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laptop05_32 At Home Badges & Patches

Girl Scouting doesn't have to stop because you're stuck at home! Did you know several components of our many awesome badges can be done while you're at home during this time? Below are ideas for each grade level. We will post new activities each week, so be sure to check back often!

To earn your badge, girls should complete each step listed for each week. Once you've completed a badge, click here to request it. Thanks to a grant from Toyota, badges are free to all girls!

Share your hard work with us! Submit photos and stories of your girls completing their badges to girlscouts.southwestin@gmail.com or send them to us on Facebook.

Thank you to Toyota for their sponsorship of our At Home Badge program!

Daisies - Grades K-1
Outdoor Art Maker

Week 1: Outdoor Art Maker


1. See the Colors of Nature: Make a colorful painting outdoors. On a sunny day, set up a place to make a painting of what you see outdoors. When you are finished, drip lemon juice on your painting and once it dries talk about how your painting has changed! 

2. Hear the Sounds of Nature: Make a Maraca! Using an old plastic water bottle, masking tape, dried beans or beads, makers, stickers, Wrap the masking tape around the water bottle and decorate it. Then fill it with the beans and shake your maraca to make a special dance! Watch GSSI staff member Rence demonstrate how to make different instruments here!

3. Share your Outdoor Art: Make a Leave No Trace Picture: Leave No Trace means that you are helping to protect nature. Draw a picture or painting of yourself helping the environment! 

Eco Learner
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Eco Learner 

1. Ask your Girl Scout what types of things are found in nature?

2. Look for wildlife in your backyard. Make a chart or list showing all the animals or insects you found.

3. Have your Daisy reach into a box or bag and try and guess what is inside. Is it something that you find in nature or was it something you might find in the house?

4. Draw your nature identity – what do you love about nature most?

5. Create a circle with a hula hoop, string or anything else you can find. Place your circle in various points around your yard and identify what you see. Why is it important to stay on a path in the woods?

6. Try to remember everything you found in nature and make a list.

Girls only need to complete three activities to earn their badge.

Cybersecurity Badge 1: Basics
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Cybersecurity Badge 1 Basics

1. Find out what the different types of computers do. What do the monitor, webcam, speakers, CPU, keyboard, mouse, and printer do? Draw images of what these things look like! 

2. Find out how to protect something valuable! Find an item in your own and keep it safe for an entire day. This could mean finding a special box and hiding the item to keep it safe. 

3. Find out how computers connect people from all around the world. Make a list of the different ways you can communicate with someone through a computer. 

Citizen: Good Neighbor
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1. Show your school spirit: Draw a picture of your favorite place at school and talk about this picture with your family. Why is it your favorite part of school?

2.Make an art project showing the favorite parts of your town. You could draw it, make it out of blocks, or use recycled items around your home. 

3. Look at the map of the United States and find your state on the map. Make a list of what makes your state special and why people should visit. Find a food that your state is known for and try to make that dish at home!

Space Science Explorer

1. Explore the sun: Make a shadow poster! Go outside on a sunny day and stand in front of a big piece of paper or on concrete so you can use chalk. Have someone in your family trace your shadow or you can trace theirs. Later in the day, stand in the same place and have someone make new marks around your shadow. 

2. Observe the moon: Make a moon sky book! Go outside three times a day either during the day or at night, and look at the moon. Draw what you see each time! Look up the different moon phases and see which one your moon appears to be. 

3. Meet the stars: Go outside at night and try to locate the Big Dipper, North Star, and Cassiopeia! 

Coding for Good I
  • With an adult's help, search the internet to learn what an algorithm means.
  • Do another search to learn about women in computer science. 
  • Explore sorting algorithms. Fill containers with different amounts of water, then have your Girl Scout sort the containers from lightest to heaviest. Computers are really good at sorting things such as numbers and names! 
Brownies - Grades 2-3
Home Scientist
HOME SCIENTIST
 

1. Be a Kitchen chemist: Salad dressing is science in action. Combine 1 tsp mustard, 1 tbsp vinegar, 1/2 cup olive oil, salt and pepper in a container with a lid. Shake well and watch closely as the dressing gets smooth! (Go one step further and create a salad and top with your delicious creation!)

2. Static Electricity: Blow up the balloon and tie the end. Rub it on your hair. Then hold it close to a ping-pong ball. When you move the balloon watch the science magic!

3. Will it Sink or Float? Pour soda into a glass and drop 6-7 raisins in the soda. Watch them for a few seconds. Do they sink or float?
(How does it work? At first, they sink, but then the bubbles from the soda fill the wrinkles in the soda and lift them to the top!)

4. Make Something Bubble Up: Take the top off of a 2-liter bottle and place it on the ground outside. Open a roll of Mentos candy and place them on a piece of tape so you can drop them all in the soda at the same time. When you are ready, drop them in the soda and stand back. The soda will erupt because of the carbon dioxide gas created by the rapid reaching between candy and soda! (Be sure to stand back and do this in an open area!)

5. Play with Science- Make Giant Bubbles: You will need a cotton string, a large plastic tub, 2 plastic straws, 1 cup dishwashing soap, and 4 cups of water. Cut a long piece of string and run it through the two straws. Tie the ends of the string together and then slide the knot into the middle of one of the straws. Mix the dish soap and the water in the plastic tub and use your straws as a bubble wand!

 

Outdoor Art Creator
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Outdoor Art Creator

1. Find Art Ideas Outdoors- Go outside with a pen or paper and write down words or draw picture of what you see, feel, hear, and smell. Do you see pictures in the clouds, shapes in the flowers? 

2. Make Something! Leaf Rubbings: Go outside and collect any large leaves that you find. Using a colored pencil, crayon or chalk, place the leaf under a piece of paper and gently color over the leave to see the beautiful detail. 

3. Dance or Make Music Outdoors: Make an earth song. Go outside and use the sounds you hear to help create your song. You can even change the words to a song you already know and like. 

4. Be a Nature Photographer: Take pictures of nature and share them with your friends and family! 

5. Design with Nature: Create a mini garden. Using old egg cartons and start your own seeds inside! Then  plant them outside once they start to spout. 

Eco Friend
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Eco Friend

1. Talk about ways to be friendly to others when you are out for a hike, or playing in your back yard with friends.

2. Draw a picture of your favorite wild animal and list how you can help take care of their space when you are in it, and how can humans be kind to animals? 

3. Go out into your backyard and make a list of natural things you see (such as pine cones or leaves). Can you make up a story about one thing you saw?

4. Make an edible fire ring using whatever materials you already have on hand. Be sure to include fire circle, wood and something for the fire!

5. Design a poster on how you and your Girl Scout friends can care for nature.

Naturalist: Bugs
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Bugs

1. Draw a Bug Poster: With an adult's help, look online and research different types of bugs. Then choose your favorite bug and make an All About Bugs poster. Include where the bug lives, how long they live, what they eat, what is good about that bug, what is not so good about that bug, and who are its enemies? 

2. Try a Bug Craft: Make a paper plate spider, decorate a paper plate with markers or paint to look like the body of a spider. Draw eyes and use pipe cleaners (cut in half) to make eight legs. Bend the pipe cleaners to make the spider stand. 

3. See Bugs in Action: Go outside and find three different bugs in your area to watch. Identify the bug and try to find out what they are doing and why! 

