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Girl Scouts is the Girl Leadership Expert

From Girl Scouts of the USA:

Girl Scouts is the best girl leadership organization in the world, created with and for girls. We believe strongly in the importance of the all-girl, girl-led, and girl-friendly environment that Girl Scouts provides, which creates a free space for girls to learn and thrive.

The benefit of the single-gender environment has been well-documented by educators, scholars, other girl- and youth-serving organizations, and Girl Scouts and their families. Girl Scouts offers a one-of-a-kind experience for girls with a program tailored specifically to their unique developmental needs.

At Girl Scouts, we are the girl experts, and for more than a century we have provided millions of girls opportunities for adventure, inspiration, and valuable mentoring. Offering hands-on, girl-centered learning in STEM, the outdoors, and entrepreneurship, and abundant opportunities to develop invaluable life skills, Girl Scouts helps all girls take the lead early and often. The Girl Scout Leadership Experience pairs girls with strong, caring female role models and mentors who prepare them to take the lead from age 5 to 18 and into adulthood. And we’re backed by more than 100 years of experience and expertise in the field.

As the premier leadership organization for girls, we are unmatched in delivering proven outcomes: 

  • Our Girl Scout Gold Award, the highest achievement in Girl Scouting, is a top-tier credential for girls as they enter their post–high school lives, enabling them to distinguish themselves in the college admissions process, earn college scholarships, and enter the military one rank higher.
  • No one does girl leadership better than we do. Compared to women who weren’t Girl Scouts in their youth, Girl Scout alumnae:
    • Are better educated and have more success in their careers 
    • Enjoy higher household and personal income
    • Are more active as mentors and community volunteers 
    • Have more confidence in themselves and their abilities
    • In the U.S., 90 percent of female astronauts, 80 percent of female tech leaders, 75 percent of current senators, and all U.S. Secretaries of State are Girl Scout alumnae.

At Girl Scouts, girls learn the skills, have the experiences, and cultivate the relationships that enable them to soar in life. From taking a night time hike under the stars to accepting a mission on the International Space Station; from lobbying the city council with her troop to holding a seat in Congress; from running her own cookie business today to tackling cybersecurity tomorrow—a Girl Scout is ready to change the world right now and accomplish big things in the future.

The need for female leadership has never been clearer or more urgent than it is today—and only Girl Scouts has the expertise to give girls and young women the tools they need for success.

Girl Scouts works. We’re committed to preparing the next generation of women leaders, and we’re here to stay.

Click here to find troops and other opportunities near you!

Robot-savvy Girl Scout depicted in new GE ad

More exciting news from Girl Scouts of the USA! The most recent addition to General Electric’s (GE’s) “imagination” campaign features a storyline with a Girl Scout. The 90-second clip, which can be found on YouTube and may soon be featured in movie theaters across the country, introduces viewers to “Molly,” a young girl who loves science and technology and invents clever ways to complete her chores. One of her best inventions comes at the 37-second mark, when we learn that Molly is a Girl Scout who has rigged up an ingenious way to sell Girl Scout Cookies from her bedroom.

GSUSA worked with GE’s creative agency to ensure the story aligned with the new G.I.R.L. (Go-getter, Innovator, Risk-taker, Leader)™ brand platform. Given the recent rollout of the new science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) badges, what better way to celebrate the relevancy and spirit of Girl Scouts than to highlight innovative young women in STEM?

Additionally, GSUSA is working with GE to incorporate a call to action in future iterations of the ad. Once the details are available, we will let you know. In the meantime, let’s applaud this opportunity to reach and inspire broad, diverse audiences!

Everything you need to know about the seven new outdoor badges

From Girl Scouts of the USA

Last month we introduced a whopping 23 new badges, and we’re proud to say that seven are focused on building girls’ outdoor skills and know-how. For each Girl Scout level, the Outdoor Journey is anchored by the newest Girls’ Choice badge: Troop Camping. Since 2015, we’ve invited girls to voice their opinion and vote for a new badge—and every year when the votes have been tallied, they’ve selected an outdoor theme! This year’s Troop Camping badge follows Art in the Outdoors (2016) and Outdoor Explorer (2015), proving that today’s girls want to challenge themselves, learn more about the natural world, and continue the Girl Scout tradition of having exciting outdoor experiences.

