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Girl Scouts at Home: Staying Connected

All GSSD gatherings will be held virtually through at least Nov. 30, 2020, unless state and local guidelines change. Check this page frequently for updates.

   

This is it! The best articles, information, and resources we've found (and we'll keep 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.

Looking for a troop, or know someone who is? Connect with Girl Scouts in the community who are meeting digitally. New virtual troops are forming now!

Public health: Girl Scouts San Diego is committed to the health and safety of girls and volunteers, and is following public health orders for San Diego and Imperial counties. If you are a troop leader or volunteer considering an in-person activity, please review our Return to Troop Guidance and the Meetings section below.

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. Scroll down for some inspiring stories that have been shared with us.

GSSD COVID-19 Information

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.

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.

Troop travel plans disrupted? Visit the Volunteer Essential Troop Finances page for a COVID-19 update.

Local, State, and Federal Resources

 

Activities for Girls

If you're a parent new to leading your girl through her Girl Scout experience, check out GSUSA's new Keep Girl Scouts Going: Activity Guide for Parents and Caregivers, an overview and step-by-step guide through whatever #GirlScoutsAtHome experience she chooses.

If your troop isn't meeting virtually right now, but you're interested in visiting a sister-troop for a fun, virtual meeting, please email customercare@sdgirlscouts.org and they can help you explore options.

Badgework

Adapting badges and Journeys for virtual meetings: Check out these proven tips for how you and your girls can adapt your badge, journey, or award activities to a virtual setting.

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, on this GSUSA resource page.

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

IRM resources: Check out the program resources on our IRM page if you're looking for some help completing a Journey from home.

Pinterest STEM boardFind lots of fun STEM ideas for badgework activities.

Community Service

Adopt, foster, or provide food for an animal in need with our community partner, Helen Woodward Animal Center or the San Diego Humane Society.

Check on neighbors, friends, and family. Call, text, and (safely) knock on doors to make sure they are connected and have the support they need with the Community Check-In Checklist from the California Department of Aging. Stay Home. Save Lives. Check In.

Civic Action for Girls is GSUSA's site that girls can use now to take action to right the wrongs they identify in their communities. 

Donate blood via American Red Cross of San Diego/Imperial counties (age 16+).

Give thanks to those who support Girl Scouts. We’d like to thank the donors who support Girl Scouts San Diego all year long. If you’d like to create a drawing or email about how Girl Scouts makes a difference in your life, send it to philanthropy@sdgirlscouts.org.

Make cloth face coverings. The CDC has information on cloth face coverings to slow the spread of the virus, including both sewn and no-sew methods.

National service project: Letter writing campaign. Particpate in this GSUSA project. Girls write letters to people in nursing homes, senior residences, and assisted living facilities, including the dedicated and heroic staff who are caring for them. Find instructions for writing and sending letters and a sample.

Provide food for vulnerable families and seniors during the COVID-19 crisis by volunteering at San Diego Food Bank (age 11+).

Spread kindness and uplifting messages. Make #wordrocks or signs with positive themes and leave them around your neighborhood. Decorate your front door, windows, or yard. Reach out to your local HOA or apartment complex for permission, and get ideas from our community partner, Word Rocks!

Write thank you notes to healthcare providers, first responders, grocery store workers, delivery people, food bank volunteers, or teachers. Remember to check with the intended organization to find out if they accept physical items by mail or if you should scan/email them copies.

Get Outside

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

Girl Scouts Love the Outdoors Challenge: Explore the outdoors from your window, front step, laptop, or a wide-open trail! Take this national challenge by choosing from a list of activities to earn a cool new patch. Find out more on our Ways to Camp page.

Hiking, Exploring, Learning, Fun from County News Center: Great at-home and outdoor resources for kids and families!

Nearby NatureFind outdoor spaces to explore in your neighborhood.

Pinterest Staying Connected board: Loads of indoor and outdoor 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 section below.

Girl Scouts At Home: Find a wide variety of badgework and activities for every age group including two full badge activity guides. Their virtual events calendar is live! Register for upcoming events or past event to get the recording.

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.

Learning, Fun from County News Center: Great at-home and outdoor resources for kids and families!

