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Girl Scout Week is Almost Here!

February 26, 2018

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They say age is just a number, but we think we look good at 106 years old! Our birthday on March 12 marks the day that Juliette Gordon Low started the first Girl Scout troop in 1912, and it kicks-off our weekday Girl Scout Spirit Week campaign. This year Girl Scout Week will be held March 11-17, 2018, and we cannot wait to celebrate all things G.I.R.L. (Go-getter, Innovator, Risk-taker, Leader) for the sixth year!

Wondering how you can join in on the celebrations and unleash your inner G.I.R.L.? Look no further! We will be offering daily spirit activities that commemorate the Girl Scout Birthday and highlight what it means to be a Girl Scout in the world today. Juliette Gordon Low started our Movement to create girls of courage, confidence, and character who make the world a better place—this is the perfect time to show how you display these characteristics as a Girl Scout and as a girl-leader in your community!

Participate in the activities below as an individual or as a troop and don’t forget to share your photos, comments, and achievements with us on our council Facebook page. We’ll be giving away prizes and council gift cards all week long!

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It’s our birthday! Host a birthday party with your troop in honor of 106 years strong and celebrate the largest girl-led Movement in the world!


Unleash your inner go-getter by taking action to make the world a better place through an awesome community service project!


Calling all innovators! Today is the day to channel your creative thinking skills. Think up a cool STEM invention you’d create to help make the world a better place.


Show us what courage looks like to you! Share a fear you’ve faced, a challenge you’ve overcome, or a new activity you’ve tried with us or a fellow Girl Scout!


Today we’re all about leaders celebrating leaders – and troops celebrating troops! Write a letter or draw a picture to be delivered to military personnel with Operation Cookie Drop!

We are so excited to celebrate this exciting time and see what you accomplish during Girl Scout Week! Don’t forget to share your photos with us and don’t hesitate to unleash your inner Innovator and think of your own ways to celebrate Girl Scout Week this year!


STEM Badges in Girl Scouting: Then and Now

January 15, 2018


“Doing, not talking or writing is the principle of the Girl Scouts.”- Scouting for Girls, 1927

Girl Scouting and science go back a long way to the earliest days of our Movement. Proficiency tests and special medals in science included Bee-Keeper, Electrician, Rock Tapper and Star Gazer. The handbook gave local councils the ability to determine proficiency with the help of people “competent (in the opinion of the council) to judge it.” The tests were topic outlines of what a Girl Scout needed to know, as well as a list of reference books she could consult on her own or perhaps study with her sister Girl Scouts as a group during meetings.

“It is important that every Girl Scout should understand the winning of any one of the following Merit Badges does not mean that she is a finished expert in the subject,” stressed the guidelines in our early handbook. The Merit Badge indicated a girl’s “intelligent interest” in a subject, with knowledge of its broad principles and the ability to present some proof of her knowledge to the judge, going beyond merely reading up on the subject in a book.

The Electrician badge in the 1927 Scouting for Girls was symbolized by a lightning bolt.  Requirements included explaining the use of magnets for attraction and repulsion, as well as how they were used in the electric bell, telegraph and telephone. Girl Scouts learned to define low and high voltage current, how current was sent through wire to produce heat and light, as well as how it could be converted to energy to power a motor. Even in the late 1920s, Girl Scouts learned how they might rescue someone from contact with live wires and use electricity to resuscitate someone in shock!

Today, ninety years since the publication of the handbook, we’re teaching about robots! And, we’re giving girls an early start. With the “What Robots Do” badge, girls as young as 5-6 years old can learn about machines programmed to do things automatically, and to do jobs that humans can’t or don’t like to do. By the time a Daisy has completed the steps of the badge she can tell others what she has learned about robots, name some things that robots can do and team up with other girls to design her own robot.

In addition to robotics badges for younger Girl Scouts, there are new badges to teach about mechanical engineering and new Journeys themed to orient girls in grades K-5 to principles of engineering, computer programming, and the scientific method. For more information on the new STEM badges, go browse our badge explorer!  And we can look forward to new STEM badges and Journeys for older Girl Scouts to roll out next year! It’s an exciting time to be a Girl Scout!

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