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Girl Scouting 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.

Learn how Girl Scouts can support your family and make learning, doing, and growing more fun. We’re here for you! For questions, you can reach us at customercare@gswny.org, or call us at: 1-888-837-6410.


Staying Safe Online

Nothing is more important than ensuring the health and safety of girls, whether they’re engaged in a real-world activity or exploring online. Instilling in girls an understanding of the best ways to stay safe in today’s complicated world is a top priority for us. 

Online Safety

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.


Trefoil TV 

Girl Scout as a family! Each day on our Facebook page, you can look forward to short clips of Girl Scout history, singing along to camp songs, or other ways we’re Girl Scouting at Home. Every video will highlight something new and spark conversation about your girl’s favorite activities in Girl Scouts. We can’t wait to see you there! 

Watch Trefoil TV

Watch Trefoil TV, weekdays at 3:12 p.m. on GSWNY’s Facebook PageWatch past episodes of Trefoil TV on our YouTube page or using the links below:

Girl Scout High Awards & Other Service Ideas 
  • 6-5-20: What is a Girl Scout Gold Award?
  • 6-4-20: Anniversary of the 19th Amendment
  • 6-3-20: Making Masks
  • 6-2-20: Bronze and Silver Awards
  • 6-1-20: Fitness & Nutrition in Female Youth: A Gold Award Project (Eating for Beauty Worksheet)
Girl Scout Traditions 
Health and Wellness 
Fun & Games
STEM
Arts & Travel
Camp Week
Lifeskills
Acts of Kindness & Service
Trefoil TV Kick-Off Week:

Council Patches

Explore your interests and expand your horizons by working on patches and badges created just for you! Be creative at home by completing the required steps at home or virtually with your troop. Each patch program offers a curriculum for every age level. 

Please note: patch delivery will be delayed until GSWNY offices reopen.


Badges & Journeys

What’s that? You’ve always wanted to… Make your own movie, cook food from a different country, go geocaching, sleep under the stars, write a book of short stories, plant a garden? Invent something new, paint a masterpiece, star in a play, take amazing nature photographs, make your bedroom into a jungle, run a business, go on an adventure trip? Great news! You can learn to do all these things and earn Girl Scout badges as you go. 

Read more about badges and The Girl’s Guide to Girl Scouting

Badges

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

GSWNY Badge Resources

Daisy
Brownie

No submissions are required for badge work. If you would like to share photos or feedback, please email girl.experience@gswny.org.

Household Elf: PART 1 (video, click here if video is not visible below)

Household Elf: PART 2 (video, click here if video is not visible below)

Junior
Cadette

No submissions are required for badge work. If you would like to share photos or feedback, please email girl.experience@gswny.org.

New Cuisines (PDF)

Comic Artist (PDF)

Special Agent (PDF)

Science of Happiness (PDF)

Space Science Researcher (PDF)

Cadette Animal Helper (PDF)

Senior
Ambassador
Badge Resource Opportunities

Buffalo Zoo Virtual Badge Levels:

  • Social Innovator (Seniors)
  • Pets (Brownies)
  • Clover (Daisies)
  • Bugs (Brownies)
  • Agent of Change (Junior)
  • Animal Helpers (Cadettes)
  • Rosie (Daisies) 
Buffalo Zoo Virual Girl Scout Badge-5.12.20
Free Girl Scout Brownie Safety Award PDF
First Aid for Kids with Epic

Earned Awards

Every Girl Scout goes above and beyond to make a difference in her community and the greater world. The skills and experiences she gains along the way set her up for special recognition through the Global Action, Gold, Silver, and Bronze Awards.

All four awards give girls the chance to do big things while supporting issues they care about.

Earned Awards

Girl Scouts are called to address global Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) 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. Complete the award through GSUSA.

Girls who are pursuing higher awards my continue to do so by taking advantage of the online workshops. These are mandatory workshops available through the Silver Award and Gold Award resource pages. Girls must complete the workshops before beginning her project. 

Global Awards

 Global Action Award

The Global Action award recognizes girls’ commitment to improving the world as they take action to help meet any of the United Nations’ 17 Sustainable Development Goals. These goals—for example, reducing poverty and providing universal primary education—form a working blueprint for a better world.


Whatever development goal a girl chooses to work on, the Global Action award is a terrific way for her to participate in Girl Scout Leadership Journeys. Get started.

Bronze Award
Silver Award
Gold Award
Ambassador Service
Cadette Service
Religious Awards

Programs of Religious Activities with Youth (P.R.A.Y.) have developed resources to support youth in completing their religious emblems at home and fostering their faith formation during this time of social distancing.

Recorded Facebook Live events describing the online process for caregivers and youth leaders/counselors and include:

  • 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)

Online resources  for completing the P.R.A.Y. religious emblems can be found here:

P.R.A.Y. has also extended the deadline for students who are eligible for a program based on their current grade level in March 2020 to December 31, 2020.

Feel free to share these resources with your staff and networks. P.R.A.Y. welcomes questions at info@praypub.org


Virtual Experiences

Girl Scouts' Virtual Experiences is a new and exciting way for girls to engage in Girl Scout activities from home. Girls can participate in meaningful programs and activities through the Girl Scout Leadership Experience—a collection of engaging, challenging, and fun activities like earning badges, selling cookies virtually, exploring science, getting outdoors, and doing community service projects.

Virtual
Field Trips
Virtual Cookie Program Options
Distance Learning & Fun Activities

Community Service

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

Community Service

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. 

Girl Scouts of Western New York has shared their Guide to Helping Others as an excellent resource for practicing responsible community service acts. 


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.

Share Your Story

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.

Working toward a new badge, patch, or award? Create a short 1-2 minute video of your girl's favorite Girl Scout activity that can be shared throughout Western New York. We'd love to see how she's been Girl Scouting at Home! Email your videos here.

A reminder to leaders if you are sharing group photos please make sure the photo doesn’t include girls who have opted out of photo permissions.


Adult Resources 

To be a Girl Scout volunteer is to be a changemaker. Through giving supportive pep talks that inspire girls to aim for the stars, engaging them in activities that ignite their passions, or simply turning frowns into smiles, your mentorship and support helps girls grow into women who advocate for positive change in the world. View some of our resources to help with virtual learning. 

Adult Resources
Volunteer Tips for Staying Connected