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Girl Scouting from Home

As Girl Scouts, we live by the motto "be prepared" - and that includes when the unexpected happens. We know that this is a challenging time for Girl Scouts—staying home from school and away from friends is a significant change in her routine that can make her feel disconnected. However, there are many ways she can still participate in Girl Scout activities and earn awards, even at home! Our Girl Scout sisterhood will help us stay connected during these unprecedented times. We are in this together!

Here are a few resources and ideas for Girl Scouts of all levels to help you get started. These resources are quickly becoming more available. Check this page often for updates!

Are you wondering how to talk to your kids about coronavirus? Read this Raising Awesome Girls article from GSUSA for tips.


Business Patch Initiative Programs

Girl Scouts of Southwest Texas Council Patch programs are unique to the Southwest Texas council. Girls worldwide are invited to share in the fun of earning our Business Patch Initiative Program patches. To receive your patch follow these simple steps:

  1. Complete requirements for the patch (they varied depending on the program and grade level).
  2. Complete the Business Patch Initiative (BPI) Evaluation
Shining Star Energy Grades K-5

 

Her First Business Card

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✎ SUPPLIES:

  • Construction Paper
  • Coloring Tools (pens, pencils, markers)

▶ Think about:

What is the purpose of a business card? What goes on a business card? What is a business?

▶ ACTIVITY:

Create your own business card!

  1. Everyone has things they enjoy! Draw what your interests, hobbies and passions look like.
  2. Using examples of business cards, ask yourself what they tell you about the different business owners. What are their interests, hobbies, and passions?
  3. On another sheet of paper, design your own business card. Bring your dreams to life - they can be as colorful and unique as you want!
  4. Create your own logo for your name, the business you created, or for your future career.

PATCH INFO

▶ LINKS:

Valero Energy Foundation Grades K-5
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Resource: See page 10

More information and all grade level activities can be found on our Council Patch Program webpage.

Valero Energy Foundation’s STEM Initiative (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) focuses on what girls need to thrive in a rapidly changing world. The nation’s need for STEM professionals is ever-growing, and Valero’s STEM Initiative will encourage girls to push boundaries, test limits and look at the world through inquisitive eyes.

Texas A&M University - San Antonio Grades K-5

GIRL SCOUT HONOR: Once you have completed all the requirements and activities, complete this survey to get your patch!

Part 1

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While watching, consider these questions:

  1. What are some ways you show courage?
  2. Can you think of one situation where you were courageous?
  3. Was there one situation where you didn't show courage? How could you have fixed the situation?
  4. Name one courageous person in your life.

Learn more about earning your Texas A&M University San Antonio Embracing Patiotism Patch.

 

Part 2

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✎ SUPPLIES:

  • A bandana ( if you do not have a bandana a small towel or shirt would do)
  • An open space
  • Different objects you can find around the house

ACTIVITY:

We will be playing Mine Field! You will need 2 or more people for this activity.

  1. Find an open area (this can be in your house or in your backyard) and find a partner.
  2. Take your partner and blindfold one person using a bandana.
  3. Take the objects you have collected and scattered them along the open area. Some suggestions of objects you can use are… Stuffed animals, traffic cones, any toys, pillows, rocks (if outside), shoes, water hose (if outside), etc.
  4. After you make your field, determine the "start" point and the "end" point.
  5. With one partner blindfolded at the start point, the other partner begins to verbally guide the blindfolded partner across the “Mine Field” by advising the other which way to go and avoid the objects on the floor.
  6. Once the blindfolded partner reaches the end, they can switch places and go again and mix up the “mine field”.

SIDE NOTE: More than two people can play. You can make it into a race with two other people or teams. It’s all up to you!

 

Part 3

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✎ SUPPLIES:

  • An American Flag (either a real one or a picture)
  • 11-12 Craft Sticks (aka popsicle sticks)
  • Red and White Acrylic Paint
  • Brushes
  • Blue Construction Paper
  • White Paper or White Gel Pen
  • Markers or Crayons (optional)
  • Glue

LINKS:

 

Part 4

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✎ SUPPLIES:

  • Paper Plates – 1 for each girl
  • Tacky Glue
  • Scissors
  • Red, White & Blue tissue paper OR Red, White & Blue construction paper
  • 6" Ribbon or Cord for each girl
  • Star Stickers
  • Sequins
  • Glitter

ACTIVITY:

Make a Memorial Day Wreath!

Cut the middle out of a paper plate, leaving just a 1-2" ring. Discard middle. Cut different size squares of red, white and blue tissue paper. Glue to paper plate ring in any design you choose. To finish, add star stickers or sequins. Glue a 6" loop to the back to make a hanger.

LINKS:

H-E-B Grades K-5

GIRL SCOUT HONOR: Once you have completed all the requirements and activities, complete this survey to get your patch!

Part 1

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This is the first step in earning your H-E-B Health and Wellness Patch. Learn more about this patch.

