.

Last updated 7/1/2020

Live Virtual Programming (Pre-Registration Required)
Every Day is Earth Day
Fancy Nancy Style

Daisies/Brownies

Session 1: Thursday, July 23 | 3:00 - 4:00 PM CST 
Session 2: Friday, July 24 | 6:30 - 8:00 PM CST
Extended Closing Date: 7/6/2020

Learning to take care of the environment is no small task. Join us for a fun hour of learning to take care of our world in a very Fancy Nancy way. Girls will upcycle a denim pocket into a purse, a tuna can into a plant holder, and a paint stick into a photo holder - all in a very fancy way.
Learn more and Register


Adventures with Pippi Longstocking

Brownies/Juniors

Session 1: Thursday, August 6 | 3:00 - 4:30 PM CST 
Session 2: Friday, August 7 | 6:30 - 8:00 PM CST
Closing Date: 7/8/2020

Have you heard of the adventureous book Pippi Longstocking? Pippi is a strong, kind, curious, and playful girl who makes extraordinary things happen. Girls will have their own adventures playing creative games, designing their own long-stockings, practicing Pippi-style yoga, and learning to mix up pancakes. In true Girl Scout style, Pippi says “ I have never tried that before, so I think I should definitely be able to do it.”
Learn more and Register


Ready, Set, Virtual Camp!

Daisies/Brownies

Session 1: Closed
Session 2: Closed
Session 3: Saturday, July 18 | Closing Date: 7/1/2020
Session 4: Saturday, August 1 | Closing Date: 7/15/2020
Time: 1:00 - 2:30 PM CST

Have fun learning the basics of camping. This virtual camp is perfect for Daisies and Brownies that want to learn about traditions, basic skills, and Leave No Trace principles. 
Learn more and Register


Virtual Sewing Workshop

Juniors/Cadettes/Seniors/Ambassadors/Adults

Date: Saturday, August 8 | 9:00 - 1:00 PM CST 
Closing Date: 7/13/2020

Learn the basics of using a sewing machine, then practice what you learned and create your own shoulder tote bag from your own home.
Learn more and Register


Think Like a Programmer Journey

Juniors/Cadettes/Seniors

Complete your Think Like A Programmer Journey online and learn to code all from the comfort of your own home on your own schedule! CodeCampKidz will guide you step by step as you work through your projects.

Sign up at any time and experience the latest in online learning. You are free to participate as your schedule permits picking up where you left off. Optional live support classes are available daily to help you.

Important: All you need to participate is a modern browser, high speed Wi-Fi, and a computer with audio capability. Girls will need to submit proof of their completed Take Action Project to receive their badge.

Girl Fee: $20.00 Includes: Virtual classes and workbook

Date: Ongoing. Classes are held daily through CodeCampKidz.

FlyerRegister | Order Badges


Backyard Adventure Box

Backyard Adventure Box

Getting outdoors is a way for Girl Scouts to learn new things and fall in love with the great outdoors; and you don’t need a wilderness to do it – you can have adventures in your own backyard! With our Backyard Adventure Box Series Girl Scouts and their families will bond enjoying activities that get you outdoors and moving. Each month has a new box with a different theme and a majority of the supplies you need for an unforgettable experience with nature.

Important: Boxes are built for four people. For additional supplies, please order additional boxes.

Backyard Advenure Boxes are sponsored by


July: Paradise

Order by July 6 | Boxes mailed after closing date.

Join us on an epic island and sea escape! The Polynesian Islands will come alive in your backyard as you learn the art of a Polynesian war dance, hula dancing, and participate in Luau games and crafts. (Grass skirts anyone?)Top of your island adventure with ingredients and instructions on how to make an authentic Hawaiian desert.
$25 Includes: Supplies, directions, shipping and four patches


August: Dog Days of Summer

Order by July 30 | Boxes mailed after closing date.

It’s time for some relief from the summer heat! Create a splash with this backyard adventure as you learn about the Dog Days of Summer. You’ll be sure to cool down with water activities featuring water balloon piñatas, water balloon launchers and a frozen t-shirt contest. Feeling creative? You could be entered to win a croquet set by participating in this Backyard Adventure!
$30 Includes: Supplies, directions, shipping and four patches


September: Everyday Superheroes/Labor Day

Available to order late June


Badge at Home Kits (All Grade Levels)
Naturalist

Order by July 17 | Kits mailed after closing date.

