Wednesday, February 26, 2020

10 Things You Learned as a Girl Scout that You Still Use Outdoors

Girl Scout alums

We asked our alums on Facebook what skills they picked up at Girl Scout camp that still, to this day, define how they camp, hike, and explore the outdoors. Overnight, we received hundreds of responses—525 to date!—and some of them may surprise you. Buddy burners, cherry dump cakes, bedrolls, slip knots, and sit-upons came up a lot—but many of our alums say that their camp experiences have resonated in ways that extend well beyond the woods. Read on for some of our favorite responses.

1. Empowered Decision Making

“I was an older Girl Scout hosting a younger Girl Scout troop on a campout, and it started pouring rain and the ground around our tents was flooding. I remember my troop leader looking at me and saying ‘what are you going to do?’—which induced a moment of panic that I will forever remember [was] followed by decisive action. It was a moment of empowerment that fuels me today, 25 years later!” —Susan E.

2. Respect for Nature

“The most important thing that I learned, that I emphasize to my kids, is to always leave places better than you found them.” —Anne Marie D.

3. Planning for the Worst

“I always have a first-aid kit! My husband laughs because I have one in my Jeep, house, and purse … at all times!” —Raine S.

4. Enjoying the Journey

“Plan ahead but stay flexible and positive when plans have to change—sometimes that makes for the best memories.” —Lezley B.

5. Inclusiveness

“I learned to set a pace by the slowest girl, which is a great way to learn to care for others.” —Sarah P.

6. Independence

“I had never been able to stay overnight anywhere away from my mother—until Girl Scout camp as a Brownie! That changed my life forever and gave me a lifelong love of camp.” —Nan C.

7. Cooking Over a Fire

“I learned to build and cook over an open fire. This was very useful after Hurricane Sandy when we had no electricity for more than 10 days!” —Gina S.

8. Tenacity

“I learned problem solving. My first year leading at a day camp, I fixed a latrine door that kept jamming by using a big rock to hammer the flange back into place.” —Jocelyn H.

9. CPR

“I learned first aid and CPR—and it led me to become a medic!” —Lauren B.

10. Fire Skills

“I learned how to keep a fire going in the rain! They never cancelled our camp training during Hurricane Hannah … and I learned so much that I still use today.” —Rachel C.

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Friday, February 21, 2020

Mentoring Monday: Priceless Career Advice From Girl Scout Alums

Remember that priceless career advice a mentor or friend gave you? Or a time when girls from your troop asked you for help navigating their first job or applying to college? Giving and receiving guidance not only feels gratifying, but also, in true Girl Scout tradition, succeeds towards changing the world for the better—one mentoring moment at a time.

Girl Scouts remains committed to its mission of creating a sustainable pipeline of female leaders by nurturing and supporting those budding trailblazers from the very start of their career journey. And a huge part of achieving this goal is working with female entrepreneurs and business leaders in girls’ own communities. Because when girls connect with these accomplished women, they have the unique opportunity to find mentors and to network.
Girl Scouts of Nation's Capital during the 2019 Mentoring Monday event.

We’re officially kicking off Mentoring Monday events, developed in partnership with American City Business Journals. During these events, Gold Award Girl Scouts will pair with influential female business leaders through “speed-coaching,” the perfect environment for girls to make meaningful introductions and have engaging conversations with women from diverse professions.

The Gold Award is the most prestigious award a Girl Scout can earn. For more than a century, Gold Award Girl Scouts have taken action to drive sustainable change with regard to a local, national, and/or global issue. Currently, upwards of 6,000 Gold Award Girl Scouts a year roll up their sleeves to tackle society’s biggest challenges one issue at a time.

Our Gold Award Girl Scouts are already pursuing paths in the worlds of science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM); education; agriculture; medicine; and beyond. As these talented future leaders begin to make their mark in these areas, it’s important to help every one of these G.I.R.L.s (Go-getter, Innovator, Risk-taker, Leader)™ connect with accomplished businesswomen in their area who can offer sharp insights and lend support towards their professional development. To learn more about our amazing Gold Award Girl Scouts, visit here.

To commemorate this important partnership, we asked our followers on LinkedIn and Facebook to share the best career advice they’ve ever received or given. Here’s what they had to say.

About American City Business Journals

American City Business Journals is a multi-platform media company providing in-depth coverage of local business communities and breaking news. Through print, digital products, and face-to-face events, ACBJ offers business leaders many avenues for making connections and gives them a competitive edge locally, regionally, and nationally. ACBJ is the premier media solutions platform for companies that target business decision-makers.

The company’s foremost objective is to give our readers and advertisers quality print and online publications, as well as other services that are specifically tailored to their interests and needs. 
Thursday, February 20, 2020

Celebrate Girl Scout Week: 7 Days of Awesome

Whether you’re a Girl Scout alum, a current member, a dedicated volunteer, or you simply have an extraordinary Girl Scout in your life, you’re an important part of the Girl Scout family. And you know what families do together? Celebrate!