The outdoor badges and experiences are progressive, which will allow girls and troops to learn new skills, put the skills to use, and build on their knowledge year after year. From their first steps on a woodland path as Daisies to going survival camping as Ambassadors, girls will take the lead by planning their trips, practicing survival skills, and pushing themselves as they have unforgettable adventures.

For Daisies

Outdoor Art Maker: This first-ever badge for Daisies expands the Art in the Outdoors badge category to every grade level. Girls explore color and sound, challenging them to observe nature like an artist and preparing them to create their own outdoor art!

Troop Camping—Buddy Camper: Daisies start their camping journey by researching and writing a camping plan. By the time they’re heading home, they’ve learned how to prepare a simple meal, tie a square knot, stay safe outside, and protect nature—all while becoming comfortable hiking and camping!

For Brownies

Troop Camping—Cabin Camper: Brownies work together to research and write a plan in preparation for their troop camping trip. Once they head out, they learn all about camping gear and cook a simple meal outside. Girls walk away with foundational camping skills like following the Leave No Trace philosophy, building a fire safely, and tying a clove hitch knot.

For Juniors

Troop Camping—Eco Camper: Juniors choose their trip and write a camping plan that includes what gear to bring, a budget, and how to prepare for campsite weather and terrain. Before setting out, they learn the seven Leave No Trace principles that they will practice throughout their outdoor adventure. Girls have the chance to make a meal using a solar box cooker, select the perfect campsite, and take a conservation hike—all while learning to protect nature. 

For Cadettes


Troop Camping—Primitive Camping: Tackling activities such as backpacking, canoeing, or kayaking without the comforts of home is the goal for Cadettes while they earn this badge. Their trip will incorporate the basic skills they’ve already learned, like selecting gear, budgeting, and planning for weather and terrain (all while incorporating the Leave No Trace principles in everything they do). While camping, girls have the chance to prepare a dish from a faraway land, learn primitive camping skills like using a hatchet and building a shelter, become acquainted with water-purification basics, and tie a monkey fist knot.

For Seniors

Troop Camping—Adventure Camping: Mountain biking and kayaking are options for Seniors who are ready to go adventure camping. They’ll get ready by packing the appropriate gear, creating a budget, and monitoring the site’s weather and terrain. Every girl will learn wilderness first aid and physically prepare for an adventure trip. At the campsite, they’ll practice using a topographical map and compass and study meteorology to predict weather patterns and potential hazards. To preserve their memories and document the adventure, girls are encouraged to journal and take pictures. 

For Ambassadors

Troop Camping—Survival Camper: The survival camping trip is the perfect way for Ambassadors to prove their grit and learn to safely survive any emergency situation. Girls use their experience and knowledge to prepare a fully developed trip plan. At the campsite, they will start a fire with basic tools and find their way using landmarks and the sun. Girls will also be able to use their creativity to document their time as survival campers, whether through journaling, drawing, or photography. During every part of their experience, they’ll draw on the skills they have developed over the years to have a rich, rewarding outdoor adventure.

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Have s’more fun with the return of Girl Scout S’mores

From Girl Scouts of the USA

We’re excited to announce that our popular Girl Scout S’mores™ will return as part of the 2018 Girl Scout Cookie season lineup. With their debut last season, Girl Scout S’mores became the most popular flavor to launch in the 100 years of Girl Scouts selling cookies—whoa!

Starting next cookie season (we’re already counting down the days!), Girl Scout Cookie bosses across the United States will offer one of the two varieties of Girl Scout S’mores: one is a crispy graham cookie double dipped in a crème icing and enrobed in a chocolatey coating. The other is a crunchy graham sandwich cookie with creamy chocolate and marshmallowy filling, which is embossed with designs that honor Girl Scouts’ Outdoor badges.

Did you know the tradition of making and enjoying s’mores in the outdoors was popularized by Girl Scouts as early as the 1920s? What a sweet symbol of our commitment to all the outdoors has to offer girls! Speaking of which, our newest Outdoor badges and programming provide girls with even more opportunities to have outdoor adventures like going on eco-friendly camping trips, collecting environmental data, and navigating the wilderness.

