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Girl Scouts at Home

Virtual Program Activities & Highest Awards Workshops

Girl Scouts at Home represents a new way to participate in the Girl Scout experience—from virtually anywhere. We're making select Girl Scout program resources available to every girl, parent, caregiver, volunteer, and troop leader. Check out the abundance of badge-earning, skill-building, and fun program activities and videos being updated here regularly. 

Activities with Ashley Videos

Join Program Manager Ashley for  Activities with Ashley. Designed for girls in grades K-5, these activities incorporate and explore the four pillars of Girl Scouting: Life Skills, Entrepreneurship, Outdoors, and STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math). 

Girls can follow along with Ashley on her videos as she teaches a new craft or activity that they can do at home.

For Girl Scouts of Any Level

When girls take the lead, great things happen. Even though your girl’s daily routine may have temporarily changed, there are many ways she can still participate in Girl Scout activities and earn badges and patches. Check out these challenges, and the program activities for her specific Girl Scout level, which can be done at home!

Girl Power Can’t Be Quarantined Virtual Challenge 
Check off 25 items or more to complete the challenge and earn a fun patch, which can be purchased at the Council Shops when we reopen, or ordered online. For more information, contact shop@gsnnj.org.  ORDER PATCH

My Promise, My Faith
Experience a faith journey through exploration of the Girl Scout Law and teachings from your faith. Ask questions, find inspiration, and share what you have learned with a family member, friend, or faith community. 

How to Make Navajo Flatbread (Video)
Navajo Flatbread Recipe (PDF)
Jennifer Roth teaches us how to make Navajo Flatbread.

How to Sew a Sock Puppet (Video)
Nayibe Manrique teaches us how to correctly sew a button and make a sock puppet. 

Making an Origami Frog (Video)
Jennifer Roth teaches us how to make an Origami Frog with paper. 

Plein Air Watercolor Painting (Video)
Jennifer Roth teaches us how to create beautiful Plein Air Watercolor Paintings, which are paintings that are inspired by and completed in the great outdoors.

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Girl Scout Badges and Patches can be purchased via our  Online Shop, while our Council Shops are closed.

You can find more virtual Girl Scout program activities and at-home ideas on the Girl Scout National Website, too.

For Girl Scout Daisies

There are many ways a Girl Scout Daisy can still participate in Girl Scout activities and earn badges and patches. Check out these program activities that can be done at home!

Girl Scout Daisies: Roller Coaster Design
Discover engineering by creating your very own roller coaster and car.

Girl Scout Daisies: Good Neighbor Challenge
While we are home, lets come up with our own special way to support those that are helping us. Research your city or town, discover what makes New Jersey special, and support your community.

Girl Scout Daisies: Buddy Camper Challenge
Let’s use our imagination and resources wisely. Go camping in your backyard! Pitch a tent (if you have one) or build a fort, eat outside, figure out what food you will eat, sing a camp song, and spend an afternoon outside in your yard, if possible. 

Girl Scout Daisies: Model Car Challenge
Ready, set, build, test, race! Get the whole family involved and build your own model cars and race track! Learn about force, friction, and gravity to optimize the speed of your car. 

Girl Scout Daisies: Trail Adventure Challenge
Be an adventurer! Be imaginative and go on an adventure at home. Create stations that represent different places you would like to go. Think about how far away your destination would be. Discover how focusing on your breathing could help you get to your destination.

Girl Scout Daisies: Talk It Up Challenge
Start the conversation about your cookie program funds with your troop and leaders. What is your personal cookie money earning goal for this year? Part of what Girl Scouts do is help others and make the world a better place by taking action. This means you find a place or people that need something. Then you come up with a way to help them and put a plan into action.
 

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Girl Scout Badges and Patches can be purchased via our  Online Shop, while our Council Shops are closed.

You can find more virtual Girl Scout program activities and at-home ideas on the Girl Scout National Website, too.

For Girl Scout Brownies

There are many ways a Girl Scout Brownie can still participate in Girl Scout activities and earn badges and patches. Check out these program activities that can be done at home!

