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Girl Scouts at the Ready

Girl Scouts are always prepared…right?  So let’s make sure you are at the ready, prepared with what you need for immediate use!   Once complete, you can purchase an exclusive custom patch to display on your uniform showing everyone that you are a “Girl Scout at the Ready”! 

Measurable Outcomes

  • Girl Scout Cadettes, Seniors and Ambassadors will research and prepare for at-home emergency necessities
  • Older girls will Identify a need and give back to the community 
  • Girls working on Silver or Gold Awards can apply service hours from steps three and nine towards their requirements.

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The Girl Scouts At The Ready Patch is $5. Patches will be mailed when they arrive at council.

After council shops reopen and the patches are in stock, they will be available to purchase and pick up in the Farmingdale and Toms River council shops.

Badge Requirements

Step One - Water
  • How long can a human go without water?  What if you needed to keep a supply of water on hand in case of an emergency?  Research & determine how much water your family needs for 14 days if you have no access to water supply.   Make a plan to build your supply, and how to store your supply safely.
  • Following a disaster, clean drinking water may not be available.  What if you used your water supply and need to treat suspicious water to make it drinkable? Research different ways to treat water to make it drinkable (boiling, coffee filters, cheese cloth, water purification tablets, water filters).  Try one of the methods you researched.  How did the water taste?  Using the information you found in your research, put together a water treatment kit for your family.  Check out https://www.ready.gov/water for some great information!
  • Check how-to videos or websites that help you locate your water valve and how to shut it off in an emergency.  Now, find the water main in your own home and learn how to turn it off.
  • No water supply or back-up water?  There are various ways to get water from home items if you need it in an emergency (water heater (once it’s cooled down), water in canned goods, ice cubes, etc.).  Research various options as a back-up source!
Step Two - First Aid
  • Make a personal First Aid kit to keep in your family car.  Research what you should have in your kit.
  • Build a family first aid kit.  See what the American Red Cross recommends!
  • Do you know what home hazards are?  Do a little research, identify hazards in your home and draft a plan to fix the hazards. 
  • Communicate with a Paramedic, EMT or other First Responder about their role in an emergency or disaster.  Learn about their profession or volunteer role and ask them for suggestions about your first aid kit.
Step Three - Pets
  • If you have a pet, what items will they need in a disaster?  Build your pet’s disaster kit.  Find out how at https://www.ready.gov/pets.   If you do not have a pet, maybe a friend or neighbor has one for you to prepare a kit for.
  • Local shelters need your help too!  Ask if there is anything you can do to help.  Many request donations of sheets and towels. See if you can gather some to donate!  You can also set up contactless pick-up from neighbors, family and friends.
  • Research different types of working dogs (military, search and rescue, therapy, or other animals).  How do their handlers prepare for an emergency? 
  • Think about past disasters.  How have pets been handled then?  Compare, for example, pets in Hurricane Katrina and Harvey.  What has changed?
Step Four - Food
  • How long can a human go without food?  How much food should you store in preparation for an emergency?  What if you lost electricity?  What foods can you eat?  Prepare a disaster food supply.  Include treats and your favorite foods.
  • Check out https://www.ready.gov/food for ideas on food that you can easily store that don’t require electricity or a cooling source.  Maybe even do some research on how to dehydrate or can fruit.  You can also learn how to build a small family garden!  Choose seeds based upon fruits and vegetables your family likes to eat.
  • Do you know how many calories you need each day for each person in your family?  Does your disaster food supply list have sufficient calories?
Setp Five - Light and Heat
  • The power is out, and it’s dark!  What safe ways can you create light without electricity (do you have flashlights, glow sticks, or even solar garden lights!)
  • Create a supply!  Remember to check batteries needed too!
  • What if it’s too cold or too hot?  How will you warm up or cool down?  Do you have a fireplace? Extra blankets?  Hand or foot warmers?  Battery-operated fans?  Hot/Cold packs?   Make sure your family has a few options ready!
  • Make sure your home is ready, too!  Identify how heat escapes, and determine how you can safely mitigate the leaks if you lose power.
  • Learn the symptoms of heat stress and hypothermia.  What signs should you look for, and what should you do?
Step Six - Communication
  • Remember, without electricity or power, you may not have access to social media or cellular communication!  Establish a family reunification plan.  Make a list of emergency contacts your family needs to keep on hand (don’t forget any out-of-state contacts, too!).  Make a sheet listing those contacts as well as meeting locations outside the home for you and your family to meet at in case of an emergency.  Make sure each family member has a copy to keep on them when needed (you can even make wallet-sized so they can carry it with them at all times!).
  • Learn about how state and local governments communicate weather-related or other emergency information (alerts.weather.gov as an example).  How do they relay information?
  • If there if is no power?  Discover different ways to communicate without electricity (signs in your window, walkie talkies, etc.).  How can your family communicate to others when there is no power?
  • Earn the Radio and Wireless Technology patch at www.arrl.org/girl-scouts-radio-patch or learn Morse Code!  
Step Seven - Cooking
  • Without power, how can you cook food?  What different methods of cooking without electricity can your family do?  Maybe you have a grill or outdoor fire pit.  What other options are there that you can do safely? 
  • Try it out!  Using the list of your favorite meals, choose one and make it with your family without electricity.  How was it?
  • Find out what an MRE is (Meals Ready to Eat).  Check out https://www.thereadystore.com/mre and see all of the different types!  Would you ever try one?  
  • No grill or outdoor stove?  Learn about how to build a fire safely.  What items do you need?  Are there particular things that might help if it were raining or windy?  What might you need before you start your cooking fire?  Learn various methods of starting/creating a fire (as well as how to safely put it out!) so your family can cook meals during an emergency.
Step Eight - Shelter
  • There may be situations when it's best to stay where you are and avoid any uncertainty outside.  If you had a shelter-in-place at home, identify which room(s) you would stay in and what supplies you might need.   Check out https://www.ready.gov/shelter for some great information on what to keep in mind when planning your shelter-in-place!
  • Locate the nearest emergency shelter to your home.  Make a family plan of how you would get there if you needed to.  Remember to think about how you will travel (car, walk, etc.).
  • Staying warm and dry is important!  Identify different types of shelter you might need to build in case you had to leave your home.  Think outside the box!  Garbage bags, blankets, or tarps can be used to build shelter.  What types of shelter could you build for you and your family?  What supplies would you need?
  • Choose one type of shelter to build and try it out overnight!
Step Nine - Mutual Aid
  • Does your family have the reunification plan ready?  Does a neighbor need one as well?  See if you can make one for them! 
  • Build an entertainment box for use during a power outage.  Card games, small puzzles or board games are great ways to keep busy and have a little fun during stressful times.  
  • Talk to your family about the things you should have in case of a disaster, like a Basic Disaster Supplies Kit and other emergency supplies.  Get ideas and suggestions at https://www.ready.gov/kit.
  • ·Your community needs help too!  Do a community service project that helps people during a disaster.  Some examples might be making face masks or ear savers for masks.  Donate them to nursing homes, assisted living facilities, hospitals, or first responders.  Maybe you have another idea – go for it!  Many places need help in various ways.