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Girl Scouting at Home: Earn your Brownie Pets badge Part Five of Five

 

 

 

 

 

 

Girl Scouts of Colorado’s Outreach Program team has created a series of materials, including videos, to help Girl Scout Brownies earn their Pets badge at home!

Let’s move to the last step, Step Five, feeding a pet.

Be in charge of scheduled mealtimes. Talk to your adult at home who is in charge of feeding your pet and learn the information you need to take charge of feeding your pet. Set an alarm to make sure that you are feeding your pet on time and commit to feeding your pet at their mealtimes for at least one week.

  • Ask what times your pet eats. Breakfast and dinner? Just at breakfast? Just at lunch?
  • How much food? One cup, a half a cup, or just a pinch?
  • What kind of food? Wet and canned, dry, or a special diet?
  • Where does your pet eat? In their crate or separate room? Which bowls are used?

OR

Make your pet a homemade, healthy treat. Dogs love receiving extra tasty treats as a reward for tricks they learn, good behavior, and just because! Make your own homemade dog treats for your pet using one of the recipes below. Make sure to ask an adult for help when using kitchen equipment.

Peanut Butter Dog Treats

Ingredients:

  • One cup flour
  • ¼ cup peanut butter
  • One egg
  • Two tablespoons water

Supplies:

  • Oven
  • Mixing bowl
  • Mixing spoon
  • Measuring spoons and cups
  • Rolling pin or something similar, like a long bottle to roll out dough
  • Butter knife or cookie cutter
  • Baking sheet
  • Parchment paper, aluminum foil, or nonstick spray
  • Sealable container, like Tupperware

Instructions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 F.
  2. Mix together flour, peanut butter, eggs in large bowl until slightly combined.
  3. Add in a little bit of water, about one teaspoon, at a time until the mixture is wet enough to roll out as dough.
  4. Roll out dough and cut into small squares or use a cookie cutter to make fun shaped treats.
  5. Place treats on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper, bake for 15 minutes.

These will keep in the pantry for a week in a sealed container.

Frozen Apple Dog Treats

Ingredients:

  • One apple
  • ½ cup Greek nonfat plain yogurt
  • Water

Supplies:

  • Knife
  • Cutting board
  • Ice cube tray
  • Blender
  • Sealable container like Tupperware

Instructions:

  1. Slice the apple into small pieces, removing the seeds and core.
  2. Mix the apple slices, yogurt, and a splash of water in a blender and blend until it’s a liquid consistency.
  3. Pour the mixture into an ice cube tray and freeze for a few hours or until solid. Store in a Tupperware in the freezer.

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.

Leader-to-Leader: Leading your troop in these unusual times

Submitted by GSCO Membership Connection Committee

The crisis and response to COVID-19 is like nothing we’ve ever seen in our lifetimes. Our girls are feeling unsettled and scared. As troop leaders, we have an opportunity to provide some normalcy in their lives by offering the continued presence of the Girl Scout Leadership Experience. Of course, it will look radically different.

Some troop leaders are already offering virtual troop meetings through the Zoom videoconferencing service. If you aren’t familiar with Zoom, you can go here to check it out: https://zoom.us/. You can sign up for a free account that allows you to host meetings for up to 100 participants, up to 40 minutes in length. Although that is shorter than a typical troop meeting, it may be just enough right now. Try one or two activities, and see how it goes.

Or, you could use a free Zoom account to host a virtual social gathering. Some troops are trying half-hour lunch socials. In these times of “social distancing,” regular social connections are even more important. Let your girls see each other and talk about whatever is on their mind right now.

