Girl Scouting at Home: Mask Making Service Project

Now, with this nationwide mask-making campaign, all girls have the chance to step up to help their friends, neighbors, and frontline workers during the COVID-19 pandemic. Girl Scouts of the USA (GSUSA) has partnered with Feeding America, a network of local food banks across the United States, to make it easy for your girls to amplify their efforts.

  1. Ask your girls (and their friends!) to make masks for adults and children. Use the instructions from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). If your girl chooses to make masks for other children, use 7.5” x 9” cloth instead.
  2. When you are ready to send your masks, you can include a letter like this.
  3. You can safely distribute masks where you see the greatest need in your community (check out these ideas). Through this partnership with Feeding America, you can easily donate masks to your local food bank staff and families who rely on food bank services.
  4. Inspire others to give back! Share your photos and videos on FacebookTwitterInstagram, and here on the blog. Twitter and Instagram users should also use #GSColo and #GirlScoutsGiveBack.
  5. Don’t forget to come back and log the number of masks you made!
  6. If you wish to recognize your troop’s participation with a patch, we recommend this Girl Scouts Give Back patch.

Check out some more detailed guidance.

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.

Earn the Girl Scouts Love the Outdoors Challenge Patch

Summer is the perfect time to get outdoors safely while social distancing! While you’re at it, join the Girl Scouts Love the Outdoors Challenge. You’ll enjoy nature, channel your creativity, learn fun new things, and EARN A COOL PATCH. If you are unable to complete an activity due to social distancing guidelines, you can find an alternative. Take a virtual tour of a park online, gaze out of a window, or look through family photos of outdoor adventures. Drawing a picture works too!

Here’s how to get started:

  1. Check out the activities. Learn more about the Girl Scouts Love the Outdoors Challenge patch here: https://www.girlscouts.org/content/dam/girlscouts-gsusa/forms-and-documents/at_home/GSlovesOutdoors_Woorksheet_v5.pdf
  2. Nominate someone. We may be distanced, but we’re certainly not distant! This challenge is a great way to connect with your fellow Girl Scout sisters and invite your non-Girl Scout besties to join in the fun! Nominate someone to take the challenge with you.
  3. Be prepared. As Girl Scouts, we know the importance of being prepared! If you’re venturing to a local park or hiking trail, first make sure they’re open. Pack sunscreen, bug repellant, snacks, protective gear (sunglasses, hat), and water!
  4. Get your patch. Remember, you don’t have to do all 51 suggested activities to earn your snazzy new patch! Complete the required number of activities based on your grade level.

Don’t rush! The Girl Scouts Love the Outdoors Challenge doesn’t end until Girl Scouts Love State Parks Weekend, September 12–13, 2020. This means you have plenty of time to select the activities you’re most interested in and complete them at your own pace.

As you earn this patch, be sure to share your photos and videos with GSCO on FacebookTwitterInstagram, and here on the blog. Twitter and Instagram users should also use #GSColo and #gsoutdoors.

The Girl Scouts Love the Outdoors Challenge is possible thanks to Johnson & Johnson. Johnson & Johnson has been championing women and giving them the tools, resources, and opportunities to succeed at work and at home since its founding more than 130 years ago. Johnson & Johnson’s generous support of the Think Like a Citizen Scientist Journey for Cadettes, Seniors, and Ambassadors prepares girls to experiment, explore their environment, and push boundaries in healthy ways, all while learning how they can improve the world through STEM.

Head to the GSCO website to find more links to practice your outdoor skills, work on outdoor badges, get outside with your family, and spend time in the great outdoors this summer.

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 Scouts at Home: Senior Voice for Animals badge Part Three of Five

Girl Scouts can earn the Senior Voice for Animals badge at home with help from our Outreach Program team. By earning this badge, you will find out about the complex relationship between animals and humans, so you can make informed choices and help others make them too.

Husbandry is a fancy word that means the science of taking care of animals. One specific area of husbandry is breeding, which is the decisions that go into making baby animals. We are going to look into domestic pet breeding today. To do this, we are going to research responsible dog breeding.