SUPPLIES:

  • Glue
  • 1 Paper Plate
  • Scissors
  • Aluminum foil
  • Optional: Markers and/or Crayons

▶ Think about...

  • What do you do to stay mentally healthy?
  • Why is it important to stay mentally healthy?
  • What do you love about yourself?
  • What are your plans for the future?

▶ ACTIVITY:

Girls will create their own mirror!

  1. Cut out a circle of aluminum foil, about the size of the center of your paper plate.
  2. Glue the circle shiny side up to the center of the paper plate. This is so you can see your reflection.
  3. (Optional) Decorate your mirror!

After completing the mirror, each girl should look into their reflection and recite: “Mirror, Mirror, in my hand, I want to be the healthiest that I can. One way I am healthy is…” Say one healthy habit you practice at the end of the sentence.

▶ LINKS

 

Part 2

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✎ No supplies needed!

▶ Think about...

  • What did you like most about Florence's story?
  • How will her story help you become a better leader?
  • What would you want to do to leave a lasting positive impact on your community?

LINKS

 

Part 3

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SUPPLIES

  • Wooden skewers
  • Variety of fruit -OR- Small marshmallows
  • Honey Nut Cheerios
  • Raisins
  • M&Ms / Chocolate Chips
  • Pretzels
  • Nuts (optional)

▶ Let us know:

  • What is your favorite healthy snack?
  • What did you take away from this lesson?
  • Which food group is your favorite?

▶ ACTIVITY

  1. Choose from 3 energy snacks: Fruit Kebab, Trail Mix, or Hiking Necklace
  2. Identify your favorite healthy foods.
  3. Choose 1 of the energy snack options that best fits your favorite healthy foods.
  4. Create a snack for energy for an upcoming activity like practicing sports, hiking, or family camping.

▶ PATCH INFO

This is the third step in earning your H-E-B Health and Wellness Patch. Learn more about this patch HERE.

LINK:

Activity on page 9

 

Part 4

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✎ SUPPLIES

  • 1 bowl
  • 1 bag of popped popcorn

▶ Let us know:

  • What is your favorite exercise?
  • How do you practice respectful competition?
  • What do you do to stay active?

▶ ACTIVITY:

Popcorn Push-ups

  1. One girl will lie face-down on the ground with her hands, palms down slightly wider than her shoulder width, flat on the ground under her body. She will raise her body up by extending her arms and keeping her body straight.
  2. The bowl of popcorn will be placed beneath the girl’s face.
  3. The girl will lower her body to the ground by bending her arms while keeping her body straight. She will use her mouth to catch a piece of popcorn.
  4. The girl will again push her body upward and eat the popcorn. The other girls will count each push-up out loud.
  5. Repeat steps 3 and 4 until the girl says that she is finished.
  6. Each girl will do as many push-ups as she is able. The girl with the most push-ups will be congratulated!

▶ PATCH INFO

This is the fourth and final step in earning your H-E-B Health and Wellness Patch.

Learn more about this patch HERE.

▶ LINKS

Activity on page 9


Badges
Eco Learner for Grades K-1

GIRL SCOUT HONOR: If you completed all the requirements for your Daisy Eco Learner Badge, get it HERE!

Details

Download Leave No Trace and Wildlife Game worksheets

✏ SUPPLIES:

  • Water-reusable bottle preferred
  • Snack
  • Hat
  • Closed-toe shoes
  • Clothes for the weather
  • Bag to carry everything
  • Bag to put any trash you find
  • Activity sheet

To complete this badge follow these steps:

  1. Be prepared to protect nature when you go outdoors; have water and snack, know what kind of wildlife you might see, and wear the right clothes for the weather
  2. Keep living things safe when you go outdoors
  3. Learn how to protect nature from trash
Think Like A Citizen Scientist Grades K-5

GIRL SCOUT HONOR: If you completed all the requirements for your Think Like A Citizen Scientist Badge, you've earned your badge. Get is here:

Think Like A Citizen Badge: Daisy | Brownie | Junior
Take Action Award Badge: Daisy | Brownie | Junior

Part 1:

Part 2:

Details

Objectives per grade level:

▶ Daisies (Grades K-1):

  1. Find out how scientists use the scientific method to investigate the world and make discoveries.
  2. Do hands-on activities to learn how to make observations and collect data.
  3. Plan a Take Action project that helps others. If you're a Girl Scout volunteer, go to Volunteer Toolkit for complete meeting plans and activity instructions.

▶ Brownies & Juniors (Grades 2-5):

  1. Find out how citizen scientists make observations, collect data and work with scientists to receive feedback on research.
  2. Do 3 citizen science activities: sharpen your observation skills through 2 observation games and a SciStarter project.
  3. Plan a Take Action project that helps others. If you're a Girl Scout volunteer, go to Volunteer Toolkit for complete meeting plans and activity instructions.

