Thursday, October 15, 2020

Be a part of history! Register for the 55th NCS livestream

Girl Scouts around the world are counting down the hours until our 55th (and first-ever virtual) National Council Session (NCS), and the doors are wide open for all members to join. 

Held every three years, NCS brings Girl Scouts’ democratic process to life in a big way. Starting Friday, October 23, through Sunday, October 25, 1,300 delegates from every council across the nation and USA Girl Scouts Overseas, will discuss, debate, and vote on issues important to the Girl Scout Movement and elect national leaders for the 2020–2023 triennium (we invite you to meet the officer candidates for the National Board via this video). This year, a record number of girl members—approximately 400—aged 14–17 will represent their councils as delegates. 

NCS ties into Girl Scouts’ long history of civics education, a history that found new momentum this summer with the launch of new civics badges. So, whether you’re a girl member, volunteer, or lifetime member, please join our sisterhood to watch Girl Scout history being made. 

When COVID-19 required that the event be moved online for the safety of all participants for the first time in its 100+ year history, we knew those who were planning to attend would be disappointed, but we realized it also created an incredible opportunity for all members to watch our democratic process live. 

Register by Sunday, October 18, to receive “gallery guest” access to the livestream and join us as the excitement unfolds—“see” you at NCS! 

Friday, October 9, 2020

Everything You Need to Know About “Driving My Financial Future” Virtual Events

It’s hard not to reflect on how women and girls have historically been deterred from focusing on finances because of societal norms and laws. If you want to help the girl in your life take charge of her financial future while having a blast learning new skills and building confidence, claim your spot today for our interactive virtual events developed with Toyota Financial Services!

Every event is focused on grade-appropriate topics that girls care about. And the best part? Your Girl Scout will get a chance to earn her Financial Literacy badges when she participates.

All events will be available for replay, so if you can’t make it live, no worries. Simply register and use the link in your email confirmation to tune in when you can.

1. Help Your Girl Take Charge of Her Financial Future
Tuesday, October 13, 2020 | 8:00 PM ET 
Register HERE

Financial literacy is all about teaching your girl to set goals and create the future she wants for herself. And Girl Scouts can help her do it! In this webcast for parents and troop leaders, you’ll discover all the ways girls can become financially savvy through Girl Scouts and can approach saving, spending, and money management at any grade level.

2. Awesome Girls: Budgeting for a Birthday Bash
Wednesday, October 28, 2020 | 5:00 PM ET
Register HERE

Join us as we use a budget to purchase items for a birthday party honoring Girl Scout founder Juliette Gordon Low! Girls will learn about buying on a budget through fun hands-on experiences—no supplies needed! This event is for Girl Scout Juniors and non-Girl Scouts in fifth and sixth grades.

3. Awesome Girls: Check Out the Fine Print!
Thursday, November 19, 2020 | 5:00 PM ET 
Register HERE  

It's always important to read the fine print, especially when making purchases with a credit card! Learn how to use an online comparison-shopping chart to find the best deals to maximize your money. This event is for Girl Scout Cadettes and non-Girl Scouts in –sixth through eighth grades.

4. Awesome Girls: Buying Power!
Thursday, December 17, 2020 | 5:00 PM ET 
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Calculate the long-term costs of your wants and needs! Girls will complete activities to understand the true cost of their purchases, whether they’re buying a car or a new cell phone. By asking the right questions, girls learn to better evaluate their purchases and uncover hidden costs. This event is for Girl Scout Seniors and non-Girl Scouts in –ninth and tenth grades.

5. Awesome Girls: Building a Good Credit Score Score
Thursday, January 28, 2021 | 5:00 PM ET
Register HERE

Girls will learn how to build their credit score to qualify to buy their first car! Through examples, girls see what they should and shouldn’t do to build strong credit. We will also discuss why having a good credit score helps people pay less monthly and have better interest on credit purchases. Most importantly, girls will hear from the experts themselves about the process of establishing healthy credit. This event is for Girl Scout Ambassadors and non-Girl Scouts in 11th and 12th grades.

Be sure to tag us (@girlscouts) to show off your new badges and to let other Girl Scouts know how you liked the virtual events! You can also check out Girl Scouts at Home—our hub of online activities, including some for financial literacy.

Tuesday, September 29, 2020

How Girl Scouts Inspired Alums to Make the World a Better Place

Making the World a Better Place

On Facebook we asked our alums about the Girl Scout experiences that inspired them to make a lasting difference as adults, in their own communities and the world at large. We received so many inspiring responses—279 to date! Read on for some of the standouts.

1. Breaking Down Barriers

“Working as part of a team to overcome whatever obstacles appear, to be positive, and to appreciate others’ talents.” —Janet L.

2. Serving Those in Need

“My troop and I made heart-shaped hand soaps and chocolates for women and children in local domestic abuse shelters.” —Rachel P.

3. Connecting with Community

“My Gold Award project [involved] taking a deep look at my community and seeing what steps I could do to bring awareness to a significant local need.” —Tamra R. 

