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Marlene Logan awarded the Juliette Gordon Low World Friendship Medal

Congratulations to Marlene Logan! She recently received the Juliette Gordon Low World Friendship Medal, a rare award from Girl Scouts of the USA. The award was presented to Marlene in March 2016 during the 25th Anniversary celebration of Pax Lodge in London. Anita Tiessen, Chief Executive Officer for WAGGGS, presented the award to Marlene.

Marlene was awarded the Juliette Gordon Low World Friendship Medal for her efforts to ensure both girls and adults understand the global dimensions of Girl Guiding and Girl Scouting and have the opportunity to travel while gaining global competency skills.

In a letter to Marlene, Sapreet Kaur Saluja,International Commissioner and Member of the National Board of Directors for Girl Scouts of the USA wrote, “Your work as a global ambassador for GSUSA has provided hundreds of girls with the opportunity to experience firsthand the sisterhood of international Girl Guiding and Girl Scouting. Your successful re-igniting of the Girl Scouts of Colorado Global Action committee has been invaluable to the members of your council and to GSUSA’s global work. Your consistent and fruitful fundraising  efforts through the World Foundation of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts has supported the development of important global programs and initiatives. From archivist to trainer to girl-led champion; your hard work, passion and dedication to the global movement has been unwavering and we thank you!”

Marlene’s dedication to Girl Scouts both here in Colorado and worldwide is far reaching. Her current positions include:

  • Chair, Girl Scouts of Colorado Global Girl Scouting Committee
  • GSUSA Global Action Volunteer (GAV) for GSCO
  • GSCO Trainer:
    • Extended Trip Travel
    • WAGGGS, World Centers & World of Global Girl Scouting
  • Planning Team Member, Olave Baden-Powell Society (OB-PS) 2012 Annual Meeting in USA
  • Executive Team, Olave Baden-Powell Society
  • Member, World Foundation of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts, Inc.
  • GSUSA Co-Vice Chair, Friends of Pax Lodge Committee
  • WAGGGS Chair, Pax Lodge 25th Anniversary Committee
  • Archivist, Pax Lodge and Our Cabana World Centers of World Association of Girl Guides & Girl Scouts (WAGGGS)
  • Member, GSCO Juliette Gordon Low Society

Rae Ann Dougherty, fellow recipient of the Juliette Gordon Low World Friendship Medal and Girl Scouts of Colorado Board Member, nominated Marlene for the award and was among those in attendance at the celebration. In the application, Rae Ann wrote, “As a result of Marlene’s leadership, there are more volunteers that have stepped up to advance the value of our global connection, and the importance of ongoing fundraising. As a result, hundreds of girl and adult Girl Scouts and Girl Guides have benefitted from her dedication and commitment to advance our international sisterhood.”

In 2015, Girl Scouts of Colorado presented Marlene with the “Thanks Badge” for her 34 years of service to Girl Scouts.

Girl Scout Saves Mother’s Life: Katie Hurley Receives Medal of Honor from Girl Scouts of the USA

 

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Girl Scouts of the USA has awarded the prestigious Medal of Honor to Katie Hurley, an 11-year-old Girl Scout from Northglenn, for saving her mother’s life. In August, Katie woke up early in the morning to find her mother, who is diabetic, suffering from an insulin reaction. Kristin Hurley’s glucose levels were extremely low. Without hesitation, Katie called 911. While she waited for the paramedics to arrive, she grabbed some juice to give her mother and cared for her 5-year-old brother.

In a letter to Girl Scouts of the USA, Lt. Cullen Lyle of North Metro Fire Rescue District wrote, “Katie showed extraordinary maturity and bravery by recognizing that her mother was in need of immediate attention by the fire department. She called 911 and made sure that she was understood in the midst of an extremely stressful situation. Katie displayed a calm demeanor that was beyond her years in actual age. It is a true pleasure to know that our citizens have the strength and courage to raise children that can act so decisively in the face of what must have been a terrifying event.”

Girl Scouts of the USA awards the Medal of Honor for “saving life or attempting to save life without risk to the candidate’s own life.” Katie is one of only 28 Girl Scouts nationwide who received this honor in 2015 and only the second in Colorado in recent history.

Calling ALL Gold Award Recipients

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From Girl Scouts of the USA

Are you a recipient of the Gold Award, the highest achievement in Girl Scouting (previously known as the Golden Eagle of Merit, Golden Eaglet, Curved Bar, and First Class)? Awesome! Today, we invite you to be a part of something BIG—the upcoming Girl Scout Gold Award Alliance Directory Centennial Edition!

