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Girl Scouting at Home: Earn your Junior Detective badge Part Two of Three

Do you want to try out the skills that make great detectives? Girl Scouts of Colorado’s Outreach Program team is here to help you earn your Junior Detective badge! For Steps One and Two, we practiced the power of observation and used a special code to write a secret message. Steps Three and Four are to fingerprint for fun and try out detective science. Watch this video for some activities to do just that! For the “fingerprint for fun” activity, you can also print this fun handout, or you can draw it yourself: Fingerprint Printable Handout

We want to hear how your girl is using her Girl Scout skills by taking initiative, caring for the community, and Girl Scouting at home. She can send in her story here.

Girl Scouting at Home: Fishbowl

Share the fun of Girl Scout Camp with your family! Girl Scouts of Colorado Camp Staff has developed a series of activities you can do with your family at home. Today’s activity is a fun game called Fishbowl. It can be played with your family and can be played with four our more players. This game is a fun combination of Taboo, Pictionary, and Charades.

You will Need:

  • Pens/Pencils
  • Strips of paper
  • Bowl/Container
  • Timer/Stopwatch

Game Purpose:

Your team must gain the most points by describing, using only sounds, or acting out words/phrases to help your teammates correctly guess what is written on each sheet of paper within the allotted time.

Game Set-Up:

  • Split your group into two teams.
  • Each player writes common phrases, people, places, or things on strips of paper, folds them in half so the writing cannot be seen, and puts them into the bowl. Only one person/place/thing/phrase should be written on each slip of paper. If you have a large group, have each player write three to five slips of paper. If you have a smaller group, each player should write between five to ten items.
  • Mix all the slips in the bowl.

Gameplay: The game will be split into three rounds: Taboo, Sound Effects, and Charades.

Round One

  • Select a player from Team One to go first.
  • This player grabs a slip of paper from the bowl. As soon as the player grabs the paper, a member from the opposite team will start the one-minute timer.
  • The player then reads to themselves the item written on the paper. They will use words to get their teammates to guess the word/phrase on the paper. They cannot act out anything nor can they say any of the words on the paper. For example, if the phrase is “Girl Scout Camp,” then it may be described as “The most fun week of the summer” or “Sky High Ranch and Tomahawk Ranch”.
  • If the player thinks the word/phrase is too difficult, they can “pass,” put the paper back in the bowl, and choose a new slip of paper. Each player may only “pass” once per turn.
  • If the team successfully guesses the phrase/word, the player keeps the piece of paper, then chooses a new slip of paper, and starts describing the new word/phrase.
  • The player has one minute to get their team to guess as many words/phrases as they can.
  • After one minute, a player from the second team is up. As soon as they pick a slip of paper, the one-minute timer starts again.
  • Each team continues to take turns (switching the player who is choosing the slips of paper) until all the pieces of paper have been removed from the bowl.
  • When the bowl is empty, each team counts the slips of paper their team collected and tallies their score.
  • Return all slips of paper to the bowl and begin Round Two.

Round Two

  • This round is played in a similar fashion, with each team having one-minute turn to guess as many of the words/phrases as possible. The team that went second will go first in this round.
  • This time instead of describing the word/phrase on the paper, each player must get their team to guess the words/phrases using only sounds – no words or acting allowed!
  • When the bowl is empty, each team counts the slips of paper their team collected and tallies their score.
  • Return all slips of paper to the bowl and begin Round Three.

Round Three

  • This round is played in a similar fashion, with each team having one-minute turn to guess as many of the words/phrases as possible. The team that went second in Round Two will go first in this round.
  • This time each player may only act out the word/phrase – no words or sounds allowed!
  • When the bowl is empty, each team counts the slips of paper their team collected and tallies their score.
  • Add scores for all three rounds to determine the winner!

We want to hear how your girl is using her Girl Scout skills by taking initiative, caring for the community, and Girl Scouting at home. She can send in her story here.

Listen now: Meet a Meteorologist webinar

Girl Scouts of Colorado thanks Sydney Jackson for co-hosting our “Meet a Meteorologist” webinar! More than 35 Girl Scouts from across Colorado participated in this webinar on May 19, 2020. Missed it? Listen to the recording now.

Sydney is a morning meteorologist for KKTV 11 out of Colorado Springs. She grew up in the Kansas City area and became fascinated by weather at a young age. From ice storms to tornadoes, Sydney was intrigued by the constant weather changes and followed her passion that sparked in grade school.

Sydney studied meteorology at the University of Missouri-Columbia and then Mississippi State University. Previously, Sydney worked at a station in Columbia, Missouri for four years. While in Missouri, she covered severe weather including flooding, hail, tornadoes, and snow. She was also a teaching assistant to a college meteorology course.

During the webinar, Sydney spoke to girls about the tools she uses to forecast the weather, what it is like being a meteorologist on television, advice for girls interested in meteorology, and so much more! Her favorite Girl Scout cookie is a Thin Mint, but only if it is frozen!

Check out the KKTV Weather Classes online too: https://www.facebook.com/pg/kktv11news/videos/

We want to hear how your girl is using her Girl Scout skills by taking initiative, caring for the community, and Girl Scouting at home. She can send in her story here.

 

Girl Scouting at Home: Earn your Junior Detective badge Part One of Three

Do you want to try out the skills that make great detectives? Girl Scouts of Colorado’s Outreach Program team is here to help you earn your Junior Detective badge! Watch this video for some fun activities to help you complete Steps One and Two, which are to practice the power of observation and communicate in code. You can also check out Smithsonian Magazine for their daily “Spot the Difference” activities.

