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Girl Scouts at Home

As Girl Scouts, we practice leadership skills each day, but especially during unprecedented times like this. The safety and well-being of our members is our top priority 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 our local health officials, we want to deliver the opportunity for Girl Scouts to continue at home.

Below you'll find more information on how girls, families, and troop leaders can continue to participate in Girl Scouts at home or online.

Wondering how to talk to your Girl Scout about coronavirus? Read this Raising Awesome Girls article from GSUSA for tips.

Find more resources and ideas for Girl Scouts at Home on GSUSA's website.

 

Camp at Home

Are you ready for an amazing Girl Scout summer? Nothing can slow down our Girl Scout spirit!

Join us for 6 weeks of Camp at Home and celebrate sisterhood and fun with at-home sessions. We will be bringing songs, crafts, engaging activities, special community guests, and lots of laughter to your girl, all in a flexible schedule. One $40 fee will include all 6 weeks of camp and a bonus Trading Post kit with Girl Scout goodies like 6 badges/patches, themed camp supplies, a journal, a foxy animal friend, and more.

Not a Girl Scout? A $75 fee covers your Camp at Home registration and Girl Scout membership through September 2021. Join through July 31 and new Girl Scouts will also receive a commemorative shirt and patch.

Camp at Home Sessions

Let's make this a friend-filled and unforgettable summer. Together!

Camp at Home Sessions:

Gathering at Ceremony Island Series

Join us around the campfire each week for Gathering at Ceremony Island! Every Thursday we'll convene for fun activities, badge work, and much more. Each Gathering will focus on a new theme. So every Thursday will be an exciting, new adventure!

Registration closes at noon each Thursday and is necessary to attend the Gathering. Log into your UltraCamp account to register for this series. The link and password to this Zoom session will be emailed to you the afternoon of the event.

Gathering Dates & Themes:

  • May 21: The Night Sky in May
  • May 28: All the S'mores
  • June 4: Bridging and Rededication
  • June 11: The Power of Girl Scouts
  • June 18: The Night Sky in June
  • June 25: Travel the World Centers
  • July 2: The Science of Fireworks
  • July 9: Dutch Oven Masterpiece
  • July 16: Highest Awards Spotlight
  • July 23: The Night Sky in July
  • July 30: Here and There and Everywhere
  • August 6: Linger by the Campfire

 

Girl Scouts at Home Weekly Challenges

Beginning March 30, join Girl Scouts across Kansas participating in weekly challenges to keep the fun going from home. Each Monday, a new challenge will begin to inspire and engage Girl Scouts. Whether she wants to teach her fellow sisters a skill, or demonstrate the best way to make a s'more, there are plenty of ways to get involved.

Join in the fun by uploading your completed challenges to social media and tag us @KSGirlScouts and use #KSGirlScouts. Your entry may even be featured on the council's Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram. Participate in four challenges and even receive a special edition patch. She can show the world that tough times can't stop a Girl Scout!

Week 1: Fill the World with Music

March 30 - April 5

Divas, rock stars, and even bluegrass banjo pickers—show us your musical skills.

Pick your favorite Girl Scout song and ask an adult to record. Upload your top hit to social media and tag us @KSGirlScouts and #KSGirlScouts. Share your joy with other Girl Scout families. Don’t be shy, let us hear you from across the heartland!

Week 2: Blanket Fort Innovators

April 6 - 12

Plan it. Design it. Build it.

Get out those sheets, blankets, and thinking caps to make us the best blanket fort that Kansas has ever seen. Send us a photo or take us on a “GS Cribs” video tour of your newly designed “shelter-in-place” mansion.

Week 3: Show off your Outdoor Skills

April 13 - 19

You’ve got outdoor skills and we want to see them.

Whether you're starting a fire with two sticks and endless energy, soap carving, putting up a tent, practicing safety skills, walking the runway with an outdoor survival gear fashion show, or shelter building—the decision is yours. Show your Girl Scout sisters what you've got!

