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Badges, Activities, & Beyond

The Missing Link: Demystifying Girl Scout Journeys

When we talk Girl Scout National Program, we are referring to the many program elements that help to make up the Girl Scout Leadership Experience (GSLE). These elements include the tradition of learning new skills through badge work, working to build leadership skills, and opportunities and make the world a better place by earning awards such as the Bronze, Silver, and Gold Awards. Both of these long standing traditions are fairly well-known to the Girl Scout community and even the general  ...

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Badges, Activities, & Beyond, Volunteers

Know Before You Go: Girl Scout Safety Activity Checkpoints

Girls love going on adventures with Girl Scouts. Trying new activities, building skills (and memories), and challenging yourself are essential to the Girl Scout experience! But as your girls stretch their boundaries and start planning ALL THE THINGS they want to do this troop year, how do you find out what’s needed for each individual activity? Safety Activity Checkpoints to the rescue! What are Safety Activity Checkpoints? Follow this link to a previous post where we answer that  ...

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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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Badges, Activities, & Beyond, Ceremonies, Traditions, & Awards, Cookies & Beyond

5 Next Level S’mores Recipes for Your Next Campfire

Is a campfire even complete without indulging in a crispy, gooey s’more!? We think not. In fact, did you know that Girl Scouts is credited with the first published s’more recipe? Yep! In 1927, Girl Scouts published, “Tramping and Trailing with Girl Scouts” which featured tips and guidelines for safely leading girls in outdoor experiences, such as campfire cooking. You can find the “Some More” recipe on page 71, where we finally get the answer to the age-old question: one  ...

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