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Summer...Reimagined!

No one wants to “press pause” on Girl Scouts, and we’re here to help you continue to learn and build skills throughout the summer. Troop meetings, day camp, and resident camp are amazing, but being a Girl Scout doesn’t stop there. You have a promise and a law in your heart—so, no. You #CantStopGirlScouts! 

GSWPA At-Home Activities for Girls

We've been so excited to see how you're continuing Girl Scouts while you’re at home. Send pictures and videos of your girls working on virtual activities to socialmedia@gswpa.org or on Facebook messenger. We’ll be sharing your pictures and videos on our social media channels, and you can, too! Use #CantStopGirlScouts.

Patch Programs
Virtual Patch Programming

Bring the exploration, fun, and learning of Girl Scouts to your family even when circumstances are keeping Girl Scouts from meeting up in person. Use these free patch programs to keep your girl, your troop, and your community connected.

Join us Tuesdays live on our Facebook page as we complete patch programs together or join us on your own time from our Virtual Patch Programming playlist on YouTube!

Upcoming Virtual Patch Programs:

Fourth of July - July 7, 1 p.m.
National Ice Cream Day - July 14, 1 p.m.
Friendship Bracelets - July 21, 1 p.m.
Magic Tricks - July 28, 1 p.m.
National S'mores Day - Aug. 4, 1 p.m.
Origami - Aug. 11, 1 p.m.
Suffrage - Aug. 18, 1 p.m.
Tent Setup - Aug. 25, 1 p.m.

View all patch programs (PDFs and video) >>

Suitable for all grade levels
Open to Girl Scout members and nonmembers

At Home Challenge Patch Program

Take the At-Home Challenge to discover, connect, and take action virtually!
Discover—Discover virtual programming within our Girl Scouts Western Pennsylvania council.
Connect—Connect with community and global partners.
Take Action—Take action with a service project.

Suitable for all grade levels
Open to Girl Scout members and nonmembers


Spring/Summer Get Outdoors Challenge

Download the spring/summer activity checklist. Complete the required number of activities for your level between April 15 and September 30, 2020. After completing the activities for your level, girls and adults can register to purchase their Get Outdoors Challenge main patch or unique spring/summer patch for $4 from September 15-September 30, 2020. 

Suitable for all grade levels
Open to Girl Scout members and out-of-council participants

 

Partner Programs

Join us live on our Facebook page as we feature a few of our program partners offering special activities for Girl Scouts!

Visit the Washington Humane Society - June 2, 1 p.m.
Get a virtual tour of the Washington Humane Society, meet a few of their special staff and animals, create a treat dispensing enrichment toy for cats and dogs, and read to the cats!

Visit Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens - June 11
More details coming soon!

Badges & Journeys

Virtual Think Like a Programmer Journey - spring, summer, and fall sessions

For Cadettes, Seniors, and Ambassadors
Exclusive to Girl Scout members 


Virtual Think Like a Programmer Journey 
July 14-16 (Zoom)

On this virtual Journey, Brownies and Juniors will learn how programmers solve problems through fun activities and games. They'll explore computational thinking, learn about algorithms by making a key chain, and connect their personal interests to computer science. Award badge included.

For Brownies and Juniors
Exclusive to Girl Scout members 
 

Financial Literacy Badges - coming soon!
Based on real-life situations, such as budgeting and philanthropy, these badges give young women a deeper understanding of financial literacy, empowering them for future life success.

For Ambassadors: Good Credit and On My Own badges
For Seniors: Financing My Future and Buying Power badges
Exclusive to Girl Scout members
 

Junior Gardener Virtual Badge Workshop - June 29, 2020
Let’s get growing! In this virtual badge workshop we will learn all about how to design and grow a garden. Dig your hands into the earth and spend time with soil, water, and sunlight to find out how to help life grow from a tiny seed or kitchen scraps. You can make your own garden - no matter where you live!

For Juniors
Exclusive to Girl Scout members 

 

Junior Coding Basics Badge Workshop - July 9, 2020
Coders do everything from designing apps, to building websites, to creating video games! Together, we'll earn the coding basics badge by playing computer games and solving puzzles on CodeSpark! Badge included.