We also have compiled our top ten recommendations for badges and patches to work on in these unusual times:

  1. Now is a great time to work on the Safety Award. Each level’s award focuses on slightly different aspects of emergency preparedness. This resource offers some ideas for how to complete the requirements at each level: https://allthingsgirlscouts.com/2019/07/14/episode-8-safety-awards/.
  2. Beginning with Girl Scout Brownies, each level also offers a First Aid badge. You can find suggested Meeting Plans in the Volunteer Toolkit (VTK).
  3. With lots of together time at home, girls and their families might enjoy completing a space science badge. These badges are available at all six levels, and the badge requirements can be purchased in digital form from the Girl Scout Shop. Here is where you can find the Junior-level requirements, for example: https://www.girlscoutshop.com/Junior-Space-Science-Investigator-Badge-Requirment-Pamphlet. Each level offers detailed instructions on projects for learning about space, and also includes some nighttime stargazing.
  4. Girls and their families may also enjoy completing an outdoor art badge. These are also available for all levels and the badge requirements can be downloaded. For example, here is a link to the Ambassador-level requirements: https://www.girlscoutshop.com/AMBASSADOR-OUTDOOR-ART-MASTER-BADGE-REQUIREMENT-PAMPHLET. Getting outside is important for everyone’s mental health during social distancing or “stay-at-home” orders, but be sure to follow all of the guidelines from the CDC and your local authorities for safeguards to follow.
  5. A third badge available at all levels, and accessible through digital download, is the new Trail Adventure series. See the Cadette-level requirements here: https://www.girlscoutshop.com/cadette-trail-adventure-badge-requirements. These badges are extremely flexible in terms of requirements, and can be completed by any girl at any level in any outdoor conditions.
  6. Be Prepared, Not Scared” is a patch program that might be appropriate. Several different Girl Scout councils, including Colorado, have offered different “zombie survival” workshops in the past using some of these materials. You can find a comprehensive activity guide developed by Girl Scouts of Central California South here: https://www.girlscoutsccs.org/content/dam/girlscouts-girlscoutsccs/documents/Be%20Prepared,%20Not%20Scared%20Patch%20Series.pdf. The patches can be purchased here: https://www.girlscoutshop.com/search?keywords=zombie
  7. The Colorado Women’s Hall of Fame developed a patch program that can be completed entirely online, while learning about important women leaders throughout our state’s history. See the details here: https://www.cogreatwomen.org/girl-scouts-of-colorado/
  8. Census 2020 documents are arriving in mailboxes. Here is a great opportunity to teach girls about the history and importance of the census, and also earn a fun patch: https://www.girlscoutsofcolorado.org/content/dam/girlscoutsofcolorado/documents/GSCO%20Stand%20and%20Be%20Counted%20Patch%20Booklet.pdf.
  9. Maybe your troop would like to look toward the future – when they can return to their routines – and start planning their next trip locally, regionally, nationally, or internationally! Here’s a great resource to guide you through the planning process: https://www.girlscoutsofcolorado.org/content/dam/girlscoutsofcolorado/flyers/anytimeactivities/Girl_Scout_Guide_to_U.S._Travel.pdf.
  10. With our “new normal” of doing so much online, it’s a great time to teach or remind our girls about cybersecurity basics. Here are some great simple activities to do with Daisies, Brownies, or Juniors: http://gscoblog.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/09/CybersecurityPatch_FacilitatorGuide.pdf. Or you can work on the series of 3 Cybersecurity badges offered for all levels: https://www.girlscoutshop.com/search?keywords=cybersecurity.

You can find even more resources on our Council’s “Girl Scouting at Home” webpage here: https://www.girlscoutsofcolorado.org/en/our-program/ways-to-participate/girl-scouting-at-home.html. 

Our wonderful council staff have also assembled this document, which they are regularly updating, that includes other suggestions for virtual patch activities: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1GbqoF8PqGsWIcPfkDzLNl7pI4fg1sFGhsqlHkO6fbos/edit.

And you can check out what our Sister Girl Scouts and Girl Guides are doing around the world here: https://www.wagggs.org/en/what-we-do/digitalguiding/.

