Girl Scouts of Western Ohio Blog

Family Experience, Volunteer Experience

The Importance of Showing Up: How Girl Scouts Changed Our Family’s Life, and What Being a Dad Troop Leader Means to Me

Guest Post by Chuck Sambuchino When someone asks me how I became a Girl Scout Daisy troop leader, I always answer: “By accident.” In early 2018, my marriage ended, and the split was tough for our daughter, Geneva. Geneva was lonely and I felt powerless to ease her pain. Then I got an idea. At the time, Geneva was enrolled at a very small school and hadn’t made many friends. I wanted her to transfer to a bigger school for first grade. A bigger school meant more community and chances at  ...

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Parents, Volunteers

5 Ways to Inspire Children to Love Nature

by Sarah Haney When children spend time outdoors, amazing things happen! Study after study shows that there are great benefits to daily time spent outdoors for children (and adults too!). So how do you inspire kids to get outdoors and love the natural world? Here’s a few ideas for you to try: 1. Bring nature down to their size Nature can be intimidating for children. Think of how tall a tree is to a 5-year-old or how long a hike around a lake might be for a 7-year-old. When you are a  ...

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Badges, Activities, & Beyond

Tips for Pursuing Your Girl Scout Highest Award During a Global Pandemic

You had big plans for 2020. THIS was going to be the year where you took action to better your community, and to complete your Bronze, Silver, or even your Gold Award. Maybe you had spent countless hours brainstorming ideas, researching, community networking, and planning out your project. Maybe you were hoping to start brainstorming project ideas with your troop this spring. And then, in March, a global pandemic hit and you put your plans on hold for what you hoped would just be a few  ...

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General

Standing Together Against Racism

We stand together as Girl Scouts against racism, violence, and hate. We share the grief and outrage felt by the country in the wake of the deaths of George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, and too many others. We cherish the diversity within our council, our communities, and our Girl Scout families. And we acknowledge the wide range of emotions and reactions we are experiencing right now: hurt, outrage, guilt, fear, confusion, and more. It is hard to know where to begin, how to help,  ...

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