We want to hear how your girl is using her Girl Scout skills by taking initiative, caring for the community, and Girl Scouting at home. She can send in her story here.

Girl Scouting at Home: How to Make Banana Boats

Have you been missing your favorite campfire desserts? Well, fret no more! Girl Scouts of Colorado camp staff are bringing the campfire desserts to you at home.

Banana Boats

Looking for a fruity twist to the classic s’more? Banana Boats are the perfect thing for you.

What you will need:

  • Banana
  • Mini-Marshmallows
  • Chocolate Chips
  • Tin Foil

Don’t have one of these ingredients? Get creative and improvise! Use M&Ms or Hershey Kisses instead of chocolate chips, or crushed cookies instead of marshmallows!

Instructions:

  • Preheat your oven to 300 degrees.
  • Cut the banana lengthwise through the peel. Cut about halfway through the banana making sure not to cut all the way through the other peel.
  • Open the slit of the banana and fill it with as many mini-marshmallows and chocolate chips as you can.
  • Wrap the banana in tin foil and cook in the oven for 5-7 minutes or until the marshmallows and chocolate have melted.
  • Peel and enjoy!

We want to hear how your girl is using her Girl Scout skills by taking initiative, caring for the community, and Girl Scouting at home. She can send in her story here.

 

Virtual Trainings for Leaders

Girl Scouts of Colorado is offering virtual trainings for leaders! Register now for Daisy, Brownie, Junior, and Cadette leader trainings to prepare for your troop’s next year or just to refresh and get new ideas. Leader training is required for volunteers at each level. Troop leaders will learn skills to support their troop at the next level, get questions answered, and connect with other volunteers.

Join an upcoming webinar:

May 26, 2020: Daisy Leader Training

May 27, 2020: Brownie Leader Training

May 29, 2020:  Junior Leader Training

May 28, 2020: Cadette Leader Training

Can’t make it to a webinar? Log in to gsLearn and complete Leader Training on your schedule.

Questions? Email training@gscolorado.org.

Girl Scouting at Home: Earn your Brownie Senses badge Part Two of Two

Want to earn your Brownie Senses badge? Girl Scouts of Colorado’s Outreach Program team is here to help! For Steps One and Two of the badge, we looked around and listened to the world. Watch this video for some fun activities to complete Steps Three, Four, and Five! Special note to caregivers: For Step Five, please use any edible items in your home that you are comfortable with. We mentioned a few items, but your judgement is best as to what you have available and what you are okay with your girl eating.

We want to hear how your girl is using her Girl Scout skills by taking initiative, caring for the community, and Girl Scouting at home. She can send in her story here.

June 2020 Badge Series: Coding for Good

Hey Girl Scouts! Let’s get coding! For our badge series in June 2020, we will be earning the Coding for Good badges. In these progressive series, girls will have the opportunity to complete three badges: Coding Basics, Digital Game Design, and App Development. They will learn how to code computer programs that can make a difference in the world. They will also be introduced to some pretty amazing women in history who have made computer science possible! Don’t worry if you do not know much about computers or coding. These badges are a great introduction to the world of computer science.

Coding Basics

Girls will explore the basics of coding from algorithms to loops to functions to learn how everything from a game to how an app is created.

Digital Game Design

Girls will learn about the tools used to develop games, discover how games can be used for good, and develop their own game.

App Development

Girls will identify the needs of their future app user and start to develop an app that could solve those needs.

Registration is open until May 28.

Want to know more about our badge series and what will be offered in the future? Check out this blog post.

Girl Scouting at Home: Earn your Brownie Senses badge Part One of Two

Want to earn your Brownie Senses badge? Girl Scouts of Colorado’s Outreach Program team is here to help! Watch this video for fun activities to help you complete Steps One and Two. You can also check out Smithsonian Magazine for their daily “Spot the Difference” activities.

We want to hear how your girl is using her Girl Scout skills by taking initiative, caring for the community, and Girl Scouting at home. She can send in her story here.

Colorado Women’s Hall of Fame: Google Arts and Culture Exhibits

The Colorado Women’s Hall of Fame highlights extraordinary women with ties to Colorado and their accomplishments to advance the roles of today’s women to levels of heightened recognition and as models of inspiration. Since 1985, the Hall has inducted 162 visionary and trailblazing women from the past and present who have impacted the state of Colorado in an exceptional way. Inductees include teachers, doctors, scientists, politicians, social activists, bankers, newspaper publishers, philanthropists, aviation pioneers, humanitarians, and authors.

So many women in the Hall are unsung heroes, “hidden figures” who have endured with superlative strength, beauty, and love. They deserve our respect and acknowledgment as shining examples of the potential of all women. Their accomplishments are a strong legacy, as tall as the Rocky Mountains they stand beside and as broad as the plains they look out upon, and have shaped history and transformed lives.

Three exhibits are now available on Google Arts and Culture!

  • Colorado Leaders in STEM and Aviation
  • Colorado Women Innovators in Healthcare
  • Saluting 100 Years of Women’s Suffrage

Don’t forget to check out the Colorado Women’s Hall of Fame and Girl Scouts of Colorado patch too!

We want to hear how your girl is using her Girl Scout skills by taking initiative, caring for the community, and Girl Scouting at home. She can send in her story here.