Friday, September 27, 2019

Once a Girl Scout, Always a Girl Scout: Girl Scout Alum Carlie's Story

Who are Girl Scouts? Girl Scouts are go-getters, innovators, risk-takers and leaders. They’re G.I.R.L.S who design robots, learn life skills, improve our neighborhoods and go on amazing adventures. They’re making a difference.

Girl Scouts is a lifelong adventure, full of friendship, connection, service, and fun! Every Girl Scout Alum has a unique story to tell about their experiences and adventures, and we’re sharing those stories.

Girl Scout Alum, Carlie was a Girl Scout for 13 years and continues on as an Adult Lifetime Member.

Name: Carlie Mendoza
Council: Girl Scouts of Nassau County

Tell us about your time as a Girl Scout. Looking back, what were some highlights, important moments, life lessons, and/or favorite memories?
My time as a Girl Scout is filled with such great memories and experiences. Some of my favorites include being one of the voices (as a part of the GSNC Chorus) in the background music of a Dove commercial that aired during the 2006 Super Bowl XL, making an original rap music video with one of my sisters about the Fall Products program, and being on the Thanks-A-Lot Girl Scout Cookie packaging.

My proudest accomplishment is earning the Girl Scout Gold Award, for which I aimed to bring diversity awareness about various Asian cultures to my community. Above all, I am most grateful for the special bond that I was able to foster with my mom (who was also my troop leader), the supportive organization that I was welcomed into, and the lifelong sisterhood that I can always depend on.

Did Girl Scouts have an impact on your career choice/field of study? If so, how?
After high school, I majored in biology and graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree, then pursued a Master of Science degree with a focus in cancer biology. I am currently a second-year osteopathic medical student. Although it didn’t directly impact my career choice, Girl Scouts “builds girls of courage, confidence, and character who make the world a better place.” I believe that my collective experiences as a Girl Scout were integral to the journey that I took to a career in healthcare, and were influential in shaping me into the woman that I am today.

What Girl Scout skills have you used in your college/professional life?
Growing up, I used to be very shy. When I was around my family or close friends, I had no trouble being a talkative and giggly little girl. But around other kids, and adults especially, I was quiet and it would take me awhile to open up. Fast forward a few years and you could find me on a stage with the GSNC Chorus, singing in front of an audience of 250,000+ people for the “Girl Scouts Rock the Mall” in Washington D.C., or being interviewed by a news channel on live TV with the GSNC Media Girls.

I’ve become more confident when it comes to striking up new conversations at professional networking events, and more comfortable at public speaking. I’ve run for and held various leadership positions in college clubs, and even entered a speech competition. Girl Scouts provided me with a safe and encouraging environment to step out of my comfort zone and be bold in my actions.

Do you continue to volunteer with Girl Scouts? If so, how and why?
Through Girl Scouts, I learned about advocacy and governance. I participated in the 2008 GSUSA National Council Session and 51st Convention in Indianapolis as a Girl Scout Leadership Institute attendee, and the 2011 GSUSA National Council Session and 52nd Convention in Houston as a Girl Delegate. Then in 2017, I had the opportunity to represent our council as an Adult delegate at the GSUSA National Council Session and 54th Convention in Columbus.

I would love to get even more involved! Girl Scouts provided me with inspiring role models and I want to be a part of that with the next generation of female leaders. One day, I hope to become a troop leader, just like my mom, if I’m so lucky to have a daughter of my own.

What advice would you give younger Girl Scouts?
“Pursue what you love and stand up for what you believe in.”

If you could say anything to your younger self, what would it be?
“Be courageous in the face of the unfamiliar. Some risks are worth taking.”

What is one item you always carry with you?
A compact mirror! My mom once told me that I should always carry a mirror with me because they can deflect negative energy. And even if I didn’t believe in that, I’ll smile whenever I see my mirror because it reminds me of her.

Tell us a little about yourself. How long were you a Girl Scout? Did you participate in any special Girl Scout groups and/or school teams/clubs? What are you passionate about?
In kindergarten, I joined as a Daisy and continued up through the Ambassador level, which totals to 13 years. I have received the Girl Scout Bronze, Silver, and Gold Awards. Throughout my experience, I was involved in the GSNC Media Girls, Chorus, Girls Leading Girls, and Asian Task Force. By senior year of high school, I was President of the Science National Honor Society, Co-President of the Language Other Than English (LOTE) Honor Society, Vice President of Induction of the National English Honor Society, Public Relations Officer of Pre-Med club, Co-Captain of the Varsity Badminton Team, and on the Varsity Bowling Team.