For Juniors
Exclusive to Girl Scout members 


Virtual Pets Badge - July 23, 2020
Brownies will get a unique (all-virtual) experience while learning all about how to keep pets happy and healthy. The class includes virtual activities and lessons to complete all of the requirements of the Brownie Pet's badge (physical badge not included). Girl Scouts will even get a chance to meet a few animal guests! 

For Brownies
Exclusive to Girl Scout members
 

Brownie Outdoor Art Creator Badge - July 30, 2020
Join us for a virtual program to get inspired, have fun, and earn the Outdoor Art Creator Badge! Brownies will get a unique opportunity to learn about designs in nature and how to make art using the outdoors. They will even meet an animal guest in the process! Badge not included. 

For Brownies
Exclusive to Girl Scout members

PLUS! Check out the variety of badges your Girl Scout can earn this summer at our exclusive Camp At Home sessions! 

Camp At Home Sessions

This year, Girl Scout camp is where you make it, and registration opens June 1 for our themed Camp At Home sessions! We’re beyond excited to bring girls camp magic, traditions, and badge work, all without having to leave your home and give girls a chance to connect with each other through a common love for camping and the outdoors. 

Camp sessions:
Eco Extravaganza: June 15-19 and July 13-17
The Art-Rageous Outdoors: June 15-19 and July 13-17
World of G.I.R.L.'s: June 22-26 and July 20-24
Out of This World: June 22-26 and July 20-24
Healthy Self, Happy Self: June 29-July 3 and July 27-31
Girl Outdoors: June 29-July 3 and July 27-31
S'more Fun: July 6-10 and August 3-7
Week of the Wilderness: July 6-10 and August 3-7

Each camp session:

  • runs Monday-Friday
  • costs $25 per week (includes badge earned and camp patch). GSWPA will offer financial assistance for up to eight virtual camp sessions. If approved, financial assistance will be applied for 80% of the individual session’s cost. Apply for financial assistance at the time of registration.
  • is open to all Girl Scouts

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Leadership Training

Program Aide Training
June 16 & 23, 6:30-7:30 p.m.
This two session virtual class is the first step to becoming a Program Aide. You'll develop your leadership skills, learn age level communication techniques, and tips for planning and leading activities for younger girls.

For Cadettes
Exclusive to Girl Scout members

Community Service

Hometown Heroes:
Send a sweet thank you by donating Girl Scout Cookies to the people in your community helping to keep us safe! 

Spread Kindness:
Kindness Challenge: Record a video with an encouraging message, get-well message, or ways we can support each other during this time. 

Make a thank you video for frontline workers who are serving your community during this time. Submit to us via Facebook Messenger or by emailing socialmedia@gswpa.org.

Write, draw, or send a message to a Girl Scout sister to share something you like about her.

National Service Projects
From mask-making to letter-writing, here are a few national service projects featured as ways to serve your community during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Bronze, Silver, and Gold Awards

Juniors, Cadettes, Seniors, and Ambassadors—are you ready to start earning your Bronze, Silver, or Gold Award? Now is a great time to take your online training! Visit our GoldSilver and Bronze Award webpages to learn more about these awards, watch the training webinars, and get started on your highest awards. We've also added workshop webinars and FAQ sessions for girls working on their Gold and Silver Awards.     

 

GSUSA At-Home Resources

Her Girl Scout experience doesn't need to be perfect—it just needs you!  Keep Girl Scouts Going: Activity Guide for Parents and Caregivers from GSUSA is a helpful resource for parents supporting girls through their Girl Scout experience. 

Activities by Grade Level
Activities by Topic
Raising Awesome Girls - tips for parents and caregivers

Check out GSUSA's latest tips and advice on how to raise her to be the kind of leader your family, her school, and your whole community can look up to. 

Tips for Troop Leaders - advice from volunteer experts

With Tips for Troop Leaders, you'll be ready to meet any challenge that comes your way! By providing accessible advice and inspiring ideas from our panel of Volunteer Experts, Tips for Troop Leaders supports both new and returning troop leaders as they encourage their girls to grow into the leaders they were born to be.

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