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.

 

Resources for Volunteers and Families

Coping with COVID-19

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

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

Feeding San Diego is a local hunger-relief organization on a mission to connect every person facing hunger with nutritious meals through food rescue. Find food distributions and ways you can help.

Help Kids Cope with Disappointment in the Face of COVID-19 from Girl Scouts of the USA

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

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

Parenting in the time of COVID-19 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

Troop travel plans disrupted? Visit the Volunteer Essential Troop Finances page for a COVID-19 update.

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.
Inspiration and Guidance

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.

Campfire Chats: Girl Scouts isn’t just for the kids…The Girl Scout Network’s Campfire Chats bring together powerful Girl Scout alums and supporters at the top of their fields to educate and inspire. These virtual events showcase a wide variety of topics, from cooking to financial literacy and career advice.

Girl Scouts At HomeFind activities for girls along with advice for parents and caregivers plus inspiration for troop leaders. Their virtual events calendar is live! Register for upcoming events or past event to get the recording.

Girl Scouts Give Back and Rise to Today’s Challenges: Giving back to the community is a longstanding Girl Scout tradition, and in current times of crisis that is no different. Whether Girl Scouts are stepping up to provide resources or coming together to support their Girl Scout sisters, these stories are truly inspiring.

Help Girls Take Action Against Racism: Racism didn't end with the Civil Rights movement. Whenever we see injustice, we all have a responsibility to confront it.

Supporting Your Troop When You Can't Meet in Person: Even as we all practice social distancing, Girl Scouts is still a place where girls can feel supported and share honest conversations about what they’re feeling.

Meetings

Activities with girls:
Check out the Activities for Girls section above for ideas for meeting content. Keep your virtual meetings active with games (Mad Libs, Pictionary, scavenger hunts), spirit themes (crazy hair day, school spirit), and family involvement (take a walk “together,” pointing out plants, interesting architecture, or favorite colors).

When you can't meet in person: 
We can keep the Girl Scout spirit going strong even when your troop can’t actually meet face-to-face. Here are some virtual meeting resources.

Returning to in-person troop meetings:
While it's not time to meet in person yet, these Return to Troop Guidelines and COVID-19 Attendee Screening information will help you prepare.

Volunteer Toolkit:
Add 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.

Bridging at a Distance:
Troops and individuals families can celebrate this milestone in a variety of ways, even if they can't meet in person. 

Meeting tools:
Chat and collaboration

Video conferencing and collaboration
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. Here's a handy tip sheet we put together to get you started.

Supporting Each Other

Campfire ChatsGirl Scouts isn’t just for the kids…The Girl Scout Network’s Campfire Chats bring together powerful Girl Scout alums and supporters at the top of their fields to educate and inspire. These virtual events showcase a wide variety of topics, from cooking to financial literacy and career advice.

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.

 

#GirlScoutsAtHome Success Stories

Sahara at the border

When Sahara saw a news story about a boy in Tijuana who was trading his toys for food, she sprang into action. She gathered food donations from friends and family and delivered the bounty to the boy at the border. Her mom reported that the best part was when Sahara said to her, “Did you see the boy’s face? He was so happy!” 

Imperial Valley Troop 7011’s Crispina

Imperial Valley Troop 7011’s Crispina spread some Girl Scout love and cheer in the form of personalized posters. She placed a poster with a special note for each of her Girl Scout sisters in their front yards, then called them via a group video chat to share in the joy of the surprise. 

Grace donating masks

After donating her first batch of masks to the hospitals, Junior Girl Scout Grace helped cover our essential workers. She donated masks to Trader Joe’s and Sprouts workers, and the last group she handed the masks to got so excited they blessed her with a bouquet of flowers. 

Troop 1044 Earth Day Clean Up

Brownie Troop 1044 did a neighborhood clean-up day for Earth Day! During stay-at-home, they’ve also enjoyed a virtual painting class together and practiced their STEM skills while baking.

Emma handing out supplies

One Chula Vista Girl Scout Junior has found a sweet way to help her community: she simply shares what she has. Emma and her family have been setting up a small table in their driveway filled with canned goods, fruit, vegetables, paper towels and other household essentials.

