As many parents across the United States learned to juggle working from home alongside family responsibilities and virtual learning, Girl Scout volunteers stepped up to make sure girls continued to develop key skills, stay connected to each other and earn badges through the troop experience.
For Daisy troop leader and Girl Scout alum, Megan Langford, that meant using the resources provided to her by Girl Scouts of Eastern Missouri to keep her eleven first-grade members of Troop 3180 engaged and connected, even when they couldn’t meet in person.
“Being as communicative as possible was key during this time,” said Langford. “I have amazing parents in my troop, many who were former Girl Scouts themselves, so we all worked together and relied on each other.”
Girl Scout Daisy Troop 3180 in Action
Troop Photo Taken Before the Outbreak of COVID-19
The Troop Practices Social Distancing
With the strategic goal of upgrading and diversifying the volunteer experience, Girl Scouts of Eastern Missouri has implemented new resources to help volunteers provide an inclusive and top-notch leadership experience.
Langford and her troop relied on these resources from Girl Scouts of Eastern Missouri, like free Zoom licenses and the Daisy Drop Box, to help their troop complete badge work virtually.
“Having a Zoom subscription provided by Girl Scouts was wonderful,” said Langford. “We were able to conduct our meetings without having to watch the clock and worry about time. I was able to make sure each girl had the opportunity to speak, be present and share with the troop.”
Troop Leader Megan Langford and Troop 3180 hold a troop meeting via Zoom.
Daisy Drop Box
Daisy Drop Box, launched in 2019, is a free, curated box subscription service that meets the evolving needs of Daisy troops. Each box has a different theme like entrepreneurship or STEM, but they all contain skill-building activities, crafts and games to aid the troop leader when planning and coordinating their monthly meetings.
“During the pandemic, I don’t know how we could have been successful without Daisy Drop Box,” said Langford. “Being a troop leader is a big job, but having this tool was paramount and set us up for success as we bridge into Girl Scout Brownies.”
To further support troop leaders with their virtual meetings, all materials in each Daisy Drop Box, came pre-packaged so troop leaders could deliver them right to their girl’s doorsteps ahead of the meeting.
“The activities were great and they challenged the girls,” said Langford. “My troop was able to complete the Daisy Drop Box activities on their own, without needing parental assistance. It made them problem-solve as a group and it sparked conversation amongst the girls.”
As the backbone of the troop experience, volunteers were integral to Girl Scouts of Eastern Missouri’s momentum in 2020. They stayed steadfast—continually evolving to meet the ever-changing needs for the girls of today.
“Girl Scouts gave our girls a sense of normalcy during the pandemic, which they desperately needed,” said Langford. “What we teach every day in Girl Scouts, by following the Promise and Law, sets girls up to be strong during situations like this and for the rest of their lives.”