 

Part 3:

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✎ SUPPLIES:

  • Paper
  • Pencil/Pen
  • Electronic device with iNaturalist app downloaded
  • Internet access

▶ Be sure you have set up your Scistarter account
IMPORTANT----Use this link ONLY to set up your account.

▶ OBJECTIVE:

  • For girls to sharpen their observation skills through fun activities that challenge them to notice changes in people's appearances and a group of items.
  • Why it is important for scientists to use observation
  • Girls are introduced to citizen science by participating in a citizen science project.

 

Part 4:

Details

✎ SUPPLIES:

  • Paper
  • Pencil/Pen

This series of virtual troop meetings will help your troop or individual girl work toward the requirements of the Think Like a Citizen Scientist Journey for K-5.

▶ To complete this journey follow these steps:

  1. Find out how citizen scientists make observations, collect data, and work with scientists.
  2. Sharpen your observation skills through 2 observation games and a SciStarter project.
  3. Plan a Take Action project that helps others.
Space Science for Grades K-5

GIRL SCOUT HONOR: If you completed all the requirements for your Space Science Badge, you've earned your badge. Get it here: Daisy | Brownie | Junior

▶ Learn more about each badge

Part 1

Details

SUPPLIES:

 

Part 2

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✎ SUPPLIES:

Outdoor Artist Grades K-5

GIRL SCOUT HONOR: If you completed all the requirements for your Outdoor Artist Badge, you've earned your badge. Get it here: Daisy | Brownie | Junior

Part 1

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✎ SUPPLIES:

  • Nature
  • Masking Tape
  • Trusted Adult

▶ ACTIVITY:

Going Outside: With a trusted adult and find items outside to stick to your bracelet – make sure to practice the Leave No Trace Principles.

While outside, also find items you can also use to make music – it can be items you put on your bracelet or items found in general

Making Your Bracelet:

Make a bracelet using masking tape, making sure the sticky part is facing out. Of the items you found, take the ones you like and place them onto your bracelet. You could like the way the object feels, the way it smells, or what it sounds like when you tap or drop it.

Once you're done, talk about your bracelet and explain why you chose the items you did and what your favorite part of the activity was. Take artsy pictures of your bracelet and share! Be sure to also share the music you created, if possible.

BADGE INFO:

  • Brownie Outdoor Art Creator Badge (grades 2-3)
    • Step 3 – Dance or make music outdoors
    • Step 5 – Design with Nature
  • Junior Outdoor Art Explorer Badge (grades 4-5)
    • Step 3 – Find Music in Nature
    • Step 5 – Design with Nature

 

Part 2

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✎ SUPPLIES:

  • Paint
  • Paint Brushes
  • Nature Objects (stones, leaves, etc.)
  • Paper Plates (3)
  • A Cup of Water (1)

ACTIVITY:

Are you ready? Together with a trusted adult, go outside in nature and collect leaves and rocks that are on the ground – when you are out on your journey hunting for items tell us about what sounds you hear and colors you see out in nature! Remember to practice the Leave No Trace principles – do not pick leaves off trees, pick them off the ground.

Take your rocks and leaves home, make sure to clean them off and begin painting! Get creative! You can paint designs, write inspirational messages, paint different animals or bugs onto your rocks.

Send us photos of your creations, we love to see your creativity!

Take an extra step and place your stones that have inspiring quotes around your neighborhood!

My Best Self Badge for Grades 2–3

GIRL SCOUT HONOR: If you completed all the requirements for your My Best Self Badge, you've earned your badge. Get it HERE.

▶ My Elf Self Activity Sheet

Hygiene Series: Completes Step #3

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▶ You will learn:

  1. Five ways to Wash Your Hands the Right Way
  2. The proper way of sneezing/coughing
  3. Social Distancing & how to say hello & goodbye but from a distance.

 

Stay Fit & Moving Girl Scouts: Completes Step #2

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Badges depending on grade level:

  • Daisies – Clover petal (use resources wisely)
  • Brownies – My Best Self badge
  • Juniors – Staying Fit badge
  • Cadettes – Eating For You badge

OBJECTIVES:

  • Girls will learn healthy tips to stay healthy by exercising at home, how sleep is important, and eating ideas.
  • Teachable moments – girls will have to be creative by using items at home for maintaining healthy daily routines.
  • Outcomes – Strong sense of self - Girls will gain confidence in themselves, their abilities and form positive identities.

 

Happy Healthy Girl Scouts: Completes Steps #1, #4 and #5

Details

✎ SUPPLIES:

  • Paper
  • Pencil
  • Crayons/Markers

▶ OPTIONAL:

Download My Elf Self Activity Sheet to complete activity.

Home Science Grades 2-3

GIRL SCOUT HONOR: If you completed all the requirements for your Home Science Badge, you've earned your badge. Get it HERE.

