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Earn Girl Scout Badges & Patches at Home

Welcome to Virtual Girl Scouts! Girls can earn badges and patches at their own pace right from home. Explore the outdoors, do science experiements, create beautiful art and much more. There are even virtual community service projects!

All online activities help girls earn a badge or fun patch that can be purchased from our Online Shop

Questions? Please contact or call 800.345.6858. We are here to help!

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The 4 Pillars & Girl Scout Journey

Participate in our Pillar A Day Program! Over the course of 5 weeks girls in each grade level can earn 4 badges and a journey. Each week (for 5 weeks) we released the next step for each badge. Mondays were Life Skills, Tuesdays were Entrepreneurship, Wednesdays were STEM, Thursdays were Outdoor, and Fridays were Girl Scout Journey.

Life Skills

Week Three:
Daisy - Good Neighbor Badge
Brownie - My Best Self Badge
Junior - Staying Fit Badge
Cadette - Eating for Beauty Badge
Senior - Cross Training Badge
Ambassador - Dinner Party Badge

Week Four:
Daisy - Learning to Draw
Brownie - My Best Self Badge
Junior - Staying Fit Badge
Cadette - Eating for Beauty Badge
Senior - Cross Training Badge
Ambassador - Dinner Party Badge


Week One:
Daisy - Money Counts Badge
Brownie - Philanthropist Badge
Junior - Savvy Shopper Badge
Cadette - Budgeting Badge
Senior - Financing My Future Badge
Ambassador - On My Own Badge

Week Two:
Daisy - Money Counts Badge
Brownie - Philanthropist Badge
Junior - Savvy Shopper Badge
Cadette - Budgeting Badge
Senior - Financing My Future Badge
Ambassador - On My Own Badge

Week Three:
Daisy - Money Counts Badge
Brownie - Philanthropist Badge
Junior - Savvy Shopper Badge
Cadette - Budgeting Badge
Senior - Financing My Future Badge
Ambassador - On My Own Badge

Week Four:
Daisy - Money Counts Badge
Brownie - Philanthropist Badge
Junior - Savvy Shopper Badge
Cadette - Budgeting Badge
Senior - Financing My Future Badge
Ambassador - On My Own Badge

Week Five:
Daisy - Money Counts Badge
Brownie - Philanthropist Badge
Junior - Savvy Shopper Badge
Cadette - Budgeting Badge
Senior - Financing My Future Badge
Ambassador - On My Own Badge


Week One:
Daisy - Outdoor Art Maker
Brownie - Outdoor Art Creator
Junior - Outdoor Art Explorer
Cadette - Outdoor Art Apprentice
Senior - Outdoor Art Expert
Ambassador - Outdoor Art Master

Week Two:
Daisy - Outdoor Art Maker
Brownie - Outdoor Art Creator
Junior - Outdoor Art Explorer
Cadette - Outdoor Art Apprentice
Senior - Outdoor Art Expert
Ambassador - Outdoor Art Master

Week Three:
Daisy - Outdoor Art Maker
Brownie - Outdoor Art Creator
Junior - Outdoor Art Explorer
Cadette - Outdoor Art Apprentice
Senior - Outdoor Art Expert
Ambassador - Outdoor Art Master

Week Four:
Daisy - Outdoor Art Maker
Brownie - Outdoor Art Creator
Junior - Outdoor Art Explorer
Cadette - Outoor Art Apprentice
Senior - Outdoor Art Expert
Ambassador - Outdoor Art Master

Week Five:
Daisy - Outdoor Art Maker
Brownie - Outdoor Art Creator
Junior - Outdoor Art Explorer
Cadette - Outdoor Art Apprentice
Senior - Outdoor Art Expert
Ambassador - Outdoor Art Master

Girl Scout Journey

Virtual Patch Programs

Pillar Power Patch Program

We know that with everything going on it can be a little overwhelming to fit in badge work. Girl Scouts of Southern Illinois believe that through the four pillars of Girl Scouts we can find ways to continue being women of courage and confidence that make the world a better place. All it takes is making sure that we have a solid foundation to build upon.

