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Girl Scouts From Home

You can be a Girl Scout from anywhere, even when circumstances keep you at home. Use these resources to stay connected to Girl Scouts wherever you are!

Additional resources are added frequently, so check back!

Summer Camp Revamp: A Virtual Camp Experience

Six Sessions, July 6–August 14, 2020 | Grades K-12

Registration IS NOW OPEN!

This summer, the fun of connecting with others, exploring new things, and receiving snail mail combine to create a one-of-a-kind virtual experience for girls! It’s camp, reimagined… it’s Summer Camp Revamp!

Summer Camp Revamp offers six themed, week-long virtual sessions led by our council teams and older Girl Scouts. Learn more about Summer Camp Revamp.

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Friday Community Events!

Join us every Friday to connect with our larger Girl Scout community! These virtual events are part of GSGCNWI's Summer Camp Revamp program, but open to all families that wish to participate.

Register today for FREE!

Ice Cream Social | July 10 at 7:00 p.m. | All Ages | Zoom

Art Showcase and Dance Party | July 17 at 6:30 p.m. | All Ages | Zoom

Summer Great Family Camp-In | July 25-26 | All Ages | Zoom

Escape Rooms | July 31 at 6:30 p.m. | All Ages | Zoom

Badge How-To Guides

We’re excited to debut our first-ever how-to guides for earning badges from home! Download these PDFs that will guide any adult—not just troop leaders—in helping a girl earn a badge.

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Girl Scouts GCNWI Virtual Event Calendar

Council Patch Programs

Check out  these patch programs exclusive to Girl Scouts GCNWI! Many of these can be done from home including the Barilla Girl Scout Food Camp, Girl Security, Global Action Award, and MORE! All patches can be purchased on  our shop website  and mailed directly to you—and  get free shipping with no minimum through May 1!

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Resources from GSUSA

In collaboration with Girl Scout councils from across the US, Girl Scouts of the USA has compiled activities, badges, and videos to do while you're at home! Visit Girl Scouts at Home!

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Tell Us How You're Girl Scouting from Home!

Whether you’re writing thank-you letters to your local hospital staff and doctors, learning all about different plant species around the world, completing a patch program, or spending time with loved ones, we want to know what you’re up to! Share your story with us here.


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Backyard Fun Challenge

Explore the Outdoors in Your Own Backyard

Cross off 15 outdoorsy tasks from this list—like fort building, learning about springtime flowers, playing with a pet outside, and so much more—to earn the BackyardFunChallenge! Make sure to always follow the Safety Activity Checkpoints when doing the challenges, and remember to wash or sanitize your hands after being outside.

Download the activity checklist! [PDF]

And get the backyard fun patch!

Service Project Ideas
  • As part of our Silver Lining patch program in partnership with BCBSIL, please consider sending letters, cards, emails, or drawings to senior citizens at retirement homes or centers. Although it is not recommended to visit during this time for the safety of the elderly, it would be a nice gesture to reach out and send some cheer their way. 
  • Do you have a neighbor or family member who lives alone? Take some time out of your day to call or video chat with them. You can see if they need anything, but it is also just nice to hear from someone in this time when we are all stuck at home. Human interaction is important! 
  • Check out littlefreepantry.org to see if you could set up or support a food resource for others in need. 
  • Send cards of thanks to healthcare workers.
  • #MaskNOWIllinois
Hosting a Virtual Troop Meeting

Hosting Virtual Girl Scout Troop Meetings

Keep your Girl Scout troop connected through online meetings to keep girls engaged with one another, while keeping safe. Read our Safety Activity Checkpoints for Virtual Troop Meetings.

Our blog is full of Virtual Meeting Tips! Read our tips and tricks and about Girl Scouts from around GCNWI who have met virtually.

Have you had a virtual troop meeting? Then you've earned the Virtual Troop Meeting Badge!

Resources from Around the Web
Girl Scout Memory Journal
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A fun resource for girls, parents, troops, and leaders, the Girl Scout Memory Book available at the GCNWI shop lists all badges, Journeys, and highest awards currently available in a fun journal! The book also includes space for Girl Scouts of all ages to write or draw about their favorite Girl Scout memories and to set goals for the year.

Assisting Senior Citizens

One of the best things you can do to help during this time to reach out to senior citizens, many of whom have been isolated for a month or more by now. Below are some programs to help you get started!

  • You can "Adopt a Grandparent" and share phone calls and letters with a senior living in isolation.
  • Brookdale Senior Living in Prospect Heights, IL, is asking for help making seniors smile with artwork! Find out more here.
  • Legacy Healthcare is looking for girls who can do any of the following for their residents: send letters to their Letters of Love program, send videos of support, become a virtual pen pal, host a virtual Bingo game, sing-a-long, dance party, exercise class, or story time, or decorate the sidewalks of facilities with messages of support. If anyone is interested, they should contact Katy Shorkey at kshorkey@legacyhc.com.
  • Other ideas for Girl Scouts to make at home for seniors: homemade masks, baked goods, and Mother's Day Decorations!
Conservation Bingo & Earth Day Fun

Looking for green activities to do by yourself, with your troop, or with your family? Look no further!

Play this Conservation Bingo game with your family or troop and challenge yourselves to change some daily habits and better care for our planet!

Download the Worksheet! [PDF]

Also make sure to check out this Earth Day Bingo card!

Download the Earth Day Bingo card! [PDF]

Earth Day can be celebrated all year! Check out our Earth Day 2020 Activity Packet full of fun activities including making leaf rubbings, shadow art, and more!

Download the Earth Day Activity Packet! [PDF]

Naper Settlement's Naperville Journals

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Join Naper Settlement in learning about Merle Clarke's life during the 1918 influenza pandemic. As we learn about her story, we invite you to record your own story during COVID-19.

Naperville Journals Digital Lesson [PDF]