The great outdoors has always inspired human curiosity, courage, and determination. From lesser known naturalist heroines like Rachel Carson and Herma Albertson Baggley to great conservationists like Jane Goodall, women have always had a place in exploring nature. Dive into the complex beauty and diversity of the natural world with the Girl Scout Naturalist badges.
Daisy= Rosie Petal, Brownie=Bugs, Junior=Flowers, Cadette=Trees, Senior=Sky, Ambassador=Water
$15 Includes: Activity guide, some supplies and badge


Space Science

Order by August 14 | Kits mailed after closing date.


Like real space scientists, you’ll explore and observe things in the night sky. Through a series of hands on activities, you’ll discover new things about the sun, moon and solar system and have a better understanding about the complexities of the sky and how things fit in our Universe.

Girls will earn the following badges: Daisy=Space Science Explorer, Brownie=Space Science Adventurer, Junior=Space Science Investigator, Cadette=Space Science Researcher, Senior=Space Science Expert, Ambassador=Space Science Master.
$15 Includes: Activity guide, some supplies and badge


Patch Programs

 

Outdoor Skills Patch Program
Order Today | Mailed within 2 weeks after order is placed.

Outdoor Skills PatchOutdoor skills are not only fun to learn, but also are necessary to keep safe when outside. There’s so much to do and enjoy outside. But keeping safe and knowing proper skills can open up a whole new world when on an adventure.

The Outdoor Skills Patch Program is a progressive program to help Girl Scout Daisies - Ambassadors learn and become proficient in outdoor skills. Through this patch program, girls explore leadership, build skills, and develop a deep appreciation for nature.

Throughout this program, you’ll earn skills in the following categories: Camp Guidelines, Traditions, Leave No Trace, SWAPS, Knots, Outdoor Cooking, Water Usage, First Aid, and Outdoor Treats.
Girl Fee: $15 Includes: Instructions, patch and charms


 

Be Prepared, Not Scared Patch Series
Would you and your family know how to be safe in an emergency situation like a tornado? People are told to be ready for an emergency but how do we actually prepare? Watch this video to understand more what Be Prepared, Not Scared is and how to earn your patch!

Requirements
Video Series
Order Patch Set
First 1,000 Girl Scouts from Dakota Horizons will receive a free patch set.


Girl Scouts Love State Parks PatchGirl Scouts Love State Parks
Head out with your troop or your family to earn the Girl Scouts Love State Parks patch now thru December 31, 2020. Patches are limited so don’t wait! Along the way, you’ll want to snap photos of your journey so you can show everyone what you discovered on your adventure and build your outdoor scrapbook!
Requirements |  Pre-Order Patch
Patches will be available and mailed in August.


More Days of Summer
Hosted by Moorhead/Sabin Service Unit
Earn the More Days of Summer Patch by participating in EIGHT of the following activities, at least one from each category. On the back of this page or a sheet of paper, indicate which activities you participated in and give specific details or send a picture for at least one of them. Some can be done with your troop, some with your friends and some with your family. 

Requirements & Patch Order Form


Girls are Superheroes PatchGirls are Superheroes!
Over the past century our country has faced difficult times, and Girl Scouts have always taken the lead with courage, confidence, and character.  Now it’s time for you to show off your own Superhero Spirit! 

The three activities that make up this patch are Girl Scout favorites that showcase how badges increase a girl’s competency and readiness to face any challenge that comes her way. Find your age group below and complete all three activities to show off your superhero skills.

Requirements | Patch


Earth Hour PatchEarth Hour
Be the difference! GSDH is committed to making a difference by taking part in the worldwide Earth Hour movement to reduce energy usage. During this patch program, girls learn about Tree Kangaroos and how loss of their habitats are endangering these beautiful, tree-climbing kangaroos!
Requirements  Patch


Shopping Bag Kit
Hosted by Troop 30042
Order by August 1 | Kits will be mailed as orders are received.

Shopping Bag Kit PatchPaper or Plastic? Say FABRIC! The Green Bag Lady is an eco-friendly art project encouraging the world to use reusable shopping bags instead of choosing plastic. Let’s change the world....one bag at a time. With this kit you’ll be able to sew your own shopping bags to help the world become more eco-friendly.

Important: Additional fabric for 2 bags can be added on to registation for an additional $5. Girls need to be able to sew (or have someone who can teach them) and have access to a sewing machine, thread, scissors, and iron in order to complete this kit. 

Girl Fee: $20.00 Includes: Instructions, fabric and labels for 2 bags and patch

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Global Action Award
In 2015, leaders around the world agreed to work together to accomplish 17 goals by 2030—these are referred to as the  Global Goals for Sustainable Development , or SDGs for short. They focus on things like taking care of the environment, making sure all people have enough to eat, and improving people’s health. They’re big goals, but Girl Scouts know a thing or two about changing the world! The Girl Scout Global Action award calls for girls to address the Global Goals by discovering, connecting, and taking action in their communities and the world. In 2020, the award focuses on SDG 5: Gender Equality.

