Friday, February 15, 2019

Girls in Shelters Find a Home in Girl Scouts




Since 1912, Girl Scouts has committed to serving as a safe space for girls. All girls, regardless of race, religion, or socioeconomic background, are a part of a sisterhood that not only builds the most powerful of friendships, but also teaches valuable life skills that they'll carry with them forever.

For girls living in homeless shelters, the feeling of friendship, sisterhood, and family haven't always been a reality. Many miss out on opportunities to build memories, share laughs, and set--and reach--goals for their future. Thankfully, the mission of Girl Scouts doesn't discriminate, and Juliette Gordon Low's vision for girls reaches far and wide.

In 1924, Josephine Holloway dreamed of exposing girls at Nashville's Bethlehem Center, a shelter for at-risk women and children, to the powerful program founded in 1912. She believed in the impact Girl Scouts had on the community, and through her hard work and determination, had more than 300 girls in the shelter engaged in Girl Scout-inspired activities by the end of the year. Since then, her legacy has lived on, and girls in shelters across the nation are making the Girl Scout Movement stronger than ever.

Here are just a few who are making our communities better and worlds brighter for girls.


 Girl Scouts of Western Washington 



In Seattle, Washington, a Girl Scout troop formed at Mary’s Place, a Seattle homeless shelter that helps families get back on their feet. From Daisy to Ambassador, girls from all walks of life gather together to dance, sing, enjoy crafts, and participate in robust Girl Scout programming that allows them to retreat from their sometimes heavy lives. With the support and guidance from their troop leader, Girl Scout alum Tanita Horton, girls are able to set goals, try new things, and have life-changing experiences.

“We call each other family, sisters," said a nine-year-old Girl Scout of her troop. "Miss Tanita is like my stepmom because she’s the one that always gets me to go to Girl Scouts because sometimes I don’t want to go to Girl Scouts. I say thank you to her for making me go to Girl Scouts because it’s really fun.”

Despite life's hardships and uncertainties, one thing's for sure: these girls have found refuge in the friendships they've built and the memories they're continuing to make today. In fact, last September, the troop went on their very first camping trip, a goal nearly a year in the making. From leadership building to lessons on bullying, Girl Scouts at Mary's Place enjoy the safe space where they can learn, grow, and build friendships that'll last a lifetime.

Girl Scouts of Orange County  


For more than a decade, multilevel Girl Scout Troop 1082 has been run by dedicated volunteer troop leaders, mother-daughter duo Karen and Elaine, and Laksmi Reddy out of the Orange County Rescue Mission. Growing from a troop of five girls to nearly 25 Girl Scouts, Troop 1082 is the only of its kind to serve exclusively homeless girls in Orange County and one of the first of its kind in the country! Girls ranging from kindergarten through 11th grade gather together for troop meetings, participate in Girl Scout programming, and set exciting goals both individually and as a unit. Their oldest troop member is pursuing her Girl Scout Gold Award, while the troop as a whole has their sights set on exceeding last year's cookie goal. 

The troop is aiming to reach a personal best for number of cookies sold this year, with the goal of 1,500 packages, up from last year's 1,200. With their proceeds, they plan to pay for amazing Girl Scout adventures that they wouldn’t have exposure to otherwise. For some younger girls, they're planning an ice skating field trip, while others are excited to enjoy unforgettable experiences at Girl Scouts of Orange County's Camp Scherman. 


Girl Scouts of Greater New York 


Troop 6000, launched in 2016 at a single family shelter, is a Girl Scout troop specially designed to serve the thousands of girls living in the New York City Shelter System.

Homelessness can impede the sense of security children need, but for girls who live in a shelter in New York's five boroughs, membership in Girl Scouts offers solace and support. Not only are these girls learning important leadership skills to last a lifetime—their troop provides them with stability and fellowship among peers who understand their circumstances.

The attention Troop 6000 is receiving is further spreading the message that Girl Scouts truly is for every girl. From the New York Times to The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon, the message is coming through loud and clear.