In fact, according to a recent report, Girl Scouts are almost twice as likely as their non–Girl Scout peers to participate in outdoor activities (76 percent versus 43 percent). Which is one of many reasons why Girl Scouts have “s’more” fun and develop stronger leadership skills compared to non–Girl Scouts.

And thanks to the Girl Scout Cookie Program, your purchase helps fund these new adventures and life-changing opportunities for girls—from trips and community projects to summer camp and charitable donations. The more cookies you buy, the more you help today’s girls develop into tomorrow’s leaders!

For s’more info about Girl Scouts and how to join or volunteer, visit www.girlscouts.org/join.

“Girl Scout Voices Count” survey is here

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From Girl Scouts of the USA

At Girl Scouts, we care about your experience, good or bad, and we want to hear from you!

Girl Scouts of the USA is conducting a national survey with girls, parents/guardians, and troop volunteers called Girl Scout Voices Count to find out what’s working, and what’s not, in Girl Scouts. We will use your feedback to improve our services and programs.

The survey opens on April 3, 2017.  Be sure to check your email for the invitation to participate. As a thank you, everyone who completes the survey will be entered into a raffle to win one of twenty $50 gift cards! We can’t wait for you to make your voice count!

Got questions? For more information, email GSVoicesCount@girlscouts.org.

Girls create “Council’s Own” badge from Silver Award

Submitted by Kristin Coulter


Metro Denver

“I’ve never seen so many women bosses in one room!” That was the reaction one of the eleven members of Park Hill Girl Scout Troop 3573 had after the troop presented its Silver Award project to the Girl Scouts of Colorado Board of Directors. On presentation day, May 12th, the girls had found the board meeting room filled with more than 20 professional women, from around the state, eager to learn how the middle school troop was able to create a Girl Scouts of Colorado Council’s Own badge as a part of its Silver Award project.

What is the Silver Award? The Silver Award is the highest award a Cadette-level (6th-8th grade) Girl Scout can earn. The troop did their Silver Award project on urban orienteering. While the girls love getting outdoors and exploring nature, their reality is that they live in the city. As city dwellers, as well as being girls soon to be entering high school, they needed to know how to get around independently. They had lots of questions. Which side of the street has even numbers and which has odd? How can I tell which direction I’m traveling by the street signs? Given where I’m going, should I take the bus or light rail? How can I best keep my valuables safe? What’s my Plan B if my phone is out of power and I get separated from my friends or family? Completing the badge explores all these issues and more.

So the 7th and 8th grade troop members created a badge. But how did it get to be a Council’s Own badge and what is that anyway? A Council’s Own badge is a badge that is specific to the state in which it is created but it may also be earned by scouts outside of the state or council. To create the badge, the troop had to indicate to Girl Scouts of the USA (GSUSA) what Cadette scouts will learn by completing the badge. Following the format of every Girl Scout badge, the troop wrote five distinct badge step requirements as well as designed three detailed activity options for each requirement. The troop did all of this and submitted their application to GSUSA. The Girl Scouts of the USA approved it! The diamond-shaped badge depicting the downtown Denver skyline and the requirement to earn it will soon be available in the GSCO Council Shop.

After the presentation, the troop members reflected on their accomplishment. They took great pride when they realized that no one asked them to create a badge, especially not a statewide badge that got national approval. Seeing a need and filling it, that’s leadership. That’s how you get to be one of the women bosses in a room.

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The second annual Girls’ Choice Badges revealed at the Macy’s Flower Show at Herald’s Square

Photo courtesy of Macy’s

From Girl Scouts of the USA:

Yesterday, GSUSA celebrated the first day of spring by revealing the second annual Girls’ Choice badges at the grand opening of the 42nd annual Macy’s Flower Show at the NYC Herald Square location.

This year’s flower show theme, America the Beautiful, aligns with Girl Scouts’ Art in the Outdoors badge series that encourages all Girl Scouts—from urban areas to rural locations—to explore the art around them. This year’s badge series demonstrates the Girl Scout Movement’s commitment of more than a century to girls and the outdoors.

