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Troop Leader Blueprint for an Amazing Year

Your Blueprint for an Amazing Troop Year

New troop year? Bring it on!

Keep your troop going strong with these specially adapted badges, Journeys, and activities for virtual and safe in-person meetings, as well as current COVID-19 guidelines and resources. We’re here to support you as you help your troop thrive.

Program Ideas and Adaptations​

Power a fun-filled troop year with this curated selection of badges, Journeys, and activities to help you throughout this troop year.

Select a grade level
 
Daisies
Brownies
Juniors
Cadettes
Seniors
Ambassadors
Multi-Level Troops

Training and Planning Tools
 

These training materials and resources will make this troop year easier. Start exploring! 

GSWNY Training, Badge Resources, Programs & Events
Training & Support

How to host a virtual Girl Scout meeting on Zoom  l Info Sheet


Tips for Staying Engaged 


How to Adapt Badges and Journeys for Virtual Meetings


Troop Leader Tips for Leading In-Person Meetings that meet COVID-19 Guidelines l View Here

Staying Safe Online

Staying Safe Online

Before getting started, here's a quick word from Girl Scout Kayla, sharing best practices for Girl Scouting online. Also, for Girl Scout activities that involve the Internet, be sure to consult this Online Safety Guide and Virtual Meeting Safety Tips Sheet. Then have your girl sign the Girl Scout Online Safety Pledge.

Safety standards and guidelines for Girl Scouts of the United States of America (GSUSA) approved activities. 

Safety Activity Checkpoints

Events & Activities

Local Virtual and In-Person Events

Check out great Council-sponsored programs. Keep checking back, we’ll constantly update this page with the latest in-person and virtual events!

Distance Learning & Fun Activities
Virtual Field Trips
Badge in a Box
Badge in a Box

Introducing our GSWNY Badge-in-a-Box!

We’ve found a new way to bring Girl Scouting home.

If circumstances make it difficult for a girl’s troop to meet in person, if she is a Juliette Girl Scout, or if you simply want to have some additional Girl Scout fun and learning experiences as a family, the new Badge in a Box program might be a good fit for your family.

For $10 to $15 you can purchase a Badge in a Box designed to make Girl Scouting at home stress-free, the Badge in a Box includes the supplies needed to complete a badge at home, an easy to follow activity guide, and the badge itself!

2020 Badge in a Box examples

Available for $15 per box:

  • Daisy Outdoor Art Maker: Have fun outdoors and become a nature artist with three different activities!
  • Brownie Senses: Use your 5 senses to go on a scavenger hunt, take a taste test, create Braille, and use sign language!
  • Junior Independence: Want to become more independent? Learn basic sewing skills, make a Good Habits board, and more!
  • Cadette Special Agent: Become a Special Agent and learn how to analyze “blood splatter”, interview an eyewitness, read body language, and measure bones!

Available for $10 per box:

  • Democracy (all Girl Scout levels): Learn about how government works through games and activities. Also be part of the Girl Scouts national service project Promote the Vote and receive a fun patch. (Photo coming soon.)
  • Senior Space Science Expert: Become a Space Scientist and discover “shifting stars”, compare your eyes to telescopes, and scrapbook the lives of stars! 
  • Ambassador Programming Robots: Do you want to build a robot? Have fun learning how robots work and how to control them and make your own robot that creates art! 

NOTE: Grant funds available for some areas of our Council reducing the cost of boxes down to $5.00. If there is not a grant available in your area, members can apply for Council Opportunity Funds

The boxes will be available for curbside pick-up at the Buffalo, Rochester, Lockport, and Jamestown Service Centers. Click here to order your Badge in a Box.

There are a limited number of boxes available and will be for curbside pick-up only.

Questions? Call toll-free 1-888-837-6410 or email.

More Great Virtual Badge & Journey Plans

Find Badges and Journeys: GSUSA Girl Scouts at Home

Badge Checklist

Keep track of your girl's progress and document all of the amazing skills she's learned and badges she's earned! Download the corresponding checklist based on your girl's age level.

Daisy | Brownie | Junior | Cadette | Senior | Ambassador

Daisy
Brownie
Junior
Cadette
Senior
Ambassador
Meeting Planning Tools

Check out these tried-and-true resources from fellow troop leaders who successfully adapted their meetings for in-person-safe and virtual settings.

Planning Activities

These volunteer-generated ideas can you help adapt to any meeting environment. You can also visit the program level pages above to view adaptations for specific badges and journeys.

Connecting with Families
COVID Guidelines

Please check our council’s current COVID guidelines before planning any troop activities.