The Global Action award is an official national award, so Girl Scouts can wear it on their vest or sash, just like a badge.
Requirements - Daisy / Brownie / Junior
Requirements - Cadette / Senior / Ambassador
Patch

Community Service

It’s in our Girl Scout DNA to help in a time of crisis. For those that are healthy and want to help others, there are multiple ways to help those in need during the novel coronavirus outbreak. But how can we do so responsibly? In some cases, you don’t even need to step outside your home to help in a meaningful way.

National Service Projects from GSUSA
Girl Scouts Give Back PatchFrom educating communities about food production and selling Treasury Bonds during WWI and the Spanish flu pandemic to planting victory gardens and training in first aid during WWII, Girl Scouts have always stepped up in times of need, and our current COVID-19 crisis is no different. All across our country and our world, Girl Scouts have leapt to the aid of others by engaging in wonderful acts of service and kindness. Now your troop can get involved too! Projects | Patch

The Girl Scout Guide to Helping Others During the COVID-19 Pandemic
This guide is a starting point for ideas you and your family can contribute to the community, whether it’s safely helping with COVID-19 outbreak efforts or taking action for community betterment. via Girl Scouts of San Jacinto

Connect with Nursing Homes
Send cards and notes to nursing home residents who are seeing fewer visitors. Some organizations may let you video call with residents to help them feel connected! Contact your local senior center to learn what works best for them. 

Face Masks
As hospitals and medical facilities run low on supplies, they are asking for homemade masks to help their staff stay safe. If you are interested in donating masks to a facility near you, please be sure to check their specifications as it will vary depending on the intended use.

For more information about the use of homemade masks please check cdc.govFor steps to make masks, visit this post from JoAnn Fabrics.

DIY Volunteering
Helpline Center invites individuals and families to choose projects that interest them. Once completed, the projects can be delivered to the Helpline Center offices in Sioux Falls, Rapid City or Brookings. 

GSUSA Resources

Girl Scouts Run the World Celebration - Instagram LIVE Event
Join us on Saturday, June 27, from 5:00 to 6:30 p.m. ET, for an exclusive virtual Girl Scout party filled with music by DJs Amira and Kayla, product giveaways from Girl Scouts and Justice, and special performances by Jam Jr. artists. Invite your Girl Scout sisters and friends to join in on the fun to make it extra special—you’re sure to remember this party for years to come!

Follow @girlscouts on Instagram and join us LIVE on June 27.


Virtual Summer Camps
Register for Girl Scout camps across the country. Virtual sessions include classic Girl Scout camp experiences (like singing songs, earning badges, and making s’mores), plus exciting themes, like astronomy, theater, culinary arts, environmental stewardship, and more.
Explore Virtual Camps


Girl Scouts At Home
Stay connected to Girl Scouts across the nation and around the world. Use these self-guided, free activities to keep your girl, your troop, and your community connected. Website | Virtual Events Calendar


Girls Get STEM
Girls Get STEM: Unleash Your Inner Scientist provides educators, Girl Scout Troop Co-Leaders and parents with curriculum that aims to address gender equity in STEM education across the country through a series of girl-led, girl-tested, and girl-approved resources for students in grades 2-5.
Student and Family Activities
Unleash Your Citizen Scientist Virtual Field Trip

 

Badge Earning Activities

View the appropriate grade levels below to find resources to help girls earn badges at home.

Daisies (grades K-1)

The badges below are ways to continue your Girl Scout Leadership Experience while social-distancing. Try them on your own or at a virtual troop meeting. And don't forget you can always use the Volunteer Toolkit to add to the fun!

Clover Petal: Use Resources Wisely

When you’ve earned your Clover petal, you'll know how to use resources wisely, just like Clover.

Supplies needed: Old magazines or postcards, Glue, Paper, Scissors, Recyclable items (cup, coffee can, bottle, etc)

Purchase Patch Set

Gloria Petal: Respect Myself and Others

Daisies earn petals and leaves to make their Daisy flowers. The Gloria petal is one of ten petals you can earn. You can earn four leaves too!

When you've earned your Gloria petal, you'll know how to respect yourself and others, just like Gloria the Morning Glory.

Brownies (grades 2-3)

The badges below are ways to continue your Girl Scout Leadership Experience while social-distancing. Try them on your own or at a virtual troop meeting. And don't forget you can always use the Volunteer Toolkit to add to the fun!

