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You’re invited to virtual events at New York State Parks! 

Girl Scouts love the outdoors, especially state parks. Join us to celebrate Girl Scouts Love State Parks weekend September 10-13 and earn a colorful new patch for participating in one or more of the scenic events!

This year, girls will learn about how they can help state parks through discovery, learning, then taking action. Begin the fun by signing up on our Virtual Girl Scout Leadership Experience. There is a course for each age level. Get ready to start your adventure, right from home!

Live Virtual Event w/ Shirley Chisholm State Park
Live Q&A with State Park Educators from Shirley Chisholm State Park
September 10 | 3-4pm

Kick off the 2020 GSLSP weekend with a live Q&A with women educators from Shirley Chisholm State Park! Girls of all age levels are invited to ask questions about their career path, general information on the park, and how they can be good stewards of our New York State Parks.

GSLSP Event Schedule

Follow the GSLSP adventure:

  • September 10, 3pm: Kick off the weekend with our Live Q&A with State Park Educators
  • September 10, 4pm: GSLSP course goes live on the Virtual Girl Scout Leadership Experience (VGSLE)
  • September 11-13: Join virtual state park events across the country:
  • September 13: Weekend officially ends — fill out this formstack!
  • September 30: Deadline to fill out the formstack to receive your digital fun patch (course will always be live on VGSLE)

Take the Course on our Virtual Girl Scout Leadership Experience!

While we are unable to be physically together for this weekend, we are excited to bring you an online course to explore and learn about Shirley Chisholm State Park. The course will be uploaded on September 10 right after our Live Q&A.

Learning outcomes for all levels include an introduction to Shirley Chisholm State Park, a park scavenger hunt, brief history of how a landfill became a State Park, and an introduction to wildlife and habitats.

Level specific learning outcomes include:

  • Daisies: How plastic pollution ends up on our shorelines, how it affects the animal’s home, and what we can do to help.
  • Brownies/Juniors: Learn how plastic is made, why it ends up on our shore, how it affects our ecosystems, and how we can help.
  • Cadette/Seniors/Ambassadors: Girls will explore the life cycle of plastic, the types of plastic we find the most on our shoreline, how it affects our ecosystems and wildlife, and how we can help.

What is the Virtual Girl Scout Leadership Experience (VGSLE)?

VGSLE is our content management system that lives under Thinkific! All videos, scavenger hunts, and more will be uploaded here and organized by level. If you do not have an account – you can register for free. Once you have your account, in addition to the State Parks Course, you will have access to all GSGNY Courses, such as crafts, journeys, badges, and more!

Collect your digital GSLSP patch!

Once you have completed the GS Love State Parks course, it is time to complete the form! Upon competition, you will receive a digital fun patch. You can also purchase a physical patch online below.


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Am I allowed to visit a State Park with my family this weekend?

  • Families can make individual decisions for themselves, but right now the only activities GSGNY is promoting are virtual. If girls and their families were to go to a state park, that would not be an approved Girl Scout trip, it would just be a family outing.

Am I allowed to visit a State Park this weekend with my Troop?

  • No, GSGNY is only promoting virtual events. If girls and their troops were to go to a state park, that would not be an approved Girl Scout trip, and therefore not be covered by the GS Insurance. We would love for troops to work through the activity packet together online – but in person events are not approved.

Are there any badges girls will earn through this weekend?

  • No, however all girls will receive a digital Fun Patch, and can purchase a physical patch on their own. 

My girl just bridged, what level should she complete?

  • Leave it up to her and what course you think she would enjoy more. Since this is not a badge earning experience, there is more flexibility in what course she can do. If you are unsure, complete the course for the level she will be this fall.

How will I get my fun patch?

  • Upon completing our submission form, you will receive a digital patch emailed to you. You can order a physical patch from the Girl Scout Shop. GSGNY will not be providing physical patches to girls, only digital.

Is there a deadline to complete the course to receive my patch?

  • While the course will always be on our VGSLE, you must complete it by September 30 in order to receive your digital Fun Patch. After September 30, you can still complete the course, but digital patches will no longer be available. Physical patches will be available for purchase as supplies last.

I am unable to attend the live Q&A. Can I watch it later?

  • Yes, the recording will be uploaded to to our Virtual Girl Scout Leadership Experience and Facebook page.

For more information or questions, please contact Camp Team.