Friday, October 22, 2021

Get Ready to Travel in 2022: Girl Scout Destinations for Cadettes, Seniors, and Ambassadors


UPDATE: It’s not too late to join 2022 adventures!

A new year and new adventures are right around the corner. Join a Girl Scout Destination to explore the country or the world with Girl Scouts from across the U.S. You’re sure to have a life-changing experience!

“My trip to Minnesota gave me a chance to be away from home and out of my comfort zoneit was a fun and safe opportunity.”  —Shaina, Girl Scouts of Southwest Indiana 

Where will Girl Scouts take you next?
Explore all that Destinations has to offer next year. Travel the world through our interactive map.


   

Here are a few trips you don’t want to miss!

Join us for this awesome ocean adventure and get ready to deepen your appreciation for our oceans and the wildlife found thereas well as the people who dedicate their careers to marine biology.  
Lace up your hiking boots and explore Maine’s beautiful and dramatic coastal shoreline by foot. You’ll get to camp in the gorgeous Acadia National Park, hike part of the Appalachian Trial, and climb Maine’s tallest mountain! 



If youre a problem solver, changemaker, or community leader who uses your voice to fight for whats right—this is the trip for you.  Join Girl Scouts of Greater Atlanta to learn about the young people who led the Civil Rights Movement in the U.S. South (specifically, in Birmingham and Selma, Alabama; and AtlantaGeorgia), then continue the journey for justice and equality by meeting leaders at the forefront of this important work today. 
Outdoor adventure is calling! Journey to Southern California and set up home  base at the Camp Arnaz Program Center. From there you’ll take day trips to surfkayak, and more. This trip is girl-led and could include archery, astronomy, BB gun shooting, and equestrian activities! Every evening will be full of Girl Scout camp traditions, including skits and songs. 




Monday, October 11, 2021

Celebrate International Day of the Girl 2021 with Inspiration from Highest Award Girl Scouts


It’s here! Today is officially International Day of the Girl Child, an observance created by the United Nations to emphasize girls worldwide and bring awareness to challenges and opportunities for girls around the globe. It’s a day to celebrate ALL girls and their incredible potential – as well as what they’re already doing – to change the world.

Our celebration kicked off early with Girl Scouts Change the World, a virtual event sponsored by the LEGO® Group, on Saturday, October 9. With over 10,000 girls, leaders and more registered to attend, our event included amazing stories from Girl Scouts around the country, along with exciting guest appearances, including LEGO Brickmaster Amy Corbett and incredible artist (and Gold Award Girl Scout) Dana Tanamachi, who created an incredible piece of art just for the event!


Original Artwork by Dana Tanamachi

From break-out sessions on key girl issues to inspirational stories from Girl Scouts making a difference in their communities, it was an incredible day of inspiration for everyone! One of the most special moments of Saturday’s event was recognizing the world-changing achievements of Gold Award Girl Scouts, including the presentation of 105 inaugural Girl Scouts of the USA Gold Award Scholarships. Thank you to our scholarship funders, Kappa Delta Foundation and Arconic Foundation for making it all possible.

Girl Scouts can do amazing things, including earning the Girl Scouts' highest awards. After learning the basics of becoming a world-changer as Daisies and Brownies, Girl Scouts can take action in big ways as they earn their Bronze, Silver, and Gold Awards. In 2021 alone, over 50,000 Girl Scouts earned one of these prestigious awards!

Looking to get started? Prepare for inspiration overload from Girl Scouts all over the country who made the world a better place this year.

Bronze Award Girl Scouts

Girl Scout Juniors (grades 4 - 5) earn the Bronze Award by teaming up with other girls to make a difference in their towns.

To promote inclusion in their community, Myla, Zachara, Clementine, and Emma created peace poles welcoming students in all the shared languages at their school.

Troop 41169 created a beautiful “inclusion fence" to celebrate diversity in their community.

Emily saw her local lake area full of trash and took action by researching the issue and pitching a cleanup proposal to the city council.

Olivia, Arabella, and Dana built six bridges to make local bike trails more accessible for riders.

 

Find more Bronze Award stories by following #gsBronzeAward.

Silver Award Girl Scouts

Cadettes (grades 6 - 8) earn the Silver Award by researching an issue, making a plan to address it, and then taking action to improve their communities.

Ruth developed a music therapy program for senior residents in a memory care/assisted living center.