Now, I am a lifetime member of Girl Scouts. I am passionate about health and wellness. I was first introduced to indoor rock climbing as a Junior through an Service Unit event. Recently, my focus has been on staying active while balancing studying in medical school, so I took up bouldering as a hobby. This sport is both physically and mentally challenging, which is great when I want to step away from the books or de-stress after an exam.

Friday, September 13, 2019

Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month during your Girl Scout Troop Meeting!


As Girl Scouts, we are part of a sisterhood of Girl Scouts and Girl Guides from all around the world. As sisters, we should learn more about each other—our cultures, our history, and what makes us unique.

Between September 15 and October 15, use these ideas to incorporate Hispanic Heritage Month into your troop’s meetings and help your girls learn more about the cultures of their sister Girl Scouts and Girl Guides:
  • Learn about Hispanic Heritage Month. Why and how it is celebrated? Who founded it? When it was founded? What is the difference between Hispanic and Latino?
  • Develop an understanding and appreciation of the Hispanic culture through history, dance, and the arts. Work toward GSNC’s Hispanic Latino Task Cultural Patch Program.
  • Brownies can earn their Dancer badge while learning about history of the Hispanic-Latino dances and where they originated. (Some examples: Cha-Cha, Argentine Tango, Salsa, Pachanga, Merengue, Bachata, Samba, Bomba, etc.) **Special Bonus – This patch is available in the GSNC Shop for only $1 during the month of September.
  • Girl Scouts can explore diversity through dining while working toward GSNC’s Tastebuds Patch Program. Visit local restaurants that serve ethnic food and try something new. (Some examples: Dominican, Peruvian, Mexican, Colombian, Cuban, etc.) 
  • Learn about Girl Scouts’ and Girl Guides’ different World Centers specifically, Our Cabana in Mexico.
  • “Pot Lucks” are a long time Girl Scout favorite… host a troop “pot luck” and have each girl make a dish or snack for a Hispanic country. Girls should be able to educate her troop on the dish and the region the dish originates from. Bonus, this can help Cadettes work toward their New Cuisines badges, Juniors work toward their Simple Meals badge, and Brownies work toward their Snacks badge.
  • Trees. Trees. Trees. Explore the trees and plants that are native to Central and South America. This can help Cadettes work toward their Trees badge.
  • Explore different styles of paintings and artists from Hispanic culture. Explore Mexican Folk Art and/or learn about the Day of the Dead/Dia De Los Muertos by making art inspired by this holiday in Mexican culture. This can help Juniors earn their Drawing badge and Brownies earn their Painting badge. GSNC Girl Scouts can make shadow boxes and learn about this traditional holiday during our Shadow Boxes: Celebrating the Day of the Dead/ El Dia de los Muertos program on 10/25/2019. 
  • Juniors who are working toward their Musician badge can learn about Latin music including the origins of the rain sticks found in South American and Dominican pan pipes.

Friday, August 2, 2019

Once a Girl Scout, Always a Girl Scout: Girl Scout Alum Caeley's Story

From the Girl Scout Robotics Program to Aerospace Engineer


Who are Girl Scouts? Girl Scouts are go-getters, innovators, risk-takers and leaders. They’re G.I.R.L.S who design robots, learn life skills, improve our neighborhoods and go on amazing adventures. They’re making a difference.

Girl Scouts is a lifelong adventure, full of friendship, connection, service, and fun! Every Girl Scout Alum has a unique story to tell about their experiences and adventures, and we’re sharing those stories.

Girl Scout Alum, Caeley was a Girl Scout for 13 years and continues on as an Adult Lifetime Members.


Name: Caeley Looney

Council: Girl Scouts of Nassau County

Tell us a little about yourself.  How long were you a Girl Scout?  Did you participate in any special Girl Scout groups and/or school teams/clubs?  What are you passionate about?

