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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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Volunteer Experience

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, Family Experience, Volunteer Experience

In Girl Scouts, “Failures” Become Our Favorite Stories!

Ask a Girl Scout or Girl Scout alum to share her story and you’ll hear tales of friendships built, skills tested (and mastered), outdoor adventures, and more. And almost always, said with a laugh and a touch of nostalgia, they’ll tell a tale of a “fail” that shines brightly in their most cherished memories. Maybe it’s the time they left late for their overnight canoe trip and were still paddling down the river trying to reach their campsite well after dark. Or  ...

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Ceremonies, Traditions, & Awards

Bronze & Silver Award Recognition: Let’s Party!

Universally, recognition is a huge motivator; one of the biggest. It shows respect for an individual or group for a job well done. It helps strengthen bonds and relationships, and reinforces how much the action took made a difference! Because of this, a great way to recognize the hard work of Girl Scouts who have earned their Bronze or Silver Award is with a ceremony! Ceremonies are a means of expression and have been an important part of Girl Scouts since the beginning of the movement. By  ...

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