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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.

How are you continuing the fun at home? Share your Girl Scouts at Home activities with us by tagging us on Facebook or Insta and using the hashtag #GirlScoutsatHome.

As we share online learning resources, we know some people may be concerned about going over their data plan—or may not have an internet connection at all. The good news is that many internet and cell providers are already responding with free or deeply discounted services during this time. Know a Girl Scout or family who does not have internet at home currently? This printable resource from Arkansas Computer Science Initiative has information designed to help students bridge the digital gap.

Girl Scouts at Home - Social Media Challenges

How to participate: Complete the activities below and take a picture or video of yourself in action (in your Girl Scout uniform or t-shirt, if you can)! Then post your pictures or video to Facebook or Instagram, tag us (@girlscoutsdiamonds) and use the hashtag listed in each challenge below and #GirlScoutsatHome, or email them to online@girlscoutsdiamonds.org.

All girls can participate, even if you’re not a Girl Scout, so share this with a friend and invite them to join in on the virtual fun. We will be highlighting these challenges periodically, but girls may participate in these challenges at any time.

Each challenge comes with a list of suggested badges and Journeys that can accompany this challenge. A list of all badges and awards can be found on the Badge Explorer and Level Badge Charts here (badge categories can be found in the left column of the badge chart). Badge requirements can be found in the Girl’s Guide to Girl Scouting, downloaded or ordered with free shipping from the GSUSA online shop.

Note: The requirements for many of the new STEM badges and Journeys can only be found on the online Volunteer Toolkit (VTK) and are not in the online shop (badge booklets on the online shop only contain general information, not activity instructions). Talk to your troop leader or email programs@girlscoutsdiamonds.org for more information about these badges. These badges include Coding for Good, Cybersecurity, Mechanical Engineering, Robotics, Think Like a Programmer, Think Like an Engineer and Think Like a Citizen Scientist.

Girl Scout Week Extended!
We know it hasn’t been the best week for birthday celebrations and in light of that, we want to extend the chance for everyone to participate in a Girl Scout Week activity and be entered in to win some cool prizes! For the rest of the week, we challenge you to do something Green! In honor of St. Patrick’s Day and Girl Scout’s Birthday, we are going green! Be creative! Cook a green dish, wear all green, make a green piece of art. We can’t wait to see what all you come up with!  Please submit photos to programs@girlscoutsdiamonds.org by Friday, March 20 at noon. We will announce winners after noon on Friday.  Feel free to submit multiple activities for additional entries!

Health and Wellness Challenge: Learn about and practice ways to keep your mind, body and community healthy! Boost your nutrition, learn how to reduce the spread of germs, explore medical professions, learn about mental health and more. Then share a photo or video of your new skills and knowledge with us using the hashtag #GirlScoutsatHome.

Badge and Journey category suggestions: First Aid, Healthy Living, Safety Award

Resources:
Learn how to wash your hands with Girl Scout CEO, Sylvia Acevedo
Exploratorium COVID-19 Science
GirlsHealth.gov
Mental Health Awareness Patch Program
Health Career Exploration

Outdoor Challenge: Staying home doesn’t have to mean staying inside—there’s a whole world out there to explore! You might campout in your backyard, go for a nature walk, brush up on your survival skills or tackle a citizen science project. Or bring the outdoors inside and craft some nature art, virtually explore a national park, and more!  Share a photo or video of your adventures using the hashtag #GirlScoutsatHome.

Badge and Journey category suggestions: Adventure, Art in the Outdoors, Environmental Stewardship, Trail Adventure, Naturalist, It’s Your Planet—Love It!, Think Like a Citizen Scientist

Resources:
SciStarter Citizen Science
Project Learning Tree
Education.com Nature Activities
National Parks Virtual Tours
Leave No Trace Indoor Nature Activities for Kids

Get Moving Challenge: Going stir-crazy? Get moving! You might go for a walk, stretch or do yoga at home, lead an exercise class for your family, play outside, practice your sport in your back yard or find an online video or class that gets you moving. Share the fun with us by tagging your get moving photos or videos with the hashtag #GirlScoutsatHome.