Painting

Painting BadgeArtists take what the see and make it beautiful. Learn to pain and color your world in super strokes! When you’ve earned this badge, you’ll have new ideas about what to paint—and how to paint it.

Supplies needed: Access to the internet with an adult (if no access, books from the library), Paint (acrylic, water color, artist’s choice), Paper (2 small, 1 large), Paint brush, Clipboard or something to put the painting on, Pipe cleaners, Popsicle sticks, Q-tips, Buttons

Order Badge

Snacks

Snacks BadgeMake great snacks for yourself and your friends. When you've earned this badge, you'll know how to make yummy snacks for your family and friends.

Supplies needed: ifferent types of snacks examples, nuts, raisins, chips, donuts, knife and cutting board (with adult supervision), tortilla, pizza sauce, pepperoni or ham, shredded cheese (if you don’t have these materials at home, substitute with bread and peanut butter and jelly, etc.), wood skewers (or substitute), cut up fruit ex: pineapple, grapes, strawberries, watermelon, cantaloupe, marshmallows, plastic bag,  goldfish, mini-pretzels, popcorn, raisins, dried fruit snacks, nuts, granola, cereal, mini-marshmallows, chocolate chips, animal crackers, etc., blender, juice or yogurt

Order Badge

Juniors (grades 4-5)

The badges below are ways to continue your Girl Scout Leadership Experience while social-distancing. Try them on your own or at a virtual troop meeting. And don't forget you can always use the Volunteer Toolkit to add to the fun!

Drawing

Drawing BadgeWhen you pick up your pencil, anything could leap from your mind onto a sheet of paper. That's what makes drawing so fun. In this badge, you'll find techniques to make your drawing event better—which will make it more fun to see what your imagination can do. When you've earn this badge, you'll know some great drawing techniques.

Supplies needed: Drawing mediums (oil pastels, charcoal, crayons, markers, chalk, colored pencils, acrylics, etc), Paper (glossy, paper plates, regular, or construction), Sticky notes or note cards, Pencil, Object around the house to draw, Ruler

Order Badge

Simple Meals

Simple Meals BadgeThere's steam and bubbles, interesting tools, and amazing smells...and lots of room for experiments. And it's not a laboratory—it's your own kitchen! Use these steps to make amazing meals and learn to create a whole meal of your own. When you've earned this badge, you'll know how to serve up a meal for your family and friends.

Supplies needed: Access to internet or books from the library, recipe and ingredients for a breakfast, lunch and dessert

Order Badge

Cadettes (grades 6-8)

The badges below are ways to continue your Girl Scout Leadership Experience while social-distancing. Try them on your own or at a virtual troop meeting. And don't forget you can always use the Volunteer Toolkit to add to the fun!

Comic Artist

Comic Artist BadgeNewspaper cartoons, comic books, graphic novels...comic art is a broad, exciting, and growing field. comics are sometimes described as "sequential art," though some are only one panel. So what is a comic, exactly? It's a visual story told however you would like to tell it. Go for it!

When you've earned this badge, you'll know how to create your own comic.

Supplies needed: Access to the internet with an adult (if no access, books from the library), Multiple pieces of paper, Sticky notes, Pencil, Colored pencils, markers, medium of choice, Ruler

Order Badge

New Cuisines

New Cuisines BadgeCulinary possibilities are as diverse as the globe of people who cook them. Wherever you go in the world, a version of pocket bread holds something delicious, and your sweet tooth can be satisfied with everything from date syrup to lingonberry jam. In this badge, cook up four dishes from across time and distance, and find out where your taste buds want to travel.

When you've earned this badge, you'll be able to make amazing dishes from all over the world and way back in time.

Supplies needed: Access to internet or cook books, recipe and ingredients for your choice of appetizer, main dish, side dish, dessert and beverage

Order Badge

Seniors (grades 9-10)

The badges below are ways to continue your Girl Scout Leadership Experience while social-distancing. Try them on your own or at a virtual troop meeting. And don't forget you can always use the Volunteer Toolkit to add to the fun!

Collage Artist

Collage Artist BadgeNo matter what you do with your collage, there won't be another just like it in the world. Everything—from the materials you choose t how they are assembled—is up to you. Get ready to see the creative possibility in everyday objects: This badge is an opportunity to make art as unique as you are. When you've earned this badge, you'll know how to create collages using different materials and color themes.

Supplies needed: Access to the internet with an adult (if no access, books from the library), Artist textile of choice (Fabric, paper, ect), Baseboard (Paper, cardboard, wood, ect), Pencil, Old photo, magazine picture, calendar picture, old card/postcard, picture you design, etc, Recycle materials example: toilet paper tube, plastic cup, paper towel tube, soup can, etc.

