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What Girl Scouts Means to Me: Dr. Kristen Lear

From Girl Scout Night Hikes to Worldwide Bat Conservation Night hikes were always my favorite part of Girl Scout camp: the darkness surrounding us; the reflective eyes of hundreds of tiny spiders; the nearly silent wing beats of owls. And my favorite nighttime sound: the subtle clicks of bats as they echolocated through the sky in search of prey. I had always been intrigued by bats in spite of their misrepresentation in popular culture. They were an underdog: an animal critical to  ...

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Enough is enough.

As Girl Scouts, it is our duty to make the world a better place, and that includes standing against racism, violence, and hate. We understand and share the outrage felt by the country in wake of the shootings of Jacob Blake and many others who have fallen victim to this cycle of hate. We need to reiterate a very important fact: Black Lives Matter. Enough is enough. Girl Scouts strives to be a safe space for girls, families, and volunteers. We are fully committed to helping our communities  ...

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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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Simple Tips for Managing Group Behavior

You’ve heard that old saying, “it’s like herding cats.” Our hope is to keep that expression from describing your experience with your Girl Scout troop, so we have asked some experienced troop leaders and educators who work with youth every day for tips for managing group behavior. Adhere to a Troop Agreement Set clear expectations from the start to ensure all members (girls and adults!) are on the same page. A troop agreement is a compliment to the Girl Scout Promise & Law.  ...

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