Looking for something different to do with your girls? Out of ideas
for troop meeting activities? Try GSEP’s Ready to Run Programs!
Designed to be used by volunteers with girls, these programs include
facilitator guides, suggested timelines, and a list of necessary
materials. Some of the programs even have supplemental handouts for girls!
If you have any questions or would like to speak to someone about
Ready to Run programs, please email us.
The Outdoors Are In!
Want to embrace the outdoors with your troop but not sure where to
start? The Get Outdoors Challenge Patch will walk you through the
steps to leading your troop to outdoor success.
Here's how it works:
Complete as many activities as possible on the 2017-18 Get Outdoors Activity checklist. To earn
a patch, a girl must complete at least 10 activities from her grade
level (two can be from a younger grade level) and 30 activities from
the all ages list.
When you've checked off the required amount
of activities, stop by a local council shop to purchase your
Share the fun and show off your outdoor skills by
submitting photos and videos for our Get Outdoors photo album!
Post your photos to Facebook, Instagram and Twitter using
And check out the NEW Girl’s Choice
Badge-Troop Camping and Outdoor Skills Journey available on the
Questions? Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org, subject line Get
Monthly Outdoor Challenges for your troop!
Monthly Outdoor Challenges are here! Each month, from October
through May, there will be a new challenge for each age level to tack
on to your meeting! Challenges are all about the outdoors, but could
be done in just about any meeting space. On June 9, 2018 we will have
a culminating outdoors day at Camp Mosey Wood, where troops will be
able to put the outdoor skills they practiced throughout the year to
the test! Stay tuned for details about the Challenge Day!
STEM Superstars Guide
Girl Scouts of the USA (GSUSA) and Netflix have
joined forces to empower young girls to envision their futures in STEM
(science, technology, engineering, and math) fields. Centered on Project
Mc², a Netflix original series from MGA Entertainment Inc.,
the collaboration takes STEM beyond the small screen with hands-on
experiences for Girl Scout troops and the debut of a STEM
Superstars Guide (PDF), an online resource that encourages Girl
Scouts across the country to discover just how exciting, fun, and
rewarding STEM can be.
Be a Friend First (BFF)
is designed to supplement the
aMAZE! Journey. The aMAZE!
Journey gives middle school girls valuable skills to develop
healthy relationships, prevent bully behavior, and become peacemakers
in their schools and communities. In BFF, girls get to explore thorny
issues like peer pressure, stereotyping, gossip, and cliques through
engaging role-plays, creative writing, games, and discussion
exercises. They can also create and lead projects in their schools and
communities to tackle bullying issues on their terms and turf! Healthy
relationships are the solution to bully prevention. BFF inspires girls
to lead one another – with friendship! Check out the GSEP created Cadette:
Be a Friend First curriculum, based on the aMAZE! Journey. This
program gives girls valuable skills and tools to figure out
relationships and gives them confidence to prevent bullying behavior.
is designed to help groups of girls (whether it is
in a troop setting or programmatic setting) build positive identities
and gain a mutual respect for all the diverse backgrounds and cultures
found in Girl Scouts across the globe. This step-by-step curriculum
has fun and engaging activities from girls of all ages!
Free Being Me
Be part of the Free Being Me body confidence revolution!
Share your stories with #FreeBeingMe.
“Did you know? Six out of ten girls stop doing something they love
because they feel bad about the way they look.” YOU have the power to
Imagine a world where no one is worried about the way they look. A
world where people are free to be themselves…We can’t get there
GSEP is excited to be a part of a national grant program that will
reach more than three million girls worldwide. The Free Being Me
program is a one-of-a-kind program for girls in grades 2-10,
co-created and sponsored by the Dove Self Esteem Project and the World
Association. The program engages girls in fun and interactive
activities around the themes of body confidence and self-esteem. Free
Being Me is designed as a six session journey culminating with a Take
Action project in which girls reach out to at least two other girls
with their body confidence messages.
Using the Free Being Me program, together with the It’s Your
Story-Tell It! Journey series, girls explore issues of beauty and body
confidence and build their leadership skills.
We have designed a Friendship Circle program for Daisies
through Juniors. This is a great resource for leaders who need help
bringing their Troop together and creating a safe, fun environment for
all the girls. Girls will get to know themselves and each other, build
a team, learn about friendship while making new friends, and practice
useful skills to resolve conflict.
Girl Scouts of Eastern Pennsylvania has designed a Daisy Jam
program as an introduction to Girl Scouting for new Daisies. This is
also a great resource for new Daisy Troop Leaders who need help
getting started. This program could be used by Service Units over the
summer or by Troop Leaders at the beginning of the year. Girls will
learn about the various parts of the Girl Scout Law and how it plays a
part in their daily lives. Additionally, girls will learn how to take
care of their planet, help change the world around them, and then tell
their own story to others through fun, hands-on activities and
projects incorporating activities from the Leadership Journeys.
Please note: This series does not replace the Girl’s Guide to Girl
Scouting or the Leadership Journeys.
Do You Know Juliette Low?
