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

Give Rise to Girl-Led

The girl led component of the Girl Scout Leadership Experience can be the hardest, but it is the most important. Letting girls of all ages take the reigns in their Girl Scout experience, in various age appropriate progressive ways, sounds simple on paper, but there can definitely be challenges beyond the surface. Our society does not encourage independence among girls and women. It is apparent early on in how girls are treated, taught, and shown in the world around them. This conditioning  ...

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Girl-Led, Learning by Doing and Cooperative Learning

3 Processes for a Successful Leader Experience Girl Scouts uses three key processes in providing girls with a quality experience: girl-led, cooperative learning, and learning by doing. These processes are key in everything we do with girls and helps us ensure we are best serving our girl members, but we want to know, is there any value in these processes for our adult members? Let’s start with girl-led. The voice of the girl will always be our priority, but for this instance,  ...

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

Girl Scout Myths: Debunked!

Girl Scouts is on a mission to empower girls everywhere to become leaders of courage, confidence, and character that make the world a better place. That’s not a myth, but there are some other things we’ve heard that are simply untrue, so we are here to debunk those myths! MYTH: Girl Scouts aren’t interested in getting outdoors. FACTS: GSWO has 6 camp properties that welcome girls through council programming, troop outings, and Service Unit events throughout the year. GSWO has a team  ...

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Badges, Activities, & Beyond, Volunteer Experience, Volunteers

New Troop Tips: Exploring Your Community’s Resources

As a new troop leader, there is so much to learn. Each troop meeting and outing will add more knowledge and skill to your troop leader toolbox. Pretty soon you’ll have definite opinions on which Girl Scout repeat song you can (and cannot) handle on its fifteenth go round (looking at you, Princess Pat!), you’ll be able to predict how many fruit snacks a group of 10 first graders will consume in a single sitting, and your conflict resolution strategies will grow exponentially as  ...

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