Summer of Sisterhood (previously Girl Scouts at Home)
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Summer of Sisterhood

With shelter in place and social distancing, we want to help you and your girls stay connected with Girl Scouts. This summer, we’ve reimagined the essential Girl Scout experience and created new ways to stay connected to Girl Scouts—the Summer of Sisterhood. From supporting our volunteers with resources and trainings to amplifying Girl Scout spirit in her community, check out these simple ways to keep Girl Scouts going, all summer long! 


Stay Connected with Your Girl Scout Sisters

Even though your Girl Scout routine may have changed, now more than ever, we need to work together to build girls of courage, confidence, and character. Our council has over 40,000 girls and volunteers. Here are some ideas to help you and your fellow Girl Scouts stay connected while apart. 

For Girls and Families: No Troop Necessary (But Troop Friendly!)

These experiences are fun for all Girl Scouts! Share activities with your troop or jump in on your own and meet other GSNorCal sisters (with parent/caregiver permission, of course). If your Girl Scouts participate in Virtual Summer Camp or one of GSUSA's events, they may even meet girls from another state! 

Virtual Programs and Events

Girl Scouts may not be able to meet in person, but we can all participate in amazing Girl Scout events—online and in real time. Join for a specific event like a Facebook/Instagram Live or a series of Virtual Troop Meetings. You can share activities with your troop or jump in on your own (with parent/caregiver permission, of course) and meet other GSNorCal sisters. With some events, your girl may even meet some Girl Scouts from across the United States. 


Virtual Summer Camp

While we know nothing can replace the in-person camp experience, we're excited to announce Tajar's Treehouse—GSNorCal's virtual summer camp program. With both online and offline adventures and activities, we’re bringing the magic of camp direct to your living room, backyard, neighborhood park, and beyond! Sign up for one session, or give them all a try—we can't wait to hang out with you in Tajar's Treehouse!

GSUSA Virtual Events Calendar

From conversations with Girl Scout alums and partners to helpful tips for parents/caregivers and troop leaders, check out GSUSA's Virtual Events Calendar to register for nationwide events or register for a past event to get the recording. 

GSNorCal Patch Programs

GSNorCal put together four new, exclusive fun patches to keep your Girl Scout engaged and entertained over the summer! Each challenge earns her a fun patch, available for purchase at www.girlscoutshop.com/northern-california-council or curbside pick-up.

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GSNorCal at Home

One main patch with eight rockers which can be worn alone or combined to show achievements earned at home or virtually this summer. 

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Summer Activity Challenge

Fun is also essential! Seek and discover silver linings, sisterhood, and sunshine; even on cloudy days with this activity list and patch.

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COVID Champion

Empower and protect yourself during this season of uncertainty. Show off your courage, character, and commitment with this main patch and four rockers which can be worn solo or combined. 

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Live the GS Law Challenge

"Being prepared" is more than our motto. Learn and live the Girl Scout words & way and pledge you are a sister to all girls with this activity list and patch challenge

Badges, Journeys, and Awards

Badges & Journeys

The activities below have been adapted from existing Girl Scout programming and optimized for use at home during a period of social distancing. Please note, this list is not inclusive of every activity Girl Scouts can do at home. Check out the Badge Explorer for a complete list of Girl Scout badges and Journeys to understand basic requirements.


Highest Awards (Grades 6–12)

Juniors, Cadettes, Seniors and Ambassadors—are you ready to start earning your Bronze, Silver, or Gold Award? Now is a great time to visit our Gold, Silver, and Bronze Award webpages to learn more about these awards and get started on your project plan. It's also a great time for girls in progress to think creatively and use their resources wisely to overcome challenges—perhaps by creating virtual experiences for their programs and events.

For questions, or help getting started, please email the Highest Awards team at awards@gsnorcal.org.


Additional Earned Awards

In addition to badges, Journeys, and Girl Scouts’ highest awards, discover more earned pins and awards on our Additional Awards webpage or in The Girl's Guide to Girl Scouting (available in-store and online).

Family Days at Camp

Family Days at Camp

Excited to take your family/household on an outdoor adventure? Come on out to Girl Scout camp! GSNorCal is opening our camps to Girl Scout families for a day of hiking, exploring, or just enjoying being out in nature. Sign up today for a day trip to one of our beautiful camps.

Dates: Every Saturday and Sunday from July 11–September 27, 2020, 10:00 AM–4:00 PM
Cost: $10 per vehicle
Your Product Program Reward Cards may be used to pay this fee!

Space is limited to 25 cars at each camp, each Saturday and Sunday from July 11 to September 27. Reserve your parking spot, pick a table for your home base, and have fun exploring camp. There are no campfires allowed at this time, so bring your own prepared food and water. Activities will be self-guided. When you receive your confirmation, we’ll provide a trail map and some ideas of things to do.. Everyone will be asked to adhere to social distancing and face mask guidelines. Each carload must be from the same household and have at least one registered Girl Scout participating. 

