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Two Sisters Experience the Juliette Low Seminar from Different Hubs

Submitted by Krista Beucler

Northern & Northeastern CO

Fort Collins

The Juliette Low Seminar takes place about once every three years, and, in 2019, it took place in 18 hub locations around the world, all at the same time. We learned about the new WAGGGS leadership mindsets, the UN Sustainable Development Goals, and how to fight gender barriers to leadership.

Girl Guides and Scouts from all over the world would be participating in JLS at the various hubs and we were so excited to see old friends and make new friends. I was assigned to the Thailand hub and my sister, Anna, was assigned to the Nigeria hub. All of the hubs were unique, but also shared the camaraderie of participating in a world movement. Since Anna and I participated in the same seminar in two different hubs, we’d love to share with you how our experiences were similar and different.

How did you get there? What was your hub like? Who was there?

Krista: After about 30 hours of travel (graciously paid for by Diane Saber and supported by the Look Wider Scholarship), I arrived in Bangkok and was met by representatives from the Girl Guide Association of Thailand. They brought me back to the GGAT headquarters where the participants would all be staying and experiencing the seminar. The Thailand hub hosted 23 participants representing 14 different countries, and five facilitators each from a different country. Helping our facilitators was the wonderful Thai logistics team made up of GGAT members who helped to keep the whole week running smoothly. Of our 23 participants, five were local Guide leaders in Thailand. In Thailand, schools decide if they want to participate in Guides and if they do, then all the girls in the school become Guides and their teachers are the leaders. My favorite part of attending international Guiding and Scouting events is always making new friends and learning more about their countries and their Guide organizations.

Anna: My journey started with research and obtaining a visa to visit Nigeria. Once on my way, I spent 24-ish hours between driving, flying, and layovers getting to the hub in Lagos. I was also met by local guides at the airport and was surprised by a familiar face! I had met Debbie last year when I volunteered at Kusafiri during the JLS facilitators training and now she was here in charge of the logistics team for Nigeria Hub! Such a small world! Nigeria Hub was located at a conference center near the airport in Lagos. We had 25 participants representing 14 countries. I definitely want to thank Diane Saber and the Look Wider Scholarship for making our trip possible!

How did you communicate?

K: Our hub took place in English, though we often paused to make sure everyone understood and the Thai participants helped to translate for each other.

A: While Hausa, Igbo, and Yoruba are widely spoken, the official language of Nigeria is English. Many of the countries surrounding Nigeria were colonized by France and speak French, so Nigeria Hub was conducted in French and English.

What did you eat?

K: Thai food! Our fabulous kitchen prepared us a variety of traditional Thai dishes throughout the week. My personal favorites were pad Thai and cashew chicken.

A: Lots of jollof rice! Other Nigerian favorites on offer included pepper soup, fried rice, boli, and groundnut. They made sure we were never hungry with the usual mix of meats, seafood, bean, rice, and of course, plantains all cooked in a myriad of combinations.

What was a typical day like?

K: The weeklong seminar basically involved learning about the six leadership mindsets that make up the new WAGGGS leadership model, gender barriers to leadership, and the Sustainable Development Goals during the daytime sessions. In the evenings we did activities like Thai culture night and international night. Thai night involved performances of traditional dance by local students, learning Thai crafts and games, and trying Thai snacks. At international night, each of the participants set up a table and shared snacks, badges, and small gifts from our countries. We also all shared short performances of dances, songs, and games from our countries. I brought some Girl Scout Cookies to share and taught everyone the classic camp song, Fred the Moose.

A: Krista summed it up! I imagine all of the hubs had similar sessions on the WAGGGS leadership mindsets, gender barriers to leadership, and the Sustainable Development Goals, but facilitated in different ways according to the culture of the location. And of course, we celebrated Nigeria night instead of Thai night!

Did you connect with other hubs?

