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Girl Scout Activities You Can Do from Home!


You may be practicing social distancing, but there are plenty of things you can do to keep your Girl Scout spirits high, and we’ve collected some of them for you here! 

When girls take the lead, great things happen! Even though your daily routine may have changed, Girl Scouts is not canceled! You can be a Girl Scout anywhere, even from home. There are many ways you can still participate in Girl Scout activities and earn awards. Here are a few resources and ideas for Girl Scouts of all levels to help you get started.

To provide relevant and engaging programming outside of typical badge-work, GSGCF is providing virtual workshops and chats, ideas for girls to work on at home on their own, and virtual resources from other councils, including links to their virtual programming and at-home activity links.

Stay safe, and hopefully, we’ll be together in person again soon!

Council-Wide Service Project

Our oldest generations are experiencing the highest amount of health issues and anxiety during this pandemic. Nursing homes, assisted living facilities and hospitals have stopped visitation leaving many of these treasured people lonely and scared. Girl Scouts of Gulfcoast Florida asks for your help in cheering them up and letting them know that they are appreciated, and that they are not alone.

With your Girl Scouts sisters virtually, or with your family members at home, write a letter, make a card or draw a picture and mail it to the nursing home, assisted living facility or hospital of your choosing. Take a picture of your masterpiece and post it on our council Instagram page (#girlscoutsgulfcoast), using the hashtag #AcrossTheGenerations to honor them, and comment with the name of the facility you have mailed it to. All who post will receive an Across the Generations Honor Patch for helping to spread joy.”

GSGCF Virtual Programs - Free to all

Sing with Your Sisters All grades
Friday, April 3, 2020, 1:00 p.m.

Log in and sing along to your favorite Girl Scout songs. All song lyrics will be available on your screen so your whole family can sing along too. Contact ginas@gsgcf.org if you wish to lead a song with your voice or another musical instrument. REGISTER HERE


Fit Self-Defense
Monday, April 6, 2020, 4:00 p.m.
For all grades

For weeks we’ve been learning about self-defense against germs. Now it’s time to learn personal self-defense in a fun way. You probably didn’t know that many of the movements you make every day can be easily turned into a self-defense action by adding a few twists, turns, and extra moves. Join us to learn how you can protect your body while getting fit at the same time. Our Girl Scout program partner, JR, who led our Interactive First Aid program, will share his skills with you.  REGISTER HERE


Clowning Around
Wednesday, April 8, 2020, 4:00 p.m.
For all grades

Use any makeup you have at home to learn how to craft a fun clown face that is uniquely you! Jeannie, a professional clown, and one of our very own Ambassador Girl Scouts will serve as your guides. (Daisies may need some parental help, but clown faces are meant to be silly, so we encourage messiness!) REGISTER HERE


Virtual Camp Out
Thursday, April 9, 2020 7:30 p.m.–9:00 p.m.
For all grades

Grab your mobile device and head outdoors to hang out at our virtual campfire. We’ll be building a fire, singing songs, and performing skits. You can watch ours, or perform your own with your family and share it with us during the campout.  Participants will have the option of sharing their screen with the group or just watching and singing along. REGISTER HERE


Thank You Ten Ways
Tuesday, April 14, 2020, 4:00 p.m.
Grades K-5

April is National Volunteer Appreciation Month. Learn how to say thank you in TEN different languages and cultures. Think about the volunteers in your life such as Girl Scout leaders, coaches, and more. Share who you are thankful for and get ideas on how to say thank you.  Afterwards, girls can practice their new language skills with everyone they are grateful for. REGISTER HERE


Obstacle Course Architect
Wednesday, April 15, 2020, 3:30 p.m.
For all grades

Log in and get a list of materials to gather 30 minutes prior to start. Using everyday household items, learn to build a simple obstacle course to test your fitness and wit. Then invite your family to run through the course with you. After the program, track how long it takes you to complete the course each day to watch how your skills increase! REGISTER HERE


