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Girl Scout Highest Award Recipients Sparkle

July 10, 2017

Girl Scouts go on the most amazing adventures. They discover, connect and take action with the world around them. Through their Girl Scout experiences they build courage, confidence and character developing them into the leaders of tomorrow. But they also do something else…. they SPARKLE!

Through the process of earning the highest awards (Bronze, Silver and Gold) in Girl Scouting, girls make a difference and have lasting impact.

Girl Scout Bronze Award

Girl Scout Juniors earning their Bronze Award are implementing projects as a troop to improve their Girl Scout or local municipality.

Girl Scout Silver Award

Girl Scout Cadettes in the process of completing their Silver Award are working in small groups (4 or less), or individually to take action to address an issue within their neighborhood or surrounding area.

Girl Scout Gold Award

Finally, Senior and Ambassador level Girl Scouts are leading individual projects to address a community issue to meet the requirements of earning the most prestigious Award in Girl Scouts, the Girl Scout Gold Award, earned by less than 6% of eligible members.  Girls in the process of earning their Gold Award develop a solution to a societal problem and build a team to implement their unique solution.

While the path to earn each of the highest awards is slightly different, one thing remains the same, Girl Scouts pick an issue they are passionate about to create change in their world and local community.  Each of the highest awards represents a journey in leadership.

More than 700 girls annually earn their Bronze, Silver or Gold Award across the Council’s 41-county footprint – that’s something to celebrate! Following completion, each Girl Scout is presented with a Bronze, Silver or Gold Award pin to proudly wear and to show their SPARKLE. Additionally,  Girl Scout Seniors and Ambassadors whose Gold Award projects demonstrated extraordinary leadership, had a measurable and sustainable impact, and addressed a local challenge related to a national and/or global issue are eligible for the National Young Women of Distinction award. This prestigious honor is given to ten Girl Scout Gold Award recipients each year, and last year local Girl Scout Sadhana Anantha, was named one of the 2016 recipients for the National Young Woman of Distinction award. How awesome is that?

For more than 100 years Girl Scouts have made a difference in their local communities. Get ready for what Girl Scouts do over the next 100 years!

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July Commemorative Celebrations

July 3, 2017

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National Ice Cream Day

“I scream, you scream, we all scream for ice cream!” Isn’t that the truth though? Everyone loves ice cream. Don’t miss celebrating National Ice Cream Day on July 16th.

  • Ice Cream Party – End your troop meeting with an ice cream party or gather everyone together for an informal troop ice cream party. Make an ice cream sundae bar with all the toppings girls will enjoy. This is a sweet way to celebrate National Ice Cream Day.
  • Science of Ice Cream – Did you know you can make ice cream at home? Are you aware of the science behind making homemade ice cream? Test your chemistry and baking knowledge as you make homemade ice cream. Here is a website to tell you the science behind your favorite tasty treat and a recipe to make it.
  • Tour an Ice Cream Shop – Learn the ins-and-outs of making and selling ice cream. Request a tour of your local ice cream shop. Talk entrepreneurship or the science of ice cream during your visit. Perhaps you can even sample the shop’s tasty treat.

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You can purchase this fun patch to remember National Ice Cream Day 2017 by visiting or calling the Raleigh Service Center Retail Shop.

Independence Day

Celebrate America on July 4th. Gather together to learn about our history and celebrate the home of the brave and the land of the free with these activities.

  • American Patriotism Patch Program – This patch program was designed to educate Girl Scouts on being patriotic. They will learn proper flag ceremony etiquette, discover what patriotism means to them, and learn a song or two. Celebrate Independence Day by participating in the American Patriotism patch program.
  • 4th of July Treats – Add a little color to your celebration with a fun and treat. Make a colorful red, white, and blue fruit salad. Or rather satisfy a craving for dessert with a bright patriotic cake. Here are some delicious, patriotic recipes for you to try with your troop or daughter.
  • Historic Site – Visit a local historic site to learn about America’s history. Your troop doesn’t have to learn just about the history of Independence Day, every historic site offers an important piece of American history. Find a historic site in North Carolina that interests your troop here.

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You can purchase this fun patch to commemorate celebrating Independence Day by visiting or calling the Raleigh Service Center Retail Shop.

International Rock Day

We aren’t talking about the rock in rock n’ roll, but rather rocks that form the earth. There are so many different kinds of rocks just in your backyard. Learn about rocks on July 13 as we celebrate International Rock Day!

  • Be a Geologist – Does your troop know about the three types of rocks? Watch this video or find other information online to learn the basics about identifying rocks. After learning the basics become geologist as you step into your own backyard to identify rocks. Can you find all three rocks?
  • Decorate a Rock – Want to combine art and science? Find and identify rocks as a troop. Then bring out the paints. Paint your rock with a beach scene or paint it to look like a dog. Place your painted rocks in a garden or landscape!

Rock Climb – Test your troops’ agility and strength as they conquer a rock wall. Encourage girls to be brave as they reach new heights and conquer the wall. Find a local rock climbing club to spend the afternoon repelling and climbing at.

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You can purchase this fun patch to remember International Rock Day 2017 by visiting or calling the Raleigh Service Center Retail Shop.

Picnic Month

There is nothing like celebrating friends and summer than with a picnic. Picnics are an easy way to change up a meal as a troop or family. Check out these fun ways to celebrate Picnic Month!

  • Troop Picnic – Plan a girl-led picnic this month. Encourage your troop to plan the menu and location for their lunch. Let them work as a team to make the sammies, cut up the fruit, and bake the cookies. Girl Scouts of all ages can work together to plan a picnic.
  • Yard Games – Part of the fun of the picnic is being outside with friends and family. Have fun all together through a fun yard game. Set up a field to play wiffleball or kickball or do relay races or tag. If you are trying to stay cool have a water-balloon fight or play with squirt guns. Make sure you pack the sunscreen!

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You can purchase this fun patch to commemorate celebrating Picnic Month by visiting or calling the Raleigh Service Center Retail Shop.

Don’t miss August’s post as it will be the last post for the Commemorative Celebration blog series!

 

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