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Girl Scouts 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.

How are you continuing the fun at home? Share your Girl Scouts at Home activities with us by tagging us on social media and using the hashtag #KYGirlScoutsatHome.

Virtual programs are a great way to connect with your Girl Scout sisters and earn badges and Journeys while at home. Girl Scouts of Kentucky's Wilderness Road encourages you to stay safe and healthy while continuing your Girl Scout experience from home! Girls and guardians should make sure to review the the Virtual Troop Meetings Safety Activity Checkpoint. Be sure girls know how to be safe on the internet by completing the Girl Scout Internet Safety Pledge.

Stay tuned to this page for more Girl Scouts at Home activities and suggestions!

Badges
Daisies

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

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.

o Cirrus clouds – these are high wispy clouds that almost look like air.

o Cumulus clouds – these are fat puffy clouds that generally form on clear days.

o Cumulonimbus clouds – these are thick, low hanging clouds.

o 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?

 
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 pine cones 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*

 
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 over top 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 acorns. (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.

 
Earn your Bugs 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.

Juniors

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.

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!

Cadettes

Work on your Night Owl Badge at Home

  • Research nocturnal animals that live in Southeast VA or Northeast NC. 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, have a night time party with friends or troop, play flashlight tag and other night games*

Work on your Outdoor Art Apprentice 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 naturel colors, make nature art out of clay or make seed paper* 

 
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

Seniors

Work on your Voice for Animals Badge at Home

  • Compose a pets’ rights document – is it O.K. to declaw a cat, use a shock collar on a dog?

  • Track a beauty product and find one that doesn’t have cruelty free written on its label.

  • Look into domestic pet breeding.  Find out what’s involved in responsible pet breeding.  What testing is done before breeding two parents.

  • Write about animals in entertainment.  Choose an animal to research.  Write a short story, poem from the point of view of a performing animal.

  • Hold a debate online with friends in regards to wearing fur, leathers or other animal products vs not wearing them.

 
Earn your Sky Badge at Home 

  • Focus on the night sky, identify 10 constellations and 8 noticeable stars, 5 of which are magnitude 1 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 5 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. *

 
Work on your Outdoor Art Expert 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 mash-up 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. *

Ambassadors

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.

CodeCampKidz Online Journey

Complete your Think Like A Programmer (TLAP) Journey online and learn to code all from the comfort of your own home on your own schedule!

CodeCampKidz will guide you step by step as you work through your projects. No experience or previous knowledge is required. When you finish your journey you will have coded a Take Action Project of your choosing and earned your journey award badges.

Choose your session and register here: CodeCampKidz 2020

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 any time 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.

GSKWR Virtual Programming for Girls

We will be using social media in the coming weeks to host virtual programs to continue the Girl Scout Leadership at home. Be sure to like us on Facebook  and follow us on Instagram!

Can't make it online to catch one of our virtual programs? Check out the recording on GSKWR YouTube 

Learn About the Highest Awards

Juniors, Cadettes, Seniors and Ambassadors—are you ready to start earning your Bronze, Silver or Gold Award? Visit our GoldSilver and Bronze Award webpages to learn more about these awards, watch the Gold Award training webinar, and get started on your highest awards. 

Other Fun Things
Leave No Trace

Leave No Trace

Juniors, Cadettes, Seniors and Ambassadors can work on their Environmental Stewardship badges by completing this course.

Leave No Trace Online Course

Public Online Programs

Imagineering in a Box is designed to pull back the curtain to show you how artists, designers, and engineers work together to create theme parks. Go behind the scenes with Disney Imagineers and complete project-based exercises to design a theme park of your very own.

Girls Who Code - Code at Home

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, which has led to school closures and significant disruption to daily life, Girls Who Code is making CS educational activities available for download free of charge, to anyone who wants to access them. Girls Who Code will release activities weekly — some online, some offline, of varying levels of difficulty—over the course of the next few months. Each activity will include a feature of a woman in tech who pioneered innovative technology.

Scavenger Hunts for Daisies, Brownies and Juniors

Scavenger Hunts for Daisies, Brownies, and Juniors

Spring Break Camp

Spring Break Camp

Experience Girl Scout camp online, hosted by a Girl Scouts of Colorado resident camp, Sky High Ranch. 

Follow along through this Instagram Stories titled Spring Camp '20.

STEM Activities

STEM, Outdoors, Life Skills, and Entrepreneurship are the four areas that form the foundation of the Girl Scout Leadership Experience! In this  Activity Packet  you will find an activity from each of these four areas.

Patch Earning Opportunities

Our council partners with several organizations to offer patch programs for girls. Here are several that can be done from home. Note: many organizations throughout the country offer patch programs for Girl Scouts. A quick search online may return many patch programs that interest your girl!

Fidelity - Let it Grow Investment

Girl Scouts can now build financial investment literacy skills through a partnership with Fidelity Investments®. Through the “Let It Grow” Investment Patch Program, girls can unleash their inner G.I.R.L. (Go-getter, Innovator, Risk-taker, Leader)™ and gain the financial skills they need to be successful in life.

Women's Suffrage Centennial

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.

Girl Scout Birthday Week

The activities in this patch program, have been inspired by a combination of many different facets of the Girl Scout organization, including: the celebration of Girl Scout week, GSUSA curriculum and Girl Scout traditions.  The variety of activities will encourage all Girl Scouts, no matter their interest or age to participate in this patch program. This patch can be earned year-round. 