Girl Scout Week is definitely something to celebrate—seven straight days to show off your Girl Scout pride and lift up all that this worldwide sisterhood has given you, your community, and the world. Join us in treating each day from Sunday, March 8, through Saturday, March 14, as a day of action focused on a powerful yet simple way to get involved.

Sunday, March 8: Honor Your Beliefs
Girl Scout Sunday is a special day dedicated to thinking about your beliefs and how they’re reflected in the Girl Scout Law. Think of the things the two have in common and share your thoughts with others.

Monday, March 9: Mission: Sisterhood
Give a big shout-out to your Girl Scout sisters! Whether you tag other Girl Scouts on social media or get creative and make a card or gift for a Girl Scout in your life, don’t be bashful about sharing the love.

Tuesday, March 10: 
 Do a Good Turn Daily
Perform an act of kindness. Whether you pay for a stranger’s cup of coffee or visit an elderly neighbor, every bit of positivity Girl Scouts put out there helps make the world a better place.

Wednesday, March 11: Girl Scout Spirit Day
Get out your green gear—it’s Girl Scout Spirit Day! Whether you sport a Girl Scout tee under a blazer at the office or rock a trefoil sweatshirt at the gym, let everyone know you’re a proud Girl Scout.

Thursday, March 12: Happy Birthday Girl Scouts! 
It’s Girl Scouts’ 108th birthday! Honor the Girl Scout Movement by sharing on social media an issue you’re passionate about and what you’re doing to make a difference. You’ve got this, Girl Scout!

Friday, March 13: Girl Scout Jummah 

Girl Scout Jummah celebrates the powerful ties between Girl Scouting and faith and, on this day, Girl Scouts across the country will honor those shared beliefs as they pledge to serve God and others.

Saturday, March 14: Girl Scout Sabbath                                                                                                                         
Besides reflecting on your beliefs and how they’re echoed in the Girl Scout Law, we urge you to take some time this Girl Scout Sabbath to learn something new about someone else’s faith.

So, are you with us? Ready to go green and shout your Girl Scout love from the rooftops? Follow along on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook for more fun all week long.

Looking for a special Girl Scout Week keepsake? Check out the 2020 Girl Scout Memorabilia in the Girl Scout Shop.

Tuesday, February 18, 2020

Top 4 Reasons to Attend G.I.R.L. 2020

The most epic celebration of Girl Scouts is right around the corner! Thousands of Girl Scouts from around the world will dominate Orlando, Florida for an unforgettable experience this October. Get your tickets for G.I.R.L. 2020 today! Here’s four reasons why G.I.R.L. 2020 is the place to be:

1. It will be your most inspiring week of the year. 

There’s a special kind of Girl Scout magic that happens every three years. Girls can explore hundreds of experiences in the EXPO Hall. Captivating speakers will motivate you to have your best Girl Scout year yet. G.I.R.L. 2020 also has the first-ever Global Roundtable with girls and young women from around the world. You’ll even get to customize your experience through different package options. Plus, when you book early you won’t just save money on your ticket. You’ll also secure reserved seating, autograph and photo op options, and more!

2. It’s girl-led like never before. No, really!

With 26 Girl Scouts from across the movement, including Girl Scouts from Puerto Rico and USA Girl Scouts Overseas in Italy, and a special girl representative from Guias de Mexico, this year’s G-Team is bringing G.I.R.L. 2020 to life. The G-Team has been involved in all aspects of planning G.I.R.L. 2020, and they’ve made a plan to take action on the issues affecting girls today: civic action, mental, physical and emotional health, career readiness, and the Girl Scout difference.

3. You’ll get exclusive access in Orlando that’s only for G.I.R.L. 2020 attendees.

Of course, the biggest perk of G.I.R.L. 2020 is the knowledge and inspiration you’ll bring home. But some other perks certainly don’t hurt! Make it a magical experience with exclusive Orlando add-ons that are only available to G.I.R.L. 2020 attendees.

4. Connect with the Girl Scout Movement in a BIG way! 

15,000 of your Girl Scout sisters will be waiting at G.I.R.L. 2020, whether you’re making a full week of it or grabbing an EXPO day pass. The Hall of Experiences has 100,000 square feet of all the cool things Girl Scouts do: hands-on STEM activities, interactive exhibits that build essential outdoors skills, and so much more. Lifetime members can also make new friends in the dedicated lifetime membership lounge. At G.I.R.L. 2017, attendees packed over 20,000 meals for people in need—which means YOU can make an impact just by attending. And don’t forget your SWAPS.

See you in Orlando! Grab your tickets for G.I.R.L. 2020. Don't forget to check out the Girl Scout Shop to get a head start on G.I.R.L. 2020 Girl Scout convention swag! 

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