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Girl Guide and Girl Scout Connections:  From Zambia to Colorado

Update as of August 15, 2019: A troop has been found for this opportunity.

** Girl Scouts of Colorado is looking for a troop of Girl Scout Juniors and/or Cadettes to continue communication with the Girl Guides in Zambia. Communication will be virtual via troop leaders and may be limited due to access to technology in Zambia. If interested, please email aimee.artzer@gscolorado.org. **

64 Girl Guides in Kabwe, Zambia recently learned about their American counterparts, Girl Scouts. The Zambian girls were pleased to hear that the Colorado Girl Scouts like many of the same activities as they do, such as reading, cooking, and hanging out with friends. They also share a commitment to service and aspire to become doctors, teachers, nurses, or entrepreneurs. Unlike Colorado girls, who might enjoy skiing, Zambian girls have never seen snow in their Texas-size country, which is about as far south of the equator as Honduras is north of it.

Seanna Silver, a lifetime Girl Scout, was honored to spend time with the Kabwe Girl Guides troop (or “company” as it is called in Zambia) on July 20, 2019. Seanna traveled to Zambia to visit her mother-in-law, Martha King, who’s serving there as a Peace Corps Response Volunteer working in HIV prevention. Martha was integral in reaching out to the Kabwe troop, coordinating with the Girl Guides leader, and setting up this special meeting.

Seanna shared information with the Kabwe girls about Girl Scouts and gave each one a special Colorado Tomahawk Ranch patch. She also taught them the Girl Scout Promise & Law and how to sing “Make New Friends.” The girls caught on quickly and sang beautifully. As a music teacher, Seanna was then delighted to learn a couple of the Zambian troop’s songs.

In the spirit of “making new friends,” the girls wrote letters to send to some Colorado girls, decorating them with colorful designs. Mwenzi, who’s 13 and in 9th grade, explained that “in our country we call Girls Scouts as Girl Guides, and I am so happy to write this letter to you.” She aspires to become a doctor, “so that I can help my country.”

15-year-old Anna wrote, “Please you should come in Zambia to see me, and I should like you to teach me English.” Although Zambia’s official language is English, most Zambians start home life speaking one of 72 indigenous languages or dialects. Most only begin to learn English once they attend school, and by fourth grade, they are taught exclusively in English. Many Zambians speak at least three languages.

Also 15, Charity would like to become a doctor or police officer, “so that there can be world peace.” She especially likes the good values and morals taught in her weekly Girl Guide meetings. Her 14-year-old friend, Rosemary, a chocolate fan, wants to become a nurse or a teacher. Rosemary enjoys singing the’ “Be Prepared” song, noting that their motto, like the Girl Scouts, is to “be prepared.” Doreen would like to know how Colorado girls learn about starting and growing a business. Her favorite pastimes include swimming, dancing, cooking, and singing Gospel songs.

The girls asked about what Colorado girls like to do, are eager to hear from some of them, and hope to make new friends!

Seanna was inspired to make this connection to carry on Eleanor Silver’s legacy with the Girl Scouts of Colorado. Special thanks to John Silver, Girl Scout volunteer, who had a big idea that became a reality.

Look Wider International Travel Fund: 2019 Recipients

Congratulations to Girl Scout alumnae Kayleigh Cornell and Caroline Farmar! They were each awarded $500 from the RaeAnn & Richard E. Dougherty Look Wider International Travel Fund for 2019.  Both will participate in The Juliette Low Seminar, the flagship leadership development event for the World Association of Girl Scouts and Girl Guides (WAGGGS). Kayleigh will travel to England, hosted by Pax Lodge World Centre in the Europe Region. Caroline will travel to Lebanon, hosted by Association des Guides Du Liban in the Arab Region.

Nearly 1,000 WAGGGS members from 150 countries will travel to 20 different host countries to make new friends, connect with different cultures, and exchange ideas on leadership and gender equality.  The seminar takes place November 14-20, 2019.

Are you a G.I.R.L. between the ages of 12 and 30 who can’t wait to share in the international sisterhood of Girl Scouts?  If you are traveling independently with a global-friendship focus, check out Look Wider to help fund your trip: https://www.girlscoutsofcolorado.org/content/dam/girlscoutsofcolorado/documents/Look%20Wider%20Travel%20Scholarship%205-19%20update.pdf .

