Tuesday, July 7, 2020

Everything You Need to Know About Girl Scouts’ Great Space Challenge

Girl Scouts are always aiming for the stars—literally!

Whether you’ve searched for shooting stars or found shapes in the clouds, you’ve probably already spent some time looking up at the sky. Now’s your chance to see it in a new way—like a space scientist does!

Follow these simple steps to participate in Girl Scouts’ Great Space Challenge.
  • The challenge launches on July 10 and ends on August 31, 2020. Can’t leave your home? No problem! You can view the night sky in the great outdoors or from the comfort of your own home. Telescopes and other scientific equipment aren’t necessary—just curiosity and creativity!
  • Based on your grade level, complete the required number of activities. Visit Girl Scouts at Home to get all the details for takeoff. From staying up late to watch a meteor shower to touring the sky through an app or Stellarium, there’s so much to experience!
  • Once you complete the activities for your grade level, you’ll unlock the new, limited-edition Discover Space patch available for purchase in the Girl Scout Shop. But wait! There’s more. We’ve hand-picked awesome space and STEM-related activities that are waiting for you here—be sure to check them out!

  • Connect with other Girl Scouts by taking to social media. Show us how you’re exploring space and completing your activities by tagging @girlscouts and using #GirlScoutsAtHome.
  • Hungry for more? We’ve got you. Earn Girl Scouts’ Space Science badges by venturing through the Solar System and beyond. Space is even bigger than you thought!

The sky is the limit with Girl Scouts’ Great Space Challenge, and if you want even more space-science awesomeness, sign up for our space exploration virtual event. Featuring two experts, Dr. Lori Fenton, planetary scientist at SETI Institute, and Dr. Lauren Abbott, NASA aerospace engineer and Girl Scout volunteer, the event will help us learn more about the Mars mission and the stars beyond, as NASA prepares for the launch of the Perseverance rover this summer—EPIC!

Sign-up for the Mars to the Stars event and unlock a special discount for the Girl Scout Shop! The coupon code will be announced during the event.

Tuesday, June 30, 2020

Is Virtual Bridging for Our Troop? Yes, It Is!

Top 3 Reasons to Celebrate Bridging Virtually

Girl Scout climbing on a tree

Bridging—that is, when a girl celebrates “crossing the bridge” from one Girl Scout level to the next—is one of the most important moments in a Girl Scout’s life. And although the COVID-19 pandemic may have us continuing to pause our in-person meetings and ceremonies, you can still find ways to honor all the good things your troop has done this year and get excited for everything you’ll experience next year!

If you can’t organize an in-person ceremony this summer, consider holding a virtual bridging celebration or taking part in one of GSUSA’s National Virtual Bridging Ceremonies, which will be held August 1 and 8.

Here are three reasons your troop will want to get in on the virtual bridging fun:

Keep the groove going. Everyone’s daily routine has been upended in recent months, and marking this incredible point in your troop’s Girl Scout experience is so important in helping everyone feel some forward momentum. Putting a virtual bridging ceremony on your calendar and counting down the days is going to feel so good!

ALL 👏 YOUR 👏 SISTERS👏 Being a Girl Scout means having sisters across the country and around the world ready to cheer you on! Taking part in one of the national virtual bridging events is a powerful reminder that everyone in the troop is part of a big sisterhood made up of resilient girls and adults who are staying strong and doing good in their communities. Whatever comes our way, we’re never alone!

Celebrate your achievements. The last few months have been challenging no matter where you live, but that’s all the more reason to lift up everything the troop has achieved this year! You earned badges and Journey awards, made our communities better, and continued to shine your brightest. Most importantly, we all stayed Girl Scout strong in the face of hardship—and that’s worth celebrating here and now.

The best part? You can bridge virtually and amp up the experience with an in-person event when it’s safe. Like everything in Girl Scouting, it’s all about what the girls want! And you can make the occasion even more special with an official bridging kit from the Girl Scout Shop.

We can’t wait to see you on August 1 and 8 and create more special memories together!

Three Steps to Unlocking Your Limited-Edition Ranger Patch

BIG NEWS: Girl Scouts is continuing our exciting partnership with the National Park Service and the “Girl Scout Ranger Program,” a joint venture connecting girls with National Park Service sites throughout the United States, including monuments, seashores, and urban sites.

This year Girl Scouts will be awarded a limited-edition commemorative patch for participating in activities focusing on the significance of the 19th Amendment. This special program will offer pathways for Girl Scouts to learn about women’s history and the suffrage movement through discovering, connecting, and taking action to make the world a better place.

So, how exactly do you earn your special patch and learn more about women’s rights?

1. Choose a National Park Service Site or Explore Online.
Visit http://www.nps.gov/findapark/index.htm. Choose a national park or any of 419 sites protected by the National Park Service. Research and consider exploring areas of national parks connected to women’s history and the suffrage movement in your area. Not able to visit a park in your area? No problem! Take a look at the park or historic site’s webpage and virtual tours. These are often full of photos, videos, history, and other educational resources. Many also have Facebook and Instagram accounts. Another great source of information is the NPS women’s history webpages.

2. Answer Questions, Conduct Research, and Get Outdoors.*
Once you’ve selected your site, complete one or more of the following:

a. With help from an adult, research the site’s webpage.
b. Visit the site and take a tour or attend a ranger-led program, if that’s available. Please first make sure the site you choose to visit is open to the public!
c. Look for books or trusted websites that explain the history commemorated at the site.

