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Girl Scouts at Home is our way to deliver programming to girls, volunteers, and families virtually at-home. These unique Girl Scout sisterhood experiences will help us stay connected during these unprecedented times. Check-in daily as we will add badge activities, programs, and more resources.

Girl Scout Activities and Programs Camping At Home Service Opportunities
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Girl Scout Activities and Programs

Virtual Conversations with Girl Scout Mentors
Teen Girl Scouts here is your opportunity to ask a CEO questions about career, education, and life skills. Have a virtual conversation with a Girl Scout mentor!

The week of May 19:

Tuesday, May 19, 4:00 - 4:45 PM: Natalie Lorenz-Anderson
Wednesday, May 20, 4:00 - 4:45 PM: Debra Silimeo
Thursday, May 21, 4:00- 4:45 PM: Antoinette Barksdale

Registration will open Monday, May 18 at 10:00AM.

Girls will NOT receive an automatic confirmation email.  Around 4:15pm the business day before the session you will receive an email from noreply@gscnc.org to the email address above (check your spam!). The email will provide the Chime web address for the virtual meeting.

Girl Power Can't Be Quarantined Patch

GSCNC Virtual Challenge 
Earn a fun patch at home! | When you complete the challenge fill out this Survey Monkey to obtain the patch. We are only able to fulfill requests for Nation's Capital members at this time.

Trefoil Scavenger Hunt

Trefoil Scavenger Hunt 
Display this Trefoil in your window and post a picture to Facebook!

Downloadable Print

HPE Cybersecurity Patch Program

GSCNC Girl Scout Juniors

Girl Scouts Nation's Capital Juniors can participate in our HPE Cybersecurity Patch program! Juniors can earn the patch and a gift (while supplies last). 
HPE Cybersecurity Patch

Girl Scouts Nation's Capital Pen Pals

Girl Scouts Nation's Capital Pen Pals
Girls may be feeling isolated right now. Girl Scouts Nation’s Capital is helping girls within our region feel more connected and make new Girl Scout friends by matching up PEN PALS!

The Gift of Trees


The Gift of Trees

This program commemorates the gift of 3,020 cherry blossom trees from Mayor Yukio Ozaki of Tokyo to the city of Washington, D.C. in 1912 – the same year Juliette Gordon Low founded the Girl Scout movement in Savannah, Georgia! The Gift of Trees Patch Program focuses on three key themes—international friendship, arts and culture, and the environment.

Gift of Trees Patch Program

Gift of Trees Patch Program Virtual Addendum

Women's Suffrage Virtual Scavenger Hunt


Women’s Suffrage VIRTUAL Scavenger Hunt 

Get your favorite snack and flex your fingers for this virtual scavenger hunt! Explore the Women’s Suffrage Movement by solving clues to learn about the 19th Amendment and the people who helped bring women the right to vote. PowerPoint version is available on Rallyhood.


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Camping at Home


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Service Opportunities

As we learn of additional service opportunities we will add them to this section. Make sure you check the Community Service Rallyhood too!

Girl Scouts Give Back: Letter Writing Service Project

Girl Scouts Give Back: Letter Writing Service Project

The idea is simple: girls write letters to people in nursing homes, senior residences, and assisted living facilities, including dedicated staff and caregivers. This long-distance hug is a way to share your good thoughts with these vulnerable and loved community members.

GSUSA has put together some helpful resources to get you started on your letters. Click on the title above to see:

Letter Writing Tips for Girls

Letter Writing Instructions for Troop Leaders

List of Senior and Assisted Living Facilities

Instructions/Cover Letter to Facilities

Sunrise PenPal Program

Sunrise PenPal Program 
Sunrise Senior Living is introducing the PenPal Program to build meaningful relationships, connect with the outside community while practicing social distancing and provide opportunities to share positive messages, pictures and stories between Sunrise residents and local community Girl Scouts. For more information and to be connected with a local community Click on the title above.

In addition to service hours, the Pen Pal program can help meet badge requirements! You can apply this activity to "Making Friends" for Brownies, or "Social Butterfly" for Juniors.

