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4 Essential Places for Kid Friendly Summer Fun

School is out and it’s only a matter of time before “I’m bored” is heard in every home in America. It doesn’t have to be this way! With a little local research it is possible to find fun and engaging activities for your children (or your troop) that can help them learn and grow this summer. Here are four of our favorite places to start looking for summer fun! 1. Museums: many of our community partner museums, historical societies, and history centers have  ...

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Badges, Activities, & Beyond, Ceremonies, Traditions, & Awards, Family Experience, Volunteer Experience, Volunteers

How to Build Leadership in Young Girls

Just a few weeks ago we discussed the importance of Growing Mentors the Girl Scout Way and how the Teen Mentoring Awards, specifically the Counselor in Training program at camp, helped a girl grow into a leadership role. And while camp and the CIT program are both awesome, not everyone can go to camp for that program and younger girls also make great mentors. So where else can we give girls opportunities to guide and teach others besides camp and Teen Mentoring Awards? And the answer is  ...

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Badges, Activities, & Beyond, Ceremonies, Traditions, & Awards, Family Experience, General, Volunteer Experience, Volunteers

Girl Scout Traditions: SWAPS

Is your group attending a large Girl Scout event this year? Make it even more fun and meaningful by creating SWAPS together. What is a SWAP you ask? The traditional definition is Special Whatchamacallits Affectionately Pinned Somewhere. SWAPS are a long standing Girl Scout tradition and while no one is really sure when they became part of our history, girls through the decades have enjoyed exchanging them when they meet new people. Here is a great video from Girl Scouts of Atlanta on SWAPS.  ...

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