Sunday, February 24, 2013

Girl Scout Cookies...

National Girl Scout Cookie Day

Our GS cookie sales started 2/15! 
Happy and safe selling to all!

18018tGirl 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:
  1. The Girl Scout Cookie Program is the biggest girl-led business in the world, generating $790 million in annual sales. 
  2. Girls sell more than 200 million cookie packages a year to more than 50 million cookie customers.
  3. The Girl Scout Cookie Program builds 5 essential life skills: goal setting, decision making, money management, people skills, and business ethics.
  4. 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!  
More information will be distributed at the next meeting. 

What Exactly is World Thinking Day?

World Thinking Day is a day of friendship, advocacy for 10 million Girl Guides and Girl Scouts around the world.
Each year, Girl Scouts and Girl Guides around the world celebrate World Thinking Day by:
  • Learning about their international sisters in designated focus countries for the year.
  • Doing fun and educational activities based around an advocacy theme for the year.
  • Fundraising for the World Thinking Day Fund.
  • Earning the World Thinking Day badge.
Girl Guides and Girl Scouts have been celebrating World Thinking Day since 1926.
How does your troop or group celebrate Thinking Day?  Every year the World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts chooses specific countries to represent each of the geographic regions of WAGGS.  
How does your uniform compare to the uniforms in Pakistan?
What about Malawi?
Or Ireland?
This year we are thinking about doing something with Japan.  Please see an example of what you can do below to help our younger scout friends understand more about Japan and the girls in Japan.

Thursday, December 27, 2012

Our Girl Scout Troop


Girl Scout Troop 60129

Girl Scouting builds girls of courage, confidence and character, who will make the world a better place.

Key Elements
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.
Vital Processes
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
Take Action
  • 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.

Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Badge Updates & Monthly Calendar

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.

Great websites for digital moving making!

DIY- digital movie making skills

Sample on how to start your own story with Storyboarding:

Meeting Dates & Time:

March Meetings:

Due to the large number of "snow days" that we have had this year, it may be necessary to meet a few Mondays in a row to make-up missed work.  

Our next meeting is scheduled for Monday, March 4th@ 6:30pm. 

Girl Scout Internet Safety Pledge

Girl Scout Internet 
Safety Pledge
For All Girl Scouts

       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 permission.

               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 ____________________________________ 

Date __________

Parent or Guardian _____________________________ 

Date __________

*The GSUSA Online Safety Pledge is based upon the Online Safety Pledge developed by the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children. (Revised 2010)

Educational Girl Scout Videos

Informational Videos:

Girl Scouts of the USA CEO Anna Maria Chávez

This is what you can do!

Girl Scout's PSA Anti-Bullying Video:

How to sell your Girl Scout cookies

Girl Scouts and Juliet Low History:

Silver Award

Silver Award


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.


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 time.

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:

Ask yourself:

--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.
4.              Children Programs
5.              Animal Rescue Programs

Who can help?
1.             Advisor
2.             Family
3.             Peers - school clubs/groups
4.             Troop

What can they do?
1.             Create a website where other groups/organizations can sign up/find info about monthly park clean-up days/times.
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:

Ask them:
Identify the interest: Sports

What community organizations are out there with whom you may partner:
1.             YMCA
2.             Local sports leagues
3.             Community Centers
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 with

Who can help?
1.             Schools
2.             Troops
3.             Children of Survivors

What can they do?
1.             raise awareness to young kids about the cause (breast cancer)
2.             promote healthy, active lifestyle
3.             staff a booth at a fair