4. Explore Bug Homes: Make a bug box by using an old shoe box. Remove the lid, and tape a piece of plastic wrap to the top. Poke three small breathing holes ion the plastic wrap, then use materials found outside to make the bug feel comfortable, grass, twigs, small rocks, or leaves. 

5. Take a bug walk or hike to see how many different kinds of bugs you can find along the way. Use a magnifying glass and look on the ground and high up in branches. 

 

Cybersecurity Badge 1: Basics
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Cybersecurity Badge 1 Basics

1. Technology is all around us! Make a list of items in your house that use technology. 

2. Find out what the different types of computers do. What do the monitor, webcam, speakers, CPU, keyboard, mouse, and printer do? Draw images of what these things look like!   

3. Do a scramble game and figure out how to unscramble the word. https://mocomi.com/word-scramble/

4. Find out what safety rules you should use when online. Make a list of rules and hang them in your home. 

5. Find out how computers connect people from all around the world. Make a list of the different ways you can communicate with someone through a computer. 

Healthy Living: My Best Self
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My Best Self

1. Get to Know Your Body: Use the My Elf Self picture to color in your hair, clothes, and eyes. Show what makes you unique: https://i.pinimg.com/originals/de/f1/b9/def1b919461c4ded9e6cc5e8b6fd4493.jpg

2. Eat and Play in a Healthy Way: Try 3 new foods that are good for your body today. 

3. Find out How Your Body Works: Research and talk about 3 common reasons your "tummy" might hurt. 

4. Know what to do if something bugs you: Create a happy box and put 5 things that make you smile in the box. The next time you feel worried or upset, get out your box!

5. Meet a Health Helper: Make a list of all the health experts in your community and what they do, including nurses, doctors, and dentists.

Investigation: Senses

Investigation: Senses

1. Have a scavenger hunt in your neighborhood and try to find at least 10 tiny things, like a clover or an anthill. Bring a magnifying glass, and talk about how it helps your sense of sight. 

2. Go outside and try to listen to 10 different sounds. Draw a picture of what might be making those sounds. 

3. Put on a blindfold and try sniffing different foods to see if you know what they are without seeing them. 

4. With an adult, dye one food a different color than it was originally. You can try making blue milk or pink pancakes. Taste the food with its normal color and then with its new color. Did it taste the same to you? 

5. Glue/Tie some thread or fishing line to a stick, gently touch a blindfolded person with the thread. Can that person feel it? Why or why not? 

Creative Play: Making Games

Creative Play: Making Games

1. Try a family scavenger hunt! Come up with a list of items to find in your household or outdoors and see who can find the most items in 20 minutes. 

2. Make up a Mystery Game: Use an old cardboard box and cut a hole in the side big enough to fit an arm. Find items around your home or outside and place them in the box. Take turns trying to guess what each item is by just feeling the items. 

3. Create a new party game for your next birthday party. What supplies do you need and what are the rules?

4. Change or add a new rule to a traditional party game like twister, musical chairs, pin the tail on the donkey, hot potato, or freeze dance. 

5. Use a free board game template found online and create a new family board game! 

Citizen: Celebrating Community
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1. Learn about the American Flag and other community symbols. What do they mean? 

2. Sing a celebration song with your family. 

3. Watch footage online of a parade. What is being celebrated? Is anyone being honored? 

4. Research landmarks in your community and collect three facts about one of them! Plan to visit them in the future. 

5. Pretend you are the president and plan your own state dinner. Pick who you would like to invite, what food to serve, and what kind of entertainment to have. 

Animals: Pets
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1. Choose a pet of your choice, and with an adult, find out the answers to these questions from searching the web. How much does it cost to care for this pet? How much space does it need? How much food does it need? What kind of human contact does this pet like?

2. Find out how your pet likes to sleep and create a cozy space like a bed or sleeping nook for your animal. It can be a pet you already have or your "pretend pet". 

3. Choose three pets and find out how often they have to be washed or brushed and any special care tips. Then if you have your own pet, try what you have learned by grooming your pet. 

4. Make a simple pet toy. You can use an old sock and add catnip for the cat to play or make a sock doll to keep the dog happy! Check out pinterest for more simple animal toys you can make from home! 

5. If you have a pet of your own, make a feeding schedule to make sure you know when and how often your pet needs to eat. If you do not have a pet at home, add up how much it would cost to feed two pets for one month. Does this cost surprise you? 

Space Science Adventurer

1. Meet the neighbors: Go to https://spaceplace.nasa.gov/menu/solar-system/, and explore the different planets in our solar system. Next, try to draw all 8 planets.  

2. See more than before: See stars on the computer at https://stellarium-web.org/.  What can you see? Are there any planets out tonight? What does the sky look like in other parts of the world?  

3. Investigate the Moon: Make a moon art project, using any art medium you'd like. Make an art project showing the moon during the day and at night. 

4. Be a stargazer: Look online to find a star constellation story. After you read it, come up with your own star story about a constellation. 

5. Celebrate and share: Make moon cakes! 

Ingredients: 1 rice cake, Nut butter or cream cheese, small round cereal, banana slices

Spread the cheese or nut butter on the rice cake. Cover the top with banana slices, cereal, or anything else that sounds tasty. Does your snack look like the surface of the moon? 

Life Skills: My Great Day

1. Start your day off right: Get going in the right direction as soon as you wake up. Set your alarm for the same time every day for two weeks. How long does it take you to get ready for the day? What time should you set your alarm for? Some other things you can do is to set your clothes out the night before and make your bed every morning. 

2. Sort out your stuff: Organize your bedroom! Go through drawers and clothes, make a pile of things you no longer use and organize the rest of the items you do use. 

3. Make homework a breeze: Since you are doing school at home these days, make a homework space in your home. Decorate the space with artwork so you'll like spending time there. 

4. Plan ahead: Create a calendar for your family that lists birthdays, vacations, holidays, and other important dates everyone should remember. 

5. Help others get organized: Help someone in your family get organized. You could help your mom organize the kitchen or help a sibling clean out their bedroom. 

Cook: Snacks
  1. Find out about different types of snacks: Go on a scavenger hunt in your kitchen. Find a packaged food and look at the ingredients, and find 3 ingredients that you don't recognize. Team up with an adult to look up these 3 ingredients on the internet and find out what they are and if they are good for you.
  2. Make a veggie face: Using your favorite vegetables make a funny face on your plate. 
  3. Try a sweet snack: Make your own cookies! Research your favorite cookie recipe and add something new to it like dried fruit, candy bits, or marshmallows! 
  4. Snack for energy: Make no-bake energy bars to have throughout the week. You can find several recipes online, choose your favorite and enjoy this delicious snack! 
  5. Slurp a snack: Make your own fruit smoothie! You can create your own or find a recipe in a cookbook or online. 
Digital Arts: Computer Expert
  1. Paint or draw with an art program: Use a an art or drawing program on your computer and choose a couple of images to create. 
  2. Find some cool facts: Look online and find 3 facts about Juliette Gordon Low that you did not know. 
  3. Take a trip online: Go to https://www.360virtualtour.co/portfolio/the-white-house-google-virtual-tour/  and take an interactive tour of the White House. 
  4. Make a connection: Click the "contact us" on the White House website and email the President. You can ask a question you might have or just let them know you are doing this as part of your Girl Scout Computer Expert Badge! 
  5. Have some computer fun: Go to http://www.nick.com/games/ 
    or http://games.disney.com/ or http://kids.nationalgeographic.com/. Find a game you haven’t played before and explore! 
Coding for Good I