Then choose fun activities listed in the 19th Amendment Centennial Program Activity Guide here to earn your patch! Best part? All the activities have a women’s rights historical tie-in!

3. Unlock Your Limited-Edition Patch.
Your special 19th Amendment Centennial Patch will be available for pick up as soon as National Park Service offices officially open for business. To receive your patch, present the completed activity log at the park where you completed your activity.

Are you ready to explore women’s history through the national park lens? We certainly are! Share your best shots on Instagram and Twitter using #gsoutdoors (don't forget to tag @GirlScouts!) and invite your entire troop to do the same! We will feature some of your social media posts on our national channels.

*GSUSA encourages all Girl Scouts to respect social distancing rules. Follow your state’s guidelines about stay-at-home measures and enjoying public nature spaces.

Thursday, June 18, 2020

A Juneteenth Celebration of Black Girl Magic

To honor Juneteenth, we’re showcasing Black Girl Magic in action across the country. From fighting injustice, to helping endangered species, to honing the culinary skills that will make them top chefs someday, Black Girl Scouts are out there creating the world they want to see.

For those who aren’t familiar, Juneteenth combines “June” and “nineteenth.” It’s also known as Freedom Day, Jubilee Day, and Emancipation Day. Even though President Abraham Lincoln signed the Emancipation Proclamation officially ending slavery in 1863, in practice slavery remained in some parts of the country. When word that the Civil War was over and slavery was abolished finally made it to Galveston, Texas, on June 19, 1865, celebrations among the newly free Black community followed, which became an annual tradition.

For more on the history of Juneteenth, see these resources:

Today, Juneteenth remains an opportunity to gather and celebrate Black culture. And while we’re proud of a long list of Black Girl Scout alums who have changed the world for the better, here we’re honoring the current generation of Girl Scouts—and we hope you’ll share your own examples of Black Girl Magic in action.
Girl Scout A'myla

Girl Scout Senior A'mylah’s Take Action project promotes body positivity. Her project included magazine cut-outs of women of all shades and shapes, along with positive affirmations and words about what body image means and how it affects girls and women in our country.

Girl Scout Saela

For Centuries Girl Scouts have led positive change through civic engagement. Girl Scout Cadette Saela used her voice to speak out against racial injustices in her community and marched to protest racism and violence.

Girl Scout Rachel
Shout-out to Rachel for graduating high school and checking off the ultimate #goals list without missing a Girl Scout meeting: Associate of Arts, 4 Honor Societies, Honors Rotary Interact, Gear Up, Debate Team, Mock Trial, Yearbook Committee, Dance Company & Sacred Ensemble, Flag Runners, NAACP Youth Council, and Top Teens of America.

Girl Scout Kamryn

Gold Award Girl Scout Kamryn took action in her community by teaching black hair care to adoptive and foster parents. Here’s why: “Some black children, especially those who are adopted or in foster care, don’t have parents who understand the unique way to care for and maintain a black child’s natural curls.”

Girl Scout Mikala
Gold Award Girl Scout Mikala educated her community about endangered animals by creating a website that describes the risks of extinction and why it is essential to keep threatened species alive.

Girl Scout Victoria
Girl Scout Ambassador Victoria collected over 1,200 diapers for a New Orleans women's shelter. She’s off to college this year and plans to attend culinary school in the fall. Her dream? Owning a bakery one day so she can share her pastries with the world!

Let’s keep the celebration going all year—share an example of Black Girl Magic in your troop by tagging our social media handles at Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter, or by sending us a private message.

Thursday, June 11, 2020

Top Three Reasons to Go on Camp Adventures at Home

Girl Scouts Camp Adventures at Home

Getting outdoors, experiencing nature, and going to summer camp are some of the many reasons girls love Girl Scouts. But just because your girl may not be able to go camping the way she’d like to this year doesn’t mean she can’t discover Camp Adventures at Home. And for the first time ever, all girls can participate in virtual summer camps—from anywhere in the world! Here are three reasons she’ll have a blast with Camp Adventures at Home.

1. She’ll get away from the screen and get outside.

Even though these camps are virtual, she won’t be parked in front of a screen all summer. While she’ll check in through a mix of live and prerecorded sessions with counselors, there are plenty of activities to keep her busy away from the screen, independently or with a caregiver’s help. And don’t worry about summer camp FOMO. You can register for past camps to view recordings, so you won’t miss a thing.

2. Girls thrive in the outdoors.

When girls spend high-quality time outdoors and increase their exposure to nature, they flourish physically, emotionally, and intellectually. Our Virtual Camp Marketplace is full of opportunities for her to explore the outdoors, focus on nature, learn how she can protect the environment, and so much more. And research shows that her outdoor competence grows more with every badge she earns!

3. There’s a camp for every girl.

When you explore the Virtual Camp Marketplace, you’ll find camps for all interests—science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM); the arts; environmental stewardship; skill building; leadership; and culinary arts (across every Girl Scout grade level!). Prices for each adventure will vary by session, but Camp Adventures at Home are open to every girl, everywhere (even girls who aren’t yet Girl Scouts), so your girl will be more connected to her Girl Scout sisters across the Movement than ever before.