As Girl Scouts, we live by the motto "be prepared" and that includes when the unexpected happens. The safety and well-being of our members and their families are of paramount importance as we all navigate through the COVID-19 situation together. While we ask that all members continue to follow the guidance of the Center for Disease Control (CDC) and their local health officials and cease in-person meetings, we want to deliver the opportunity for Girl Scouting to continue at home.
Here you will find more information on how girls, their families, and troop leaders can continue to participate in Girl Scouting at home or virtually until we are able to meet again in person.
These are all available to the public—no Girl Scout membership necessary. Check back often!
Wondering how to talk to your kids about coronavirus? Read this Raising Awesome Girls article from GSUSA for tips.
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Girl Scouting at Home for Troop Leaders
We are committed to creating virtual experiences, with the support of our national organization, Girl Scouts of the USA, and sister councils, to provide your girls enriching activities during this time of social distancing. This will be a fantastic resource for not only your girls, but any parent you may know who needs educational resources for their children at home. Additional content for troop leaders will be provided to help you navigate this new world of virtual troop meetings and distance learning.
Looking for ways to talk to your troop about COVID-19? There are a number of great resources from the Child Mind Institute, National Association of School Psychologists , National Child Traumatic Stress Network, and Kids Health.
Resources to Meet Virtually
Virtual Troop Meetings & Internet Safety Pledge
A new safety activity checkpoint has been created to provide guidance on safely leading virtual troop meetings for girls. Council approval is not required for online meetings. Girls and parents should complete the Girl Scouts of Greater Atlanta Internet Safety Pledge and submit to their troop leader to keep on file with other required documents.
Below is a list of free and low-cost tools troops and Communities in other councils are using for virtual meetings. While we cannot endorse or support specific online meeting tools, we encourage you to look at these and alternative options and discuss with parents and girls to determine what the best solution is for your troop or Community needs.
Resources from Other Girl Scout Councils
While you might not be able to meet with your local Girl Scout friends during this time, you CAN connect with other Girl Scouts across the country! Here are more at home resources, live streams and more our sister councils are sharing: