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Our Program: Focused on the Future, Honoring our Past

August 7, 2017

History Blog

“Dear Girl Scouts:  I hope that we shall all remember the rules of this Girl Scouting game of ours.  They are:  To play fair, To play in your place, To play for your side and not for yourself.  And as for the score, the best thing in a game is the fun and not the result…”   – Juliette Gordon Low, October 31, 1924

For 105 years, the Girl Scout program has built resourceful, resilient girls who have gone on to change the world in all ways great and small.  Today’s program may look differently than the small handbooks first issued to teen girls at the beginning of the 20th century.  But our mission has never wavered.

Our earliest program emphasized skill-building, with proficiency badges in ten focus areas. The Girl Scout Handbook of 1940, for example, provided the following program areas:  Arts and Crafts, Community Life, Health and Safety, Homemaking, International Friendship, Literature and Dramatics, Music and Dancing, Nature, The Out-of-Doors and Sports and Games.

Most importantly, the handbook stated ahead of all the program content: “Girl Scouting is Fun!  The sort of fun that will last because it can help you to be an interesting and useful person, with ideals and a code that girls the world over try to follow.”

As we continue into the 21st century, we have built on our legacy by focusing our curriculum on four pillar areas: STEM, Outdoors, Life Skills and Entrepreneurship.  These pillars help us move into the future while honoring our past.  In fact, as you explore the badges, you’ll find that they are rooted in our exciting history, only updated to reflect the current ways in which we communicate and use technology to effect positive change in the world.

To serve as a guiding star for our program’s success, we developed program outcomes to help us ensure we would provide the kind of fun that would last.  As we identified those important keys to leadership: Discover, Connect, and Take Action, we matched five outcomes to correspond to each.  The resulting 15 outcomes were indeed ambitious, taking our founder Juliette Gordon Low’s admonishment to do things “with all your might” to heart.

With feedback from our volunteers and parents, we re-visited those outcomes and condensed them to five essentials that communicate perfectly what we hope to achieve with “this Girl Scout Game”:

1) Sense of Self: Girls have confidence in themselves and their abilities, and form positive identities.

2) Positive Values: Girls act ethically, honestly, and responsibly, and show concern for others.

3) Challenge Seeking: Girls take appropriate risks, try things even if they might fail, and learn from mistakes.

4) Healthy Relationships: Girls develop and maintain healthy relationships by communicating their feelings directly and resolving conflicts constructively.

5) Community Problem Solving: Girls desire to contribute to the world in purposeful and meaningful ways, learn how to identify problems in the community, and create “action plans” to solve them.

It’s exciting to see our program continue to grow and develop by adding content that 21st century girls will need to be interesting and useful people!   New Journey programs and badges are on the way that we know will provide many more amazing adventures for girls.  We can’t think of a better time to prepare for the new program year than to renew your membership now.

Renew your Girl Scout Membership today! 

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August Commemorative Celebrations

July 31, 2017

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National S’mores Day

A classic Girl Scout tradition is enjoying a summer evening around the fire with Girl Scout sisters, eating s’mores. Honor this Girl Scout tradition on August 10, by gathering together as a troop to roast marshmallows and enjoy fellowship.

  • Bonfire – A bonfire is as traditional as is gets in Girl Scouts. Kickoff your Girl Scout year with a fire or bring everyone together for an end of summer reunion. Supply the s’more fixings and have fun!
  • S’mores Dessert – S’mores have become a wildly popular dessert. There are recipes online for s’mores cookies, cheesecake, cupcakes, and ice cream. Try out a few s’mores recipes online to see if they are as good as the original sweet.

Head to the GS – NCCP retail shop for a s’mores fun patch and other s’more goodies!

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Photography Day

Say Cheese! Explore life through the lens on August 19th. There are many types of cameras to use and millions of subjects for you to shoot. Learn all about this interesting hobby.

  • Photography Badges – Give Ambassadors and Juniors the chance to earn a photography related badge in August. Teach Juniors how to use a digital camera as they work on their badge. Inspire Ambassadors to channel their inner artist while working towards the Photographer badge.
  • Troop Photo Shoot – Capture special moments with your troop with a photo shoot. Dress up, take silly photos or smile big for classic troop picture. Take a picture as you start your Girl Scout year and then one in the spring. This is a fun way to see how everyone has grown and changed.
  • Take a Class – Do you have a troop full of aspiring photographers? Find a local photographer to teach your troop the basics of photography. Connect with someone who can help use utilize their smartphones to capture stunning images.

Need a photography fun patch to remember your photography class – see what the shop has in stock!

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The Solar Eclipse

On August 21, we will have a rare opportunity to witness a solar eclipse. A solar eclipse is when the moon gets in the way of the sun light’s path, making it dark in the middle of the day. Learn about this astronomical phenomenon through these activities.

  • Eclipse Demonstration – Using simple objects from home create a solar eclipse. Here are two experiment options to choose from: orange and clay model and apple and pencil model.
  • Watch the Eclipse – Step outside on August 21st to view this amazing sight. It is important to be safe when viewing a solar eclipse. Watch this video to follow the guidelines provided by experts.
  • Make a Pinhole Projector – With objects found at home you can make a tool to help you view the solar eclipse on August 21. Watch this video for step by step instructions to make a pinhole projector.

GSUSA is celebrating the solar eclipse with patches and kits – get eclipsed!

National Women’s Equality Day

On August 26, we celebrate those who have courageously advocated for women’s voices and rights. Take time to empower your Girl Scout sisters and let your voice be heard through these activities.

  • Interview a Courageous Woman – It is the daring women who have come before us that paved the way for our voices. Interview a woman who inspires you to learn how they have used their voice to empower others. Below are a few questions you may want to ask in your interview:
    • What female has inspired you in your life?
    • How do you empower others?
    • What wisdom would you share with someone my age?
  • Empowerment Activity – An important part of National Women’s Equality Day is empowering each other. Participate in this team building activity to encourage positivity, affirmation, and sisterhood in your troop.
  • Learn about the 19th Amendment – National Women’s Equality Day celebrates the passing of the 19th Answer the following questions about to learn about the law. A great place to research women’s history is www.history.com.
    • What is the 19th amendment?
    • What date and year was it passed?
    • Who is Susan B Anthony? What was her role in the 19th amendment?
    • What president helped to pass the 19th amendment?

Celebrate sisterhood with a “Girls Make It Happen” fun patch.

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