I was a Girl Scout for 13 years (K-12) and continue on as an Adult Lifetime Member!  During my time in Girl Scouts I participated in Media Girls, served on the STEM Advisory Board, was on a Girl Scouts FIRST Robotics Team, and was a Delegate for my Association (now known as Service Unit). My biggest passion is empowering women to confidently pursue STEM fields, and then after that it’s space!  Here is a link to Reinvented Magazine’s website to learn more about my most recent accomplishment: www.reinventedmagazine.com


Tell us about your time as a Girl Scout. Looking back, what were some highlights, important moments, life lessons, and/or favorite memories?

I was a Girl Scout from kindergarten to 12th grade, and in that time, I think I was lucky in the fact that my mom was my leader through the whole journey. She made sure that our troop participated in any program we wanted to try out from, camping (which I very quickly learned was not for me), pin swapping, DIY pocketbook making, earning our Bronze, Silver, and Gold Awards, and so much more.  While my most important moment is detailed in my response to the following question, a close second was earning my Gold Award.  For my project, I started a Science Fair in my school district aimed toward K-5 students.  I was able to set every team up with a high school student to serve as their mentor, and when the actual day of the event came, we had a huge turnout.  Most parents at the time didn’t think their kids would excel as much as they did in STEM topics, especially since most of the elementary schools in my district didn’t have a science lab of any kind to expose the students at an early age.  It was really inspiring to witness these young kids showcasing some really high level projects that blew the judges and my minds.




Did Girl Scouts have an impact on your career choice/ field of study? If so, how?

The most important moment during my time as a Girl Scout was the day my mom brought me to the FIRST Robotics program orientation. Somehow, she just seemed to know that I’d like it despite me not showing too much interest in STEM at the time, and because of that my whole life changed. I decided to try it out and joined an FLL team, which I stuck with for the remainder of my grade school career.  It was this Girl Scout coordinated program that got me my first taste of STEM which led me to become the Aerospace Engineer I am today.




What Girl Scouts skills have you used in your college/professional life?

I could tell you that Girl Scouts taught me how to stay organized, be an entrepreneur, have confidence, etc.; and while all of that is true, the number one thing I learned from Girl Scouts is that you should always leave a place better than the way you found it.  Growing up, I never thought about that concept beyond just picking up a few extra pieces of litter when you’re out camping, but now I know that it means so much more.  I want to be able to leave this world a better place than I found it, and that thought has inspired me to take on efforts to help promote and empower young women to pursue STEM fields.  I started by simply getting involved in already standing initiatives that worked on this mission, such as NCWIT, SWE, and #BUILTBYGIRLS.  More recently, I’ve started my new initiative called Reinvented Magazine which is the nation’s first print magazine written for women in STEM.



Do you continue to volunteer with Girl Scouts? If so, how and why?

I certainly don’t volunteer as much as I used to. After graduating college and starting my first full-time job as an Aerospace Engineer, life got a little hectic and I spent time focusing on finding my routine.  But, now that I’ve been in the workforce for a little while, I have been helping spearhead an initiative within my company, Harris Corporation, to partner with our local Girl Scout county (Girl Scouts of Citrus County) to host events and help local Girl Scouts earn STEM badges.



What advice would you give younger Girl Scouts?
My advice to younger Girl Scouts is never stop trying new things. I very often get asked by high school and college girls how I knew I wanted to be an Aerospace Engineer, and the real answer is because Girl Scouts exposed me to STEM. And even if STEM isn’t what you want to do, Girl Scouts offers girls programs across almost every career field possible, and I strongly recommend leveraging those programs to learn more about what you enjoy doing or even just to help find a new hobby. 



If you could say anything to your younger self, what would it be?

Be brave. There is absolutely no point in being afraid to try something new or go for an opportunity. It took me a while to build up the bravery and confidence to take on leadership roles or apply for something. The worst thing that can happen is you get told no, and then you learn from the failure and give it another go.




Friday, July 5, 2019

How to Make a Sit-Upon Using a Reusable Shopping Bag


With some many Girl Scout spending their summer outdoors and at camp, now is the perfect time to talk about sit-upons... a great item to bring on any outdoor adventure. So, when we were challenged to make a sit-upon, we decided to do what Girl Scouts do and use our resources wisely... so, we used some items that we had on hand.