To address period poverty, Lauren and Annalise collected over 75,000 donations of sanitary pads for their local middle school.

Libby and Charlotte built a little diverse library in their town and stocked it with over 200 books written by and about people of color.

Using recycled materials, Maggie welded a rocket-shaped little library for her elementary school.

Follow #gsSilverAward to read more stories!  

Gold Award Girl Scouts

Seniors and Ambassadors (grades 9 - 12) earn the Gold Award—the highest achievement in Girl Scouting—by developing and carrying out lasting solutions to issues they are passionate about in their neighborhoods and beyond.

Despite the challenges of a global pandemic, 3,500 Gold Award Girl Scouts invested over 350,000 hours in their projects this year! Over the past 10 days, we’ve been celebrating the 2021 International Day of the Girl theme of Technology Trailblazers by highlighting stories of Gold Award Girl Scouts who used their digital leadership to change the world.

Vonesha’s project, S.T.E.A.M. on Wheels, supplied mobile laptops and program kits to give students the tools they need to succeed in her homeland of India.

Maddi launched her Halftime, Halfway: Women Empowerment in Sports podcast featuring interviews from over 30 female sports professionals to inspire athletes around the world.

Gold Award Girl Scout Maddi Inspired Female Athletes from GirlScoutsUSA on Vimeo.

For her Gold Award, Grace created Step by Step Tutoring, a nonprofit organization that provides virtual student-led financial tutoring to children in need.

With her Voice 2 Victims project, Katie provided educational resources and created a community-wide event that led to the donation of mobile phones to connect victims to help during domestic emergencies.

Alanis created Soul to Speak, an online public speaking program full of blog posts, virtual sessions, and other confidence-boosting resources to help kids speak up and be heard.

Lillian improved a critical resource for elderly members of her community: she digitized the delivery process for an essential meal service that provides over 750 meals each day.

To share the stories of refugees and immigrants, Ulaina created a podcast, Invisible Borders, featuring heartfelt personal accounts and enlightening research on some of today’s most pressing issues.

Himani started Save the Girl Child, an organization dedicated to ending female gendercide and empowering girls through healthcare and education. When in-person meetings weren’t possible, Himani adjusted her science and reading curriculum into virtual classes to keep 150 immigrant girls in her community on track to meet their goals.

KaLa turned lunchtime conversations with her friends into social change by creating the Social Justice Club at her high school. Her club initiated impactful student-led projects promoting real change through social media activism and beyond.

Breanna gave her bee project wings with virtual events linked with Latino Conservation Week, promoting awareness about the importance of conservation of these critical species through workshops and Q&A sessions with bee experts.

The pandemic didn’t stop Alice from writing, directing and debuting her play. She launched online performances as a resource for students that destigmatizes mental health issues.

Gold Award Girl Scout Alice Tackles Mental Health Issues Through Theater from GirlScoutsUSA on Vimeo.

Follow #GSGoldAward on social media to hear more stories throughout the year.

Get involved and become a world-changer and with Girl Scouts!


Feeling inspired and ready to dig in and change the world, too? At Girl Scouts, we believe ALL girls have the power to make a difference. If you’re new to Girl Scouts, it’s not too late to sign up and get started with a local troop.

If you're already a Girl Scout, contact your council to learn more about earning your highest awards.

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


Image Credit: NASA

NASA’s International Observe the Moon Night is Saturday, October 16! 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 last year 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.
Friday, October 1, 2021

How to Celebrate International Day of the Girl in 2021

Plus five reasons you don’t want to miss the FREE Girl Scouts Change the World virtual event! 



Let’s hear it for the girls! Officially celebrated by the United Nations, Monday, October 11 is International Day of the Girl Child—and our world has more than 1.1 billion girls under the age of 18, who are primed to become the largest generation of female leaders, entrepreneurs, and changemakers. 


But for Girl Scouts, one day just isn’t enough! Starting October 1, we’re celebrating girl greatness every day, including with our HUGE virtual celebration, Girls Change the World, sponsored by the LEGO® Group, on Saturday, October 9. 


Register now for this free event, featuring amazing speakers, inspiring girl stories, and much more (read on for a sneak peek). And hurry—registration closes Monday, October 4! 




Get inspired with 11 days of action. 


