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Girl Scouts at Home

Engaging Girls at Home with the Girl Scout Experience


Kids at home? You can bring the exploration and learning of Girl Scouts to your family even when circumstances are keeping Girl Scouts from meeting in person. Afterall, Girl Scouts isn't somewhere girls go or something they do--it's who they are day in, day out. Use these self-guided, free activities to keep your girl, your troop, and your community connected.

Not a registered Girl Scout?  No problem!  Get a taste of what Girl Scouts has to offer through these home-based activities. Ready to get started? Start the join process today.

Council Resources

Below you'll find activities, badge requirements, and more that you can do at home. 

Self-Guided Badge Activities
Council Patch Programs

Native American Heritage

November is Native American Indian Heritage Month. Celebrate these rich and diverse cultures, traditions, and histories, and acknowledge the important contributions of Native people.

Download patch steps


CHICAS: Discovering Hispanic Heritage

Develop an understanding and appreciation of the culture of Hispanic / Latin Americans through Discover, Connect, and Take Action activities.

Download patch steps


Celebrate Diversity

Make the world a better place by exploring and celebrating diversity!

Download patch steps


 

Girl Power Virtual Patch Challenge

While social distancing, we can still stay connected! Join us for this virtual patch challenge to enjoy some fun family time, and stay in touch with friends, faraway relatives, and the rest of your community. 

Download Patch Steps

Highest Award Webinars

Going for the Girl Scout Bronze, Silver, or Gold Award gives girls the chance to do big things and make their community better in the process. We will be hosting live online training in April and May for these awards to help girls and troop leaders understand each award’s guidelines and allow you to ask questions. 

Register for a Virtual Award Training
Go For Gold: Tips from Gold Award Girl Scouts


We want to make sure we're giving your Girl Scout the virtual opportunities she needs right now! Have her tell us so we can keep her request in mind as we continue to create virtual programs and training for girls.

 

GSUSA Resources

GSUSA is making select Girl Scout program resources available to every girl, parent, caregiver, volunteer, and troop leader. 

Free Access to Girl Scout Activities
Event Calendar listing nationally produced virtual events

Resources from other Girl Scout councils

While you might not be able to meet with your local Girl Scout friends during this time, you CAN connect with other Girl Scouts across the country! Here are more at-home activities, live streams and other resources our sister councils are sharing:

More At-Home Resources

Many of our sister councils are offering Girl Scouting at-home ideas, too. If your Girl Scout has already earned the badges we are providing content for, consider checking out another council's offerings! 

Live Streams

Girl Scouts of Central Maryland
Visit their Facebook page for a series of live streams.

Girl Scouts of Central Texas
Visit their Facebook page for daily live streams called Trefoil TV.

Girl Scouts of the Desert Southwest
Visit their Facebook page for a series of live streams.

Girl Scouts of Northeast Texas
Visit their Facebook page for at-home activities, virtual troop options and online interactions.

Girl Scouts Carolina's Peaks to Piedmont
Visit their Facebook page for a series of live streams.

Girl Scouts River Valleys
Check out their Self-Care for Kids During COVID-19 information.

Girl Scouts of Southwest Texas
Visit their Facebook page for virtual troop meeting live streams.

Girl Scouts of Western Ohio
Visit their Facebook page for daily live streams for Daisies through Cadettes. Seniors and Ambassadors can view daily Instagram stories.

Council Patch Programs

Did you know councils can create their own patches for girls to earn? GSSJC has a series of patches right here with some requirements that can be done at home. Then check out these programs from other councils:


Resources for Meeting at a Distance

How do you keep the Girl Scout spirit going strong when your troop can’t actually meet face-to-face? Here are some resources for supporting your troop when you can't meet in person.

Tips for Virtual Troop Meetings
  • 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 • Include videos that are not reliant on video or slide decks is possible
  • 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
  • Incorporate traditions- even if it feels awkward
  • If leader is also a parent/caregiver, encourage them to log on separately from their girl if technology allows

Safety Wise: Virtual Troop Meetings

Online Conferencing Tools

While we cannot endorse or support specific online meeting tools for your use, we are aware of several tools troops and service units are using for virtual meetings. See below for a list of free and low-cost tools that could be useful to you. We encourage troop leaders to look at these and alternative options and discuss with parents and girls to determine what the best solution is for your troop’s needs. 

Video and Audio-Conferencing Tools with free versions 

While all of these options have a free version, please note you may be prompted to consider their upgraded versions for a subscription fee.

  • Zoom - FAQ
    • Note: Meetings durations maximum of 40 minutes in free version
  • Skype - Support
    • Note: Up to 10 participants free
  • Webex – Help Center
    • Note: Limited file and content sharing in free version

Chat and Collaboration Tools with free versions

Additional low-cost tools for collaboration and conferencing to consider if the above options do not meet your group's needs.