Obviously every moment as a Girl Scout is incredible—full of adventure, new challenges, and amazing friendships—but when we look back on the last year, there were definitely a few biggies that have helped shape the future of the Girl Scout movement and helped share the spirit of the organization with people everywhere.
Here are our six favorite Girl Scouts milestones from the past year.
6. Senior Girl Scout Stephanie Salmento, 15, won the grand prize of our first-ever National Girl Scout Cookie Recipe Contest with her Delightful Caramel Bars. Have you made these yet? Seriously, preheat your ovens now. Yum!
5. Who’s building our future robot overlords? The Girl Scouts of Southern Illinois’ robotics team! These six girls took away the Champion’s Award at the FIRST LEGO League regional qualifier competition earlier this month, and will go on to compete against the best in the state on January 23.
4. Even President Obama wanted in on the fun when First Lady Michelle Obama, honorary national president of Girl Scouts, hosted the first-ever Girl Scout campout on the South Lawn of the White House! The 50 lucky Girl Scouts scaled a rock climbing wall, tied knots, and sang around one of the most historic campfires we’ve ever seen.
3. The launch of Digital Cookie, which adds groundbreaking online and mobile aspects to our traditional cookie program, proved so successful that Fast Company named us one of the most innovative nonprofits of the year! Earlier this month, we debuted even more fun and educational features and opened up the program to more girls than ever.
2. The great outdoors got even greater when we teamed up with the National Park Service to introduce our new Girl Scout Ranger Program. Through the new initiative, girls are invited to participate in organized outdoor and educational experiences at our beautiful national parks around the country.
1. Think you need a fancy degree and tons of money to change the world? Think again. Six whip-smart Daisy Girl Scouts took the White House Science Fair by storm this year, winning the hearts of the President and Americans everywhere with the page-turning robot they developed (using LEGO, no less!) to make it easier for the elderly and people with physical challenges to read.