The foundation of Girl Scouts consists of Life Skills, Outdoor, STEM and Entrepreneurship. As we are transitioning to spending more time virtually, it can be a challenge to experience activities in each pillar. To make sure you get to experience all that Girl Scouts has to offer, we are giving you this Pillar Power challenge.

To complete the challenge, all you need to do is consult our Pillar Power Chart of Activities and find a way to incorporate something from each pillar into your ongoing life. Below is a list of how many activites from each pillar your Girl Scout level must complete:

  • Daisy - Complete 1 activity from each pillar.
  • Brownie - Complete 2 activities from each pillar.
  • Junior - Complete 3 activities from each pillar.
  • Cadette - Complete 4 activities from each pillar.
  • Senior - Complete 5 activites from each pillar.
  • Ambassador - Complete 6 activities from each pillar.

  Pillar Power Activities Chart
Pillar Power Grade Level Requirements

Other Virtual Patch Progams

Already earned your Pillar Power Patch? Earn these Girl Scouts patches at home! 


Virtual Activities: Entrepreneurship

Girls In Innovation
Innovation Patch Web

Stretch your imagination, explore your creativity and discover ways to bring your brilliant ideas to life. Learn about great inventors and how you can use science to solve a problem or create something new. Find inspiration for an idea that could change the world! Investigate innovation by completing at least 2 of the DIY Innovation Activities on your own. 

Order the Girls in Innovation patch from our Girl Scouts of Southern Illinois Online Shop

Check out the Innovation Week Daily Schedule!

Check out the Innovation Week Facebook Event!

DIY Innovation Activities:


Virtual Activities: Life Skills

Art Attack

6/29 - 7/3: Art Attack
Let's make this summer a colorful one! Each day we will explore a different famous artist and some of their works. Then, we'll dive in and create our own masterpieces! Be sure to share pictures with us on the Art Attack Facebook Event. This program can be completed at your own pace. Art Attack Program Kits or just the Art Attack Patch can be purchased online! 


Monday: Roy Lichtenstein and Onomatopoeia Bubble Art

Tuesday: Piet Mondrian and My Goals Art

Wednesday: Alma Thomas and Days Filled With Color Art

Thursday: Dale Chihuly and Art Medium

Friday: Angie Lewin and Macro Nature Art

Culinary Creator Challenge

6/22-7/31: Culinary Creator Challenge

Your delicious decorations were dazzling during the "Crushed It! Cake Challenge" earlier this summer. Now, are you ready to take on the Culinary Creator Challenge?! 

This is your chance to show everyone your expertise in the kitchen by planning, cooking and customizing something good to eat!  

For this challenge you have 2 options:

Lunch Challenge:  Make a mac n' cheese meal. For this challenge you can use any pasta and cheese that you would like. Jazz up your recipe with additional add-ins such as be meat, veggies or whatever you'd like. Adjust your recipe for any dietary restrictions that you have. 


Dessert Challenge: Design a dessert for your family using the following  three items: vanilla cake mix (box or homemade), fruit (any variety, canned, frozen or fresh) and breakfast cereal (any variety). 

With either challenge make sure you follow the following steps:

  • Plan your recipe 
  • Shop (at the store or in your kitchen)
  • Create your culinary masterpiece
  • Present (show your dish in a way that makes your family want to try it right away)
  • Taste

Last, round up your family judges and give them a copy of the score sheet to decide if you are a Master Culinary Creator.

Be sure to share pictures of your creation on the Culinary Creator Challenge Facebook event page. If you'd like, include a recipe so others can give it a try! Good Luck chefs!

Crushed It! Cake Challenge
crush it cake patch

Girl Scouts! Challenge yourself and participate in our first ever Crushed It! Cake Decorating Challenge!

All Girl Scouts Daisy-Ambassador can join the fun! Your family will come up with your cake decorating challenge and be the judge & jury if you CRUSHED IT! All cakes will be displayed at the end of our challenge on our GSofSI Facebook Page. 

Please photos submit to our Crushed It! Cake Challenge Facebook Event! 


Virtual Activities: Outdoors

Backyard Fun Challenge
Backyard Patch

There are so many fun ways to enjoy the great outdoors - even from your own backyard!  Complete activities from our Backyard Challenge worksheet to earn a patch. Even Girl Scout volunteers can earn the patch at home!


Best Campout Ever
Backyard Patch

6/8 - 6/12: Best Campout Ever
Virtual Campouts? Yes, please! During this week we will be like Bigfoot while we learn about Leave No Trace, enjoy some outdoor cooking and take part in camp skill challenges. Finally cap off your week with a family campout. Whether it occurs in your backyard or in your living room, it’s sure to be a family night to remember. You can purchase your Program Kit with items necessary for the great outdoors and the patch from our GSofSI Local Online Shop

Click here for the Best Campout Ever Daily Schedule! 

Monday: Plan Ahead and Prepare - As Leave No Trace says, ‘Know Before You Go’. Pick one national park, by clicking here, to explore with a 360-degree tour. After you know what adventures you will be going on during your trip, design an avatar who will join you on your trip. Below there are 4 activities to do on your own to plan ahead and prepare for having a campout at your home.
Family & Troop Camping Toolkit
Plan Ahead & Prepare Buddy Activity
Plan Ahead & Prepare Comic Strip Activity
Plan Ahead & Prepare Diorama Activity

Tuesday: How to Be Like Bigfoot - Who lives in the woods and never leaves a trace, but always has a smile on his face? That’s right, Bigfoot! This is why he is the mascot for Leave No Trace. As Girl Scouts we believe in ‘leaving a place better than you find it’. When we go outside we try to practice eco-friendly ethics. Which means we try to minimize our impact on the planet.
How to be Like Bigfoot

Wendesday: Get to Know Your Tools Challenge - Part o planning ahead and preparing is testing and gettting to know the tools you will be using for your trip. Take part in these challenges to get to know your tool a little better.
Multi-Tool Challenge
Whittle Challenge

Thursday: Dream Campout - One of the most important thing to plan ahaed and prepare for is what you are going to eat. Start planning your meals today for your campout this weekend. You want to make sure you have everything that you need to make this the best campout ever! Use our Dream Campout planning sheet to help you get the job done.
Dream Campout

Friday: Campfire Sing-a-long and Skits - The big day is here and we hope you are ready!  Breakout those costumes, songs and skits and ask your family to join in the fun, or you can just light a fire at your house and enjoy!

Earth Day Spirit Week

April 22, 2020 was the anniversary of Earth Day! While Earth Day has passed, there's still time to enjoy a week's worth of festivities at home! 

Each day of the week offers a challenge that connects you back to Mother Earth. Once you've completed the activities, order the Earth Day patch in our GSofSI Online Shop. LIMITED RESTOCK OF PATCHES AVAILABLE!

Girl Scouts of Southern Illinois Earth Day Celebration videos on YouTube! 

May Illinois State Parks Be With You
GS Love Outdoors Patch web

MONDAY 5/25: Take the national Girl Scouts Love the Outdoors Challenge! Check out the activities list and choose the ones you want to do to earn yourself a cool new patch. While safely socially distancing, explore the outdoors from your window, front step, laptop or the wide open trail! The Girl Scouts Love the Outdoors Challenge kicks off in May and ends with Girl Scouts Love State Parks Weekend on September 12 and 13, 2020.

TUESDAY 5/26: Tips and Tricks for the Trail  - Learn how to use a compass and what to wear and pack for the trail with Girl Scouts of Southern Illinois Program Engagement Manager Anne "Cupquake" Townsend and friends! 

Giant City Patch web

WEDNESDAY 5/27: Learn more about your local state parks & earn the Giant City State Park Patch! Use the Giant City State Park Booklet & the park map on your adventure.

Cache River Patch web

THURSDAY 5/28: Learn more about your local state parks & earn the Cache River State Park Patch! Use the Cache River State Park Booklet & the park map on your adventure.

Beall Woods web

FRIDAY 5/29: Learn more about your local state parks & earn the Beall Woods State Park Patch! Use the Beall Woods State Park Booklet & the park map on your adventure.


Virtual Activities: STEM

STEM Unleashed

7/13 - 7/17: STEM Camp Unleashed

For the first time in its eight year history, Girl Scouts of Southern Illinois' summer STEM Camp was held online. We joined forces with the Southern Illinois University Edwardsville STEM Outreach Center to share exciting STEM challenges with girls right in their homes using mailed project kits and live Zoom sessions.

