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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. 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.


Get More Tips for Troop Leaders from Girl Scouts USA

 

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.

Video and Audio-Conferencing Tools

While all of these options have a free version, please note you may be prompted to consider their upgraded versions for a subscription fee.

  • Zoom - FAQ
    • Note: Meetings durations maximum of 40 minutes in free version. If you would like to use our Council account to host a meeting that is longer than 40 minutes, please you can use this form to use of Girl Scouts of Greater Atlanta’s paid pro Zoom room.
  • Skype - Support
    • Note: Up to 10 participants free
  • Webex – Help Center
    • Note: Limited file and content sharing in free version
Chat and Collaboration Tools

While all of these options have a free version, please note you may be prompted to consider their upgraded versions for a subscription fee.

Additional Low-Cost Tools

Additional low-cost tools for collaboration and conferencing to consider if the above options do not meet your group's 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:

More At Home Resources

Many of our sister councils are offering Girl Scouting at Home ideas too. If your Girl Scout has already earned the badges or Journeys we are providing content for, consider checking out another council's information! 

Live Streams

Girl Scouts of Central Maryland
Visit their Facebook page for a series of live streams.

Girl Scouts of Central Texas
Visit their Facebook page for daily live streams called Trefoil TV.

Girl Scouts of the Desert Southwest
Visit their Facebook page for a series of live streams.

Girl Scouts of Northeast Texas
Visit their Facebook page for at-home activities, virtual troop options and online interactions beginning Monday, March 23.

Girl Scouts Carolina's Peaks to Piedmont
Visit their Facebook page for a series of live streams.

Girl Scouts River Valleys
Check out their Self-Care for Kids During COVID-19 information.

Girl Scouts of Southwest Texas
Visit their Facebook page for virtual troop meeting live streams.

Girl Scouts of Western Ohio
Visit their Facebook page for daily live streams for Daisies through Cadettes. Seniors and Ambassadors can view daily Instagram stories for more.

Council Patch Programs

Did you know councils can create their own patches for girls to earn? Check out these programs from other councils:


Find our latest council updates about COVID-19 at https://girlscoutsatl.blogspot.com/