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Girl Scouts at Home

We know that this is a challenging time for Girl Scouts—staying home from school away from friends is a significant change in their routine that can make them 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. The unique and far-reaching Girl Scout sisterhood experience will help us stay connected during these unprecedented times.

Every day, we will add virtual badge activities, programs, and resources for girls and families to engage with from home. Many of these are available to the public—no Girl Scout membership necessary. Check back often!

Support for GSEMA's Girl Scouts at Home programming is provided by: Intel; P&G Gillette; People's United Bank

For Girl Scouts

Earn a Badge

Follow our tutorials and workshops to earn a Girl Scout badge!

Daisy (grades K-1)

Space Science Explorer
Have you ever looked up at the sky and wondered what’s out there? We will explore the sun and shadows and observe how the moon changes each evening. Join us for a virtual tour of the stars.

Coding for Good 1: Coding Basics and Coding for Good 2: Digital Game Design
Want to learn how a computer works? Discover what an algorithm is, how to use it, and how they are used in the real world. Dive a little deeper to explore tools used to develop digital games. You will plan your own maze game, then build, test, and improve it to get it just right.

Outdoor Art Maker
Go outside and get inspired by what you see and hear! Learn why it's important to "leave no trace," and create a final artwork to educate others.

Mechanical Engineering: Roller Coaster
Learn all about roller coasters in this fun workshop. Design and build yourown roller coaster car, then build a roller coaster and send your car for a ride!

Mechanical Engineering: Board Game Design
In this badge workshop, Girl Scout Daisies will explore engineering through inventing a board game. Participants will invent a game, design a spinner, and test it and make it better with their family. 

Mechanical Engineering:  Model Car Design
In this badge workshop, Girl Scout Daisies learn how to design and test new inventions. Participants will design and build a model car, explore friction on different surfaces, and race their car against the clock!

Eco Learner
Start your journey to becoming an environmental superhero! You''ll learn how to be prepared when going outside, and how to keep living things safe.

Brownie (grades 2-3)

Household Elf
Become a Household Elf! Practice new ways to make your home and the planet a little cleaner and greener. As you earn this badge, you will clean the air, save water, and more.

Coding for Good 1: Coding Basics Badge
Learn what an algorithm is, use loops to improve it, and test out your skills by making your own code. Discover famous women who use code just like you!

Dancer
Learn how to dance from professional dance instructors! You'll explore the basics, practice your moves, and create your own movement masterpiece.

Cabin Camper
Practice your camping skills and get ready for your next outdoor adventure! After completing steps 1-4 online, complete step 5 (a camping trip in a cabin or tent) with your troop or family to earn the badge.

Snacks
Dive into the world of snack! Learn about what’s in your favorite snack and if it’s good for you. Try your hand at making savory, sweet, energy boosting, and drinkable snacks. Join us for this fun food adventure!

Eco Friend
Learn what it takes to be a friend to the environment! Take a closer look at what lives outside, learn campfire safety from the comfort of your living room, and improve an outdoor space along the way.

Junior (grades 4-5)

Detective
Meet detective Jen and help her figure out who stole the cookie from the cookie jar. Identify fingerprints, decode messages, and solve clues to figure out who committed the crime.

Scribe
Explore different ways to use your words in achieving the Scribe badge. Practice with a story, a poem, and an article. Use your words to share who you are and tell the world what you think. Meet an author and ask your questions about writing.

Coding for Good 1: Coding Basics
Find out how computer programmers use programs to solve problems with computers. Work with algorithms, loops, and conditionals to either launch or continue your coding quest!

Mechanical Engineering: Paddle Boat
Discover how a paddleboat works!  Design and build your own rubber-band powered paddleboat, and test your boat to see how it performs in the water.

Mechanical Engineering: Balloon Car
Learn about potential and kinetic energy, then design and build your own balloon powered car. Test out your car, analyze how it performs, and share your results with others!

Mechanical Engineering: Crane
Explore the power of simple and compound machines, then design and build a crane. Put your crane to the test to see how much weight it can move, and share results with family and friends!