K: Yes! During our opening ceremony we Skyped with the Taiwan hub, which passed the international guiding light to us, ceremonially lighting our candles, and we passed it on to the Maldives hub during their opening ceremony. We also got to Skype with other ‘mystery hubs’ where we played a guessing game to figure out where they were located. We spoke to Poland and the Maldives as mystery hubs. We also got to call into one of the UK hubs to hear Nicola Grinstead, former chair of the World Board, give a short speech. There was also a WAGGGS event app that helped us connect with others by posting photos in the participant space and message scouts from other hubs. I messaged Lisa at the Nigeria hub and Priya from the Sangam hub and we shared what we were doing at our hubs.

A: Despite trouble with technology, we managed to connect with Kusafiri in Tanzania for their presentation by Kate. Kate now works with Days for Girls in Tanzania educating young women on menstrual hygiene and female genital mutilation. Her journey to this point in her life was not easy. She told us how she escaped female genital mutilation herself by hiding in the trunk of a visiting family’s car when they left to return to thier home. She lived on the street for a time and used drugs before being befriended by a local pastor who helped her. She summed up her story by saying that sometimes you only need one person to see you and you may never realize how much you have helped someone by seeing them and reaching out to them. This inspiring thought helped us to start brainstorming our 100 girls projects. Besides this connection there were other attempts that did not work to connect virtually with other hubs but we knew they were there thinking of us as we connected on the online participant space.

Did you get to be tourists?

K: There was some time to be tourists in Bangkok. I arrived one day early for the Seminar and had a chance to visit a floating market and Wat Pho, one of the most famous temples in Bangkok, with two of the other participants–ladies from England and Madagascar. One evening, we also had free time to go out to dinner. The Thai participants wrangled the rest of us through busy public transportation to an open air market and we all had dinner together. After the seminar was over, I stayed a few extra days to visit an elephant sanctuary in Chiang Rai and see a few more of the sights in Bangkok.

A: We mostly stayed in the hotel learning about leadership, the Sustainable Development Goals and the culture of Nigeria. We were surprised on our community day with a visit to the Lekki Conservation Center where we got to do the longest canopy walk in Africa! We challenged ourselves and got to see views of the city. That day as we were driving around we got to see some of Lagos and drove over the longest bridge in Nigeria!

What was the most inspiring part of the seminar?

K: In preparation for our 100 Girls Project, we did a mini Lead Out Loud project in small patrols. Each patrol was to address a gender barrier and do a small project that would reach 30 people in four hours. I was pretty skeptical that we could have even that much impact in such a short time. My group decided to talk about catcalling and harassment women experience on the street. We made a Google survey asking about people’s experiences with catcalling and we filmed some video clips with people on the street and our fellow participants, asking them to share opinions and experiences. We made a poster with the results of our survey and after four hours we had received 40 responses. I was surprised we had managed to reach that many in such a short time, but I was even more surprised when I kept checking the results of the survey over the next few days and we had more than 400 responses from people from all over the world aged 14 to 55, more than 95% of which reported having been catcalled. Hearing about the mini projects the other groups at my hub did, I was surprised at the reach all of us were able to achieve. It taught me about the power of social media and teamwork, and helped make the 100 Girls Project seem less daunting.

A: The most inspiring part of the seminar for me was interacting with the other participants and discussing issues in their community. It inspired me to see how dedicated this group of young women was to making their world a better place.

Did you spend any time in the community?

K: We had a day to visit a community outside of Bangkok called Baan Khoksalung to learn about community development and leadership. The community is primarily from the Thai Bueng ethnic group and has faced some challenges related to the flooding of the nearby reservoir which wiped out a lot of their agricultural activities and forced many families to move. As a way to both preserve their traditional culture and identity, and to supplement their income, the community set up a local museum that hosts tourists for the day or overnight and shares dances, traditional craft making (mostly weaving and toy making), and cooking with guests. Baan Khoksalung is just one of many local museums all over Thailand that has found a unique way to keep their cultural traditions alive in a changing world. The community was so welcoming to us and shared their strategies for leadership in the community: dialogue, networking, system thinking, and strategy. The community really stressed communication as a way to bring happiness and harmony, and a way for the young people to learn from the elders, and in turn, for the elders to learn from the young people. We had the chance to learn traditional weaving of cloth and reed mats, and how to cook Thai pancakes.