With an adult's help, search the internet to do the following:

  • Learn what an algorithm means. 
  • Learn what a loop means and how it goes with an algorithm. 
  • Learn what "conditional" means in programming and how programmers use this type of sequence. 
  • Learn about women in computer science. 
  • Create your own set of commands that use events: Pretend you are going camping, what will you do if it rains? Is anyone allergic to foods? What kinds of meals will you plan?
Do it Yourself: Household Elf
  • Save energy: For one week, make sure lights are turned off in rooms no one is using. Are there other energy-users you can switch off, too? 
  • Save water: Team up with your family to find three ways to save water in your household and make a plan for the next two weeks. 
  • Go natural: Make a natural household all-purpose cleaner. In a spray bottle, combine 1 cup vinegar, 2 tbsp. baking soda, a few drops of an essential oil (for scent) , and fill the rest of the bottle with water. This can be used to clean most surfaces of your home! 
  • Reuse or recycle: Go through your toys and clothes and set aside what you don't play with or wear anymore. Then go online and find a place that accepts donations! 
  • Clear the air: Put a plant or other natural air filter in your favorite room. For two weeks, notice if you can tell a difference in the air and write down how you feel. 
Adventure: Letterboxer
  • Get started with letterboxing: Think of hiding spaces and draw a map of 10 great hiding spots in your area. 
  • Find your own stamp : Make your own stamp design. 
  • Practice solving clues : Make a word scramble, scramble letters of the words in each clue for your hiding places. For example, the last letter of every word could become the first. 
  • Search for a letterbox: Use an online letter boxing site to make a list of letter boxing places near you. 
  • Make a letterbox: Hide a letterbox in your yard. The next time someone new is visiting, give them your clues or map and have them try to find the letterbox
Craft: Potter
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  1. Learn what wedge, fire, kiln, score, sculpt and glaze mean when creating pottery. 
  2. Make Kool-Aid creatures! Combine 1 cup flour, 1/2 cup salt, 1 tsp. cooking oil, 2 tsp. cream of tarter, 1 pkg. unsweetened kool-aid, 1 cup water, food coloring. Use your homemade clay to create figures.
  3. Watch a pottery how-to video online. 
  4. Look online and find three of your favorite art pieces and who created them. 
  5. Paint sugar cookies using a homemade glaze!   
Athlete: Fair Play
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  1. Follow the rules: Make up two new rules to hide and seek. 
  2. Find a sport that women play professionally and look online to find a professional women's sports group or association. 
  3. Be part of a team: Play a game of Octopus tag with your family. Two people start as the octopus and must hold hands as they run and tag other players. As the players get tagged, they join the octopus until everyone has been tagged. 
  4. Watch a sports game on TV and keep your own score to see if it is the same as the official score by the end of the game. 
  5. Have a field day: Choose a theme and make up games that go with that theme. Do the activities with your family. 
Juniors - Grades 4-5
Entertainment Technology
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1. Animate your Own Artwork: Make a flipbook. Take a pad of paper or find an old paperback book with margins you can draw in. Then draw something in the exact same spot on each page, moving it slightly each time. (So a ball might move up a tiny bit each page and then move down the same way.) Flip through your pages quickly and the ball bounces up and down! 

2. Dig into Video Games Development: Use a free downloadable program like https://scratch.mit.edu/ to create an interactive story or game using the characters they provide. 

3. Try the science of amusement park rides: Catapult some stuff! Make a catapult out of household items, like a ruler or yardstick for a lever and a thread spool or banana for fulcrum! Then have a marshmallow or Ping-Pong-ball launching contest! Check out this target sheet at https://images.app.goo.gl/KdkPHXR4ivH9d3CM9 

4. Create Your Own Special Effects: Play makeup artist: Check out Youtube to learn a new makeup technique and try some of your new techniques on a family member! 

5. Experiment with Sound Waves: Make a ringtone for yourself or a family member. Play around with GarageBand or any similar computer program that lets you layer various instrument riffs together. 

Outdoor Art Explorer
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Junior: Outdoor Art Explorer 

1. Explore Outdoor Art: Create an art piece outdoors to show a new kind of wildlife: maybe a bullfrog with a wide tail to fan itself or a pigeon that grows a fur coat when its cold! Get creative! 

2. Making Something: Make salt dough impressions using 3 cups flour, 1 cup salt, 1 cup water, food coloring (optional) and parchment paper. Gather items from outside to make an impression on the dough, then using a straw, make a hole at the top of the dough so it looks like an ornament you can hang. Bake the dough at 275 degrees on parchment paper for 2 hours! 

3. Find Music in Nature: Make a rain stick using items around the house or make rainy day music by recreating the sounds of a thunderstorm. 

4. Be a Nature Photographer: Find an outdoor space that you love and photograph it at three different times of the day. How does the light change in the photo? 

5. Design with Nature: Design a terrarium in a recycled container! 

Eco Camper
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Junior: Eco Camper

1. Make a Leave No Trace presentation for your family. How do you plan ahead to go outside, dispose of wastes, leave nature how you find it, minimize campfire impacts, respect wildlife, and be considerate to other visitors? 

2. Prepare and package snacks for an outdoor hike. Make your own trail mix combining a variety of items you have at home. Nuts, banana chips, pretzels, dried berries, granola, raisins, and more!

3. Set up a campsite at your home, find a flat area to set up a sleeping area. 

4. Test your knot-tying skills. Look up different types of knots and try them out!

5. Record sounds you hear outside, photograph, film, or sketch what you see in a journal. 

Naturalist: Flowers
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Flowers

1. Uncover the science of one flower: Go on a flower hunt and find five kinds of flowers that you can make growing around your home or neighborhood. Record or sketch what you see and your botanist notebook. 

2. Look under the petals: Dye a flower by cutting the stems and put the flowers stems into water that contains your favorite color of food dye. The petals should soon be your favorite color! 

3. Find out how flowers help people: Research flowers that turn into fruit and learn the process. Then make a snack for your family using that fruit!

4. Have fun with flowers: Make a pressed flower bookmark by flattening a flower inside a heavy book. Then place it between two sheets of waxed paper. Have an adult help you iron the wax paper, then cut around the flower to make the bookmark the right size! 

5. Send a message in a flower code: Gather some flowers and make a beautiful flower arrangement centerpiece to brighten up your home. 

 

Cybersecurity Badge 2: Safeguards
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Cybersecurity  Badge 2 Safeguards   

1. Create an online identity called a username. Usernames don't include your real name or any identity information. We use usernames so we don't have to share our private information with strangers. 

2. Make a list of ways to keep your family computers safe. One example could be to make sure you have antivirus software in place. 

3. Find out how information posted online lasts forever. 

4. Find out how to figure out who you can trust online.

5. Wacky Password Generator: Use the image below to create a password! 

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Healthy Living: Staying Fit
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Junior: Staying Fit 

1. Start Moving: Try 30 minutes of aerobic activity three times a week! 

2. Keep your Body Fueled: Go on a nutrient scavenger hunt in your kitchen. Look at the nutrients in each food and find out which foods have the most zinc, protein, and calcium! 

3. Learn How to Deal with Stress: Find a place in your home or outside that you can go when you feel stressed, and try 5 new yoga moves today. 

4. Get the Truth About Health: Choose an item that is advertised as "healthy" and research to see if that advertisement is true or false. Is this item really healthy? 