If you don’t have the bandwidth as a leader to take an active role in offering any programming to your girls right now, that’s okay too. (Maybe just forward this message to your troop families?) It’s important that we all prioritize our own mental health in these challenging times.

Whatever you do, remember that this is temporary. We will all get through it together, and don’t hesitate to reach out for support when you need it.

Stay Well!

Girl Scouting at home: Solve this riddle from GSCO Camp Staff

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. Or, you can even share them with your Girl Scout sisters virtually. For this week’s activity, gather around the table and solve this riddle.

Four is a very magical number, all camp counselors know this to be true. All numbers, no matter how big or small, equal four. Here are a few examples for you:

  • 1: One is three, three is five, five is four, and four is four, so 4 is the magical number!
  • 15: Fifteen is seven, seven is five, five is four, four is four, so 4 is the magical number!
  • 32: Thirty-two is nine, nine is four, four is four, so 4 is the magical number!
  • 100: One hundred is ten, ten is three, three is five, five is four, four is four, so 4 is the magical number!
  • 1000: One thousand is eleven, eleven is six, six is three, three is five, five is four, four is four, so 4 is the magical number!

Can you figure out with your loved ones why four is the magic number?

Girl Scouting at Home: Earn your Brownie Pets badge Part Four of Five

Girl Scouts of Colorado’s Outreach Program team has created a series of materials, including videos, to help Girl Scout Brownies earn their Pets badge at home!

Now, let’s move on to Step Four, which is to make your pet feel loved by creating a custom toy for them.

Make a dog toy/puzzle. Check out our videos on how to make different kinds of treat puzzles or a toy for a dog.

Don’t have a dog? Make a DIY toy for other types of pets. See ideas linked below:

Cat

https://kittyclysm.com/sock-fish-cat-toy-diy/

https://hubpages.com/animals/pipe-cleaner-cat-toy

Bunny

https://www.thesprucepets.com/toys-for-pet-rabbits-1237198

https://bunnyapproved.com/diy-rabbit-toy-ideas/

Hamster https://squeaksandnibbles.com/diy-hamster-toys/

Lizard https://reptile.guide/bearded-dragon-toys-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: Brownie Pets badge Part Three of Five

 

 

 

 

 

Girl Scouts of Colorado’s Outreach Program team has created a series of materials, including videos, to help Girl Scout Brownies earn their Pets badge at home! Step One was to find out what care different pets need. Step Two involves learning about keeping pets comfortable. Step Three focuses on keeping a pet healthy and safe.

Exercise your pet. Dogs need a lot of exercise to make sure that they are happy and healthy. Taking them on walks is a great way to exercise them! Take charge of your dog’s exercise by mapping a route around your neighborhood that you can take them on.

Map a short walk around a couple of blocks for some fresh air and map a longer one around a local park to really get the dog’s energy out! You can use the map apps on a smartphone to plan your route or other apps and websites like MapMyRun. Once you’ve created some routes, take a walk!

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Research the foods/items your pet shouldn’t eat. Did you know that dogs shouldn’t eat grapes? Or, cats shouldn’t have onions? Snakes shouldn’t eat fireflies. Keep the Animal Poison Control hotline number (888-426-4435) somewhere visible, like on your fridge, if your pet accidentally eats something it shouldn’t! Look at this resource for a complete guide to poisonous substances. https://www.aspca.org/pet-care/animal-poison-control

Foods to avoid feeding your pets:

  • Alcohol
  • Avocado
  • Chocolate/Coffee/Caffeine
  • Citrus
  • Coconut products
  • Grapes/Raisins
  • Nuts
  • Onions, Garlic, Chives
  • Raw/undercooked meat, eggs, bones
  • Salty foods
  • Xylitol (a sweetener found in gum, candy, baked goods, toothpaste, and more)
  • Yeast dough

Other products to protect your pets from:

  • Certain plants including aloe, tomato plants, amaryllis, daffodils, azaleas, tulips, lilies, and many more
  • Human medication
  • Household cleaning products
  • Essential oils
  • Dryer fabric softener sheets
  • Grout
  • Petroleum jelly
  • Mosquito repellent with DEET

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Learn five “stay-safe” commands to teach your dog. Caring for a dog is a big responsibility, and it’s your job to keep your dog, and other dogs and humans around them, safe. To do this, you should teach your dog some basic safety commands. These commands set boundaries and guidelines to help them have a safe and happy life.