Gardener
Springtime is the right time to grow your own food and flowers. In this badge workshop, Junior Girl Scouts will learn about different garden styles, and food and flowers that will grow well in our New England climate, then design and plant their own garden. Get ready to dig in, get dirty, and have some fun! 

Cadette (grades 6-8)

Space Science Researcher
When we study the universe, we are actually looking at the light from objects in space, including stars. Explore the amazing properties of light, including the color spectrum and "invisible" light such as x-rays and infrared. Classify the stars as we explore how your night sky may look different from someone else's. Brainstorm how to conserve the night sky and prevent light pollution, which blocks out our view of the stars.

Comic Artist
Does creating a world where people can fly and cats can talk sound like fun to you? Join the world of comics and become a comic book artist! Not the best at drawing? Not to worry—even comic creators agree that there are many ways to make a comic successful; some use simple stick figures to get their point across! Come discover your story, draw it out, and let your imagination soar.

Coding for Good 1, 2, and 3
The Cadette Coding for Good series will take you through all three Coding for Good badges: Coding Basics, Digital Game Design, and App Development. Take on cool coding projects, learn about awesome women in STEM, and explore how these new skills can be used to do good!

Senior (grades 9-10)

Space Science Expert
Have you ever heard the phrase "we are stardust?" Explore the truth behind this statement including how many of the objects in our home come from supernovas. Watch the life-cycle of a star unfold before your eyes, discover the power of telescopes, and become a citizen space scientist.

Novelist
Join a community of other Girl Scout writers to earn your Novelist badge. Deconstruct plots and novel structure, create dynamic characters, and get to work on your own novel. You’ll also talk to an author about their books and the craft of writing.

Coding for Good 1, 2 and 3
In this series, Girl Scout Seniors will earn all three Coding for Good Badges: Coding Basics, Digital Game Design, and App Development. Participants will explore computer programming and video game design,  visualize data and write code, develop an app prototype, and learn how coding can make a positive difference in the world through discovering amazing women in different fields of STEM.

Ambassador (grades 11-12)

Space Science Master
Do you dream of studying the stars and discovering the secrets of the universe? We will explore the multitude of career possibilities in space science. Explore new worlds, become a citizen scientist, operate a telescope remotely, and share your interests. The universe is yours!

Public Policy
Be a global citizen and earn your Public Policy badge. Learn about advocacy and the change you can create in your government. Take a deep dive into policies, both local and national.

 

Earn a Journey Award

Brownie (grades 2-3)

A World of Girls Journey Series
In this journey, Girl Scout Brownies will have fun learning that stories contain clues that can be used to make the world a better place, and will explore different stories and girls around the world. Participants will earn three of the four awards at their own pace—Girl Scouts will complete the Take Action project on their own.

Junior (grades 4-5)

Think Like a Programmer (Self-Directed Experience)
In this five week online Journey, log on to learn about how a computer communicates and responds. Learn coding basics as you are led through your Think Like a Programmer Journey, ending with the creation of your Take Action plan. 

Junior Outdoor Journey (May 27, 2020-July 1, 2020)
Get outside and explore nature while earning three badges to complete your Junior Outdoor Journey! Through six meetings and some self-guided effort, you'll engage in fun activities ranging from backyard camping to high-adventure exploration to build essential outdoor skills and become an environmental steward. Learn more about wild animals and habitats, explore different ways to plan a great overnight camping trip, identify the seven Leave No Trace principles, and practice what you need to do protect the environment when you go outdoors—all facilitated by a GSEMA program specialist.

Cadette (grades 6-8)

MEdia (Self-Directed Experience)
Explore how we consume, interpret, and create media in this online Journey!  Earn your Monitor and Cultivate awards, and work to create your Take Action plan. 

Senior/Ambassador (grades 9-12)

Think Like a Programmer (Self-Directed Experience)
In this five week online Journey, log on to learn about how a computer communicates and responds. Learn coding basics as you are led through your Think Like a Programmer Journey, ending with the creation of your Take Action plan. 