5. Help your Family Stay Fit: Come up with activity your family can do together such as going on a walk, riding bikes, or yard work! 

Investigation: Detective

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1. Shake up a room: Have someone take five items out of a room and see if you can identify what was taken out. Then ask someone to add items to the room and try to spot them. 

2. Create your own code for you and your friends or family to do. Write out the letters of the alphabet, then beneath each letter, draw a picture or symbol. Write a note to a friend using the symbols instead of the letters. 

3. Take your own finger prints: Use pencil to color on a piece of paper. Rub your finger on the pencil marks, then stick a piece of transparent tape on your finger. Remove the tape and see your print! 

4. Use a magnifying glass to compare fabrics or soils. You might look at cotton, wool, and linen, or sand, dirt, and gravel. When detectives identify fabric at a crime scene. they can figure out what someone was wearing! 

5. With an adult's help, solve three online mysteries using the FBI's Kids site.

Creative Play: Playing the Past

Playing the Past 

1. Choose one of your favorite characters from history and pretend you are them for a week. Write in a dairy about your daily life as that character. 

2. Choose an Era: Sketch a typical outfit as if you were a fashion designer from the era your character was from. 

3. Research a recipe typically made in the era you have chosen and prepare that meal for your family. 

4. Choose a piece of art from the time period you have chosen and try to re-create it yourself. 

5. Make your own event! You could set up a medieval feast, pioneer day, or a dance to represent the era you have chosen. 

Citizen: Inside Government
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1. Make a list of 10 things that make an active citizen in the community. It might include things like following the laws, paying sales tax, and knowing whats going on in the world. 

2. Go inside government- learn about the different offices that are apart of the Cabinet and write down one of the positions that might interest you one day. 

3. Look into laws- Create a law that you would like to enact one day. 

4. Report on issues- what are some issues in the community that you would report to your local government? 

5. Plan a campaign as if you are running for office. List the top three things you would try to change and create your own marketing signs.

Animals: Animal Habitats
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1. Make a list of wild animals you typically see when you are outside. Pick three of your favorites and learn more about each one. Why do they live here and do they interact with humans? 

2. Make a habitat collage by drawing or cutting out old pictures of 15 different animals. Then group the animals by habitat. Next, group  them by how they look, how they move, or what they eat. Did your groups change much?

3. Insulate your own "nest". Make a Jell-O nest! Mix a package of Jell-O and put part of the liquid into a small container with a lid. Pour the rest into a mixing bowl. Insulate the small container they way an animal might insulate a nest. You could bury the container in leaves or sticks in your yard. Once your big bowl of Jell-O has hardened, check on the small container to see if you were able to keep the Jell-O liquid! 

4. Choose an area to explore endangered habitats. Choose either the Arctic Circle, The Gulf of Mexico, or the Amazon rainforest. Why is it in danger? What is happening to the animals? What are people doing to help the habitat? 

5. Get permission from your family to make a habitat in your yard! Research and carry out a landscaping plan that is best for wildlife in the area. Record the wildlife you attract. 

Space Science: Investigator

1. Model the Solar System: Use craft dough to make tiny versions of the eight planets in our solar system. Make a name card for each planet and line them up in order from the sun. 

2. Circle the sun: Find your age on other planets. Your age is the number of orbits you have taken around the sun, but each planet is a different distance from the sun. VIsit  https://www.exploratorium.edu/ronh/age/ to discover how old you are on other planets! 

3. Discover the stars: Go on a night sky scavenger hunt using a stargazing app!

4. Use the NASA tools to explore: Visit https://trek.nasa.gov/mars/ to explore the surfaces of Mars. 

5. Share your sky: Connect with younger girls to share one of your favorite activities from this badge. 

Life Skills: Independence

1. Get transportation smart: With an adult, go over all the lights and gauges on the dashboard of your family car so you know what all of the buttons do. Then check the oil levels, windshield fluid, and make sure the lights work.

2. Make your clothes look great: Lean how to do laundry on your own and be the laundry helper for three or more loads to practice. What do all of the buttons on your laundry machine do? 

3. Break a bad habit: it could be like forgetting to brush your teeth, not putting away clothes, arguing with a sibling, or eating too much junk food! 

4. Help around the house: Brainstorm all the tasks involved in cleaning a room (dusting, vacuuming, cleaning mirrors/windows). Figure out how long each task will take and the best order to do them. Then put on some music and see how long it takes you to deep clean one room in your home. 

5. Show off your independence: Use alone time in your home to de-stress and doing a solo activity that you like to do. 

Simple Meals
  1. Step up your skills with a pro: Research different females chefs and choose one to learn more about. Then watch an episode of Top Chef or another cooking show! 
  2. Whip up a great breakfast: Help make a weekend breakfast for your family! You could make something like French toast, pancakes, or homemade muffins. Include as many good-for-you foods as you can. 
  3. Fix a healthy lunch or dinner: Research sandwiches from different countries and try to re-create your favorite international sandwich at home! 
  4. Create a delicious dessert: Make a dessert you have never tried before.  
  5. Make your own meal: Make a slower cooker (crock-pot) meal for your family! 
Digital Photographer
  1. Learn about digital cameras from an expert: Team up with an adult and spend two hours reading about and watching videos on both the basics and tips on how to make the most of a digital camera or your phone's camera. 
  2. Take tons of photographs!: Photograph a landscape outside your home or in your neighborhood.
  3. Edit three photos: Try editing the photo using the different options on your phone to enhance the image! 
  4. Make a digital photo project: Find old photos around your home and add them to frames or make your own frame using items around your home! 
  5. Share your photos: With an adult's help, post photos on a social site every day for a week to share a story. Add captions to every photo.
Coding for Good I

With an adult's help or permission, search the internet to learn the following: 

  • Learn what an algorithm means. 
  • Learn what a loop means and how it goes with an algorithm. 
  • Learn what "conditional" means in programming and how programmers use this type of sequence. 
  • Learn about women in computer science. 
  • Create your own set of commands that use events: Pretend you are going camping, what will you do if it rains? Is anyone allergic to foods? What kinds of meals will you plan?
Do it Yourself: Gardener
  • Visit a garden: Walk around your neighborhood or local park to find a landscaped garden and write down what you see. What shape are the shrubs? 
  • Explore garden design: Cut out pictures of flowers or trees and other plants from a magazine. Then arrange a garden plan that appeals to you!
  • Learn how to choose garden plants: Find 6 plants that will grow nicely in our area for the climate and type of soil. You can use this website from the USDA for more information on what kind of plants thrive in our area  https://planthardiness.ars.usda.gov/PHZMWeb/
  • Experiment with seeds: Use an old egg carton and add two tablespoons of soil into half of the sections and only 1 tablespoon in the other sections. Add one seed to each section and see which sections grow faster. Don't forget to water daily. 
  • Grow your own garden: Plant either an outdoor garden or indoor garden to keep at your home! It can be whatever size makes sense for you. If you don't have space in a yard, many flowers, herbs, and vegetables will grow well in pots! 
Adventure: Geocacher
  • Prepare for your adventure: Visit an online geocaching site like geocaching.com or navicache.com
  • Learn to use a GPS receiver: Have a family member take a photo of 3 things along a safe route, then show you the photos and then you try to find those items in the photos along the same route. 
  • Make a trade item: Make a piece of recycled jewelry or something that represents you like a drawing or collage. 
  • Go on a geocaching adventure in your community! 
  • Take part in a bug's travels! Go to geocaching.com and find a Travel Bug that been to at least 4 places. 
Craft: Jeweler
Junior Jeweler
  1. Find out what your birthstone is for your birth month. 
  2. Make your own earrings using wire. You could make them into the shape of an animal or symbol. 
  3. Go outside and find materials to make a necklace, bracelet, or ring. You could try shells, seeds, nuts, or even small twigs. 
  4. Create jewelry inspired by another culture: Research different items like the Native American totem, Egyptian cartouche, or the claddagh ring from Ireland. Try to create one of these items with things around your home. 
  5. Make a sparkling gift: Make a friendship bracelet for someone you care about. 
Athlete: Practice with Purpose
Junior Practice with Purpose
  1. Decide on physical activity goal you would like to work towards and come up with 10 practice tips you can do to reach your goal. It could be to warm up and stretch more to prevent injury, work out more, increase your running time, or learn a new sport. 
  2. Choose your favorite song and make up moves to use your arms, legs, and hips for a least three minutes a day for a week. 
  3. Build up your strength: Find a workout video online that you enjoy and try to go through all of the moves. 
  4. Drill for skill: Learn two new drills for the sport of your choice and practice this drill every day for one week. 
  5. Make a short video of you practicing your new skills to share with younger Girl Scouts or your friends. 
Cadettes - Grades 6-8
Science of Happiness
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The Science of Happiness