Girl Scout Brownies: Home Scientist
Explore the science of cooking and examine static electricity while baking bread, making liquids bubble up, or mixing your own salad dressing.

Girl Scout Brownies: My Family Story Challenge
Learn about yourselves and your family’s history. Make it a family affair! Explore your family’s story, learn where they are from, create your own story tree, and find an object that means something special to your family. 

Girl Scout Brownies: Household Elf Challenge
Let’s learn some new household habits to help our families save energy, save water, and save the planet. 

Girl Scout Brownies: Fling Flyer Challenge
Congratulations, you’re in training to become an aeronautical engineer! Learn, design, build, and test to create your fling flyer.

Girl Scout Brownies: My Great Day Challenge
Think about how you start your day. Do you wake up with an alarm clock or does someone wake you up? How do you decide what to wear? Is everything where you need it? What would you change about your day to make yourself more organized?

Girl Scout Brownies: Race Car Design Challenge
Get creative! Design your race car and race track, then test them out using "fair tests" to learn how design effects speed. How will your design effect the speed of your race car? Ready your imaginary engine; design, build, test, and improve. Get ready to...3, 2, 1 Go!

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Girl Scout Badges and Patches can be purchased via our  Online Shop, while our Council Shops are closed.

You can find more virtual Girl Scout program activities and at-home ideas on the Girl Scout National Website, too.

For Girl Scout Juniors

There are many ways a Girl Scout Junior can still participate in Girl Scout activities and earn badges and patches. Check out these program activities that can be done at home!

Girl Scout Juniors: Product Designer
Learn how to chart the products you find at home and design your own solutions through innovative product creation.

Girl Scout Juniors: Musician Challenge
Let’s get funky, fun, and jazzy. Discover the magic of music and how important it is in our lives. Create your own instrument and microphone and choose a scene from your favorite family movie.

Girl Scout Juniors: Playing the Past Challenge
We can learn a lot from our past and the experiences of others around us. Jump into history and experience what a colonial schoolhouse was like, dress up, make a quill, create a bonnet, paper quilt, and put on a colonial fashion show.

Girl Scout Juniors: Space Science Investigator
Discover the magic of space science and complete step two of your badge! Learn how to measure a year, how many times you have orbited the sun, and complete your birthday walk.

Girl Scout Juniors: Independence Challenge
Make a plan to go on a trip, research the logistics, cost, and time to travel to your destination. Think about how many people will be with you and if they have any scheduling conflicts. Discover transportation avenues to help someone who cannot drive to get to where they need to be, create your independence (I)-statement, learn about healthy friendships, and what to do in the case of an emergency.

Girl Scout Juniors: Digital Photographer Challenge
Everyone thinks of the world and their surroundings differently. Take tons of photos, edit, and learn from a photography expert. Take photos from your point of view and show your family and friends an insight into your mind’s eye.

Girl Scout Juniors: Scribe Challenge
Explore what you can do with words and find out how you can encourage, entertain, and excite people with writing. Be creative, write a poem by using the titles on the spines of books, write a haiku, a limerick, design the cover to your autobiography, and write about something you are passionate about. Let’s see what a great poet you are!

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Girl Scout Badges and Patches can be purchased via our  Online Shop, while our Council Shops are closed.

You can find more virtual Girl Scout program activities and at-home ideas on the Girl Scout National Website, too.

For Girl Scout Cadettes

There are many ways a Girl Scout Cadette can still participate in Girl Scout activities and earn badges and patches. Check out these program activities that can be done at home!

Girl Scout Cadettes: Special Agent
Examine the art of investigation, learn how to reveal reality, and get your whole family involved in some crime science time.

Girl Scout Cadettes: Eating for You Challenge
Learn how your diet affects your stress level, skin, sleep, and energy. 

Girl Scout Cadettes: Animal Helpers Challenge
Learn how the human-animal connection has evolved over time, read stories about animal heroes, and get a sense of different animals unique skills and abilities.

Girl Scout Cadettes: Netiquette Challenge
The digital world makes it easy to stay in touch and share friendships, memories, and ideas. Learn how to make positive choices in the online world and help others do the same.

