How can you play a part in solving some of the biggest problems facing our planet? Enter citizen science, where volunteers help scientists collect data for their studies and experiments. Anyone can be a citizen scientist—all you need is curiosity and a willingness to help!
This summer, you can contribute to important scientific research at home by participating in one of GSUSA’s Girl Scouts Give Back citizen science projects. They’ve partnered with SciStarter, an online citizen science community, to help get you going! By becoming citizen scientists, Girl Scouts can help scientists solve some of the big problems facing our planet.
Here’s how your troop can make a difference:
Choose either the Great Sunflower Project (for girls of all ages) or the Globe at Night project (for Cadettes, Seniors, and Ambassadors) to create an account for your troop on SciStarter.
Read the project’s instructions on your SciStarter dashboard and gather the needed tools and materials.
Collect data for the project using the recommended tools and materials, and log the data using your SciStarter dashboard.
Want to learn more about citizen science? For a limited time only, you can download all activity instructions and the Take Action Guide for the Think Like a Citizen Scientist Journey for free from the Girl Scout Shop!
Robyn is a Cadette in Troop 43530 and plays travel softball. She made 12 masks with the help of her grandmother, so that her team could play and be in compliance with the new COVID-19 guidelines.
Girl Scouts of the USA (GSUSA) has partnered with Feeding America, a network of local food banks across the United States, for a 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. Learn more.
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 Girl Scout Juliette and do my Girl Scout activities, badges, and volunteer work at Barr Lake State Park. I have learned about nature, how to take care of animals, talk to people, and share my experiences at the park with visitors. I have also learned how to shoot a bow and arrow, fish, and kayak. The best part of doing Girl Scouts at Barr Lake State Park is that I am also giving back to my community.
I have learned to be a go-getter by trying new experiences like feeding the birds and other animals in the nature center. I am an innovator by holding a cookie booth at Barr Lake State Park, which allowed me to reach a community of people going out to look at eagles and see nature while I was able to be in nature while selling cookies. I am a risk-taker because I am shy and I talk to people at my cookie booths. I am a leader in my community by volunteering my time at Barr Lake State Park.
I am so proud of our Girl Scout Daisy Troop 66446. They collected 194 stuffed animals for the Child Rescue Foundation’s annual Teddy Bear Project all while earning a petal for learning how to make the world a better place! The girls had pizza and teddy bear trail mix during their tagging party.
Troop 70720 spent more than two hours at their local homeless shelter to help with holiday baking and decorating. The minimum age for most of their volunteer opportunities is usually 16 and we were very excited when we saw this opportunity appear for younger girls!