Beginning today, October 1, we’re gearing up for Girl Scouts Change the World and International Day of the Girl by celebrating Girl Scouts who’ve used technology and digital leadership to change the world through their Gold Award projects in 2021.  


Be sure to check out our Facebook and Instagram for your daily inspo from a 2021 Gold Award Girl Scout who’s bringing technological resources and connectivity to people around the world! 


Do YOU and your troop have a story to share? How have you used technology to make your community better over the past year? Join the conversation and celebrate with us by tagging @girlscouts on social media and using #GSChangetheWorld, #DayOfTheGirl, and #IDG2021 as we get ready to celebrate! 


Time to celebrate at the Girl Scouts Change the World virtual event, sponsored by the LEGO Group. 

You could win fun giveaways from the LEGO Group


A day full of inspiration, sisterhood, and global action—need we say more? Whether you’re just starting out in earning your Bronze, Silver, or Gold Award or already celebrating your achievement, there’s something for everyone (including adults!) with the event’s guest speakers and breakout sessions. Here are five reasons you don’t want to miss out on Saturday, October 9: 

  1. You’ll get inspired directly from 2021 Gold Award Girl Scouts talking about the incredible projects they’ve completed in the past year. 
  2. For the first time ever, we’re awarding 105 inaugural GSUSA Gold Award scholarships thanks to our scholarship funders, Kappa Delta Foundation and Arconic Foundation. 
  3. Our guest speakers are total gamechangers, from incredible artist (and Gold Award Girl Scout) Dana Tanamachi to LEGO Brickmaster Amy Corbett. 
  4. You’ll catch special shoutouts from HUGE surprise guests! 
  5. You’ll be eligible for exciting giveaways, swag, and so much more! 

Don’t wait to get in on the fun—register by Monday, October 4!


The big day is here! International Day of the Girl 2021—virtual Girls Speak Out event. 





Ready for girl power on a global scale? Register now for a girl-led roundtable discussion with UN representatives and partners on closing the gender digital divide to accelerate opportunity for girls around the world. You’ll hear unique perspectives from change-making girls (including 2021 Gold Award Girl Scout Vonesha!) as they discuss solutions and possibilities with key stakeholders ready to make a difference. 

Join us to earn a special NEW patch! 



Celebrate Day of the Girl every day with the NEW International Day of the Girl patch—available now in our online store! You can become eligible to purchase this patch by participating in the 11 Days of Action, Girl Scouts Change the World, or the United Nations’ virtual Girls Speak Out event. 

Wednesday, September 15, 2021

The Girl Scout Uniform Through the Decades



For over a century, Girl Scouts have proudly worn distinctive uniforms that symbolize the high ideals for which the organization stands—and yet Girl Scout style has evolved in the past 100 years, bringing new materials, designs, and other features that align with modern girls’ interests and passions.

Reflecting on our history, we opened our archives and found some rare photos you’re unlikely to see anywhere else. We hope you enjoy! And don’t forget to show us your take on #GirlScoutStyle by tagging @girlscouts on social media.

FUN FACT: In 1914, Girl Scout uniforms began to be manufactured. Juliette Gordon Low ordered a stock of blue uniforms, with khaki to be sent only by special request. But the girls preferred khaki—they were developing an interest in outdoor activities and considered it more practical for hiking, picnicking, and camping. And so khaki it was, which was used until 1928.

1924: Planting a commemorative tree in style! We’re loving this action shot of Juliette Gordon Low and the elegant hats featuring the iconic Girl Scout Trefoil.



1925: Juliette Gordon Low and two Girl Scouts. Notice the patches on the girls’ sleeves. And can you spot the difference between the two girl uniforms? One is a shirt dress and the other one is a two-piece (skirt and blouse).



1928: Girl Scouts having the best time camping and modeling those NEW “Girl Scout green” uniforms.



Girl Scout Jeanne (pictured below) at the International Festival in Chicago, Illinois, in 1930.



1935: Girl Scout Mariners climbing aboard! We’re in for smooth sailing!



1938: May the forest be with you! This cool basket backpack is the ultimate Girl Scout accessory!



During the Great Depression, Girl Scouts aided in relief efforts by collecting food and clothing, making quilts, carving wooden toys, and assisting in hospitals. Uniform silhouettes were updated, and troops began wearing berets, a trendy accessory in the early 1930s.

1940s: These Girl Scouts are serious about practicing their knot-tying skills!