  • Come
  • Stay
  • Leave it
  • Drop it
  • Wait

The key to training your dog is using positive reinforcement, like treats. For tips on how to train your dog, talk to your veterinarian or look at these helpful resources:

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: Brownie Pets badge Part Two of Five

Girl Scouts of Colorado’s Outreach Program team has created a series of materials, including videos, to help Girl Scout Brownies earn their Pets badge at home! Step One was to find out what care different pets need. For Step Two, you’re going learn about keeping pets comfortable, so we’re going to make a cozy cat cave.

Materials

  • Deep Cardboard Box (with no lid)- You can use different-sized boxes to make a cat cave that works best for the age and breed of your cat. Use the box that will work best for your cat’s needs!
  • Long sleeve T-shirt
  • One rubber band
  • Comfy bedding material (blanket, towel, or even a sweater)

Directions

  1. Begin by stretching your long-sleeved T-shirt around the box, with the neck-hole of the T-shirt facing the open top of the box.
  2. Next, pull the shirt around the box in such a way that the neckhole of the T-shirt is centered on the top of the box. The neck hole will be the “door” that enables the cat to enter the cave.
  3. Once you have the “door” of the cave centered on the box, pull the sleeves of the T-shirt tight around the back of the box and secure them together. If the sleeves are long enough, you can tie the sleeves together. Otherwise, just use a rubber-band to connect the two sleeves.
  4. Finally, place the bedding material inside the box to complete your comfy cat cave. If you have any of your cat’s favorite toys or catnip, you can also put that inside the cave to make it extra welcoming for your furry friend.

We also created a video to help you complete this step of the badge, check it out here.

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: Brownie Pets badge Part One of Five

Girl Scouts of Colorado’s Outreach Program team has created a series of materials, including videos, to help Girl Scout Brownies earn their Pets badge at home! Step One: Find out what care different pets need.

Research the basics of care for two different pets. Maybe you want to learn about how to care for a puppy, kitten, turtle, or even a hedgehog! Whatever the pet is, learn the most important ways to care for that pet. With your caregiver’s permission and after taking the Girl Scout Internet Safety Pledge, go online to find out what the experts have to say about caring for different types of pets. Try to find websites run by veterinarians or animal shelters for the most accurate information. Other good research websites include:

You can also call friends or family members with pets and ask them what they think are important ways to care for their pet.

Bonus: Create a “care” poster or video for your favorite pet

  • Team up with a sibling or caregiver to make a two-minute video about the essentials of caring for a specific type of pet. If you have a pet at home, maybe they can even make a guest appearance!
  • Use a piece of paper and some craft supplies to create a poster to remind you of how to care for your chosen pet. Be sure to make it colorful and add some illustrations!

We understand that not everyone has a pet at home. For an alternate activity for the first step of this badge, check out this video.

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: Outdoor Art Explorer badge for Girl Scout Juniors

Hi, my name is Juliette! I earned the Outdoor Art Explorer badge. The requirements for this badge can be downloaded from the Girl Scouts of the USA website. To earn this badge, there are five steps.

  1. Exploring outdoor art
  2. Making something
  3. Finding music in nature
  4. Being a nature photographer
  5. Designing with nature

The purpose of the badge is to find the art in nature and create your own. There were three choices under each step and you just have to pick one!

