Monday, March 23, 2020

Girl Scouts Give Back and Rise to Today’s Challenges

Giving back to the community is a longstanding Girl Scout tradition, and in current times of crisis that is no different. Whether Girl Scouts are stepping up to provide resources or coming together to support their Girl Scout sisters, these stories are truly inspiring. We’ll be updating this blog post regularly, so check back for more ways Girl Scouts are giving back.

Girl Scouts throughout Northern New Jersey are letting their community know that everything is going to be okay by placing handwritten drawings or paintings in their windows, and they’d like everyone to pass on the trend!

Girl Scout Troop 60729 got the memo! They placed lawn signs in the neighborhood to let the community know that we’re all in this together.

So many communities are doing their part to protect the community, from staying at home and practicing social distancing to Dr. Peter Hotez whose dedicated team is actively researching a vaccine!

Girl Scout troop leader and Service Unit Manager Michelle from Girl Scouts of Northern Illinois and her three Girl Scout troops are doing #TossTheTrashThursday! While they’re hiking in their own neighborhoods and getting outdoors, they’re bringing along a trash bag because a Girl Scout always leaves a place better than she found it.

Daisy Troop 57864 from Girl Scouts of Minnesota and Wisconsin River Valleys held a virtual cookie booth on social media so they could donate Girl Scout Cookies to the hard-working medical staff at Hudson Hospital and Clinic when it is safe. 

Troop 944 created a Stuck At Home series on YouTube. It’s a channel written for kids by Girl Scouts with daily short videos to help keep boredom at bay. They’re tackling a number of topics, from safety and first aid to drawing lessons! These Girl Scouts are busy writing scripts, planning out their shots, and learning by doing. 

Troop 40479 used their resources wisely by making sure the Free Little Pantries they built for their Silver Award are all fully stocked for those in need.

Girl Scouts of Minnesota and Wisconsin River Valleys Troop 17638 wanted to earn their Brownie Trail Adventure badge and thought outside the box to make it happen—instead of meeting as a troop, Girl Scouts lead their families on a hike instead. And because a Girl Scouts always leaves a place better than she found it, they turned it into a trash clean up hike.  

When they were almost finished with earning their Coding For Good Digital Game Design badges, Troop 18378 finished virtually on Zoom! 

Daisy Troop 60145 from Girl Scouts of Nation’s Capital learned how they have an important role in protecting themselves and others from the coronavirus from a nurse practitioner during their virtual meeting!

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Monday, March 16, 2020

COVID 19 Recommendations and Update

The outbreak of the novel coronavirus/COVID-19 pandemic is the very definition of an unplanned crisis, and while there remains a great deal of uncertainty about the virus itself, what is abundantly clear is that it has never been more important for Girl Scout leadership to take bold and decisive action. Our chief priority is the health and safety of our girls, families, volunteers, and staff.  Based on WHO and CDC guidance, and bearing in mind official guidance around social distancing, GSUSA is recommending that councils immediately suspend all large in-person Girl Scout events, consistent with similar bans on large gatherings in many cities and states. In addition, due to the likelihood of interaction with large numbers of the public, we recommend suspending Girl Scout Cookie Booths.  Digital Cookie and Smart Cookie on-line orders can continue shipping without interruption for the time being.

While the safety, health, and wellbeing of our girls and volunteers is and must be our first priority, we recognize that the suspension of Girl Scout Cookie Program Booths will create other challenges. Of particular concern for troops, parents and volunteers is the fact that they will face excess inventory of cookies they were planning to sell during upcoming booth sales.  Please know that GSUSA will actively work in partnership with all councils, our bakers, and our national booth partners to determine how to best manage inventory impacted by this suspension so that it does not become a financial burden to our girls, parents or volunteers.  We are also working in partnership with councils to build on the existing recommendations for creative approaches to recouping Cookie Program revenue. GSUSA will continue to review public health guidance to determine how and when to adjust these recommendations.

We know this is a challenging moment for Girl Scouts everywhere! We will get through this as we always do – as one  Movement, united in our mission of serving girls and we're here to help. If you need help talking to your girls during this challenging time, check out Raising Awesome Girls 

Thank you for your leadership, partnership, and shared cooperation, as we lead through this moment together, on behalf of Girl Scouts everywhere.

