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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

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  • 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.

 

Awesome Girls Around the World: Girl Scouts Overseas North Atlantic

Did you know that Girl Scouts serves girls in over 90 countries? USA Girl Scouts Overseas is Girl Scouts of the USA’s overseas arm, which has provided Girl Scout program for American girls living outside the United States since 1925, and serves nearly 17,000 members in 91 countries. Originally established to support Girl Scouting in American military families living abroad, USA Girl Scouts Overseas today has a membership that is approximately 56% non-military and 44% Military.

On Saturday, May 9, 2020 from 9:15 – 9:45 a.m. (MDT), you can hear from Girl Scouts about their experiences participating in USA Girl Scouts Overseas, how their communities around the world have been impacted by the coronavirus, and how being a Girl Scout has equipped them to be prepared, kind, and resilient during this time. Ask some of your questions and share what’s going on in your community as well.

Register now: https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/4758205145516592397

This event is hosted by Girl Scouts of the USA and USA Girl Scouts Overseas.

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.