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Girl Scout Activity Zone

In alignment with national and local guidelines, we are taking precautions to ensure the safety of members, volunteers, and staff. For a complete list of guidelines, refer to the Guidelines for In-Person Troop Meetings and Activities.

For most programs, you do not have to be a Girl Scout to participate. If you have questions about a program, send us an email. New programs are added regularly.

Program Fees
If program fees are ever a barrier to participation, we invite our members to apply for an activity scholarship. Activity Credits may also be used to cover program fees and must be mailed in to GSU for processing.

Badge in a Box
Get all the necessary materials sent right to your door and work at your own pace to earn your badge! View all available badges


In order to deliver engaging and interactive experiences, virtual programs have limited space and registration is required. In addition to our many live virtual events, GSU also offers self-paced courses. These programs are run by CodeCampKidz, VicTreeFi, and Vine Inc, and include the Think Like a Programmer Journey, photography courses, and entrepreneurship. Confirmations for these programs are sent from the partner organization on the start date of the course.

Find an upcoming program on the Activities Calendar or search the Activities List!

GSUSA National Programs

The Keep Girl Scouts Going guide is available to help parents and caregivers facilitate girls' experiences at home. And for even more ideas and resources, check out GSUSA's Girl Scouts at Home page.

Resilient. Ready. Strong Program

The Resilient. Ready. Strong program is here! Learn mental health wellness and earn a patch.

You already know Girl Scouts is fun. Guess what? It’s also a great way to build your inner strength so that you’re ready for anything! Scientists have found that certain activities may lift your mood, calm you down when you’re stressed, and help you face challenges—and you can do many of these activities at Girl Scouts. Choose the ones that call to you, and give them a try to become resilient, ready, and strong.

Get started with your wellness activities and unlock your patch.

National Service - Fighting Hunger

More than 50 million adults, kids, and families in the U.S. are experiencing food insecurity, a number that has only increased since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic and may include members of our own communities, friends and family, or members of our troops, making this a sensitive and important take action issue for Girl Scouts.

As they think about how to give back this holiday season, girls can make a big difference in their communities—and for children around the world—by supporting hunger relief efforts. There are lots of ways for your troop to make an impact, whether you’re meeting safely in person or virtually and even if you aren’t able to give food directly:

(Hint: check out our detailed troop leader instructions (PDF) for helpful tips for each project!)

  1. Support a food drive in your community or organize your own (DOC)! 
  2. Thank a Food Bank Hero! Write to a Food Bank Hero to show your troop’s appreciation and send encouragement for the hard and vital work they do. Mail your handwritten notes to your local food bank.
  3. Volunteer at a drive-thru food distribution program if there are COVID-safe options with local food banks in your area. (And if your troop is old enough!)

Once your troop has completed this service project, remember to:

  • Inspire others to give back! Post a photo of your project to your social networks using the hashtag #GirlScoutsGiveBack. Be sure to tag @girlscouts too!
  • Complete our survey so your troop’s impact can be counted in our national service projects.
  • If you wish to recognize your troop’s participation with a patch, we recommend this Girl Scouts Give Back patch.

For all National Service Project activities taking place during COVID-19, please make sure that your troop complies with health and safety guidelines given by the CDC, your local government, and your local Girl Scout council.

Check out more detailed guidance:

Instructions for Troop Leaders (PDF)
Food Drive Toolkit (DOC) 

UNICEF Kid Power

More than 50 million adults, kids, and families in the U.S. are experiencing food insecurity, a number that has only increased since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic. Those in need may include members of our own communities, friends and family, or members of our troops, making this a sensitive and important take-action issue for Girl Scouts.

Girls can make a big difference in their communities—and for children around the world—through GSUSA’s new partnership with UNICEF Kid Power®. This program will get girls moving, and allows your troop to unlock virtual coins to support local causes that provide meals to families in your community! And, for every ten exercise or mindfulness videos girls complete, UNICEF delivers one therapeutic food packet to a severely malnourished child. Your troop’s donation may go anywhere in the world!

Learn more about how to participate.