This historic publication celebrates the thousands of inspiring Girl Scout alumnae who, over the last 100 years, have used their extraordinary courage, vision, and kindness to rally communities and take action to make the world a better place. History. Impact. Inspiration. It’s all in there and more! Here’s your chance to take action one more time. Join us in celebrating Girl Scouting’s highest honor.

Share your Gold Award story

Help inspire future generations of girls to carry on the Girl Scout tradition of thinking big and creating amazing change in the community and the world.

To submit your story for inclusion in the directory, simply call our publication partner, Harris Connect, toll free at 1-866-770-3079 (Monday–Friday, 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. ET). It’s going to be EPIC.

Get inspired with snippets of some of last year’s coolest stories!

“My Gold Award project consisted of creating over one hundred bags full of books, first-aid kits, stickers, and other items for children who were waiting in the Emergency Department at my local hospital. These children were either patients or siblings/friends of patients who were asked to wait for hours at a time. Providing these items, even those as simple as stickers, gave these children a sense of comfort that, in a hospital setting, is sometimes difficult to achieve. Being able to make their hospital visit that much better made all the difference in the world to me. There is nothing more inspiring then seeing a young child smile in a difficult circumstance.”

“My senior year of high school I completed my Girl Scout Gold Award project, using the pillars of the Girl Scout mission to help me. For my project, I taught developmentally disabled children in my community how to play soccer, bringing the entire experience to them, complete with uniforms and soccer gear. I was inspired by my love and passion for soccer but also for helping and teaching, and I thought everyone should have a chance to play a sport regardless of their disabilities. I held two weekends of soccer clinics taught by myself and my closest soccer cohorts. Whether these children were unable to speak or had limited motor skills, we helped them learn how to play. My personal benefit from this award was the smiles on the children’s faces as they were given the opportunity to play a sport that had not previously been offered to them in our community. This project gave me the courage to execute my ideas and the confidence in my abilities to lead others in the right direction.

“For my Gold Award project, I chose to conduct a Women’s Self-Defense Seminar. I had received my Black Belt in Taekwondo in December 2006, and I wanted my project to reflect something I was passionate about. I felt this project was a perfect example of building girls AND women of courage, confidence, and character. The seminar provided the participants not only with useful information and a visit from the LAPD, but also practical skills they could use in real-life situations.  It is very important to me that women don’t find themselves becoming victims. I also requested that the participants donate personal care items that I dropped off at my local shelter for victims of domestic violence.”

 

 

Explore the outdoors with the Girl Scout Ranger Program

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From the  National Park Service

The National Park Service and Girl Scouts of the United States of America have partnered to create the Girl Scout Ranger Program. Through this program you are invited to:

  • explore the outdoors
  • learn about the history of national parks

Girl Scouts are invited to participate in a variety of existing, organized educational or service projects at national park sites, or design their own experience or project to align with Journey work, badge activities, or a Take Action or Highest Award project. Girl Scouts are awarded certificates and/or patches for their participation.

While having fun in a national park, you can:

Qualifying Program Experiences

Girl Scouts are invited to work collaboratively with NPS employees to take part in educational programs, volunteer and service projects at any NPS site. Example activities for Girl Scouts:

Participate In Existing Educational Programs and Service Projects such as:

  • Ranger-guided interpretive tours
  • Junior Ranger programs
  • Environmental education programs
  • Web Rangers
  • Service projects: Many national park sites have volunteer programs that can offer Girl Scouts an opportunity to assist in a variety of long-term or short-term projects to improve and ensure protection of park resources and facilities. Girl Scouts are encouraged to take part in any sustainable organized project, agreed upon by the NPS, as an appropriate service opportunity that protects and preserves park resources. Girl Scouts and their leaders should contact the park Volunteer Coordinator to select and develop these projects and activities.

Design New Experiences or Projects

While existing organized educational programs are an excellent way to learn about the NPS, the NPS also invites Girl Scouts to develop their own projects and establish activities in collaboration with NPS employees. Girl Scouts interested in developing their own project must first coordinate their project with a park representative. While there may be some limits to the scale or type of activity, Girl Scouts are encouraged to seek out opportunities to develop their own activity. Parks have the discretion to decide what project best serves the needs of that location and fits within the guidelines of the site. Girl Scouts are also encouraged to use visits to NPS sites as inspiration for Take Action projects beyond the borders of the park or site, bringing their experiences home to improve their local community.

