Happy National Girl Scout Leader’s Day!

By Marketing Specialist – Asia Hebert

Did you know that April 22 is National Girl Scout Leader’s Day? This special holiday is a Girl Scout tradition that has been around for years. While we appreciate everything our volunteers do every day of the year, we want to take this particular day to give you an extra pat on the back for all that you do.

We know that your involvement with Girl Scouts takes time, dedication, and commitment. We hope that with all the hard work it takes to be an outstanding Girl Scout leader that you see the results in the girls you lead. Without you, Girl Scouts would not be able to grow into the go-getters, innovators, risk-takers and leaders that the world needs. So when times get tough and you’re bogged down with paperwork, keep your head up and know that you are making a difference in the lives of girls!

Need some inspiration on how to show your appreciation for the Girl Scout leaders in your life? Check out these tips:

  • Have your Girl Scouts plan a special day or event to thank their Girl Scout leaders for all their hard work.
  • Make a craft or handmade gift that your Girl Scout leader will appreciate and remember this day by.
  • Write a thank you note. Whether it’s an e-mail or handwritten letter, let the Girl Scout leaders in your life know how they have changed your life for the better.
  • Share your appreciation on social media. Post a graphic, share a story or just say thank you! Tag your Girl Scout leader and hashtag #NVW2017 (National Volunteer Week 2017).
  • Buy her a gift she’ll remember you by. You can shop online on GSUSA’s shop  with free shipping until April 24 or visit one of our shops in Lafayette or Shreveport to use our 20% off coupon!

Have a story you would like to share about a Girl Scout volunteer? Be sure to send it our way!

Generations of Girl Scouts

by Troop Support Specialist – Kim Lee Harris & Troop 593 Leader – Jamie Frost

Thank you to Jamie Frost, volunteer & troop leader of Troop 593 of West Monroe for writing and sharing her story of generations of Girls Scouts in her family!

As long as I can remember, my family has been involved with Girl Scouts. The tradition started with my great grandmother, Helen Houghton, who was a troop leader in the 1930 and 1940s. My mother was both a Girl Scout and leader for about 15 years. My father is an honorary life time Girl Scout and made many contributions to our troop growing up. My two sisters and I grew up as Girl Scouts in my mother’s troop. Now the tradition continues with me leading my daughter in Troop 593.

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Growing Up as a Girl Scout 

Growing up in a house full of Girl Scouts and Girl Scout activities was very fulfilling. I have many fond memories of visiting the Silver Waters council with my mom. We were a very active troop and my parents took an initiative to help in numerous ways. It seems like just yesterday that I was sitting at Pinewood singing Girl Scout songs or participating in flag ceremonies. My father helped build many things at Pinewood and I can remember seeing my grandfather’s name on a plaque at Pinewood for his contributions. My father helped build the educational nature center as well as making all the nature learning tools at Pinewood. While I don’t remember a whole lot about our regular troop meetings I do recall going through great lengths to plan and prepare for meetings, investiture ceremonies, and bridging. I remember the incredible friendships, adventures, and leadership skills that we took away from Girl Scouts. As I got older I was able to participate in two great programs – Pathfinders and a Wider-Op to Michigan. I believe these opportunities helped shape me into the strong woman I am today.

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Leading the Next Generation

In 2007 I had my little girl Kaylee and hoped that she would participate in Girl Scouts. When Kaylee started Kindergarten, she brought home the girl scout flyer and I was over the moon. I was still in school but wanted her to be involved with a troop. I wanted my daughter to have the same experiences that I had as a child. I knew that if I wanted her to have the true Girl Scout experience I needed to start my own troop. I finished school, found an incredible co-leader, and decided this year to start my own troop. I can’t say it’s always been easy but it has given me so many rewards that I never imagined. I learn new things every week from these incredible, strong, sweet girls.

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I hope that I am instilling a long tradition of Girl Scout leaders not only with my daughter but others as well. I want them to know they can do anything if they put their mind to it!

Girl Scout Week 2017!

by Marketing Specialist – Asia Hebert

Girl Scout Week is almost here and this year we are celebrating 105 years of the Girl Scout organization! The celebration starts on Sunday, March 12 and ends Saturday, March 18. Girl Scout Week is an honored tradition that we celebrate every year. This year the week actually begins on the Girl Scout Birthday, March 12. Our organization’s birthday commemorates the day in 1912 when Juliette Gordon Low officially registered the organization’s first 18 girl members in Savannah, Georgia. Among celebrating Girl Scout’s birthday, Girl Scout Week also includes Girl Scout Sunday and Girl Scout Sabbath which give girls an opportunity to attend their place of worship and be recognized as a Girl Scout.

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This year we want to incorporate G.I.R.L. into Girl Scout week! Take this week to really get out there and show off your go-getter, innovator, risk-taker and leadership skills. Here are some ideas on what you and your troop can do to celebrate:

Sunday, March 12 – Girl Scout Sunday: Attend a religious service and wear your Girl Scout uniform proudly.  After you’ve attended service, get together with your troop and have a Girl Scout Birthday party!

Monday, March 13: Channel your inner go-getter. Take the initiate to start a project, express interest in a club or student government, or move forward with task you’ve been holding back on doing.

Tuesday, March 14: Be an innovator and think of a new way of doing things. Come up with a more efficient way doing your school work, use your creative side and design something, or create a plan of action to get a project done.

Wednesday, March 15: Do something you’ve never done before and be a risk-taker. Audition for the school play, learn a new outdoor skill, or introduce yourself to a new friend.

Thursday, March 16: Step up as a leader. Lead the way in a group project, speak out against bullying, or show the ropes to a new person at school.

Friday, March 17: Plan a Take Action project that focuses on something that would improve your community. Research and observe what the needs are of your community and design a project that will solve that issue.

Saturday, March 18 – Girl Scout Sabbath: Work on the My Promise, My Faith pin with your troop! My Promise, My Faith allows girls to experience a faith journey through exploration of the Girl Scout Law and teachings from their faith.

What does your troop have planned for Girl Scout Week? Let us know by emailing info@gslpg.org with your photos and stories!

State of the Girls: Legislative Day 2017

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.

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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:

  1. Promote economic opportunities for girls through STEM education and financial literacy
  2. Encourage healthy living opportunities for girls through outdoor education and bully prevention
  3. Foster global citizenship and a global voice for girls
  4. 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.

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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!

World Thinking Day 2017

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!

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4 Ways to Celebrate World Thinking Day

  1. 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!
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.

 

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GSLPG challenges you this World Thinking Day to “grow” by exploring, taking on new challenges, and celebrating our amazing Movement!