We got to hear from a member of a local organization that supports leadership in business on our community day. She talked about gender equality and led a few activities on gender equality. After we went to EduPoint, a company that was started by graduates of the business leadership program that connects students with tutors. This was followed by lunch and tour of the Nigeria Girl Guide Association Headquarters. All of us participants did a Stop the Violence photoshoot on the roof of the headquarters. We got to meet with local Scouts from our logistics team and all went on the canopy walk together.

What is the 100 Girls Project?

K: At the end of our seminar, each of us returned home with a plan to share what we had learned about the leadership mindsets, the STGs, and gender equality with 100 girls and young women. While in Thailand, I made a plan for my 100 Girls Project, hoping to share what I learned at Our Chalet as a volunteer, and during my planned volunteering at a leadership workshop for young women in Guatemala this fall. With COVID-19, everything is pretty uncertain. I won’t be going to Our Chalet this summer, and Girl Scout camp won’t be in session either, nor will I be going to Guatemala. So right now, I’m working on a new plan to create an Instagram campaign about the WAGGGS leadership mindsets, sharing activities and inspiration for girls who are stuck at home. The Creative and Critical Thinking leadership mindset helps us adapt when things don’t go as planned and helps us find unique solutions to new problems.

A: I’m hoping to create a program for girls in Colorado who are thinking about doing a Gold Award. The program will help girls think about the WAGGGS leadership mindsets and the UN Sustainable Development Goals to identify a project that meets a need in their community. The goal will be to help girls create really thoughtful and impactful projects that make their world a better place.

That sounds awesome! How do I get involved in more international Guiding opportunities?

Anna and Krista: We’re so glad you asked! A lot of people are surprised when we tell them all of the international opportunities we have had through Girl Scouts, but we think it’s really important to remind everyone that Guiding and Scouting is a global movement and we’re all working together to support girls and young women of courage, confidence, and character around the world. If you’re still an active girl member, you can plan your own international trip! I recommend trying to connect with a troop in the country you want to visit to learn more about Scouting in their country, or visiting a World Center for a program. You can also check out GSUSA’s Destinations. If you are an adult volunteer, you can also participate in World Center programs, or you can volunteer or intern at the World Centers. Anna and I have both been World Center volunteers and we highly recommend it. Join the Global Leadership Opportunities pool, follow WAGGGS on social media, and check their website periodically to find out about global events like JLS. Scholarships are available to support girls who want to participate in international events, so make sure you check those out! The Look Wider Scholarship for Colorado girls is always a good place to start. We have made so many international friends and have gotten to feel like a part of a global movement; we just cannot recommend getting involved in international Guiding enough.

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Global Gender Equality Series: Online Event

 

 

 

Girl Scout Seniors and Ambassadors are invited to join Girl Scouts of the USA (GSUSA) for a special online series.

About this Event

Have you ever found yourself wondering how you can make the world a better place? Do you want to raise awareness and learn how to advocate on behalf of gender equality? This series is a wonderful place to start.

Fourteen Girl Scouts from across the country devised a six-part virtual series covering the most pressing issues facing girls today. Topics include: Girls’ Access to Education, Girls in Leadership, Girls in STEM, and Gender-Based Violence. You’ll learn about what’s happening around the world and how we can make a difference here in the United States.

Each year, Girl Scouts of all levels can earn the Girl Scout Global Action award. This award connects the WAGGGS sisterhood by helping girls work together to make a difference on issues that affect girls and women all over the world. It’s an official national award, so you can wear it on the front of your vest or sash, just like a badge.