Blindfolded SWAPS on the Spot
Thursday, April 16, 2020 3:30 p.m.
For grades 6-12

Log in and get a list of materials to gather 30 minutes prior to start. Using technology as the blindfold, Senior and Ambassador Girl Scouts will verbally guide you step by step through building SWAPS. After everyone is done making each SWAP, they will show you the finished product. Participants will then get a chance to share their screen and show their SWAP. This team-building experience will test communication and listening skills in a fun way. After the program, girls will have SWAPS and silly memories to share.  REGISTER HERE

Program in a Box
Themed At-Home Activities and Service Projects

 

MARINE LIFE FUN: Mote Marine daily Facebook live (times vary, like their page to get notifications)
ECO ACTIVITY: track bird populations online. 
STEM ACTIVITY:  look at satellite images of storms and help researchers predict cyclone behavior with Cyclone Center. 
ANIMAL LOVERS: Identify New York Wildlife, map our galaxy or assist researchers in many other ways with Zooniverse.
HISTORY BUFFS: Become a Smithsonian Historian and transcribe historical documents for the Smithsonian.
SPACE LOVERS: Kennedy Space Center offers Facebook live videos every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday at 9:30 a.m. covering topics such as living in space, Mars, and rocketry. It also includes tours of Space Shuttle Atlantis and the Astronaut Training Experience. 
OLDER GIRLS: lend your eyes to solve tasks for blind and low-vision people. As a sighted volunteer, you can help just by installing the Be My Eyes app to help with anything from checking expiry dates, distinguishing colors, reading instructions, or navigating new surroundings. 
OLDER GIRLS: Test your grammar while you’re off of school. Proofread eBooks for Project Gutenberg
COMMUNITY SERVICE: start a card writing campaign with your friends. Send a card, letter, or note once a week to someone undergoing chemotherapy. Send them to Chemo Angels.
COMMUNITY SERVICE: sew emotional support blankets for Binky Patrol. 
COMMUNITY SERVICE: crochet or knit afghan squares that will help build blankets for both babies and adults. Send them to Warm Up America.
BE AN ADVOCATE: help Harvard researchers learn the best ways to break down stereotypes by taking tests with Project Implicit.
NATURALISTS: Leave No Trace activities you can do indoors or in a backyard to keep them occupied. 

GIRL SCOUTS AND FAITH: Everything in Girl Scouting is based on the Girl Scout Promise and Law, which includes many of the principles and values common across religions. So while we are a secular organization, Girl Scouts has always encouraged girls to take spiritual journeys via their faiths' religious recognitions.

Here are some ways families can earn at home.

  1. Work on the My Promise, My Faith. (The only online adjustment needed: Step 2: ‘Find a woman in your own or another faith community’ and ask her how she tries to use that line of the Law in her life, will need to be done online.)
  2. Complete the P.R.A.Y. religious emblems at home, keeping young people engaged in their faith formation. Online resources  for completing the P.R.A.Y. religious emblems can be found here:
    https://www.praypub.org/rp3
    https://www.praypub.org/documents-resources
    Facebook Live Video 1: P.R.A.Y Awards and Religious Emblems in the Home, 3/24/2020 (28 min)
    Facebook Live Video 2: Bible Basics RP3 Lessons as Family Ministry, 3/27/2020 (12 min)
  3. Offer to be of assistance to your house of worship’s online service: perhaps record a children’s sermon to be shared on the online service, do a reading, or participate in some other way virtually.
  4. Service projects: How can girls virtually support service projects through their house of worship? Donate food? Other ideas?
FUTURE FLYERS: Free 9 week series from Women in Aviation on parts of a plane, characteristics of a flight, goals of space aviation.  Ages 8-17
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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. 