National Service - Cupid Crew
Cupid Crew Valentine's Day Cards

Valentine’s Day is the perfect opportunity for you and your troop to reach out and show others that you care—especially those who may be alone on a day that’s all about connection! When you're done, don't forget to tell us about your service project!

This year, Girl Scouts is teaming up with Wish of a Lifetime from AARP for Cupid Crew 2021, a volunteer-driven effort to create cards and safely send some love to tens of thousands of older adults who are socially isolated.

Even though we have to keep a safe distance, your troop can help spread joy to thousands of older adults across the country by writing Valentine’s Day cards as part of the Cupid Crew national service project.

Here’s how it works:

1. Discuss the Cupid Crew national service project with your troop.

  • Talk about how older adults may be experiencing feelings of loneliness and isolation, compounded by COVID-19 restrictions.
  • Have the troop set a goal for the number of Cupid Crew valentine cards to create.

2. Create your valentines.

3. Decide where to send your troop’s cards.

Reach out to a local senior living community and ask how they’d like to receive your troop’s cards. Mail or deliver your cards to a local senior living community that you have a connection to or check out our list of local senior living communities (PDF) to find one in your area.

Please get in touch with your troop’s senior living community of choice by Monday, February 8, to let them know to expect your package or delivery. We suggest calling the senior living community and speaking to the activities director to find out how to best coordinate your drop-off given the community’s COVID-safety practices. Consider including one of your girls on the call to share in the experience.

4. Make a plan to send or deliver your Cupid Crew cards.

Decide how to collect and deliver your troop’s cards. For example, you could collect the cards and mail them together or drop them off as a packet. Do whatever is easiest and safest for you and your troop.

Send or deliver your cards to the local senior living community you identified in Step 3.

If you choose to deliver your cards, please do so by Saturday, February 13.

For a COVID-safe drop-off, we suggest:

  • All cards be delivered either with a troop leader, parent, or volunteer
  • You place your cards in an envelope or box and drop it off in front of the senior community, after getting in touch to let them know you are coming with your package 
  • When your contact comes outside to pick up the box, you all wear masks and maintain six feet of distance

If you choose to mail your cards, please send them by Thursday, February 4, to ensure that they arrive in time.

If your troop decides that each girl will mail their card(s) in, provide the council office as the return address and make sure they also include a note to let staff know that these are Valentine’s Day cards sent from Girl Scouts and Cupid Crew. To ensure your cards arrive in time, send them by Thursday, February 4, and be sure to let the community know to expect the package.

5. Include a note to the facility staff to let them know you’re sending cards as part of your Girl Scout troop’s participation in the Cupid Crew national service project.

Once your troop has completed this service project, remember to:

  • Inspire others to give back! Post a photo of your troop, your cards, or your delivery to your social networks using the hashtags #GirlScoutsGiveBack and #CupidCrew. Be sure to tag @girlscouts and @wishofalifetime too!
  • After your troop has completed your cards, share your story with us to help us track Girl Scouts’ nationwide impact through service.
  • If you wish to recognize your troop’s participation with a patch, we recommend this Girl Scouts Give Back patch.

For all National Service Project activities taking place during COVID-19, please make sure that your troop complies with health and safety guidelines given by the CDC, your local government, and your local Girl Scout council.

Check out the resources for this project:

Tips for Girls (PDF)
Cupid Crew Valentine’s Day Card Template (PDF)
List of Senior Living Communities (PDF)
Note to Facility Staff (PDF)

Wish of a Lifetime from AARP’s mission is to shift the way society views and values our oldest generations by fulfilling seniors’ dreams and sharing their stories to inspire those of all ages.  Learn more about Wish of a Lifetime from AARP or follow @wishofalifetime on social media.

Girl Scouts thanks Sodexo Seniors for their continued support of our national service projects.

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 using @girlscouts.

  4. Complete our survey so your troop’s impact can be counted in our 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:

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.

National Service - Citizen Science

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! 

Add your service project!

National Service - Letter Writing

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 log the number of letters and 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 community service patch

 Check out some more detailed guidance (PDF).