*Please check our Safety Activity Checkpoints if you’re trying something new.

Week 4: Attitude of Gratitude

April 20 - 26

Girl Scout adults help make the world a better place!

Do you have an adult, troop leader, cookie manager, event planner, or other role model who has made your life better? Say "Thank You" with a quick video message or send us a picture you want to share with them. Make sure to call them out by name so they know how much we appreciate them.

Week 5: What Happens If...

April 27 - May 3

Grab your goggles and notebooks. It's time to experiment.

Show us a cool science experiment that you’ve tried out. Any Pinterest fails? We want to see those, too! Include a link to your experiment or instructions if possible so your Girl Scout sisters can recreate the fun.

Week 6: Campfire Stories

May 4 - 10

The happy badgers ate boogers and cotton candy while camping out on the school roof…

Fill-in-the-blanks are a way to have some fun and be silly while creating a story. Work with an adult to use the below image and make your own story. Then share it with us on social media!

 

Copy this story and share!

Me and my family are going camping this summer at *PLACE.* We are only packing the basics, *NOUN, NOUN,* and a *ADJECTIVE NOUN.* Camping is *ADJECTIVE* because you get to *VERB* outside. My favorite things to do are *VERB*, VERB,* and *VERB.* We are hoping to spot some *ANIMAL* and *ANIMAL.* Of course, we are making s’mores! Our family’s secret ingredient is *FOOD.* It tastes so good with the chocolate!

 

Week 7: Past, Present, and Future

May 11 - 17

Who is your historical female role model?

Maybe she's Maya Angelou, Marie Curie, or Amelia Earhart? Dive into the life story of an innovative woman who you look up to. Then share with us the amazing, cool, and world-changing woman you learned about this week.

Week 8: Give Back to your Community

May 18 - 24

Being cooped up can be hard, but Girl Scout generosity will never be stopped.

Share with us a creative way you are giving back to your community or making it stronger. Show the world how you are Girl Scout proud!

 

Resources from GSUSA and other Girl Scout Councils

While you may 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 additional resources, live streams, and more from GSUSA and our sister councils:

At Home Resources
Awesome Girls Online Event Calendar

GSUSA has launched a new Girl Scouts at Home feature: an event calendar listing nationally produced virtual events for girls, parents, and volunteers. Find new and exciting ways to engage your Girl Scout through this national resource.

Council Patch Programs

Did you know councils can create their own patches for girls to earn? Check out these programs from other councils:

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 beginning Monday, March 23.

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 San Jacinto
Visit their Facebook page for virtual badge earning demonstrations.

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

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 for more.

 

Resources from Program Partners

Throughout Kansas communities, our program partners are offering a variety of virutal resources to continue experiencing adventures from home. From live streams to one-on-one chats, you can journey through a number of places, all from your couch.

Local Partners

Exploration Place Facebook Live events
Each day, staff at the Exploration Place are offering Stay at Home STEM learning opportunities via Facebook Live streams.

Sedgwick County Zoo Facebook Live events
Tune in weekdays at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. for live Virtual Visits where they bring the zoo to you. These opportunities include educational moments from zookeepers and behind-the-scenes sneak peeks of some animals.

Sternberg Museum Facebook Live events
Discover natural history as museum staff discusses topics from prehistoric monsters to modern-day marvels. See live feeding and care of the Sternberg animals or get a live tour of their collections. Tune in twice a day Monday – Friday at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.

National Partners

Global Space Education Foundation
Tune in for story time from space! Hear astronauts ready stories to keep the fun of learning alive from home.

Skype a Scientist
Set up a call with one of thousands of scientists to ask questions and learn more about the world of STEM.



Resources to Meet Virtually

Below is a list of free and low-cost tools troops and service units 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. Discuss these with parents and girls to determine what the best solution is for your troop or service unit needs.

To find additional guidance, view Girl Scout's Safety Checkpoints for Virtual Meetings.

Virtual 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.

 

Find updated council information about COVID-19 at kansasgirlscouts.org/covid19.