1. Make Yourself Happier: Count Your Blessings! Whether in your mind, in a journal, in an original piece of art, take a moment to reflect on all the good things in your life.

2. Think Differently for Happiness: Take the Authentic Happiness Survey https://www.authentichappiness.sas.upenn.edu/user/register

3. Get Happy Through Others: Make a collage, video, or painting that shows how much someone means to you! Explain to them why you made it and what it means. Another option could be to write a forgiveness letter to a teacher, family member, or friend and ask them to forgive you for something you might have done wrong. 

4. Do a Helpful Happiness Experiment: Develop a survey for your family. Create questions about ways they might make themselves and feel happy and ask them to agree or disagree. An example question could be "I like to share my talents with others" When you're done, compare how you all find happiness in different ways.

5. Create a Happiness Action Plan: Create a Bliss Box. Write some of your happiest memories on scrap pieces of paper. Then search for photos and quotes that make you smile. Put them all into your "Bliss Box" and when you start to feel down, open it up and read your happy moments! 

 

Outdoor Art Apprentice
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Cadette: Outdoor Art Apprentice 

1. Explore Art Outdoors: Head outdoors and find a scene that you like. Write about it or sketch it in color. Record everything you observe then go outside and record everything again at a different time of day. How did things change? 

2. Make Something: Use berries or plants to dye a shirt, tote, scarf, or whatever you can find in the house. Dissolve 1/2 cup salt in 8 cups of water then add the berries to make the die. For plants mix 4 parts cold water to 1 cup white vinegar and add the plants. Beets work great too! 

3. Sounds of Nature: Write a rap or poem about something in nature that inspires you! 

4. Be a Nature Photographer: Find animals and insects that camouflage into their environment and photograph them.

5. Design with Nature: Create a sunbather, sundial, windsock, or pinwheel using items around your house. Then put them item outside!

Eco Trekker
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Eco Trekker

1. Take an online Leave No Trace online awareness course https://lnt.org/get-involved/training-courses/online-awareness-course/

2. Research different types of invasive plants, aquatic life, and other species in our area. Find out how you can help prevent invasive species from being introduced into the area. 

3. Collect water from outside and purify the water by first running it threw a coffee filter or a clean t-shirt, then boil it to kill bacteria for at least 60 seconds. 

4. Research water issues in the world and brainstorm solutions, then come up with ideas to make changes in your own town. 

5. Make a video of environmental issues you have discovered and share it with your family and troop. 

Naturalist: Trees
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Trees

1. Try Some Tree Fun: Design and draft plans for your dream tree house! 

2. Dig into Science: Take a walk through your neighborhood and identify at least five types of trees. Then, make a "tree map" with each kind of tree and where it is located. 

3. Make a Creative Project: Paint, draw, sketch, or photograph a tree, flower, or landscape. 

4. Explore Connection Between People & Trees: Research each side of deforestation, what are the pros and cons and share them with your friends and family. 

5. Help Trees Thrive: Find out what trees around you need care and take care of them for one month. You might rake the leaves, help prevent insect damage, trim branches, or prep trees for harsh weather. 

Cybersecurity Badge 2: Safeguards
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Cybersecurity  2: Safeguards

1. Research: What is metadata?

2. Pretend that you have just made a new friend online. Make a list of questions you might ask to get to know them. 

3. Research and download a new "free" app to use today! 

4. Make a list of ways to protect yourself online and what information you should not share with strangers. 

Healthy Living: Eating for You
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Cadette: Eating for You

1. Know how nutrition can help your body: For two weeks, use a food log and the USDA's MyPlate information to track how many servings of each color your're eating each day. https://choosemyplate-prod.azureedge.net/sites/default/files/tentips/mini_poster_0.pdf

2. Research the benefits of drinking water. Find how how much water you should be drinking every day and start consuming that much water or more! 

3. Explore how your diet affects your stress level: Just because the label doesn't say "sugar" doesn't mean it's not full of it. Look up all the names of sugar and look in your kitchen to find items with hidden sugar in the ingredients list. 

4. Investigate how what you eat affects your sleep: Look up the importance of REM sleep. Try to avoid drinking anything 3 hours before you go to sleep and see if you sleep better that night. 

5. Look at how your diet affects your energy: Make a list of 20 quick, healthy foods you can keep on you during the day to help keep your energy up. 

Investigation: Special Agent

Special Agent

1. Watch an episode of a crime scene show or other investigation show. Play a game along with the show, like tracking what forensic tools they use throughout the show. 

2. Have someone run into the room, grab an item or ask a question, and then leave in a flash. Then write down everything your remember about that person. What were they wearing?

3. Research body language: Find out what different body gestures and positions mean. What are the signs someone might be lying? 

4. Write a scene or script from your own forensic-science drama and act it out with your family. 

5. Try extracting DNA from a banana: learn how here!

Creative Play: Field Day

Field Day 

1. Host a family field day: Divide into teams and come up with a team color. Everyone dresses in that team color for the day. 

2. Target practice: Create your own target practice by setting up 10 objects, soda cans, dolls, whatever you have around the house. Now see how many objects players from each team can hit with water balloons or tennis balls. 

3. Try the egg drop challenge. Each team can use items to create a protective shell for the egg. Drop the egg from a high location and the team whose egg remains unbroken the longest wins! 

4. Turn your family's favorite board game into a field day challenge. Take Pac-Man for example, you could make a maze filled with tennis balls to collect. The team that collects that most tennis balls without being tagged by the "ghosts" wins! 

5. Using a deck of cards, have the teams compete to see who can build the tallest tower out of a deck of cards. 

Citizen: Finding Common Ground
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1. Look into gifts given to the President of the United States from foreign countries. Choose a gift that represents a cultural tradition that is new to you and write down where the gift is from and what it represents. 

2. Make a group decision- the President makes many important decisions each day. Lean how the president gets input from his Cabinet and the steps it takes to make the final decision. 

3. Watch candidates participate in an elected office debate!

4. Learn about what happens when the President and Congress cannot come to a compromise for a budget.

5. Learn about  the purpose of mediation and how it can help groups find common ground. 

Animals: Animal Helpers
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1. Watch an documentary series on the human-animal connection with your family. Come up with give topics or questions to discuss after the series. 