This series has a $25 registration fee and will be held weekly on Tuesday evenings from 2 – 4 p.m. MDT. Upon registration you will receive a confirmation email with details of the activities and what you will earn.

Dates of the events

Six consecutive Tuesdays: June 30, July 7, July 14 , July 21, July 28, August 4

Open to registered  Girl Scout Seniors and Ambassadors. Register here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/global-gender-equality-series-an-online-event-tickets-109041815004

Girl Scout participants will:

  • Experience girl-led content, planned and executed by fourteen Girl Scouts from all over the USA; meet other Girl Scout sisters; and join in lively discussion and activities with their new Girl Scout friends!
  • Earn the 2020 Global Action Award, and receive your award by mail, included in cost of registration.
    Progress toward badges: Senior – Women’s Health, Ambassador- Public Policy.
  • Progress toward Journeys: Senior Girltopia or Mission Sisterhood, Ambassador – Your Voice, Your World
  • Gain a deeper understanding of issues addressed by the Commission on the Status of Women, and take a deep dive into the 17 Sustainable Development Goals identified by the United Nations:
    • Access To Education: For girls in some parts of the world, education opportunities can be especially limited. Only 66 percent of countries have achieved gender parity in primary education. In our session, participants will discuss how to make that change.
    • Gender-Based Violence: Globally, an adolescent girl dies every 10 minutes as a direct result of violence. Girls around the world are targets of gender-based violence, which impacts their physical, emotional, and mental well-being throughout their lives. During this group session, we will discuss how we can help to change the drastic violence that affects girls every day.
    • STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math): Only 30 percent of all female students select STEM-related fields in higher education. In this group session, girls will participate in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math)-related activities that will educate them about the importance of universal STEM skills and to empower them to discover opportunities in STEM-related fields.
    • Leadership: Globally only 24.5 percent of parliamentarians are female. In this group session, girls will discuss historical female leaders and explore the barriers girls and women face reaching decision making roles. Each girl will then utilize her newly developed skills to become an influential girl leader within their own community.

Girls will work together to complete a Take Action project that will help to make their communities, and the world, a better place! (Check with your council and see if your participation in a Take Action project can be applied toward Journey or Highest Award requirements)

Parents please note: As a part of the registration process, you will be asked to grant your daughter/ward’s participation in conversations which could include sensitive issues. Please read this information thoroughly so that you can make an informed decision on registration.

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.

Intro to Global Girl Scouts: New Video

Watch online! A transcript is at the bottom of this post.

Girl Scouts of Colorado’s Global Action Team is excited to launch their new “Intro to Global Girl Scouts” video! Interest in the world has been an integral part of the Girl Scout movement and program since the very beginning. As Juliette Gordon Lowe, founder of Girl Scouts in the USA stated, “Girl Guiding and Girl Scouts is the magic thread which links the youth of the world together.” This new video from the Global Action Team is the perfect way to start learning about the global aspects of Girl Scouts.

This new resource touches upon the following topics:

  • The definition of global
  • The reasons why global Girl Scouting is included in the movement’s program
  • A large selection on the actual elements of the global program
  • Opportunities for international travel
  • Beneficial results of participating in the global aspect of the Girl Scout program
  • Girl Scouts of the USA research findings when they surveyed the membership on their knowledge of the global program for both adults and girls
  • Opportunities for global impact

and

  • Resources, both local and national

Questions? Email aimee.artzer@gscolorado.org OR contact the Global Action Team directly at gscoglobal@gmail.com.

GSCO Global Buy In Audio Transcript

Celebrating World Environment Day

Submitted by Hanna

Northern & Northeastern CO

Superior

Hi, my name is Hanna and I am a second year Girl Scout Brownie. One video I watched was on how in another part of our world, people have to walk eight hours to get water for their family. I learned about Cuba’s biodiversity from another video and that Cuba has the greatest percentage of frog species on Earth- just inside of Cuba! Also, I enjoyed doing the Biodiversity Bingo in my backyard and in the pond nature trail area near my home. In my backyard, I found mushrooms growing in the square foot area that I measured and a tiny, little black beetle, too. Near the pond, I found a plastic fork near the water and cleaned it up.

