Twelve Ways to Keep Your Girl Scouts Engaged

Even though things look different than we’d hoped right now, your Girl Scout has so much to look forward to! If you’re struggling to keep your girl/troop connected (or simply need some new ideas), we have these 12 simple tips for keeping your Girl Scouts engaged.

  1. Renew your Girl Scout’s (or your troop’s) membership! The best way to keep your girls connected and engaged is by letting them know you are here for them! Renewing your/your troop’s membership lets girls and families know that there is something to look forward to. Even in these uncertain times, Girl Scouts is still here with opportunities to earn badges, participate in virtual events, and complete safe service projects. And let’s not forget, Girl Scouting teaches tangible, innovative problem-solving and life skills. You don’t want to miss the many exciting events and activities that Girl Scouts of Colorado has planned. Reminder: You can now use Cookie Credits to renew girl membership! To use your Cookie Credits fill out the Cookie Credit Reimbursement form.
  2. Earn one of 24 NEW badges just released by Girl Scouts of the USA! From topics like automotive engineering and STEM careers to civics and entrepreneurship, these badges give all girls more opportunities to practice ambitious leadership.
  3. Encourage girls and families to participate in GSCO’s NEW Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion programming and earn the “Diverse. Inclusive. Together.” patch. This is an opportunity for families to not only have conversations about differences, race, and racism, but also for caregivers and siblings to learn more about Girl Scouts’ core values.
  4. Earn badges as part of GSCO’s FREE virtual monthly series! For August 2020, we will be focused on the animal and eco badges. Check the GSCO Events Calendar for future opportunities and how to register.
  5. Register for a “Meet an Expert” webinar! This webinar series is a great opportunity for girls to meet women in different career paths. Most webinars in this series will relate back to a Girl Scout badge and all will include a moderated Q&A. Check the GSCO Events Calendar for information on upcoming webinars and how to sign up!
  6. Join one of our book or art clubs! Registration is now open for these Zoom-based clubs, which are led by a GSCO staff member.
  7. Connect with adult volunteers as part of the Explore More Club! Learn how to teach particular topics/badges to your girls ahead of time. Each month, the club will focus on a different program topic. The topic for August 2020 is ecology and the outdoors!
  8. Earn badges with help from GSCO’s Outreach Program! Girl Scouts of all ages can follow along as a GSCO staff member explains how to complete each step of a particular badge. Badges can be earned on your own time and at home.
  9. Start working to earn your Bronze, Silver, or Gold Award! Check out the GSCO Events Calendar for upcoming training and brainstorming sessions.
  10. Participate in a national service project! From connecting with senior citizens to making masks and face coverings, see how you can make the world a better place. Visit theGSUSA National Service Projects page for full details.
  11. Learn more about resources to meet virtually. There are free and low-cost tools troops and service units are using for virtual meetings. While we cannot endorse or support specific online meeting tools, we encourage you to look at these and alternative options and discuss with caregivers and girls to determine what the best solution is for your troop or service unit needs.
  12. Check out what’s happening on the GSCO Blog, FacebookTwitter, and Instagram! Girls and troops across the state have been sharing stories of how they’re earning badges/patches, staying connected with their Girl Scout sisters, making the world a better place, and more. Add your stories and photos using the Share Your Stories form.