The importance—and the potential implications—of Troop 6000 are evident to the girls, too. In the words of 14-year-old Karina, “We’re starting a chain reaction. Hopefully in the next couple years, there will be more Girl Scout troops in shelters.” 

Today,  Troop 6000 has expanded to over 15 shelters across all boroughs, resulting in nearly 600 active Girl Scouts across NYC. Together, they're working diligently to set and reach cookie goals for exciting experiences, including attending Girl Scout Camp and enjoying robotics training. 

26 Badges Girls Can Earn This Cookie Season




As a Girl Scout taking part in the Girl Scout Cookie Program, you’re helping lead the largest entrepreneurial program for girls in the world. You’re learning essential life skills, setting (and crushing!) impressive goals, and using your cookie earnings to go on epic adventures and make the world a better place!

Many of these incredible skills and accomplishments start with a Girl Scout badge—and we’re about to explore ALL of the badges a Girl Scout can earn during cookie season. Ready?

Daisy



Many of these incredible skills start with a Girl Scout badge (some Daisy badges are called petals or leaves), and we’re exploring all of them! Meet the Daisy leaves Girl Scouts can earn during cookie season.

By earning the Daisy Money Counts leaf, girls will not only learn about money but also its value! Daisies will first dive into the different types of currency they’ll encounter, from coins to paper money to credit cards. Then they’ll practice planning for something they’d like to buy one day. That’s right—even the youngest Girl Scouts are learning the importance of setting a budget, because when your troop girls set their cookie goal, they need to know how much it costs! Earn the Money Counts leaf.

The Daisy Making Choices leaf goes even further into managing a budget. In one of the first lessons, and maybe the most important, girls learn the difference between needs and wants. Daisies will also practice setting financial goals, break down the costs of an item or activity, and determine how long it will take for them to save enough money to buy it. Last, Daisies take these new skills and discover ways to use them to give back—it’s the Girl Scout way, after all! Earn the Making Choices leaf.

The Daisy Count It Up leaf is one of two leaves that focuses even more on the skills Daisies earn through the Girl Scout Cookie Program. After earning this leaf, girls will understand how their cookie money equals unforgettable experiences for their troop. Daisies will also take the lead to get to know their product by understanding the cost of the cookies, learning about the different flavors, and practicing answering customer questions. Then the troop will work together to decide how many boxes to sell during the upcoming season. Earn the Count It Up leaf.

Through the Daisy Talk It Up leaf, the second Daisy leaf that focuses on the Girl Scout Cookie Program, girls decide how they want to use their cookie earnings. The best part about this leaf is that it’s all about teamwork, because cookie goals have to be decided as a troop—talk about girl-led! If these cookie bosses want to go to camp next summer (and maybe earn the new Daisy Buddy Camper badge), they have to work together to figure out how many boxes will get them there and build a plan to make it happen. Troops may also decide to leave budget aside to give back to their community, which our Girl Scout hearts love! And last, the troop will come up with unique ways to share its cookie goals with customers and how it’s running its own business to achieve them! Earn the Talk It Up leaf. 

Has your Daisy earned one of these awesome leaves, and you don’t know where to place it on her vest or sash? Our new Daisy uniform visual guide can help!

Brownie

When earning the Money Manager badge, Brownies learn how to manage money wisely. Girls will try their hands at budgeting, saving, and learning the difference between spending wants and needs, like groceries for the family and school supplies. After a few practice rounds, Brownies will put their new skills to the test by creating a real-life budget. They’ll work with their troop to figure out how much money they need to earn through their cookie sales to reach their goal (or Take Action project) and then build a budget to make it a reality! Earn the Money Manager badge.

Girl Scouts make the world a better place, which is why the Brownie Philanthropist badge is so important. Through this badge, girls explore basic human needs, such as clothes, food, and clean water, and then discover ways they can help provide those necessities for others who don’t always have access or are facing devastation after a natural disaster. One way Girl Scouts can give back? Through their cookie earnings, of course! So, by earning this badge, your girl is already building the foundation needed to plan a Take Action project with her troop. Earn the Philanthropist badge.