2. Research different safety teams that use animals to keep them safe. (Fire departments, police departments or search and rescue teams) How do the animals help them? What special skills do people need to work with these animals?

3. Interview "virtually" 5 pet owners. Find out how their pet helps them feel better.

4. Research pros and cons of training assistance animals. As more kinds of animals are being trained to help humans, some people are questioning how and why the animals are selected. 

5. Get a sense of different animals' unique skills and abilities.  Research the special skills of  5 different animals. (For example, rats have an excellent sense of smell and goldfish are experts at detecting water pollution!) 

Space Science: Researcher

1. What more can you see:  Create a rainbow! Go outside on a sunny day and turn your back to the sun. Use a hose or spray bottle to mist the air with water. What do you see? How many colors are there? Draw what you observe in your notebook and write a poem inspired by what you see. 

2. Explore "invisible" light: Take a tour of the Electromagnetic Spectrum with NASA: https://science.nasa.gov/ems

3. See the stars in a new way: Be an astophotographer! Capture images of stars, planets, and the moon with a smartphone or camera and share with others. 

4. Expand your vision: Learn more about the national parks and the steps they're taking to preserve the dark: https://www.nps.gov/subjects/nightskies/index.htm

5. Conserve the night sky: Learn about how you can project the lighting around you: https://www.darksky.org/get-involved/ What are some things you can do in your home? 

 

Life Skills: Babysitter

1. Get to know how kids develop: Find information online that shows what kids like to do at each age level. Write a summary of activities you could do with different age groups of children. 

2. Prepare for challenges: Ask a mom what are her top three expectations from a babysitter she would hire. 

3. Focus on play: Research a new toy for children and read the directions to find out how it works. What do children learn by using this toy? 

4. Find potential employers: Market yourself! Create a flyer to give out to friends and family showing your qualifications and what type of babysitting job you are looking for. 

5. Practice your babysitting skills: Create a snack that kids would enjoy. 

Cook: New Cuisines
  1. Make a dish from another country: Research recipes from different countries and choose one dish to make at home for your family. 
  2. Find out how well you know your region: What is a recipe that is popular in Indiana? Try to re-create this dish at home. 
  3. Whip up a dish from another time period: Ask a grandparent or other relative for an old family recipe and make that dish for your family! 
  4. Cook a dish that makes a statement: Try cooking a dish using a veggie protein like tofu, tempeh, beans, or seitan!  
  5. Create a full menu including an appetizer, main course, and dessert and host a dinner party for your family! 
Digital Arts: Digital Movie Maker
  1. Learn digital video basics: Watch a video on the internet to learn more about digital video camera (Including filming on a smartphone).
  2. Film. Then film some more... Film a "day in your life" video. 
  3. Pick the perfect subject: Share a family story. Choose a family member to share a story and try to re-create that story on film by writing a script and casting family members to play roles. 
  4. Film your family story! 
  5. Edit and premiere your movie: Add music to your movie to add extra suspense and drama! 
Coding for Good I
  • Learn about functions and arguments and what they mean when programming a computer. 
  • Explore how memes are created: By combining words and images, you can create your very own meme. This can be just for fun or to inspire people to act. Create your own meme using a computer or drawing. 
  • Learn what a  pseudocode is for computer programming and write your own pseudocode for your meme. 
  • Write shareable code: Learn what syntax means in programming.
  • Share your meme on a social media platform!
Do it Yourself: Woodworker
  • Swing a hammer: Use a hammer and nails to write your name in a piece of wood or cardboard. 
  • Keep it level: Put 4 pieces of paper on a wall about arm lengths apart, use a level to make sure they are straight and adjust as needed. 
  • Use a screwdriver: Find at least three loose screws in your home and tighten them using your screwdriver. 
  • Saw some wood: Make a shape or object using a hand or miter saw, whatever you have at home. Make sure to do this with an adult. 
  • Build something yourself: Using scrap wood around the house, build a birdhouse, jewelry box, tree swing, or picture frame! 
Adventure: Night Owl
  • Take a virtual field trip to explore the night: Search the web gather 3 fun facts about one creature's nocturnal habits. One good resource is the San Diego Zoo's website: https://animals.sandiegozoo.org/animals
  • Tour your world after dark: Tour your neighborhood at night. First map out your route and follow it during the day. Then travel the same route after dark. 
  • Meet people who work night hours: Research different local positions that would work night shirt. Call the business to do an interview with someone that works nights. 
  • Explore nature at night: Create your own nocturnal animal. How do cats see in the dark? How do bats navigate? Design your own super-night-sense animal. 
  • Host an Extreme Nighttime Party: Pretend you live before electricity. Spend at least 3 hours with your family using no lights, television, or other electronics. Figure out how to light and heat your house, cook food, and entertain yourselves. 
Craft: Book Artist
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  1. Go on a book hunt in your home and find 5 different styles of books. Try to figure out the binding and printing method for each book. 
  2. Get familiar with the insides of a book: Take apart an old book to see all of the parts of a book. 
  3. Try out book artist techniques: Learn about the fold and cut method and try making a star book. Visit this site for a how-to: https://www.making-mini-scrapbooks.com/starbook.html
  4. Make a scrapbook or memory book using craft materials and pictures from around your home. 
  5. Explore different careers that pertain to books (book binder, librarian, craft artist, librarian, printer). Which one would you like to be?
Athlete: Good Sportsmanship
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  1. Watch a sport or game you like and pull up an old championship series to watch. Examples could be the Olympics, World Games or X-Games. 
  2. Gather a dozen inspirational/motivating quotes from athletes and coaches and add them to a journal. 
  3. Play three different team building games with your family.   
  4. Find out techniques that athletes use to deal with psychology games and block out nerves. Try some of these techniques.
  5. Explore different sporting careers you could go into and choose your favorite. 
Seniors - Grades 9-10
Science of Style

Science of Style

1. Test Skin Care and Makeup: Evaluate and test two different makeup brands. Try each three times and record data like how long it stays on, how it feels on your skin, or if the finish is matte or shimmery. Do the physical properties or ingredients affect how the product works? 

2. Examine the Science Behind Fabrics: Learn how fabrics are made with this short video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v0C3EnTji3A

3. Explore the Science Behind Hair Projects- Look online and find out the four C's of a gem and what they mean. 

4. Investigate the Sociology of Style: Develop and sketch what your vision is for future style and trends! 

5. Formulate Future Style: Use recycled products from around the house to make a piece of jewelry or an outfit! Have a family fashion show! 

Outdoor Art Expert
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Senior: Outdoor Art Expert 

1. Explore Art Outdoors: Find art outdoors and make a sketch or write about how the art makes you feel. 

2. Make Something: Find 5 things that do not belong in nature and create a collage to inspire others not to litter. Remember to wear gloves! 

3. Create Music Inspired by Nature: Learn three camp songs about nature and teach them to younger girls through a virtual video! 

4. Capture Nature Digitally: Create an outdoor music video using songs that reminds you of nature! 

5. Design Outdoors: Design a maze or labyrinth of your backyard. 

Eco Explorer
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Eco Explorer

1. Research an eco activist who made a difference in an environmental field. Find out all you can about the work they did  and share what you learned with friends and family. 

