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As Girl Scouts, we live by the motto "be prepared" and that includes when the unexpected happens. The safety and well-being of our members and their families are of paramount importance as we all navigate through the COVID-19 situation together. While we ask that all members continue to follow the guidance of the Center for Disease Control (CDC) and their local health officials and cease in-person meetings, we want to deliver the opportunity for Girl Scouting to continue at home.

Below you'll find more information on how girls, their families, and troop leaders can continue to participate in Girl Scouting at home or virtually until we are able to meet again in person.

These are all available to the public—no Girl Scout membership necessary. Check back often!

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At Home Girl Scouting for Girls and Their Families

Below you'll find activities, badge requirements and more that you can do with your Girl Scout. You can find GSUSA's Girl Scout at Home Page here.  

Virtual Programs

Steps to participate and FAQs:

1. Download the Zoom Cloud Meeting app for your phone, tablet, or computer!

2. Fill out this quick form in order to get access to the virtual sessions!

3. Check your email. After filling out the form, you will immediately receive an email with a special link to all the sessions! From there, you can click each session and you'll see the Zoom meeting link.

4 . Click the Zoom meeting links to register ahead of time for sessions, or join sessions in progress.

FAQs

How to install Zoom Cloud Meetings
How to join a Zoom Meeting


For more questions, please email us at [email protected] !

Click here for a listing of Virtual Programs

 

Council Patch Programs

How to order council patches
Give us a call at 800-734-4541 or email us at [email protected]! You can come to a GSNCA shop for curbside pickup or we can mail straight to your door.  Free Shipping for all patches except our Women's Suffrage patch.

Patch Program Patch Price
4 Little Girls   $2.00
Adopt a Grandparent $2.00
At Home Challenge $1.00
Be Prepared $1.00
Daring to Defeat Diabetes $2.00
Discover North Central Alabama $2.00
Eco Hero $2.00
Festival of Trees $2.00
Honor Troop Patch $2.00
Juliette Low $2.00
Juliette Sews $2.00
Out of this World $2.00
Scrapbook Divas $2.00
Star Gazer $2.00
Women's Suffrage FREE ($5.00 flat fee for shipping)
Earned Awards

Get started on your Highest Awards project!

Juniors, Cadettes, Seniors and Ambassadors—are you ready to start earning your Bronze, Silver or Gold Award? Now is a great time to visit our Gold, Silver and Bronze Award webpages to learn more about these awards and get started on your project plan.

We encourage girls in the process of earning the Gold, Silver, or Bronze Awards to harness their creativity and innovation to brainstorm digital solutions to continue to meet community needs as we navigate this global pandemic. We want Girl Scouts to safely be the change our communities need during this time - they have the creativity and skills to do so!

Because COVID-19 is interrupting many award project plans, GSUSA has approved a national deadline extension for bridging Girl Scouts through December 31, 2020. That means that girls have an extra 3 months to complete their awards projects. For questions or help getting started please email Kaitie Smith at [email protected]

Bronze and Silver Award training continues to be available on GSLearn.

The Gold Award Training scheduled for April 11 will now be virtual! Click here to access virtual events.  

Community Service
The Girl Scout Guide to Helping Others During the COVID-19 Pandemic

It’s in our Girl Scout DNA to help in a time of crisis. For those that are healthy and want to help others, there are multiple ways to help those in need during the novel coronavirus outbreak. But how can we do so responsibly? In some cases, you don’t even need to step outside your home to help in a meaningful way.

Here are 3 things you can do to support your community.

1. Say thank you – Write a thank you note to healthcare providers, food bank volunteers, teachers, or a troop leader. Note: Check to see if the organization will accept the physical copy by mail or if you should scan/email them copies of these instead. Be creative and say thank you to anyone who is on the “front lines” helping keep everyone safe or supplied.

2.  Be tech support- If you’re technologically savvy, offer to help a neighbor, friend or relative get set up and act as their “tech support” hotline. The elderly population is at high risk. Show them how to order their groceries or get audiobooks from their local library so they stay home and safe. You might even consider reaching out to a local assisted living facility to see if you can do a tele-visit with residents to keep their spirits up. Maybe they can teach YOU a skill, like knitting!

3. Donate to and/or volunteer at the food bank Note: Check with your local food bank for needed food and to ask for age requirement for volunteering. You may also want to ensure they have put in measures to keep you safe through social distancing.

We would love to see how Girl Scouts in our council are helping their local communities during this crisis. Share your stories and pictures with us by emailing us at [email protected].

For Fun
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Girl Scouting at Home for Troop Leaders

We are committed to creating virtual experiences, with the support of our national organization, Girl Scouts of the USA, and sister councils, to provide your girls enriching activities during this time of social distancing. This will be a fantastic resource for not only your girls, but any parent you may know who needs educational resources for their children at home. Additional content for troop leaders will be provided to help you navigate this new world of virtual troop meetings and distance learning.

Looking for ways to talk to your troop about COVID-19? There are a number of great resources from the Child Mind Institute, National Association of School Psychologists , National Child Traumatic Stress Network, and Kids Health.

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Virtual Troop Training and Resources

Below is a list of free and low-cost tools troops and Communities 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 Community needs.

Training Resources

Volunteers, to learn more about how to do a Virtual Troop Meeting please login to your MyGS, choose gsLearn, and the Virtual Troop Meeting Platform Training will be on your gsLearn dashboard

Here are some resources for Virtual Troops

Video and Audio Conferencing Tools

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

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

Additional Low Cost Tools

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

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