Sites Available for Family Days

Please Note: There is limited or no cell phone coverage at most of our camps. Please download the maps in advance and other information sent to you with your confirmation.

Community Service Ideas

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. From donating to your local food bank to sending handmade cards, now your Girl Scout can get involved too!

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From our sisters at Girl Scouts of San Jacinto: The Girl Scout Guide to Helping Others During the COVID-19 Pandemic (PDF)

We know your Girl Scouts continue to do amazing things every single day. Share your story with us

Activities/Resources from Our Partners

Our Program Partners share our excitement in providing quality programming to our members. Here are some virtual activities and online resources from our Program Partners! 


Bay Area Discover Museum

While the Bay Area Discovery Museum is currently closed, they are bringing research-backed activities to inspire creative problem solving at home! To help you navigate becoming a full-time, at-home educator, we are Bringing BADM to You with a series of tips and playful activities created by BADM educators.

Every activity relates to one of three areas of early childhood development—Talk & Play, Science & Math, or Body & Brain. Within each theme, you’ll find step-by-step videos, activities with written-out instructions, and tips to turn everyday moments into meaningful experiences.


California Academy of Sciences

Whether you’re searching for STEM activities for the kids or just want to keep tabs on your favorite Academy creatures, the California Academy of Sciences has curated an eclectic array of science-centric games, videos, and DIY projects to help you stay learning and engaged, wherever you are.


Chabot Space & Science Center

Get ready to explore and learn more about the Universe and Planet Earth with new activities, videos, and more. Chabot Space & Science Center is bringing science to life with content created by their very own education team! 

From astronaut training to moon habitat designing, learn, create, engage, interact, and get inspired with Chabot's Virtual Resource Center.


Hiller Aviation Museum

Explore the world of flight from the comfort of your own home! Access at-home activities in flight for kids, information about aircraft on exhibit at the Hiller Aviation Museum, a virtual tour of the main exhibit Gallery, and even an at-home Mars rover simulator with the Hiller Aviation Museum.


Lawrence Hall of Science

On this site we will be sharing fun things for you to do at home or outdoors. Girl Scouts can explore, investigate, discover, and invent with The Lawrence at Home through DIY projects, meeting animal friends, science demonstrations and shows, and astronomy and nature walks. 


NatureBridge

NatureBridge is exploring distance learning opportunities that could both supplement and enhance the traditional experience that we are known for. Though you may not be able to explore our national parks this season, you can still bring the science and wonder of the natural world right into your home. NatureBridge's insightful and knowledgable educators compiled their favorite lessons and modified them for home, featuring hands-on, interactive lessons will ensure that kids can continue to do what they do best: remain curious and explore the natural world.


NUMU

With a mission to share stories that are locally connected and globally relevant, New Museum Los Gatos exhibitions focus on Bay Area artists and local history with themes and content that engage all audiences. Check out their self-guided digital tours where you can explore a digital archive of the exhibitions that have come through NUMU’s doors and experience current artworks and artifacts. 


Oakland Zoo

Zoo@Home allows you and your Girl Scout to experience educational opportunities from the comfort of home! From preschool to high school, explore some of Oakland Zoo's distance learning activities.


The Tech Interactive

Build, make, create wherever you are. The Tech Interactive has put together a collection of fun and easy activities for parents and educators, including at-home activities and educational resources to bring our your Girl Scout's inner innovator. 

The Tech Interactive even created a Girl Scout badge connection grid to help leaders identify steps that can be accomplished with their online programming lessons.

Outdoors at Home

Use the activities below with the girls in your troop to keep them connected with the outdoors, while sheltering in place!


For Volunteers

With the guidance and support of a volunteer, Girl Scouts can go as far as their imaginations will take them. Sheltering in place and social distancing have created some new challenges, so we're redefining what our traditional troop meetings and activities look like and providing our volunteers with the tools and support your Girl Scout experience when you can't meet in person!

Have questions for GSNorCal staff? We'll be hosting drop-in Q&A Zoom sessions every Tuesday from 5:30-6:30 PM with representatives from Community Partners, Membership Experience, Product Program, Program & Outdoor Program, Retail, and Volunteer Support ready to hear your thoughts and answer questions in real-time.

Find a Q&A Session
Search keyword "Q&A"
 
Volunteer Support Webinars

Join us to share hints and tips for running virtual meetings, and to learn from other troop leaders who have had virtual success!

Girl Scout Troop Meetings in a Virtual World
July 19, 2020 11:00 AM–12:00 PM

If you are interested in getting virtual meetings started for your troop but don't know where to start, or if you've already tested the water and are just looking for extra ideas and hints and tips from other leaders who have 'been there, done that' then this workshop is for you!

