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Judith Batty Named Interim CEO of Girl Scouts of the USA: Sylvia Acevedo Leaves Lasting Legacy After a Lifetime of Service to the Girl Scouts

From Girl Scouts if the USA

After four years leading the Girl Scouts of the United States (GSUSA), Sylvia Acevedo is stepping down as CEO, the organization announced today. Following Ms. Acevedo’s last day on August 15, Judith Batty, lifelong Girl Scout, Board Member, and corporate trailblazer – will be stepping up as interim CEO, the first Black CEO in the organization’s history.

Ms. Acevedo, a former rocket scientist, and a lifetime Girl Scout helped propel the organization forward to be more relevant in the 21st century. During her four years as CEO, Sylvia Acevedo transformed the organization, which is ultimately about helping the girls of today become tomorrow’s leaders. 

Under Ms. Acevedo, GSUSA:      

  • Provided girls in urban, rural and suburban areas with the 21st century STEM skills that they’ll need for life – and America needs for a globally competitive workforce; 
  • Overhauled the iconic Girl Scout Cookie Program by transforming key elements to maximize efficiency and enhance performance for the movement; 
  • Introduced 144 new badges and journeys by modernizing programs around robotics, cybersecurity, entrepreneurship, outdoors, leadership and civics; and in 2019, more than 1 Million STEM badges were earned; and
  • Has steered through the challenges created by the Covid-19 pandemic. 

 

“On behalf of Girl Scouts of the USA, the board, and our entire volunteer community, I would like to extend a warm and heartfelt thank you to Sylvia for her contributions these past four years.” said Kathy Hannan, Board Chair of GSUSA. 

Ms. Batty began her Girl Scout career as a Brownie and as a member of the Nassau County Council in New York and served two terms on the National Board, this term serving as a member of the Executive Committee and International Commissioner.  Prior to joining the Girl Scouts as interim CEO, for nearly thirty years, Ms. Batty served as senior legal counsel and an executive for a Fortune 100 corporation, where she became the first woman and first Black general counsel to one of the company’s overseas affiliates. 

“As we look forward, we are confident that Judith’s experience makes her uniquely qualified to help the Girl Scouts transition into our next chapter and continue to serve our enduring mission as an inclusive, supportive organization that stands ready to help every girl learn and thrive,” said Hannan.

In the coming months, Ms. Batty will embark on a listening tour with staff and council leadership, where she will hear directly from the field about how to advance the mission of the organization to build girls of courage, confidence and character who make the world a better place. 

2020 Fall Product Program starts September 12

Girl Scouts of Colorado’s Fall Product Program is a safe, easy, and fun way for troops to earn proceeds for future Girl Scout adventures and build their entrepreneurial business skills, by running their own online storefront! Here are three reasons you should participate in the 2020 Fall Product Program.

  1. The Fall Product Program can be done entirely online, eliminating face-to-face interactions with customers! Nuts, candy, and magazines can be ordered online and shipped directly to customers. Girls can also choose to sell nut and candy items to friends and family in-person, and customers can select girl delivery for nut and candy items.
  2. All troops receive 13% of their magazine orders as troop proceeds, plus $1/item for nuts and chocolates. While you may still have funds/Cookie Credits from the 2020 Girl Scout Cookie Program waiting to be used, funds from Fall Product Program can help you take those plans to the next level and give back to your community in an even more meaningful way.
  3. Hone your business skills, particularly goal-setting, decision-making, money management, people skills, and business ethics. These will not only help you today, but also as you become one of our country’s next great leaders! Setting goals and problem-solving go hand-in-hand with teaching girls how to chart a course and adjust to overcome the bumps along the way.

The Fall Product Program gives girls the chance to put their skills into action, show off their Girl Scout spirit, and let their confidence soar as they interact with customers and remind the community that Girl Scouts are still here changing the world. Through the digital platform, M2OS, your girl can create her own virtual storefront and send personalized messages about how she is using the courage, confidence, and character she has developed through her Girl Scout Leadership Experience to continue making a difference in this world. She will show that the world has changed, but she’s ready to face that challenge.