By earning the Meet My Customers badge, Brownies will not only learn how to get to know their customers but also how to gain the confidence needed to sell Girl Scout Cookies to them. Girls will first figure out who their customers are—neighbors? Family members? Friends in the community? Whoever they think will be excited to help them reach their cookie goal! Then the troop will share its cookie pitch with each other; practice handling money and making change; and, most importantly, come up with fun ways to thank customers! Earn the Meet My Customers badge.

The Brownie Give Back badge takes the lessons learned through the Philanthropist badge to the next level by helping girls figure out how to use their cookie earnings to give back. Through the Girl Scout Cookie Program, girls are running their very own businesses, so they’ll first research how other businesses in their community are already supporting causes they care about. Then the troop will get together and brainstorm ways to give back—does the local park need a fresh paint job, or does a school need more water fountains? Ideas can spark anywhere! These go-getters will start building a plan and putting it into action. Earn the Give Back badge. 

Has your Brownie earned one of these awesome badges, but you don’t know where to place it on her vest or sash? Our new visual guide to Girl Scout Brownie uniforms can help!




Junior


After earning the Business Owner badge, Juniors will know the basic steps to plan and create a new business and how to turn their passions into a successful business venture. Once girls decide which type of business they’d like to run, they’ll explore the ins and outs by talking with local business owners to spark ideas and get answers to questions. A new business needs support to get off the ground! So, girls will learn all the ways a new business is financially supported, whether through bank loans or government assistance. Last, to get to know their customers, girls will dive into customer research to see how their new business will reach their community and provide it with a service it needs. Earn the Business Owner badge.

When Juniors earn the Savvy Shopper badge, they’ll know the difference between what they need and want to buy—and how to save for both. In a world of advertisers, social media influencers, and fast-moving trends, it can be hard to determine if that item on display is what you really want to spend your money on or if there is something better to invest in. Through this badge, Juniors will evaluate these important decisions and learn how to make smart spending choices that will benefit them for years to come. Earn the Savvy Shopper badge. 

Through the Cookie CEO badge, Juniors will know how to run all aspects of their cookie business—because they’re cookie bosses, of course! Through this badge, girls are challenged to break their cookie goal into smaller ones (like weekly sales goals) to make sure their troop is on the right track to reach the ultimate goal (like a summer at Girl Scout camp, perhaps?). The troop will work together by dividing up tasks among girls based on their individual skills. They will then put those skills into action when communicating with their customers, making a good impression and building community relationships at the same time. Earn the Cookie CEO badge. 

It’s key to get to know your customers, and through the Customer Insights badge, Juniors will have a better understanding what their cookie customers want, making business even stronger! First, girls will seek out the experts—maybe a local businesswoman who just happens to be a Girl Scout alum? Girls can ask her questions and get some pro tips. Then they’ll dig into research to figure out how to market their Girl Scout Cookies. Girls will create their own surveys and ask customers questions. And if customers still say, “no thanks” to Girl Scout Cookies? No worries! This badge will help girls turn a “no” into a useful business lesson so they improve and gain more confidence. Earn the Customer Insights badge. 

Has your Junior earned one of these awesome badges, but you don’t know where to place it on her vest or sash? Our new visual guide to Girl Scout Junior uniforms can help!

Cadette


When you earn the Cadette Budgeting badge, you’ll learn how to keep track of your money, save for things you need and want, and help others by giving back. Building a budget is more than a way to track your money—how you choose to spend your money shows what’s important to you. So you’ll group your decisions into three categories—spend, save, and give—and then track each. Keep an eye on your spending habits, learn how you can save, and explore all the wonderful ways you can give. Your newfound skills will help you create a budget that’s right for you. Earn this badge.

By earning the Comparison Shopping badge, you’ll discover how to find the best online deals on the best products in the safest way possible. Shopping online can be overwhelming, with unlimited options at your fingertips, but learning how to compare sites and research online deals can help you narrow your decisions. Learn how to access online reviews that can guide smart spending decisions and how to steer clear of online fraud by identifying questionable sites and keeping your personal information safe and secure. Earn this badge. 