Face Masks

Girl Scouts can support their communities’ by making face masks. The CDC recommends wearing cloth face coverings in public settings where other social distancing measures are difficult to maintain (e.g., grocery stores and pharmacies)

Girl Scouts can contact local nursing homes, hospitals, food banks, homeless shelters, and essential workers and offer to make face masks. Make sure you get their requirements and quantity needed. If you are having difficulty finding somewhere to donate masks, click here to search by state to find where masks are needed. Additionally, Montgomery County Mask Makers is coordinating how to get masks into a supply chain where the need is greatest.

Helpful resources to get started on making a face mask:
Joann Fabrics- make to give

CDC face covering information sheet

Disclaimer about masks: Fabric face masks are not medical-grade and not a replacement for medical-grade personal protective equipment


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Environmental Activities (Earth Day 2020)


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Virtual Troop Meetings

 


Thanks to our volunteers and staff, our council is offering girls Virtual Troop meetings that are interactive learning experiences. And they are fun! Connect with your troop leader and offer assistance today in creating your troop’s virtual community. 


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A Girl Scout Message for Those in Isolation


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Program Partner Resources

General Resources

Career Girls -- A free, non-commercial, online platform that features the largest library of 13,000+ short video clips of 600+ diverse women across every career imaginable with an emphasis on STEM. The women serve as virtual role models, sharing career and educational advice to inspire young girls to reach for the stars professionally and in life.

 

Empowerment Lessons -- What skills and abilities will you need for success in any career you choose? The role models in these short videos provide valuable insights and guidance to help you on your way. Watch the videos and then use the Independent Learning Guide to jumpstart a valuable discussion on what it takes to succeed in life and in your career.
Examples:
Importance of Diversity
Importance of Extracurricular Activities
Developing Communication Skills

Empowerment Activities -- Use these activities to reinforce the corresponding video topic or theme and build teamwork and community within your group.
Examples:
Giving Back Poster
Write And Pass
Cup Tower Challenge
Motivational Mini-Posters
-- Download these free mini-posters with inspiring quotes from Career Girls Role Models!

 

Smithsonian Learning Lab has assembled Distance Learning Educational Resources that can be widely shared. The Smithsonian is committed to supporting teachers and their students around the globe as they face unprecedented new learning challenges. Here, on the Learning Lab, teachers have access to millions of digital resources from across the Smithsonian's museums, research centers, libraries, archives, and more. You will also find pre-packaged collections that contain lessons, activities, and recommended resources made by Smithsonian museum educators as well as thousands of classroom teachers like you. Use the search bar below to search for Smithsonian Learning Lab Collections. Additional Smithsonian educational resources can be found here.

STEM Resources

STEM for Scouts- A principle of the Girl Scouts of the USA is to break down barriers. This includes not letting COVID-19 be an obstacle for progress! Our “Earn your Badge from Home” program utilizes online tools such as Google Classroom, to provide a simple step-by-step process your scouts can complete earning their Coding for Good Badges, all on their own! We work with troop leaders, one-on-one, to schedule a convenient time for scouts to log in as a group or individually.

Our pre-recorded online sessions are structured around badge curriculum and include:
- A fun coding project tutorial on Scratch (an online block-based programming website for kids)
- Discussion about computer science principles
- Breaks to watch attached videos to learn about amazing female leaders in the tech space
Videos are carefully designed to be extremely similar to an in-person experience and students can learn at their own pace. A teacher will be available for immediate online assistance for pre-booked programs.
We strongly encourage you to watch a brief video explanation of our program and see just how easy the whole process is! Please visit this link.
Check out https://www.facebook.com/STEM4Scouts or email for more information.

Boolean GirlFull STEM Ahead is a series of FREE, online events with a live instructor teaching kids to Code, Build, Invent, and Animate. Join us each Monday, Wednesday and Friday at 3 PM eastern for a new episode and a new project. Each day we will lead you through a project where we code, or build something new and fun.  Girl Scouts can use these porjects to complete coding badges. 

Career Girls -- A free, non-commercial, online platform that features the largest library of 13,000+ short video clips of 600+ diverse women across every career imaginable with an emphasis on STEM. The women serve as virtual role models, sharing career and educational advice to inspire young girls to reach for the stars professionally and in life.