Girl Scout Cadettes: Digital Movie Maker
Action! Directors imagine what they want the scene to be, long before they get to filming. Learn digital video basics, determine your subject, film your movie, edit and premiere.

Girl Scout Cadettes: Screenwriter Challenge
When movies and tv shows thrill you, make you laugh, or have a fantastic twist, a movie or TV show can seem like magic. A great show starts with a great script! Be a screenwriter and write or rewrite scripts that are meant to be filmed. Be as creative as you would like and set the scene for your first show or movie premiere.

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Girl Scout Badges and Patches can be purchased via our  Online Shop, while our Council Shops are closed.

You can find more virtual Girl Scout program activities and at-home ideas on the Girl Scout National Website, too.

For Girl Scout Seniors

There are many ways a Girl Scout Senior can still participate in Girl Scout activities and earn badges and patches. Check out these program activities that can be done at home!

Girl Scout Seniors: Digital Game Designer
Create your own video game and brainstorm a "game for good" scenario, as well as design and iterate your game.

Girl Scout Seniors: Game Visionary
Games are fun so let’s make one...or a few! Make your own game based off your favorite book, movie, or song and play. 

Girl Scout Seniors: Collage Artist Challenge
Create something new out of something old. Read about three collage time periods, make an inspiration notebook and learn how to use cubomania. Layout your composition, use textures, found objects and one to three colors.

Girl Scout Seniors: Room Makeover Challenge
Have some fun and give your room a makeover! Gather ideas and inspiration, paint, sew, redo, and build something. Learn how to do a fast, fun, and thrifty room makeover. 

Girl Scout Seniors: Novelist Challenge
Let’s crack open your favorite book! Why is it your favorite? Do you like the plot, characters, or the genre? Be a novelist yourself, and learn from the writers you enjoy reading. Deconstruct a novel, create great characters, develop a plot, write and edit 20 pages.

Girl Scout Seniors: Troupe Performer Challenge
The show must go on! Develop, rehearse, launch your performance, and put on a show. Virtually get together with your friends, troop, or family and build your troupe. Make your show fit your time and resources, divide roles, and find space to practice and perform.

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Girl Scout Badges and Patches can be purchased via our  Online Shop, while our Council Shops are closed.

You can find more virtual Girl Scout program activities and at-home ideas on the Girl Scout National Website, too.

For Girl Scout Ambassadors

There are many ways a Girl Scout Ambassador can still participate in Girl Scout activities and earn badges and patches. Check out these program activities that can be done at home!

Girl Scout Ambassadors: Digital Game Designer
Create your own video game and brainstorm a "game for good" scenario, as well as design and iterate your game.

Girl Scout Ambassadors: Dinner Party Challenge
Make just another night something to remember. Host a dinner party for your family. Prepare food, cook, set the table, time your courses, and dress up. 

Girl Scout Ambassadors: Water Challenge
Learn more about water and reflect on the role that water plays in your life and around the world. 

Girl Scout Ambassadors: Photographer Challenge
Everyone thinks of the world and their surroundings differently. Document, experiment, and learn the art of photography. Take photos from your point of view and show your family and friends an insight into your mind’s eye. 

Girl Scout Ambassadors: Outdoor Art Master Challenge
Become an outdoor art master and share with others at your private gallery show case. Create a sun catcher, make something with lashings, and discover the sounds of nature.

Girl Scout Ambassadors: Eco Advocate Challenge
Research an environmental issue that is important you, find solutions, and make a difference. Even the smallest change can spawn a huge response. Choose a cause, make a difference, and improve the environment.

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Girl Scout Badges and Patches can be purchased via our  Online Shop, while our Council Shops are closed.

You can find more virtual Girl Scout program activities and at-home ideas on the Girl Scout National Website, too.

