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On Daisy’s Birthday, Five Girl Scout Accomplishments to Make Her Proud

October 26, 2015

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By Meridith Orr, Program Executive

“There was nobody like her.”  – Rudyard Kipling, author of The Jungle Book

On the last day of October, 155 years ago, a girl was born who would change the world.  Juliette Magill Kinzie Gordon came into the world amid the turmoil and strife of the Civil War.   And little was expected of her beyond the typical notions of becoming a lady of her time.

However, due to her own determination and to circumstances beyond her control, she reinvented herself in mid-life and became the Daisy Gordon Low that we know and love.  She founded a movement that “supplied the education and understanding necessary to provide useful information and more opportunities for young women with an emphasis on fun and room for civic duty,” according to biographer Stacey Cordery.

There’s no doubt that if Daisy were here today, she would be pleased and proud to see the many accomplishments of the organization she built out of her carriage house in Savannah, Georgia 103 years ago.  Here are our top five favorites:

Daisy Girl Scouts

The youngest Girl Scout grade level that bears her nickname was introduced in the 1980s. We think she’d love to see these little ones learning and living the parts of the Girl Scout Law, taking field trips, learning to sell cookies, and even making up their own cookie sale jingles!

Girl Scouts Outdoors

An avid outdoorswoman, Daisy would no doubt marvel at the traditions of outdoor experience and education we continue to uphold in Girl Scouting. She always valued what girls wanted, and would have wholeheartedly endorsed the Girls’ Choice campaign that resulted in these five new badges!

Travel

In Daisy’s day, world travel was long, difficult and expensive, yet she traveled extensively to visit relatives, oversee her interests, and further the expansion of the Girl Scout Movement. Today, Girl Scout Destinations makes world travel accessible for our girls, and troops make pilgrimages to our Girl Scout World Centers in England, Switzerland, Mexico and India!  Our troops also travel locally for all sorts of amazing adventures, from exploring cultural events in major cities to camping and whitewater rafting, just to name a few!

National Young Women of Distinction

When the Golden Eaglet was introduced in Daisy’s day, the award was emblematic of a girl’s hard work to master many different skills as well as provide service in her community. Today, the award has evolved into the Girl Scout Gold Award, which not only represents local impact, but also projects that have the potential to reach around the world.  The National Young Women of Distinction represent an elite group of Gold Award recipients recognized each year.  Their projects have made an exceptional difference in the lives of others, well beyond the original vision of our Founder!

Last, but not least…59 million alumnae!

Our amazing alumnae include Supreme Court justices, astronauts, CEOs, artists and more.  All our alumnae, regardless of fame or fortune, are remarkable women who inspire others to try new things, master new skills and look for ways to make the world a better place.  Does it get any better than that?

As we mark our Founder’s Birthday, consider how her life has inspired yours. What’s your favorite fact about our Daisy?  Share your thoughts in the comments!

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Fall Sale 2015: Ready, Set, Go!

September 21, 2015

Girl Scouts Fall Product Sale 2015

By Amy Vitale, Product Sale Manager

Are you ready to Do Gr8 things in Girl Scouts? Join this year’s Fall Sale programBranching Out – and see how much fun you will have trying new things! The 2015 sale brings a new vendor that offers new and exciting features to this year’s program like avatars.

What is an avatar you ask? During the sale, Girl Scouts will have fun creating their own avatar on the Me2 site, their “Me2” or “mini me.” This digital – and cute – image that girls create in their likeness, serves as their salesperson icon online. Avatars will help each girl sell magazines, nuts and candy via email, Facebook, and Twitter; earn virtual rewards in her own virtual room; and interact with her fellow troop members’ avatars in an awesome online troop photo. And as she racks up the sales, each Girl Scout can earn real rewards like her own unique avatar patch – and she’ll get to create her personal patch as well.  Pretty cool!!

Best of all, the Branching Out product sales program helps Girl Scouts learn about e-commerce which is a great skill for the future! Selling online with the new Me2 site is so easy. Girl Scouts, with the help of their parents/guardians, can send emails to family and friends around the country to earn the Branch Out patch quick and easy. Girls’ virtual stores can also be shared on Facebook and Twitter reaching special groups like her family, neighborhood or community, or teacher list.

Other councils working with the Me2 site have described their Fall Sale as “awesome,” “easier than ever,” and the “best thing we could do for our families and volunteers.” Me2 is easy to use, loads of fun, and more convenient for families, volunteers, and customers.   Here are just a few of those “awesome” features:

  • No shipping charges! One option available to customers is paying for their order online with a credit card and selecting to have the order hand-delivered by their favorite Girl Scout.
  • Less data entry for Troop Fall Sale Managers! Parents have access to enter information for their girls in the Me2 site.
  • One system for magazines and nuts/candy! No printing separate magazine reports.
  • Real time updates! See her reach her goal more easily as each girl’s progress and her sales level will be updated every day of the sale.

The Do Gr8 Things – Branching Out Fall Sale officially kicks off October 2.  Girls can begin building their own avatar and can begin selling before this date following the completion of sale training.  The face-to-face portion of the Fall Sale will end October 25 to allow all orders to be delivered to troops for distribution; however, girls and troops can continue their online sales from October 26 through November 15. This can be a great time to remind customers that the holidays are right around the corner and magazines, nuts and candy make great gifts!

Whether you are returning to or new to the Fall Product Sale program, join the fun this fall and be amazed how quickly and easily your troop can earn proceeds for the year.

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