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Girl Scout Traditions: World Thinking Day

Girl Scouts are part of a global sisterhood stretching around our planet like a giant sparkling friendship bracelet. And we celebrate that sisterhood with Girl Scouts and Girl Guides from 146 different countries every year on February 22 during World Thinking Day (WTD)! Thinking Day is a day of international friendship for 10 million Girl Guides and Girl Scouts around the world. Each year the World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts (WAGGGS) chooses a theme, and in 2019 that theme  ...

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Ceremonies, Traditions, & Awards, Girls

7 Essentials of a Gold Award Project

Are you starting to consider ideas for your Gold Award project? Do you need a little guidance on what we really mean when the Gold Award Guidelines state that you are on your honor to uphold the Standards of Excellence? Let’s break down some of the essential components of a Gold Award (or any Take Action Project) to consider as you start to plan your project. 1. There is a connection to a national or global issue. As you are using your values and skills to choose which issue in your  ...

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Ceremonies, Traditions, & Awards, Girls

Highest Awards: Examples of Community Needs for Your Take Action Project

When planning your Take Action project, sometimes it’s hard to identify a broad community issue to later focus your research and investigative efforts around. That’s one reason why the Girl Scout Journeys already have themes that walk you through discovering more about a topic, making connections with the issue locally and globally, and using the things you discovered and the connections you identified as a guide when planning your Take Action project. But when you’re  ...

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Girl Scout Traditions: SWAPS

Is your group attending a large Girl Scout event this year? Make it even more fun and meaningful by creating SWAPS together. What is a SWAP you ask? The traditional definition is Special Whatchamacallits Affectionately Pinned Somewhere. SWAPS are a long standing Girl Scout tradition and while no one is really sure when they became part of our history, girls through the decades have enjoyed exchanging them when they meet new people. Here is a great video from Girl Scouts of Atlanta on SWAPS.  ...

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