2. Look online about different marine ecosystems and  new, invasive, or endangered species. 

3. Find out which species are on the endangered species list worldwide and which in your area are protected. 

4. Come up with an environmental project at a wildlife sanctuary. How can you make the sanctuary more environmentally friendly. 

5. Start an online petition to increase awareness about the issue you chose. 

Naturalist: Sky
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Sky

1. Watch the Skies: Take 5 photographs of the sky in different times of the day and describe the colors you see. Ask yourself, why is the sky blue, what makes a rainbow, what makes the sunset red? 

2. Investigate the Science of the Skies: For one day, track the weather and record the highest and lowest temperatures on earth. Compare what you have tracked to the forecast from the day before.  

3. Explore the Connection Between People and Flight: Listen online to air traffic controllers transmitting live. Find out how they direct planes, what controlled and uncontrolled airspace means, and the type of radar they use. 

4. Help Clear Pollution: Find out if your community or state has laws regulating industrial lighting. Then, look into the cause and effects of light pollution. 

5. Create Sky Art: Create a piece of art that celebrate the wonders of the sky and share it with your family! This could be a series of paintings showing the changing sky throughout the day or a mural. 

Cybersecurity Badge 2: Safeguards
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Cybersecurity 2: Safeguards   

1. Protect your travel documents: Research what should you do with travel documents to keep your personal data safe? 

2. Protect your Wi-Fi: How to do you look for servers that are secure when using Wi-FI? 

3. Protect your conversations: Research safe apps to use to keep your conversations safe when making a call. Which apps are not safe? 

4. Protect Your electronics: Research what is a Faraday cage and what does it do? 

Healthy Living: Women's Health
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Women's Health 

1. What helps women stay healthy? Choose a part of your body to focus on and come up with 5 steps to good health for that part of your body. 

2. How do fads and beauty practices impact health? Make a list of beauty fads over the last 10 years. Were any of them bad for women's health?

3. Focus on techniques to help you stay emotionally healthy: Record what you ate each day and at the end of the day, write down if you were in a good mood or bad mood that day. 

4. Take a closer look at women's health issues: In what country are women's health issues most commonly found? Make a list of women's health issues around the world. 

5. Get the word out on a women's health topic: Choose one of the women's health issues and design a PSA about it, then share on social media and with friends! 

Investigation: Truth Seeker

Truth Seeker

1. Monitor the news. Choose a news story to follow and follow the same story in two different forms: media, newspaper, internet, TV, or radio. Which outlet provided the most in-depth coverage and which seemed the most reliable?

2. Analyze a speech given by a public figure. Check the facts and figure and how they're used to support the speakers view. 

3. Go to your favorite online shopping site, read the fineprint and claims the company makes about its products. Then check the consumer reports to see weather the claims match up. 

4. Look at promotional materials for a new movie that interest you. Check out the reviews. Once you have seen the movie, ask yourself: do those promo materials and reviews match up with your review on the movie? Give your family an honest review of them movie.

5. Choose an issue you care about and write a letter to your favorite website, magazine, news station, or blog about this issue. 

 

Creative Play: Game Visionary

Game Visionary 

1. Getting to Know Everyone – Complete 3 different activities as a family that will help everyone get to know each other better. You could try the trust game, rock paper scissors, or charades! 

2. Board Game Adventures – Put together a real life bingo game hunt. 

3. Get up and get moving challenge: Go head-to-head with someone from your family to create an amazing obstacle course.

3. Puzzle Time: Get into groups and see who can put together a puzzle the fastest. 

Citizen: Behind the Ballot
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1. Find out more about elections, review the timeline of a campaign to understand the steps involved in a presidential campaign. 

2. Investigate the ins and outs of voting, and study the map of the Electoral College. Compare the totals to the results of the popular vote. How do the numbers differ? 

3. How would you encourage young people to get out and vote? 

4. Create a campaign advertisement, find a platform and write a speech. 

5. Explore voting in other countries; many countries have elected women as president or prime minster. Explore the female leaders abroad by conducting research online. 

Animals: Voice for Animals
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1. Compose a pets' rights document. Is it okay to declaw a cat? Or to use a shock collar on a dog? What guidelines should be in place for a classroom animal such as a hamster, rabbit, or snake?

2. Track a beauty product. Find one that doesn't have "cruelty free" or "produced without animal testing" written on the label. Research how it was developed. Were animals involved? 

3. Find out what is involved in responsible pet breeding. What resting is done before breeding two parents? How do they choose homes for their animals? Contact breeders to see if they will talk to you about what it takes to be a pet breeder.

4. Choose a sport to research that uses animals like rodeo, greyhound racing, polo, or horse racing. How do the owners care for the animals? 

5. Choose an animal issue and create a 2-minute public service announcement with information regarding your issue. 

Space Science: Expert

1. Uncover the stuff you're made of: See how your eyes react to light. Go outside at night at look at the sky. See how long it takes for your eyes to clearly adjust to the darkness and you can see clearly. 

2. Explore the brilliance of the stars: Go on a night sky scavenger hunt using a stargazing app!

3. Discover telescopes as light collectors: Have a family member hold a penny so you can see it. Walk away until you can no longer distinguish the penny from their fingers. How far did you go? A telescope with a six-inch diameter can resolve the penny from one mile away.

4. Find the light in the darkness: Become a citizen scientist and learn about projects you can get involved in: https://science.nasa.gov/citizenscience

5. Share your knowledge:  Be an astophotographer! Capture images of stars, planets, and the moon with your smartphone or a camera and share with others.

Life Skills: Car Care

1. Get a handle on basic car maintenance: Watch instructional car-care videos to learn three maintenance techniques.  

2. Investigate vehicle safety: Look online to determine which cars are the safest. Make a list of the 5 safest cars for your family. 

3. Research safe driving practices: Create a list of the top ten safe-driving tips by looking online or watching a safe-driving seminar. 

4. Find out what to do in case of an emergency: Research what would be in a roadside-emergency kit, then collect the items and tools they typically include and learn how to use them. Keep these emergency kits in your family car. 

5. Drive for a greener world: Compare car efficiencies, choose three cars with high fuel efficiency ratings, including hybrid or electric vehicles. What are the top three selling points for one of these cars? 