We will go over some suggested ideas and resources to make the transition to virtual troop meetings and events smoother. There will also be a panel of Troop Leaders sharing their tips and tricks and answering your questions.

Virtual Meeting Resources

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.

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Virtual Troop Meeting Template | PowerPoint | Google Slides

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Virtual Meeting Plans

The activities below have been adapted from existing Girl Scout programming and optimized for use at home during a period of social distancing. Please note, this list is not inclusive of every activity Girl Scouts can do at home. Check out the Badge Explorer for a complete list of Girl Scout badges and Journeys to understand basic requirements.

Online Resources

Need help staying connected with your girls and other Girl Scout volunteers? Not sure the best way to deliver the Girl Scout experience in the digital world? Here are some online communities and trainings to help you navigate the online experience! 

GSNorCal Facebook Communities »
Share ideas, ask questions, and connect with other GSNorCal members on Facebook. 

Girl Scout Playbook »
Whether you're a veteran or first-year troop leader, the Girl Scout Playbook is your go-guide for planning a successful troop year filled with the best Girl Scout experiences!

Volunteer Learning Portal »
Your one-stop-shop for all online troop leader, troop support, and service unit volunteer trainings.

The Trailhead »
GSNorCal's volunteer support blog for inspiration, ideas, and tried-and-true tips.

GSUSA's Tips for Troop Leaders »
Accessible advice and inspiring ideas from GSUSA's panel of Volunteer Experts to support both new and returning troop leaders as they encourage their girls to grow into the leaders they were born to be.


Show Your Girl Scout Spirit

From first-year Girl Scouts to alum and longtime volunteers, spread your green hearts and love for Girl Scouts far and wide this summer! In addition to tools and templates to help you and your Girl Scouts show your spirit the digital world, we’ll also be hosting monthly challenges to lift up all those sisterhood vibes to your friends, families, and community! 

Girl Scout Spirit Toolkit

Zoom Backgrounds

Share some Girl Scout spirit in every Zoom Meeting using the Virtual Background feature. To download the Zoom Backgrounds below, simply right-click the desired image, select "Save Image As...", and click "Save". Then open Zoom, select Virtual Background, and add the image. 

For instructions on how to set up backgrounds on Zoom, visit the Zoom Help Center

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  • Social media is one of the most effective ways to show your Girl Scout spirit! Whether you're posting to Facebook or Instagram, use this square graphic to invite your friends and family to join you for the Summer of Sisterhood. 

    Don't forget to share the fun with us! Tag @gsnorcal and use the hashtag #gsnorcal

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Facebook Profile Picture Frames

To add one of our Girl Scout frames to your Facebook profile picture:

  • Go to www.facebook.com/profilepicframes.
  • Click your profile picture in the bottom left and select your Page.
  • Search for a frame with keywords like "girl scout", "girl scouts", "gsnorcal", "gold award", or "girl scout volunteer".
  • Choose the frame you want to use from the results.
  • Click "Use as Profile Picture".
July: Flat Juliette

In 1912, Juliette Gordon Low founded Girl Scouts of the USA. She believed in the potential of all girls and the importance of fostering their individual growth and character. Now we're 2.5 million strong with more than 1.7 million girls and 750,000 adults. Share our rich Girl Scout history and good thoughts with family and friends with this penpal-style activity! 

Here's how it works: 

  1. Print out a Flat Juliette (PDF). 
  2. Decorate Flat Juliette. To keep her in the best condition, you can even laminate her! 
  3. Prepare a personalized message.                    
    • Introduce Juliette Gordon Low
    • Share your favorite Girl Scout fact or memory 
    • Don't forget to ask the recipient to pass her along to another family member or friend! 
    • Your message might look something like:
      This is Juliette Gordon Low, the founder of Girl Scouts. She started Girl Scouts in 1912 to help girls grow and develop leadership skills. Thanks to her, I get to earn badges like Coding for Good and Animal Habitats that teach me about STEM and animals.
      I am a [Grade Level: Daisy, Brownie, Junior, Cadette, Senior, Ambassador, Alum, Volunteer] Girl Scout now in Troop XXXXX, and I wanted to send Juliette Gordon Low on a summer adventure! Please take a photo with Juliette, and send it to me so I can see all the places she has been. After you've taken a photo, send her to another family member or friend so we can keep the adventure going! 
  4. Send her off in the mail or take a photo and text or email her to a family member or friend. After they take their picture with her, let them know they can send her on to another family member or friend via mail, text, or email to keep the fun going!

 

Share your Flat Juliette's journey with GSNorCal! Tag @gsnorcal and use the hashtag #gsnorcal

 


In these unusual times, your Girl Scout membership is more valuable than ever before. Renew your membership for just $40 for another year of support, sisterhood, and fun with your troop, your family, and Girl Scout community.