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Girl Scouts at Home

Engaging Girls at Home with the Girl Scout Experience


Kids at home? You can bring the exploration and learning of Girl Scouts to your family even when circumstances are keeping Girl Scouts from meeting in person. Afterall, Girl Scouts isn't somewhere girls go or something they do—it's who they are day in, day out. Use these self-guided, free activities to keep your girl, your troop, and your community connected.

Not a registered Girl Scout?  No problem!  Get a taste of what Girl Scouts has to offer through these home-based activities. Ready to get started? Start the join process today.

Council Resources

Below you'll find activities, badge requirements, and more that you can do at home. 

Virtual Programs

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. Be sure to stop back regularly to see what's new!

If you have completed one or more of our virtual programs - we would LOVE to hear from you. Your feedback helps us determine the content for our programs. Please CLICK HERE to take a short survey about your experience with our virtual programs.

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Council Patch Programs
Lakes & Pines Adventure Club
Self Guided Badge Activities
Girl Scouts Love Yoga
Fun & Educational Activities
Adult Mini Training Sessions

We want to make sure we're giving your Girl Scout the virtual opportunities she needs right now! Have her tell us so we can keep her request in mind as we continue to create virtual programs and training for girls.

Please email Customer Care to request training or programs.

Self Guided Activities by Girl Scout Program Level

Below you'll find activities, badge requirements and more that you can do with your Girl Scout.

Girl Scout History
Daisies (K-1)

 

Earn your Art in the Outdoors Badge at Home

  • Color an outdoor scene
  • Make a painting of the outdoors
  • Tell a story with art - draw a self-portrait of you helping the environment
  • Draw something that makes a sound outdoors
  • Search for sounds in nature or your back yard and write them down
  • Make a musical instrument using materials from outside

Earn your Eco Learner Badge at Home

  • Ask your Girl Scout what types of things are found in nature
  • Look for wildlife in your back yard. Make a chart or list showing all the animals or insects you found
  • Have your Daisy reach into a box or bag and try and guess what is inside. Is it something that you find in nature or was it something you might find in the house?
  • Draw your nature identity – what do you love about nature most?
  • Create a circle with a hula hoop, string or anything else you can find. Place your circle in various points around your yard and identify what you see. Why is it important to stay on a path in the woods?
  • Try to remember everything you found in nature and make a list.
Brownies (2-3)

 

Earn your Eco Friend Badge at Home 

  • Talk about ways to be friendly to others when you are out for a hike, or playing in your back yard with friends.
  • Draw a picture of your favorite wild animal and list reasons how you can help take care of their space when you are in it, and how can humans be kind to animals? Much like we take care of our spaces inside houses.
  • Go out into your back yard and make a list of natural things you see (such as pinecones or leaves). Can you make up a story about one thing you saw?
  • Make an edible fire ring using whatever materials you already have on hand. Be sure to include fire circle, wood and something for the fire!
  • Design a poster on how you and your Girl Scout friends can care for nature.

*To complete the Eco Friend Badge you will need to also learn how to build and put out a campfire safely*

Earn your Bug Badge at Home 

  • Make a bug craft and learn about your bug (Spider, ladybug, caterpillar etc)
  • Learn about caterpillars and come up with a song or dance about their transformation into butterflies.
  • Use something you already have, or make a bug viewing box. Make it comfortable and add grass or twigs so you can find a bug to view up close. Be sure to release the bugs once you are doing viewing them. You can also watch a bug in its natural habitat in order to not disturb them.
  • Look for bugs outdoors in your back yard, what did you find? Can you draw a picture?
  • What insects pollinate? Do you have any in your back yard? Go on a search near flowers if you have any.

Earn your Outdoor Adventurer Badge at Home 

  • Write down anything you might see on a nature walk
  • Play nature charades with your family where you act out anything you previously wrote down.
  • Create an obstacle course in your back yard with your caregivers’ approval. See how fast you can complete it.
  • Go on a nature scavenger hunt or play nature bingo in your yard.
  • After your hunt write down what you saw, heard or smell. How did being outside make you feel?
  • Make a cloud board or paper using cotton balls – then identify what types of clouds are in the sky today.
    • Cirrus clouds – these are high wispy clouds that almost look like air.
    • Cumulus clouds – these are fat puffy clouds that generally form on clear days.
    • Cumulonimbus clouds – these are thick, low hanging clouds.
    • Stratus clouds – these are low clouds that almost look like a fog that can’t touch the ground.
  • Make a necklace using materials you already have that resembles the sun. Try and practice knot tying while making your necklace or learn how to build a fire by building an edible fire.
  • Listen to the trees. Sit under multiple trees and see if they sound different in the wind. Put your ear to the trunk do you hear the trees heartbeat?

