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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

For Girl Scouts

Weekly Virtual Girl Scout Meetings

Join Girl Scouts from all over eastern Massachusetts for a virtual Girl Scout meeting. Click the level to register.

Daisy (Tuesdays)

Brownie (Wednesdays)

Junior (Thursdays)

Cadette/Senior/Ambassador (Wednesdays)

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.

Bugs (June 4, 2020-June 18, 2020)
Learn about the very cool world of bugs! In this Brownie badge workshop, participants will meet a bug specialist, learn what adaptations are and how they help to give bugs their own superpowers, create a bug craft, and practice their observation skills to earn the Brownie Bugs badge—all facilitated by a GSEMA program specialist. A complete list of workshop supplies will be emailed to participants prior to the event, and the Brownie Bugs badge mailed on completion of the workshop.

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!

Primitive Camper (June 2, 2020-June 23, 2020)
Primitive camping can be a challenge, even for experienced campers. In this four-week online badge workshop, you'll step up your outdoor skills!  Learn how to prepare your gear, hear from experienced hikers, brainstorm different outdoor meal ideas, practice knots used while camping, and learn how to plan a primitive camping trip for you, your family, or your troop. Program supplies and a Primitave Camper badge (upon completion) will be mailed to participants.

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

Fairy Tales and STEM (May 14, 2020-June 18, 2020)
Discover the science behind fairy tales in this 6-week virtual series for Daisies and Brownies! Help the Three Little Pigs build a house, observe the sky and predict the weather for Henny Penny, and build a raft for the Billy Goats Gruff. Each week you'll hear a new story and practice creative problem solving and perseverance to solve the challenges presented in classic fairy tales. Patch included! Girls can still register by May 27 for $15 per girl, with recordings from earlier meetings available for all girls who register after the first meeting.

A Day in the Life of a Money Manager (June 2, 2020)
Girl Scout Brownies can join GSEMA and People’s United Bank for a virtual tour of a bank branch, and learn about the day-to-day job of a banker. Girl Scouts will see the inside of a bank, understand why people use a bank, and meet bank employees who will share what they do to keep your money safe. Enjoy a hands-on activity to learn about the “Cost of Fun” and why it is important to save your money. Participants will earn the Money Manager Badge AND a People’s United Bank fun patch by attending this workshop and completing a follow-up activity.

Cadette Program Aide Core Training (June 2, 2020-June 23, 2020)
Are you interested in becoming a leader for younger girls at Girl Scout camp, during council programs, or in your service unit? Program Aides are role models for younger Girl Scouts. Join us for an opportunity to deepen your understanding of leadership development while learning how to guide younger girls to become leaders—all facilitated by a GSEMA program specialist. You will work toward earning the Program Aide award, and learn what the next steps are to achieve it. Program supplies and a Program Aid award (upon completion) will be mailed to participants.

Daisy Backyard Explorers (June 3, 2020-June 24, 2020)
From flowers to birds to tall trees, your backyard and neighborhood park have so much more to explore than you know! By the end of this workshop for Girl Scout Daisies, you’ll know lots more about these plants and critters, and you’ll know them by name. Activities will include crafts, practicing bird calls, and learning how you can make a difference in your own neighborhood—all facilitated by a GSEMA program specialist. A complete list of workshop supplies will be emailed to participants prior to the event, and a fun patch mailed on completion of the workshop.

Scones & Skills with Chef Joan (June 6, 2020)
Join Chef Joan to cook up some great fun. Girl Scouts will learn how to make Joan’s famous scones (they are famous at GSEMA!), and how to safely use kitchen knives.  Take your cooking and baking skills to the next level with this workshop. It will be a tasty time you won’t want to miss!

Virtual Camp in Campout: Cadette/Senior/Ambassador (June 19, 2020)
Join Girl Scout Cadettes, Seniors, and Ambassadors 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 sing-alongs and a campfire!  Pitch a tent in your yard, set up a hammock, or create a blanket fort in your house to sleep in; show off your gourmet s’mores; make a traditional camp craft; practice some outdoor skills; do some stargazing; and get a taste of overnight camp without leaving home!

Council's Own Patch Portfolio

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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For All

Weekly Virtual Meet-Ups

For Girls

Join girls from all over eastern Massachusetts for a virtual meet-up or launch party! 

Pre-K–Grade 1 (for non-members) (Saturdays)

Grade 2–Grade 5 (for non-members) (Saturdays)

Launch Parties (for non-members, Pre-K–Grade 5) (Wednesdays)

For Adults

Learn more about Girl Scouts in a virtual information session!

Adult Information Sessions (Tuesdays and Thursdays) 

 

 

 

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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