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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

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

Now, let’s move on to Step Five! Watch this video for a fun scavenger hunt and follow clues to solve a real mystery. Here’s the print-out you will need to complete your scavenger hunt: Adult Handout for Final Scavenger Hunt

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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: 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.

Badges Through the Power of the Internet

Submitted by Brennah D.

Metro Denver

Highlands Ranch

I led my Girl Scout troop through the Scribe badge on Zoom. With my PowerPoint presentation, we were able to get everything checked off. This was my first time making a PowerPoint presentation and being a leader through online learning. It was fun!

I love Girl Scouts and everything it has let me do!

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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.

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.

Cadettes, Seniors, and Ambassadors can Code with Vidcode

To compliment our Coding for Good badge series, we will be giving Girl Scout Cadettes, Seniors, and Ambassadors access to Vidcode, a coding platform for teens and tweens for the month of June 2020. Vidcode uses activities such as creating personalized memes or game avatars to teach girls how to code. Extra bonus- Vidcode was founded by female engineers!

Once in Vidcode, girls will have access to lots of fun activities, but we have outlined which of these activities will help them complete requirements for the Coding for Good badges.

  • Cadette Coding Basics: Video Meme
  • Cadette Digital Game Design: Avatar
  • Cadette App Development: Personal Data
  • Senior Coding Basics: Portraits
  • Senior Digital Game Design: Game Mechanic
  • Senior App Development: Community Map App
  • Ambassador Coding Basics: Karaoke
  • Ambassador Digital Game Design: Jumping!
  • Ambassador App Development: Global App

To participate on Vidcode for free, girls must first register to receive an access code. Girls and caregivers will also receive a “how to” navigate the site. Please note that these activities do require a reliable internet connection.

Looking for a coding event for Girl Scout Daisies, Brownies, and Juniors? Check out our post on how to register your girl for our codeSpark Academy, a learn-to-code app, coding events.

Question? Email GirlExperience@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.

 

Let’s Code!

To compliment our Coding for Good badge series, we will be hosting two coding events for Girl Scout Daisies, Brownies, and Juniors. Girls will be able to access codeSpark Academy, a learn-to-code app, for a one-hour session on June 16, 2020 and June 20, 2020 and can decide the time that works best for their schedule. Once they log in, they will have one-hour to access the content on the site.

During this event, girls will access puzzles to help them learn the ABC’s of coding while having fun! Girls will be able to learn about algorithms, create a maze game, and create a sequence of coding. The activities are targeted for specific ages and do not require reading- perfect for younger Girl Scouts. The puzzles teach girls how to use the platform before they begin.

There are many puzzle options available, but here is a suggested list of puzzles that connect with requirements for the Coding for Good badges.

  • Daisy Coding Basics: Donut Detective and Tool Trouble
  • Daisy Digital Game Design: Create Game
  • Daisy App Development: Create Story
  • Brownie Coding Basics: Donut Detective, Tool Trouble, and Kite Plight
  • Brownie Digital Game Design: Create Game
  • Brownie App Development: Create Story
  • Junior Coding Basics: Donut Detective, Tool Trouble, and Kite Plight
  • Junior Digital Game Design: Create Game
  • Junior App Development: Create Story

To participate in the event, girls must first register to receive an access code to be able to participate for free. Caregivers will also receive a “how to” navigate the site.

June 16 registration

June 20 registration

Please note that these puzzles do require a reliable internet connection.

Looking for a coding event for Girl Scout Cadettes, Seniors, and Ambassadors? Check out our event on Vidcode, a coding platform for tweens and teens.

Question? Email GirlExperience@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 Scouting at Home: Complete Step Five of the Junior Gardener badge Part Five of Five

Girl Scouts of Colorado’s Outreach Program team has five fun activities to help you complete Step Five of the Junior Gardener badge, which is to grow your own garden. Over the next few days, we’re going to share our favorite tips and tricks to planting a great garden, no matter how little space or money you have. So far, we have learned about sourcing seeds, windowsill gardens, container gardening, and companion gardens. For the last part of this series, we are going to learn about square root gardening.

If you have access to bigger pots, a raised bed, a bit of yard, or a plot at a community garden, you can practice square root gardening in order to get the most veggies for your space.

Different types of plants need different amounts of space. For example, you can plant 16 carrots or radishes in one square foot of soil, but one zucchini needs at least two-square feet to itself. To help make sure your spacing is correct, you can make your own seed tape!

Seed Tape Activity

Materials Needed:

  • Square root gardening chart
  • Toilet paper/Facial tissue/Tissue paper/Paper streamers (white is ideal, but any color is fine)
  • Cornstarch
  • Water
  • One Pot
  • One Wooden spoon
  • Seeds
  • Pencil
  • Ruler
  • Paintbrush
  1. Gather your materials. We used crepe paper streamers, but any thin, easily dissolvable paper is fine (toilet paper, facial tissues – so long as there’s no lotion or aloe, tissue paper, etc.)
  2. Make the cornstarch paste. Add one cup of water and one tablespoon of cornstarch to a pot and place on your stove over medium heat. Whisk until boiling, then turn off water, and let it cool completely. It will be thick and gel-like when finished.
  3. Once your paste is cooled, we can make the tape. I am using carrot seeds, as they are super tiny and ideal for seed tape, but feel free to use whatever seeds you have. Refer to the square root gardening chart to determine how far apart to space your seeds.                                       .
  4. Measure out one foot of your paper. If you’re using something wider, cut it in two-inch wide strips.
  5. Measure the distance you want your seeds and mark it on one side of your strip .              
  6. Using a clean paint brush, dab a dot of your cornstarch paste on each dot.                                  
  7. Place one seed on each dot of paste. 
  8. Line the edge of your strip with a thin layer of paste, enough to stick, but not so much that you dissolve the paper. 
  9. Fold the strip in half and let dry. 
  10. Plant in your garden at the depth recommended by the seed packet.

Square Root Gardening Chart:

TYPES OF PLANTS NUMBER OF PLANTS PER SQUARE FOOT
16 carrots, beets, radishes, leaf lettuce, green onions
9 onions, turnips, spinach, peas, snap peas, parsnip, bush beans
4 pole beans, head lettuce, garlic, romaine, asparagus pea, corn
2 cucumber, celery, basil, potatoes, swiss chard, kale
1 peppers, eggplant, tomatoes, broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage
½

 (THESE PLANTS NEED AT LEAST 2 SQ FEET EACH)

Summer squash, pumpkins, winter squash, melons, zucchini

 

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