Order Badge

Locavore

Locavore BadgeA locavore is someone committed to eating locally grown, seasonal foods. The efforts of locavores can be important—and delicious—steps toward healthful eating, helping the environment, and supporting local farmers. Ready to try it out?

When you've earned this badge, you'll know how to prepare a meal of seasonal and locally grown dishes.

Supplies needed: Access to internet or cook books,  Ingredients within your house

Order Badge

Ambassadors (grades 11-12)

The badges below are ways to continue your Girl Scout Leadership Experience while social-distancing. Try them on your own or at a virtual troop meeting. And don't forget you can always use the Volunteer Toolkit to add to the fun!

Photographer

Photos show others how someone sees the world. The focus in this badge is on honing girls' artistic skills with any type of camera and presenting the world through their eyes.  When you've earned this badge, you'll know how to capture your vision of the world in photographs.

Supplies needed: Access to the internet with an adult (if no access, books from the library), Camera (can be on phone, digital or disposable), Digital slide show or scrapbook of collected work

Order Badge

Dinner Party

Chefs are on the cutting edge of entertainment and are masters of building community at the table. They also have the thrill of defining and redefining delicious dishes in their kitchens every day. For this badge, girls try on a chef’s apron as they throw a great dinner party, bring people together, and practice creating course after course with finesse and flair.

Supplies needed: Paper, Pen or pencil •Recipes •Budget template (or Excel), Within this badge Girl Scouts will be making their own lists for supplies they need for their Dinner Party

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Resources to Meet Virtually

While in-person troop meeting are on hold, it doesn't mean your troop can't stay connected! If you and your girls are ready to try virtual meetings, check out these safety tips before getting started.

Getting Started

1. Ask for input.
Ask your families what technology they have available and ask for their input. You might have a parent who is familiar with a platform and can help you out. Don't forget to look at what your local school districts may be offering that could also be used for Girl Scouts.

2. Choose a Tool
While we cannot endorse or support specific online meeting tools, we encourage troop leaders to look at the options and discuss with parents and girls to determine what the best solution for your troop's needs.

Tools

While we cannot endorse or support specific online meeting tools, we encourage you to use the info below to explore some free options that work with either a computer or smartphone.

Zoom
Video conferencing with up to 100 participants and ability to screen share. There is a 40 minute limit on group meetings (iPad version available with unlimited time).
Website Zoom Support during COVID-19

Google Hangouts
Video call one-on-one or invite friends for a group call with up to 10 people.  |  Getting Started with Google Hangouts

Google Duo
Simple, high quality video calls for up to 8 people.  |  Website

Skype
Host a video or audio conference with up to 50 people.  |  Website

YouTube Live Stream
Host a livestream to communicate with a larger group of people at a certain time.  |  Getting Started

Facebook Live
Live video stream within Facebook Groups.  |  Website

Holding the Meeting
Setting up the Meeting
  1. Set a day and time. This may be the same time as your regular in-person meetings or may need to be adjusted based on new schedules.
  2. Plan activities in advance. Activities may need to be adjusted to do virtually. Be creative and think outside the box!
  3. Communicate to parents in advance. Be sure they know the activity plan and what supplies and technology are needed. You might consider holding a digital parent meeting before meeting with the girls to work out technology roadblocks. It is also recommended that if possible, the troop leader and daughter login on separate devices in separate spaces.
Holding the Meeting
  1. Login a few minutes early to ensure technology is workings.
  2. Engage the girls equally and by name so they are acknowledged and so they know you can see them.
  3. Incorporate traditions even if it feels awkward. Traditions can bring comfort in uncertain times and create a sense of normalcy for the girls.
  4. Consider creating a group agreement with ground rules i your first meting.
Tips for Successful Virtual Meetings
  • Be present. Avoid multitasking. Focus on the presenter, content and fellow attendees.
  • Use video. Enable your video when possible, especially when presenting. Visual connection is important and helps participants maintain focus.
  • Limit distractions. Something that distracts you will distract others too! This includes anything participants can hear, like background noise, or see, like people walking around behind you.
  • Mute your microphone. Keep your microphone muted if you're not speaking. This will prevent accidental background noise from disrupting the meeting.
  • Speak Up! When you are participating, speak up and be heard. Other participants want to hear what you have to say, so speak loudly and clearly into the microphone.

Download a copy of Getting Started with Virtual Meetings.

 

Share your Story

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

Have a badge or patch she's proud of? Take a picture of the badge or patch and tell us the story behind it. She can send in her story here.