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Girl Scouting from Home: Service Projects

From educating communities about food production and selling Treasury Bonds during WWI to planting victory gardens and training in first aid during WWII, Girl Scouts have always stepped up in times of need, and our current COVID-19 crisis is no different. All across our country and our world, Girl Scouts have leapt to the aid of others by engaging in wonderful acts of service and kindness. Now your troop can get involved too!

Cupid Crew

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 volunteer
  • 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 service project.

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 @wishofalifetime too!
  • After your troop has completed your cards, share 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:

Tips for Girls (PDF)
Cupid Crew Valentine’s Day Card Template (PDF)
List of Senior Living Communities (PDF)
Note 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.  Learn more about Wish of a Lifetime from AARP or follow @wishofalifetime on social media.

Family Service Project: Write Letters to Santa
Write a letter to Santa

Since 2008, Macy's and Make-A-Wish have teamed up to bring hope and joy with a Santa Letter campaign to benefit children waiting for wishes across the country. For every letter written to Santa, Macy's will donate $1 to Make-A-Wish®, up to $1 million, to create life-changing wishes for children all across the country. Now more than ever, as COVID-19 impacts our communities, hope is essential for wish kids who are isolated and vulnerable

We are asking all Girl Scouts and their Troops, along with their families and friends, to write a letter to Santa that Girl Scouts of New Mexico Trails can deliver to Macy’s for the benefit of New Mexico’s Make-A-Wish kids.  Letters will be collected until December 20.  Write or collect 5 letters to earn your FREE December Patch of the Month, a Letters to Santa fun patch.

Here’s how you can help:

  • Mail your Santa letters to our Albuquerque office.  You must include your name and address with your five letters to receive your Letters to Santa fun patch.  If you are a troop leader or caregiver sending letters from multiple Girl Scouts, please bundle each girls' five letters wrapped in a sheet of paper with that girl's name and address (or the troop leaders address).

Girl Scouts of New Mexico Trails
Attn: Believe Campaign
4000 Jefferson Plaza NE
Albuquerque, NM 87109

  • Drop your letters off at our Albuquerque Service Center.  Be sure to show your five letters to the front desk before putting them in our special mailbox to claim your Letters to Santa fun patch.
  • Visit our Albuquerque Service Center and write your letter to Santa at our Santa Letter Writing Station in the lobby to receive your Letters to Santa patch right away (during regular business hours).

Thank you for your help make a child's wish come true!  

Promote the Vote Service Project

National Civic Action:
Promote the Vote

Since Girl Scouts’ founding in 1912, our members have created lasting, positive change through advocacy and civic action. And though some girls may be too young to cast a ballot, they can still mobilize their communities to take action like a Girl Scout.

As we mark the 100th anniversary of the 19th Amendment, which removed the gender restriction to voting, Girl Scouts is launching a national “Promote the Vote” initiative to engage Girl Scout troops in the democratic process.

Voting is arguably our most important civic duty—but barriers still exist. In many parts of the country, voting laws and protocols make it difficult for many people, especially people of color, to cast their votes in local and federal elections. In other words, there’s work to be done—and girls can play a part!

We all have a role in helping people exercise their right to participate in the democratic process, including in this challenging time of COVID-19.

Here’s how your Girl Scout troop can promote the vote:

  1. Discuss the importance of voting. Lead your girls in a conversation (PDF) about why voting is essential and the power they have to increase access to the vote and to encourage others to vote, even if they are too young to vote themselves. (Hint: your troop could earn one of our new Democracy badges in the process!)

  2. Make a plan and set a goal. With your girls, decide which action(s) you’ll take to encourage people to register to vote and make a plan to vote, and how many people you’ll reach out to. There are so many ways your girls can share key information (PDF) and get the word out! Senior and Ambassador troops can register (or pre-register) to vote and make plans to cast their ballots together!

  3. Share your story on social media. Research shows that if you persuade one person to vote, they’ll likely influence at least one additional friend or family member to vote too! If you use social to educate and inspire others to vote, be sure to tag us using @girlscouts.

