Girl Scouts at Home
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.
Wondering how to talk to your kids about coronavirus? Read this Raising Awesome Girls article from GSUSA for tips.
Virtual Programs for Girl Scouts
We hosted virtual programming twice a day, 7 days per week on our Facebook Page for 10 weeks in the spring! You can catch the replays below. In addition, you can check out the Awesome Girls Event Calendar for more virtual Girl Scout events around the country!
Daisies (Grades K-1)
Brownies (Grades 2-3)
Juniors (Grades 4-5)
Cadettes (Grades 6-8)
Seniors (Grades 9-10)
Ambassadors (Grades 11-12)
Programming for All Ages
Learning Opportunities for Adults
THRIVE 2020 Patch Program
As Girl Scouts, we live by the motto "be prepared" — and that includes when the unexpected happens. With the new THRIVE 2020 patch program, you can demonstrate your skills to survive, THRIVE, and be a better Girl Scout during the worldwide pandemic we’re experiencing.
Even in challenging times, Girl Scouts continue to make the world a better place, and the world needs us now more than ever! Earn your Girl Scouts of Western Ohio THRIVE 2020 patch by completing the required number of steps for your age level.
Once you've completed the patch program, you can complete the pre-order form and pick it up or have it mailed to you when our offices and shops reopen! You can also stop in to purchase it once we reopen.
Resources to Meet Virtually
Below is a list of free and low-cost tools troops and service units across the country are using for virtual meetings. While we cannot endorse or support specific online meeting tools, we encourage you consider these or alternative options and discuss with parents and girls the best solution for your troop or service unit needs.
Be sure to reference the Safety Activity Checkpoints for Virtual Meetings before hosting your first virual meeting.
Video and Audio-Conferencing Tools
Chat and Collaboration Tools
Additional Low-Cost Tools
The Volunteer Toolkit for Parents
We know that Girl Scouts are spending more time at home and less time with their fellow Girl Scouts exploring, discovering new things and participating in their favorite Girl Scout traditions right now, so for a limited time, you can access the full meeting library in the Volunteer Toolkit.
If you haven’t seen it before, the VTK is an online tool typically used by troop leaders to set up a virtual troop calendar that includes badge earning guides and activities, resources for earning Girl Scout awards, resources and tools to support a girl’s Girl Scout experience and more. Parents and caregivers can access a troop VTK profile if the troop leader has set one up but are limited to seeing the badges and meeting activities chosen by the leader/ troop. This new limited time access allows you to have a similar user experience as a troop leader, giving you and your girl freedom to select any badge or award with activities to further explore and discover at home.
We encourage families to use this opportunity in addition to or in place of a troop experience as needed at this time, but also know troops may choose to earn a badge that your girl chose to earn at home and that’s okay because both provide different experiences to learn and grow.
This access ends June 30 before the VTK shuts down temporarily for updates and new badge additions. Stay tuned for exciting announcements about the newest Girl Scout badges coming mid-July!
Contact Customer Care to learn more and access this limited time access to the Volunteer Toolkit, email@example.com, 888.350.5090.
Virtual Bridging Events
The world is facing unique challenges right now, and Girl Scouts are rising up to meet them. While many bridging events have been canceled for safety, troops are flexing their creative muscles to bridge virtually.
To complete a Bridging Award, it is essential for your troop to connect to both a younger and an older troop to share your experiences. These steps will help you pass down something you learned to younger Girl Scouts and look forward to what's waiting for you at the next level.
If you would like to virtually connect with an younger troop to complete the "Pass It On step" and an older troop to complete the "Look Ahead step" for your Bridging Award, please complete the form linked below and we will do our best to match you with an available troop!
For the latest updates on how COVID-19 is impacting our council, please visit gswo.org/covid19.