Read more here:  https://www.girlscoutsofcolorado.org/en/our-program/ways-to-participate/travel.html.

Apply now: https://www.girlscoutsofcolorado.org/en/for-volunteers/forms-and-resources/scholarship-application.html.

Help GSCO celebrate International Women’s Day

Girl Scouts of Colorado is excited to celebrate International Women’s Day and we are asking YOU to help.

International Women’s Day on March 8, 2019 is one of the nine Global Action Days that Girl Guides and Girl Scouts across the globe celebrate each year. The Global Action Days Toolkit provides wonderful tools and resources for how to celebrate each of these exciting days: https://www.girlscoutsofcolorado.org/content/dam/girlscoutsofcolorado/documents/globalactiondaystoolkit_final_aug2018.pdf

The goal of International Women’s Day is to bring to focus the inequality of women throughout the world and how it impacts the progress of girls.

For our part, GSCO wants to invite you to participate in a video project. On March 8, we are celebrating International Women’s Day with #PressforProgress and aiming to enhance gender equality.

Want to be part of the movement? You can!

We are asking you to submit a 15 second video of answering one question: What does equality mean to you?

Get your troop together and ask a parent or your leader for help. We need YOU to help make a difference. The videos will be edited into one compilation video that will launch on GSCO’s social media channels on International Women’s Day.

Tips and Tricks:

  • The video is no longer than 15 seconds
  • If recording on a phone, make sure it is horizontal (the long side of your phone is parallel with the ground)
  • Think of creative ways to make your video (one creative way- https://youtu.be/i7aQNYUBpak )

Deadline: February 20, 2019

Please send your videos and any questions to: cornell.kayleigh@gmail.com

Kayleigh is a 2017 Gold Award Girl Scout, a sophomore at CU Boulder, and is an intern for the Global Action Committee. She is creating events for the Global Action Days and showcasing members of the Global Action Committee.

Planning a World Thinking Day event? GSCO wants to hear from you!

In preparation for 2019 World Thinking Day, the GSCO Global Action Committee wants to hear from you about the exciting plans you’ve been working on for this time-honored event. If you are planning a World Thinking Day celebration, please fill out the form linked below so the Global Action Committee can compile data and help you make your celebration the best it can be!

If you haven’t already, check out the blog about this year’s theme for World Thinking Day – Leadership! Even if your plans are already well on their way to completion, we encourage all service units and leaders to utilize the Activity Guide and Global Action Toolkit in planning their World Thinking Day events, all links are below.

World Thinking Day Event Notification:

https://gscolorado.formstack.com/forms/2019_global_action_committee_world_thinking_day_event_notification

2019 World Thinking Day Theme and Toolkits:

http://gscoblog.org/2018/11/2019-world-thinking-day-theme-and-toolkits/

Activity Guide for Girl Scout Daisies, Brownies, and Juniors:

https://www.girlscouts.org/content/dam/girlscouts-gsusa/forms-and-documents/For-Girls/think-global/GSUSA_World-Thinking-Day_18_Activities%20DBJ-B.pdf

Activity Guide for Girl Scout Cadettes, Seniors, and Ambassadors:

https://www.girlscouts.org/content/dam/girlscouts-gsusa/forms-and-documents/For-Girls/think-global/GSUSA_World-Thinking-Day_18_Activities%20CSA-B.pdf

Check out the Global Action Toolkit for more information on celebrating global action days throughout the year:

https://www.girlscoutsofcolorado.org/content/dam/girlscoutsofcolorado/documents/globalactiondaystoolkit_final_aug2018.pdf

Questions? Email gscoglobal@gmail.com

Global leadership opportunity: 2019 Juliette Low Seminar

Girl Scouts of the USA (GSUSA) is seeking 26 participants ages 18–30 to attend the 2019 Juliette Low Seminar, an international leadership development program led by WAGGGS and focused on breaking gender barriers to leadership to drive change. The seminar will take place November 14–20, 2019, simultaneously in 20 “hub” locations around the world, including the in United States.