Important 2020 Fall Product Program Dates

September 12 – Fall Product Program begins

October 11 – In-person sales end/Last day for Nut Promise orders

October 14 – Online, girl delivery orders close. Online orders of shipped nuts candy and magazines continue.

October 26 – Online Storefront closes

Girls earn rewards based on their participation in the Fall Product Program and they have the option of choosing Cookie Credits as rewards too. All rewards are cumulative. By selling $275 in combined sales, girls can also earn a personalized avatar patch – choosing between lots of avatar customizations – including having her avatar kayaking or relaxing in a hammock and wearing her Girl Scout uniform.

All materials for Fall Product Program are shipped directly to service unit fall product program managers (SUFPM) and then distributed to troops. This year, SUFPMs will coordinate pick-up or drop-offs following state and local safety guidelines. Volunteers and families can also download or print Fall Product Program materials, except money envelopes, from the Fall Product Program Resources page on the GSCO website. This year, all Fall Product Program training can be presented virtually. Short, easy to access training videos will be available in September for troop volunteers and families.

For more information, go to the Fall Product Program page on the GSCO website or contact GSCO customer care at 1-877-404-5708 or inquiry@gscolorado.org.

Girl Scouts Keeps Girls and Families Connected: Girls can make new friends and learn life skills

Despite continued remote learning, challenges, and other cancellations due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Girl Scouts is still here, helping girls and families stay connected to each other and their community. Our mission to build leaders—who can navigate good times as well as uncertain ones—is critical. In fact, we’ve taken this crisis and turned it into an opportunity to offer innovative and safe ways for girls to make new friends and learn life skills.

When your girl joins Girl Scouts, she gains immediate access to many exciting opportunities—even if her troop is unable to meet in-person right away.

  • Starting kindergarten is a rite of passage for children and families, but many of the usual ways teachers and caregivers prepare their kids for kindergarten have been cancelled. Our “Make New Friends” virtual event series is a free kindergarten readiness program to help your girl boost her social skills, giving her the self-confidence to thrive in a classroom or virtual school setting.
  • From topics like automotive engineering and STEM careers to civics and entrepreneurship, new badges released by Girl Scouts of the USA in July give girls more opportunities to practice ambitious leadership. Girl Scouts can even earn badges on their own, sharing what they have learned with their family. In fact, parents and caregivers are encouraged to join their girl as she learns new skills and explores careers, many of which are traditionally male dominated fields.
  • Families can also participate together in GSCO’s NEWDiversity, Equity, and Inclusion programming and earn the “Diverse. Inclusive. Together.” patch. This is an opportunity for families to not only have conversations about differences, race, and racism, but also for caregivers and siblings to learn more about Girl Scouts’ core values.
  • Our free virtual monthly badge series kicked off this summer with girls learning how to code and explore the outdoors. These series also give girls the opportunity to connect with Girl Scouts statewide and share what they learned in a safe, virtual setting. New topics are planned for this fall. Girls can earn badges in these series on their own or with their troop.

Karen Grealey leads her younger daughter’s Daisy troop, as well as her older daughter’s Junior troop. She has arranged for both troops to meet virtually over the summer, allowing the girls to earn badges, complete art projects, and most importantly stay connected. “It’s good for them just to be able to get together and be more social and less structured,” she said. “They are just so excited to see each other that I just let them organically interact with each other. ”

Virtual learning and training opportunities are also available for adults interested in volunteering. The Explore More Club connects adult volunteers statewide, allowing them to learn how to teach particular topics/badges to girls. The club focuses on a different program topic every month, giving volunteers the chance to connect and share with other statewide. We also have resources for troops to meet virtually, many of which are free and low-cost.

A Bright Spot: Girl Scout Gold Award Project

Submitted by Peyton R.

Northern & Northeastern CO

Erie

Hello! I just graduated high school and will be attending CU Boulder in the fall. I am a Girl Scout Ambassador and in my last year of Girl Scouting. I have been a Girl Scout since I was a Brownie in first grade. Since then, I have worked on many projects that have built up towards the Girl Scout Gold Award, the highest honor in Girl Scouts.

