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Girl Scouts at Home

Girl Scouts at Home

We know that this is a challenging time for Girl Scouts—staying home from school and away from friends is a significant change in her routine that can make her 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. Our Girl Scout sisterhood will help us stay connected during these unprecedented times. We are in this together!

Check this page often, as we will continue to 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.

For the latest updates and guidance from Girl Scouts of Orange County regarding COVID-19 please visit girlscoutsoc.org/covid19.

A special message for Girl Scouts from GSOC's CEO Vikki Shepp.

View a video message from Vikki to our volunteers here.

GSUSA Girl Scouts at Home

Stay connected to Girl Scouts across the nation and around the world.

Bring the exploration, fun and learning of Girl Scouts to your family even when circumstances are keeping Girl Scouts from meeting up 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.

NEW: Three Steps to Unlocking Your Limited-Edition Ranger Patch 

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GSUSA Virtual Events

Girl Scouts may not be able to meet in person, but thanks to Girl Scouts at Home, we can all participate in amazing Girl Scout events—online and in real time. Explore events for current and prospective Girl Scouts, parents and caregivers, and volunteers. New virtual events are added weekly.

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National Service Projects

Ways to Serve Your Community During the COVID-19 Pandemic

From 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!

NEW - Girl Scouts Give Back: Citizen Science!
This summer, your troop can contribute to important scientific research by participating in one of our Girl Scouts Give Back citizen science projects. We’ve partnered with SciStarter, an online citizen science community, to help get you going!

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At Home Badges and Activities

When girls take the lead, great things happen! Even though your girl’s daily routine may have temporarily changed, there are many ways she can still participate in Girl Scout activities and earn awards! 

K-12 Badge Activities

As we find ourselves navigating challenging times related to the COVID-19 pandemic, we’ve compiled some easy-to-complete badge options for Girl Scouts of all ages (K-12 grades) that are perfect for you and your Girl Scout to do at home.

Girl Scout Badges at Home

Patches and Awards

Share how your Girl Scout is being creative at home. Email a photo to us at marcom@girlscoutsoc.org with the subject line “GS Creativity” or tag @GirlScoutsOC on social media and we’ll send your Girl Scout a special patch. See flyer for additional details*

*Patches may not arrive until Summer 2020.

Girl Scout Creativity at Home

We’ve compiled Girl Scout resources that can be modified to support your Girl Scout in her leadership development at home.

Awards and Patch Programs

 

Virtual Events & Activities

K-12 Virtual Activities


Explore our compilation of virtual activities aligned with Girl Scout patches and badges for all K-12 levels. Programs and activities are delivered by Girl Scout trusted Program Providers. We will be updating this listing weekly!

K- 12 Virtual Events

Explore our community events page for virtual events provided by Girl Scouts of Orange County's trusted Program Providers. Topics cover STEM, Outdoors, Life Skills, and Entrepreneurship!

Girl Scout's Highest Awards

Girl Scout Juniors, Cadettes, Seniors and Ambassadors—are you ready to start earning your Bronze, Silver or Gold Award? Now is a great time to work on Girl Scouting’s highest awards! Visit our Bronze, Silver, Gold Award webpages to learn more about these awards, download guidelines, and get started. 

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.

Camp Sing-a-longs and Activities
Girl Scout Sing Along
Girl-Led Videos
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Community Service

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

Need some inspiration? 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. 

Ways to Help at Home
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Volunteer Resources

Our mission truly would not be possible without volunteers like you who are providing girls stability in uncertain times and the encouragement and safe space they need to continue dreaming big, taking on the tough challenges, and growing into strong, confident leaders.

Below are is are resources to support your delivery of the Girl Scout Leadership Experience while at home.

Volunteer Training

Many of our trainings are now available online! Explore our current training webinars - from Essentials, to Travel and Highest Awards - to help you continue your Girl Scout volunteer development from home.

View Upcoming Webinars

Volunteer Resources during COVID-19
Resources for Other Councils
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 beginning Monday, March 23.

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 for more.

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Virtual Meeting Tools

Below is a list of free and low-cost tools that troops and communities in other councils are using for virtual meetings. While we cannot endorse or support specific online meeting tools, we encourage you to look at these and alternative options and discuss the pros and cons with parents and girls to determine the best solution for your troop or community needs. 

Video and Audio-Conferencing Tools

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
    A note on how to keep Zoom meetings secure
    Note: Meetings durations maximum of 40 minutes in free version.
    For additional guidance, please review Zoom's security recommendatons,
    • Make all conference meetings password protected. 
    • Discourage sharing meeting links on public-facing platforms.
    • Enable/Assign a Co-Host that has the same administration duties while the administrator/host presents.
    • Disable the Allow Removed Participants to Rejoin option, which prevents those kicked off the call to come back.
    • For even more meeting security, you can:
    • Disable all non-host screen sharing capabilities, making sure screen share capabilities remain host-only.
    • Enable the “Waiting Room” feature, which allows hosts of the meetings to see participants in a virtual staging area so they can be vetted before joining.

  • Skype - Support
    • Note: Up to 10 participants free
  • Webex – Help Center
    • Note: Limited file and content sharing in free version
Chat and Collaboration Tools

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

Additional Low-Cost Tools

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

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Share Her Story!

Girl Scouts have amazing adventures! We want to hear how your girl is using her Girl Scout skills at this time by taking initiative, caring for the community, and Girl Scouting at home. Share her story with us here and please tag us in your stories on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram @girlscoutsoc #GirlScoutsAtHome

 

 

 

Rev. 8/10/20