The program is designed for girls who are interested in a Full Code Immersion experience. You will code like a Programmer while overcoming obstacles, building problem-solving skills, and developing confidence as an independent coder. Sign up at any time and experience the latest in online learning. You are free to come and go as your schedule permits picking up where you left off. Optional live support classes are available daily to help you. All you need to participate is a modern browser, high-speed Wi-Fi, and a computer with audio capability. You will have as long as you need to complete your Journey. We host the pages for free with no expiration date.

Challenger CenterSTEM at Home is a collection of Challenger Center lessons and activities that can be modified and completed at home. Each STEM at Home category includes at least one at-home lesson. These activities require common household items or products that are readily available online. All STEM at Home lessons are marked with an asterisk * on the lesson page.

CodeCampKidz- Complete Think Like A Programmer Journey Online and learn to code all from the comfort of your own home on your schedule. CodeCampKidz will guide you step by step as you work through your projects. No experience or previous knowledge is required. When you finish your Journey, you will have coded a Final Project of your choosing and completed your Journey.

Empowerment Lessons  -- Are you interested in a career in STEM? The role models in these short videos provide valuable insights and guidance to help you on your way. Watch the videos and then use the Independent Learning Guide to jumpstart a valuable discussion on STEM careers.
Examples:
Why Consider AI
Why Choose STEM
Science Careers

Empowerment Activities -- Use these activities to reinforce the corresponding video topic or theme and build teamwork and community within your group.
Examples:
Inflate a Balloon - Science
Marshmallow Structures - Architecture and Construction
Four Wheel Balloon Car - Engineering
Motivational Mini-Posters -- Download these free mini-posters with inspiring quotes from Career Girls Role Models!

ILITE Robotics- Welcome astronauts! You have a very important mission today...You will be preparing your team for a trip to Mars!

Mission details:

  • Construct a rocket
  • Design and build a landing rover
  • Build a comet

Click here for the program guide.

Welcome meteorologists and geologists! Today we are going to do experiments to study the Earth and weather

Mission details:

  • Cloud in a Jar
  • Layers of the Earth
  • Rainbow in a Glass
  • Weather Fronts

Click here for the program guide.

Welcome engineers!

Mission details:

  • Snack Pulley
  • Rubber Band Car
  • Leap Bot
  • Paper Tower Challenge

Click here for the program guide.

Maryland Science Center- has two places where we have been sharing Science activities for people to do at home. The first is on their Website  Let's Science Together. Additionally, the Maryland Science Center Facebook is posting challenges and live videos of activities that kids and families can do at home.

Smithsonian’s Lemelson Center Spark!Lab- Spark!Lab is a hands-on invention studio in the Smithsonian's National Museum of American History. Spark!Lab activities communicate that invention is a process, rather than a single “Aha!” moment; provide visitors with opportunities to explore the invention process and their own inventiveness; and demonstrate the central role that invention plays in American history—and today.

Virtual Invention Challenges:
Users pick their challenge and are guided through the steps of the invention process - in a style similar to the facilitation approach used in the Spark!Lab. At the "Create it" step, users link over to a related Tinkercard portal where they can build and tweak their virtual inventions using parts provided or by creating their own elements. The five challenges are: Help Clean Up the Ocean, Invent a Musical Instrument, Reinvent the Shopping Cart, Design a Spacecraft, and Design a Stadium.

Spark!Lab's Now What? Invention Game
Unexpected problems often call for inventive solutions. Users create inventions based on random prompts, leading to unpredictable and fun outcomes.

Tudor Place Historic House and Garden- Step into the shoes of architect William Thornton and design your own houses. Imagine new ways to use everyday items that are normally thrown away. Create designs for a brand new house. List the things that a person needs in a home. Solve a problem for housing needs. Share with someone how you would use your new idea. Brownies will be able to complete all activities needed for the Inventor badge.
Questions? Contact education@tudorplace.org.