Badge and Journey category suggestions: Athlete, Trail Adventure

Resources:
GoNoodle
Cosmic Kids Yoga
YMCA 360: On-demand Videos

Emergency Preparedness Challenge: True to our motto, Girl Scouts are prepared! Take time to learn how to prepare yourself and your family for an emergency. Develop a family safety plan, build your emergency kit, brush up on your first aid skills, learn how to take cover in dangerous weather or learn about your city or county’s emergency preparedness plans. Show us how you prepare like a Girl Scout using the hashtag #GirlScoutsatHome.

Badge and award suggestion: First Aid, Safety Award

Resources:
Ready.gov for kids
Girl Scouts of Western Washington - The Great Cascadia Zombie Survival Challenge – COVID-19 Edition Patch Program
Red Cross Monster Guard app for kids
Ready.gov – how teens can get involved
Girl Scouts of California’s Central Coast - Be Prepared Not Scared

STEM Challenge: Girl Scouts are the thinkers, doers and dreamers this world needs. Did you know that Girl Scouts has promised to engage 2.5 million girls in STEM by 2025? Join the movement today with a hands-on science, technology, engineering or math activity. Tackle an engineering design challenge, conduct some kitchen chemistry, learn to code or explore the ecosystem in your own backyard. Share a photo or video of your STEM challenge with us using the hashtag #GirlScoutsatHome.

Badge and Journey category suggestions: Coding for Good, Cybersecurity, Digital Arts, Investigation, Mechanical Engineering, Robotics, Science and Technology, Space Science, Think Like a Citizen Scientist, Think Like an Engineer, Think Like a Programmer

Resources:
ABB Girls in STEM Patch at home activities 
ABB Mashmallow Puff Tube Activity video
Code.org
Design Squad Global Engineering
Girlsleadstem.com virtual field trip and family activities
NASA Kids Club

Kindness Challenge: In hard times, Girl Scouts pull together to support each other and their community. Practice kindness by reaching out to friends and family, medical professionals, those who may be sick or others with an encouraging message. You might record a video, send a card, make a sign to hang in your window or make a phone call. Share a photo or video of your kindness in action with us using the hashtag #GirlScoutsatHome.

Journey category suggestions: It’s Your World—Change It!, It’s Your Story—Tell It!

Resources:
Draw a rainbow to spread the message “everything is going to be ok” GSSJC’s Girl Scout Guide to Helping Others during the Covid-19 Pandemic

Art Challenge: Get creative with today’s challenge! Learn or choreograph a dance, have a karaoke party, paint or draw a picture, practice or make an instrument, write a short play or a skit, build or make something, tune into an online concert or take a virtual walk through an art museum. Share your pictures or videos of your creativity with us using the hashtag #GirlScoutsatHome.

Badge and Journey category suggestions: Artist, Creative Play, Performance, Storytelling, Art in the Outdoors

Resources:
Art Hub for Kids
List of live streaming concerts
Google Arts & Culture

Culinary Challenge: Feeling hungry? Join us for today’s culinary challenge! You might go for a backyard picnic, cook a meal for your family, make a snack, learn about where your food comes from or learn about issues of food justice. Share your tasty treats with us using the hashtag #GirlScoutsatHome

Badge and Journey category suggestions: Cook

Resources:
Spatulatta Cooking for Kids
Kids Cook Monday
Virtual Farm Tours

Get-together Challenge: Missing your Girl Scout sisters? We are too! We know that troops across our council and our country are meeting in creative virtual ways. What is your troop doing? Show us how you get together and do something creative and collaborative together! You might do a collective art project, have a camp song sing-along, work on your highest awards or earn a badge! Show us your crew using the hashtag #GirlScoutsatHome.

Resources: check out the free and low-cost tools for virtual meetings listed on our website.

Girl Scout Volunteer Appreciation Challenge: coming soon! Mark your calendars, April 22 is volunteer appreciation day!

Girl Scout Way Challenge: coming soon!

Global Challenge: Explore the world from the comfort of your own home! Learn about the global and travel opportunities Girl Scouts offers, start learning another language, do an activity from a different culture or watch a documentary about a world issue you care about. Share your global activities with us using the hashtag #GirlScoutsatHome.