For my Gold Award, I am starting a program called “A Bright Spot,” which will provide parents experiencing homelessness the means to throw their child a birthday party. I have partnered with BeyondHome, an organization in Denver that aims to help families on the road to self-sufficiency.

A Bright Spot is an “adopt a birthday child” program. This means that a person or family will “adopt” a child and then donate birthday party supplies (such as cake, a present, and decorations) for that child every year on their birthday until they are an adult or until their family leaves BeyondHome. The goal of this project is to allow the parents to throw the birthday party, so volunteers will only be responsible for mailing or delivering the items to BeyondHome. In order for this project to succeed, I need more than a hundred volunteers to “adopt” children at BeyondHome. If you are interested, please email highestawards@gscolorado.org and a Girl Scouts of Colorado staff member will connect us.

We want to hear how your girl is using her Girl Scout skills by taking initiative, caring for the community, and Girl Scouting at home. She can send in her story here.

Earning the “Diverse. Inclusive. Together.” patch

Submitted by Emma

Metro Denver

Highlands Ranch

Hello. My name is Emma, and I am a Girl Scout Junior from Troop 65430. I worked on the “Diverse. Inclusive. Together.” patch with my family. Although we talk about diversity and inclusivity a lot at home, I learned a lot about unconscious biases that we all have, and how it can negatively impact all aspects of life from our relationships to what we read in books.

To me, the big picture is that we are all different. Whether people look different than us or they have different beliefs, everyone deserves respect. It doesn’t matter where you come from or what you like, in the end it comes down to how you act and how you treat people. Every single person has something extraordinary to offer, and we should celebrate our differences and not let our differences divide us.

By earning this patch, I have learned so much. I have discovered that everyone is special in their own way, and everyone should have an opportunity to be seen and heard.

This has been a truly meaningful experience.

Girl Scouts of Colorado is proud to unveil ways for everyone, not just girls or Girl Scouts, to develop an appreciation for the rich diversity of various cultures in their community and around the world. Learn more.

Senior and Ambassador Book Club

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hey high schoolers: what makes you who you are? Join Girl Scouts of Colorado on August 27, 2020 at 4 p.m. for Senior and Ambassador Book Club as we discuss “Piecing Me Together” by Renée Watson. In this month’s book, our fierce female lead, Jade, thrives in the high-intensity academic world of her new private school. But, throughout the novel, Jade struggles to find her voice as she grapples with a society that seems to view her as a problem to fix. “Piecing Me Together” elegantly explores the complicated ideas of race, privilege, gender, class, and community. While reading, consider the complexity of your own identity.

You can register using this link: https://gscolorado.formstack.com/forms/senior_ambassador_book_club_virtual_08_27_2020.

Please plan to obtain a copy of the book. If this is cost-prohibitive for you, reach out using the email address listed below.

Please read the book in its entirety before the Book Club and come prepared with your questions, ideas, and opinions.

Are you a current member? If so, you’re all set to sign up. If not, we can help you join Girl Scouts of Colorado.

Questions? Email amanda.eckert@gscolorado.org or if you have trouble completing registration, please contact inquiry@gscolorado.org or 877-404-5708.

We want to hear how your girl is using her Girl Scout skills by taking initiative, caring for the community, and Girl Scouting at home. She can send in her story here.

“Carla’s Sandwich” Book Craft

This easy craft is perfect for younger Girl Scouts (or younger siblings) and is a great follow-up to “Carla’s Sandwich” by Debbie Herman.

Materials Needed:

  • Glue
  • Scissors
  • White paper or colored construction paper
  • Markers

If construction paper is not available, shapes can be drawn on white paper and colored.

Cut shapes for sandwich making – bread, protein, etc.

Cut, color, and embellish sandwich ingredients. Give bread a crust. Mustard has sunflower seeds and pepper.

Time to build your sandwich!

Grab a plate and start with one slice of bread. Spread mayo or I have mustard with sunflowers and pepper! Then, add the rest of your ingredients – spam, orange slices topped with pickles! Yum! Yum!

