Friday, April 3, 2020

3 Ways to Support a Girl Scout Near You

Girl Scouts have suspended in-person cookie sales due to COVID-19, but you can still support your local troops.
  1. Girl Scouts nationwide continue to sell cookies through the Digital Cookie® platform—including the Digital Order Card and Smart Cookies™. If you know a Girl Scout, reach out to see if she’s participating and if you can buy directly from her!
  2.  No surprise, Girl Scouts are getting creative—including by reimagining cookie booths during this time of isolation. They’re using the power of social media (with parental supervision) to make their sales pitch, collect orders, and deliver or donate the cookies when it's again safe to do so. Watch for mention of "virtual cookie booths" that will enable you to support girls and troops that have inventory on hand.
  3. Supporters who may not be connected to a Girl Scout or who typically rely on door-to-door and traditional booth sales can visit Girl Scouts Cookie Care to safely order cookies for home delivery (pending local shipping availability) or spread the love by donating cookies to first responders, volunteers, and local causes.

With Girl Scouts Cookie Care, the goal is to mobilize broad support for buying unsold cookie inventory that troops and girls nationwide still have on hand due to the impact of COVID-19. Girl Scouts of the USA is also working closely with impacted councils in other ways to address inventory challenges.

No matter how you buy your cookies, you’ll be supporting local Girl Scouts. And remember: all cookie proceeds stay local to support innovative programming for girls.
Thursday, April 2, 2020

Serving Girls Where They Serve: Girl Scouts Celebrates the Military Child

From Massachusetts to California and Brazil to Beijing, Girl Scouts is proud to serve military families across our country and the world. Each day, we’re inspired by the sisterhood of military-connected girls and volunteers who live and breathe our Girl Scout Promise to serve our country and continue to make a difference (and have fun!) while doing it.

That’s why this April, we’re proud to celebrate our military-based Girl Scouts who give so much to our Movement during the Month of the Military Child. Check out this message from Girl Scouts of the USA CEO, Sylvia Acevedo!

No matter where a family’s military service takes girls, Girl Scouts is at the ready with tried-and-true programming and a supportive network that allows girls to continue their unique leadership journeys; build new friendships; and enjoy a reliable, safe space of their own.

How can you participate? It’s easy!

Celebrate on Social Media 

Share your story! Post a picture or video on social media using #MonthoftheMilitaryChild and #BecauseOfGirlScouts, and tag @girlscouts and your home council. Like Chloe did, a Girl Scout Junior with USA Girl Scouts Overseas in Germany:

Girl Scouts has been a place I can come to be myself and to experience things I never thought I could. The best part of being a girl scout here in Germany is the girl power my troop has . . . we have bonded so much and have come together through all our experiences. I am so glad that I made the choice to become a Girl Scout, military life isn't always easy but my troop has made it easier.

Color at Home

Although we may not be able to gather to celebrate our military communities, you can show your Girl Scout and military pride with our Month of the Military Child coloring packet! Decorate your homes, windows, and communities with your own versions of this artwork throughout the month of April.

Show Your Pride

We’re honoring girls and their loved ones this April with a special patch designed just for you. Wear our Month of the Military Child patch with pride to show you’re part of a global community of military-connected Girl Scouts.

Earn Badges

Visit Girl Scouts at Home to complete creative activities that celebrate you, your families, and your communities.
Wednesday, April 1, 2020

An Update on G.I.R.L. 2020

Greetings from the G.I.R.L. 2020 Team! We hope this update finds you and your family safe, well and adjusting to our new work and play “normal” in the best possible ways. Many of you have asked questions regarding G.I.R.L. 2020 and we wanted to provide some updates.

Q. Will G.I.R.L. 2020 be canceled or postponed due to the COVID-19 Pandemic?

Currently, we are conducting scenario planning for meetings in case we can’t proceed as originally planned. Plan for decisions about the next steps related to G.I.R.L. 2020 to be made in late Spring/early Summer. If we must cancel the event, registration fees will be refunded in total or in part, depending upon the date and circumstances of the cancellation decision. We encourage everyone to please be mindful of domestic and international travel restrictions and vendor cancellation policies as they prepare for this event.

Q. Have there been any adjustments to the Trendsetter package deadline?

In response to your inquiries about the timing of registration impacted by the COVID-19 crisis, we are extending key benefits associated with Trendsetter registration into the Early Bird  registration period (April 1 – July 31). Therefore, you and your council will be able to take advantage of the same price and benefits until July 31st!

Key benefits to be extended include:
  • Payment Plan Option
  • Link to register for Signature and Breakout sessions early
  • Special discounts/offers from G.I.R.L. EXPO exhibitors

Q. When will hotel reservations be available?
We also want to provide an update on hotel requests. Many hotels in the Orlando area have closed for the months of April and May and are not taking any reservations, present or future until they reopen.

Therefore, the individual housing selection portal will also not open until June 1 or thereafter. We will continue to provide updates as they are made available.

Thank you so much for your patience, understanding and continued support!
Tuesday, March 31, 2020

30 Days of Gratitude: We Love Girl Scout Volunteers!

Even as we face unprecedented challenges, Girl Scout volunteers are still finding both big and small ways to show girls they care—and are doing an amazing job. Volunteers are the reason we’re feeling grateful, no matter what happens in the world around us. But it’s one thing for us to say how much we appreciate our volunteers; we want them to hear it from the people they impact the most!

We asked girls, families, and co-leaders to share why they’re grateful for their favorite volunteer—whether that’s their supportive troop leader, the cookie manager who always brings their A-game, or their service unit volunteer who comes through when you need them—and what they said melted our hearts! So throughout National Volunteer Month, we’re sharing their stories on our blog and social accounts. We’ll be updating this blog daily, so let’s keep the gratitude attitude going, even if we can’t be near one another right now.

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.

These Girl Scouts from Girl Scouts of Eastern Massachusetts are doing their part to flatten the curve, and encouraging other Girl Scout troops to share their collage on social media!

Girl Scouts of Greater Chicago Northwest Indiana Troop 55191 wanted to give back to the community, so they donated not only Girl Scout Cookies but personal care items for the staff lounge at their local hospital.

Pictured: Staff at Fresh Thymes grocery store accepting thank you posters

Girl Scouts from one troop wanted to give back to their local grocery store staff using supplies they already had around the house, so they each created posters to show these frontline workers just how much they're appreciated! The posters were delivered by an adult family member on their next trip to the grocery store.

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!

Want to share how Girl Scouts are giving back? Tell us! Join our Girl Scouts in Action Facebook group, tag us on Twitter or Instagram, or email!