By Katherine Stagg – Troop Support Specialist
A young girl once asked me, “Why do you have boy toys in your car?” The question caught me by surprise. The robots in my car were for girls and had only been used by girls, yet in her mind they were for boys. When I explained this to the young inquisitive girl, she was pleased with the answer, however she did not express interest in them. Her specialty was gardening and selling her plants to make money. She explained to me her business plan: location, employees, business hours, schedule, etc. Although she was only six years old and unable to fully create business plan, the ideas were there.
According to the Girl Scout Leadership Institute, Louisiana is ranked 48th in girls who struggle with life issues. Girl Scouting can make a difference in a girl’s life and change the trajectory of where our state is headed for young female leaders. I share this to inspire volunteers to be on the watch for our future nursery owners, future robot programmers, future dance stars and know that you are making a difference in their lives. You and your volunteer team are offering opportunities for girls to stretch their imagination, thoughts, and ideas. Listen and be there to support them. The way you listen to a girl today will have an impact on your future as well as hers. She will make a difference. I know this because my former Girl Scouts from when I was a leader are making that difference. Today these girls are teachers, cake decorators, nurses, mothers, journalists, advocates, doctors, security guards, etc.
What is the young girl mentioned above doing today? She is now eight years old, still in school and a Girl Scout. She still has some years left to build upon her dream and see it realized. We will have to wait and see what comes of her plans but I believe with the help and guidance of volunteers like you, she will see her dreams come true.
Keep up the tradition of becoming a Girl Scout volunteer and inspire others to make a difference too. Inspire your girls, let them think, let them experience, and let them dream. You are building memories; memories for them…….and for you too.
by Communications & Marketing Director – Morgan Hudson
Legislative Day comes around every year offering girls an invaluable experience. Girls in grades 6-12 have an opportunity to experience the government process first hand by touring the Louisiana State Capitol, tour the old State Capitol, Governor’s Mansion and enjoy night camping on the USS Kidd.
This opportunity allows Girl Scouts to seek answers about issues that will impact their own communities and future, and exposes girls to the rich history of Louisiana and the government with an unforgettable experience! This day allows girls to get a taste of how policy-making works and the ins-and-outs of running a government.
Each year, Girl Scouts creates a list of items of ways the government can support Girl Scouts and girls. Girl Scouts is constantly considering the future and the national policy goals for 2017, that we can also promote locally are:
- Promote economic opportunities for girls through STEM education and financial literacy
- Encourage healthy living opportunities for girls through outdoor education and bully prevention
- Foster global citizenship and a global voice for girls
- Support a strong nonprofit community that encourages the Girl Scout experience
As we already know, Girl Scouts are more likely than non-Girl Scouts to be civically and politically engaged locally and globally, and it’s experiences like Legislative Day that foster that desire. A poll from the Girl Scout Research Institute (GSRI) in 2014 stated that 67% of American girls between the ages of 11 and 17 are interested in politics, but only 32% believes society encourages women to be politicians, and 74% believe that if they were to go into politics, they would have to work harder than a man to be taken seriously.
Women’s roles in government increased in almost area after the 2016 election, and many Girl Scouts can be found:
- Women make up 20 percent of the 115th Congress- out of the 109 women members, 62 are Girl Scout alumnae.
- Out of 100 senators, 21 are women, and 16 of those are former Girl Scouts.
- In the House of Representatives and Delegates, 88 out of 441 are female, and 52 percent are alumnae.
- There are 5 female governors, 4 of them are Girl Scout alums.
What can we do to continue to promote girls taking the lead in places they might not always be found? The girls from GSRI’s poll had some ideas: more support from teachers, mentors and the media – meaning, mentoring by female politicians, after school programs focused on civic engagement and positive media coverage of women in politics would encourage them to pursue a career in politics.
If your Girl Scout wants a civically-enriching opportunity, make plans for her to attend Legislative Day! Be on the lookout for more information about the day soon!
By Kim Heckard – Troop Support Specialist
The cookie business is a serious business which is largely run by all girls. The 2017 Cookie Weekend will mark 100 years of Girl Scouts selling cookies. Girl Scouts councils across the country will be celebrating this cookie event on the weekend of February 24-26, 2017. This weekend is a special one as all councils join together to celebrate and share our cookie program with everyone!
During National Girl Scout Cookie Weekend, girls will be able to sell cookies at booths, door to door, and through Digital Cookie. First, secure your cookie booth location(s) by deciding which of the locations will maximize your cookie sales. Next, check out the Cookie Program Safety Tips for best practices when selling cookies door to door. Lastly, tell your family, friends and cookie buyers to download the Girl Scout Cookie Finder app so they can keep up with where and when you are selling!
Did you know? One hundred percent of the net revenue raised through the Girl Scout Cookie sales stays within your local Girl Scout council to fund program activities and Take Action projects. Girls in troops as well as IRM’s (Individually Registered Members) will decide, using their decision making skills, how their troop cookie money is spent.
We want to help make this year’s sales the most successful one yet! Here are some great resources to take your booth sales up a notch:
…And don’t forget to purchase your National Girl Scout Cookie Weekend Patch!
How will your troop be celebrating this National Girl Scout Cookie Weekend? Share your excitement by entering our National Girl Scout Cookie Weekend Challenge. First film a video of your troop getting ready for the cookie sale, submit your video to Morgan Hudson at firstname.lastname@example.org, and then watch for your video to make an appearance on our Facebook page!
By Asia Hebert – Marketing Specialist
What is World Thinking Day?
World Thinking Day has been celebrated on February 22 by Girl Scouts and Girl Guides around the world since 1926! Girls from 146 countries celebrate this international holiday. The goal of World Thinking Day is to think of one another and express appreciation for our international movement. This year’s theme for the holiday is “Grow“. How are you going to GROW this year? Check out four ways to “stretch” yourself!
4 Ways to Celebrate World Thinking Day
- Complete the Challenge & Earn a Badge – There are several ways to complete the World Thinking Day award depending on your Girl Scout level. Daisies, Brownies, and Juniors can do activities such as making up their own dance or painting pictures to show their shine, holding a “Bring a Friend” event, or planning and executing a Take Action Project. Cadettes, Seniors, and Ambassadors can challenge themselves by creating an impromptu story with their Girl Scout friends, going on a Girl Scout Destinations trip, or making their own badge. Once you’ve completed the challenge, don’t forget to purchase your badges!
- Participate in Local World Thinking Day Events – You can plan your own event as a troop or service unit! Brain storm with your troop and come up with a fun way to celebrate this Girl Scout holiday. If you aren’t able to create your own event, attend other local World Thinking Day events. SU 107 and SU 327 are holding events around the date of the holiday.
- Donate to the World Thinking Day Fund – Did you know that WAGGGS has a dedicated fund just for World Thinking Day? Donating allows WAGGGS to provide a wealth of opportunities to Girl Scouts and Girl Guides around the world such as attending training events, completing projects and campaigns, and so much more.
- Connect with an International Girl Guide Pen Pal – Take the opportunity this World Thinking Day to get to know a Girl Guide from another part of the world! First sign up on GLOW (Global Learning Online for WAGGGS), then visit the World Thinking Day section and finally request a pen pal.
GSLPG challenges you this World Thinking Day to “grow” by exploring, taking on new challenges, and celebrating our amazing Movement!