Upcoming Live Events

Savannah Escape Room for Juniors (June 30, 2020)
Come visit the birthplace of Juliette Gordon Low. We will welcome you in with open arms, but it’s going to be up to you to find your way out! Explore the house and solve the riddles and puzzles it contains to make your escape. Teamwork will be essential as you work in small groups to try to solve this virtual escape room. Patch included.

Savannah Escape Room for Cadettes, Seniors, and Ambassadors (July 7, 2020)
Come visit the birthplace of Juliette Gordon Low. We will welcome you in with open arms, but it’s going to be up to you to find your way out! Explore the house and solve the riddles and puzzles it contains to make your escape. Teamwork will be essential as you work in small groups to try to solve this virtual escape room. Patch included.

Zookeeper Chat and Otter Encounter with Buttonwood Park Zoo (July 13, 2020)
Join us for a 20-minute encounter with otters and an opportunity to interview their keeper about fun facts, conservation questions, and more!

Simple Machines & A(maize)ing Grains: STEM at the Plimoth Grist Mill (July 14, 2020)
Girl Scout Brownies and Juniors are invited to discover how 17th-century engineers and entrepreneurs harnessed the power of nature to fuel their communities at the Plimoth Grist Mill! For this workshop, girls should come prepared with a pencil and book or block (of any size or shape) to use in their explorations of simple machines as labor-saving devices.   

Wampanoag Pottery with Plimoth Plantation (July 15, 2020)
Girl Scout Brownies and Juniors are invited to discover how archaeology and oral tradition helps us better understand 17th-century Wampanoag lifeways! Learn the importance of pottery to Wampanoag families, and make your own pot using traditional methods. Bring your own clay or play-dough, or make your own clay using all-natural pantry staples.

Journey on the Underground Railroad (July 16, 2020 for Brownies and Juniors; July 21, 2020 for Cadettes, Seniors, and Ambassadors)
Discover the stories of brave men and women who set out to free themselves or others from slavery. Explore primary sources at the Jackson Homestead, a documented stop on the Underground Railroad. Would you risk your life, your livelihood, or your status in the community to free yourself or to assist freedom seekers?

All Things Blueberries with Chef Joan (July 17, 2020)
Girl Scout Juniors, Cadettes, Seniors, and Ambassadors can explore the exciting world of blueberries in this delightful culinary session! Girls will make blueberry buckle cupcakes, a star-spangled blueberry parfait, and blueberry coconut roll-ups.

Dancer Badge with Rachel Park Dance Center (July 22, 2020)
Girl Scout Brownies can earn the Dancer badge by joining professionals at Rachel Parks Dance Center in this fun and  interactive session!

Beef Enchilada Night with Two Knives and a Pan (July 23, 2020)
In this one-hour class, Girl Scout Cadettes, Seniors, and Ambassadors can learn how to make their own Green Enchilada Sauce for Beef and Black Bean Enchiladas (any ground meat can be substituted for beef if you prefer!). While the enchiladas bake, we'll whip up a batch of Lime Crema and a Marinated Tomato Salad with fresh summer tomatoes.

The Confidence Connection (July 23, 2020)
Girl Scout Brownies and Juniors are invited to join Fearless Focus Program’s owner Maria Wood-Smith for this one-hour online class in confidence building! In this interactive and active event, you'll learn and practice techniques for building self-confidence, explore the impact that positive body language has on your sense of self-confidence, practice good sitting and standing posture, and more.

Bugs Badge for Brownies and Juniors: Outdoor Insect Investigation with Mass Audubon at Tidmarsh (July 24, 2020)
Tidmarsh Wildlife Sanctuary staff will provide instruction on how to create two insect observation tools, and show girls where to look for insects, help identify them, and learn why they are so important to the world around us! 

Mad Science: Marvels in Motion (July 25, 2020)
In this high energy event, Girl Scout Daisies, Brownies, Juniors, and their families can see Newton’s three laws of motion in action! Try exciting experiments, compete in crazy competitions, and learn the physics behind some of your favorite sports.

Black Bean Brownies with Food Explorer (July 28, 2020)
Girl Scout Brownies and Juniors can join Food Explorers for a fun program of baking and learning about food! We’ll be making Black Bean Brownies in this delicious session.

