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Colorado Girl Scouts go virtual: Girls can meet a judge, earn badges, join a national service projec

Despite challenges due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Girl Scouting is here for girls. Our mission to build leaders—who can navigate good times as well as uncertain ones—is critical. Even though troops are unable to meet in-person, Girl Scouts continue to make our world a better place. In fact, we’ve taken this crisis and turned it into an opportunity to try new things!

The “Girl Scouts at Home” page on the Girl Scouts of Colorado website has resources and ideas for girls in kindergarten through twelfth grade, bringing the exploration, fun, and learning of Girl Scouts to Colorado families statewide. Afterall, Girl Scouts isn’t somewhere girls go or something they do—it’s who they are day in, day out.

Girl Scouts of Colorado’s Outreach Program team, which normally delivers Girl Scout programming to low-resource families and girls in underserved communities, has been creating a series of materials, including videos, to help girls earn badges and participate in Girl Scout-related activities from home—even if they are not currently Girl Scouts. You can see some of their resources on the GSCO YouTube page (https://bit.ly/2z1z3as) and blog (http://gscoblog.org/category/girl-scouts-news/girl-scouting-at-home/).

Our team is also working on a series of webinars to help Girl Scouts earn badges and connect directly with professional women, allowing girls to explore different careers. Upcoming webinars will feature a Colorado district judge and a musician/performer.

We’re also proud to partner with Girl Scouts across the country and around the world for a letter writing service project to support those in our community who need us most. The idea is simple: Girls write letters to people in nursing homes, senior residences, and assisted living facilities, including the dedicated staff and caregivers. This long-distance hug is a way to share your good thoughts with these vulnerable and loved community members.

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