How to Earn a Certificate and/or Patch

Girls can participate in the Girl Scout Ranger Program through a troop, event, travel, or camp experience, and will be awarded a program certificate and/or patch upon completion for their Girl Scout grade level.

While the program does not require a specific number of hours of participation for each Girl Scout grade level, it is important that the program stresses a progression of activities. Younger girls may experience a brief engagement in a short learning activity, and older girls should be challenged to engage in a deeper experience. Certificates are issued by the park after completion of program requirements.

To earn a Girl Scout Ranger certificate, girl scouts should participate in organized education activities and/or volunteer service projects for a minimum of five (5) hours at one or more national parks.

To earn a Girl Scout Ranger patch, Girl Scouts should participate in organized educational activities or volunteer service projects for a minimum of ten (10) hours at one or more national parks.

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Getting Started!

Below are some tips on how to get involved in the Girl Scout Ranger Program.

Find a site: Visit the Find a Park webpage to find a park in your state or any park of interest.

  1. Learn about the site:
    Visit the park’s website to learn about its history; the natural, cultural or historical resources it protects; and the activities that parks offers, such as hiking, biking, wildlife watching, and guided interpretive tours.
  2. Brainstorm for activities:
    Once you have learned a little bit about the park, think about activities that interest you. Many of the parks describe the interpretive and educational programs they offer to the public and various volunteer opportunities on their website; think about how these programs can help enhance Girl Scouts Journeys or meet badge requirements. Record a list of ideas for possible activities.
  3. Contact the site:
    Contact the site to discuss the possible activities. Once on the park’s website, click on the “Contact Us” link in the left corner and call the park information number. Identify that you are interested in participating in the Girl Scout Ranger Program and would like to speak to the person who coordinates the program for the park.
  4. Coordinate and plan with the park:
    Work together with the NPS representative to determine the appropriate program or project. The NPS representative can also suggest ideas for activities, and will work with you and the girls to ensure that the project is going to be fun, informative and help you gain a better understanding of the national parks and the many natural, cultural, and historical resources they protect!
  5. Have Fun!
    Once all the logistics are set up, go and have fun with the Girl Scout Ranger Program! Feel free to keep track of your participation in the program by using the downloadable Girl Scout Ranger Activity Log!

Learn more about becoming a Girl Scout Ranger

Girl Scout Gold Award Certificate of Recognition

The NPS prioritizes working with partner organizations, such as Girl Scouts of the USA (GSUSA), to extend the benefits of natural and cultural resource conservation and outdoor recreation at national park sites.

In addition to these opportunities, the NPS would like to recognize scouts and their achievements and/or accomplishments related to the environment and/or conservation.

Girl Scouts who have completed their requirements for the Gold Award are eligible to receive a certificate of recognition from the National Park Service.

Please click here to download the Gold Award Certificate of Recognition. (Use of the certificate is based on the honor system, as the certificate should only be downloaded after earning the award).

Girl Scouts can earn a certificate or patch by participating in the Girl Scout Ranger Program that invites Girl Scouts to participate in educational and/or volunteer service projects at national park sites to spark their awareness of the national parks and learn more about protecting our nation’s natural and cultural resources.

We want to hear from YOU!

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Tell us about your experience with Girl Scouts this year!

This spring, Girl Scouts of the USA is introducing a new survey called “Girl Scout Voices Count.”

There will be versions for girls, parents, and volunteers—so we can get an idea of what the year was like for everyone.

Here’s what you need to know:

Girls: Your chance to tell us about your experience starts May 11. To participate, you need to sign up for the Girl Scout Voices survey panel. If you are 13 or older, you can sign yourself up here: www.GirlScoutVoices.org! If you are 12 or younger, ask your parents to sign you up.

Parents: Look for an email that tells you how to sign your daughter up for the Girl Scout Voices survey panel. We also want to hear from you and will be inviting you to participate in a parent/guardian survey starting June 1.

Volunteers: Your opportunity to give feedback will begin June 1. In a few weeks, we’ll be sending you an invitation to participate via email, but you can also keep an eye on our social media feeds for information on when to participate.
We can’t wait to hear what you have to say!

Got questions? Can’t find the email with the survey invitation? Feel free to get in touch with us at GSVoicesCount@girlscouts.org.

