Category Archives: Global Girl Scouts

Saving the Animals by Saving the Climate

Submitted by Gracelyn R.

Mountain Communities

Cowdrey

My Take Action project for the Global Action Day Award stemmed from two facts. One, my mother is a veterinarian and strong believer in climate change, which means I am as well. Two, I had been recently reading The Story of Doctor Dolittle about one of my favorite characters in literature. The combination of these facts gave me the idea of my project, which talks about the Global Action topic this year: Sustainable Development Goal 13, Climate Action. As this is a large and complex topic, I chose to focus on only one facet: how climate change is affecting animals. I created a video explaining the dangers posed to certain species by a warming climate, and how doing small things like choosing a reusable water bottle instead of a plastic one could change things, even if only a little. I also challenged myself to start doing things the green way, as I encouraged in my video. I intend to keep this going as long as I can, and I also hope to get other girls to join me. The full video can be found at my personal blog.

I sincerely wish you all will join me in my bid to save our beautiful animal neighbors. Remember, we are guests on this planet, not masters. It’s our job to give back to the planet for its hospitality toward us as a species. Best of luck.

I want to be one of those people who are remembered for their deeds and not their words. One of those people who stands up and leads their people to victory when the going gets tough. One of those people who is ready to leap off the edge because they believe in their cause, and ready to change the world, no matter how much they get knocked around in the process. I also think that every girl has that potential, if only we can show each and every girl how amazing she really is. I hope that, through Girl Scouts, every girl will have the potential to be a go-getter, innovator, risk-taker, and leader, In short, I hope that every girl will become a G.I.R.L.

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.

Volunteer Spotlight: Sarah Johnson

Girl Scouts of Colorado is celebrating extraordinary volunteers throughout the state in honor of Volunteer Appreciation Month. Sarah Johnson of the GSCO Global Action Team is a shining example of the wonderful role Girl Scout volunteers play in the lives of girls and our community.

GSCO asked Sarah to answer a few quick questions about her volunteer experience. We hope you find her as inspiring as we did.

Why did you become a Girl Scout volunteer? 

I believe in the power of young women and girls to change the world both today and into their future. As a volunteer, I get to help propel this movement forward with my contributions of time, expertise, and energy. Volunteering with Girl Scouts expands my circle of strong amazing women to become friends with while sharing a common bond and goal to make the world a better place. 

Tell us about your different volunteer roles as a Girl Scout.

Currently, I serve on the Girl Scouts of Colorado Global Action Team, the Gold Award Committee, and am a Gold Award Mentor. I am also a Lifetime Member, Gold Award Girl Scout, and member of Daisy’s Circle.

What have you learned as a Girl Scout volunteer?

As a volunteer for Girl Scouts of Colorado, I am being reminded of how a diverse team of committed women can not only work together to advance the movement, but also inspire and support each other to live out the Promise and Law while growing in leadership and sisterhood. Serving on statewide committees, I am learning how Girl Scouts of Colorado operates at a council level and seeing opportunities for meaningful program advancement and engagement for girls across the state.

What do you hope girls have learned from you?

While I only volunteer at the committee level and am a new Gold Award mentor (awaiting a mentee), I have not yet worked closely with the girls. I hope the movement (the committee work I serve in) has benefitted from my curious mind, constructively productive approach, critical thinking, preparedness, and readiness to see new ways to move forward together. I will be sharing experiences from my citizen science field work in the mountains and rivers with our girls through statewide programming in May and August. My hope for these programs is for girls to be inspired and confident to stay curious, full of wonder, and realize they can investigate anything they can observe, and that they share and celebrate their excitement and astonishment with the world. 

Want to nominate a volunteer for Girl Scouts of Colorado to spotlight? Please email Public Relations Director AnneMarie Harper at annemarie.harper@gscolorado.org. 

Listen now: Meet an Expert – Girl Guide from Bangladesh

Girl Scouts of Colorado extends a giant thank you across 7,891 miles from Colorado to Dhaka, Bangladesh to Proma, a Bangladeshi Girl Guide who participated in our “Meet an Expert” program on February 22 in celebration of World Thinking Day.