P.R.A.Y. Virtual

Faith Emblem Instruction at Home

Recently P.R.A.Y. offered Facebook Live sessions for parents and counselors to connect and prepare to offer religious emblem instruction at home while fulfilling stay-at-home requirements from their local municipality or State government.  Religious Emblems, when seen as advancement, are another way to keep girls connected and active in their Girl Scout experience. In addition to the Facebook Live session, P.R.A.Y. has opened and is adding to their offerings for Virtual Learning. 

Facebook Live for Religious Emblems

P.R.A.Y. Documents and Resources: Virtual Learning

In addition to helps and hints for Religious Emblems, P.R.A.Y. also offered a session on their Bible Basics/RP3 Patch series which provides free curriculum and helps to instill study for families.  Completion of a Bible Basics lesson also meets the requirements for the “My Promise, My Faith” pin.

Facebook Live for RP3

P.R.A.Y. Bible Basics/RP3 Patch series

Faith-Based Programs Coordinator

Created by the National Interfaith Committee for Girl Scouting, the Faith-Based Programs coordinator was developed to help better integrate Religious Recognitions into the Girl Scout program. Religious Recognitions help girls connect their Girl Scouting experience with their faith and strengthen the connection between Girl Scouting and faith communities.  You can find more FBPC information here or  at the National GSUSA website on Girl Scouts and Faith.

Are you starting new troops this fall and looking for meeting places? 

Consider reaching out to your local Protestant Churches.  P.R.A.Y. and its denominational partners have developed resources to help cultivate potential partners on connecting their faith to youth through Girl Scouting.  When Girl Scouting is viewed as youth ministry, congregations experience outreach, leadership development, and growth.  Use the specific or general Protestant flyers below to help clergy expand their programs by highlighting “To Serve God."  More denominations will be added as material is approved.

For more resources and updates, visit: https://www.praypub.org/gsusa

Social Media Challenges & Community Engagement

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

  • Kindness Challenge – record a get-well video. Include your first name, troop number, and a get-well-soon message for people who are sick. Submission—tag us, use hashtag #KYGirlScoutsKindnessChallenge
  • Earned Awards Challenge – Earn a badge, award or patch with your family this week, then share a photo or video using the hashtag #KYGirlScoutsAwardsChallenge. A list of all badges and awards can be found on the Badge Explorer and Level Badge Charts here . Badge requirements can be found in the Girl’s Guide to Girl Scouting or can be downloaded from the GSUSA online shop . Other awards and patch programs can be found in the Earned Awards and Patch Programs sections above.
Say Thank You

Draw or write cards of encouragement to healthcare providers, food bank volunteers, teachers or a troop leader. 

Send your card to the address below and we will drop it off at the University of Kentucky, Saint Joseph and Central Baptist. The cards will be handed out to all staff - admin, maintenance, cleaning, food service, etc.

Mailing Address:

Girl Scouts of Kentucky's Wilderness Road 

ATTN: Melanie Quisenberry

2277 Executive Drive

Lexington, KY 40505

 

Hey Girl Scouts!

As our St. Elizabeth associates step up to meet the challenge of COVID-19, we invite Girl Scouts to please consider supporting them and our patients by asking girls to create a card, picture, or letter of thanks and encouragement. During this time of physical distance, it’s important to remember that we are all in this together—and what better way to demonstrate that unity than through a collective expression from the Girl Scouts in our community! Let’s paint our community GIRL SCOUT GREEN! 💚💚

 

Notes may be mailed to the following addresses:

St. Elizabeth Edgewood

Volunteer Services

1 Medical Village Dr.

Edgewood KY 41017

 

St. Elizabeth Florence

Volunteer Services

4900 Houston Rd.

Florence, KY 40142

 

St. Elizabeth Ft. Thomas

Volunteer Services

85 North Grand Ave.

Ft. Thomas, KY 41075

Video Tutorials and Activities
Hand-washing Experiment

Check out this fun experiment from our sister council, Girl Scouts Heart of the South. You can do it at home and SEE just how important it is to wash your hands!!!

Handwashing Experiement

Knot Tying

From the simplest Overhand Knot to the more advanced Double Figure Eight, you'll be a knot-tying pro in no time with these video tutorials from GSUSA!

Virtual Experiences

WAVE Foundation at Newport Aquarium 

Every Monday, Wednesday and Friday, WAVE is hosting Aquatic Adventures live at Newport Aquarium. Tune in and learn about their amazing animals by checking out these videos on Newport Aquarium's Facebook Page, #AquaticAdventure. 

Tours

Google Arts & Culture teamed up with over 2500 museums and galleries around the world to bring anyone and everyone virtual tours and online exhibits of some of the most famous museums around the world. Google Arts & Culture’s collection includes the British Museum in London, the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam, the Guggenheim in New York City, and literally hundreds of more places where you can gain knowledge about art, history, and science.

Field Trips

Discovery Education | Girl Scouts Girls Get STEM

Cincinnati Zoo

San Diego Zoo

Yellowstone National Park

Mars

Farm Tours

The Louvre

The Great Wall of China

Discovery Education Virtual Field Trips