Valentine’s Day is the perfect opportunity for you and your troop to
reach out and show others that you care—especially those who may be
alone on a day that’s all about connection!
This year, Girl Scouts is teaming up with Wish of a Lifetime from
AARP for Cupid Crew 2021, a volunteer-driven effort to create
cards and safely send some love to tens of thousands of older adults
who are socially isolated.
Even though we have to keep a safe distance, your troop can help
spread joy to thousands of older adults across the country by writing
Valentine’s Day cards as part of the Cupid Crew national service project.
Here’s how it works:
1. Discuss the Cupid Crew national service project with your troop.
- Talk about how older adults may be experiencing feelings of
loneliness and isolation, compounded by COVID-19 restrictions.
- Have the troop set a goal for the number of Cupid Crew valentine
cards to create.
2. Create your valentines.
3. Decide where to send your troop’s cards.
Reach out to a local senior living
community and ask how they’d like to receive your troop’s cards. Mail
or deliver your cards to a local senior living community that you have
a connection to.
Please get in touch with your troop’s
senior living community of choice by Monday, February 8, to let them
know to expect your package or delivery. We suggest calling the senior
living community and speaking to the activities director to find out
how to best coordinate your drop-off given the community’s
COVID-safety practices. Consider including one of your girls on the
call to share in the experience.
4. Make a plan to send or deliver your Cupid Crew cards.
Decide how to collect and deliver your
troop’s cards. For example, you could collect the cards and mail them
together or drop them off as a packet. Do whatever is easiest and
safest for you and your troop.
Send or deliver your cards to the local
senior living community you identified in Step 3.
If you choose to deliver your
cards, please do so by Saturday, February 13.
For a COVID-safe drop-off, we suggest:
- All cards be delivered either with a troop leader, parent, or
- You place your cards in an envelope or box and drop
it off in front of the senior community, after getting in touch to
let them know you are coming with your package
- When your
contact comes outside to pick up the box, you all wear masks and
maintain six feet of distance
If you choose to mail your
cards, please send them by Thursday, February 4, to ensure that they
arrive in time.
If your troop decides that each girl
will mail their card(s) in, provide the council office as the return
address and make sure they also include a note to let staff know that
these are Valentine’s Day cards sent from Girl Scouts and Cupid Crew.
To ensure your cards arrive in time, send them by Thursday, February
4, and be sure to let the community know to expect the package.
5. Include a note to
the facility staff to let them know you’re sending cards as part of
your Girl Scout troop’s participation in the Cupid Crew national
Once your troop has completed this
service project, remember to:
- Inspire others to give back! Post a photo of your troop, your
cards, or your delivery to your social networks using the hashtags
#GirlScoutsGiveBack and #CupidCrew. Be sure to tag @girlscouts and
- After your troop has completed your
your story with us to help us track Girl Scouts’ nationwide
impact through service.
- If you wish to recognize your
troop’s participation with a patch, we recommend this Girl
Scouts Give Back patch.
For all National Service Project activities taking place during
COVID-19, please make sure that your troop complies with health and
safety guidelines given by the CDC, your local government, and your
local Girl Scout council.
Check out the resources for this project:
for Girls (PDF)
Crew Valentine’s Day Card Template (PDF)
of Senior Living Communities (PDF)
to Facility Staff (PDF)
Wish of a Lifetime from AARP’s mission is to shift the way society
views and values our oldest generations by fulfilling seniors’
dreams and sharing their stories to inspire those of all ages.
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