Vidcode- Free Unlimited Vidcode Access for troops until June 30th! The 300+ hours of additional tutorials** are creative, including things like filmmaking and off-computer activities, so they are a great supplement during closed summer camps.

** The unlimited Vidcode access is in addition to our GSUSA Coding for Good Badge tutorials, which are always free and can be accessed here anytime.

Here are the steps to get started:

  1. Sign up for a free educator/guardian account here (which will give troops access to our 10+ hours of free introductory content and the Coding for Good Badge activities).
  2. Fill out this form to request full unlimited access to the rest of our platform activities (over 300 hours of additional tutorials!).
  3. Attend our weekly Vidcode 101 Webinar (every Wed. @ 4pm EST) to get started fast and learn more.

Washington Architectural Foundation- remains committed to providing young people in the Washington area with early design education. Whether home from school trying to stay busy or seeking a fun and creative activity as a positive distraction, these challenges will encourage the discovery of the local built environment. Click here to learn more (suggested age group: 10-14, but this activity is for all ages and skill levels). Post your drawings on Instagram and tag us @DistrictArchCenter.

Life Skills Resources

Arena Stage- Get a backstage look at Arena Stage right from your couch! Experience a virtual singing lesson from acclaimed music director Laura Bergquist, see playwright Craig Lucas read a sneak peek from his upcoming world-premiere Change Agent, check out animated set designs from Disney’s Newsies, listen to actors perform monologues and sing show tunes, print coloring pages of past shows’ costume designs – and much more! Check out Arena’s Facebook page and the Arena Stage website for an at-home afternoon at the theater!

Bach to Rock- Lean and instrument or sing together from the comfort of your home. Bach to Rock is proud to over online private and group lessons! Price varies depending on the program. Please contact the Bach to Rock nearest you to set up your private or group lesson.

Career Exploration Group- CXG is proud to offer free webinars that help Girl Scouts use their time at home to get a jump on career planning. Learn how to decide on a major, write a resume, or find an internship. At CXG, we believe that every young person has the potential to find a career that honors who they are and what they care about.  We work with high school students to help them explore their strengths and passions and define how they want to contribute their talents to the world.

For more information: careerexplorationgroup.com

Career Girls -- A free, non-commercial, online platform that features the largest library of 13,000+ short video clips of 600+ diverse women across every career imaginable with an emphasis on STEM. The women serve as virtual role models, sharing career and educational advice to inspire young girls to reach for the stars professionally and in life.

Claster Educational Services- Claster Educational Services is offering a virtual workshop series to help the Class of 2021 get started on the college application process and college essays. Details and registration are available here. Customized events for Senior and Ambassador Troops are also available; contact becky@clastereducation.com to schedule.

eGirl Power- Distance learning is part of our initiative to educate and support the youth and we've aligned many of our program offerings with Girl Scout badge requirements and Take Action projects to help girls achieve their goals online. The eGirl Power Distance Learning platform offers the following:
- Leadership and Life Skills activities to support girls on their journeys and "Take Action" projects;
- Online Safety and Cybersecurity Basics learning activities that are also aligned with badge requirements.
Please complete the eGirl Power Distance Learning Interest Form for further consideration.

Empowerment Lessons -- What are the skills, character traits, and personal habits you should be developing right now? The role models in these short videos provide valuable insights and guidance to help you on your way. Watch the videos and then use the Independent Learning Guide to jumpstart a valuable discussion on developing life skills.
Examples:
Resilience
Importance of Teamwork
Importance of Mentors

Empowerment Activities -- Use these activities to reinforce the corresponding video topic or theme and build teamwork and community within your group.
Examples:
Integrity Bingo
DIY Bank
Confidence Collage
Motivational Mini-Posters -- Download these free mini-posters with inspiring quotes from Career Girls Role Models!

Fancy Girl Tea Parties, Crafts & Bling LLC- offers short virtual programs with take-home bags including a patch, crafts, activities, and favors, for pick up from Fairfax, VA 22031. Keep checking the website for new free craft ideas and programs. Questions to Jamal Frangie Rubeiz, at jf.rubeiz@yahoo.com

Available now:

  • Girls in Space Program- explore all things space and learn about famous female astronauts through crafts and activities. 
  • GSCNC Women’s Suffrage Centennial Patch Program -learn all about the Women AND Symbols of the Suffrage Movement through crafts and activities.