Applicants must be 18-30 years old and members of the Global Leadership Opportunities (GLO) Pool (or submit their application for the GLO Pool at the same time).

Applications are linked below and due by December 28, 2018. FAQs are also linked for more information.

Questions? Email Anne Canter at GSUSA at globalgirlscouting@girlscouts.org

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Join the Our Cabana trip and get two for one price

Submitted by Theresa Szczurek

Northern & Northeastern CO

Boulder

Girl Scout Troop 70007 (Senior / Ambassador troop from Boulder) needs your help to get FIVE more registration commitments to join in the June 2 – June 10, 2019  ‘Acapulco Adventure II’ at the WAGGGS World Center Our Cabana. ALSO, there is a special ‘two for one’ all-inclusive price offer for relatives for those who commit in 2018 — bring mother / daughter, father / daughter, two sisters, two adults, etc. and the $1400 program fee covers two of you.

Registrants must be at least 13-years-old. We need a commitment soon or the program will be cancelled. More info: https://www.wagggs.org/en/events/acapulco-adventure-ii-at-our-cabana-2019/.

If you are interested or have questions, email girlscouttroop70007@gmail.com.

This is a girl-led troop and a girl-led trip. Grace F., Girl Scout Ambassador who is a Senior at Boulder High School, is the trip coordinator and go-getter. She has researched and organized the trip plan, including the budget. Grace, girl troop leader of Troop 70007, is taking the initiative to make this experience happen. Why? She wants to visit the WAGGGS World Center Our Cabana, meet other Girl Scouts from around the world, and do the sea turtle service project at Acapulco.

This story was submitted using the Share Your Stories form. You can share your Girl Scout moments, too.

How to use the Global Action Days Toolkit

Every Girl Scout is part of a special group of girls that stretches not just across the United States, but around the world. Girl Scouts of the USA (GSUSA) is a member of the World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts (WAGGGS), which includes 10 million girls in 150 countries. All those girls, in all those countries, are working to make the world a better place.

Throughout the year, girls have the opportunity to work together and participate in Girl Scout programming that relates to different global issues affecting women and girls. This toolkit describes nine international days and is designed to help volunteers engage with Girl Scouts on these global days of action.

The program for each global action day in the toolkit includes:

  •  A description of the day
  • Why Girl Scouts celebrate the day
  • Any program or content notes related to sensitive issues
  • Activities by program grade level (Daisy/Brownie/Junior and Cadette/Senior/Ambassador) and/or activities suitable for all ages
  • Journey and badge connections
  • Suggestions for community service or partnerships
  • Additional resources and references

As girls learn about and explore the issues surrounding a particular day, they may be inspired to engage in community service or even complete a Take Action project. Depending on the program grade
level of the Girl Scouts, these could be used as an option for a Journey Take Action project or lead to a highest award project.
Journey and badge connections are listed for each day of action.

Suggestions for community service are listed in each global action day section, and additional information on different community
service and Take Action projects on page 8. Some activities in this toolkit are applicable to multiple days. It is okay to use the resources
and activities for one day in developing a program for another, similar day.

In addition to this program toolkit, councils will be provided with partnership and social media  resources related to each day on a quarterly basis.

Many of the activities in this toolkit address issues that girls in Girl Scouts face. Be sensitive  to the challenges and experiences of the girls in your troop or group as you explore these topics.

TIPS AND TRICKS

Make sure you have a reasonable understanding of the issue or topic addressed by a global action day before sharing it with girls. We have you covered—you’ll find additional resources and background materials listed in the resources section for each global action day. You don’t have to know everything, but you should have a basic understanding of the topics you’ll be covering and the confidence to look up specific information if girls ask a question to which you don’t know the answer. This shows girls that it’s okay not to be “perfect” and encourages them to learn along with you.

You may also want to ask an expert to share their knowledge and experiences with your troop. Depending on the global action day you are celebrating, this may mean reaching out to a local company or nonprofit organization, university, or government office. For example, on World Environment Day, you might invite an environmental scientist to your meeting to discuss the environment in your community and the way global issues, such as climate change, habitat loss, or natural disasters, have impacted the environment where you live. You may even tap experts within your own personal or professional networks who would love to share their expertise with your troop.

