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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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Ceremonies, Traditions, & Awards

Our Gold Shines Bright: Dhira’s Story

My name is Dhira, and I was honored to be one of this year’s Gold Award Girl Scouts in western Ohio. For my Gold Award project, I started an online privacy campaign. After Googling my sister for the fun of it, I found a website displaying her name, birthday, address, and phone number. Appalled by how much of our personal information is easily available online, I decided to address the issue of data brokers, or websites that sell personal information. I gave presentations at community  ...

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Alumnae, Badges, Activities, & Beyond

Alum Stories: Rebecca’s Beautiful Adventure in Girl Scouts

When I was in kindergarten, I remember my mom showing me a colorful flyer covered in flowers and dragging me to my church’s basement after dinner. It wasn’t for religious education, but rather to go to my first Daisy meeting. It was the start of a beautiful adventure in Girl Scouts that ran all through my academic career to the present day and my lifetime membership. My Girl Scout experience was full of badges, crafts, and programs at council headquarters. As an adult, I can  ...

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Ceremonies, Traditions, & Awards

Guest Editorial: The Agents of Change in Troop 11108

I have been involved with Girl Scouts for over 50 years. First as a Girl Scout, then as a co-leader of my daughter’s troop and now as co-leader of my grand daughter’s troop with Leaders Kimberly Vaculik (my daughter) and Jen Mentzer. Troop 11108 is an amazing group of curious, smart, and community caring young ladies. Their first year as Juniors, they knew they wanted to pursue their Bronze Award. To achieve that goal, we spent several months working on their Agent of Change Journey. They  ...

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