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Girl Scouts Virtual Programming & COVID-19 Updates

Please check back regularly for COVID-19-related updates.

We appreciate your patience in understanding that this a rapidly evolving situation, and we are doing our best to monitor the situation and make decisions based on facts and recommendations from state and federal officials. As things evolve we will continue to communicate updates and necessary changes to our members. If you have specific questions/concerns, please email us and we will respond as quickly as we can.

Keep Girl Scouts Going This guide helps to navigate through the essentials of the Girl Scout program and digital resources available to you.

Girl Scouts Virtual Programming

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 Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram

Council-Wide Virtual Troop Meetings

Council-Wide Virtual Troop Meetings

It’s Your Planet! Journeys - Girls from across our council will have the opportunity to make new friends and jump on the same journeys together! Journeys are essential to a Girl Scout in order to help her bridge to the next level and we are here to help you. These staff-led meetings will consist of Journey workshops that will get your Girl Scout closer to her journey badges. Once girls complete the Journey, they may purchase the badge from our shops and proudly wear on the front of their uniform. Journeys are also required for Girl Scouts to earn their Bronze, Silver, or Gold Award. No Journey book required! This is a free exclusive opportunity open to GSDSW Girl Scouts only.

Please note that these will be recurring meetings.

Register for Your Next Journey!

Daisy Troop

Brownie Troop

Tuesday, May 19th, 5:00 – 5:30 MDT pm and every Tuesday 

Annette, Sharon and MaKenzie will be our staff leading our weekly troop meetings for our Brownies and Daisies.

 

Between Earth and Sky - Daisies learn about nature by visiting parks, talking to experts, and making origami butterflies. Then they take action to protect the earth and help their communities by doing art projects, planting trees, or creating a garden.

 

WOW! Wonders of Water Journeys - Brownies will visit lakes, learn about water quality, and hear from experts. They put theory into practice by making informative posters, promoting recycling at school, and planting low-water gardens

Register here for Daisies and Brownies.

Junior & Cadette Troop
Wednesday, May 20th, 5:00 – 5:45 MDT pm and every Wednesday
Maria, Dani, and Jackie will be our staff leading our weekly troop meetings for our Juniors and Cadettes

Get Moving! - As part of GET MOVING! Juniors go for nature walks, interview power-use experts, and conduct energy audits of local buildings. They take action by launching carpools, working to dim the lights on city buildings, and promoting energy savings at school.

Breathe! - Girls will learn about wind farms, speak to an environmental scientist, and perform experiments using wind to teaching them about the air we breathe. Cadettes work together to complete Breathe! by planting an indoor garden, campaigning against smoking, and pushing for clean-air initiatives in their communities.

Register here for Juniors and Cadettes.

Senior & Ambassador Troop
Thursday, May 21st, 5:00 – 5:45 pm MDT and every Thursday 
Rita, Natalie and Jessica will be our staff leading our weekly troop meetings for our Brownies and Daisies.

Sow What? -  Girls learn all about food: how and where it’s grown, harvested, processed, distributed, and consumed, and why it matters. Seniors share their knowledge and host a farmers market, inspire others to eat locally, and plan a community vegetable garden.

Justice - Girls will learn by identifying global environmental issues and creating visions for change, through Justice, Ambassadors work together to address food and land-use issues, improve food delivery systems, fight hunger in developing nations, and rediscover healthy eating traditions.

Register here for Seniors and Ambassadors.

GSDSW Virtual Programming Videos

Knot tying? Cybersecurity? Babysitting?  Our Girl Scouts at Home experience wants to provide our girls program that they can access at home when they can't be together with their Girl Scout sisters. Tune in to our Facebook Page and subscribe to our YouTube Channel to view our latest Girl Scout Programs. 

Girl Scouts Leadership Experience - Earned Awards

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 anytime 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.

My Promise, My Faith
The Girl Scouts My Promise, My Faith pin invites girls in grades K-12 to experience a faith journey through exploration of the Girl Scout Law and teachings from their faith. Girls can earn this national pin each year.

Complete your Highest Awards training online
Juniors, Cadettes, Seniors and Ambassadors—are you ready to start earning your Bronze, Silver or Gold Award? Now is a great time to take our online training! Visit our GoldSilver, and Bronze Award webpages to learn more about these awards, watch the training webinars, and get started on your highest awards.

Girl Scout Leadership Experience - Patch Programs

Stay tuned as our program staff develops new patch programs for Girl Scouts to earn at home!

Texas Women Vote
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 Leadership Experience for Volunteers

Volunteers, your daily routines may have also changed but there's still ways you can participate in Girl Scout and volunteer activities at home. 

gsLearn
gsLearn is a new, mobile-friendly, learning platform designed specifically for you, our Girl Scout leaders! and co-leaders! Access gsLearn by logging into your Volunteer Toolkit at www.gsdsw.org/MyGS.

Volunteer Tool Kit
The Volunteer Tool Kit (VTK) is a digital resource that supports troop leaders and co-leaders, making the process of running a troop easier and more efficient. You can check it out by logging into your MyGS account.

Volunteer Tool Kit Trainings

VTK Vitals - A basic intorduction to VTK and how to utilize it. These trainings will happen the 1st Thursday of every month at 6:00 pm MST. Register here! 

VTK Visits - These are specific topics that will be discussed each month and we are always taking suggestions! These trainings will happen every third Thursday of every month at 6:00 pm MST. Register Here!

Looker Lounge - These trainings take a deep dive into the world of Looker. Service Unit Managers and Registrars, you'll definitely want to to check these out! These trainings will take place every third Tuesday of every month at 6:00 pm MST. Register Here!

Girl Scout Tutorials Featuring GSDSW Girl Scouts

How to Make a First Aid Kit with a Potholder

Tools for Virtual Meetings

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 and discuss with parents and girls to determine what the best solution is for your troop or service unit needs. 

SAFETY FIRST. Holding virtual troop meetings creates an array of new challenges and exciting opportunities to deliver a powerful Girl Scout experience into the lives of girls. Above all, let's make sure we are connecting online safely. Follow these Virtual Meeting Safety Activity Checkpoints.

Video and Audio-Conferencing Tools with free versions 

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

Keep your Girl Scouts connected even while everyone is at home. Explore tips and instruction on how to lead effecitive meetings online. Here is a presentation on Leading Effective Digital Meetings to use with troops or parents. 

Chat and Collaboration Tools with free versions

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