Monday, March 27, 2017

Badges Are in Bloom at the Macy’s Flower Show

Every Girl Scout knows that communities flourish when people lend a hand. To bring this idea to life, Girls Scouts of the USA has created a themed garden at the 43rd annual Macy’s Flower Show! The garden symbolizes how communities bloom when everyone rolls up their sleeves, gets involved, and inspires positive change like a Girl Scout. In the words of our interim CEO Sylvia Acevedo, “Our Citizen badges reflect the extraordinary Girl Scout programming designed to foster, in every girl, a strong sense of civic duty. This encompasses taking action toward a passion that addresses the greater good—from getting involved in government to advocating for change as a global citizen.”

Yesterday, Girl Scouts of Northern New Jersey, Girl Scouts of Central and Southern New Jersey, and Girl Scouts of the Jersey Shore showed their springtime spirit at Family Fun Day. Taking the lead like a true Girl Scout, the councils read stories and hosted hands-on activities for visiting flower fans.

Our garden at the Macy’s Flower Show is interactive! Visitors can use a working water pump to help a giant flower bloom and reveal Citizen badges which are hidden among the ferns, begonias, hydrangeas, and African violets. Each badge (Public Policy, Behind the Ballot, and Inside Government) includes an explanation about how it helps girls develop vital skills, such as taking part in a civil debate, making group decisions, and getting involved in government.

If you find yourself in New York between now and April 9, head to the “One Below” floor at Macy’s Herald Square, visit our garden, check out the Citizen badges, and celebrate spring!