Monday, December 18, 2017

The Top Ten Girl Scout Moments of 2017

From the Marines welcoming their first ever female infantry officer to the courageous girls and young women who took a stand by calling out and fighting back against unacceptable harassment at work, school, and in their personal lives, there’s no question that 2017 has been a big year. And when we look back at the year in Girl Scouting, it’s full of colossal wins as well—including the ten important and inspiring moments below. Did we miss one of your favorites? Let us know so we can keep the celebration going!

1. Our Gold Award Girl Scouts Are Seriously #goals
From making sure schoolgirls in rural India have access to clean, reliable menstrual pads, to hosting coding classes for girls here in the United States, to patenting a sensor that helps farmers identify drought conditions, the revolutionary thoughts, actions, and innovations of Gold Award Girl Scouts are already shaping our society and the world in majorly meaningful ways. Once again, we’re blown away by how high a bar these incredible young women have set and what an inspiration they are to us all. See the stories of the 2017 National Young Women of Distinction.

2. G.I.R.L. Agenda Sets the New Standard for Civic Action
Nearly 50 years ago, the Beatles proclaimed “we all wanna change the world,” but it was Girl Scouts of the USA in 2017 that gave us all the tools to actually go out there and make the world a better place. Filled with primers on topics such as speaking up, being open-minded, hearing others’ points of view, and getting involved in student council and local politics, the G.I.R.L. Agenda Powered by Girl Scouts inspires, prepares, and mobilizes girls and those who care about them to lead positive change through civic action. Support the G.I.R.L. Agenda today.

3. So. Many. Superstar Shout-Outs!
Jennifer Garner earned her Girl Scout mom wings when she shared a super-relatable moment from her daughter’s troop campout. Renowned activist Dolores Huerta recalled her early days as a Girl Scout and sang the praises of all that a girl can learn in her troop. Lynda Carter—the one and only original Wonder Woman!—gave us props on social media. And to top it all off, Andra Day and Common performed on our Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade® float to champion G.I.R.L.s everywhere. So yeah, we’ve been feeling the love from some pretty incredible people this year. #blushing

4. S’More S’Mores for Everybody
This was the year that cookie lovers around the country scrambled to get their hands on our yummy Girl Scout S’mores® cookies! Invoking the fun and flavor of a real campfire treat, boxes of our newest cookie variety practically disappeared from cookie booths, prompting us to bring them back for another big year in 2018. Let the countdown to cookie season begin!

5. A Dizzying Assortment of New Badges and Programming
Over the summer, the big news broke that Girl Scouts from Daisies to Ambassadors would have a host of exciting new Computer Science, Outdoor, Civic Engagement, and STEM badges to choose from this year. We piloted an awesome Engineering Journey at several Girl Scout councils, and new Space Science badges are now in the works. What’s more, we’ll be unveiling the first ever national cybersecurity computer science program and “Cyber Challenges” for girls in grades 6 through 12.

6. Every Girl Has a Place in Girl Scouts
The world got a big reminder that Girl Scouts is for every girl this year when the girls from Troop 6000—a troop based in one of New York City’s homeless shelters—made headlines, rocked TV appearances, and continued to grow into the confident, courageous leaders we need. The troop is not the first of its kind (troops have existed in shelters across the country for years), but Troop 6000 is the first to capture the nation’s imagination and heart in such a huge, inspiring way. Those moved by the troop’s story have donated generously, providing the funding to get troops started in more shelters across the city, and proving yet again just how powerful we can be when we stand together as a Movement.

7. Nobody Throws a Party Like a Girl Scout Party
Thousands of Girl Scouts descended on Columbus, Ohio, this year for G.I.R.L. 2017—the largest girl-led event for girls and young women in the world. With relatable, inspiring talks from game changers like Mae Jemison, Gabby Douglas, Barbara Pierce Bush, and Chelsea Clinton, and once-in-a-lifetime experiences around every corner, it was one powerhouse of a party celebrating both the legacy and the future of the Girl Scout Movement.

8. Raising Up a Generation of STEM Superstars
At Girl Scouts, we know it’s crucial to level the playing field in ever-growing STEM careers. To ensure that girls have a fair shake when it comes to creating the world of tomorrow through science, technology, engineering, and math, we have pledged to reach 2.5 million girls with meaningful STEM experiences and the tools they’ll need to explore these fields in college and beyond.

9. Girl Scout Central Is on the Map
There’s a brand new hot spot that’s coloring the Big Apple green: Girl Scout Central! This fall, we opened the doors to our premier Girl Scout store and experience at Girl Scouts of the USA headquarters, 420 Fifth Avenue in New York City. Beyond a one-stop shop for uniforms, badges, and about a billion other ways to show off your Girl Scout pride, the space is an awesome place for G.I.R.L.s from across the country to meet, trade stories, and possibly even form lifelong friendships. Plan your visit today!

10. We’ve Got a Rocket Scientist for a CEO!
She was one of the first Hispanic students (male or female) to earn a graduate engineering degree. She was a technology executive who held positions with some of the world’s most respected companies, including IBM, Apple, and Dell. She’s a rocket scientist who worked at NASA’s famed Jet Propulsion Laboratory. But first, Sylvia Acevedo was a Girl Scout—and she’s lived the mission ever since. In May of this year, we were thrilled to announce Sylvia’s new role as CEO of Girl Scouts of the USA. She has been an inspiration to our Movement and is a daily reminder to every Girl Scout that if she reaches for the stars, she just might end up becoming a superstar herself.