Work on your Outdoor Art Creator Badge at Home 

  • Take a walk in your back yard and note down all the natural things you see (flowers, grass, trees etc). As you write them down, note what shape they resemble.
  • Create a color wheel using crayons or markers you already have, put similar colors next to one another. Take a walk outside and see what colors your find in nature. Did you find anything not in your color wheel?
  • Make a leaf or tree bark rubbing. If you use a leaf, take it from the ground not the branch of a tree. Hold a piece of paper over the bark of a tree or overtop of a leaf and use a crayon or chalk to make a rubbing.
  • What do architects do? They design and build structures. What would your house look like if you can only use what you find in nature? What do birds, rabbits or bees use?
  • Nature dance time – make a list of insects or animals and mimic how they move.
  • Make a wind chime out of materials you find in nature such as sticks and acrons. (You will need to use some craft supplies to hold it all together!
  • Ask a parent to use their phone to learn about nature photography and take some close ups of things you find in nature. Take a close up, an outdoor scene or maybe a cloud in the sky.
Juniors (4-5)

 

Earn your Animal Habitats Badge at Home

  • Draw or write about your favorite wild animal. What type of habitat do they live in?
  • List what type of animals live in the following habitats: Forest, Grasslands, Desert or Tundra. What do these habitats all have in common?
  • Design a habitat using supplies you have on hand. It can be 3D or you can draw it, be sure to include food, water and shelter. - With an adult, learn about leave no trace and take the online awareness course Leave No Trace Awareness
  • Conduct an experiment, what is the best way to clean up an oil spill? Place water and oil in a bin and then use different materials such as dish soap, laundry detergent, feathers, plastics bags or cotton balls to try and soak the oil up. Make a hypothesis of which will work best and why. Which one did work best?
  • Learn about an endangered animal of your choice.
  • Write down ways you can help animals for a Take Action project!

Earn your Outdoor Art Explorer Badge at Home

  • Draw or find a picture in a magazine of an animal or insect you have seen in nature or would like to see in nature.
  • Write a song about leave no trace and caring for the outdoors. Sing it to someone you live with.
  • Make a necklace out of materials you find in nature or your back yard. You may need to utilize some craft supplies you have on hand for this activity.
  • Make a bird house out of an old milk jug and decorate it before putting it out for the birds.
  • Find things in nature to create a musical instrument. Be creative! (You may need to use some manmade things to finish off the instrument).
  • Use a digital camera or phone to take photographs of nature. Take a macro picture (something from a distance) or a micro (something close up) picture.
Cadette (6-8)

 

Online Badge Workshops for Older Girls

Work on your Night Owl Badge at Home

  • Research nocturnal animals that live in Eastern Washington or Northern Idaho. What do their eyes look like at night? How are their eyes designed to see at night?
  • Do the Leave No Trace Awareness tutorial to learn how to respect animals. How might this be different at night?
  • Go into your backyard at night and look up at the sky. If it’s clear look at the starts and draw the constellations you see. Write a short story about the night time sky.
  • Make a list and research jobs that happen in overnight hours. Try and talk to someone on the phone who has a night job. What are some questions you might have for people who work night shifts?

*To complete this badge, you will need to have a nighttime party with friends or troop, play flashlight tag and other night games*

Work on your Trees Badge at Home

  • What is your favorite tree and why? Draw your favorite tree and do some research about it. Label the parts of the tree after you are done drawing – be sure to get all the layers and parts in.
  • Design a tree house – either drawing or creating a 3D structure.
  • Create your dream tree garden on paper, what type of trees will you include? Why? Will you have fruit trees?
  • Create a piece of art using parts of trees you find on the ground.

*To complete this badge you will need to plant a tree or learn from an expert on how to care for trees or shadow the expert

Work on your Outdoor Art Apprenticeship Badge at Home

  • Find a spot in your back yard sit and draw the scene at different times throughout the day. What is different in the morning vs night?
  • Sit outside and mimic the sounds you hear or write a rap or poem inspired by sounds in nature.
  • Take photos of textures or patterns you find in your back yard, create an outdoor photo journal or take photos of things that are camouflaged.
  • Design a square foot garden on paper or build something with nature.

*To complete the badge, dye something you can wear with natural colors, make nature art out of clay or make seed paper*

Seniors (9-10)

 

Online Badge Workshops for Older Girls

Work on your Outdoor Art Explorer Badge at Home

  • Explore how to create art in the outdoors and design a piece of jewelry from nature or make a print using a natural object or one inspired by nature.
  • Create music with nature – make a recording mashup of what you hear in nature or write a song about nature or create a musical instrument from natural materials and then write a song or learn three camp songs about nature and teach them to someone else.
  • Use a camera or phone to capture nature digitally. Take a picture of the same space multiple times throughout the day or experiment with perspective and filters while taking nature pictures.
  • Create lighting for an outdoor space or create a maze/labyrinth outside or design a nature based mural.

