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All About Voting, Knot Tying, Observing the Moon, Gardening and more are free online.

COURTESY PHOTO - Girl Scouts offer socially distant programmingGirl Scouts of Oregon and Southwest Washington and Girl Scouts of the USA are rolling out safe, socially distant programming and virtual resources. Girl Scouts is making a wide variety of curriculum and self-guided activities available for all girls and families to access regardless of membership with the organization.

"At Girl Scouts, there is nothing we take more seriously than the safety and well-being of our members, which is why we have made several program changes to reduce the spread of novel coronavirus," said Karen Hill, CEO for Girl Scouts of Oregon and Southwest Washington. "During these challenging times, we're especially proud to do what Girl Scouts always do: make the world a better place, by offering our unique programming to our broader community."

"Girl Scouts of Oregon and Southwest Washington has carefully curated and developed safe, socially distant programming for girls throughout the region, said a press release from the organization. "The research-backed programming, developed by specialists in leadership development for girls, offers a multitude of unique opportunities for girls."

The organization plans to keep releasing activities and guidance to help girls engage, explore and learn about civic engagement, the outdoors, and STEM. A few recent opportunities have included:

All About Voting -- nonpartisan information and Q & A about voter registration and the voting process with GSOSW Volunteer Membership Specialist Alec Ballweg and former Oregon Secretary of State Jeanne Atkins, https://www.facebook.com/51285840881/videos/2996816183768996/.

Knots: The Figure 8 Follow Through -- tying into a climbing harness for rock-climbing, presented by GSOSW Outdoor Program Specialist Angie Madsen, https://www.facebook.com/51285840881/videos/225186072034972/.

Observing and Investigating the Moon -- learning about the phases of the moon with GSOSW STEM Specialist Shannon Joseph, https://www.facebook.com/51285840881/videos/677522066354842/.

Upcoming activities include making seed planters from repurposed materials, cooking a s'more with a homemade solar oven, and farm to fork activities inspired by the Girl Scout Community Garden in Medford. To learn more about upcoming activities, follow Girl Scouts of Oregon and Southwest Washington's Facebook page and visit https://www.girlscoutsosw.org/.

In late March, Girl Scouts of the USA launched Girl Scouts at Home, a national online platform with free, self-guided activities for girls. Girl Scouts at Home reflects the exploration and interactive learning of Girl Scouts in a one-stop-shop format that lets both members and the public enjoy a variety of activities. Girls can become space science explorers by observing the moon's cycle, learn the basics of coding using step-by-step algorithms, and even delve into the science of happiness -- using techniques to improve their mood in healthy ways. To learn more, visit https://www.girlscouts.org/en/girl-scouts-at-home.html.


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