Free Offerings:

  • Free Cherry Blossom Gift of Tree Crafts
  • Free How to Host a Mother’s Day Tea Party
  • Free Recycled Craft Ideas
  • Free Girl Scout Inspired Craft ideas

Coming Soon:

  • Virtual Mini Manners & Etiquette Program along with Tea Party Take Home Bag or Beauty & the Beast Take Home Bag.
  • Virtual Girl Scout Bridging or End of Year Celebration Program with Certificate, Patch and Take Home Bag.
  • Juliette Low Birthday Celebration Program with Patch and Take-Home bag
  • Induction, Rededication and/or Award Earning Program

Franklin Park Arts Center- Every day at noon we provide a bit of cultural nourishing with a 15-20 minute virtual program in the visual or performing arts.  Monday -Sunday we introduce you to artists and performers who spend some time sharing their art with you -- demonstrating their creative process, performing a comedic monologue, showing you their studio, leading you in dance, playing a mini-concert even sharing a short film.  Most of the performances are LIVE on our Facebook page and captured on our website as well.  Sometimes we post a video for you to watch.  Every day is something new and different, keeping you connected to the arts by connecting you virtually with the artists.  We look forward to brightening your day with a little bit of the Arts!

Hillwood Estate, Museum & Gardens- Hillwood invites Girl Scouts to Explore Hillwood from Home with coloring pages, art projects, games, and a variety of other ways to enjoy the museum and gardens through our comprehensive digital offerings.

InGenius Prep- recorded a webinar about college admissions, COVID-19, and what students can be doing right now: How the Coronavirus will Impact College Admissions.

Tudor Place Historic House and Garden- We have set the scene for you to recreate life at Tudor Place in 1911! Junior Girl Scouts will be able to complete all activities needed for the Playing the Past badge.
Questions? Contact education@tudorplace.org.

YMM Art Space- YMM art classes transitioned from studio classes to online classes. The duration of each class is 8 sessions, one per week, and uses Google Classroom and Google Hangouts Meet. Basic supplies are required. Supplies are not included. YMM Art Space offers 25% off all classes for Girls Scouts. Use promo code: GSCLASS when checking out to receive discount.

4/28-6/16 Online Intuitive Painting Class (J,C,S)- Students will be immersed in the world of abstract painting while practicing self-expression and self-awareness. They will explore how movement, scribbles, and colors can inspire the free process of creating non-representational art. $256.00

5/2-6/20 Online Spring Paddy Class (D)- This class encourages and fosters a child's creative spirit and independence. Students will be introduced to a wider variety of materials and techniques, such as modeling, color, and sculpture exercises. $240.00

5/2-6/20 Online Comics & Animation Class (B,J,C,S)- Students will learn the fundamental elements of comic design and animation, and will develop stories and characters using a variety of styles and techniques. $240.00

5/2-6/20 Online Little Fashion Designer Class (D,B,J,C,S)- Students will learn about the basics of costume design, including color, style, and overall shape. Students will work with fabric, thread, and needle to sew handmade clothes. $256.00

5/2-6/20 Online Elementary Modeling Class (J,C,S)- Students will learn fundamental art techniques and skills, such as modeling, still life, art history, and art theory, and apply it through a variety of materials. $240.00

5/2-6/20 Online Portfolio Class (J,C,S)- Students will experiment with multiple mediums and build confidence in creating meaningful, complete works through a systematic approach. $256.00

5/2-6/20 Online Digital Animation & Illustration Class (B,J,C,S)- This course will teach students how to create art in Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator. Students will learn critical graphic design skills for the modern artist and give students the tools to build their own online portfolio. Students will walk away with greater knowledge as well as confidence using the software. $256.00

5/3-6/21 Online Adult Painting & Drawing Class (S,A)- Students will learn basic drawing and painting skills while exploring a variety of artistic mediums and materials, color use, art theory, and art history. $256.00

5/3-6/21 Online Picasso Class (D,B)- This class focuses on enhancing a child's artistic techniques through lively lessons and an exploration of art materials and mediums. Students will learn about art vocabulary, composition, and significant art movements in history. $240.00

 

Entrepreneurship Resources

Career Girls -- A free, non-commercial, online platform that features the largest library of 13,000+ short video clips of 600+ diverse women across every career imaginable with an emphasis on STEM. The women serve as virtual role models, sharing career and educational advice to inspire young girls to reach for the stars professionally and in life.