Here is what we came up with:





Supplies needed:
  • Scissors
  • Already read newspaper
  • Reusable shopping bag
  • Duct tape (we used gold glitter duct tape of course, but an type of duct tape will do)

Instructions:

Cut the sewed seams of the reusable shopping bag. 


Lay the reusable bag out flat (waterproof/plastic side down) and place the newspaper on one half of the laid out bag as shown. 


Fold the other side of the bag over the newspaper so that the newspaper is sandwiched between the two sides of the reusable shopping bag.


Using the duct tape, tape the seams of the bag that are open so that the newspaper is sealed into the bag. When you get to the seam with the bag handles, you will need to cut off the handles before you can tape that side closed.



Once you have finished taping the three open edges, re-tape the bag handles back on to allow for easy carrying.

 

All taped up? Now it’s time to test out your sit-upon.

Are you looking for additional sit-upon ideas, check out our blog "What do you sit upon?"

Friday, June 7, 2019

What do you sit upon?


Picture this… You’re spending the weekend camping at Camp Blue Bay with your Girl Scout troop. Your troop is sitting around the campfire at Romany Wood. You’re sitting on a bench, but it is a little dewy from the day. Wouldn’t it be awesome if you had a sit-upon?


Sit-upons are exactly what they sound like; something you sit upon. A sit-upon provides a dry, slightly cushioned barrier between you and the ground, a bench, bleachers, or whatever else you might be sitting on. They can be store bought or hand-made (hint, hint: hand-made sit-upons make a great troop activity leading up to a camping weekend). And, remember although you can make sit-upons that aren’t waterproof (they are useful because they provide comfort), waterproof sit-upons are a great idea because we don’t want a little rain to dampen a camping weekend.



Check out some of these sit-upons ideas…

Remember, a sit-upon is great for any outdoor adventure. Consider bringing yours to one of GSNC’s outdoor programs like the 2019 Girl Scouts Love State Parks day on July 13.

Tuesday, May 21, 2019

Get Parade Ready: Memorial Day Parade Tips


 


Memorial Day Parades are a great way for you and your troop to represent Girl Scouts! If you are participating in a Memorial Day parade soon, it’s important to follow the below guidelines on flag and girl order. 


Remember, a parade is a place to have fun, but also remind the girls to handle all flags with respect.



Flag Order and Girl Order (see additional diagram below or image above)



Girl 1- American Flag


  • "The flag, when carried in a procession with another flag or flags, should be either on the marching right; that is, the flag’s own right, or, if there is a line of other flags, in front of the center of that line." (4 U.S. Code § 7 - Position and manner of display)  
  • The American flag should be held higher than the rest of the flags
  • The American flag should be to the far left of all other flags
  • For more infromation regarding position and manner of display of the american flag, visit 4 U.S. Code § 7 - Position and manner of display

Girl 2- State Flag
  • The State flag should be to the right of the American flag

Girl 3- WAGGGS Flag
  • The WAGGGS flag should be to the right of the State flag

Girl 4- Council Flag
  • The Council flag should be to the right of the WAGGGS fla

Girl 5-Brownie Flag
  • The Girl Scout Brownie flag should be to the right of the Girl Scout Daisy flag
Girl 6- Daisy Flag
  • The Girl Scout Daisy should be to the right of the Council flag

Need flag ceremony accessories? Borrow flag holsters or white gloves from the Volunteer Resource Center at the Council’s Service Center! Fill out this form on our website to reserve materials. For questions, email customercare@gsnc.org.

Monday, April 22, 2019

Thank you for all you do to help make Girl Scouting possible!



Opening her eyes to a world of possibilities? Helping her transform into a force for good? Unleashing her most confident self?

As a Girl Scout volunteer, you’re an everyday hero with an extraordinary super power: you prepare girls for a lifetime of leadership, success, and adventure. Because of you, every G.I.R.L. (Go-getter, Innovator, Risk-taker, Leader)™ has the opportunity to learn what she’s capable of accomplishing and reach for the stars.

Thank you to all of our Girl Scout Leaders and Girl Scout Volunteers who help make Girl Scouting possible.