After taking Girl Scouts of the USA’s Internet Safety Pledge, find out what is involved in responsible dog breeding. Here are some topics you can explore:

  • What testing is done before breeding two parents?
  • Are there breeds of dogs and cats that have been overbred too much, and therefore have difficult health problems (like pugs and breathing or English bulldogs and giving birth)?
  • How do responsible breeders find good homes for their puppies?
  • What are the laws of pet breeding in your area?
  • Which breeds that are bred too often and therefore there are an abundance that wind up in animal shelters?
  • What constitutes a “puppy mill” and what can be done to eliminate them?
  • What are Bully Breed Bans, why do they exist, and does the science of breeding back them up?
  • Explore a new crossbreed, labradoodles, for example. Why was it developed?
  • How have the breed standards evolved over time? How are new breeds developed and recognized? How are breeds that are dying out being reintroduced?
  • Any other topic related to dog breeding you can think of.

Some resources to get you started (but there are plenty of others):

With your research, write a law that further protects dogs in the area of breeding. Share it on the GSCO Blog, FacebookTwitter, or Instagram. Twitter and Instagram users should also use #GSColo.

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.

Get your Global Action Days patch: Celebrate World Environment Day

Update: This opportunity is for Colorado Girl Scouts ONLY.

We are excited to announce that Girl Scouts who participate in the Global Action Team’s World Environment Day 2020 celebration will receive their Global Action Days patch in the mail in June at no cost!

Girl Scouts earn their Global Action Days patch by celebrating three Global Action Days (not including World Thinking Day). Learn about all nine Global Action Days using the Global Action Days Toolkit: https://www.girlscoutsofcolorado.org/content/dam/girlscoutsofcolorado/documents/globalactiondaystoolkit_final_aug2018.pdf

Register NOW to participate in the World Environment Day at-home program, May 31 – June 5, 2020: https://www.girlscoutsofcolorado.org/en/events-repository/2020/celebrate_world_envi.html

REGISTRATION CLOSES FRIDAY, MAY 29.

Questions? Email  aimee.artzer@gscolorado.org.

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 Scouts at Home: Senior Voice for Animals badge Part Two of Five

Girl Scouts can earn the Senior Voice for Animals badge at home with help from our Outreach Program team. By earning this badge, you will find out about the complex relationship between animals and humans, so you can make informed choices and help others make them too.

Whether animals should be used for product and medical testing is a tricky question. With this step, we will look at how animals are used to determine if new medicines or beauty products are safe for people.

After taking Girl Scouts of the USA’s Internet Safety Pledge, research the arguments for and against animal testing:

  • What animals are most likely to be used in tests?
  • Are any protected by the Animal Welfare Act?
  • How are products tested when they don’t use animals?

Next, find a variety of beauty products. This could include a shampoo or conditioner that makes your hair feel just right, a cleanser that’s part of your daily skin routine, an item of make-up or nail polish, or the deodorant or fragrance you wear every day.

Find one that DOES and one that DOES NOT have “cruelty-free,” “vegan formula,” or “produced without animal testing” written on the label.

Research how these two beauty products were developed. Were animals used on the product without claims of cruelty free research? If so, how? Make a visual timeline or diagram of the development of both products, showing how and when they tested for human safety.

Share what you learned on the GSCO Blog, FacebookTwitter, or Instagram. Twitter and Instagram users should also use #GSColo.

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 Scouts at Home: Senior Voice for Animals badge Part One of Five

Attention Girl Scout Seniors! You can earn your Voice for Animals badge at home with help from our Outreach Program team. By earning this badge, you will find out about the complex relationship between animals and humans, so you can make informed choices and help others make them too. Step One is to find out about domestic animals, so you’re going to compose a pet’s rights document.

Materials Needed:

Animals used to be tolerated in the house only to the extent of their usefulness. Dogs would eat leftover food and guard area. Cats would keep the rodent population to a minimum. Somewhere over the course of human history, humans began to bond with their animals, and pets became the norm. However, the standards for how we treat our pets has also changed over time. What rights should pets have? How can we best protect our pets from harm and abuse?

After taking Girl Scouts of the USA’s Internet Safety Pledge, research topics associated with the care and keeping of domestic pets, such as:

  • The importance of spaying and neutering your pet.
  • Is it okay to declaw cats?
  • Is it okay to dock puppies’ tails or ears, or remove their dewclaws
  • Is it okay to use a shock collar on a dog, or an electric wire on a fence?
  • Is it okay to crate train animals, and if so, how long should they be kept in a crate at a time?
  • What guidelines should be in place for a classroom pet?
  • How many pets is too many in one household?
  • Are there animals that are unsuited to being household pets, but commonly are?
  • Should a pet bird be given time outside of their cage? How much
  • Any other topic you feel is important to keeping pets safe.