Missed the program? Listen or watch now on our Meet an Expert playlist on YouTube.

More than 60 Girl Scouts from across the country joined the program to learn about Girl Guiding and life as a young woman in Bangladesh. The program was moderated by two young women in Colorado, Cassidy Christian, a Gold Award Girl Scout and active member of the Global Action Team, and Bebe Lin, also a Gold Award Girl Scout, active girl member of the Global Action Team, and current member of the Older Girl Advisory Board. Proma answered questions that Girl Scouts submitted in advance and told the girls all about her Girl Guide traditions, activities, and structure. She also spoke about her favorite foods, hobbies, and her interest in studying biology and genetics.

Girl Scouts who participated in the live session or listen to the recording can purchase their “Meet an Expert” patch online: https://www.girlscoutsofcolorado.org/en/about-girl-scouts/gsco-shop.html

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.

Celebrating World Thinking Day

Submitted by Troop 65857

Metro Denver

Parker

Our troop did World Thinking Day activities at our meeting on Saturday, February 20, 2021. We had an awesome, in-depth discussion with their guest peacebuilder about what peacebuilding looks like and how they can take some peacebuilding ideas to their everyday lives. They worked together on their Peace Pledge.

I am a peacebuilder because I’m stronger than the dark.

I am making this peace pledge to relax.

I believe we should have respect and no war in the world.

I want to help make a difference for peace by stopping the drama.

It’s important to respect and listen to others because everyone has their own opinion.

I plead to be a peacebuilder every day in my home, school,

community, and the world.

Signed, Troop 65857

Happy World Thinking Day!

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.

Peacebuilding for World Thinking Day

Submitted by Brownie Troop 75989

Northern & Northeastern CO

Lafayette

Brownie Troop 75989 from Lafayette celebrated World Thinking Day by displaying their peace pledge and the pinwheels for peace they made in Lafayette Old Town. They are planning to further build peace by using some of their cookie money to buy healthy foods for Sister Carmen Community Center Food Bank.

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: Let’s make a more welcoming world

From Girl Scouts of the USA (GSUSA)

Let’s get inspired by peace activists and celebrate World Thinking Day!

Our theme for 2021 is “Peacebuilding.”  

Let’s take the opportunity to:  

Since 1926, Girl Guides and Girl Scouts all over the world have celebrated World Thinking Day on February 22. It’s a special day when we explore the global dimensions of Girl Scouting and take action to make the world a better place. 

Today, and every day, practice peacebuilding and help create a more peaceful world! Happy World Thinking Day! 

Check out World Thinking Day activities for
Daisies, Brownies, and Juniors | Cadettes, Seniors, and Ambassadors

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 2021: How to Participate

 

 

Submitted by Krista Beucler and Anna Beucler

Northern & Northeastern CO

Fort Collins

What is World Thinking Day?

Since 1926, World Thinking Day on February 22 has been a day of international friendship for Girl Guides and Girl Scouts all over the world. February 22 is the birthday of Lord Baden Powell, founder of Boy Scouts, and his wife Olave Baden Powell, who was one of the founders of Girl Guides. On February 22, Girl Guides and Girl Scouts connect with each other and join together in global action to make the world a better place.

For the last two years, the World Association Girl Guides and Girl Scouts’ (WAGGGS), World Thinking Day themes have set the foundation for peacebuilding: we have empowered leaders and explored why it is important for our communities to be rich in diversity, equity and inclusion. In this year’s activity pack, Girl Guides and Girl Scouts in 152 countries will become better peace builders so we can truly live out our global promise. You can find the Activity Pack here.

How to Earn Your Badge

Complete one activity from each section of the activity pack: Stand Strong, Stand-Up, Stand Together, then complete the Our Global Promise activity. Once you’ve completed the activities, you can get your WAGGGS World Thinking Day badge from the shop.

Join Anna and Krista

Anna and Krista are lifetime  Girl Scouts and have participated in international Guiding and Scouting opportunities including World Thinking Day events at Pax Lodge and Sangam World Centres, and the Juliette Low Seminar.