Part 1

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This is step 2, create static electricity, of the Home Science badge for Brownies.

✎ SUPPLIES:

Balloon Food Coloring Spoon 1 empty paper/plastic cup 1 cup of water thumb tack 1 large bowl

ACTIVITY:

We will be bending water with the power of static electricity!

What Happens: The water bends toward the balloon.

How it works: Your hair has a neutral electrical charge. When you rub the balloon against your head, the balloon takes some of the electrons from your hair, which leaves your hair positively charged and the balloon negatively charged. Your positively charged hair is now attracted to the negatively charged balloon, which is why your hair moves towards it.

Water, also known as H2O, is made up of two hydrogen atoms and one oxygen. The hydrogen atoms have a slightly positive charge. Similar to your positive hair, the hydrogen atoms are attracted and move towards the negative balloon!

 

Part 2

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SUPPLIES:

Floating Egg

  • 1 Glass Cup
  • Salt
  • Spoon
  • Water (Warm)
  • Tablespoon (to measure the salt)
  • 1 egg

Rainbow in a Cup

  • Red, Yellow, Green & Blue food coloring
  • spoon
  • tablespoon (to measure the sugar)
  • Measuring Cup
  • 1 Glass Cup
  • 3 other cups each with ¼ cup warm water
  • sugar

 

ACTIVITY:

Floating Egg

  1. Fill a glass cup with water & place the egg in the glass. What happened when you placed the egg in the water? Did it float or sink?
  2. How can we use science to make the egg float? Density! If we change the density of the water, the egg can float.
  3. Remove the egg from the glass.
  4. Add 4 tablespoons of salt & stir so the salt dissolves as much as possible. If you have trouble, warm up the water.
  5. Carefully add your egg again. Observe. What happened? Did it float or sink?

Rainbow in a Cup

  1. Fill 4 cups with ¼ cup of warm water each.
  2. Create each color: Red – add food coloring; Yellow – add food coloring and 1 tablespoon of sugar; Green – add food coloring and 3 tablespoons of sugar; Blue – add food coloring and 4 tablespoons of sugar
  3. Stir to dissolve sugar. This step is very important - if the sugar is not dissolved, the experiment will not work. If you have trouble getting it to dissolve, try heating the cup in the microwave for a few seconds.
  4. Take your blue water glass & spoon in half of the green water. Pour on the side of the glass and let the water run down the side.
  5. Repeat with the yellow and red water.
  6. You have a rainbow in a glass!
Fun with Furry Friends for Grades 2-3

GIRL SCOUT HONOR: If you completed all the requirements for your Pets Badge, you've earned your badge. Get it HERE.

Details

▶ DOWNLOAD:

✎ ACTIVITY:

We will learn about how to keep pets healthy through various activities and make a dog chew toy! Pet Bingo: https://www.girlscouts-swtx.org/conte... Pet Worksheet: https://www.girlscouts-swtx.org/conte...

▶ SUPPLIES:

  • Paper
  • Markers
  • Crayons
  • Scissors
  • Pet Food
  • An Old Shirt

▶ Steps to earn this badge:

  1. Find out what care different pets need
  2. Keep a pet comfy
  3. Help a pet stay healthy and safe
  4. Make a pet feel loved
  5. Feed a pet
Girl Scout Way Badge for Grades 2-8

GIRL SCOUT HONOR: If you completed all the requirements for your Girl Scout Way Badge, you've earned your badge. Get it here: Brownie | Junior | Cadette

Details

✎ SUPPLIES:

  • Paper & Pencil

By watching this video and completing activities you will fulfill the following requirements:

  • Brownie (Grades 2–3) Girl Scout Way steps 1, 3, 4, 5
  • Juniors (Grades 4–5) Girl Scout Way 1, 3, 4, 5
  • Cadette (Grades 6–8) Girl Scout Way 1, 4, 5

▶ Teachable moments – girls discovering how they are part of a girl organization and how it relates to their daily life.

Starting A Vegetable Garden for Grades 4-5

GIRL SCOUT HONOR: If you completed all the requirements for your Gardener Badge, you've earned your badge. Get it HERE!

Details

ACTIVITY;

Let's learn about what goes into a garden so we can learn about growing our own food and sustainability!