  4. Complete our survey so your troop’s impact can be counted in our national service projects.

  5. Encourage your girls’ ongoing civic engagement through working to earn our new Democracy badges and using GSUSA’s suffrage toolkit.

For more voting resources, check out:

 Check out more detailed guidance:
Instructions for troop leaders (PDF).
Instructions to share with girls (PDF).

Citizen Science Service Project

Announcing our July national service project: citizen science.

While families are at home this summer, there are meaningful and exciting ways for Girl Scout troops to contribute to science, get outside, and help scientists solve some of the big problems facing our planet. Especially now, with more people are at home due to COVID-19, citizen scientists have a unique opportunity to help by collecting data and reporting their findings.

We hope that your girls, troops, and councils will participate in two designated citizen science projects:

  • Girls of all ages can participate in the Great Sunflower Project.
  • Cadettes, Seniors, and Ambassadors can choose between the Great Sunflower Project and the Globe at Night project.  ​​​​​​​

You do not need any science training to do these projects, and they comply with social distancing guidelines.

Click here for instructions on how to participate.  While these are written for Troop Leaders, the steps are the same for individually registered girls. 

Letter-Writing Service Project

Girl Scouts Give Back: Letter-Writing Service Project

The idea is simple: girls write letters to people in nursing homes, senior residences, and assisted living facilities, including members of our community that receive benefits from Meals on Wheels. This long-distance hug is a way to share your good thoughts with these vulnerable and loved community members.

In partnership with GSUSA and The New Mexico Aging & Long-term Services Department, we invite you to join us in a campaign to create and connect with New Mexicans living with disabilities across our state.  We're all in this together and we want them to know they're in our hearts and minds!

Here’s how it works:

  1. Write It

    Showing compassion and performing random acts of kindness help us feel loved.  Take a few minutes right now, sit down, and write a card or letter telling them about yourself, maybe a drawing or poem.  It might feel difficult at first to be writing to someone you don't know.  Our advice is to pretend like it's a conversation!  See the video above for some inspiration.  Please see the guidelines for instructions before writing and mailing your letters. 

  2. Broadcast or Stream It

    Read your letter or take a picture of it and use the hashtags #CreateAndConnect & #GirlScoutsGiveBack.  Your videos and photos will be shared with people across the state.

  3. Send It

    Your letter will be added to food boxes being delivered across the state and sent to nursing homes. 

    Mailing Address

    Create and Connect Campaign
    8500 Menaul Blvd. NE, Suite B-350
    Albuquerque, NM 87112

  4. Log It

    Don't forget to come back here and log the number of letters to add them to the GSUSA national campaign! Let’s see how many letters of love and care our Movement can send!

  5. Patch It

    If you wish to recognize your troop’s participation with a patch, we recommend this community service patch

Tell us how many letters you sent!

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Mask-Making Service Project

Girl Scouts Give Back:
Mask Making 

Now, with this nationwide mask-making campaign, all girls have the chance to step up to help their friends, neighbors, and frontline workers during the COVID-19 pandemic. And we’ve partnered with Feeding America, a network of local food banks across the U.S., to make it easy for your girls to amplify their efforts.

  1. Ask your girls (and their friends!) to make masks for adults and kids. Use the instructions from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). If your troop chooses to make masks for other kids, use 7.5” x 9” cloth instead. 

  2. When you are ready to send your masks, you can include a letter like this (PDF).

  3. You can safely distribute masks where you see the greatest need in your community (check out these ideas). Through our partnership with Feeding America, your troop can easily donate (PDF) masks to your local food bank staff and families that rely on food bank services.   

  4. Inspire others to give back! Snap a photo of your troop’s masks and post to your social networks using the hashtag #GirlScoutsGiveBack. Be sure to tag @girlscouts too!

  5. Don’t forget to come back and log the number of masks you made!

  6. If you wish to recognize your troop’s participation with a patch, we recommend this Girl Scouts Give Back patch.

 Check out some more detailed guidance (PDF).

Tell us how many masks you made!

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