Girls’ Choice Outdoor badges will be shown in full bloom at Macy’s Herald Square from March 20 through April 3, 2016. The Girl Scout gardens, packed with colorful flowers in organic surroundings, will also be on display—showing that art is everywhere you look, from an urban garden to the intricate architecture of a skyscraper, from a rock sculpture to a vibrant sunset.

GSUSA released its first-ever Girls’ Choice badges last year to provide girls with beneficial experiences and enhance the Girl Scout Leadership Experience (GSLE). This was the first time girls had the opportunity to vote on a range of badge topics and designs. For the second year in a row, the Girls’ Choice badges theme is focused on the outdoors. The new Art in the Outdoors badges will inspire Girl Scouts to explore the art that exists all around them through fun activities like making “galaxy shirts” inspired by the night sky or filming an environmental documentary. Girls’ Choice Art in the Outdoors badges will be available through the Girl Scout Shop by June 15.

A special shout out to Girl Scouts of Greater New York who participated in Macy’s official ribbon-cutting ceremony and leading a simple nature journal craft activity for kids of all ages in celebration of Macy’s Family Fun Day. As part of yesterday’s flower show grand opening, Macy’s announced they will generously donate a variety of plants to Girl Scouts of Greater New York. The gesture speaks to both Girl Scouts’ ties to the outdoors as well as its legacy of girls taking action to make the world a better place. Girl Scouts in the New York area will plant the flowering shrubs, trees, and perennial flowers in two of GSGNY’s outdoor classrooms at its Camp Henry Kaufmann, located in Dutchess County, New York. The outdoor classrooms—The MetLife Butterfly Garden and Rita’s Organic Vegetable Garden—each play a leading role in the council’s environmental and outdoor leadership programming.

If you find yourself in NYC from now until April 3, swing by the Herald Square store to experience Art in the Outdoors at the Girl Scout displays.

GSUSA CEO to be inducted into STEM Leadership Hall of Fame


From Girl Scouts of the USA:

Girl Scouts of the USA Chief Executive Officer Anna Maria Chávez has long been a champion of making engagement with science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) a vital part of the Girl Scout experience.

Now, she’s being recognized for her leadership, guidance, and commitment toward improving STEM education—and advancing workforce development—as a recipient of a 2016 U.S. News STEM Leadership Hall of Fame award.

What’s more, Anna will be inducted into the STEM Leadership Hall of Fame during a special ceremony and keynote discussion at the STEM Solutions National Leadership Conference, on Thursday, May 19, 2016, at the Hilton in Baltimore, Maryland.

“America has a tremendous potential for economic growth by encouraging and supporting girls’ interest in science, technology, engineering, and math,” Anna explained. “When girls succeed, so does society.”

In addition to Anna, the incoming members of the 2016 U.S. News STEM Leadership Hall of Fame are: Norman C. Francis, president emeritus, Xavier University of Louisiana; Ellen Kullman, retired chair and chief executive officer, DuPont; Edward B. Rust Jr., chairman, State Farm Mutual Automobile Insurance Company; and John J. Tracy, Ph.D., chief technology officer, The Boeing Company.

“These five trailblazers are an inspiration to all of us and are a driving force as the nation strives to bolster its STEM pipeline and equip America’s students with the science and tech skills they’ll need for both their personal and professional lives,” said Brian Kelly, U.S. News editor and chief content officer.

U.S. News is honoring valued innovators and visionaries whose initiatives collectively act as a blueprint for solving the STEM crisis.

Way to go, Anna!

It’s time for the 2nd annual National Girl Scout Cookie Recipe Contest


Girl Scouts of the USA today announced the return of the National Girl Scout Cookie Recipe Contest, sponsored by Taste of Home, the leading multi-platform producer of information on food, cooking, and entertaining for home cooks around the world. From February 26 through March 25, Girl Scout cookie enthusiasts can create and submit their favorite dessert recipes using the iconic cookies as ingredients, for the chance to win prizes ranging from $250 to $500, plus a spotlight feature in Taste of Home magazine.