From your friends at Girl Scouts of Nassau County

Friday, April 12, 2019

What you need to know leading up to and planning for a Girl Scout Bridging Ceremony

As a Girl Scout, you’ve probably taken part in a ceremony. You might remember lighting candles or holding the flag, crossing a bridge or welcoming a new girl into your troop. Ceremonies are an integral part of the Girl Scout year, covering topics including rededication, birthdays and awards, and even bridging to the next level of Girl Scouts. 

Bridging is an important transition in a Girl Scout’s life; it honors and celebrates a girl's “graduation” from one level of Girl Scouting to the next. 
Daisies bridge to Brownies
Brownies bridge to Juniors
Juniors bridge to Cadettes
Cadettes bridge to Seniors
Seniors bridge to Ambassadors
Ambassadors bridge to Adults

This transition marks important milestones in each girl’s journey through Girl Scouting and should be celebrated by the troop, family, and close friends. Celebrating this change should be fun, personalized, and memorable for everyone involved. And most of all, it should be designed by the girls, with help from their troop volunteers.


When does a bridging ceremony happen?
Girl Scouts automatically recognizes a girl’s level in Girl Scouting based on her year in school. As soon as one school year ends and another begins, she is considered having moved to the next grade level—but when you choose to host your official troop ceremony is really up to the troop. You might decide to follow the school year calendar and host your bridging ceremony in late May or early June. You might decide to bridge during the summer, when the girls have had some time to finish up the last of the badges or journeys they started. Or, your troop might decide to wait until right when the new Girl Scout year starts (October 1st).


Talk with Girls, Make a Plan
As girls get closer to moving up to another level, tell them what steps are needed to complete bridging, discuss which activities the troop wants to participate in, and then work together to create a plan. 

Remember, a bridging ceremony is a culmination of all that your Girl Scouts have done at a level, and should represent each unique quality of your troop. Make sure girls take a leading role in planning, leading up to and running the ceremony. Just like in other Girl Scout activities, there is a natural progression in the level of participation. As girls get older, their participation should increase!


Plan the Bridging Ceremony
Typically, a Girl Scout Ceremony has three parts; an opening, a main section, and a closing. During the opening, guests are welcomed and the tone is set with an activity such as a flag ceremony or reciting the Girl Scout Promise and Law. During the main section, the ceremony is explained to the guests and run by the girls and co-leaders. During the closing, guests are thanked and the celebration ends with an activity such as a friendship circle or flag ceremony.

Most bridging ceremonies include the following:
  • A flag or opening ceremony
  • Reciting of the Girl Scout Promise
  • Reading or reciting of the Girl Scout Law
  • Crossing a bridge
  • The Girl Scout handshake
  • Presentation of certificates, patches, and other awards
  • Ending ceremony

You might also include:
  • Doing the friendship squeeze
  • Singing a Girl Scout song
  • Serving refreshments
  • Sharing favorite Girl Scout memories or pictures
  • Sharing plans for the next year
  • Something to showcase the uniqueness of your troop 

What is presented to the girls once they bridge?
Below are the insignia traditionally presented to girls as they bridge.

Daisy
Automatically Given: Membership Star with Daisy Blue Disc, Ending certificate, and Brownie Girl Scout Membership Pin
Earned: Bridge to Brownie Award

Brownie

Junior


Senior 
Automatically Given: Membership Star with Senior Red Disc 
Earned: Bridge to Ambassador Award

Ambassador

Girls may also need a new vest or sash, membership stars, and new guide books. The GSNC shop sells Bridging Kits that contain the awards and insignia each girl should receive as she crosses over to the next level in Girl Scouts. The kits are packed in a clear bag and include a certificate that can be personalized!





Friday, April 5, 2019

What you need to know about the Girl Scout Bridging Award

If you were a Girl Scout growing up, you probably have some memories of your bridging ceremonies. Maybe it was walking under an arch of balloons in the gymnasium of your elementary school or walking across the bridge at your local duck pond (the duck pond memory was when I “flew” up to Girl Scout Juniors… now as an adult, I see the symbolism).

Did you know that there are actually requirements to earn those bridging awards? The Bridging Award is earned by completing a set of activities. Earning the award offers a chance to look back on what they’ve accomplished while looking to the future. Each level of Girl Scouting has its own unique bridging award patch.

Earning the Girl Scout Bridging Award
Although not required, completing the steps to earn Girl Scout Bridging Awards helps girls get a taste of what their experience will be like at the next level. 