National Service - Mask Making

Now, with the GSUSA 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. And 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. Follow the steps below and, for more guidance, refer to the Instructions for Troop Leaders.

Here's how it works:

  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.

  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 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 and #gsutah. 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 Girl Scouts Give Back patch.

Council Patch Programs

Explore your interests and expand your horizons by working on patches and badges created just for you! Be creative at home by completing the required steps at home or virtually with your troop. Each patch program offers a curriculum for every age level. 

We offer council patches in all four program pillars: Entrepreneurship, Life Skills, Outdoors, and STEM. We also offer featured patch programs throughout the year!

Completed a Council Patch Program? Fill out your form here.
* Please note: patch delivery will be delayed until GSU offices reopen. 


Girls will develop an entrepreneurial mind-set giving them courage to fail and keep trying, the tools to create an independent future, and the power to do good in the world.

Cookie Business
Build YOUR own business. Set YOUR own goals, run it YOUR way through YOUR very own Cookie Business! The Cookie Program provides YOU the opportunity to do “A world of Good!”

College Bound
Remember that education opens doors, making the world a better place. Explore different careers and colleges on your own adventure! Learn what it takes to build a budget and plan for the future.

Invest, Invest, Invest
There are so many different ways to invest and save money, which will you use? From playing the stock market to collecting valuables, learn how to save! You are never too young to save for your goals!

Does Money Grow on Trees? 
Earn an appreciation for the history of money, from the art to the culture. Learn how money is printed today and what we used before. Go on an adventure learning about the history of money.

Financing My Dreams from Mountain America Credit Union
Explore budgets, savings, and setting goals. Promote financial awareness with your family and community. Learn tips to achieve your own financial dreams.

Life Skills

Whether it’s by exercising and staying healthy, developing strong relationships with family and peers, advocating on behalf of others, protecting our environment, or exploring careers that can truly change the world for the better, girls gain the skills and the inspiration to accept challenges, overcome obstacles, and take the lead.

Explore different religions and faiths while also learning more about your own spirituality. We all are wonderfully different! Explore with respect our differences. Be open-minded to learning.

Inner Strength
We are all bombarded with messages about who we “should” be, but really, no one gets to decide that for you. Earning this patch will help you find and celebrate your strengths! The world needs you to be you!

Living Healthy
You need nutrition, exercise, and rest to give you energy for the things you love. Jump right in! Taking care of ourselves can be fun! We feel our best when we take care of our bodies.

Make New Friends
Are you a drama queen or a peacemaker? Every day as you interact with other people you have the chance to build them up or tear them down. Complete the requirements for the patch to beef up your friendship quotient! 

Save Our Planet
Learn what can be done to Take Action and make a difference in the world! Learn about environmental concerns and what it means in YOUR community. What happens every day on our planet?


Whether it’s their own backyard, a mountain range, or the Utah desert, girls will be provided with the resources and training that will give them confidence to explore the outdoors and become confident, capable outdoor leaders.

Art in Nature
Connect with the world around you by finding your inner artist! What artistic spaces are around you? What kinds of art do you like?

Outdoor Skills
The Outdoor Skills Patch Program is a progressive, five-level program to help Girl Scouts learn and become proficient in outdoor skills. Through this patch program, girls explore leadership, build skills, and develop a deep appreciation for nature. The program is intended to supplement the existing Girl Scout program. Each level progresses through fire building, first aid, knife safety, knots, Leave No Trace, navigation, outdoor cooking, and self-care.

Connect with the Urban Explorer inside YOU! Learn about why the Outdoors are important. Discover new things you like doing outside!

Learn about all of the amazing activities you can try! Connect with the wonders of winter around you! Go on a winter time adventure with friends!

STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math)

There are still too few women in STEM careers, but change is on its way! This program will ignite girls’ natural curiosity and creativity while they build critical thinking and problem solving skills related to the fields of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics.