Award and Journey category suggestions: Global Action Award, World Thinking Day Award; It’s Your World—Change It!

Resources:
Girl Scouts Think Globally
Girl Scouts Travel
National Geographic Kids Countries
World Cultures Activities
Duolingo
EF Girl Scouts At-home Culture Challenges

Life-skills Challenge: coming soon!

Entrepreneurship Challenge: Brush up on your business and money management skills with this next challenge! You might earn your Cookie Family Entrepreneur pin, learn about saving and investing, come up with a plan to earn extra money at home or in your neighborhood or make plans to start your own business! Share pictures or videos of your new-found entrepreneurial skills with us using the hashtag #GirlScoutsatHome.

Badge and Journey category suggestions: Cookie Business, Financial Literacy, Innovation

Resources:
Cookie Family Entrepreneur Pin
US Mint Girl Scout badge activities for kids
Practical Money Skills games
TeenBusiness.com

Do a Good Turn Challenge: coming soon!

Leadership Challenge: coming soon!

 

Girl Scouts at Home - Earned Awards

Earned Awards

Cookie Entrepreneur Family Pin
It’s never been easier to support your girl as she develops business skills, makes amazing memories, and earns a different pin for her uniform every cookie season. The simple, age-specific guidelines have been tailored for her developing skill set, making success a snap.

World Thinking Day Award
Backed by 10 million Girl Guides and Girl Scouts in locations worldwide, World Thinking Day 2020 celebrates the diversity, equity, and inclusion reflected in our global movement. Check out our activity guides to explore this theme—and celebrate being part of the diverse global sisterhood that is Girl Guides + Girl Scouts! Girls can earn this award at anytime throughout the year, not just around World Thinking Day!

Global Action Award
Girl Scouts’ Global Action award calls for girls to address the Global Goals for Sustainable Development, or SDGs for short, 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.

My Promise, My Faith
The Girl Scouts My Promise, My Faith pin invites girls in grades K-12 to experience a faith journey through exploration of the Girl Scout Law and teachings from their faith. Girls can earn this national pin each year.

Complete your Highest Awards training online
Juniors, Cadettes, Seniors and Ambassadors—are you ready to start earning your Bronze, Silver or Gold Award? Now is a great time to take our online training! Visit our GoldSilver and Bronze Award webpages to learn more about these awards, watch the training webinars, and get started on your highest awards.

How are you continuing the fun at home? Share your Girl Scouts at Home activities with us by tagging us on Facebook or Insta and using the hashtag #GirlScoutsatHome.

Girl Scouts at Home - Patch Programs

Patch Programs

Featured: ABB Girls in STEM Patch – NEW!
ABB, a global technology leader, is partnering with Girl Scouts to inspire girls in STEM. Girl Scouts in the Diamonds council can earn a new ABB Girls in STEM patch by participating in STEM activities at home! Check out this video demonstration of the Marshmallow Puff Tube Activity! Patches may be requested here.

Free Being Me
A one-of-a-kind program! Through fun and interactive activities, children and young people learn that body confidence and self-esteem come from valuing their bodies, standing up to social pressures, and supporting others to be more body confident. By working together, leading others and speaking out, participants will be empowered to make a difference in their local and global communities. To request your patch, email programs@girlscoutsdiamonds.org.

"Smile Squad" Patch Program
Delta Dental of Arkansas Foundation
Use your creativity and Girl Scouting skills to learn how your mouth links to your overall health and well-being. Review good dental habits, try an oral health experiment, discover how hidden sugars can damage your teeth, and learn about the importance of brushing twice a day. Master the topics to earn your patch and join Delta Dental’s Smile Squad!

Penny the Pig
Earn a special “Penny the Pig” patch for the whole troop while they learn what it really means to “be a sister to every Girl Scout.” Complete the Penny the Pig patch program, where girls become philanthropists, learn what that means and how they play a part in making a big difference at Girl Scouts – Diamonds. 

Texas Women Vote
This patch program packet is designed to encourage Girl Scouts of all levels to learn and develop knowledge about the history of voting rights and why it is important for everyone to vote.