While the live sessions have passed, girls can still complete activities at their own pace:


Who Did It?
Who Done It Patch

6/15 - 6/19: Who Did It?
Sherlock Holmes, Nancy Drew and even Scooby Doo have nothing on you when you sleuth through this week. Learn about forensic science, critical thinking and maybe even a little spy craft while solving a virtual mystery puzzle. Program patch available for purchase in our Local Online Shop! Daily activity links can be found in the Facebook Event!

Monday: The Mystery Begins - You have been recruited as a rookie member of the GSofSI Detective Agency. Work to uncover the culprit behind the Case of the Bakery Debacle as we hone our observation skills and create a crime scene sketch to put in our case files. Join the Fun!

Tuesday: BioPrints - Our investigation continues to unfold as we interview our suspects, watch for telltale signs and collect and compare fingerprints. Do you know who did it? Don't be so quick to jump to conclusions! Join the Fun!

Wednesday: Covert Operations - As we uncover more evidence, we don't know who we can trust. Us chromatography and cryptography to determine who wrote the coded message. Share the information you uncovered with your fellow detectives by writing in invisible ink. See today's special!

Thursday: Who Did It? - The final piece of the puzzle is identified when you learn to extract DNA and then compare DNA fingerprints to determine "who did it?" Learn about DNA!

Friday: Your Turn - Now it's your turn to create a mystery story, skit or even a crime scene for your friends or family to enjoy! Let's go!

Wacky Weather and What to Do With It
wacky weather patch web

6/1-6/4: Wacky Weather and What To Do With It: 
Explore weather phenomena that effects our region, such as tornadoes, thunderstorms, blazing heat and numbing cold, through hands-on activities with common household items. Become your family meteorologist when you create your own DIY weather station and also take advantage of First Aid training special offers. Program patch available for purchase in the GSofSI Local Online Shop!

Check out the Wacky Weather Week Daily Schedule! Follow along with each activity Monday - Thursday in the Facebook Event

Wacky Weather Resources:
Monday Activity Packet
Tuesday Activity Packet
Wednesday Activity Packet
Thursday Activity Packet
Badge & Award Connections
Wacky Weather Video Playlist


Virtual Patches: Fun & Games

An Enchanted Adventure

7/27 - 7/30: Platform 9.75: An Enchanted Adventure

Apparate into a magical world where you will transfigure a recyclable into something new, study the stars above during astronomy class, develop a magical concoction during potions class, and learn to take care of your magical creatures.


Finish the week by celebrating a wizardly birthday on July 31st by showing your house pride, tasting some scrumptious snacks, playing a rousing game of trivia and settling for a movie marathon. A spellbinding program supply kit and program patch are available for purchase separately.

Monday: Transfiguration (A Recycled Craft)

Tuesday: Visit Astronomy Tower (Steps from the Space Science badges)
The Astronomy of Harry Potter
Star Wheel

Wednesday: Potions (Steps 1 and 5 Brownie Home Scientist)  

Thursday: Care of Magical Creatures (Steps 4 and 5 from Brownie Pets badge and Step 3 Junior Animal Habitats badge) on Zoom

Wizard Scavenger Hunt
Wizard Quick Draw
Would You Rather

Friday: Harry's Birthday Party
Sorting Hat Origami 

Frozen Fun
Frozen Fun Patch web

Frozen Fun Spirit Week has passed, but there is still time to join the fun and earn the Frozen Fun patch at home!There is a frosty activity for each day of the week. Check out the Frozen Fun Spirit Week Schedule! All levels are welcome to participate in the fun. Once you complete each activity, you can order the Frozen Fun patch

See the Frozen Fun Spirit Week Facebook Event!

Monday: Make Your Own Snow STEM Challenge
Tuesday: Frozen Fun Scavenger Hunt
Wednesday: Frozen Fun Craft Night
Thursday: Zoom Sing-Along with Special Guests (Link to be shared in event)
Friday: Movie Marathon with Reindeer Munchies

Frozen Fun Week Videos on YouTube! 