Dark Skies
Utah has some of the darkest skies, perfect for stargazing. Learn about other cultures, make a star wheel, study light pollution, and explore astronomy.
Dark Skies - web version
Dark Skies - printer friendly

Engineering Girls
Do you want to find problems, brainstorm solutions, and create projects? Learn how to go through a problem solving process. Are you curious about engineering?

Math Genius
We need math, use math, and must understand math in so many various areas of life. You don’t have to be brilliant in math to earn this patch – just start where you are! Math is everywhere around us.

Starry Nights
Do you know, or what to know all of the planets in our solar system? Do you adventure outside at night to look at the sky? Do you want to go to space someday?

GSU Centennial Patch Program

GSU Centennial Patch Program

Girl Scouts have been making the world a better place in Utah for 100 years!

Experience what it used to be like to be a Girl Scout as you explore some badge requirements from each decade. 

Building a Better Utah

Building a Better Utah Patch Program

From the very beginning, Girl Scouts has ignited the power of G.I.R.L.s (Go-getters, Innovators, Risk-takers, Leaders) everywhere.

Our founder, Juliette Gordon Low, took action to provide support to those in her community when they needed it most. In her honor, Girl Scouts of Utah has created the Building a Better Utah Council Patch Program to give back to our community.

Online Resources from Our Community Partners and Sister Councils


Girl Scouts of Badgerland’s self-guided entrepreneurship program. BossGIRL builds on the entrepreneurial spirit of the Cookie Program and lets each girl create her own business idea. She’ll gain the knowledge and skills to plan her business, finance it, and put it into action. 

Cabot Co-op Business Patch
The Co-ops for Community Patch program inspires young boys and girls to learn more about the value of cooperatives as a better business model, and helps builds leadership skills and supports community connections.

Young Entrepreneurs Lesson - US Small Business Administration
This course introduces young entrepreneurs to the basics of creating and financing a successful business. You will learn to evaluate your ideas, choose the best financing options, and legally register your business.

Biz Kids Games & Lesson Plans
Get your kids financially lit! Set your teens up for a lifetime of financial stability with this easy and entertaining course that shows them how to make, manage, and grow their own money.

Life Skills

Online tours of the Louvre
Visit the museum's exhibition rooms and galleries, contemplate the façades of the Louvre. Come along on a virtual tour, and enjoy the view!

Online Cooking Club for Kids
You’ll get a delicious new recipe to master, learning different essential cooking skills along the way. Each challenge will also come with how-tos, shopping and storage tips, fun activities, and conversation starters.

Virtual Museum Tours
Experience the best museums from London to Seoul in the comfort of your own home.

Field Notebook Transcriptions with the Natural History Museum
Volunteers are needed to transcribe the handwritten field notes from scientists working in Utah throughout the 20th century. It’s a fascinating opportunity for any history buff, budding biologist, or friend of the Museum. You’ll get to know the scientists of the past and help preserve and share their work.

Cabot Creamery Gratitude Patch
Cabot’s Gratitude Patch focuses on the importance of expressing gratitude in both what one says and through one’s actions.

Glazer Children’s Museum at Home
Let GCM be a source of fun and learning for your family while you’re at home! We’ve created a learning laboratory where children play, discover, and connect with the world around them and develop as lifelong learners and leaders.

Fun Crafts and Recipes 
Highlights provides crafts, activities, and recipes for children – creating experiences that engage, delight, and foster joyful learning.


Tour Yellowstone National Park
Ready to explore Yellowstone? You can start exploring now by virtually touring some of the main attractions around the park.

Become a Junior Ranger Night Explorer
Children can learn how to find the North Star, write their own creative mythology about the constellations, track the phases of the moon, learn about stars and galaxies, and use all their senses to explore the night environment at a national park.

National Geographic Kids
National Geographic Kids ignites the explorer in all of us with interactive games, videos, fun quizzes, articles, and more! Learn about different animals and cultures, and explore our world.

Girl Scout Knot Tying Tutorials
A YouTube playlist of videos explaining and demonstrating how to tie ten different essential knots.

Watch Wild Animals
An official curated ranking of the most exciting wildlife activity streaming including videos of birds, bears, fish, mammals, and more.