How are you continuing the fun at home? Share your Girl Scouts at Home activities with us by tagging us on Facebook or Insta and using the hashtag #GirlScoutsatHome.

Resources from Other Girl Scout Councils and WAGGGS Member Organiztions

Girl Scouts of Colorado – Virtual Spring Camp
Sky High Ranch - Girl Scouts of Colorado is offering GSCO's first-ever VIRTUAL SPRING CAMP! Due to unexpected circumstances, many Girl Scouts will be out of school and away from troops for the next few weeks. We believe it is important to maintain meaningful connections with family, friends, and our community now more than ever. Starting on Monday, March 16, 2020 find us on Instagram @sky_high_ranch for daily crafts, STEM projects, and more you can do at home.

Girl Scouts of Central Maryland – Virtual Badge Workshops
Over the next several weeks, GSCM will be hosting virtual program activities and options for troops and girls to participate in during this program postponement period. Click the link above for the schedule of activities and materials for March 16 - 20.

Girl Scouts Carolinas Peaks to Piedmont – Virtual Girl Scouts
Starting March 17, join GSCP2P for Virtual Girl Scouts at 3 and 6 pm CST (4 and 7 pm EST) each weekday on facebook live.

Girl Scouts of Southwest Texas – Virtual Multi-Level Troop Meetings
Join GSSWTX for a Virtual Multi-Level Troop Meeting (Facebook Live). These virtual troop meetings will start with the Think Like a Citizen Scientist Journey where girls will enhance their observation skills through activities that challenge them to notice changes in people's appearances and a group of items.

Girl Scouts of Western Washington - The Great Cascadia Zombie Survival Challenge – COVID-19 Edition Patch Program
Since 2016, Girl Scouts of Western Washington has been at the forefront of emergency preparedness through their Great Cascadia Zombie Survival Challenge: Be Prepared, Not Scared, Patch program. They envisioned this patch program helping members and their communities be prepared for a natural disaster, namely an earthquake, but little did they know how valuable the skills and information would be during the COVID-19 health crisis we are facing today. To help girls during this challenging time, they have updated their program. The Great Cascadia Zombie Survival Challenge-COVID-19 edition is being rolled out starting March 16 with the requirements for earning the center patch!

Girl Scouts of Western Ohio – Virtual Program Opportunities
The GSWO Program Team will be hosting virtual programming on Facebook Live twice per day Monday through Friday so we can continue the Girl Scout Leadership Experience as we flatten the curve! Check their Facebook Events list for all of the upcoming virtual programs (more will be added soon): https://www.facebook.com/pg/GSWOH/events/. Seniors and Ambassadors, follow them on Instagram for daily content on Instagram Stories! https://instagram.com/girlscoutswoh

Girl Scouts of Historic Georgia – Virtual Activities
Tune in daily to the GSHG Facebook, Instagram and twitter for badge work, STEM projects, outdoor activities and more that you can do at home.

Girl Scouts of Central Illinois – Virtual Badges
Join GSCI as they practice self-distancing with virtual Girl Scout programming!  Girl Scouts can earn two badges this week (Tuesday, March 17 - Saturday, March 21) and the best thing, the opportunity to participate in Girl Scouting no matter what location. Each day they will highlight one activity per badge.

Girl Scouts of Southern Arizona – Virtual Girl Scouts
Virtual Girl Scouts is a fun, new way to continue to participate in Girl Scouts from home. Explore outside, experiment with coding, create beautiful art – your adventure starts now!  New programs will be added every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday for you to enjoy.  Activities will be connected with a badge or fun patch.

Girl Scouts of Alaska – Virtual Programs
Girl Scouts of Alaska has created a virtual program page on with videos from past monthly virtual programs as well as links to public programs. They will continue to update it as they get more.

Girl Scouts of Central Texas – Girl Scouting at Home
Check out Trefoil TV and more from GSCTX

Malta Girl Guides Quarantine Challenge
Join Girl Guides from Malta and all over the world in the Quarantine Challenge! New challenges will be posted to their Facebook page every 2 days. Register your interest through the following link https://form.jotform.com/200733602458350 and stay tuned to their page for more challenges.

Girlguiding UK
Girlguiding UK will be sharing an activity a day on their facebook page to help keep kids happy, active and entertained.