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Thursday, March 12, 2020

Honorary Troop Capitol Hill Honors Girl Scouts of the USA


U.S. Senators Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.) and Tammy Duckworth (D-Ill.), co-chairs of the Girl Scouts’ Honorary Troop Capitol Hill, today introduced a resolution recognizing the Girl Scouts of the USA on its 108th birthday and celebrating its legacy of building powerful female leaders.

“For decades, the Girls Scouts have helped instill core values and confidence in young ladies across the nation,” Senator Capito said. “As a Girl Scout myself, I can personally attest to how Girl Scouts encourage girls to grow into strong leaders in whatever field they love and excel in. Whether it’s through education, STEM, or entrepreneurship, Girl Scouts are building the next generation of female leadership in our country.”

“Girl Scouts helped teach me the importance of service as well as the leadership skills that I use in the Senate every day,” said Senator Duckworth. “I’m proud to introduce this bipartisan resolution with Senator Capito to commemorate and honor 108 years of the Girl Scouts driving positive change in communities across the country as they prepare girls to lead wherever they go – in business, science, public service and beyond.”

The resolution is co-sponsored by Senators Susan Collins (R-Maine), Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H.), and Tim Kaine (D-Va.). Text of the resolution is available here.

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Girl Scouts has a long history of taking action to create a better future—108 years, in fact! But don't just take our word for it. Just look at all of these birthday wishes from Girl Scout parents, volunteers, and alums who know first hand the impact a Girl Scout can make.

Thursday, March 5, 2020

What to Do at G.I.R.L. 2020 from the G-Team

Where in the world is the G.I.R.L. 2020 G-Team? This year's team is global!

Guest blog post by Serena I., Girl Scouts San Diego 

G.I.R.L. 2020: the largest girl-led convention in the world is just around the corner! Now just who are the girls who put the “girl-led” in this convention? Well, that is the G-TEAM! The G-TEAM is a 26-member planning committee of older girls: 25 Girl Scouts from across our Movement (including girls from Puerto Rico and USA Girl Scouts Overseas in Italy) and a special girl representative from Guías de México! We came together almost a year ago to bring this convention to life. Each member of the G-TEAM has a specific internship role in many areas, such as marketing and communications, session and experience design, merchandise and retail, event planning, and several more. These internships are helping piece this convention together and implementing the girl-led voice that is going to make G.I.R.L. 2020 an unforgettable experience for girls of all ages.

G.I.R.L. 2020 is going to be full of fun and memorable experiences that will help girls develop skills to create positive change in the world. The G-TEAM has been working very hard on making sure that G.I.R.L. 2020 is inclusive for younger and older Girl Scouts. It’s a perfect event for younger Girl Scouts and their families, and the EXPO Hall offers hundreds of different experiences that girls will have the opportunity to enjoy. Outside the convention doors, this exciting event is located in the heart of Orlando, Florida. This gives families the chance to attend the G.I.R.L. 2020 EXPO Hall of Experiences and to extend their stay by exploring the popular attractions in the area, making a memorable, fun-filled week that the whole family can enjoy.
Serena I., Girl Scouts San Diego

Cadettes, Seniors, and Ambassadors should definitely come join us in Orlando this October! In addition to opportunities before and after in the Orlando area and the EXPO Hall of Experiences, girls in grades 6–12 can experience our National Council Session, our opening celebration on Friday night, program sessions all day Saturday, an exciting event Saturday night, and an inspiring closing session on Sunday. When the G-TEAM met in person for the first time last summer in Orlando, we discussed the main goals that we wanted girls to take away from the world’s largest girl-led event. These goals are that Cadettes, Seniors, and Ambassadors become more engaged in the Girl Scout community, develop a global sisterhood with girls from all around the world, and make a plan to take action on the issues affecting girls today. Finally, even if you are not a Girl Scout, you are still invited to attend this amazing convention and enjoy it alongside thousands of other inspiring girls.

As members of the G-TEAM, we feel so proud and incredibly excited to make this event the best convention ever. We want our fellow Girl Scout sisters to feel just as inspired when they leave G.I.R.L. 2020. So don’t forget! Registration is now open! You do not want to miss out on this experience and the chance to truly embody the G.I.R.L. in Girl Scouts by becoming go-getters, innovators, risk-takers, and leaders! See you in Orlando!