4. Taking the Lead

“My 10 years as a Girl Scout provided me outdoor, service, and—most importantly to me—an unlimited supply of leadership opportunities.” —Tara O.

5. Finding Service-Driven Career Paths 

“We were constantly seeking service projects. I ended up joining the Peace Corps.” —Sally R. 

6. Caring for the Environment 

“Camp [gave me exposure to the outdoors, and] I went on to get my degree in environmental education and teach kids and teachers for 30 years.” —Gina S. 

7. Being Guided by Strong Role Models

“Attending Girl Scout camp every summer for a decade, I was surrounded by strong women who never told me I couldn’t do something.” —Megan W.

8. Stepping Up

“Joining Girl Scouts was one of the best decisions I have ever made because it taught me how to choose to do good instead of just standing by and doing nothing.” —Anna C.

9. Empathizing with Others

“My Brownie troop … visited children at The Holiday House [a home for kids with disabilities] and shared a cabin at Girl Scout Camp Darden with a troop of girls [with disabilities]. I learned a lot at a young age [about how] not to judge, to be accepting, and [to] understand the challenges others may face. —Tory P.

Are you an alum or supporter of Girl Scouts? Sign up for monthly insights from alums who pay it forward with career tips; invitations to national and local events; info about advocacy and volunteer opportunities; and more! Connect to the Girl Scout Network

Monday, September 28, 2020

International Day of the Girl: Four (or more) Ways to Get Involved 🙋

The best tool any girl has for changing the world—and creating an equal future—is her voice. As a society, we can help girls use their voices for change by ensuring they have the tools and confidence to speak up and speak out, actively listening to what they say, and amplifying their messages.

At Girl Scouts, we are proud to celebrate the International Day of the Girl by introducing ten of the most amazing world changers in our Movement—the 2020 National Gold Award Girl Scouts. Keep it locked on our social media platforms for this big announcement and more! Here’s everything you, your troop, and your girls need to know to get in on all things International Day of the Girl 2020!

1. Learn about International Day of the Girl: Learn about the issues girls face around the world and learn why we celebrate International Day of the Girl.

2. Spread the word and lend your voice on October 8: Invite your troops to spread the word and lend their voices by sharing stories with pictures of how they’re changing the world! Be sure to use hashtags: #worldchanger #IDG2020

3. Attend the United Nations Girls’ Rights Town Hall: On October 9, 2020, 10:00 a.m.–11:30 a.m. EDT, secure a front-row view to the Girls’ Rights Town Hall as a National Gold Award Scout and girl activists take the UN floor. This virtual event gives young leaders access to global decision-makers and a space to discuss justice, human rights, and equity for girls. Learn how to participate.

4. Celebrate with girls all around the world: On October 11, 2020, 2:00 p.m.–3:30 p.m. EDT., celebrate International Day of the Girl by hosting a Girls Speak Out watch party. The hour-long program showcases girls’ poems, creative performances, and art about what girls’ equity means in their communities. After the event, use the debrief questions in the debrief guide to reflect on and discuss what you’ve just seen. The prerecorded event featuring a live chat will be hosted on YouTube Prime across five different time zones and in English, French, Spanish, and Portuguese. Visit the website to learn how to join.

(Please note: due to the potential for sensitive topics that could arise during these events, we strongly suggest you have troop members complete sensitive issues forms.)

For a deeper dive into resources, discussion guides, and activations, check out our International Day of the Girl Toolkit/IDG 2020 Toolkit.

Tuesday, September 22, 2020

Keep Your Eyes on the Moon! Everything You Need to Know About International Observe the Moon Night

NASA’s International Observe the Moon Night is Saturday, September 26! Each year, people all over the world are invited to gather together and observe the Moon during its first-quarter phase—when its shadows and details are believed to be most pronounced for nighttime viewing.

To prepare for the out-of-this-world event, learn about the Moon and try some fun Moon-centered activities. Check out Girl Scouts at Home for a couple of free activities from our Space Science badges: Make a Moon Sky Book and Make a Moon Art Project.

To look at the Moon, you can simply step outside or look out your window. Telescopes aren’t necessary, just your eyes! Though please stay safe and keep social distancing guidelines in mind if you’re heading outside.

Engage with others by planning a live video chat or virtual gathering with Girl Scout sisters and extended family—you could do a show-and-tell of the GS Moon activities, sharing what you’ve observed. Tag @girlscouts in your Moon photos on social media; we’ll feature some of your photos!

Check out a few photos submitted by girls from different Girl Scout astronomy clubs across the country:
Submitted by Girl Scout Jamie. Taken at the William Miller Sperry Observatory in Cranford, NJ.

Submitted by Girl Scout Ambassador Katelyn from GEMINI Astronomy Club

Submitted by Girl Scout Kadance

Want to keep exploring space and better understand the world around you? Visit Girl Scouts at Home for more Space Science badge activities and recordings from our widely attended virtual events, where you’ll meet former and current astronauts and other space science experts, including an aerospace engineer and planetary scientist!