Girl Scout First Headquarters
Check out the Girl Scout First Headquarters facebook page for regular posts and videos about Girl Scout history, badge activities and challenges.

Check out this Pinterest board full of activities from our sister council, Girl Scouts of Western Pennsylvania!

Volunteer Information and Resources
Free and Low-cost Tools for Virtual Meetings

Girl Scouts - Diamonds Webinar - Hosting a Troop Meeting via Zoom

Below is a list of free and low-cost tools troops and service units in other councils are using for virtual meetings. While we cannot endorse or support specific online meeting tools, we encourage you to look at these and alternative options and discuss with parents and girls to determine what the best solution is for your troop or service unit needs. 

Video and Audio-Conferencing Tools with free versions

While all of these options have a free version, please note you may be prompted to consider their upgraded versions for a subscription fee.

  • Zoom - FAQ
    • Note: Meetings durations maximum of 40 minutes in free version
  • Skype - Support
    • Note: Up to 10 participants free
  • Webex – Help Center
    • Note: Limited file and content sharing in free version

Chat and Collaboration Tools with free versions

Additional low-cost tools for collaboration and conferencing to consider if the above options do not meet your group's needs.

 

 

COVID-19 Updates and Advisories

We appreciate your patience in understanding that this a rapidly evolving situation and we are doing our best to monitor the situation and make decisions based on facts and recommendations from state and federal officials. As things evolve we will continue to communicate updates and necessary changes to our members. If you have specific questions/concerns, please email us and we will respond as quickly as we can.

Please note, all communications are included below, but some information in the earlier communications on this list is now out-of-date. Please refer to the most recent communication for current information. 

Event Cancellations and Postponements


Effective immediately, all Girl Scouts – Diamonds in-person events, trainings and other activities listed on our website calendar (whether council-sponsored or presented by program partners) are canceled through May 15. During these rapidly changing times, please continue to refer to this page for updates and email info@girlscoutsdiamonds.org or call 800-632-6894 with questions. Note: With so many events to cancel at once, there may be a delay in updating the event calendar.

 

Cookie Program Updates

March 26, 2020
A Cookie Program update has been sent to cookie managers via eBudde regarding the ability for troops to return cookie cases. Please contact your troop or service unit cookie manager for details and procedures. 

March 16, 2020
Effective March 16, all cookie booth activity is being canceled nationally. Additional Cookie Program updates and information about cookie cupboards have been communicated to cookie managers via eBudde. Extended cookie deadlines are listed below. any changes to those will be communicated through cookie managers as well. If you have questions, please contact your local cookie manager or email info@girlscoutsdiamonds.org

Extended Cookie Deadlines 
April 4-Cookie Cupboards close
April 5-Digital Cookie closes
April 6-Final girl money due to Troop Cookie Manager
April 8-Parent debt forms due to council staff
April 10-Troop final rewards due in eBudde at 11:59pm
April 10-50% of final cookie draft
April 13-Service unit final rewards due in eBudde at 11:59pm
April 24-Final cookie draft
May 11-Rewards begin shipping to service units*

*Please be aware there may be supply chain issues beyond our control that could cause potential delays.

 

Retail Shop Information

Starting Wednesday March 18 GSUSA will be offering Free Standard Shipping on all orders with no minimum threshold placed though the online store at www.girlscoutshop.com.    

Note: There will still be an upcharge for expedited shipping on all orders.  For 3-day service the upcharge is $10, for 2-day the upcharge is $15 and for 1-day service the upcharge is $25.

Any council merchandise purchased through the online store (bridging kits and merchandise titles starting with GSDAOT) will be processed for shipping on Thursdays of each week while our offices/shops are closed.

Each retail specialist is scheduled to work from the office one day a week.  Any customers who have previously placed an order through Girl Scouts – Diamonds shops and requested shop pick-up have the opportunity to schedule order pick-up with regional retail staff. We ask that you email retail@girlscoutsdiamonds.org and include your order pick-up location and preferred time for the designated days listed below.

Office schedule:
Little Rock – Monday and Wednesday
Jonesboro – Wednesday
Rogers – Thursday