  1. The first project I did was paint a picture of a sunset and an elephant. This represents the first choice under step 1, create art inspired by wildlife. I used a canvas, taped the sides to create a border, and then painted the sunset and elephant. 
  2. For step two, while my paint was still out, I took a wooden spoon and painted a small meadow on it. This activity represents the section option under step 2, making something with wood.
  3. Step Three was to find music in nature. The second option was to make rainy day music, so I played “rain rain go away” on the piano. If you don’t play an instrument, you could sing outdoors or even create your own instrument.
  4. Step Four was to be a nature photographer and play with light for the first option. I found a place outdoors and I took 3 photographs at different times: one at 10 a.m., one at 3 p.m., and one at 8 p.m., this is how they turned out. You can see how the shadows change and the colors change based on the position of the sun throughout the day.
  5. Step Five is designing with nature. For this, I went outside with a piece of paper and took different shapes in nature and used the shadow to create art.

If you are a Girl Scout Junior and want to do this badge, go for it! There are so many options to choose from, so be creative, get outdoors, and have fun!

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: Encourage-MINTS, Accomplish-MINTS, and Excite-MINTS

Girl Scouts of Colorado Camp Staff encourages you and your family to share positive attributes about yourself and others as part of an activity called “Encourage-MINTS, Accomplish-MINTS, and Excite-MINTS!”

Step One:  Find a comfortable place to relax with your family.

Step Two: Distribute to each person as many mints as there are people in the room. For example, if there are five people in the room, each person gets five mints. If you don’t have mints, that’s okay! You can use other candy, tokens, or nothing at all. The point of this activity is the senti-“mint.”

Step Three: Take turns as each person gives an encouragement, accomplishment, or excitement.  After you do, give the person a candy mint as a representation of your Encourage-MINT, Accomplish-MINT, or Excite-MINT.

Examples:

Encourage-MINT

Encourage a loved one to do something for themselves. Afterwards, give them a mint.

“Because you deserve a break, I encourage you to take a bubble bath sometime this weekend! Here is your mint!”

Accomplish-MINT

Shout out of an accomplishment of a loved one. Afterwards, give them a mint.

“Thanks for cooking dinner for the family, it was so delicious! Here is your mint!”

“You did great on that school assignment. Here is your mint!”

Excite-MINT

Share in someone else’s excitement you know they have experienced or will experience. Afterwards, give them a mint.

“I am so excited that you love playing basketball. Here is your mint!”

“I am so excited for our trip in December! Here is your mint!”

This program can also be done virtually, so be sure to  send virtual MINTS with Girl Scout sisters or other loved ones!

Girl Scouting at home: Family fun from GSCO Camp Staff

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. Or, you can even share them with your Girl Scout sisters virtually. This week’s activity is a fun and easy game called “Who’s Most Likely To…” We hope it helps you get to know your loved ones just a little bit better! 

Game Play: 

  • This game needs absolutely no materials! You and your loved ones need to just sit together somewhere comfortably, so you can all talk and see one another. 
  • One at a time someone will ask a “who is most likely to” question. As a group, you then discuss who among you would be most likely to do that thing!  
  • Answers and questions can be silly, random, or meaningful. Feel free to get creative.  
  • You can also nominate yourself for a question if you think you are most likely to do that thing! 

Here are some fun questions to ask: “Who is most likely to….. 

  • Become President of the United States? 
  • Eat an entire cake in one sitting? 
  • Be a ski or snowboard instructor? 
  • Memorize the theme song of their favorite TV show? 
  • Bake the most delicious chocolate chip cookies? 
  • Wear pajamas all day long? 
  • Adopt a puppy? 
  • Attend summer camp? 
  • Become a superhero? 
  • Win an Oscar? 
  • Die their hair a fun color? 
  • Win a reality TV show? 
  • Finish a puzzle the fastest? 
  • Sing a song to their pet? 
  • Meet a celebrity? 
  • Become an astronaut? 
  • Set a world record? 
  • Compete in the Olympics? 
  • Start a band? 
  • Find out they are secretly a wizard?