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.

World Thinking Day 2020 Activities

Submitted by Debby Burnett

Mountain Communities

Cowdrey

Gracelyn read the World Thinking Day 2020 Activity Guide and came up with a plan to focus on diversity. She made a DEI (diversity, equity, inclusion) collage with pictures of diverse people, as well as the word “diversity” printed in various languages around the perimeter. She made a word web with her name in the middle, listing various characteristics and qualities that define her (for the “I Am” Circles game). Gracelyn and I (her fellow Girl Scout troop member due to the pandemic restrictions) made observations at our local (tiny) post office as it pertains to inclusion of those with disabilities in our community. She decided that there are several limiting factors that need to be addressed.

She and I went “shopping” in the Global Marketplace and learned a lot of hard lessons about how it might be to live with much less than we have right now, what is the most important (clean water, good food, education), and how to spend our money in the best way. This made us both very appreciative of the good fortune in our lives, even if we are struggling to live with the social distancing restrictions imposed by the pandemic.

Finally, Gracelyn focused on a group of people in our community whom she feels may not be treated with the respect that they deserve, our seniors. Gracelyn designed a Take Action project to focus on senior residents at Casey’s Pond in Steamboat Springs. She folded approximately 80 origami cranes and wrote the word “RESPECT” on their backs. Then, she made little pieces of paper with the word “RESPECT” written on it, with the words detailed out: Really Epic Senior People Existing Community Treasures. She was trying to send each resident at Casey’s Pond the message that they are truly community treasures and deserve our respect.

Gracelyn enjoyed this activity, improved her origami skills, and felt good about sending a positive message to the senior residents at Casey’s Pond.

Gracelyn is a member of Troop 50315 in Steamboat Springs. She is completing Girl Scout activities at home, with her mother as her main troop member at this time due to pandemic restrictions, but is eagerly looking forward to troop meetings in the future.

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.

2020 World Environment Day Activities

 The Girl Scouts of Colorado Global Action Team is so excited that you will be celebrating 2020 World Environment Day on June 5! Below are the activities for you to complete at home. We recommend completing these activities the week of June 5, but you can dive into them anytime!

Step One: Watch the World Environment Day video from the Global Action Team. Scroll to the bottom of this post for a transcript for the video.

Step Two: Complete at least one of the two activities listed below.

Option One: Measure one square foot. Go outside and choose an area of land—it doesn’t matter where as long as it is about one-foot square. Carefully observe this small space. See how many things you can notice within that foot, things that no one has ever looked at before. This particular blade of grass. This unique pebble. Maybe an insect or a worm going about its day. How many unique things can you find in one square foot? Take about ten minutes to observe your square foot then write down all the unique things you found.

BONUS: Observe more than one square feet in different places! How many unique things did you find?

Don’t forget to track where you’ve measured one square foot and how many unique things you found!

Option Two: Watch “Ask a Scientist about Cuba’s Biodiversity” from the American Museum of Natural History. Ana Luz Porzecanski answers children’s questions about Cuba in this video interview. She is a conservation biologist at the American Museum of Natural History.

Answer the following questions:

  1. What is biodiversity and why is it important?
  2. What percentage of the world’s species of frogs are found in Cuba?
  3. What is a hutia?

Step Three: Complete the activity listed below based on your Girl Scout level.

Daisies – Learn about animal habitats

Materials needed:

  • Plastic bottle, 1-2L in size, or milk container
  • Items from the backyard: small sticks, leaves, bark, pinecones, or recycle clay pots
  • Paper
  • Pencil, crayon, or pen

Take a Hike. Go out on a nature hike either in your backyard, on a trail, or at the park. Be on the lookout for flying insects. Which ones did you see? Flies, bees, ladybugs, or butterflies? Write them down or draw them on a piece of paper.

