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Girls, Parents

Guest Editorial: Nora Honkomp, Why I Stay in Girl Scouts

  I joined my school’s Girl Scout troop in first grade and at the time, our meetings were filled with all twenty of my fellow troop mates running around and having a blast. Because of the large number of girls, we had a very enriching experience. We went on large camp outs. We took several meetings to finish badges. We went on monthly outings chaperoned by bunches of parents. However, our big, exciting troop slowly dwindled to a select few. By eighth grade, there were only four girls  ...

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Volunteers

4 Awesome Resources for Conflict Resolution with Kids!

We’ve all been there. You’re mentoring a group of youth and a disagreement arises. It can be over something you consider small, such as who gets to use the blue marker that minute, or something large, like an argument over a sensitive issue where each side is certain they are correct and no one wants to agree to disagree. Sometimes there’s tears, sometimes there’s shouting, but all too often these disagreements mean hurt feelings and damaged relationships. So how do  ...

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Parents, Volunteers

What is Leave No Trace? (& What Does It Mean for Girl Scouts?)

At Girl Scouts, we believe in responsible behavior and respecting the environment. That’s why Leave No Trace is such an important aspect of Girl Scouts! The Leave No Trace Center for Outdoor Ethics is a national organization that protects the outdoors by teaching and inspiring people to enjoy it responsibly. That’s something we can get behind! So, what does Leave No Trace mean, exactly, and how can Girl Scouts ensure they’re practicing it daily? What is Leave No Trace? In  ...

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Parents, Volunteers

The Five Essential Steps to ‘Take Action’

Take Action is one of the defining elements of Girl Scouts. In our previous post on Take Action vs. Community Service, we provided a general overview to distinguish these two types of service. To re-cap, the most essential takeaway regarding Take Action projects, or “service learning,” is to research the root issues of a community problem so that you can make a plan with both your heart and head to address them and create long-lasting change. Take a look at this review to  ...

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