Through the Financing My Dreams badge, you’ll explore smart financial habits that will benefit you throughout your life, including as you pay for college, prepare for your dream job, and more! To earn this badge, you’ll design your personal dream budget, coming up with innovative ways to plan for big investments for your future. You’ll explore careers that align with your passions, get a lesson in real estate trends and mortgages, and research ways your dreams can help others. Earn this badge
You already know how to build a budget for yourself (thanks to the Budgeting badge), but have you ever thought about building one for a business? You are a cookie boss, after all. With the Business Plan badge, you can! You’ll first write your mission statement—one that shows why your troop participates in the Girl Scout Cookie Program and the goal of your cookie business. Then you’ll start growing your customer base, learning how to turn that “no thank you” into a “yes please!” And since Girl Scouts are always prepared, you’ll want to create a risk management plan, brainstorming solutions to problems your business may face during cookie season. Earn this badge.

You have your business plan set—now it’s time to market your business! Through the Marketing badge, you’ll learn to create a marketing plan that will help your cookie business grow, grow, GROW! You’ll learn all about brand identity (how a company looks to the outside world), scope out the competition and learn from it, and get inspired by companies that also give back to the community using part of their profits. Ultimately, you’ll build a marketing campaign that will entice customers to come to YOUR cookie booth to buy their favorite sweet treats. Earn this badge.

The last of the Cadette badges we’re highlighting is the Think Big badge, a fun one that will help you take your cookie business plan to the next level and inspire you to set higher goals for your cookie earnings. You’ll start thinking “big cookie goal ideas”—those that will challenge your troop to do great and exciting things. Will you go after your Girl Scout Silver Award? Save up for an epic troop trip? Don’t hold back—now’s the time to “think big”! Once you’ve set your big goal, you’ll strategize ways to take your cookie sale to the next level to make it happen. You might share your plans with your cookie customers, ask for help from local experts, and/or come up with your own ideas that work for your troop. Earn this badge. 

Has your Cadette earned one of these awesome badges, but you don’t know where to place it on her vest or sash? Our new visual guide to Girl Scout Cadette uniforms can help!



Senior


Have you thought about where you’re headed after high school? Going to a state university? Community college? Trade school? Wherever your dreams take you, your future education will cost money—luckily, through the Financing My Future badge, you can learn how to plan for those expenses! First you’ll figure out your goals, then you’ll research the types of schools that will help you reach them. Once you have a few options in front of you, you’ll compare and determine which fits your wants and needs the best. Next, the fun part—making your dreams a reality. You’ll explore different financial aid options, including loans and scholarships (such as these!), and starting a savings account. Earn this badge. 

By earning the Buying Power badge, you’ll understand the long-term impact of making a big purchase and how to prepare for it. To get started with this badge, you’ll select an item like a car or new cell phone plan, then compare your options and look up consumer reviews. Next it’s time to dive deep into the numbers! You’ll be challenged to determine the long-term costs of your purchase. Does it require a down payment or payment plan? Should you wait and save more before jumping in? You’ll have to figure it out and build a plan to make sure you’re getting the best deal possible. Earn this badge. 

When you earn the My Portfolio badge, you’ll learn to show how your cookie-selling skills benefit you every single day—and eventually help with college admissions and future job interviews! You’ll start with your cookie resume and portfolio, describing and showcasing all your amazing abilities and accomplishments during cookie season. Then you’ll practice sharing your hard work by role-playing an interview, get advice from experts on marketing yourself, and more! Earn this badge.

Through the Customer Loyalty badge, you’ll take what you already know as a consumer to help you engage customers and ensure customer loyalty during and after cookie season. And think about this: you already know that when you sell Girl Scout Cookies, the money you earn lets your troop participate in epic adventures—but do your customers know? One the best ways to build customer loyalty is by making them feel like a part of your business—and after all, thanks to their purchase, you get closer to your cookie goal. In earning this badge, you’ll also learn how to make your new customers repeat-customers by building your customer database, coming up with unique ways to say “thank you,” and maintaining connections beyond cookie season. Earn this badge. 

