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Three Steps to Unlocking Your Limited-Edition Ranger Patch

From Girl Scouts of the USA

Girl Scouts is continuing our exciting partnership with the National Park Service and the “Girl Scout Ranger Program,” a joint venture connecting girls with National Park Service sites throughout the United States, including monuments, seashores, and urban sites.

This year, Girl Scouts will be awarded a limited-edition commemorative patch for participating in activities focusing on the significance of the 19th Amendment. This special program will offer pathways for Girl Scouts to learn about women’s history and the suffrage movement through discovering, connecting, and taking action to make the world a better place.

So, how exactly do you earn your special patch and learn more about women’s rights?

  1. Choose a National Park Service Site or Explore Online. Visit http://www.nps.gov/findapark/index.htm. Choose a national park or any of 419 sites protected by the National Park Service. Research and consider exploring areas of national parks connected to women’s history and the suffrage movement in your area. Not able to visit a park in your area? No problem! Take a look at the park or historic site’s webpage and virtual tours. These are often full of photos, videos, history, and other educational resources. Many also have Facebook and Instagram accounts. Another great source of information is the NPS women’s history webpages.
  2. Answer Questions, Conduct Research, and Get Outdoors.* Once you’ve selected your site, complete one or more of the following :
    1. With help from an adult, research the site’s webpage. 
    2. Visit the site and take a tour or attend a ranger-led program, if that’s available. Please first make sure the site you choose to visit is open to the public! 
    3. Look for books or trusted websites that explain the history commemorated at the site.Then choose fun activities listed in the 19th Amendment Centennial Program Activity Guide to earn your patch! Best part? All the activities have a women’s rights historical tie-in! 
  3. Unlock Your Limited-Edition Patch. Your special 19th Amendment Centennial Patch will be available for pick up as soon as National Park Service offices officially open for business. To receive your patch, present the completed activity log at the park where you completed your activity.

Are you ready to explore women’s history through the national park lens? We certainly are! Share your best shots on FacebookTwitterInstagram, and here on GSCO Blog. Twitter and Instagram users should also use #GSColo and #gsoutdoors.

*GSUSA encourages all Girl Scouts to respect social distancing rules. Follow your state’s guidelines about stay-at-home measures and enjoying public nature spaces.

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 Scouts Give Back: Citizen Science Service Project

From Girl Scouts of the USA

How can you play a part in solving some of the biggest problems facing our planet? Enter citizen science, where volunteers help scientists collect data for their studies and experiments. Anyone can be a citizen scientist—all you need is curiosity and a willingness to help!

This summer, you can contribute to important scientific research at home by participating in one of GSUSA’s Girl Scouts Give Back citizen science projects. They’ve partnered with SciStarter, an online citizen science community, to help get you going! By becoming citizen scientists, Girl Scouts can help scientists solve some of the big problems facing our planet.

Here’s how your troop can make a difference: 

  1. Choose either the Great Sunflower Project (for girls of all ages) or the Globe at Night project (for Cadettes, Seniors, and Ambassadors) to create an account for your troop on SciStarter.
  2. Read the project’s instructions on your  SciStarter dashboard and gather the needed tools and materials.
  3. Collect data for the project using the recommended tools and materials, and log the data using your SciStarter dashboard.
  4. Inspire others to give back! Share your photos and videos on FacebookTwitterInstagram, and here on the blog. Twitter and Instagram users should also use #GSColo and #GirlScoutsGiveBack.
  5. Don’t forget to add your project to be counted as participating in one of GSUSA’s national service projects.
  6. If you wish to recognize your participation with a patch, we recommend the Girl Scouts Give Back patch.

Want to learn more about citizen science?  For a limited time only, you can download all  activity instructions and the  Take Action  Guide  for the Think Like a Citizen Scientist Journey for free  from the  Girl Scout Shop!