There are two general steps:
  • Pass It On! Girls get the chance to look back at what they’ve accomplished and pass a bit of their knowledge on to younger Girl Scout
  • Look Ahead! Meet with Girl Scouts at the level they will be bridging to and learn about the exciting adventures that lie ahead.
Although these are the steps for girls to earn their bridging award, there are specifics on how girls at each Girl Scout level should fulfill the Pass It On and Look Ahead steps.

Steps for earning the Girl Scout Bridging Awards by level:



Friday, March 15, 2019

Ways to Say “Thank You” to Your Favorite Volunteer


Do you know a Girl Scout volunteer who turns frowns into smiles? Who inspires your girl to dream bigger? Or who offers endless encouragement? Whatever your favorite Girl Scout volunteer’s super power might be, let them know how much you appreciate everything they do!

April is Volunteer Appreciation Month and April 22 is Girl Scout Leader Appreciation Day!

Let’s say “thank you” to those who help make our Girl Scout experience possible!




Ways to say “thanks” to your favorite volunteer
  • Write and send a thank you card or letter. Make it extra special by making the card yourself. 
  • Nominate them for the GSNC Volunteer of Excellence Award.
  • Make and send your Leader a video telling her how much you appreciate her being a part of your Girl Scout story.
  • Give a packer of flower seed with a note that says, “thank you for helping me grow!” 
  • Post a “thank you” on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram or in your Service Unit group on the OLC. 
  • Take a picture of the entire troop and make a frame that includes the signatures and/or notes from each girl. 
  • Bake a cake or cookies. 
  • Buy her a special Volunteer gift from the Girl Scout Shop

Friday, March 8, 2019

Girl Scout Week 2019

Girl Scout Week is March 10-16, 2019


Girl Scout Week is celebrated each March. It starts with Girl Scout Sunday and ends with Girl Scout Sabbath on a Saturday. It always includes the Girl Scout Birthday, March 12th, the day in 1912 when Juliette Gordon Low officially registered the first 18 girl members in Savannah, Georgia.



This year, Girl Scout Week is extra special for Girl Scouts of Nassau County because we are celebrating 100 years of Girl Scouting in Nassau County!!



Don’t let the week pass without earning your Girl Scout Week patch and learning so much more along the way!

Let's Celebrate! All Day! All Week!


Try some of the activities on the Girl Scout Week Calendar
Commemorate this special week by taking the challenge! Complete at least one activity from each day of the Girl Scout Week calendar. 
View GSNC's Girl Scout Week Calendar and Game.


Learn how Girl Scouts connects with you Faith

The 107th Birthday of Girl Scouting (March 12th) begins with Girl Scout Sunday on Sunday, March 10th and ends with Girl Scout Sabbath/Shabbat on Saturday, March 16th. What better time to review the ways we can link Girl Scouts with their Faiths. Learn how Girl Scouts can connect with their Faiths.

Visit one of the Girl Scout history collections being displayed throughout local communities during the month of March.
This year, Girl Scouts of Nassau County is celebrating 100 years of Girl Scouting in Nassau County. To commemorate its centennial anniversary, the council will be hosting a historical exhibit 100 Years: Empowering Girls Through the Decades. The exhibition, which will highlight a collection of vintage Girl Scout uniforms, patches, artifacts, photos, and more, will be available at four locations throughout the county in partnership with the Town of Oyster Bay, Town of Hempstead, Town of North Hempstead, and Nassau County. #gsnc100  Learn more about visiting a Girl Scout history display.


Work on GSNC’s Centennial Celebration Patch Program

The Centennial Patch program will enable Girl Scouts to explore how the Past, the Future, their Self and their Community have positively impacted their Girl Scout experiences in Nassau County.

Requirements for earning the patch: There will be 4 rockers, each named for the 4 areas: The Past; The Future; Self and Community. Complete at least 1 Rocker to earn the main patch. #gsnc100 

Get started on GSNC's Centennial Patch Program!
Centennial Patch Program "Tell Your Story" form.
Centennial Patch Program "Service Hours" form.





