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Staying Connected

This is it! The best articles, information, and resources we've found (and we'll continue updating) to help you and your girl continue the Girl Scout experience online and at home. We encourage staying connected...to digital resources, to the mission of Girl Scouts, and to the Girl Scout sisterhood which inspires us every day to make the world a better place.

Top Read

Check out Girl Scouts Give Back and Rise to Today’s Challenges from the GSUSA blog for some inspiration.

Highlighted Resources
Your Stories

Show us how your girl or troop is moving forward with courage, confidence, and character. Mention @sdgirlscouts on social media and include #sdgirlscouts and #GirlScoutsAtHome. Send exceptional stories and full-size photos to media@sdgirlscouts.org.

COVID-19 and GSSD

Shops and Offices

Girl Scouts San Diego program centers and retail shops are closed until further notice. All in-person gatherings are postponed or moved to a virtual meeting space.

As of March 24, Girl Scouts San Diego 2020 summer camp is still accepting registrations and deposits which are fully refundable up to 25 days before the selected session begins.

Visit our Contact Us page to reach GSSD staff, who are working safely from home to serve you.

Visit our What's New page for the latest GSSD information on COVID-19.

Local, State, and Federal Resources
Tools and Resources for Coping with Stress

COVID-19: Managing Stress in this Anxious Time from the Institute for Disaster Mental Health, State University of NY, New Paltz

Mental Health and Coping During COVID-19 from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) Advice for the Public from the World Health Organization

Tips for Social Distancing, Quarantine, and Isolation During an Infectious Disease Outbreak from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration

Tips for talking to girls about COVID19 from GSUSA's Raising Awesome Girls blog

Parent/Caregiver Guide to Helping Families Cope with COVID-19 from the National Child Traumatic Stress Network

For mental health emergencies:

  • Call 911
  • Call the National Institute of Mental Health’s Disaster Distress Helpline (1-800-985-5990) or text TalkWithUs to 66746.

 

For Girls and Families

Get Outside

Explore your own backyard: enjoy family time, have a picnic, pull some weeds, birdwatch, and get a little dirty.

Nearby NatureFind outdoor spaces to explore in your neighborhood.

Pinterest Staying Connected board: Loads of indoor and ourdoor idea starters to get your creative juices flowing.

San Diego County Parks closures: Follow guidance on closures, stay with your family, and ensure you can keep a safe physical distance from others.

Virtual Recreation Center: Find tips, tricks, and tales to help you pass the downtime with San Diego County Parks and Recreation.

Indoor Activities

Earn some badges: Check out the badgework and activities section in the Troop Leaders resources below.

Girl Scouts At Home: Find a wide variety of badgework and activities for every age group including two full badge activity guides.

Have a day camp naming brainstorm: We need your help to name our collection of day camp programs! We have Camp Winacka, Camp Whispering Oaks…but what should our day camp program be named?

Implement a new chore schedule: Kids who pitch in on housework learn responsibility, and completing small tasks gives them a sense of accomplishment and inclusion.

Pinterest Staying Connected board: Loads of indoor and ourdoor idea starters to get your creative juices flowing.

Sing a Girl Scout song: Sing along to classic Girl Scout songs with the local volunteers in the Girl Scouts San Diego Songbirds.

Visit a virtual museumLocal artists and organizations are live streaming and turning to digital platforms to share their work, but still need our help to weather coronavirus. This site also includes links to online story times, live performances, and art resources for kids.

Helpful Articles

7 Ways to Deal When the World Is Just So Overwhelming: As a family, how are you handling all of the anxiety and stress that the kids and adults in your household are feeling right now? Raising Awesome Girls offers easy and helpful ideas to reduce anxiety and stress.

Beyond Virtual Fieldtrips: Distance Learning During Coronavirus School Closures: Millions of families are trying to keep the learning alive at home amid virus-related school closures—even while they attempt to adjust to their own new work-from-home realities. A few teachers offer amazingly practical advice for how everyday families can get through this difficult time.

Help Kids Cope with Disappointment in the Face of COVID-19: In the world impacted by the new coronavirus, it can seem like everything fun or even meaningful has been canceled. Here’s how you can help her cope and learn to be resilient in these rapidly changing times.

Parenting in the time of COVID-19To help parents interact constructively with their children during this time of confinement, the World Health Organization offers six one-page tips for parents. Topics include planning one-on-one time, staying positive, creating a daily routine, avoiding bad behavior, managing stress, and talking about COVID-19.

 

For Troop Leaders and Volunteers

Meetings

Activities with girls: Check out the Get Outside and Indoor Activities in the Girls and Families section above for ideas for meeting content.

When you can't meet in person: Maintaining a sense of normalcy is so important right now for girls and their families. How do you keep the Girl Scout spirit going strong when your troop can’t actually meet face-to-face? Here's a handy tip sheet we put together to get you started.

Chat and collaboration tools:

Video conferencing and collaboration tools: Check out these and other alternative options and discuss with parents and girls the best solution for your troop’s needs. While most of these options have a free version, please note you may be prompted to consider their upgraded versions for a subscription fee.

Badgework and Activities

Badge Explorer: Browse and decide which badges you’ll work on virtually together—or independently!

Community partners: Many are offering more online and virtual badge-earning opportunities than ever. Contact the ones that offer programs you're looking for to inquire.

  • CodeCampKidz: Learn to code and complete your Think Like a Programmer Journey (including Take Action Project) online. (Juniors-Seniors. $10-25)
  • The Old Globe Arts Engagement: Community Voices and Behind the Curtain online workshops about playwriting and theatre production. (Cadette-Ambassador, free, requires Facebook access)  
  • San Diego Public Library Stay-In Storytime Club: Daily storytime shorts, chapter-a-day weekday reads for the “Lunch Bunch,” and bilingual time. (Daisies-Juniors)
  • San Diego Zoo Kids: Pique your girl's interest in feathered, furred, and finned friends through stories, videos, games, crafts, and conservation projects. (Daisies-Ambassadors)
  • San Diego Zoo Global Academy: Complimentary access to their Animal Species online learning modules, offering different topics every week. (age 13+)

Girl Scouts At Home: Find a wide variety of badgework and activities for every age group including two full badge activity guides.

Happenings pagesUp-to-date listings of Girl Scout activities, including online/virtual badge and Journey opportunities.

Pinterest Staying Connected board: Loads of indoor and ourdoor idea starters to get your creative juices flowing.

Volunteer ToolkitAdd a badge or Journey to an upcoming meeting in your VTK Year Plan. When parents log in, they can see the activity plan, materials list and relevant pdfs or videos for the badge.

Supporting Each Other

Get social: Search for the incredible social media groups run by our volunteers and ask to join. Many resources and experiences are being shared by troop leaders, long-time volunteers, and the GSSD Troop Support team.

Read up: Check out the great articles above under Girls and Families > Helpful Articles and COVID-19 and GSSD > Tools and Resources.