Girl Scout Activities You Can Do from Home!

So you’re stuck at home, and suddenly regretting all those times you begged your parents to skip school. Maybe you’ve been staring outside your window, yearning for the great outdoors, or maybe you’ve just been missing a little bit of Girl Scout sisterhood. 

Don’t fret! You may be social distancing, but Girl Scouts is not cancelled! You can be a Girl Scout anywhere, even from at home. There are plenty of things you can do to keep your Girl Scout spirits high, and we collected some of them for you here! 

Patch Programs Exclusive to GCNWI!

Looking for something fun to do while on a break? Check out our  GSGCNWI patch programs! Many of these can be done from home including the Barilla Girl Scout Food Camp, Girl Security, Global Action Award, and MORE! All patches can be purchased on our shop website and mailed directly to you—and get free shipping with no minimum through March 31!

Explore the Outdoors in Your Own Backyard

Cross off 15 outdoorsy tasks from this list—like fort building, learning about springtime flowers, playing with a pet outside, and so much more—to earn the BackyardFunChallenge! Make sure to always follow the Safety Activity Checkpoints when doing the challenges, and remember to wash or sanitize your hands after being outside.

Download the activity checklist! [PDF]

Tips on Hosting a Virtual Girl Scout Troop Meeting

While we can’t be in-person, keep your Girl Scout troop connected through online meetings to keep girls engaged with one another, while keeping safe. Here are some tips on how to run a productive, fun and engaging online meeting.

  • Choose a virtual platform: There are several different virtual tools you can use to host an online meeting. Here are several suggestions to help you.
  • Keep Girls Connected: Designate the first 10 minutes to have girls share what they’ve been up to and how they are feeling. This will keep girls socialized and engaged with one another.
  • Prepare: Create an agenda and a purpose for your meeting with the girls. Ask each parent to complete the Girl Scout internet safety pledge.
  • Make it Girl-led: Have girls choose a topic they are interested in discussing or learning about and create a simple action plan.
  • Use Online Resources: Take advantage of learning tools online! From Virtual Field trips to online patch programs there are multiple activities you can do with your girls.

Don’t Forget the Volunteer Toolkit!

Troop Leaders, don’t forget you can support your troop activities from afar! Look to the Volunteer Toolkit (VTK). Download pdfs of the badges your troop is working on and send them off to parents and caregivers. Easy and simple way to keep the Girl Scout fun going for your troop! 

Not sure how to do that? Check out our VTK Resource Guide.  

Girl Scouts Take the Lead in a Time of Need 

Are you looking for ways to help others while you are home during the next couple weeks? Here are a few options to consider: 

  • As part of our Silver Lining patch program in partnership with BCBSIL, please consider sending letters, cards, emails, or drawings to senior citizens at retirement homes or centers. Although it is not recommended to visit during this time for the safety of the elderly, it would be a nice gesture to reach out and send some cheer their way. 
  • Do you have a neighbor or family member who lives alone? Take some time out of your day to call or video chat with them. You can see if they need anything, but it is also just nice to hear from someone in this time when we are all stuck at home. Human interaction is important! 
  • Check out littlefreepantry.org to see if you could set up or support a food resource for others in need. 
  • Send cards of thanks to healthcare workers like this group of Girl Scouts from Naperville.

Tell Us What You’re Up To!

Whether you’re writing thank-you letters to your local hospital staff and doctors, learning all about different plant species around the world, completing a Patch Program, or spending time with loved ones, we want to know what you’re up to! Share your story with us here.

Resources from around the web!

We’ve compiled some resources from around the internet including websites, podcasts, YouTube channels, and apps. You can take virtual tours, play games, practice a foreign language, and so much more!

Websites
girlscoutsgcnwi.org 
pbskids.org 
khanacademy.org 
code.org  
coolmath.com 
sesamestreet.org 
kids.nationalgeographic.com 
starfall.com 
scholastic.com 
funbrain.com 
timeforkids.com 
highlightskids.com 
duolingo.com 
abcya.com 
codecombat.com 
scratch.mit.edu 
vidcode.com/hourofcode 
kids.sandiegozoo.org/activities 

Apps
Quick Math  
JuniorLightbot: Code Hour 
Brainpop Jr.  
Movie of the Week 
Swift Playgrounds 
Nick Jr. 
Youtube Kids 
PBS Kids Games 
Funbrain Jr. 
Science 360 
NASA Viz 
Todo Math 
Scratch Jr. 
Thinking Blocks Multiplication 
Kodable 
Pili Pop  

Podcasts
Wow In The World 
Molly of Denali 
Smash, Boom, Best 
Book Club For Kids 
Story Time 
What If World 
Stories Podcast 
The Past and the Curious 
KidNuz 
Brains On 
Tumble 
Noodle Loaf 
Flyest Fables 
Eleanor Amplified 

YouTube
GirlscoutsGCNWI 
TED-Ed 
AsapSCIENCE 
Crash Course Kids 
Minute Physics 
Smithsonian Channel 
The Brain Scoop 
Cosmic Kids Yoga 
Homeschool Pop 
Peekaboo Kidz 
Free School 
5-Minute Crafts PLAY 
National Geographic Kids 
Kids Learning Tube 
PBS Kids 

Stay safe, and hopefully we’ll be together in-person again soon!

4 thoughts on “Girl Scout Activities You Can Do from Home!

  1. This was useful. It gave me ideas of how our troop could still connect though we are not meeting face to face.

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