Girl Scouts at Home

We’ve been inside for a good long while, and although we know it’s for the greater good, the every day reality of staying at our homes until who-knows-when is daunting. On top of becoming teachers, librarians and coaches, some parents still have hours of the day to fill or else pure chaos will ensue. Some feel like they’re not doing enough, and some don’t know how to keep up with this pace. Either way, it’s understandable if you’re feeling overwhelmed. That’s where we come in, because we miss connecting you to resources just as much as you miss going to the library!

Before lockdown life became the standard, we at the Kenton County Public Library were fostering a budding partnership with the Girl Scouts of Kentucky’s Wilderness Road Council (GSWRC). We held a well-attended program for Junior Girl Scouts that assisted them in completing most of the requirements to earn their Detective Badge. We had fun with fingerprinting, looking though microscopes, extracting DNA from strawberries, talking to a real police detective, and playing a scavenger hunt game to solve a mock case.

While I certainly hope that we’ll be able to host more live, in-person badge days soon at the library, here are some resources to help your girl develop more courage, confidence, and character in the meantime. GSWRC is hosting online programming to help guide you through the steps to earning badges that will enrich your Girl Scout’s knowledge and experiences. Noelle Poe, our partner from our local council, and her colleagues are hard at work helping you and your Girl Scout stay connected.

Here is a blurb from Noelle about the events:

Girls and adults can learn and complete the first 1-2 steps of the badge and then complete the rest on their own time. GSWRC will also be doing information session about earning the Girl Scouts Highest Awards, planning events (6th-12th grade), Volunteer Appreciation in April, and more! The sessions will be around 30 minutes and we encourage parents to have their Girl Scouts join in, but these are open to any family that wants virtual engagement opportunities! During the live sessions we’ll be available in the chat log to answer questions and chat. Each live session will be saved to the Facebook page for anyone to watch on their own time or to share out.

Girl Scout Level Guide

Not a Girl Scout? No worries! These online programs are for everyone and are filled with fun activities for children of every age. If you’re unfamiliar with age levels within the Scouts and don’t know when to tune in for appropriate activities for your child, here’s a handy guide:

Follow Girl Scouts of Kentucky’s Wilderness Road Council on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/kygirlscouts/) to join the fun and for more information. We hope everyone stays safe at home, and we look forward to serving you and your Girl Scouts when we’re open once again. Questions can be directed to npoe@gswrc.org or lauren.brandstetter@kentonlibrary.org

For more on the nationwide Girl Scouts at Home initiative visit: https://www.girlscouts.org/en/girl-scouts-at-home.html

 

Written by Lauren Brandstetter, Children’s Programmer for the Kenton County Public Library, and Lifetime Member of the Girl Scouts of the USA.

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