Empowerment Lessons -- What are the skills and abilities that you need to be a successful entrepreneur? The role models in these short videos provide valuable insights and guidance to help you on your way. Watch the videos and then use the Independent Learning Guide to jumpstart a valuable discussion on what it takes to be a successful entrepreneur.
Examples:
Financial Literacy
Become a Leader
Importance of Work Experience

Empowerment Activities -- Use these activities to reinforce the corresponding video topic or theme and build teamwork and community within your group.
Examples:
DIY Bank
Improv Night
Confidence Collage
Motivational Mini-Posters
-- Download these free mini-posters with inspiring quotes from Career Girls Role Models!

SPARK Business Academy - is offering live, fully interactive online classes for grades 3-11, as well as online financial literacy badge workshops.  Class topics include entrepreneurship, personal finance, investing, leadership, sports management, debate, international diplomacy, and more!  For more details, visit www.sparkbusinessacademy.com or call 703.371.3155.

Outdoor Resources

Maryland Sled Dog Adventures LLC - All About Sled Dogs:  Virtual Meet and Greet! It's All About the Dogs!  Sled dogs that is.  Come out, virtually via Zoom, and meet Catherine Benson, owner of Maryland Sled Dog Adventures LLC and her crew of happy sled dogs.  During this Zoom program, we may include the following:  virtual meet and greet with six to eight of the Maryland Sled Dog Adventures sled dogs; types of harnesses used for dog sledding and how to harness a sled dog; equipment used in dog sledding including our wheeled carts and our traditional dog sleds; commands used in dogsledding; our dog truck and how we transport our dogs; and what the dogs eat.  Watch live as we feed the dogs their dinner!  After, we'll hold a short question and answer session for all of your burning dogsledding questions.  Each session is live and content may vary. 

Visit www.marylanddogsledding.com for more information.


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Community Resources 

General Resources

National Museum of African American History and Culture: 
NMAAHC Smithsonian Learning Lab

Women's History Museum:
Five Ways to Get Involved from Home this Women’s History Month
#BecauseOfHerStory
Creating Icons: How We Remember Woman Suffrage
Dr. Elizabeth Harmon Uncovers the Histories of Smithsonian Women in Science

National Gallery of Art:
Ten Digital Education Resources from the National Gallery of Art

EF Tours for Girls:
EF Tour Home Culture Challenge

Smithsonian's National Zoo:
Animal Webcams/Livestreams

National Mall: 
Cherry Blossom Livestream

Smithsonian Gardens: 
Cherry Blossoms

Smithsonian Institution:
Smithsonian Open Access 
Smithsonian Podcasts

Smithsonian Virtual Museum Tours: 

National Air and Space Museum: 
Space Shuttle Discovery 

National Museum of Asian Art:
Peacock Room

National Museum of Natural History:
David H. Koch Hall of Fossils - Deep Time 

National Portrait Gallery:
Votes for Women: A Portrait of Persistence 

STEM Resources

Honoring Educators
Educators around the country are working hard to provide families and students with home-based education, and as a nation, we are grateful to them. Over the years, we have been fortunate to partner with some amazing speakers who are also wonderful teachers. In this next video segment, hear from STEM Educator and Scientist Dr. Serena McCalla, be amazed by on-stage demonstrations with TV Host and Teacher Steve Spangler and learn from Author and Educator Dr. Chris Emdin.

Duquesne University Resources

Woods Hole Sea Grant Resources

NOAA Live! Series of webinars for children

The Washington Architectural Foundation

Makerspace.com 25 Projects for kids

Life Skills Resources
Entrepreneurship Resources