Some places to look include your city and state laws. You can also research these topics through the websites dedicated to animal welfare. There are some links at the end of this blog post to get your research started.

After your research, write up a Pets Bill of Rights, stating what you think it takes to treat pets ethically and respectfully. Share your Pets Bill of Rights on the GSCO Blog, FacebookTwitter, or Instagram. Twitter and Instagram users should also use #GSColo.

Here are some links to get your research started, but you are not limited to these links. If your city or town isn’t listed, it is easy to find their animal laws with a simple Google search : (Your City) animal laws

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 Scouts Compete in Toast-Off Challenge

Submitted by Tiffany Baker

Metro Denver

Lone Tree/ Highlands Ranch

During COVID-19 stay-at-home orders, Colorado Girl Scout Cadette Hayden L. and her cousin Reagan M. came up with the simply brilliant Toast-Off Challenge idea while Facetiming each other.  Hayden shared this boredom buster idea with her Girl Scout sisters of Troop 60059 in Highlands Ranch and their first Toast-Off was held on April 8, 2020 with an “animals” theme.  From there, toast-off was shared on a “virtual Girl Scout activities” page by Hayden’s troop leader, where multiple troops across the United States.

Hayden’s original game rule suggestions for Toast-Off were:

  • Allow 20 minutes during an online troop meeting to create your pre-determined group themed toast design.
  • Any food ingredients at home can be used, as long as you eat a few bites after sharing your food art with the group.
  • You must use a minimum of three ingredients, not including the bread.
  • Share your designs with each other and take a photo for follow-up voting.

It has become evident that Toast-Off is a fun challenge for all age Girl Scouts with different levels of cooking skills, using only ingredients they had available to them when grocery store shelves were mostly empty and shipping was delayed.  Each troop has put their own spin with rules and themes that work for them. Thank you, Hayden and Reagan, for being innovators (G.I.R.L) during a time period that has encouraged creative thinking.

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.

I am a Cyber Hero

Submitted by Lexi

Western Colorado

Glenwood Springs

I found the Cyber Hero cybersecurity patch work interesting. I learned how messages travel and how important it is to be careful. It is important because you don’t want the information to get to the wrong people.

I love the Girl Scouts! It has a lot of fun activities to learn new and  interesting things.

By completing this activity, the girls will earn this special cybersecurity patch. Learn how to earn yours.

Meet an Expert: The Business Side of Fashion with a Buyer from The North Face

Girl Scouts of all ages are invited to a special webinar learn about the business side of fashion with Lindsey Nelson, a buyer for The North Face on Tuesday, June 9, 2020 4 p.m.  Lindsey will teach girls about the process of designing clothes, studying customer trends, and picking the best styles for shoppers in The North Face stores and on the website. She will also lead girls through an activity about how to pick the best clothes that you think will be the top sellers to hit your sales goal. After her presentation and activity there will be time for a live Q & A session. This is an awesome opportunity for girls to learn from an expert at one of the top outdoor retailers in the world!

Register now: https://www.girlscoutsofcolorado.org/en/events-repository/2020/meet_an_expert_the_b.html
Registration closes June 8

We will use Zoom to host this webinar. All information on how to join online or via phone will be emailed out to registrants the day before the webinar. Capacity is limited; each individual participant should be registered so we can track capacity. Please do not share the information on how to join with others who have not registered.

Questions? Email aimee.artzer@gscolorado.org.

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.

HTH Delivery and Social Distancing Bike Ride

Submitted by Sandi DeCamp

Metro Denver

Broomfield

Sixth grade Girl Scout Cadette Troop 60594 from Broomfield delivered cookies to their Hometown Heroes by way of a social distancing bike ride. We loaded up a bike trailer with the cookies, a poster sized thank you card, and took to a bike path. The girls had fun riding their bikes. Proving they can have fun anywhere, the girls created a “bike wave” as they rode-similar to a stadium audience wave. It was our own personal bike parade!

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.

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