Plan Your Next Adventure with REI Expert Advice
Your go-to source for expert outdoor knowledge you can trust. All the information you need to learn new skills, choose and maintain gear, prep for your trips, and have amazing adventures.

Outdoor Career Exploration
For girls in grades 6-12, this patch program from Girl Scouts of Oregon and Southwest Washington will help girls develop their own passion, talent, and sense of adventure when it comes to the great outdoors.

Virtual Field Trips with the Ogden Nature Center
Explore the local outdoors with the Ogden Nature Center. Learn about animals and plants through fun virtual field trip videos and activities.


Explore the Surface of Mars
Access Mars lets you explore a 3D replica of the Martian surface, exactly as it was recorded by the Curiosity rover.

Girls Get STEM
Girls Get STEM: Unleash Your Inner Scientist provides educators, troop leaders, and families with standards-aligned curriculum that aims to address gender equity in STEM education through a series of girl-led, girl-tested, and girl-approved resources for students in grades 2-5.

Carnegie STEM Girls
Carnegie STEM Girls is a comprehensive site with activities, resources, and links designed to get teenagers excited about STEM. Access videos, tutorials, programs, and activities that provide a rich learning experience and show the fun of STEM.

Mouse (computer science)
Choose from a variety of creative technology projects, follow the steps to design something original, and learn new tech skills!

Coding a LEGO Maze
This activity may be appropriate for children as young as five or six, while the concepts introduced in the harder challenges are covered in any introduction to programming class. These LEGO mazes, which can be solved with “code” using paper rather than a computer, illustrate 4 levels of difficulty and include a variety of programming concepts.

PBS Design Squad
Design Squad Global empowers middle school kids to solve real-world problems and understand the impact of engineering in a global context. Refreshed weekly with challenges, videos, and activities, the website is one of the only places on the web where kids can share their engineering ideas with other kids.

Science Buddies
Explore our favorite experiments, engineering challenges, and demonstrations with these fun hands-on STEM activities! Materials are easy to find, most activities take an hour or less, and the STEM learning is limitless.

Girl Scout STEM Facebook Group
A place for Girl Scout leaders and volunteers to get and share ideas for implementing STEM in Girl Scouting and earning STEM-based badges.

American Chemical Society Earth Week
Chemistry-related activities that celebrate Earth Week. Some are existing resources and activities, and others will be released for Earth Week. They also have Facebook Live seminars.

Nantucket Science Center's Science Festival
A variety of activities, separated by discipline, provided as PDFs from local and national STEM-related organizations. Includes quite a few activities in Spanish.

National Children's Museum - STEAMwork
Archive of YouTube videos of various kid-friendly activities, mostly STEM. Geared more towards the younger kids; also posted daily on their Facebook page. 

San Diego Zoo
Live cam footage of various zoo animals as well as recorded informational activity videos.

NISE Network at Home
A collection of STEM activities that kids can do at home. Some are printables and others are more activity-based.

Explore STEM with Discovery Education
Explore STEM through videos and hands-on activities from Discovery Education. You can also take a tour of a Girl Scout STEM camp in Texas!

Additional Resources

Low Cost Resources to Help Earn Badges at Home
An online marketplace where teachers buy and sell original educational materials.

GS Overseas Online Resources
A comprehensive list of online and virtual resources for program delivery from USA Girl Scouts Overseas.

Scholastic Free Content - 20 Days of Learning at Home
Day-by-day projects to keep kids reading, thinking, and growing.

Interactive Videos

Basic Hiking Tips

Learn some basic hiking tips with Liza, a Girl Scout Senior, with Girl Scouts of Utah!

How to Wash Dishes at Camp

Join Lauren, our Trefoil Ranch Camp Director, as she shows you how to wash dishes at camp!

How to Pack a Backpack for Camp

Lauren, camp director at Trefoil Ranch, demonstrates how to properly pack a backpack for camp!

Make Your Own Paper Flower Basket

Learn how to make a paper flower basket with GSU's Amanda and her daughter who is a Girl Scout Brownie! Learn how to make the baskets and paper flowers, as well as how to hang them.