SUPPLIES:

  • Gardening gloves
  • Plant pot
  • Soil
  • Seeds/kitchen scraps
  • Water
  • (Optional) Trowel/digging tool

Steps to complete this badge:

  1. 1. Visit a garden
  2. 2. Explore garden design
  3. 3. Learn how to choose garden plants
  4. 4. Experiment with seeds
  5. 5. Grow your own garden
Outdoor Artists for Grades 6-12

GIRL SCOUT HONOR: If you completed all the requirements for your Outdoor Artist Badge, you've earned your badge. Get it here: Cadette | Senior | Ambassador

Part 1

Details

✏ SUPPLIES:

  • Clay (recipe for DIY clay below!)
  • Textured items from nature such as shells, feathers, leaves, etc.
  • Cord or String
  • Digital Camera or Phone

DIY Clay Recipe:

  • 1 cup flour
  • 1/4 cup of salt
  • 1/4 cup of water
  • Add water; you can always add more (a tablespoon at a time). Temperature can affect amount needed. If clay is sticky, add more flour one tablespoon at a time. Let air clay air dry or bake for 1 hour at 350* F

To complete these badges follow these steps:

  1. Explore outdoor art
  2. Make something!
  3. Get to know the sounds of nature/Find music in nature/ create music inspired by nature
  4. Be a nature photographer/Capture nature digitally
  5. Design with nature

 

Part 2

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✏ SUPPLIES:

  • Items from nature such as driftwood, shells, feathers, river rocks with holes, etc.
  • Cord or string
  • Digital camera or phone

▶ To complete these badges follow these steps:

  1. Explore outdoor art
  2. Make something!
  3. Get to know the sounds of nature/Find music in nature/ create music inspired by nature
  4. Be a nature photographer/Capture nature digitally
  5. Design with nature


GSSWT Book Club | Tuesdays & Thursdays at 1:00 p.m.
Grades K-5

The Nuff

 

The Giving Tree

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📗 QUESTIONS:

  1. What did you think about how the Boy treated the tree? Was he nice? Was he mean?
  2. Do you think the tree would have felt better if the boy said “Thank you” or showed that he appreciated the tree and all the things the tree gave him?
  3. Can you think of someone who is kind of like the tree? Always willing to help out?
  4. What do you call someone who is always willing to help others?

📗 CHALLENGE:

  1. Create your own Giving Tree. Be as creative as you want! (Make a poster, write a story or a poem, go outside and get some leaves to use in your project)
  2. Think of a person who is kind. Once you have a person in mind, tell them thank you (write a letter, give them a call, tag them on social media)

 

 

The Cool Bean

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📗 BEFORE READING: What do you think it means to be cool?

📗 AFTER READING:

  1. Now that we’ve read the book, what do you think it means to be cool? Is your answer different than the answer you gave before we read the book?
  2. Can you think of a time when a “cool bean” has been “cool” to you? How did it make you feel?
  3. Throughout the last half of the book, the bean’s confidence slowly starts to grow. What makes you feel confident?

 

Wilma Jean the Worry Machine

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📗 QUESTIONS:

  1. Have you ever felt like Wilma Jean?
  2. If you ever feel like Wilma Jean, what helps you feel better?
  3. Can you think of 3 other ways to describe how Wilma Jean is feeling?

📗 CHALLENGE:
We will be making a chart of our worries and put them into categories.

Think about:

  1. What worries can you control?
  2. What about the worries you can’t control?
  3. What are you going to do to help yourself with the worries you can’t control? Make a plan!

 

My Strong Mind

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📗 QUESTIONS:

  1. What do you think it means to be mentally tough?
  2. In the book, Kate used different ways to make her mind strong. She tried counting, making lists, and reminding herself that she was able to do anything. Which one of these can you use to help make your mind strong and how?

📗 ACTIVITY:

One of the 4 attributes that characterize mental toughness is confidence. Let’s take some time to and figure out what makes us confident! Fill in the blanks and comment your responses below.

  • My best memory is…
  • I’m PROUD of…
  • My best idea is…
  • I love my…
  • My best friends are…
  • I am really good at…
  • I’ll work hard on…

 

Metal Like Me

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📗 QUESTIONS:

  1. What should you do if you see or hear about cyberbullying?
  2. Have you ever tried to help someone who was being bullied? What happened?
  3. Do you think leaving someone out of a group or activity is considered bullying? Why?

📗 CHALLENGE:

Take the pledge against bullying

If you want to go one step further, share your kind actions or ideas with us! Use the hashtag #StayKindTogether and tag @GirlScoutsSWTX and @PACER_NBPC to inspire others to do the same.

We are in this together, wherever we are.

 

Curious George

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📗 QUESTIONS:

  1. As we read the story, we learn that George’s curiosity leads him into some sticky situations. Can you think of a time where your curiosity led you into some trouble?
  2. Everyone has certain things they’re curious about! What are you curious about?

📗 ACTIVITY: Make Banana Nutella Rolls!

Ingredients:

  • 1 can crescent rolls (8 rolls)
  • 1/4 or 1/3 cup Nutella
  • 2 bananas
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 1-3 teaspoons cinnamon

Instructions:

  1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F. Lightly spray a baking sheet or line with parchment paper or foil.
  2. Open the can of crescent rolls and unroll.
  3. Spread some Nutella on the larger end of each roll.
  4. Cut each banana into 4 segments. Place one segment on each roll over the Nutella.
  5. Roll up the dough and seal using your fingers. You don't want all your Nutella oozing out!
  6. In a bowl stir together the cinnamon and sugar.
  7. Toss each roll in the cinnamon and sugar. Coat it well!
  8. Place the rolls on the baking sheet.
  9. Bake at 375 degrees for about 12 minutes, or until browned on the bottom.

