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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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Badges, Activities, & Beyond, Volunteer Experience

10 Awesome Ice Breaker Activities for Elementary School Girls

Just like you warm up before singing or exercising, sometimes you need to warm up in social groups, like troop meetings, to get the party started! Ice breaker activities help integrate everyone involved to a group environment, which can sometimes be a little uncertain at first. By starting your group with a short, simple activity, everyone can ease in and feel more comfortable participating. Ice breakers also help break up cliques and get everyone talking together. They build rapport with  ...

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