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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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Family Experience, Volunteer Experience, Volunteers

Helping Girls Find Their Spark!

Everyone needs a spark in their lives. What is a spark? According to the Thrive Foundation for Youth a spark is a passion or skill that we feel deeply and helps us grow. They come from deep within and are a source of joy and energy. A spark can be many things from an interest in music, to a passion for animals, a love of one’s country, or a deep seated desire to help others. Why are sparks important? Research shows that children who know and develop their spark-and have adults who  ...

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Family Experience, General, Volunteer Experience

I Can’t Wait To…

What can’t you wait to see the girls in your group do this year?  Many Girl Scout groups take a break for the summer but it’s never too early to start the ball rolling for the new membership year.  In July, begin getting your first meeting date on your calendars.  While it’s important to make your plans based on what the girls are interested in, it’s also good to know what parents want their daughters to get out of Girl Scouting.  Send this video out to the parents  ...

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

Got The Travel Bug?

Every girl deserves the opportunity to see the world and Girl Scouting provides many different opportunities to make that happen. Girls love travelling and learning about themselves, different cultures and navigating maps, transportation and sightseeing. It is a great way to put all those leadership skills to work! Getaways are short term travel opportunities set up for troops or groups. GSUSA partners with several organizations that sponsor trips just for Girl Scouts! They provide a fun  ...

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