This toolkit includes nine global action days. Don’t try to cover them all, at least not right away. Talk with girls about the days that are most interesting to them, and start with those activities. Some of the days fall quite close together, so you may also want to rotate days through different years. For example, this year you might explore information and communication technology (ICT) topics to participate in Girls in ICT Day, which takes place on the fourth Thursday in April, and next year, you might celebrate Global Action Week for Education, which falls on the third or fourth week in April. Infuse a global perspective in all your activities, not just on these days. Everything we do in Girl Scouts, we do as part of a global sisterhood, 10 million girls strong. When you go hiking or camping, talk with your girls about ways we can all enjoy and protect our planet. When you are volunteering at your local food bank, remember that hunger is a problem everywhere in the world and that by addressing it in your local community, you are helping to solve a global problem. Even when you are just playing, take a moment to remember that all girls enjoy having fun and all girls deserve the opportunity to play. These simple connections remind Girl Scouts that they are part of a community much bigger than themselves.

BUILDING SAFE SPACE

Many of the topics addressed by the days of action in this toolkit can be sensitive and challenging for girls to learn about. At the same time, these issues can deeply motivate girls to take action and create positive change. So it’s critical that girls are able to explore these issues in a safe and supportive environment. Some suggestions for building this safe space within your troop or group meeting are:

  • Let girls and parents know ahead of time what’s on the table for discussion during the meeting. You don’t have to go into the full meeting plan, but it’s a good idea to give them a head’s up so that they can plan and prepare together and you can obtain the necessary permissions, especially if you’ll be addressing sensitive issues. A sample copy of a sensitive issues permission form is found in the appendix of this toolkit.
  • Begin with an icebreaker or trust game, even if group members have known each other for a while. It helps to reinforce a sense of group cohesion.
  • Set a group contract with the girls. This is a good idea to do with any group, regardless of what you’re doing, because it empowers them to discuss and agree on how to treat each other and to establish group norms. Let girls come up with their own rules and discuss them until there is consensus. Some questions you may want to ask girls are:
    • What would make this a safe and respectful place for us to be?
    • What would be good ways to treat each other?
    • What group rules do you have in other places, like at school or in sports? Which ones apply here?
    • How will we make sure we all follow this agreement?
    • Girl Scouts is a girl-led and challenge-by-choice environment.

Make sure girls can opt out if they are uncomfortable or if they need a moment to process. Let them know some good ways to do that, such as going to the bathroom or getting a drink of water. Come up with a signal that girls can use to let you know if they’d like
to talk to you privately about what they’re feeling.

THE ENTIRE GLOBAL ACTION DAYS TOOLKIT CAN BE ACCESSED VIA THE GLOBAL GIRL SCOUT SECTION OF ANYTIME ACTIVITIES: https://www.girlscoutsofcolorado.org/content/girlscoutsofcolorado/en/events/anytime-activities.html

Introducing the Global Action Toolkit

Every Girl Scout is part of a special group of girls that stretches not just across the United States, but around the world. Girl Scouts of the USA (GSUSA) is a member of the World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts (WAGGGS), which includes 10 million girls in 150 countries. All those girls, in all those countries, are working to make the world a better place.

Throughout the year, girls have the opportunity to work together and participate in Girl Scout programming that relates
to different global issues affecting women and girls. This toolkit describes nine international days and is designed to help volunteers engage with Girl Scouts on these global days of action.

What Is Global Girl Scouting?

Global means relating to the whole world. A global organization is worldwide and international, and from our very beginning, the Girl Guide and Girl Scout Movement has been international in nature.

In 1909, Sir Robert Baden-Powell, founder of the Boy Scouts in the United Kingdom, held the first Boy Scout rally at a park in London called the Crystal Palace. As they gathered, a group of girls marched onto the Crystal Palace and demanded to be able to participate. Seeing the passion and commitment of these girls, Baden-Powell turned to his sister Agnes Baden-Powell to begin the Girl Guide/Girl Scout Movement. Soon after, groups started in the United
Kingdom, Australia, Canada, Denmark, Finland, New Zealand, and South Africa.