Camp In Campout for Daisies, Brownies and Juniors (July 29, 2020)
Join Girl Scouts and their families across eastern Massachusetts for a virtual campout! From the comfort of your own home, experience the magic of Girl Scout camp—including singalongs and a campfire!  Pitch a tent in your yard or create a blanket fort in your house to sleep in; show off your gourmet s’mores; make a traditional camp craft; and get a taste of overnight camp without leaving home. Activities will be different from those in the June 5 Camp in Campout.

Homemade Bagels with Food Explorers (July 30, 2020)
Girl Scout Cadettes and Seniors can join Food Explorers to learn how to make homemade bagels with a twist! Instead of yeast, girls will use yogurt to create a light and fluffy texture.

Worldwide Welcome with the Edward M. Kennedy Institute for the US Senate (July 30, 2020)
The Statue of Liberty has welcomed diverse citizens to our country and communities. Girl Scout Daisies and Brownies are invited to read a story about the Statue of Liberty and American communities, and—with a little inspiration from the famous New Colossus poem found on Statue of Liberty—to create a poster celebrating the diversity of the United States.

Today's Vote with the Edward M. Kennedy Institute for the US Senate (August 5, 2020)
Girl Scout Juniors and Cadettes are invited to learn about the Electoral College and what it might mean to change it. Decide for yourself the fairest way for Americans to elect our leader, and cast your vote in a virtual Senate session!

Pets Badge for Brownies with Zoo New England (August 11, 2020)
Animals at the zoo may not be pets, but zookeepers still spend all day taking care of them (sometimes all night, too)! They make sure animals get healthy foods, exercise, toys to play with, and everything else they need. In this program, learn about how the animals at the zoo are cared for and discover some things you can do for your own pet!

Mac & Cheese Cups with Food Explorers (August 13, 2020)
Join Food Explorers to make delicious Mac & Cheese Cups! Girl Scout Brownies and Juniors will learn how to make their own cheese sauce from scratch, and create this tasty treat in a muffin tin.

Solar System Science with the EcoTarium (August 13, 2020)
Girl Scout Daisies, Brownies, and Juniors are invited to get to know the planets of our solar system and talk to a staff member about space and working in a Planetarium. Then, learn star-gazing tips to help you get ready for observing the night sky with your family.

Homemade Pasta with Food Explorers (August 14, 2020)
Girl Scout Cadettes, Seniors, and Ambassadors are invited to join Katie, a Registered Dietitian from Food Explorers, to make homemade pasta! Girls will learn how to mix, knead, roll, and cut their own fettuccine without a pasta machine. With just a rolling pin and some muscles, you’ll have perfect pasta in no time!

Animal Habitats Badge for Juniors with Zoo New England (August 18, 2020)
All animals need habitats, and it's important that we help protect those habitats! The animals at the zoo come from all sorts of unique habitats, many of which are being lost or destroyed. In this program, girls will learn about different habitats, the animals that live there, and how we can help protect and save habitats for animals.

Science Detectives with the EcoTarium (August 18, 2020)
Girl Scout Brownies and Juniors can explore steps 2-4 of the Detective badge. Learn about codes, fingerprints, and DNA!

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For Volunteers

Virtual Girl Scout Troop Meeting Resources

Zoom is an intuitive online video conferencing tool that can be used on laptops, tablets, and smartphones. It's a great way to bring real-time, face-to-face connections to virtual experiences—including virtual troop meetings. Virtual Girl Scout gatherings should follow the same volunteer-to-girl safety ratios used for in-person gatherings, and should honor GSEMA safety protocols for virtual meetings. Please review the Safety Activity Checkpoint for virtual meetings before hosting online gatherings with girls.

  • If you would like to hold a virtual troop meeting for 40 minutes or less, you can use a free personal Zoom account. Learn more about hosting your own virtual Girl Scout troop meeting.
  • For virtual meetings longer than 40 minutes, you can request use of GSEMA's Zoom for groups room, which can hold up to 100 attendees at once. Please allow at least two business days for GSEMA staff to schedule your request.

Want to learn more about Zoom and virtual meetings? Join us for a drop-in Zoom Tutorial for Girl Scout Groups on Mondays and Wednesdays at 12 PM. 