This year’s recipe contest kicks off during National Girl Scout Cookie Weekend (February 26–28), which has become a national holiday for Girl Scout Cookie fans. The weekend honors girls nationwide who positively impact their communities using their cookie earnings, funding “Take Action” projects and educational experiences such as raising awareness about Tourette’s syndrome and building a new storage shed for a school’s drama department. In short, selling cookies enables girls to make a difference that consumers support through their Girl Scout Cookie purchases. National Girl Scout Cookie Weekend also celebrates the essential “5 Skills” each #cookieboss learns through the Girl Scout Cookie Program—goal setting, decision making, money management, people skills, and business ethics—which are invaluable to a girl’s future.

“As we kick off National Girl Scout Cookie Weekend, I urge consumers to take pride in what buying a box of cookies really supports. Your purchase enables girls to learn important entrepreneurial skills and, through their earnings, positively impact their world,” said Anna Maria Chávez, CEO of Girl Scouts of the USA. “During this highly anticipated time of year, we are excited to collaborate withTaste of Home yet again, giving consumers a chance to share their fun and delicious cookie creations with the world while supporting girls. Now that’s a winning combination!”

The National Girl Scout Cookie Recipe Contest invites chefs of all levels, from home cooks to established professionals, to submit Girl Scout Cookie-inspired entries in one of four categories: (1) cakes, pies, cupcakes, (2) cookies, brownies, bars, (3) pudding, ice cream, gelatin desserts, and (4) candies. The culinary experts with the Taste of Home Test Kitchen, headquartered in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, will review and test each recipe, selecting the top 16—four from each category—based on taste, visual appeal, creativity, and crowd appeal.

From April 25 to May 1, members of the public will have a chance to vote for their favorite finalist recipes atgirlscouts.org/recipecontest. The recipes with the most votes in each category will win and be announced in May. Last year’s grand prize winner, 15-year-old Girl Scout Stephanie Salmento, created a recipe for Delightful Caramel Bars, a three-step, multilayered treat consisting of both Shortbreads/Trefoils and Caramel deLites/Samoas. The full recipes from all of last year’s 16 finalists—including delectable treats like Thin Mints Popcorn and Touch of Coconut Baklava—are available at girlscouts.org/recipes.

“As a Girl Scout alumna, I am so excited to be working with Girl Scouts for the second year in a row,” said Taste of Home Editor-in-Chief Catherine Cassidy. “We know how passionate people are about Girl Scout Cookies—last year’s contest received double the entries in half the amount of time of an average Taste of Home contest—and we can’t wait to see the delicious recipes entrants come up with this year!”

To learn more about the Girl Scout Cookie Program and to find Girl Scouts selling cookies near you, visit www.girlscoutcookies.org. To submit your favorite Girl Scout Cookie-inspired dessert recipe and view full contest guidelines, please visit girlscouts.org/recipecontest.

National Young Women of Distinction Livestream Tomorrow


Submitted by Aimee Bianca


Denver Metro

Need a daily dose of inspiration? Look no further than Girl Scout Gold Award recipients! The Girl Scout Gold Award, which turns 100 in 2016, represents the highest achievement in Girl Scouting. And GSUSA’s ten 2015 National Young Women of Distinction represent the best of the best—their Gold Award projects demonstrated extraordinary leadership, have had measureable impact (and are sustainable), and addressed a local, national, and/or global issue. Also, GSUSA is excited to announce the participation of Robin McGraw as master of ceremonies, Jessica Minhas as moderator, and Frances Hesselbein as special guests.

Girl Scouts will be hosting the ceremony tomorrow, October 7, at 4:30pm MDT via Live Stream and will be presenting a moderated in-depth discussion with each 2015 National Young Women of Distinction. Click here to join the National Young Women of Distinction livestream event: http://www.captureandreleasemedia.com/nywod15/.

Share your thoughts and support during the livestream on social media using the hashtag #NYWOD15. Click here to learn more about all about this year’s National Young Women of Distinction and their Gold Award projects. http://www.girlscouts.org/en/press-room/press-room/news-releases/2015-NYWOD.html?utm_campaign=NewsFromGS_20150830&utm_medium=email&utm_source=NYWODtext&spMailingID=8026152&spUserID=MTUwOTA0MjU4MTYS1&spJobID=743400774&spReportId=NzQzNDAwNzc0S0

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