A few years later, in 1912, Juliette Gordon Low met Baden-Powell and discovered her life’s purpose in Girl Scouting. She founded three troops of Girl Guides in London and Scotland before returning to the United States to found Girl Scouts of the USA, and start the first Girl Scout troop in Savannah, Georgia, on March 12, 1912.

From that first meeting of 18 girls, Girl Scouts pushed boundaries—welcoming girls across class, cultural, and ethnic lines to ensure all girls, including those with disabilities, had a place to grow and develop their leadership skills. They played basketball. They hiked, swam, and camped. They learned to read the world around them for instance, earning badges by studying a foreign language or learning to tell time by the stars.

Girl Scouting continued to expand its reach to more and more girls, with the first Girl Scout troops launching outside the United States in China, Syria, and Mexico. Lone Troops on Foreign Soil (now called USA Girl Scouts Overseas) registered its first Girl Scout troop in Shanghai, China, with 18 girls in 1925.6 Today, Girl Scouts of the USA includes 2 million Girl Scouts in 92 countries around the world.
Juliette Gordon Low said it best when she declared, “Girl Scouting and Girl Guiding can be the magic thread which
links the youth of the world together.” For over 100 years, the Girl Scout and Girl Guide Movement has brought girls
together in a global sisterhood to make the world a better place.
There are many ways for girls to engage with this global sisterhood throughout their Girl Scout experience. Whether it
is exploring global issues through a Girl Scout Journey, earning their Global Action award, or traveling with a Girl Scout
Destination, girls can engage with global issues at every program grade level.

This toolkit—for learning about or taking part in nine global action days—is a resource for councils and volunteers to help girls connect to our global Movement and to the issues that affect girls around the world.

Stay tuned for more blog posts about the Global Action Toolkit! Information such as how to use the toolkit and how to celebration each Global Action Day is coming next.

You can access the entire Global Action Days Toolkit under the Global Girl Scout section of Anytime Activities: https://www.girlscoutsofcolorado.org/content/girlscoutsofcolorado/en/events/anytime-activities.html

Questions? Email gscoglobal@gmail.com

Tour of Nations 2019

Submitted by Sharon Manning

Northern & Northeastern CO

Longmont

Troop 73392 is hosting Tour of Nations on March 17, 2019 at the Boulder County Fairgrounds exhibit building in Longmont.

The theme for World Thinking Day in 2019 is “Celebrating 110 years of Adventure.” Join the adventure by hosting a country from the WAGGGS website or visiting the event as a tourist.

Several countries have already been chosen, such as Australia, Greece, Holland, and Colombia , so gather your Girl Scout sisters and start planning!

For more information, please visit the GSCO website/event calendar or contact Sharon Manning at sharon_colorado@msn.com for a  flyer.

This story was submitted using the Share Your Stories form. You can share your Girl Scout moments, too.

Earn the 2018 World Thinking Day patch

Girl Scouts can earn the 2018 GSUSA World Thinking Day patch this year through World Thinking Day activities. GSUSA offers two tracks for the patch program – one for Daisies, Brownies, and Juniors and one for Cadettes, Seniors, and Ambassadors. This is an official GSUSA patch that can be worn on the front of a Girl Scout uniform. As troops and service units plan their activities for World Thinking Day, consider trying one or more activities to help girls earn the World Thinking Day patch.

World Thinking Day is celebrated on February 22 each year by Girl Scouts and Girl Guides in 150 countries. It’s a way to celebrate the global sisterhood of Girl Scouts as girls across the world work on the same activities.

This year’s theme is “Impact.” Girl Scouts will think about what it means to make a personal impact, bringing changes to an individual’s development as well as a wider impact, bringing changes to a wider group of people. If your troop would like to expand its knowledge about the international sisterhood of Girl Scouts, the World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts has an activity guide based on the 2018 theme “Impact,” which can be found at www.worldthinkingday.org.

You can get the World Thinking Day patch through the GSCO shop. You can purchase it in our store or call 1-855-472-7026. To learn more about GSUSA’s World Thinking Day patch program, go to https://goo.gl/zpHc7y.