See full recipe here.

 

James and the Giant Peach

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📗 QUESTIONS:

  1. What are 3 words you would use to describe James so far in the story?
  2. If someone came to you, handed you something and told you it was magic, what would you use it for? Why?

📗 ACTIVITY:

Make your own Peach Tartlets at home with your family! Follow the recipe in the description to make a delicious James and the Giant Peach inspired treat. It’s so easy and fun for the whole family to do!

INGREDIENTS:

  • 1 sheet (1/2 lb puff pastry) – I used crescent roll dough
  • 1 egg, beaten well with a fork
  • 2 large (1/2 lb) fresh peaches (or use canned/drained peaches)
  • 2 Tbsp granulated sugar
  • 1 Tbsp all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/4 cup sliced almonds (optional)

INSTRUCTIONS:

  1. Preheat oven to 400˚F. Thaw puff pastry 20 minutes at room temperature, or until you can unfold the pastry. Cut pastry into 9 equal-sized squares and place on a parchment-lined baking sheet, spacing them 1-inch apart.
  2. Beat 1 egg in a small bowl and set aside.
  3. Slice peaches into 1/3″ thick slices and place them in a medium mixing bowl. Sprinkle with 2 Tbsp sugar, 1 Tbsp flour, 1/4 tsp cinnamon, 1/4 tsp vanilla and gently fold together with a spatula.
  4. Layer 3 to 4 peach slices over the center of each pastry square, being careful not to get peach juice on the surrounding pastry. Brush pastry edges generously with beaten egg. Sprinkle with sliced almonds.
  5. Bake on the center oven rack at 400˚F for 17-19 minutes or until puffed and golden at the edges, turning the sheet halfway through baking. Tip: Do not over-bake. It browns very quickly towards the end. Remove peach pastry from oven and let cool on the pan for 10 minutes.

RECIPE LINK HERE

Grades 6-12

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone

Chapter 1: The Boy Who Lived

⚡ TRIVIA

  1. In the book, Dumbledore used a “put-outer” to change the lights around privet drive, does anyone know the real name of this device?
  2. What is the name of the place where Mr. Dursley works?
  3. Who lent Hagrid the motorcycle?

⚡ ACTIVITY

Make your own bookmark!

Chapter 2: The Vanishing Glass

TRIVIA

  1. What kind of ice cream did Harry have?
  2. When describing Dudley, what is the big difference between what the book says about him versus how he is presented in the movies?
  3. When Harry describes Mrs. Figg’s living room, he says it smells like what?

ACTIVITY

Make a postcard from the London Zoo to send to a friend that tells them about what happened with Harry and the snake!

Take a picture of your post card and share with us - @GirlScoutsSWTX

Chapter 3: The Letters From No One

TRIVIA

  1. What color ink was used to write the address on Harry’s letter?
  2. How many letters came on Friday?
  3. Harry eagerly awaited his birthday at the stroke of midnight - how old was he turning?

ACTIVITY

Witches & wizards have weird & wonderful names! Now you can create your wizarding world name using this name generator. Then tell us in the comments how your Hogwarts letter would be addressed. You don’t have to share your complete address. Here is mine as an example!

Ms. Katie Elphick
Seated at the white desk by the window
San Antonio, TX

Chapter 4: The Keeper of the Keys

TRIVIA

  1. What day did Voldemort go to Harry’s parents' house?
  2. What kind of cake did Hagrid give Harry?
  3. Who picked up Harry after the attack at his parent’s home?

ACTIVITY

During this chapter, it’s mentioned that harry’s letter includes a list of materials he’ll need to bring with him to Hogwarts. If you received a letter saying you would be attending Hogwarts for the next school year, what would you bring with you?

Create a packing list for your first year at Hogwarts!
Would you bring pictures of your family?
A favorite book?

Chapter 5: Diagon Alley

⚡ TRIVIA:

  1. What is rumored to be guarding high security vaults at Gringotts?
  2. What is the name of the wizard Harry recognized in the Leakey Cauldron?
  3. What kind of wood was Harry's wand made of?

⚡ ACTIVITY:

We're going to make our very own wands!

For the body of the wand, use chop sticks, twigs from outside, or whatever you have! To decorate, use glue, buttons, beads, whatever you want to make your wand as unique as you'd like. When you're done, paint your wand and give it a swish and flick. Like magic, you're done!

Chapter 6: The Journey from Platform 9 ¾

TRIVIA

  1. What time did Harry need to be at King’s Cross to get on the Hogwart’s Express?
  2. George jokes about sending his mother what item from Hogwarts?
  3. How many students can fit in a boat?