Virtual Girl Scouting Safety Protocols

Keeping girls and adult members safe is our highest priority. We have put the following safety protocols in place for virtual Girl Scout gatherings, and will continue to monitor and add safety measures as needed.

  • Meeting links, IDs, and passwords should only be shared with registered meeting attendees.
  • Volunteer-to-girl safety ratios should always be followed. At least two approved staff members or volunteers should act as co-hosts within the meeting, to help monitor chat, video, and other features while one person is presenting.
  • The waiting room is enabled for all meetings. Participants must wait for a host to begin a meeting.
  • Participants should sign in with their first name and last initial only.
  • All attendees are muted when entering the meeting, and video is off by default.
  • Private chat is disabled. No links or files may be shared in the public meeting chat.
Take 5

In each of these bite-sized episodes for volunteers, GSEMA staff share five inspiring tips and tricks for facilitating fun and engaging virtual experiences for girls.

Episode 1: Virtual Daisy and Brownie Meetings
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Episode 2: Zoom, Online Safety, and Online Fun 
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Episode 3: Bridging
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Episode 4: Virtual Junior and Cadette Meetings 
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Episode 5: Seniors and Ambassadors Online
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Episode 6: Getting the Wiggles Out
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Episode 7: Highest Awards
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Episode 8: Five Things to Do Outside
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Episode 9: Outdoor Art During an (Mostly) Indoor Time
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Episode 10: Early Bird Renewal and New Member Deal
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Episode 11: Being Girl-Led
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Episode 12: Virtual Bridging Ceremonies
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Episode 13: Traditional Girl Scout Songs
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Episode 14: Those Pins on Your Tab
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Episode 15: Girl Scouts@Home: The Summer Edition
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For All

Make New Friends: For Girls Entering Kindergarten

Make New Friends is a four-part virtual series for non-member families and girls entering kindergarten in Fall, 2020. These online gatherings provide opportunities for girls to strengthen four competencies as they enter kindergarten. Girls will connect with the same friends each week, as well as with Girl Scout staff and volunteers who will lead them through fun and engaging activities to strengthen language and literacy, cognition, approaches to learning, and social and emotional learning. Register today to help her get ready for kindergarten!

Discover Girl Scouts: Sample Virtual Troop Meetings

For Girls and Caregivers

You and your girl are invited to discover together what Girl Scouts is all about! Tune in to one of our Saturday morning Discover Girl Scouts sessions to speak with GSEMA staff, take part in a fun activity, and learn how your girl can build courage, confidence, and character while making the world a better place. These events are intended for girls entering K–3.

 

 

Try a Badge

Follow our tutorials to earn a Girl Scout badge!

Grades K-1

Space Science Explorer
Have you ever looked up at the sky and wondered what’s out there? We will explore the sun and shadows and observe how the moon changes each evening. Join us for a virtual tour of the stars.

Grades 2-3

Household Elf
Become a Household Elf! Practice new ways to make your home and the planet a little cleaner and greener. As you earn this badge, you will clean the air, save water, and more.

Grades 4-5

Detective
Meet detective Jen and help her figure out who stole the cookie from the cookie jar. Identify fingerprints, decode messages, and solve clues to figure out who committed the crime.

Grades 6-8

Space Science Researcher
When we study the universe, we are actually looking at the light from objects in space, including stars. Explore the amazing properties of light, including the color spectrum and "invisible" light such as x-rays and infrared. Classify the stars as we explore how your night sky may look different from someone else's. Brainstorm how to conserve the night sky and prevent light pollution, which blocks out our view of the stars.

Grades 9-10

Space Science Expert
Have you ever heard the phrase "we are stardust?" Explore the truth behind this statement including how many of the objects in our home come from supernovas. Watch the life-cycle of a star unfold before your eyes, discover the power of telescopes, and become a citizen space scientist.

Grades 11-12

Space Science Master
Do you dream of studying the stars and discovering the secrets of the universe? We will explore the multitude of career possibilities in space science. Explore new worlds, become a citizen scientist, operate a telescope remotely, and share your interests. The universe is yours!

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