Girl Scouts of Western Ohio Blog

Badges, Activities, & Beyond, Ceremonies, Traditions, & Awards, General

Honor Martin Luther King Jr. through Service All Year Long

Martin Luther King Jr. was a civil rights leader who called for connection and community across all aspects of society. While he is most known for leading the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom in 1963, as well as his impactful “I Have a Dream” speech, Martin Luther King Jr. also believed in the power of service. As an honor and a reminder of the incredible achievements and leadership of Martin Luther King Jr., the third Monday of January — chosen as a celebration of King’s birthday —  ...

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Badges, Activities, & Beyond

4 Patch Programs to Explore in 2024

Girl Scouts of Western Ohio (GSWO) has several patch programs that girls can complete to commemorate fun moments, signify participation in an activity, and earn special insignia to attach to their uniforms. Patch programs are a great way to share a unique and tailored learning experience with Girl Scouts, especially one that highlights a topic not yet covered by badge options. What is the difference between patches and badges? Badges are official Girl Scouts of the USA (GSUSA) insignia  ...

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Badges, Activities, & Beyond, Family Experience, Volunteer Experience

Top 5 Reasons to Earn Girl Scout Badges

I began my Girl Scouting journey at 5 years old and had so much fun, I never left. Today, I’m a lifetime member and have made Girl Scouts my full-time job. Over many years, I managed to experience almost everything GSUSA’s National Program had to offer. If a new patch was released, I was ready to sign up — and to this day I am an avid patch collector. I loved the Highest Awards — the pins, what they represented, and what they taught me along the way, especially as I made a  ...

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Volunteer Experience, Volunteers

4 Tips for Successfully Managing Your Troop This Year

Troop management is about more than being in charge or having a special title; it’s recognizing that you’re part of a team, and understanding the team’s needs and interests. For volunteers, the start of a new Girl Scouting year is a great time to get excited about all the opportunities ahead of you—including the chance to help girls succeed, play a critical role in their lives, and watch them blossom! Whether you’re an experienced volunteer or a first-time leader, troop management is  ...

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