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Girl Scouts at Home

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, day out. 

These resources can help you earn badges at home, dive into new patch programs, connect with your troop virtually, help our community, and so much more! There is no limit to what a Girl Scout can do, even if she can't leave the house.

Virtual Girl Scout Safety Protocol

Keeping girls and members safe is our priority, and we are continually monitoring and updating our safety protocols as required. We have put the following safety protocols in place for virtual Girl Scout meetings:

  • Meeting links, IDs, and passwords will only be shared with registered meeting attendees.
  • Volunteer-to-girl safety ratios must always be followed. At least two approved staff members or volunteers must act as co-hosts within a virtual meeting, to help monitor chat, video, and other features while one person is presenting.
  • The “Waiting Room” is enabled for all virtual meetings, so participants must wait for hosts to begin the meeting.
  • Participants are asked to sign in to a virtual meeting with their first name and last initial only.
  • All attendees are automatically muted when entering a virtual meeting, and video is off by default.
  • Private chat is disabled. 
  • In the public meeting chat, no links or files may be shared.

Check out the GSUSA Safety Activity Checkpoints for Virtual Meetings for additional guidelines.

Virtual Troop Meeting Resources

Please join the GSHNC Membership Team for some small group workshops on how to use Zoom for a virtual troop meeting! We will talk about how to use Zoom and also share tips & tricks on how to make it a successful meeting and keep girls engaged.

These workshops are hosted Tuesdays at noon and Thursdays at 7 p.m., and are on a first-come, first-serve basis. Please register in advance here.

We will send out a Zoom invite to those who register. If you have any issues or questions, please contact program@hngirlscouts.org.

Additional Resources:
- Hosting a Virtual Troop Meeting
- Zoom Meeting Resource Guide

Badge Guides

Through Girl Scouts at Home, we are proud to offer all girls access to Girl Scout activities. For each age group, ranging from kindergarten through 12th grade, you’ll find a wide variety of enriching activities plus two full badge activity guides that allow girls to earn official Girl Scout badges. These resources are updated regularly from Girl Scouts, USA, and include special videos and content from across the Girl Scout Community to help lead girls through this experience.  

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GSHNC Patch Programs

Patch Programs are designed to recognize girls’ achievements over a spectrum of interests as girls learn about topics, develop skills, and become encouraged to make a difference. Patches are a colorful, visual reminder of our progress as Girl Scouts and we wear them with pride.

Explore our available Patch Programs here.

These opportunities allow girls to engage in activities at their own pace and many patches are available at Hornets’ Nest Girl Scout shop online. We are still taking orders online!

Helping Our Community

Support Our Healthcare Workers - Sew Masks at Home
Our local healthcare networks have reached out to us for help generating much-needed supplies to help protect those on the frontlines. To participate, please see below directions on sewing face masks at home and donating them to local hospitals.

GSUSA COVID-19 Highest Awards Guidelines on Project Extensions 
GSUSA is offering a special deadline extension to December 31, 2020 and will continue to re-assess over the next few months:

  • Girl Scouts is offering a three-month deadline extension from September 30 to December 31, 2020, for Girl Scouts who are graduating from 5th grade (Juniors who seek to earn the Bronze Award), 8th grade (Cadettes who seek to earn the Silver Award), and 12th grade (Ambassadors who seek to earn the Gold Award) this year. These Girl Scouts will bridge to the next program level officially on October 1, 2020 and, without this extension, they would be no longer be eligible to earn the Bronze, Silver, or Gold Award, respectively.
  • Girl Scouts should have a project identified, a plan in place, and be ready to take action no later than September 30, 2020 Given that each council handles highest award project tracking, approvals, and recognitions differently, Girl Scouts should follow local council guidelines and procedures.
  • GSHNC guideline for 12th grade Ambassador Gold Award projects: Project proposals must be approved by the Gold Award Committee before September 30, 2020 in order to use the deadline extension.
  • Graduating 12th grade Ambassadors should plan to have an adult membership in order to use the extension.

Visit the GSHNC Highest Awards page here.

Camp and Outdoor Connections
Program Partner Activities

Help support our local program partners by diving into new learning experiences from home with them.

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