Top off your sandwich with the second slice of bread. You’re almost done.

Add some juice and lunch is ready! Bon Appetit! What kind or sandwich did you make?

 

 

We want to hear how your girl is using her Girl Scout skills by taking initiative, caring for the community, and Girl Scouting at home. She can send in her story here.

September 2020 Badge Series: STEM

For our September 2020 Badge Series, we will learn about STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) through badges and girls can start their first Journey of the year! Registration for both girls and leaders will open August 15 and close August 27. We will have our kick-off meeting for the girls on September 1.

Badges:

  • Daisy: Zinni Petal and Tula Petal
  • Brownie: NEW STEM Career Badge
  • Junior: NEW STEM Career Badge
  • Cadette: NEW STEM Career Badge

Journeys:

  • Daisy: Between Earth and Sky
  • Brownie: WOW! Wonders of Water
  • Junior: GET MOVING
  • Cadette: Breathe
  • Senior: Sow What?
  • Ambassadors: Justice

Want to know more about the Badge Series? Read our FAQ.

Leaders, want to learn more about blending the Badge Series with your troop experience? Register for this webinar: https://www.girlscoutsofcolorado.org/en/events-repository/2020/blending_badge_serie.html

Questions? Email GirlExperience@gscolorado.org.

We want to hear how your girl is using her Girl Scout skills by taking initiative, caring for the community, and Girl Scouting at home. She can send in her story here.

Blending Badge Series in Your Troop’s Experience

Leaders, are you looking at this upcoming Girl Scout year and feeling a little uncertain about how to engage your girls in a virtual setting? We are here to help! Girl Scouts of Colorado has launched a new virtual program called Badge Series. Each month we provide online learning modules that instruct girls on how to complete badges and some months we even start a Journey!

Join us on August 19, 2020 from noon – 1 p.m. for a virtual chat where we will share some tips and tricks on how to blend badge series into your troop’s experience and take some of the stress of planning off your shoulders.

Register now: https://www.girlscoutsofcolorado.org/en/events-repository/2020/blending_badge_serie.html

Want the information, but can’t make the time? Still register and we will send you a link to the recording.

Questions? Email GirlExperience@gscolorado.org.

We want to hear how your girl is using her Girl Scout skills by taking initiative, caring for the community, and Girl Scouting at home. She can send in her story here.

Cadette Finding Common Ground badge: Step Three of Five

The great thing about our country is we all can have different backgrounds, experiences and opinions, and still come together and work towards the common good. No matter the level of government – from your local school board to the Congress – people have to compromise – give up some things you want in order to support somethings someone else wants – in order to accomplish their goals. When you earn the Cadette Finding Common Ground badge, you will learn how governments do that – and how you can do it in your everyday life.

Step One: Get to Know Someone Different from You

Step Two: Make Decisions in a Group

Step Three: Explore Civil Debate

A debate is a discussion between two people who have different opinions on any given topic. It is important to know how to draw on facts and logic to support your point of view. It is essential to stay calm. Ruth Bader Ginsburg said, “Reacting in anger or annoyance will not advance one’s ability to persuade,” and the point of a debate is to persuade others to your point of view. A great way to persuade others is to keep an open mind their point of view and to find common ground!

Choose one or more of the following activities

Watch candidates for elected office debate. It could be for any office – from your local school board to the U.S. Presidency. After the debate, discuss with your Cadette troop or your family the arguments on all sides, and whether the candidates found any common ground – or whether they were even looking. Where the candidates persuasive? Why or why not?

OR

Understand a famous debate in history. It might be a debate over the Equal Rights Amendment in the 1970s, or between Abraham Lincoln and Stephen Douglas in the 1860s. Find out why the debate was important to American history and who is considered the winner and why? Did the debaters find any common ground? Did they look?

In the next step, you will learn to understand how to compromise.

We want to hear how your girl is using her Girl Scout skills by taking initiative, caring for the community, and Girl Scouting at home. She can send in her story here.