Girl Scouts of the USA had declared February 8 as National Girl Scout Cookie Day. Why? To increase national awareness of what the Girl Scout Cookie Program does for girls and their communities, of course!
Nationally and locally, the GS Counsel works with media to get the word out about 4 key messages:
The Girl Scout Cookie Program is the biggest girl-led business in the world, generating $790 million in annual sales.
Girls sell more than 200 million cookie packages a year to more than 50 million cookie customers.
The Girl Scout Cookie Program builds 5 essential life skills: goal setting, decision making, money management, people skills, and business ethics.
With their Girl Scout Cookie Program earnings, girls fund important community projects at the local level.
What can you do? Help spread the word about National Girl Scout Cookie sales! Share the news with your friends and family on your Facebook page. You can even change your cover photo or profile picture to show your support.
You can even tweet about #5Skills or encourage your followers to purchase #onemorebox of #girlscoutcookies.
Most importantly, celebrate! National Girl Scout Cookie Day is a day to celebrate all the wonderful skills girls learn through the Girl Scout Cookie Program as part of their Girl Scout Leadership Experience. Take extra time to tell your Girl Scouts how proud you are of them!
Girl Scouting builds girls of courage, confidence and character, who will make the world a better place.
At the heart of girl scouts there are very simple keys that we operate by:
Discover – Girls understand themselves and their values and use their knowledge and skills to explore the world.
Connect – Girls care about, inspire, and team with others locally and globally.
Take Action – Girls act to make the world a better place.
When you put them all together, they add up to Leadership.
It’s not just “what” girls do, but “how” they are engaged that creates a high-quality Girl Scout experience and makes Scouting unique from school, community and other extracurricular activities.
Girl Led – Girls play an active role in planning what they will do, where, when, how, and why they will do it. They lead the planning and decision making as much as possible.
Learning by Doing – Girls learn best when they have the chance to do things for themselves. They ask themselves questions, find answers and develop new skills.
Cooperative Learning – Girls work together towards shared goals in an atmosphere of respect and collaboration.
The work of our Girl Scouts ensures that within the fun and excitement of scouting, the girls are growing and developing their leadership potential. The Girl Scout experience will guide the troop down a path of learning which leads to positive outcomes that tie directly to the our Key Elements of learning and Vital Processes to build a troop full of future leaders of the world.
Girls develop a strong sense of self.
Girls develop positive values.
Girls gain practical life skills
Girls seek challenges in the world.
Girls develop critical thinking
Girls develop healthy relationships
Girls promote cooperation and team building
Girls can resolve conflicts
Girls advance diversity in a multicultural world
Girls feel connected to their communities, locally and globally
Girls can identify community needs
Girls are resourceful problem solvers
Girls advocate for themselves and others, locally and globally
Girls educate and inspire others to act
Girls feel empowered to make a difference in the world.
This is the badge we are currently working on in the Amaze Series:
Digital Movie Maker
Cadette - Digital Arts
A movie doesn't just tell a story; it shows a story. If you could show the whole world a story, how would it look? Bright and cheery? Fast-paced and full of changes in scene? With what visual would it start and end? You've probably spent countless hours watching movies—now's your chance to show others how you want them to see the world.
•I will not give out personal information such as
my address, telephone number(s), parent's or guardians' work address/telephone
number(s), and the name and location of my school without the permission of my
parent or guardian.
•I will tell an adult right away if I come across
or receive any information that makes me feel uncomfortable.
•I will always follow the rules of Internet sites,
including those rules that are based on age of use, parental approval and
knowledge, and public laws.
•I will never agree to get together with someone I
"meet" online without first checking with my parents or guardians. If
my parents or guardian agree to a meeting, I will arrange it in a public place
and bring a parent or guardian along.
•I will never send a person my picture or anything
else without first checking with my parent or guardian.
•I will talk with my parent or guardian so that we
can set up rules for going online. We will decide on the time of day that I can
be online, the length of time that I can be online, and appropriate areas for
me to visit. I will not access other areas or break these rules without their
•I will not use the Internet to collect money for
Girl Scout products, and I will follow all safety guidelines related to Girl
Scout product sales.
•I will practice online "netiquette"
(good manners) at all times when online.
• I won't spam others.
•I will not bully nor will I tolerate bullying
(and I will always tell a trusted adult if this is a problem).
•I won't use bad language.
•I will be guided by the Girl Scout Promise and
Law in all that I do online.
Girl Name ____________________________________
Parent or Guardian _____________________________
The Silver Award is the
Second Highest Award in Girl Scouting. It is the highest award that
Cadette Girl Scouts ages 11-14 or in grade 6-9 can earn it.
The Girl Scout Silver Award
represents a girl’s accomplishments in Girl Scouting and her community as she
grows and works to improve her life and the lives of others.
MOVING GIRLS TO
As leaders we are here to be adult
advisor to help to guide the girls to Discover, Connect and Take Action to
create and complete a Silver Award Project. The Girl Scout Council emphasizes
raising the bar for all Silver Award Projects.
This is a BIG SHIFT. The Silver
Award Project is not just a community service project, making the world a
better place for some people in the short-term. It’s about making the
world a better place for measurably more people and for a sustained period of
Taking Action involves identifying an
issue, understanding the root cause and creating a project that is sustainable
with an impact that is measurable. And there must be a global element:
talk about how the project could keep growing bigger in the future.
What is our role as adult leaders:
Encourage the girl to think critically and outside the box
Model the Promise and Law
Support all ideas
Provide resources to explore issues
Answer questions or refer to those who can
Suggest avenues that one might not be aware of
Silver Award Process and Projects:
This is a sample of how to get our
girls moving on the Silver Award Projects. By no means is this the only
route to go or the only answers. And all this might not have gotten done all in
one sitting. Perhaps identifying the issue was one talk. Then the girls were
tasked to do some community mapping, and find out what organizations in their
community also served the need. When they came back together, the girls
could pool information and lead a discussion about how they want to proceed.
Let’s see how it goes! Give them some
structure and a push! We will offer resources to aid, but don't do it for
them. Support and cheerlead their efforts. And finally, hold them to the
high standards of the Silver Award Project. This should be a tough
project for the girls to put together and accomplish, within their reach, but
not a piece of cake!
For Our Girl Scouts:
--to identify the interest:
Environment - clean up community, recycle program, etc.
--what community organizations are
there with whom you can partner:
1.Chosen non-profit to work with
2.Town Parks and Recreation Departments
3.Library, schools, church, etc.
5.Animal Rescue Programs
Who can help?
3.Peers - school clubs/groups
What can they do?
1.Create a website where other
groups/organizations can sign up/find info about monthly park clean-up
2.Work with foundation to
implement/continue program and decide on who/how it can become sustainable.
How will that be managed and supported?
3.Advertise to recruit groups to
help. Have a special day for the organization
4.Ask for sponsorship for supplies
Here's another way of looking at it:
Identify the interest: Sports
What community organizations are
out there with whom you may partner:
2.Local sports leagues
4.boys and Girls Club
5.Local professional teams
6.Sporting Goods Stores
7.Restaurants - Sports themed
8.Susan B. Komen Foundation - Race for
the Cure **sample of a non-
profit to work
Who can help?
3.Children of Survivors
What can they do?
1.raise awareness to young kids about
the cause (breast cancer)