Have you earned one of these awesome badges but don’t know where to place it on your vest or sash? Our new visual guide to Girl Scout Senior uniforms can help!



Ambassador


By earning the On My Own badge, you’ll learn how to avoid financial pitfalls while exercising independence as you achieve your dreams. This badge takes budget planning to the next level—from setting yourself up for your future dream home (and learning the importance of location, location, location) to your retirement years (seriously!). You’ll budget for daily needs and fun adventures like traveling or hobbies, and even prepare for unexpected expenses—because you never know when you’ll need to fix something in a flash. And because Girl Scouts know how to give back, you’ll learn about ways to set funds aside for those in need. Earn this badge.

There will be a time, or times, in your life when you’ll have to borrow money, whether through a credit card or a loan. With the Good Credit badge, you’ll learn how to keep good credit (a report card of your financial history), borrow money successfully, and pay back what you owe on time. There are many ways you can borrow money, and this badge will help you tell the difference between each and determine what works best for you! Earn this badge. 

Through the Research & Development badge, you’ll learn how businesses invest in researching and refining new ideas and bringing them to market—then you’ll apply your newfound knowledge to your own cookie business! First, you’ll take a step back to see how well your cookie business is doing and if you notice any sales trends you can tap into. For example, are you getting more sales going door-to-door or through your Digital Cookie platform? If one outweighs the other, you can decide if you want to redirect your time and efforts. You’ll get inspired by companies you like and explore how they change things up for their customers. Earn this badge. 

The P&L badge is all about practicing good business ethics by looking at both the business P&L (profit and loss) and the Girl Scout P&L (Promise and Law). Business ethics are very important for business owners, because they reflect everything your company is about, including how it treats its employees and even the environment. Not to mention good business ethics = the Girl Scout way! With this badge, you’ll create your own Cookie Promise to ensure you provide your customers (and fellow troop members) with high-quality service and products. Then you’ll share your cookie legacy with others, especially younger Girl Scouts. (You are sisters, after all!) You can teach them about being a great cookie boss as you share your skills—and, most importantly, you can help them build the courage, confidence, and character to be just like  you! Earn this badge.

Have you earned one of these awesome badges but don’t know where to place it on your vest or sash? Our new visual guide to Girl Scout Ambassador uniforms can help!

The Outdoor Photo Challenge Is Still Going Strong! See Our Week 2 Winner

There’s so much more to every hike, campfire, and outdoor exploration. From admiring the magic of nature to learning how to protect it to taking on challenges to making new friends, Girl Scouts build life skills that allow them to be better at everything they do! 

Week Two of the Girl Scouts Outdoors Challenge, supported by the Elliott Wildlife Values Project, proved that courage and curiosity make everything possible! Your amazing wildlife discovery photos exceeded all expectations and showed the world that Girl Scouts are fearless leaders. So thank you for participating and sharing your adventures. Check out the full photo gallery of submissions.

Your submissions also showed that being outdoors is not only an amazing opportunity to learn and have fun but also to make new connections at camp or through different Girl Scout trips. You don’t have to be a current Girl Scout to go to Girl Scout camp—all girls are welcome. So get ahead of the game and find an awesome camp near you or learn more about incredible programs like Destinations, through which girls can travel the world!

Here are our top ten submissions for week two and our lucky winner.

Winner - Week 2:

"When my Troop 626 and I cleaned our Colorado river, we found this little guy. I didn't know our river had these kinds of animals. Knowing this now makes us more aware of making sure we keep our lands clean and making sure that the future kids can enjoy moments like this, as we did." -Anais

Featured Submissions:

"While earning our Animal Habitat badge we had an up-close experience with Squirrel Monkeys and got to really enjoy walking around in a rain forest habitat." -Danika

"This was my first time feeding a giraffe, and it licked my face!" -Gabriella


"Being that I am fearless little 5-year-old Daisy, I found this sheep to be as soft as he looks. I was able to feed and give him a big hug." -Makynlee