Monday, March 4, 2019

Indoor Earned Activities for New and Experienced Troop Leaders




Indoor Troop Meeting Activities



With all the cold weather we’ve had these last few weeks (yes, spring we are ready for you), our Girl Scout Leaders are thinking outside the box, planning indoor activities for their troop meetings... activities that keep Girl Scouts active, while also challenging them to try something new and different.  Besides selling Girl Scout Cookies outside during winter months, most troop meetings are likely to be spent inside where it is warm. Try some of these badges with your troop, while staying toasty... And if your troop is really are itching to spend some time in the outdoors, try winter/spring troop camping at Camp Blue Bay or your local Girl Scout Camp.


Don’t be intimidated by these badge titles! Everything is planned for troop leaders on the VTK, and the materials are not hard to come by.



Daisy (K-1)

  • Good Neighbor Badge- Learn about being a good neighbor and citizen at school, and explore the communities in your town and state. 
  • Roller Coaster Design Challenge Badge- Learn about engineering and motion by building a roller coaster car and ramp. 
  • How Robots Move: Learn about the parts of a robot and computer programming, and create step-by-step programs.
Brownie (2-3)

  • Celebrating Community Badge- Learn what a community is and explore the landmarks and symbols that makes it special.
  •  Girl Scout Way Badge- Learn all the things that make Girl Scouting special.
  • Household Elf Badge- Have fun solving problems and being good to the Earth. 
Junior (4-5)

  • Balloon Car Design Challenge Badge- Explore potential and kinetic energy, jet propulsion, and how it applies to designing a balloon-powered car. 
  • Detective Badge- Learn code, fingerprinting and observation skills. 
  • Entertainment Technology- Learn the art of animation, dream up video games, create special effects, and learn how to design a thrilling roller coaster ride. 
Cadettes (6-8)

  • Public Speaker Badge- Find your inner performer and learn how to be unafraid to speak up.
  • Screenwriter Badge- Create a screenplay for a show or movie. 
  • Eating for Beauty- Learn how to eat your way toward a healthy mood, mind, and body.
Seniors (9-10)

  • Financing My Future- Learn how to plan for your educational future, including ideas on how to pay for it. 
  • My Portfolio- Learn to show college admissions officers and employers what you’ve learned from your cookie sales experience. 
  • Troupe Performer- Learn how to organize a team of people and put together a performance. 
Ambassadors (11-12)
  • On My Own- Understand the importance of creating a budget- a skill that will help you wherever life leads.
  • Dinner Party- Learn how to make and serve a fabulous three-course meal. 
  • Good Credit- Learn about ways to borrow money and understand the importance of establishing good credit.

Friday, February 15, 2019

World Thinking Day 2019


Celebrate our Centennial by traveling through time and taking part in World Thinking Day!

World Thinking Day dates back to 1926, when delegates from all over the world met at Camp Edith Macy in Briarcliff Manor, New York. At this meeting, it was decided that February 22 would be known as a special international day of friendship for Girl Guides and Girl Scouts from all walks of life. Every year since, World Thinking Day has called for Girl Scouts and Girl Guides to join together to take discuss issues that affect young women and take part in activities that promote changing the world for the better.


This year’s World Thinking Day theme is Leadership.


Are you looking for ways to celebrate World Thinking Day? Try one or some ways of these activities to join the celebration.


Discuss Leadership
Define the word “leader.” What does it mean to be a leader? What are some characteristics of a leader? What are some examples of leadership in a Girl Scout troop, school, or on a sports team. How does leadership apply to changing the world?


Earn the 2019 World Thinking Day Award by completing the World Thinking Day theme activities.




The World Trefoil Pin
The World Trefoil Pin is earned by girls once, and is moved from vest to vest (sash to sash), throughout their time in Girl Scouting. Looking to earn the World Trefoil Pin with your troop? View the ceremony and requirements.


Work on GSNC’s Juliette Low World Friendship Council Patch Program which is a "Countdown to Thinking Day."


Earn the 2019 Global Action Award
The Girl Scout Global Action award calls for girls to address the Global Goals by discovering, connecting, and taking action in their communities and the world. This year’s award focuses the goals of “Life on Land” and “No Poverty.”




Play games from around the world.

Pass the parcel, played in England  (hot potato in America)

Elephant, Ant, Man, played in Indonesia (rock paper scissors in America)

Rayuela, played in Columbia (hop scotch in America)

Queimada, played in Brazil (tag in America)