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Meet the Black Women Who Desegregated Girl Scouts

When Juliette Gordon Low started Girl Scouts in 1912, she founded it on the principle that it would be a space for “all girls.” Black girls were proud to be a part of the third troop ever formed in 1913 in New Bedford, Massachusetts, and in 1917, the first all-Black Girl Scout troops were established. Despite these instances of inclusion for all girls, Black girls were still being excluded from participation by segregation laws across the United States. In a private letter, Low  ...

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Badges, Activities, & Beyond, Volunteer Experience

Use Your Resources Wisely in 2020

This year seems to have brought us one challenge after another, forcing many of us to work and connect in ways we have not navigated before. However, as Girl Scouts we are go-getters, innovators, risk takers and leaders! We are resilient and capable, and if anyone can make it through the challenges of 2020 successfully, its Girl Scouts. Now, possibly more than ever, girls are looking to you for a consistent, reliable, and stable presence in their lives. So how do you do this in the virtual  ...

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Family Experience, Volunteer Experience

The Importance of Showing Up: How Girl Scouts Changed Our Family’s Life, and What Being a Dad Troop Leader Means to Me

Guest Post by Chuck Sambuchino When someone asks me how I became a Girl Scout Daisy troop leader, I always answer: “By accident.” In early 2018, my marriage ended, and the split was tough for our daughter, Geneva. Geneva was lonely and I felt powerless to ease her pain. Then I got an idea. At the time, Geneva was enrolled at a very small school and hadn’t made many friends. I wanted her to transfer to a bigger school for first grade. A bigger school meant more community and chances at  ...

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Badges, Activities, & Beyond, Volunteer Experience

4 Awesome Ice Breaker Activities for High School Girls

It’s your first troop meeting or perhaps you’re running an event for Senior and Ambassador Girl Scouts. You’ve got a group of teenage girls that may or may not know one another, and they’ve grown up in the age of digital communication, so verbal communication can be a tough sell. Icebreakers are only effective if you have willing participants and let’s be honest, teenagers don’t always fit that role. On top of the block in verbal communication skills, there are the social risks involved…  ...

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