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Life Skills

Girl Scout badges, beginning with Civic Engagement and expanding to Healthy Living, Communication Skills, Practical Skills, and Global Citizenship, form the foundation of activities that help girls grow as Girl Scouts.

Whether it’s by exercising and staying healthy, developing strong relationships with family and peers, advocating on behalf of others, protecting our environment, or exploring careers that can truly change the world for the better, girls gain the skills and the inspiration to accept challenges, overcome obstacles, and take the lead. 

Civic Engagement

With a focus on preparing girls to be active and informed members of their communities, Girl Scouts offers Citizen badges for all grade levels, along with the Silver Torch and Gold Torch awards for Cadettes, Seniors, and Ambassadors. In addition, this year's new Civics badges will teach girls about their local, state, and federal government.

Civic Engagement Opportunities
Civic Leadership Challenge
Path of the Ballot 
All about Voting 
Civic Engagement Badges


Community Service

Whether it’s through planting a garden, painting a mural, or launching a letter-writing campaign, the It’s Your World—Change It! Journey inspires Girl Scouts at every grade level to take on unique leadership and advocacy challenges and discover what it means to be a leader who makes a difference in the world. Complete a National Girl Scout Service Project and earn your Girl Scouts Give Back PatchLearn more about National Girl Scouts Service Projects.
 

Healthy Relationships

At every stage, from Daisy to Ambassador, Girl Scouts form stronger connections with family, friends, and their communities. Younger Girl Scouts (grades K–5) make new friends as they strive to be considerate, caring, and kind. In middle school, girls learn how to cope with bullying and relational aggression. And as a Senior or Ambassador, she’ll hone her people skills with her peers and her community, as she makes the world a better place. Explore Healthy Relationship Badges >>
 

Financial Literacy

Grounded in real-life situations, Financial Literacy badges give girls a deeper understanding of financial issues, providing them with insight, skills, and practical knowledge in areas such as budgeting, philanthropy, making smart buying decisions, financial planning, and more. Learn more about FInancial Literacy Badges >>


Life Skills At-home Program

Explore life skills-themed at-home activities below. New programs are added periodically, so check back soon!

Farm to Fork

Inspired by our Farm to Fork programs held at GSOSW’s Girl Scout Community Garden, the following activities can be done in the comfort of your own home or backyard!

NEW! FARM TO FORK: HARVEST & PRESERVATION
Learn about the history of popular foods grown in the garden, meet farmers and discover fresh produce as you visit a farmers market, and make your own freezer jam! Girl Scout Brownies-Seniors can complete badge steps through this activity. Get Started!

NEW! FARM TO FORK: BENEFICIAL INSECTS
Learn about pollinators and insects and the important work they do in the garden. Prepare seed balls to attract beneficial insects to your garden, create a beneficial insect watering dish and make a pollinator smoothie! Girl Scout Brownies-Seniors can complete badge steps through this activity. Get Started!

FARM TO FORK: CULTIVATING SOIL AND CHEESE
Learn all about soil and how to cultivate healthy compost, then step into the kitchen to try making your own ricotta cheese! Girl Scout Juniors, Cadettes and Seniors can complete badge steps by doing this activity. Get Started!

FARM TO FORK: EASY PEASY
Watch a seed grow, then make a delicious meal. Get Started!

FARM TO FORK: SPRING FLOWERS
Get your hands dirty as you try out a variety of fun gardening activities. Then head into your kitchen to learn some basic kitchen skills while you prepare nutritional foods to eat. Get started!

Civic Education and Global Action

LEADERS OF TODAY AND TOMORROW
Hear from a panel of women leaders in various fields, from government to healthcare to construction. These local change makers share how they came to be the empowered leaders they are today. Get started!

GENDER EQUALITY PLAYLIST
Explore gender through the lens of pop music! Cadettes, Seniors and Ambassadors can complete this acivity to fulfill one step of the 2020 Global Action Award for Gender Equality. Get Started!

WHO REPRESENTS ME?
Explore the levels of government and find out which elected officials represent you! By completing this activity, Girl Scout Juniors earn Step 2 of the Inside Government badge. Get started!

THINK LIKE A PHILANTHROPIST PARTS 1-4
Learn what it means to be a philanthropist and start thinking like one today. Get started!

Emergency Preparedness

PREPARED, NOT SCARED
The Great Cascadia Zombie Survival Challenge - COVID-19 Edition. This program, developed by our sisters at  Girl Scouts of Western Washington, was originally envisioned to help girls and their families be prepared for a natural disaster, namely an earthquake. Little did they know how valuable the skills and information would be during the COVID-19 health crisis. The program has been updated with information and activities relevant to today's global health challenge. Get started!

Arts and Upcycled Crafts

UPCYCLE YOUR WARDROBE
Look in your closet for clothes that no longer fit and try out these fun ideas to upcycle your clothing into something new. Get started!

GIRL LED: HOW TO MAKE A DOG TOY WITH JASMINE
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GIRL LED: HOW TO MAKE ORIGAMI WITH SIOBHAN
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GIRL LED: HOW TO DRAW—TIPS AND TRICKS WITH LILY
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