Fun and Games

7/20 - 7/23: It's All Fun & Games

If games are your thing, this week is for you. We will play games, create game rules and design our own games! Activities will meet some requirements from the Daisy Board Game Design Challenge, Brownie Making Games and the Coding for Good Game Design badges. So let’s meet some new friends and play! Everyone is a winner!

Every session this week will be held on Zoom so we can enjoy our games together! Register here and you will receive a confirmation email with information about joining the meeting. 

Program patch available for purchase separately.

Monday: Inside Out Day

Tuesday: Bring a Pet to Girl Scouts Day

Wednesday: Pajama Day
Guess Who Game

Thursday: Crazy Hair Day

Trolling Through Summer

7/6 - 7/10: Trolling Through the Summer

We all need a little music, dancing and hugs in our lives. During this colorful week we will have a musical world tour, discover the power of fashion, save the day through scrapbooking and learn some new games and recipes.


A spectacular program supply kit, complete with a little bit of glitter, felt and a program patch are available for purchase separately.

Monday: Musical World Tour

Tuesday: Scrapbooking Saves the Day
Felt Troll Scrapbook

Wednesday: Trolls to Accessorize! 
Crown Template

Thursday: The Power of Fashion on Zoom 
Trolling Through the Summer Games

Friday: The Biggest, Loudest, Craziest Party Ever!


Virtual Community Service Projects

Citizen Scientist Service Project

How can you play a part in solving some of the biggest problems facing our planet? Enter citizen science, where volunteers help scientists collect data for their studies and experiments. Anyone can be a citizen scientist—all you need is curiosity and a willingness to help! 

This summer, your troop can contribute to important scientific research by participating in one of our Girl Scouts Give Back citizen science projects. We’ve partnered with SciStarter, an online citizen science community, to help get you going!

Here’s how your troop can make a difference: 

  1. Choose either the Great Sunflower Project (for girls of all ages) or the Globe at Night project (for Cadettes, Seniors, and Ambassadors) to create an account for your troop on SciStarter

  2. Read the project’s instructions on your SciStarter dashboard and gather the needed tools and materials.

  3. Collect data for the project using the recommended tools and materials, and log the data using your SciStarter dashboard.

  4. Snap a photo of your troop’s work and share on social media using #GirlScoutsGiveBack (be sure to tag @girlscouts). Don’t forget to add your project to be counted as participating in our national service projects.

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

Want to learn more about citizen science? For a limited time only, you can download all activity instructions and the Take Action Guide for the Think Like a Citizen Scientist Journey for free from the Girl Scout Shop! 

Letter Writing Community Service Project

The idea is simple: girls write letters to people in nursing homes, senior residences, and assisted living facilities, including the dedicated staff and caregivers. This long-distance hug is a way to share your good thoughts with these vulnerable and loved community members.

Here’s how it works:

  1. Ask your girls (and their friends!) to write letters to senior and caretakers using our tips (PDF).

  2. You can mail letters to one of the facilities (PDF) or reach out to a local assisted living center and find out how they would like to receive your troop’s letters. You could collect and deliver them (using no-contact practices), have girls mail them individually, or even deliver them via email. Don’t forget to include a note to tell the staff about the letters you’re sending (DOC).

  3. Take a picture of your letter packet and post it to your social media networks using #GirlScoutsGiveBack (and be sure to tag us @girlscouts).

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

  5. 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).

Mask Making Community Service Project

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. 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 Mask Making Patch

 Check out some more detailed guidance (PDF).

Promote the Vote Community 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!

  4. Complete Girl Scouts' survey so your troop’s impact can be counted in the movement's 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).

Girl Scouts is a § 501(c)(3) tax exempt organization. We do not take sides in elections or support or oppose any political candidates. Promote the Vote is a nonpolitical and nonpartisan initiative designed to increase civic participation and is not linked to any political party or to individuals on any one side of an issue. We encourage all citizens, regardless of political party, affiliation, or beliefs, to participate in the democratic process.


Virtual Programs from Girl Scouts of the USA

Additional self-guided "Girl Scouts at Home" activities can be found on Girl Scouts of the USA's website


Volunteer Resources for Virtual Girl Scouts