In 1944, Girl Scouts sold calendars instead of cookies due to ingredient rations during World War II. Over the next few years, the look of Girl Scout uniforms went largely unchanged due to the low availability of materials in wartime. Girl Scout Intermediates and Seniors continued to wear green dresses paired with yellow neckerchiefs, and Brownies wore brown shirt dresses with short sleeves. Wartime restrictions on the use of metals led to the zippers in uniforms being replaced with button-fronts.

FUN FACT: Designer Mainbocher, a popular haute couture American label at the time, created a Girl Scout uniform for Seniors that included a short-sleeved dress with a dark-green cowhide belt and a hat.

1948: Two New York Girl Scouts model a new version of the uniform (left) and an older version (right). The new uniform features a longer skirt and button-down front and is designed by Mainbocher.



1948: The most adorable Girl Scout troop portrait. Was the cat an honorary Girl Scout? We think so!



1957: The best memories are made at Girl Scout camp!



1960s: Two Girl Scout Cadettes looking busy making the world a better place.



The 1960s brought about major social change, from the Vietnam War to the struggle for racial equality to the birth of the counterculture. The national office of Girl Scouts solicited uniform preferences from girls across the country. What they wanted: pants, a uniform with no waistline, big pockets, and a neat, sporty “un-uniform” made of easy-to-care-for fabrics. More change was on the horizon!

1970: Girl Scout Brownie with her furry friend—too cute!



1978: Girl Scout Cadettes—sisterhood forever.



Monumental political and social change continued into the 1970s, and the Girl Scout uniform adapted alongside. In 1973, Girl Scout Juniors could choose from five separates to create twelve different uniform looks. Among the options was a green A-line jumper with step-in styling, four-button placket, inverted front pleat, and large patch pockets.

1978: Picture-perfect smiles. Let the good times roll!



1981: Girl Scout Senior: On my honor!



FUN FACT: In 1984, Girl Scouts launched the Girl Scout Daisy program for five-year-old girls or girls in kindergarten.

1984: Girl Scout Daisies



1992: Girl Scout Seniors proudly showcasing their decorated sashes.



1993: Throw on your shades! It’s party time 1990s’ style!



In 1995, the official Girl Scout Cadette and Senior uniforms included a royal blue skirt or walking shorts; white long-sleeved blouse with royal blue, yellow, and green stripes; a bandana; and an insignia vest or sash.

1995: Cadettes and Seniors line up for a group shot! How about those striped shirts?



FUN FACT: In 2001, the Girl Scout Cadette and Senior uniforms were changed from royal blue to khaki, with a light-blue blouse for Cadettes and a navy-blue blouse for Seniors.

2006: Smiles for miles! Comfortable and casual in their Girl Scout vests.



2019: YES to vest trains embellished with badges and patches that spark joy! Who has one of these?



2020: The Cadette, Senior, and Ambassador uniform and official apparel collection were designed with a Girl Scout’s individuality in mind—because we know that when they can express themselves authentically, Girl Scouts change the world! The new sash and vest incorporate modern details, including pockets, button-up closure, and a cinched waist for an easy fit—design elements that are a must-have for today’s change-markers. So who was behind this major redesign undertaken for the first time in 20 years? Nidhi Bhasin (a Girl Scout alum), Jenny Feng, and Melissa Posner, three creative young designers from the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York City! See what inspired them and shop Cadette, Senior, and Ambassador styles today!



2021: Ready, set, dress for a sustainable adventure ahead! Inspired by vintage Girl Scout apparel and fashion trends of the ‘90s, the Daisy, Brownie, Junior official apparel and accessories got a major update with nostalgic styles and eco-conscious materials. The new Daisy, Brownie, and Junior tunic, sash, and vest are made of fabric composed of 40% recycled materials.



Our journey to becoming more sustainable also includes a cool new upcycling program! Through the program, existing sash/vest inventory and unused products will be transformed into aprons, pillows, totes, and crossbody bags available for purchase through the Girl Scout Shop and select Girl Scout council stores. The voices of Girl Scouts and parents inspired the sustainable design elements in this year’s update. Shop the new looks before they’re gone!




References:

The Cut of the Cloth, A Brief History of the Girl Scout Uniform, GSUSA, 1999
GSUSA Archives
A Century of Girl Scout Uniforms,” GSCCCblog, 2019, Girl Scouts of California's Central Coast
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