 

Girls Scouts partner with National Park Service to give Girl Scouts everywhere access to the outdoors

From Girl Scouts of the USA

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Girl Scouts is excited to announce a partnership with the National Park Service to launch 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.

Through the program, girls can participate in a variety of organized educational or outdoor service projects. Additionally, Girl Scouts may design their own project that aligns with their Girl Scout Journey experience, various badge activities, or a Take Action (“highest award”) project. Girls who successfully complete projects will be awarded certificates from the National Park Service and Girl Scout patches.

“Providing girls with access to the outdoors is one of the cornerstones of the Girl Scout mission,” said Anna Maria Chávez, CEO of GSUSA. “Through terrific partnerships and programs like the Girl Scout Ranger Program, we offer girls a chance to engage in outdoor activities that encourage a healthy, active lifestyle and a respect for the environment. We are proud to be teaming up with the National Park Service to help more Girl Scouts in more places experience everything the outdoors has to offer.”

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Girls and troops who wish to participate in the Girl Scout Ranger Program can visit the National Park Service website to locate a park (“Find Your Park”) near their home. There, they can also explore the history of the park and learn about its natural and cultural resources. Troop leaders and parents can arrange for activities like hiking, biking, wildlife watching, and guided interpretive tours, and the Girl Scout Ranger Program will also allow girls to build their own unique park experience, earning badges and patches along the way.

Said GSUSA National Board President Kathy Hopinkah Hannan, “Girl Scouts is very excited to offer girls this incredible opportunity to explore the outdoors. Our national parks are an important part of the American landscape, both physical and cultural, and they have provided generations of American families with unique outdoor experiences. Now, through this partnership, we can offer Girl Scouts everywhere a chance to get outside and learn about nature and the importance of taking care of our environment.”

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To announce the Girl Scout Ranger Program, May 2, approximately 5,000 girls and 1,000 volunteers, Kathy Hopinkah Hannan, and NPS Deputy Director Peggy O’Dell walked across the Golden Gate Bridge together, celebrating this new partnership and bringing attention to the amazing outdoor experiences available to everyone at our nation’s national parks and monuments.

“The National Park Service and Girl Scouts of the USA have the same goal in mind: providing meaningful and memorable experiences for girls through unique outdoor experiences,” said Peggy O’Dell, NPS deputy director. “Through this partnership, girls will be introduced to the many ways they can play, learn, serve, and work in our national parks. We are committed to connecting our nation’s cultural and national treasures with today’s youth—so go ‘Find Your Park’!”

Share the Love: Celebrate the Special Volunteer in Your Life!

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Volunteers around the country are the extraordinary force that make Girl Scouting possible every day—and that is truly amazing. They give their time, spark, and hearts to make a difference in the lives of girls who in turn help make the world a better place. Now that’s a team effort!

Celebrate the special Girl Scout volunteer in your life, past or present, with this awesome shareable card during this year’s Volunteer Appreciation Week! Download it, bring a few printouts to an upcoming troop meeting, and ask everyone to include a note sharing the love for the amazing effort your own Girl Scout volunteer puts in month after month.

And don’t forget, today and every day, to let them know how appreciated they are. Share with them how they make a difference in your life, how they brighten your day, and how everything they do makes an impact—on girls and the world.

Girl Scouts launches inaugural badge series chosen by girls

Guest Post from Vicki Wright, GSUSA Outdoor Initiative Lead, Lifetime Girl Scout, Former CEO of multiple Girl Scout Councils

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This year, on its 103rd Anniversary, Girl Scouts is celebrating our commitment to providing fun and beneficial outdoor experiences for girls with the launch of a new series of outdoor badges, chosen by Girl Scouts themselves.

Outdoor experiences are an integral part of Girl Scouts and are woven into Girl Scout program in such a way that girls feel comfortable trying new things and testing their limits, and gain confidence and acquire new skills in a safe and supportive all-girl environment. From a relaxed nature hike through the forests to teaming up on a wildlife conservation project to high-adventure rock-climbing, Girl Scouts offers girls a variety of opportunities to learn and grow inside and out.

My first experience with Girl Scouts was in an outdoor setting where I learned to become comfortable in the outdoors and with myself.  I did not understand at the time all that I was learning while having so much fun.  I can honestly say that my love for the outdoors came from those experiences and truly molded the person I became.