ACTIVITY

At the end of the video, follow Kori's tutorial on how to make your very own oragami Jumping Frogs!

Chapter 7: The Sorting Hat

TRIVIA

  1. When will Quidditch trials be held?
  2. They say Peeves isn’t like the rest of the Hogwarts ghosts. What is he?
  3. Susan Bones was placed in which house?

ACTIVITY

Make your own sorting hat! Use the link to download and print your sorting hat template or recreate it at home.

Use your sorting hat to help friends and family figure out which Hogwarts house they belong in! Use this website to help you out.

If you’d like to know what your OFFICIAL Hogwarts house is, click and take the sorting hat quiz!

Chapter 8: The Potions Master

TRIVIA

  1. How many staircases are there at Hogwarts?
  2. What two Historic figures did Professor Binns get mixed up?
  3. What animal would you look for to get bezoar?

ACTIVITY

Let’s make our own Bubbling Lemon Cauldron!

All you need is a lemon and some baking soda. You can even add food coloring to make it look extra magical.

With your parents help, cut off a small part of the top of the lemon. Use a butter knife to loosen up the inside. If you're using food coloring, add it into the lemon now. When you’re ready, add some baking soda into the lemon, mix it quickly, then watch your cauldron bubble!

 

She Persisted

Details

📗 QUESTIONS

  1. Has there ever been a time where someone told you “no” or “you can’t do that”? How did that make you feel?
  2. What do you think it means to be persistent? What is your definition of being persistent?
  3. Do any of the quotes or words from these women stand out to you? Why?

📗 ACTIVITY

Think about another woman who persisted! It can be a family member, a friend, or another woman in history that you know of. Comment below with that person’s name and how she persisted.


Resources to Meet Virtually

While in-person troop meetings are on hold, it doesn't mean your troop can't stay connected! If you and your girls are ready to try virtual meetings, check out these tips:

Tools

While we cannot endorse or support specific online meeting tools, we encourage you to use the info below to explore some free options that work with either a computer or smartphone.

  • Zoom: Offers video conferencing with up to 100 participants and the ability to screen share. There is a 40-minute limit on group meetings (paid version available with unlimited time). Zoom Support during COVID-19

Best practices to keep Zoom meetings secure before starting:

  1. Go to Settings
  2. Change screen sharing to “Host Only”
  3. Disable “Join Before Host” so people can’t cause trouble before you arrive
  4. Enabling: “Co-Host” so you can assign others to help moderate
  5. Disable “File Transfer” so there’s no digital virus sharing
  6. Disable “Allow Removed Participants to Rejoin” so booted attendees can’t slip back in
  • Google Hangouts: Offers video calls for up to 10 people. 
  • Google Duo: Offers simple, high quality video calls for up to 8 people.
  • Skype: Host a video or audio conference with up to 50 people.
  • Webex: Offers video conferencing and online meetings for up to 100 people.
  • Facebook Live: Create a live video stream within Facebook Groups.
Additional Low-Cost Tools

Free Inspiration: JOANN is offering inspiration for Girl Scouts at home with thousands of free projects, video classes and an offer of 2 months free of Creativebug, a creative learning service with inspiration for all.

Check out our national partnership with JOANN and save 15% on all of your purchases through August 30, 2020.


Other Virtual At Home Experiences & Activities
National Girl Scouts at Home Resources

Stay connected to Girl Scouts across the nation and around the world.

Bring the exploration, fun, and learning of Girl Scouts to your family even when circumstances are keeping Girl Scouts from meeting up in person. After all, Girl Scouts isn’t somewhere girls go or something they do—it’s who they are day in and day out! Use these self-guided, free activities to keep your girl, your troop, and your community connected. 

Girl Scout’s Highest Awards

Girl Scout Juniors, Cadettes, Seniors and Ambassadors—are you ready to start earning your Bronze, Silver or Gold Award? Now is a great time to work on Girl Scouting’s highest awards! Visit our Bronze, Silver and Gold Award webpages to learn more about these awards, download guidelines and get started. 

Please note: Girl Scouts is offering a three-month extension for the Higher Awards Deadline from Sept. 30 to December 31, 2020, to provide flexibility for Girl Scout Juniors, Cadettes, Seniors and Ambassadors earning Girl Scouts’ Highest Awards.

Girls must complete the workshops before beginning her project. Sign Up now (Link Coming Soon)

Global Action Award

Girl Scouts are called to address global Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) by discovering, connecting, and taking action in their communities and beyond. In 2020, girls will explore SDG 5 (Gender Equality) to earn their Global Action award.

Complete the award through GSUSA.

Virtual Tours and Field Trips

Google Arts & Culture teamed up with over 2,500 museums and galleries around the world to bring anyone and everyone virtual tours and online exhibits of some of the most famous museums around the world. Google Arts & Culture’s collection includes the British Museum in London, the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam, the Guggenheim in New York City, and literally hundreds of more places where you can gain knowledge about art, history and science. 

