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Get in the Spirit! Girl Scout Week 2015

March 2, 2015

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By Meghan Gargan Bredahl, Marketing Director

I think we can all agree – Girl Scout Week is the best week of the year! And there is no better way to celebrate than participating in our third-annual Girl Scout Spirit Week!

As a council, we have lined up some pretty exciting activities that celebrate our amazing sisterhood and organization. From throwing a birthday party (we’re 103!) to a Milk and Cookies Reception to a heartwarming letter writing campaign, there are so many ways to join in on all the fun.

Keep reading to learn more details about each day and follow our Facebook and Twitter pages to stay up-to-date on what’s happening around our council.

Monday, March 9 – Say the Girl Scout Promise

There is no better way to kick off our Girl Scout Spirit Week than by reciting the Girl Scout Promise (and Law!). It’s a great reminder of all that Girl Scouts stands for and how we are building girls of courage, confidence, and character who make the world a better place.

Recite the promise and law during the opening or closing of a troop meeting or before heading off to school/work as a reminder of our core values, mission, and dedication to the service of others.

Tuesday, March 10 – Letters To Our Military Troops (Letter Writing Campaign)

Bring a smile to a soldier’s face this spring! Join our letter writing campaign to our military troops by submitting letters, stories, poems or pictures thanking them for all they do! All submitted letters will accompany our Operation Cookie Drop deliveries this spring. We can’t begin to tell you how much receiving these letters means to the men and women deployed far from home!

To participate, simply mail your letters to the address below or drop them off at any of our service center locations by April 15, 2015.

Letters To Our Troops
c/o Marketing Department
6901 Pinecrest Road
Raleigh, NC 27613

Wednesday, March 11 – Cookies and Milk Reception

Join us and sister councils at the NC State Legislature in downtown Raleigh to receive the Governor’s Proclamation and to enjoy a Milk and Girl Scout Cookies Reception on March 11th. Girls who attend will be able to shadow a representative and learn all about local government!

Be sure to wear your sash or vest and show your Girl Scout pride!

What: Cookies ‘N’ Milk Reception

When: Wednesday, March 11, 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Where: Legislative Building, 1000 Court, 16 West Jones Street Raleigh, NC 27601

Attire: Girl Scout Uniform (sash/vest); no jeans.

Cost: Free!

Register here to attend! 

For those who cannot attend the reception be sure to follow us on Twitter to catch all the action.

Thursday, March 12 – Happy Birthday, Girl Scouts!

We’re 103 this year and can’t wait to celebrate with you all! Whether you’re throwing a party, ordering cupcakes or completing a service project…we want to hear about it! Submit your best Girl Scout Birthday photos through our Story Submission form or post them to our Facebook page. We’ll be sharing all your amazing photos all day long!

Friday, March 13 – Share a Favorite Girl Scout Memory

Whether it’s roasting marshmallows over a campfire, a trip abroad with your troop or the friendships that have endured years…share your favorite Girl Scout memories with us! You can submit memories and photos via our Story Submission form or on our social media channels including Facebook and Twitter. We’ll be compiling these memories to share throughout the year and to help convey how much Girl Scouting means to us all.

Girl Scout Week Religious Recognitions (March 8 & March 14)

Additionally, during Girl Scout Week, our council will celebrate its rich history of partnership and collaboration with faith-based communities on Girl Scout Sunday (March 8) and Girl Scout Sabbath (March 14).

Faith-based awards include religious recognitions as well as the My Promise, My Faith pin. The My Promise, My Faith pin complements existing religious recognitions and allows all girls to further strengthen the connection between their faith and Girl Scouts. During Girl Scout Week, many girls will receive their pins on Girl Scout Sunday or Girl Scout Sabbath.

We hope you’ll join us in celebrating Girl Scout Week this year! Have another idea for a spirit week activity or perhaps a special way you and your girls are celebrating? Tell us in the comments below or share with us online!

 

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Celebrating The Girl Scout Movement!

March 10, 2014

By Meridith Orr, Program Executive

Juliette Gordon LowHappy Birthday to Girl Scouts everywhere!  On this 102nd anniversary of our movement, it is so important to look back at the life of our remarkable founder, Juliette Gordon Low.  Many Girl Scouts today might not be aware of how many of our programs and traditions actually connect back to her amazing experiences.

For example, did you know our youngest Girl Scouts are called “Daisies” after Juliette Low herself?  From the beginning of her life, she was called “Daisy” by her family.   In the biography “Lady from Savannah:  The Life of Juliette Low,” we learn that Juliette was named after her maternal grandmother, and that Daisy’s uncle actually said, “I’ll bet she’s going to be a Daisy!”  The family immediately started calling her by her nickname to avoid confusion, and the name stuck.  Virtually no one close to her ever called her “Juliette” during her lifetime.  Later on, Daisy encouraged the first Girl Scout patrols in Savannah to name themselves after flowers to emphasize the importance of exploring and honoring nature.

Junior aMuse Journey - Girl ScoutsYou can also find many connections to our founder in programs such as “aMuse,” the Junior journey from It’s Your Story, Tell It.  The acting and role playing exercises in “Amuse” are rooted in Daisy’s love of theater.  As a child summering with her many cousins, biographer Stacey Cordery describes how Daisy wrote scripts, planned costumes and played as many of the parts as she could!  She excelled at acting.  She also wrote and illustrated her own summer newspaper! Storytelling was as dear to Juliette Low as her legendary love for animals, which are the focus of the Daisy journey, “Three Cheers for Animals!

Financial literacy was also important to Daisy.  While living in England she helped her first group of Girl Guides raise chickens for eggs to sell to nearby hunting lodges.  After learning the skill from the village postmistress, she then taught the girls how to spin wool and sell it to a weaving shop in London! Her lessons to girls in gaining skills and financial independence continue today through our badge programs, such as “Money Manager” and “Cookie Business” in “The Girls’ Guide to Girl Scouting.

How many more connections can you find between Daisy’s life and the Girl Scout program today? For more stories about our founder, look for these fascinating biographies:  “Juliette Gordon Low: The Remarkable Founder of the Girl Scouts,” by Stacy A. Cordery, and “Lady from Savannah: The Life of Juliette Gordon Low,” by Gladys Denny Shultz and Daisy Gordon Lawrence.

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