Cook: Locavore
  1. Explore the benefits and challenges of going local: What is a locally grown food in Indiana that you can get at a local farmers market?  
  2. Find your local food sources: Research what foods are currently in season and where can you get these items? Try to find one local farm that you can use to purchase locally grown items. 
  3. Create two salads with at least three ingredients each. This could be a colorful fruit salad or an Italian bread salad using bread, tomatoes, and basil!
  4. Make a recipe with local ingredients: Incorporate a local ingredient into your dinner! 
  5. Prepare a three course meal for your family including an appetizer or salad, entree, and dessert. Remember to incorporate some local food items! 
Digital Arts: Website Designer
  1. Brainstorm & create a blog or website about something you are passionate about. 
  2. Be the host with the most: Contact a blogger using the "contact me" tab on their website to find out which hosting sites they have used and why they like the one they are using now.  
  3. Watch a video on web design to learn basics of creating a site blueprint. 
  4. Create must-see content: Write 4-5 blog posts for your website so that you are ready to go when you launch your website. 
  5. Use social networking to help spread the world about your blog/website. 
Coding for Good I
  • Use functions to create a self-portrait: Use an online system to create a self portrait. 
    https://www.khanacademy.org/computing/hour-of-code/hour-of-code-lessons/hour-of-drawing-code/pp/project-self-portrait
  • Write a code on how to make your bed. Get specific with the details and step-by-step directions. This is how programmers have to write codes when telling a computer to do something. 
  • Learn about computer logic: Learn about codes that can save lives and what industry uses these codes. Make a list of career fields that use codes to keep people safe. Examples could be cars, firefighters, or search and rescue teams. 
  • Explore “IF” statements and what they mean when coding.
  • Use computer logic to create a quiz show: Write a set of questions using Boolean logic to teach others about something you know a lot about. 
Do it Yourself: Room Makeover
  • Gather ideas and inspiration: Make a vision board of a room you would like to makeover. Add your favorite colors, textures, furniture, and ideas to the vision board. 
  • Paint something: Paint a wall, furniture, or accent in the room. 
  • Sew or glue something: Make a fun decorative piece for the room by sewing or gluing it together. You could make curtains, a pillow cover, wall decor, or table runner for example. 
  • Redo something: Refurbish an item! For example, you could change out the drawer pulls on a dresser or repair something broken in the room. 
  • Build something: Build/create an art piece for the room. 
Adventure: Traveler
  • Research destinations: Create an inspirational travel board with images of places you want to travel. 
  • Look into fun itineraries: Choose your favorite place you would like to travel to and make a daily itinerary of places you would like to see while there. 
  • Find out how to create a budget, including ways to travel inexpensively: Make a budget for your trip you would like to take. 
  • Gain travel expertise before you go: Learn 10 new words in a different language. 
  • Create a travel log so that you can use this during your trip! 
Craft: Textile Art
Senior textile art
  1. Look into different cultures' textile art. For example, in Mexico women weave sarongs using indigo-dyed thread. 
  2. Learn about the materials needed to create a textile art piece. What are the types of needles and thread you would use. 
  3. Watch a video online about textile art.
  4. Research careers in textile art and choose one you would be interested in (fashion designer, furniture designer, textile colorist).
  5. Create something using textile art to donate to your local charity. 
Athlete: Cross-Training
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  1. Set your cross-training goal: Make a list of skills you would like to learn or improve. 
  2. Take a yoga or Pilates class on YouTube. 
  3. Add a cardio element: Go on a hike, jog, power walk, or bike ride every day for one week. 
  4. Add a toning or strengthening element: Search the web for at-home workouts to find how to create your own weight lifting plan
  5. Stay motivated to reach your goal: Track your progress, after each workout. Track how you feel, what you did, and for how long to see your progress for one week. 
Ambassadors - Grades 11-12
Outdoor Art Master

Ambassadors: Outdoor Art Master

1. Explore Art Outdoors: Create a black and white piece of art indoors. It can be a photo collage, sculpture, or any visual art you can think of. At the end of the badge steps, take your black and white art outside and re-create the piece of art using the colors you see around you in nature. 

2. Make Something: Build a kite or solar balloon by looking online for instructions and using items around your home. 

3. Find Music in Nature: Record different kinds of sounds outside and them mix and layer the sounds to make a song. 

4. Be a Nature Photographer: Create a visual diary of the outdoor spaces in your life over the next couple of days. 

5. Design with Nature: Design a landscape visual for your home. Research sustainable landscaping and redesign a space outside.

Eco Advocate
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Eco Advocate 

1. Read news about the environment and choose an issue you want to advocate for

2. Research your chosen issue!

3. Email or call an expert on the issue you want to advocate for and talk to them about solutions for your issue or call/email an environmental group and learn what impact they are having and choose one solution to implement

4. Put resources together about your cause, create a handout, blog post or social media around it.

Naturalist: Water
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Water 

1. Reflect on Your Relationship with Water: Make a list of all the things you enjoy doing with water like swimming, boating, surfing, or fishing. 

2. Celebrate Water Art: Read a fiction or non-fiction book of at least 200 pages that focuses on water, or read five poems about water. 

3. Find Out About Water Issues: Research endangered marine life and make a mural of your findings.  

4. Explore Water Solutions: Design your own water innovation by choosing a water issue you'd like to create a solution for. Find a way to communicate your idea with others such as a diagram or sketch. 

5. Educate and Inspire others with a Splash: Make a video of a water issue that matters to you and share it with a younger Girl Scout Troop! 

Cybersecurity Badge 1: Basics
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Cybersecurity Badge 1  Basics

1. Learn about different kinds of hackers: Make a list of good hackers and bad hackers or Black Hat hackers or White Hat hackers. 

2. Hide a secret message in your home for someone to find! 

3. Debate the ethics of hacking with members of your family or a friend

4. Learn about cyber-warfare: What are the risks and benefits? 

5. Explore careers in cybersecurity: Make a list of careers you could have a degree in cybersecurity. 

Citizen: Public Policy
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1. Find out how activists advocate for change, amd read about women who changed the course of the U.S. history. Write down some of the issues that are important to you. 

2. Engage as a global citizen by explorin an international NGO (non-governmental organization). 

3. Write a letter to the White House about a world issue and why it needs to change. 

4. Explore local or community policy; write down an example of a national program that had an impact on a local issue. 

5. See public policy in action- research a typical day for the President. Make note of how many meetings the President attends. 

Space Science: Master

1. Discover worlds beyond Earth:  Make a postcard or a tourist brochure. Sci-fi writers invent other worlds all the time, and now it’s your turn! Choose any Solar System body—from Mercury to Pluto, an asteroid, one of the hundreds of moons orbiting in our system, or one of the thousands of exoplanets orbiting distant stars. Why would it be an interesting place to visit? https://solarsystem.nasa.gov/planets/overview/

2. Dive into NASA science: Explore different careers at NASA: https://women.nasa.gov/ Which career would you like? 

3. Explore your interest: Become a citizen scientist and learn about projects you could get involved in: https://science.nasa.gov/citizenscience

4. Dig deeper: Research the nearest planetarium to you and what shows they would be playing. Which show do you want to see?  Plan a trip once you are able to! 

5. Share what you've learned: Create a digital collage about women in STEM. Include images of the women and their work and share how they inspire you.

Cook: Dinner Party
  1. Create your menu: Build a menu around your favorite ingredient. If you love maple syrup you could do a maple bacon dressing, maple glazed turkey, or salted maple apple pie! 
  2. Make a budget and shopping list: Help your family create the grocery list for the week and create a weekly budget to save money. 
  3. Keep track of how long it takes to make dinner for your family. 
  4. Explore imaginative ways to present food: Use a cookie cutters or cut out shapes to display food in a fun way . Find three shapes to use when you style your meal. 
  5. Host your party: Decorate using items around your home for your next dinner. 
Coding for Good I
  • Learn about functions through song lyrics: Take a moment to find your favorite song and see if you can break down the song into functions. Are there any repetitions? How are those noted in the lyrics?
  • Learn about loops through song patterns: Listen to one of your favorite songs and see if you can recognize any particular patterns or repeated sounds. Why do you think those sounds were repeated? Do they add or take away from the meaning of the song?
  • Write an algorithm duet: Take a look at the lyrics below for a single artist song. What do you notice about the structure of these lyrics? Now take a look at the lyrics below for a duet song. What differences do you notice? How is the algorithm different when the lyrics are meant to be split between two people Single Artist LyricDuet Artists Lyrics  
  • Code a performance routine: Try your hand at coding a performance routine. Be sure that your routine has clear steps for completion and that your lyrics note the presence of a chorus or even an instrumental section.
  • Share your coded routine with others!