This year, because of COVID-19, most activities look a little different. Anna and Krista will be hosting World Thinking Day activities online. They welcome everyone to participate with them on TikTok or Instagram to earn the World Thinking Day badge!

Here’s how you can participate:

  1. Follow the project on TikTok (@jls100girls) and Instagram (@jls100girls).
  2. Learn from an informational video about World Thinking Day.
  3. Participate in the three activities and the Global Promise activity.
  4. Like, comment on, and share the videos.

You can complete the activities and let us know in a variety of ways. On TikTok, you can duet, stitch, use our sounds, or make a new video, and tag us. On Instagram, you can post photos or videos and tag us. Or, if you’re uncomfortable sharing your photos or videos publicly, you can send them to us privately at jls100girls@gmail.com. Once you’ve completed all the activities, you’ve earned the World Thinking Day badge!

Did you enjoy World Thinking Day? Well, don’t go anywhere yet! Anna and Krista will be continuing to post activities you and your troop can do from home on TikTok and Instagram. These activities will focus on the WAGGGS Leadership Mindsets, the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, and how to build a Gold Award project!

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.

Countdown to World Thinking Day 2021

Submitted by the GSCO Global Action Team

Hopefully, you have been busy finding out why we celebrate World Thinking Day (WTD), what this year’s theme is (peacebuilding), and the meaning of the World Pin or Badge.

Continuing our progress thru the Countdown to World Thinking Day document, it is time to find out about the World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts (WAGGGS) and where the Five World Centers are located.

My Experience

The Five (5) World Centers are our home away from home. I have been privileged to go to four of the World Centers. My first trip was with a patrol of girls from Mountain Prairie Girl Scout Council to a program at Our Chalet in Adelboden in the Swiss Alps of Switzerland. There were nine girls and two adults (including me) that left DIA for a four-week trip to include ten days at Our Chalet and quick trips into Germany, Austria, Italy, France, and a final stop in London with a visit to Olave House (predecessor of Pax Lodge). Well, I was hooked on international travel and visits to the World Centers.  I could talk on and on about how wonderful the World Centers are, but you have work to do to discover it yourself!

World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts – (WAGGGS) – Countries

Did you know that each Girl Scout has nearly 10 million sisters?  Yes, and this sisterhood reaches to girls and young women from round the world and reside in the 152 member countries of the WAGGGS.

On a map of the world, mark the countries that have Girl Guides or Girl Scouts. Go to the WAGGGS website and Our World – Regions you will see all the Regions listed. Each Region lists its countries.

  • What are the five region names as indicated by the (?) marks above?
  • Choose a region and check out what member countries are there? Click on several of the countries.
  • Look at their pins. Are they similar to ours or different?
  • How many members do they have?
  • Do they have only girls or do they have boys too?
  • Compare their membership numbers to our Girl Scouts of Colorado membership of about 20,000.

World Centers

As a starting place for information, look in the “Our Girl Scout World section of your Girl’s Guide to Girl Scouting Handbook” where there is lots of information about the World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts (WAGGGS) and the World Centers.

  • Check out the WAGGGS website for more information on each center.
  • What events does each host?
  • What are some of the other things you can do at while at each Center?
  • There are video tours of each World Center that are a must see!
  • For Our Chalet, there is a Birthday Blog that the Global Action Team did in July.
  • Which is the newest World Center? Why does it not have a building?
  • Which World Center do you want to visit and why?

Special World Center Announcement —  Virtual Programs with activities

As the World Centers are temporarily closed for 2021 and not hosting face-to-face events, teams at the centers have been busy developing a multitude of virtual programs in the following areas:

Global Adventures

Race across Europe completing mini challenges; travel through London while learning about our founders and those who have shaped Girl Guiding and Girl Scouting through time; learn what’s needed to take part in an international World Center adventure and hear first-hand  the amazing experiences of Girl Guides/Girl Scouts who have been there.