"Mary Murphy meeting “Chewie” at the Hattiesburg Zoo. She is just crazy about sloths and she’s even writing a book about them!" -Anastasia

"I was able to interact with wildlife and appreciate the beauty of it. I learned a lot about our wildlife I did not know. Education is power and I felt it that day!" -Abigail

"My family visited Mexico. While we were there I got to see baby sea turtles hatch and migrate to the ocean, talk to a dolphin, feed a manatee and ride a horse in the jungle. I love nature and it was a great trip filled with outdoor adventure." -Chloe

"After two years of saving, these Ambassador Girl Scouts got to meet the elephants at the Elephant Jungle Sanctuary near Chiang Mai, Thailand. It was truly magical!" -Mary-Catherine


"There weres 3 butterflies flying together and they all landed on me. They stayed there for a while, then peed on me before they flew away." -Makenzie




"My grandmother took me to the Wild Center in New York where I was able to hold a baby kangaroo. It was great to snuggle and talk to him." -Nola




"This experience was so special because my troop had been saving up for years to go on a trip to Mexico to experience the wildlife up close in its natural habitat. We got to go scuba diving to see sharks and other big creatures. We also went snorkeling with the sea turtles in Costa Maya, Mexico and it was so cool! We were within less than a foot to the sea turtles who were feeding on the seagrass. Later our tour guide told us all about what we saw in the beautiful blue waters of Mexico. Seeing those graceful sea turtles is something that I will never forget as long as I live, and what made it even better was that I got to experience those sea turtles and other animals with my best friends!" -Breana


But wait, there's more! You still have a chance to win if you take the third challenge. Share pics of your wildlife adventures on Instagram or Twitter with #GSoutdoorsSweepstakes, tag @girlscouts, and tell us what made your wildlife adventure special! You can also enter by uploading your entry here (this method is especially useful if you don't have social media accounts or if your social media accounts are private).

About the Elliott Wildlife Values Project

The mission of the EWVP/Girl Scout partnership is to develop girls as leaders in wildlife conservation and environmental stewardship efforts that positively affect their communities and the world. Its objective is to foster the Girl Scout mission—building girls of courage, confidence, and character who make the world a better place. Through the EWVP, girls develop science, outdoor, and leadership skills through cooperative girl-led activities in which they learn by doing. In the process, they:

  • Grow a strong sense of self, develop positive values, and gain an understanding of their important role in caring for wildlife and Earth's natural resources
  • Connect with nature, the outdoors, and their local and global communities; network with environmental experts; and investigate career opportunities
  • Take action to identify community and environmental needs, positively influence the environment, and educate and inspire others to act as stewards of Earth and its wildlife
Friday, February 8, 2019

Take the Girl Scouts' Outdoor Photo Challenge And See Our Week-One Winner!


















As part of the Girl Scouts Outdoors Challenge, supported by the Elliott Wildlife Values Project, we asked girls across the country to submit their epic outdoor adventure photos and tell us what made their experiences special. The prize? A high-tech action camera and a smartwatch—SWEET! We were overwhelmed with all the incredible stories you shared and are excited to feature some of our favs. After all, outdoor adventures lead to other amazing experiences, like making new friends, finding inspirational mentors, and gaining independence. Check out the full photo gallery of submissions.

Embarking on outdoor adventures, like Girl Scout camp and Destinations, has been a part of Girl Scouts’ DNA since our very beginning. Many of the badges the first Girl Scouts earned were tied to learning and refining outdoor skills and becoming environmental stewards (Foot Traveler badge, Animal Kingdom badge), and that hasn't changed in our more than 100-year history. And, as confirmed by the Girl Scout Research Institute’s recent study, what girls learn at Girl Scout camp serves them far beyond that experience! These girls are more likely to appreciate and protect nature, try new things, maintain healthy relationships, and have confidence in their ability to be successful—just to name a few of the benefits.

Get inspired by this week’s top ten contestants, as well as our lucky winner Maya, and explore Girl Scout Destinations and camp to start your next outdoor exploration! And be sure to check out all the Outdoor and Environmental badges you can earn as a Girl Scout. 