FAQs – NSP Citizen Science

Troop Leader Instructions – NSP Citizen Science

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: Returning to the Outdoors Responsibly with The North Face

Connect with The North Face’s top high adventure athletes to learn how they have stayed mentally and physically strong during Stay at Home orders. As you begin to head back outdoors, learn tips and tricks from these leaders on how to do so responsibly. Adventurous Girl Scouts will facilitate a conversation with The North Face’s high adventure athletes.

Daisies, Brownies, and Juniors: June 24, 2020 at 2 p.m. MDT
Register now: https://goto.webcasts.com/starthere.jsp?ei=1333523&tp_key=c13f024647&sti=exec_essentials

Juniors, Cadettes, and Seniors: June 24, 2020 at 3 p.m. MDT
Register now: https://goto.webcasts.com/starthere.jsp?ei=1333539&tp_key=bdf491e348&sti=exec_essentials

These sessions are hosted by GSUSA.

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.

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.

National Virtual Camp Marketplace

We may not be able to be at camp together in person this summer, but across the country Girl Scout staff and volunteers are planning ways for girls to participate in camp virtually! Girl Scouts are now able to visit a virtual camp marketplace hosted by Girl Scouts of the USA to register for virtual camps through sister Girl Scout councils nationwide. Explore the camps at the virtual marketplace to discover themed camps, live virtual events, and plenty of activities to complete away from the screen, independently, or with a caregiver.  Explore the virtual camp marketplace here: https://www.girlscouts.org/en/girl-scouts-at-home/camp-adventures.html

Note: GSCO Camp Staff are continuing to develop contingency plans for summer programming, stay tuned for more information later this summer.

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: Mask Making Service Project

Now, with this nationwide mask-making campaign, all girls have the chance to step up to help their friends, neighbors, and frontline workers during the COVID-19 pandemic. Girl Scouts of the USA (GSUSA) has partnered with Feeding America, a network of local food banks across the United States, to make it easy for your girls to amplify their efforts.

  1. Ask your girls (and their friends!) to make masks for adults and children. Use the instructions from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). If your girl chooses to make masks for other children, use 7.5” x 9” cloth instead.
  2. When you are ready to send your masks, you can include a letter like this.
  3. You can safely distribute masks where you see the greatest need in your community (check out these ideas). Through this partnership with Feeding America, you can easily donate masks to your local food bank staff and families who rely on food bank services.
  4. Inspire others to give back! Share your photos and videos on FacebookTwitterInstagram, and here on the blog. Twitter and Instagram users should also use #GSColo and #GirlScoutsGiveBack.
  5. Don’t forget to come back and log the number of masks you made!
  6. If you wish to recognize your troop’s participation with a patch, we recommend this Girl Scouts Give Back patch.

Check out some more detailed guidance.

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.

Awesome Girls: Family STEM Series- Daisy Coding!

Daisies and caregivers: You’re invited to a fun introduction to the concept of coding, the language that computer scientists use to tell computers what to do, on Wednesday, May 13, 2020 at 2:15 p.m. (MDT)! Dr. Laura Terrill from Girl Scouts of Central Texas and Alyson Freeman, Ph.D., from Dell Technologies Women in Action will work with girls and their families to write an algorithm in the form of a recipe for a pretend cooking robot!

Register online: https://tockify.com/girlscoutsathome/detail/38/1589400900000?fbclid=IwAR1L-bsUPFk7Ky0G5KZbajIyCFW6MFh7CKeiiHrf_-HQbQfpogxW74MfeCs

This program is grant funded by Dell Technologies for girls in kindergarten and first grade and will put Girl Scouts on the path to finishing the Daisy Coding Basics badge! This event is open to all girls so please invite your friends, near and far!

The webcast is best viewed on a computer.

Awesome Girls: Family STEM Series- Daisy Coding! event is made possible by the generous support of Dell Technologies.

This event his hosted by GSUSA.

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.

 

Awesome Girls Around the World: Girl Scouts Overseas Asia Pacific

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 Friday, May 8, 2020 from 5:15 – 5:45 p.m. MDT, you’re invited to hear from Girl Scouts about their experiences participating in USA Girl Scouts Overseas, how their communities around the world have been impacted by 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/7965077042971743757

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.