Cultural  Discoveries

Explore different cultural celebrations and skills from the countries our World Centers are located in. Take a virtual trip through the Swiss Alps, move virtually around the Africa Region, celebrate the Festival of Light with Sangam, and enjoy the Queen of England’s Birthday with Pax Lodge. Try out a new cultural skill from Bollywood dancing to cooking a traditional Indian dish and much more.

World Center Explorations

Join a virtual tour of a World Center, an information session, try some activities virtually, and learn about what makes our World Centers so special to our Movement. Meet members of the World Center Team members and ask the questions you have always wanted to ask!

International Connections

Be part of the Global sisterhood along with hundreds of other Guides and Scouts from across the whole Movement to celebrate World Thinking Day, International Women’s Day, and International Friendship Day.

These programs are scheduled to run through out the year. Check out the program dates by by registering for the events at the following site: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/o/wagggs-world-centre-virtual-programme-32268147887

Thanks for joining our journey through The Countdown to World Thinking Day.  In the coming weeks, there will be more fun things to do in preparation for the BIG DAY – World Thinking Day on February 22.

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.

2021 World Thinking Day: Compassion Meditation and Yoga

In Girl Scouts, you are part of a special group of girls that stretches across the world. On February 22 of each year, Girl Scouts and Girl Guides from 150 countries celebrate World Thinking Day — that’s one big celebration! World Thinking Day is a way to celebrate with girls all over the world by doing the same activities around a shared theme. The 2021 World Thinking Day theme is “peacebuilding.”

The Compassion Meditation and Yoga  program on Wednesday, February 17 from 4:30 – 5:15 p.m. provides an opportunity for Girl Scouts of all ages to complete Step Three of the World Thinking Day Award activities for Cadettes, Seniors, and Ambassadors. Step Three: Explore Peacebuilding in Girl Scouts, Choice One: Practice compassion meditation. A professional yoga teacher will lead girls through beginner yoga and meditation.

Register now: https://gscolorado.formstack.com/forms/world_thinking_day_compassion_meditation_and_yoga_virtual_02_17_2021

Girl Scouts of all ages are invited to participate, however the program is designed for girls in fourth grade and up.

World Thinking Day Activity Guide for Cadettes, Seniors, and Ambassadors: https://www.girlscouts.org/content/dam/girlscouts-gsusa/forms-and-documents/For-Girls/think-global/GSUSA_World-Thinking_Day_2021_CSA.pdf

When registering you are telling us you will be logging in LIVE February 17 at 4:30 p.m. MST! Our facilitator will prepare based on registration numbers, so please make sure you log in on time. This program will not be recorded. Please make sure to wear comfortable clothes that you can move in.

We will use Zoom to host this program. All information on how to join online or via phone will be emailed out to registrants the day before the program. Each individual participant should be registered so we can track participation. Please do not share the information on how to join with others who have not registered.

Registration will close February 16.

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.

Countdown to World Thinking Day 2021

Submitted by Sarah Johnson, GSCO Global Action Team

So many of us have seen this symbol, the World Badge throughout our Girl Scout experience. We know it has to do with our worldwide connections, yet many of us could use a refresh on the meaning of the symbols on the badge. 

The golden trefoil on a bright blue background represents the sun shining over all the children of the world; the three leaves represent the three-fold promise as originally laid down by the founder; the base of the stalk represents the flame of the love of humanity; the vein pointing upwards through the centre of the trefoil is the compass needle pointing the way; and the two stars represent the Promise and Law.

Serving as the unifying symbol of the World Association of Girl Scouts and Girl Guides (WAGGGS), girls and adults wear their pin in proud sisterhood with girls and women from around the world. 

I still have memories of receiving my World Badge pin 30 years ago as a Girl Scout Brownie. We had a meaningful ceremony with five candles in a special wood log candle holder, representing each of the symbols of the badge. We received our pins that day and I still have that original pin today and wear it with pride. 

Today, we encourage troops to hold World Badge ceremonies before giving girls their World Badge pin. Here are a couple ceremony plan ideas: 

You may also want to include the World Song,  WAGGGS official anthem into your ceremony plan.  https://youtu.be/1gKXt2s5pNw

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.