Did you know that insects live in many places? They live in the ground, on bushes, in trees, and even in your house! Learn about animal habitats and where bugs live by watching this video.

Did you know that by kicking an ant hill or taking the leaves off a tree that you might be destroying a bug’s habitat? We wouldn’t want that! How can you protect their homes? Think of the ways you can help protect an insect’s home and write them on your paper.

Build an animal habitat. Now you’re going to build an insect habitat. Once done, you can either hide it in a bush or near the ground, or even hang it up in the tree. It’s up to you! Just follow these steps, or watch the video, and you will have your own insect habitat!

  • Get a 1L or 2L plastic bottle. Ask a grownup to help you cut it in half and then cut off the closed ends. You want to make sure you have a cylinder tube with an opening on both ends.
  • Next, you will start to put in the sticks and bark pieces into the tube. You will want to stack everything into the tube, including any pinecones, leaves, and clay pot pieces.
  • Once everything is inside the tube nice and tight, your new insect house is complete! You can either place it in a rock bed, near some bushes, or even tie a string around it to hang in a tree.

Thanks for being a great Eco Learner and learning about how you can help protect insect habitats.

Brownies – Biodiversity Bingo!

Materials needed:

Using the Biodiversity Bingo board (linked above), find five items in a row up, down, or diagonally. Take a walk around outside. Check off all the items you saw outside. You could even put a number in each square of how many you saw.

Consider the following questions as you look for items:

  • How many kinds of birds did you see? Did they have different coloring or size?
  • How many kinds of animals did you see that had four legs.?
  • Did the leaves that you found come from trees that had different shapes- some trees tall and slender, some trees large and spread out?
  • How many kinds of trees taller than you did you see? Pine trees, trees with flowers on them, Trees with seeds on them.

How many Bingos were you able to make?

If you couldn’t find everything in the squares, perhaps you might like to explore a little farther into the neighborhood to try to find more items. Indicate where you saw each of the new items you have found.

Note:  As you answered the questions above you are showing the diversity of your area.  The higher the number of kinds of different plants (trees, flowers, etc.). – or different animals (birds, dogs, cats, rabbits, squirrels) you saw indicates how diverse your area is. If the immediate area is only parking lots with little grass and wooden structures with no trees or flowers or animals, then the area wouldn’t be very diverse.

Juniors, Cadettes, Seniors, and Ambassadors – complete the three sections below.

Sometimes it can feel overwhelming, when we are constantly bombarded by messages that we are running out of time to protect our planet and that everything is going wrong.

When we don’t know what to do, it can be easy to just decide there is nothing that can be done, tune out, and go back to whatever we were doing. However, there is a lot we can do; there is a lot that people all over the world are doing!

Educating ourselves about the issues and other human’s actions is a great place to start. The task feels a whole lot less overwhelming when we know we are not fighting alone!

Over the course of this week, spend some time exploring these different resources. Find what components of biodiversity are particularly interesting to you and learn how they interact with each other. When we are really interested in what we are trying to work on, it is much easier to stay motivated to stick to our path.

Section One: Learning About Biodiversity

Do you like to read to learn more?

  • Start by exploring the Youth and United Nations Global Alliance’s Youth Guide to Biodiversity.
  • Start with the first section on page 13 and read the section about What is Biodiversity?
  • Then look over the table of contents on page five and see what seems interesting do you! Do you want to know more about how people are affecting biodiversity? What is interesting about biodiversity on land or in the oceans? What is happening about biodiversity in agriculture?

Or, perhaps you would rather watch videos?

Or, have discussions with your friends?

Section Two: What are other people doing?