Resources from Other Girl Scout Councils
Local Resources

▶ San Antonio Zoo

▶ The San Antonio Museum of Science and Technology (SAMSAT) 

Whataburger

Just because you're QUARantined doesn't mean you have to be BOREantined! Whataburger’s got you covered!

Check out their WhatACool interactive activities that will make your quarantine both productive and enjoyable!

SeaWorld San Antonio

Texas Biomedical Research Institute

Mom, What is COVID-19? is a children’s book created and authored by one of the scientists at t he Texas Biomedical Research Institute, Dr. Egie Enabulele.

This virtual flipbook, aimed at young children, explains what the novel coronavirus is and details ways to help protect against the virus. Dr. Enabulele, who has young children of his own, wanted to create a simple way for children to learn and understand the virus and how they can be a part of the solution.

My 2020 COVID-19 Time Capsule

Natalie Long is a graphic designer and mom from Canada. She created "My 2020 COVID-19 Time Capsule" worksheets as a way for her now eight-year-old daughter, Olivia to keep track of what is happening day-to-day. Long wrote that “we are all living through history right now and I thought a ‘time capsule’ would be an amazing way to document this experience to look back on, these worksheets were created by me for my family but I wanted to share with all my fans!”

The 11-page document consists of various activities like interviewing parents, listing favorite foods and writing a letter to themselves.

Download My 2020 COVID-19 Time Capsule worksheets.

Send us your worksheet at customercare@girlscouts-swtx.org to submit your story to be buried in our Time Capsule at Sally Cheever Girl Scout Leadership Center!


Community Service

Now is a great time for your girl to get creative on how she can give back to her community! Need some inspiration?:

• Make cards and notes for first responders, local grocery store workers and nursing home residents. For safety purposes, we recommend making the card/note, taking a picture and tagging them on social media or emailing it to them. 

• Some nursing homes may let you video call with residents to help them feel connected! Contact your local senior center to learn what works best for them.

KENS 5 Coloring Pages: Everyday Heroes of South Texas

KENS 5 Coloring Pages: Everyday Heroes of South Texas
Download and print these special hero-themed coloring pages.

Then: 

  1. Snap a photo of your finished artwork.
  2. Post your photo to Instagram or Twitter with #kens5eyewitness
  3. Pat yourself on the back. Good job. Thanks for spreading the love and supporting our local heroes!

Download coloring pages:

JOANN Fabrics and Crafts Store

Calling all helpers! Do you love to help others? Are you good at sewing? Have a heart for people who are in need in your community? Well, we have a project we think you’ll love.

At-risk patients, like younger children and seniors, as well as cancer patients, are more vulnerable to getting sick and there is a shortage of face masks to go around. These face masks help prevent sickness.

And there is a way you can help! You can help by sewing handmade cotton face masks and then donating them to your local JOANN Fabrics and Crafts Store or call your local nursing homes, cancer centers or children's hospitals to see if they are accepting donations.

▶ Here is a simple tutorial on how to make a face mask!

Thank you for making a Girl Scout difference!

San Antonio Humane Society

The San Antonio Humane Society is asking for donations of Snuffle Mats.

See How to make Snuffle Mats

A donation bin is available outside the front doors of the San Antonio Humane Society located at 4804 Fredericksburg Rd., San Antonio, TX 78229

United Way Thank-A-Thon

Send a Thank You card or video today!

Share a special message for someone who is providing support and care during this challenging time. United Way will then provide the Thank You message to local hospitals, first responders, school districts, grocery retailers, food service industry, childcare centers, researchers/scientists and small businesses.

Complete this form to send a thank you!

Letter Writing Service Project

Letter-Writing Service Project

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

Here’s how it works:

  1. Ask your girls (and their friends!) to write letters to senior and caretakers using our tips (PDF).

  2. You can mail letters to one of the facilities (PDF) or reach out to a local assisted living center and find out how they would like to receive your troop’s letters. You could collect and deliver them (using no-contact practices), have girls mail them individually, or even deliver them via email. Don’t forget to include a note to tell the staff about the letters you’re sending (DOC).

  3. Take a picture of your letter packet and post it to your social media networks using #GirlScoutsGiveBack (and be sure to tag us @girlscouts).

  4. Don't forget to come back here and log the number of letters to add them to the national campaign! Let’s see how many letters of love and care our Movement can send!

  5. If you wish to recognize your troop’s participation with a patch, we recommend this community service patch

 Check out some more detailed guidance (PDF).


Tell us how many letters you sent!


Share Her Story!

Girl Scouts have amazing adventures! We want to hear how your girl is using her Girl Scout skills at this time by taking initiative, caring for the community, and Girl Scouting at home. Please tag us in your stories on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and Instagram @GirlScoutsSWTX #GirlScoutsAtHome