More #GirlScoutsAtHome Stories
Cards for esidents of Frederick Manor Care Center

Girl Scout Troops 6942, 6357 and 5390 of the Chula Vista Service Unit made 392 cards with drawings and positive messages for the staff and residents at the Frederick Manor Care Center. The nurses placed the greeting cards on the residents’ food trays during lunch bringing a smile and happy moment to everyone.

Abigail with Troop 5099

To honor all fallen soldiers, including her great Uncle Denis, who served in Vietnam, Abigail with Troop 5099 held her own personal flag raising ceremony on Memorial Day. Unable to hold a full funeral ceremony due to quarantine, she created the perfect tribute.

Rancho Bernardo SU

As part of the Rancho Bernardo Service Unit En-Zoom-Encampment, troops purchased 140 boxes of cookies from Girl Scouts Desert Southwest council  in El Paso, Texas and donated them to local grocery stores, Rachel’s House, and God’s Extended Hand. During the online event, 107 girls wrote thank-you notes and pieced them together to form a “quilt” for essential employees. 

Troop 3882 food drive

Girls from Troop 3882 collected $1,150 and 616 pounds of food (through creative collections and physically-distant fundraisers) for Feeding San Diego to help people impacted by the COVID-19 crisis. 

Troop 6102 Virtual Campfire

Troop 6102 had a virtual campfire where they cooked s’mores, played bingo, and did a scavenger hunt for fire-making supplies. This was the perfect way to get ready and excited for the In-Tents Campout on June 5.

Troop 1175 care packages

Troop 1175 voted to use cookie proceeds to send quarantine care packages via Amazon to seniors and adults with special needs at a local care home. Blankets, nail polish, coloring books, and playing cards brought joy to the residents.

Brownie Siena

Second-year Brownie Siena from Troop 3958 in Scripps Ranch came up with the idea to make pet toys from mask making scraps. Selling to family and friends, she raised $85 and donated it to the San Diego Humane Society.

Signs of kindness

Troop 5912 posted signs in their San Ysidro neighborhood with the hashtag #girlpowercantbequarantined letting every passerby know just how much they appreciate the grocery store clerks, delivery drivers, medical workers, and more (video). 

Packaged With Love campaign

Troop 2927 is creating care packages for elderly residents at nursing homes and assisted living facilities which include videos of musical performances and poetry readings and, of course, Girl Scout Cookies. Local businesses are getting involved, too, by donating face coverings and hand sanitizer to their Packaged With Love campaign.

Letters to San Diego PPE

Brownie Troop 1442 had several options for their Brownie Quest Journey project, and they voted to send letters of thanks and encouragement to San Diego PPE/Last Mile, a national volunteer network focused on getting PPE (Personal protective equipment) like masks and face-shields directly into the hands of frontline healthcare workers. 

Sign and car parade for troop leader

Juniors and Cadettes from Troop 4899 surprised their troop leader with signs in her yard and a car parade for Girl Scout Leader’s Day last week. Their smiling faces brought tears of joy to her eyes. 

SU volunteers teaching sewing

Sunrise Valley Service Unit is offering sewing classes in a Facebook group and raising money for SHARE (sdgirlscouts.org/share) at the same time, allowing girls, families, and troops to contribute to the #FightCOVID cause by teaching them how to make masks.

Daisy Zoom meeting

Daisy Troop 4582 had a “super” Zoom meeting where all the girls dressed as superheroes and earned the Rosie petal by sharing how they are going to help make the world a better place at home. 

Donations to respiratory therapists

Inspired by their co-leader (who is a respiratory therapist), Cadette Troop 4184 used some of their cookie proceeds to purchase snack items for tired respiratory therapists.

Donated groceries

The completion of Troop 4895’s Financial Literacy badge included budgeting and shopping at the grocery store. They decided to donate all of the food they purchased to the Serra Mesa Food Pantry, inspiring others to share their bounty, too.


Looking for a troop, or know someone who is? Connect with Girl Scouts in the community who are meeting digitally. New virtual troops are forming now! No tech experience needed. Bring the discovery, exploration, fun, and learning of Girl Scouting into the comfort of your home.