There are tons of places on the internet where people are sharing the activities and projects they are doing. After taking Girl Scouts of the USA’s Internet Safety Pledge, search the internet to find what other people are doing or start exploring at these links.

Section Three: What can you do?

Steps Four and Five: If you registered to participate in the 2020 World Environment Day program, check out the email you received on May 31 for information about completing Steps Four and Five.

Questions? Email aimee.artzer@gscolorado.org.

2020 World Environment Day Transcript

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.

 

Get your Global Action Days patch: Celebrate World Environment Day

Update: This opportunity is for Colorado Girl Scouts ONLY.

We are excited to announce that Girl Scouts who participate in the Global Action Team’s World Environment Day 2020 celebration will receive their Global Action Days patch in the mail in June at no cost!

Girl Scouts earn their Global Action Days patch by celebrating three Global Action Days (not including World Thinking Day). Learn about all nine Global Action Days using the Global Action Days Toolkit: https://www.girlscoutsofcolorado.org/content/dam/girlscoutsofcolorado/documents/globalactiondaystoolkit_final_aug2018.pdf

Register NOW to participate in the World Environment Day at-home program, May 31 – June 5, 2020: https://www.girlscoutsofcolorado.org/en/events-repository/2020/celebrate_world_envi.html

REGISTRATION CLOSES FRIDAY, MAY 29.

Questions? Email  aimee.artzer@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.

Virtual Tours of all WAGGGS World Centers

Girl Scouts of the USA (GSUSA) is hosting virtual tours of all WAGGGS World Centers during the week of May 18 – 22, 2020! Recordings of each session will be available via the GSUSA virtual calendar after each program.

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.

Celebrate World Environment Day with the Global Action Team

Girl Scouts of all ages are invited to celebrate World Environment Day (June 5, 2020) with GSCO’s Global Action Team. Throughout the year, girls can work together and participate in Girl Scout programming that relates to different global issues affecting women and girls. World Environment Day is one of nine international days and we are excited to engage Girl Scouts in Colorado in honoring this special day.

Our founder, Juliette Gordon Low, was a famous lover of nature. By celebrating World Environment Day, Girl Scouts honors her legacy by promoting respect and love of the great outdoors far and wide. Through Girl Scouting, girls see the Earth as their home.

Girl Scouts who register to participate will receive an email on May 31 with a welcome video from the Global Action Team to get them excited about the week, instructions on how to complete two/three activities at home and a link to join their Girl Scout level-specific webinar on Friday, June 5. On the webinar girls will have a chance to learn from and engage with fellow Girl Scouts from across the state!

June 5 – Reflection webinars:

Daisies – 1-1:30 p.m.

Brownies – 2-2:45 p.m.

Juniors, Cadettes, Seniors, and Ambassadors – 3:30-4:30 p.m.

Register now: https://gscolorado.formstack.com/forms/celebrate_world_environment_day_with_the_global_action_team_virtual_series_05_31_2020

Registration closes Thursday, May 28.

We will use Zoom to host the webinars. Capacity is limited. Each individual participant should be registered, so we can track capacity. Please do not share the information on how to join with others who have not registered.

This program is for members of Girl Scouts of Colorado only.

If you need to register more than one participant, click the “back” arrow, edit, and re-submit.

Questions? Email aimee.artzer@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.

Girl Scouting at Home: “Think Like an Engineer” Challenges Part Two of Four

Girl Scouts of Colorado’s Outreach Program team has developed a series of “Think Like an Engineer” Challenges for the week of May 11, 2020. These activities aren’t Girl Scout level-specific. However, they would probably be best for Girl Scout Daisies, Brownies, Juniors, and younger Cadettes. Each activity correlates with the Think Like an Engineer Journeys as each Journey asks girls to do three design thinking activities, and that’s basically what these are.

Today’s challenge is to plan, design, and build a sturdy bridge using items from around your home! Watch this video for some ideas.

Check out yesterday’s challenge: Structural engineering

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.