Spring is finally here and with it excellent traveling weather. And you know what that means? It’s time for troop trips! While helping the girls plan and following these Six Steps to your Next Troop Adventure remember that our process for trip approval has changed. Here’s what you need to know before you go:
1. Notify us of the trip- we need to know when you go if you’re planning a day trip or overnight over 100 miles from your regular meeting location or participating in a high-risk activity. The exception to the rule is if you’ve reserved one of our properties or registered for a council program event. How do you notify us? It’s simple. Just fill out the Troop Trip and Activity Notification Form online a month ahead for day trips, overnights of 1-4 nights, or high risk activities and 6 months ahead of the trip date for trips lasting 5 or more nights and international trips.
2. Automatic approval if trained and notified for trips less than 5 nights or non-international- You asked for it to be faster and we heard you. Now volunteers who have completed the home study Troop Trip and Overnight Planning Manual and have notified us of the trip are automatically approved! If your trip is 5 nights or more or you’ll be traveling internationally you’ll be contacted by staff when you submit your trip notification form about extra forms or information needed for trip approval.
Not sure where to go? Here are a few of our more Popular Troop Trip Destinations and Getaways for troops and individual girls. So what are you waiting for? Gather your girls and start planning your next trip!
Happy Girl Scout week! Today we honored 25 girls from across Western Ohio who achieved the highest honor in Girl Scouting-the Gold Award! This prestigious award challenged each girl to change the world—or at least her corner of it, by identifying a community problem and taking action to help solve or lessen the problem not only in the short term, but for years into the future.
In a ceremony featuring Hope Taft, former first lady of Ohio, as the keynote speaker and attended by the award recipients, their families, friends, and dignitaries from across our regions these exceptional girls were recognized for their achievements at the Schuster Performing Arts Center Wintergarden in Dayton, OH on March 8th, 2015.
The girls’ projects and the need they addressed were as diverse as the interests and communities that each girl represents, but each project challenged the girls to become leaders by collaborating with organizations and individuals in their communities, recruiting and training volunteers, creating a lasting change in their community through a sustainable project, and educating others on this community need. We hope you’ll join us in celebrating their immense achievement and wishing them well in all of their future endeavors.
Gold Award Recipients of 2015, we salute you! Next year will be the 100th anniversary of this prestigious award. We can’t wait to see what amazing projects the 2016 Gold girls have in store for us.
We’re gearing up to kick off Girl Scout week 2015 on March 8th here in Western Ohio. We know what you’re thinking…isn’t every week Girl Scout week? Well yes, but everyone loves an extra reason to celebrate. Every year girls, alumnae, and volunteers across the nation celebrate a week in March, starting with Girl Scout Sunday and ending with Girl Scout Sabbath on Saturday that always includes March 12, the day when Juliette Gordon Low officially registered the first 18 girl members in 1912.
To help you plan your celebration we’ve revisiting last year’s post 10 Ways to Celebrate Girl Scout Week! Need more? Here are some more awesome ideas to make your Girl Scout week celebration the best yet!
- Create a “Birthday Party in a Bag” and present it to a local shelter.
- Contact the Activity Director at a local senior citizen home and offer to plan and put on the March birthday party for residents.
- Plant a tree or beautify an area in honor of Girl Scout Birthday Week.
- Serve at your place of worship: be the greeter, usher or do a flag ceremony.
- Do something nice for someone else. Pass out smiley face stickers. Grab a trash bag and clean up the environment around your home or troop meeting site. A great excuse to get outside and enjoy the non-below zero temperatures!
- Follow the ideas planned out by Girl Scouts of North Carolina Coastal Pines! These are awesome.
- Make or do 103 somethings! This year marks Girl Scouts’ 103rd birthday- why not blow out 103 candles (maybe not all at once though- fire hazard!) or recruit friends and family to send 103 “thank you for your service” cards to soldiers overseas?
The possibilities are endless. Start planning your Girl Scout week celebration now!
President John F. Kennedy famously said “One person can make a difference, and everyone should try.” For over 100 years Girl Scouts across the nation have been making a difference by serving others, be it the girl in the next tent, the park down the street, or the community at large. Now you can be recognized for that service through The President’s Volunteer Service Award.
Never heard of it? The award recognizes, celebrates and inspires community service leaders and volunteers to take positive action that changes the world. Americans of all ages – from youth (5 years) to adults– are invited to participate and be recognized by our nation’s president for being active citizens.
What are the requirements? Citizens must have achieved the required number of hours of service over a 12-month time period or cumulative hours over the course of a lifetime. Families and groups can also earn the award together. Click here for more detailed information about the criteria, requirements, and a chart of award types and hourly requirements.
As a certifying organization Girl Scouts of Western Ohio gave out 10 awards for a total of 934 service hours in 2014 and 6 awards for a total of 676 service hours in 2013. That represents only a tiny microcosm of all of girls, volunteers, and service hours our members give to their communities each year and we’d love to recognize more of our members in 2015.
On this President’s Day let’s celebrate the vital role individual volunteers play in making a difference, and remember as Ronald Reagan said “no matter how big and powerful government gets, and the many services it provides, it can never take the place of volunteers.” Check out these Volunteer Stories to hear in their own words how their volunteer activities changed not only the lives of others, but theirs as well and get inspired to begin your own volunteer story. If anyone from our council is interested in earning the award, contact Elizabeth Vessell, Program & Partnerships Team Leader, Cincinnati at ElizabethVessell@GSWO.ORG for more information.