Week two of the challenge is all about amazing wildlife discoveries. Don't forget to share pics of your discoveries on Instagram or Twitter with the hashtag #GSoutdoorsSweepstakes and tag us, @girlscouts! You can also enter by uploading your photo. You could win BIG!

Winner – Week 1:

"I joined a Sea Turtle Conservation Volunteerism project with my family in Costa Rica. I went on night patrols on the beach to look for nesting sea turtles to protect them from poachers. I monitored the turtle hatchery and released baby turtles. I’m holding a bucket of 86 baby Olive Ridley turtles that I’m about to release." -Maya

Featured Submissions:



"I nervously and patiently waited for the teenagers in the background to jump off the cliff. After 20 minutes of no one jumping, I swam over, climbed up the cliff and jumped off. All the while, the teenagers were still trying to find their courage." -Josephine

“I was riding in a rodeo with the Girl Scouts’ flag. It was special because I got to represent Girl Scouts with my horse Pebbles that I love so much. Rodeo and Girl Scouts go together! It's the perfect outdoor experience.” -Angelica


"Troop 8138 had a wonderful day with our female guide who showed us how fearless and strong we could be by taking on scary challenges and working as a team!" -Aimee


"We took a 12-day trip through the southwestern US and visited New Mexico, Utah, and Arizona. I got to see lots of new places that I'd only ever heard about. I earned my Girl Scout Ranger patch by visiting and learning about 12 different National Parks"-Mary Anne



"Most days in Hawaii are awesome, but getting to hike to a waterfall and splash around was one of the best. The water was cold, but super clear." -Payton

"Being able to go to Girl Scout Camp McMillen has given my daughter the opportunity to be FEARLESS!!" -Dakota
"@GirlScouts Hiking the Swiss Alps with #GirlScouts was a once and a lifetime experience! Looking forward to traveling with #GirlScouts to #PuertoRico this summer!#GSoutdoorsSweepstakes #GirlScoutcookies." -Laura

"I have been working with The Transition Habitat Conservancy in Pinion Hills for a few years. I was at ground zero for the Monarch butterfly waystation, so naturally installing bee habitats was very meaningful. The decline of these pollinators is increasing rapidly. I wanted to bring awareness to our native bees and give them homes in our beautiful landscape to thrive. #gssgc #troop1101 #silveraward #beeprepared" -Caitlin


“With the support of my Girl Scout sisters and family, I got to conquer my fears, and reach new heights!” -Stephanie


"Enjoying nature with my 4 legged bestie!" -Becky

About the Elliott Wildlife Values Project

The mission of the EWVP/Girl Scout partnership is to develop girls as leaders in wildlife conservation and environmental stewardship efforts that positively affect their communities and the world. Its objective is to foster the Girl Scout mission—building girls of courage, confidence, and character who make the world a better place. Through the EWVP, girls develop science, outdoor, and leadership skills through cooperative girl-led activities in which they learn by doing. In the process, they:

  • Grow a strong sense of self, develop positive values, and gain an understanding of their important role in caring for wildlife and Earth's natural resources
  • Connect with nature, the outdoors, and their local and global communities; network with environmental experts; and investigate career opportunities
  • Take action to identify community and environmental needs, positively influence the environment, and educate and inspire others to act as stewards of Earth and its wildlife
Tuesday, January 29, 2019

28 Skills You Never Expected To Learn at Girl Scouts




It’s no surprise that a Girl Scout develops financial literacy and business skills running her cookie business and hones so many skills earning badges in STEM and the outdoors. It’s all about setting her up for a lifetime of leadership! But a Girl Scout is also courageous and strong, and that can help her pick up a lot of unexpected skills as well. We asked what was the most unexpected skill you learned as a Girl Scout, and the answers did not disappoint!





































She can discover all of this and so much more at Girl Scouts. The inclusive, all-female environment of a Girl Scout troop creates a safe space where girls can try new things, develop a range of skills, take on leadership roles, and just be themselves. From finding her passion to finding her career, her best friends, and her voice—there are so many possibilities. Join Girl Scouts today.