Community Service Opportunities

Girl Scouts and their families can share concern and appreciation for our front line workers by printing our Trefoil Thoughts Stationery and writing a Thank You or Thinking of You Note to all those health care professionals, first responders, supermarket staff, postal workers, sanitation employees, take out delivery drivers, and anyone else working to keep us safe. While some places cannot accept physical notes, photos of your sentiments can be taken (without showing girls’ faces – just photos of the cards) and emailed or posted on social media tagging local groups. 

Girls can also hang notes on their own mailboxes to support their community, or have parents drop them off at the supermarket, fire house, police department, and such. 

Highest Awards Virtual Workshops & Deadlines

Girl Scout Juniors, Cadettes, Seniors and Ambassadors—are you ready to start earning your Girl Scout Bronze, Silver, or Gold Award? Now is a great time to work on Girl Scouting’s Highest Awards. Learn more, download guidelines, and get started.

For virtual assistance or to be part of an upcoming virtual workshop, contact Program Manager Pat Christie at (973) 248-8200 or pchristie@gsnnj.org. 

Resources for Volunteers

Rule number one when it comes to emergencies? Stay calm. But with the COVID-19 spreading rapidly around the globe, stress and worry can seem contagious. Your girls could likely use a sense of calm right now, and you can help.

These articles from Girl Scouts of the USA are a great resource:

Our Volunteer Training  web page offers Girl Scout Volunteers online learning opportunities. While social distancing, you can still participate in Girl Scout training through self-study guides and recorded webinars that can be accessed via our website.

For additional updates regarding postponed or canceled events, and the latest Troop Meeting Guidelines, visit GSNNJ's  COVID-19 Updates and Resources. 

For our Girl Scout Families, here is a link to some resources that may be of help during this challenging time, compiled by the New Jersey Department of Children and Families: HOTLINES/HELPLINES 

Virtual Troop Meeting Information

To keep your troop connected, consider hosting virtual meetings. Check out this article from Girl Scouts of the USA: How I Make Virtual Meetings Work for My Troop

For additional updates regarding postponed or canceled events, and the latest Troop Meeting Guidelines, visit GSNNJ's COVID-19 Updates and Resources.

Staying connected to others even when you can’t be together supports girls’ mental and emotional well-being. Using privacy settings when implementing social platforms is key to helping our girls stay safe. Work with the parents in your troop to ensure parents have given permission for girls to participate and can log-in through their parent’s account. 

We suggest trying one of these methods for hosting a virtual meeting:

Girl Scout National Program Activities

You can find more virtual Girl Scout program activities and at-home ideas on the  Girl Scout National Website.

Girl Scout National Service Projects

From educating communities about food production and selling Treasury Bonds during WWI and the Spanish flu pandemic to planting victory gardens and training in first aid during WWII, Girl Scouts have always stepped up in times of need, and our current COVID-19 crisis is no different. All across our country and our world, Girl Scouts have leapt to the aid of others by engaging in wonderful acts of service and kindness. Now your troop can get involved, too!

Letter-Writing Service Project
Girl Scouts' national letter writing service project is a NEW way to spread love and give back to people in nursing homes, senior residences, and assisted living facilities, including the dedicated staff who are caring for them.

Mask-Making Service Project
Now, with this nationwide mask-making campaign, all girls have the chance to step up to help their friends, neighbors, and frontline workers during the COVID-19 pandemic. And we’ve partnered with Feeding America, a network of local food banks across the U.S., to make it easy for your girls to amplify their efforts.

Girl Scouts Give Back: Citizen Science
How can you play a part in solving some of the biggest problems facing our planet? Enter citizen science, where volunteers help scientists collect data for their studies and experiments. Anyone can be a citizen scientist—all you need is curiosity and a willingness to help! Your troop can contribute to important scientific research by participating in one of our Girl Scouts Give Back citizen science projects. We’ve partnered with SciStarter, an online citizen science community, to help get you going!

 

 

You can find more virtual Girl Scout program activities and at-home ideas on the Girl Scout National Website, too.

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Girl Scout Badges and Patches can be purchased via our Online Shop , while our Council Shops are closed.

Visit our  Information and Resources Regarding COVID-19 web page for additional updates from Girl Scouts of Northern New Jersey.