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In the month of November, GSUSA began the polling process for the Girls’ Choice Outdoor Badges by inviting girls to vote on a diverse option of outdoor badge themes. Outdoor Explorer emerged as the overall theme, with five age specific Badge offerings: Outdoor Adventurer, Horseback Riding, Archery, Paddling and Ultimate Recreation Challenge.

But why is this so important to us?

According to our research (Girl Scout Research Institute’s study, More Than S’mores), girls benefit immensely from time outdoors. Girls who spend time outdoors eclipse their peers in environmental stewardship, more readily seek challenges, and are better problem solvers, all of which are traits needed for 21st century leadership.

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Outdoor experiences through Girl Scouting, such as camp, are beneficial to girl leadership development across ethnicities. Latina (38 percent) and African American (40 percent) girls are more likely than their peers (28 percent) to say they overcame a fear of the outdoors through Girl Scouting; seventy-nine percent of Latina girls say they first tried an outdoor activity in Girl Scouts, and an overwhelming 59 percent of Latina girls say Girl Scouts has offered them outdoor activities they would not have otherwise had access to.

Simply put, this is important to us because it is important to girls. Once exposed to the outdoors, girls love it.  And, now more than ever, research shows us that getting outdoors is so important to the physical, social and psychological development of our girls and the health of our planet.

We want to get more girls outdoors, more often and in varied ways. Please join us in this effort.

“Selfie Project” by Longmont Girl Scouts makes headlines

The “selfie project” by Troop 73392 of Longmont has Girl Scouts across the country talking and taking notice. As part of their Media Journey, the nine Cadettes studied ads featuring women and young girls. They quickly noticed nearly all of the photos had been edited or “Photoshopped.”

To help themselves and other fellow Girl Scouts recognize real beauty and celebrate what makes each of them unique, they took selfies. Those selfies were displayed at a community event, where family and friends could write comments on Post-It notes and place them on the photos.

“Your hair is just great. Your teeth are also amazing,” one read.

“You are so pretty and show so much confidence,” another stated.

What did the girls learn? “Your flaws are what make you beautiful,” sixth grader Ashley Reichenberg told reporter Whitney Bryen of The Longmont Times-Call. “That’s what makes you unique and special, like her being silly.”

After the story ran in the newspaper, Girl Scouts of Colorado, along with Girl Scouts of the USA, shared the news on Facebook and Twitter.

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Soon after, Fox 31 in Denver invited the troop to come in for a live interview with Brooke Wagner. Click to watch the interview.

Afterwards, Brooke took a selfie with the girls and shared it on Twitter.

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Girl Scouts of Colorado is so proud of these Girl Scouts for all their hard work to show women of all ages that real beauty is inside themselves, not inside a magazine.

Three things you can do on World Thinking Day

By Girl Scouts of the USA

When you’re a Girl Scout, you’re part of something much bigger than just your troop or group. Your “network” stretches across your state, throughout the nation, and to more than 150 countries in the world where Girl Scouts or Girl Guides are found. Together, you’re a powerful force!

Every February 22 on World Thinking Day, Girl Scouts and Girl Guides around the world unite in purpose to focus on one issue, or theme, to make the world a better place. This year, the World Thinking Day theme is “Create Peace Through Partnerships.”

Here a few things you can do to make this World Thinking Day special:

Share your #guidinglight

Candles have always been a powerful symbol of friendship for Girl Scouts and Girl Guides around the world. This year, Girl Scouts and Girl Guides will light up social media with the glow of thousands of candles on World Thinking Day. So how do you participate? Here’s the short version: Light a candle. Take a selfie. Upload it to social media using the hashtag #guidinglight. Include a message that inspires others to do the same. And don’t forget to tag @GSColo, @girlscouts, @WAGGGS_world—and any other friends you might want to join you! Check out more details.

Show that peace is in your hands!

We all have the power to make changes for the betterment of our world. Learn about the international symbols for peace. Trace your hands and draw one of the symbols between them. If you want to start a conversation with members of your community, see if you can display your artwork at a community center, a local business, or house of worship. Invite community members to an “art opening” and talk about this year’s World Thinking Day theme.

Earn your World Thinking Day award!

Explore this year’s theme, “Create Peace Through Partnerships”! There are lots of ways to participate. Reading books, watching movies, constructing a “peace pole,” inviting a returned Peace Corps volunteer to talk to you about her/his experiences… Girl Scouts of all ages can participate in World Thinking Day. Check out our list of activities by grade level.

Questions about World Thinking Day? Learn more.