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Social Media Challenges (ages 13 and up)

Household Helper Challenge – help organize your room, a sibling’s room, a closet, the garage, attic, or backyard.  Record a video challenging your friends and sister Girl Scouts to do the same. Include your first name and troop number. To submit, tag us, use #GSGCFHouseholdHelper

Corona Camper Challenge – Pretend your house is the outdoors and set up a campsite.   Pitch a tent, make a fort out of blankets, use a flashlight instead of light switches, read a book instead of using electronics, eat a sandwich instead of cooking. Make a video of your Corona campsite, or share a photo or video using the hashtag #GSGCFCoronaCamping.  

Resources from Sister Girl Scout Councils

VIRTUAL PROGRAMS

The following programs may have a fee attached, and some are expiring quickly, so please review before registering if interested.

At-Home Activities from Other Councils

Be Prepared, Not Scared
>>  REGISTER

Dove Free Being Me
>> Download the Free Being Me activities for girls, ages 7-10,
>> Download the Free Being Me activities for girls, ages 11-14

Campfire Singalong Livestream
>> REGISTER

At-Home Badges to Inspire Artists
>> REGISTER

At-Home Badges to Inspire Storytellers
>> REGISTER

At-Home Badges to Inspire Healthy Living
>> REGISTER

At-Home Badges to Inspire Chefs
>> REGISTER

At-Home Badges to Inspire Science and Technology
>>  REGISTER

Celebrate Diversity Program Patch
>>  REGISTER

Girl Power Can’t Be Quarantined
>> REGISTER

Variety of Badges
>> REGISTER

All Things Girl Scouts – General Girl Scout/family activities and adult resources
>> REGISTER

At-home Challenges
>> Girl Scouts of Northern New Jersey Virtual Challenge
>> Girl Scout Nation's Capital Virtual Challenge
>> Girl Scouts NYPENN Live!

Social Media Challenges from Other Councils (ages 13 and up)

Kindness Challenge – record a get-well video. Include your first name, troop number, and a get-well-soon message for people who are sick. Submission—tag us, use #GSGCFKindnessChallenge


 Earned Awards Challenge – Earn a badge, award, or patch with your family this week, then share a photo or video using the hashtag #GSGCFAwardChallenge. A list of all badges and awards can be found on the Badge Explorer and Level Badge Charts  here . Badge requirements can be found in the Girls’ Guide to Girl Scouting or downloaded from the  GSUSA online shop


Hosting a Virtual Troop Meeting

We know that troops have been working on badges and awards, and we want to give you the tools to continue working on journeys and badges as a troop, even when you can’t be together in person.

Tips on Hosting a Virtual Girl Scout Troop Meeting

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:

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! From virtual field trips to online patch programs, there are multiple activities you can do with your girls.

Don’t Forget the Volunteer Toolkit!

Troop Leaders, don’t forget you can support your troop activities from afar! Look to the Volunteer Toolkit (VTK). Download pdfs of the badges your troop is working on and send them off to parents and caregivers. It’s a simple way to keep the Girl Scout fun going for your troop! 

Not sure how to do that? Check out our VTK Resource Guide or Volunteer Toolkit Training Videos



  • ACA Online Archery Course , Teaching adults to teach archery to children  PLEASE NOTE: There is a cost related to this course.
Virtual Meeting Training for Troop Volunteers
Intro to Zoom for Girl Scouts

Join us for a brief and interactive introduction to Zoom. This is a great free tool to engage with your troop virtually. Use it to connect, host a troop meeting, or collaborate on a project. This enrichment is designed for adult volunteers looking for a basic overview of the Zoom program. 

Wednesday, April 8, 2020—10:00 a.m.

▶ Join Zoom Meeting

Thursday, April 9, 2020—1:00 p.m.

▶ Join Zoom Meeting

Thursday, April 14, 2020—7:00 p.m.

▶ Join Zoom Meeting

 

Fun Resources from Around the Web

We’ve compiled some resources from around the internet, including websites, podcasts, YouTube channels, and apps. You can take virtual tours, play games, practice a foreign language, and so much more!

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PODCASTS

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