*To complete this badge you will need to find at least three or more public works of arts outdoor or visit at least one exhibit of outdoor environmental art. *

Earn your Sky Badge at Home

  • Focus on the night sky, identify ten constellations and eight noticeable stars, five of which are magnitude one or brighter. Learn how to find the North Star from the Big Dipper and how to find North or Investigate the colors of the sky, take five photographs of the sky in different colors and research the science behind it.
  • Track the weather for a day and record the highest and lowest temperature on earth. Note extreme weather conditions such as hurricanes or tornados. Compare what you found to the day before.
  • Research was to help clear the sky of pollution or look into light pollution in our local town or city.
  • Build a rocket or plane with materials you have on hand. How can you improve if it didn’t work well? Or research NASA and follow a space mission and follow it for a week.
  • Create sky art by making a scale model of a planet, constellation mural or take photos of the sky changing throughout the day.

Work on your Eco Explorer Badge at Home

  • Email or talk to an eco-friendly traveler or conservationist about their experiences or research an eco activist.
  • Research endangered species and how some have bounced back or explore an environmental issue relating to water or explore the rain forest.
  • Make a presentation of what you learned motivating your peers or share your findings through a blog or start a campaign.

*To complete this badge you will also need to visit a local nature conservancy, nature preserve, marine research facility or a farm. You will also need to take a trip or series of visits to a state/national parks, bodies of water (lake, river ocean) or wildlife sanctuaries and migration areas. *

Ambassadors (11-12)

 

Online Badge Workshops for Older Girls

Work on your Eco Advocate Badge at Home

  • Read news about the environment and choose an issue you want to advocate for.
  • Email or call an expert on the issue you want to advocate for and talk to them about solutions for your issue or call/email an environmental group and learn what impact they are having and choose one solution to implement.
  • Put resources together about your cause, create a handout, blog post or social media around it.

Parts that need to be done outside of the home when it's safe to do so:

  • Attend a meeting for a local environmental advocacy group or meet someone on city council/city employee with an environmental position or cause or meet with someone who works in state government or law to help the environment.
  • Create and implement a campaign, volunteer with an existing environmental group or organize an event to advocate.
Virtual Field Trips & More


GSUSA Resources

GSUSA is making select Girl Scout program resources available to every girl, parent, caregiver, volunteer, and troop leader. 

Free Access to Girl Scout Activities
Event Calendar listing nationally produced virtual events

Resources from other Girl Scout councils

While you might not be able to meet with your local Girl Scout friends during this time, you CAN connect with other Girl Scouts across the country! Here are more at-home activities, live streams and other resources our sister councils are sharing:

More At-Home Resources

Many of our sister councils are offering Girl Scouting at-home ideas, too. If your Girl Scout has already earned the badges we are providing content for, consider checking out another council's offerings! 

Live Streams

Girl Scouts of Central Maryland
Visit their Facebook page for a series of live streams.

Girl Scouts of Central Texas
Visit their Facebook page for daily live streams called Trefoil TV.

Girl Scouts of the Desert Southwest
Visit their Facebook page for a series of live streams.

Girl Scouts of Northeast Texas
Visit their Facebook page for at-home activities, virtual troop options and online interactions.

Girl Scouts Carolina's Peaks to Piedmont
Visit their Facebook page for a series of live streams.

Girl Scouts River Valleys
Check out their Self-Care for Kids During COVID-19 information.

Girl Scouts of Southwest Texas
Visit their Facebook page for virtual troop meeting live streams.

Girl Scouts of Texas and Oklahoma Plains
Visit their Faccebook page or at-home activities, virtual troop options and online interactions.

Girl Scouts of Western Ohio
Visit their Facebook page for daily live streams for Daisies through Cadettes. Seniors and Ambassadors can view daily Instagram stories.

Council Patch Programs

Did you know councils can create their own patches for girls to earn? GSSJC has a series of patches right here with some requirements that can be done at home. Then check out these programs from other councils:

Resources for Meeting at a Distance

How do you keep the Girl Scout spirit going strong when your troop can’t actually meet face-to-face? Here are some resources for supporting your troop when you can't meet in person.

Tips for Virtual Troop Meetings
  • Hold a digital parent meeting before meeting with the girls to work out technology roadblocks
  • Plan well in advance with a wide variety of activities • Include videos that are not reliant on video or slide decks is possible
  • Engage the girls equally and by name so they are acknowledged and so they know you can see them
  • Create a group agreement with ground rules in your first meeting
  • Incorporate traditions- even if it feels awkward
  • If leader is also a parent/caregiver, encourage them to log on separately from their girl if technology allows
Online Conferencing Tools

While we cannot endorse or support specific online meeting tools for your use, we are aware of several tools troops and service units are using for virtual meetings. See below for a list of free and low-cost tools that could be useful to you. We encourage troop leaders to look at these and alternative options and discuss with parents and girls to determine what the best solution is for your troop’s 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.