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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. Be sure to stop back regularly to see what's new!

How are you continuing the fun at home? Share your Girl Scouts at Home activities with tagging Girl Scouts Dakota Horizons and using #GirlScoutsatHome when sharing online.

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


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!

Last updated 4/6/2020

Patch Programs

Healthy at Home
All across the country, many people are staying at home for the next couple of weeks. This will help us to keep from getting sick. But while you are at home, you can still have some fun and stay healthy, too!
Requirements | Patch


STEMapalooza
Join Girl Scouts of West Central Florida in a three-day long Virtual STEMapalooza  April 7 - 9 . Registration is not required.

Virtual STEMapalooza is jam-packed with virtual STEM experiences, outdoor STEM experiments, and a Q&A with STEM professionals from Tech Data, our presenting sponsor.

All girls, regardless if they are currently a Girl Scout, are welcome and to participate earn the FREE 2020 STEMapalooza patch, while supplies last!


Earth 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


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

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!

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Requirements & Packet

To earn each of the Survival Tools, girls must complete the Bolded requirement plus the additional number for their age level.

Grade Level Requirement
Daisy Bolded Requirement
Brownie Bolded Requirment + One Additional
Junior Bolded Requirement +Two Additional
Cadette Bolded Requirement + Three Additional
Senior Bolded Requirement + Three Additional
Ambassador Bolded Requirement + Three Additional
Adult Bolded Requirement + Three Additional

For helpful hints and resources, be sure to download the Be Prepared, Not Scared Packet to help you on your adventure.

Center Patch

Start your journey on being prepared, not scared! You’ll want to make sure you’ve downloaded the patch series PDF to follow along and reference for future use!

Links to Reference
Be Prepared, Not Scared Packet
Disaster Master
Monster Cross
Prepareness 101: Zombie Pandemic

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Shelter

Staying warm and dry is an important part of survival. Determining when to stay and when you need to leave your home is something to bear in mind. This decision will likely be based after the tornado, flood, storm, etc. You cannot assume that your home will be a viable choice after a disaster. To earn this Zombie Survival Tool, let’s look at different types of shelter. 

Links to Reference
Be Prepared, Not Scared Packet

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Water

A widespread natural disaster will likely not only interrupt your water supply but contaminate it for weeks or months after the event. Having multiple methods for securing water is crucial.

To earn this Zombie Survival Tool, we are going to explore our need for water and different methods for making water drinkable.

Links to Reference
Be Prepared, Not Scared Packet
Ready.gov

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Food

We often take food for granted. When we are hungry we go out to eat or to the store for groceries. Most stores in North America operate on a just in time basis—which means they replenish the shelves every couple of days based upon what sells. After a disaster, you can expect food distribution to be disrupted. If roads are damaged, trucks cannot deliver goods. 

Links to Reference
Be Prepared, Not Scared Packet

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Communication

We are used to getting information instantaneously in today’s world of Facebook, Instagram, and 24-hour news channels. After a natural disaster, our thirst for information will become even more pronounced.

In the aftermath of a disaster, power and cellular communication outages are almost guaranteed. Emergencies knock out our normal means of communication. However, with a little planning, you will not be left in the dark.

Links to Reference
Be Prepared, Not Scared Packet
Radio and Wireless Technology Patch
North Dakota Emergency Services
South Dakota Emergency Services
Minnesota Emergency Services
North Dakota Weather Information
South Dakota Weather Information
Minnesota Weather Information

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First Aid

One of the legacy badges that dates to the earliest days of the Girl Scout movement is the First Aid badge. Knowledge of basic first aid supports our first responders in the event of a disaster.

Links to Reference
Be Prepared, Not Scared Packet

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Cooking

Being hungry is no fun. With a little preparation, you can make awesome meals without electricity. It just takes a little planning and creativity. 

Links to Reference
Be Prepared, Not Scared Packet

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Pets

One of the most difficult things to see during Hurricane Katrina was all the animals that had to be abandoned during and after the storm. FEMA, recognizing that our pets are important members of our families, has established new shelter requirements regarding pets and shelters.

But you cannot rely on a shelter, you need to prepare. Whether you have a fish, cat, dog, snake, goat, or horse, you need to prepare for their care during an emergency.

Links to Reference
Be Prepared, Not Scared Packet

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Light and Heat

No one likes to be left in the dark. Everything seems better when there is light. Being cold or hot can be not only uncomfortable but also potentially deadly. 

Links to Reference
Be Prepared, Not Scared Packet

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Mutual Aid

In the aftermath of most disasters, we often hear stories of everyday heroes, those ordinary people who accomplished extraordinary things. This Survival Tool is the last rocker for your Zombie.

Once you have ensured that your family or troop is prepared, it is time to look beyond yourselves and look to your neighborhoods and communities. Share your Zombie’s successful survival story with others. You have the power to change your community.

Links to Reference
Be Prepared, Not Scared Packet

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Order Patch Series

Congratulations! You have officially completed all 10 steps of the Be Prepared, Not Scared Patch Series and are officially ready to lead your family, troop or community during an emergency.
Order Patch Set

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Virtual Tours and Field Trips

Google Arts & Culture teamed up with over 2500 museums and galleries around the world to bring anyone and everyone virtual tours and online exhibits of some of the most famous museums around the world. Google Arts & Culture’s collection includes the British Museum in London, the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam, the Guggenheim in New York City, and literally hundreds of more places where you can gain knowledge about art, history, and science. 

Boston Children’s Museum

British Museum in London, UK

Explore Some of America’s Greatest National Parks in Virtual Reality

Farm Food 360 Tours

Georgia Aquarium Live Cams

Great Wall of China

Houston Zoo Live Cams

Le Gallerie Degli Uffizi in Florence, Italy

Louvre in Paris, France

Mars, Recorded by NASA’s Curiosity Rover

Monterey Bay Aquarium Live Cams

Museo del Prado in Madrid, Spain

National Archaeological Museum in Athens, Greece

National Gallery of Arts in Washington DC

Pinacoteca di Brera in Milan, Italy 

San Diego Zoo Videos & Live Cams

Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History Virtual Tour

Virtual Tours of Yellowstone

Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam

Coloring and Activity Pages
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.

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.

GSUSA Resources

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


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)
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)

Brownies (grades 2-3)
Painting

Artists 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

Juniors (grades 4-5)
Drawing

When 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

Cadettes (grades 6-8)
Comic Artist

Newspaper 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

Seniors (grades 9-10)
Collage Artist

No 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.

Ambassadors (grades 11-12)
Photography

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

 

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 tips.

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 andability to screen share. There is a 40 minute limit on group meetings (pad 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 te 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.