Games, Songs, Skits, Crafts and Learning Activities Celebrating
the Birthday of Our Girl Scout Founder. Download it here.
Happy Birthday, Girl Scouts!
It all started with a phone call on March 12, 1912. . . check
out this activity packet here.
In partnership with the Healthy Weight Commitment Foundation,
Girl Scouts has developed three “healthy habits” booklets for
volunteers to use in conjunction with the It’s Your Planet-Love It!
Journey. The Healthy Habits booklets relate to the Journeys and
encourage girls to lead active, healthy lifestyles.
These step-by-step leader guides promote fun, easy ways to achieve
“energy balance” through awareness of:
Energy In: the calories you get from eating and drinking.
Energy Out: the calories you burn from physical activities.
Imagine Your STEM Future
Girls love science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM). A
recent study by the Girl Scout Research Institute (GSRI)—“Generation
STEM: What Girls Say About Science, Technology, Engineering, and
Math”—shows that 74 percent of girls find STEM interesting and 82
percent see themselves as “smart enough to have a career in STEM,” but
only 13 percent of girls interested in STEM choose a career in it.
This is a big problem—not just for the girls but for the U.S. economy.
Imagine Your STEM Future is a four-session series designed to
encourage 9th-12th-grade girls’ interest in science, technology,
engineering, and math careers, while inspiring them through the Girl
Scout Leadership Experience. Each unit includes an opening ceremony,
one group activity, two hands-on activities, and a closing career
exploration, and can be done in one 90-minute session or two 45-minute sessions.
Independence Hall and Benjamin Franklin Parkway Patch
If you are planning to be in Philadelphia, download this
educational and fun patch program. Patches can be purchased at our council shops.
Pennsylvania Horticultural Society Girl Scout Patch
In working toward the PHS Patch, girls will gain knowledge and
skills to promote greening and its power to improve lives, build
relationships, and transform communities. Check out the program here.
Science and Engineering
Do you and your girls want to explore and learn more about the
fields of science and/or engineering? Would you like to promote the
fields as career options for your girls? Are you looking for new
activity ideas to use during Troop meetings? Through fun, hands-on
activities and experiments, the Science Sampler and Engineering
Sampler programs expose girls to what is possible in the fields of
science and engineering.
You don’t have to be a STEM expert to try science and engineering
programs with your Troops! These Ready-to-Run programs have all the
instructions, supply lists and age-appropriate scientific explanations
so you can have fun with the girls and introduce them to fields of
interest where girls are underrepresented, and career opportunities abound!
Be sure to also check out GSEP’s Imagineer Series! This program
helps girls explore and learn more about the fields of science through
fun, hands-on activities and experiments.
Scout the Vote
The national, state, and local election
process will be at the top of the news until Election Day in November.
In fact, it has already started. The election process provides a vivid
backdrop to develop positive values (Discover), feel connected to your
community (Connect), and educate and inspire others to act (Take Action).
The Girl Scout role in any election is to provide an accurate, age
appropriate, non-partisan interpretation of the election
process and to instill a commitment to participatory citizenship.
Check out the Scout the Vote program here.
The purpose of this K-12th grade patch program is to
engage and empower Girl Scouts to understand the voting process in a
patriotic non-political manner, eagerly anticipating their right to
vote, and encourage and enable women to exercise their right to vote.
When you have completed the activities for your grade level, patches
can be purchased at our council shops.
The Schuylkill River Heritage Area Patch
The Schuylkill River Heritage Area has teamed up with the Girl
Scouts of Eastern Pennsylvania to create a new opportunity for Girl
Scouts to learn about the Schuylkill River Heritage Area. The patch
encourages girls to explore the region, learn about its history and
protect the environment. It is designed to be fun and educational with
a variety of activities that will appeal to Girl Scout Troops of all
levels, from Daisies on up. Learn more here.
Strong Girls Healthy Meeting
The Strong Girls Healthy Meeting Patch helps Girl Scouts of all
ages make healthy habits the norm during troop meetings and events and
spread these habits to their friends, family, and community. Work with
your sister Girl Scouts to complete the patch program requirements and
then purchase your patch at a local shop. Learn more here.
Think Before You Post
The Think Before You Post patch
program aims to educate girls, brownies through ambassadors, across
the country about the dangers of the internet, how to post
responsibly, and ways that they can help combat cyberbullying. It
teaches girls how big the internet is, how to utilize social media,
and the importance of being kind on the internet. Students who are new
to the internet are not aware that everything on the internet is
permanent, and it is much easier to say something hurtful online than
it is face-to-face. Work with your sister Girl Scouts to complete the
patch program requirements and then email email@example.com
with the number of requested patches and a mailing address. Check
here for more information and program requirements.
Up All Night MEdia Journey
Journeys allow girls to delve into a topic, become experts, and
develop a Take Action project to better their community. While it’s
best for girls to work on Journeys over time to fully engage with the
topic and understand the process of planning a change-making project,
we understand how busy they can be! That’s why we’ve designed the Up
All Night MEdia Journey weekend.