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Honor Martin Luther King Jr. through Service All Year Long

Martin Luther King Jr. was a civil rights leader who called for connection and community across all aspects of society. While he is most known for leading the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom in 1963, as well as his impactful “I Have a Dream” speech, Martin Luther King Jr. also believed in the power of service. As an honor and a reminder of the incredible achievements and leadership of Martin Luther King Jr., the third Monday of January — chosen as a celebration of King’s birthday —  ...

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Badges, Activities, & Beyond

4 Patch Programs to Explore in 2024

Girl Scouts of Western Ohio (GSWO) has several patch programs that girls can complete to commemorate fun moments, signify participation in an activity, and earn special insignia to attach to their uniforms. Patch programs are a great way to share a unique and tailored learning experience with Girl Scouts, especially one that highlights a topic not yet covered by badge options. What is the difference between patches and badges? Badges are official Girl Scouts of the USA (GSUSA) insignia  ...

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Volunteer Experience, Volunteers

4 Tips for Successfully Managing Your Troop This Year

Troop management is about more than being in charge or having a special title; it’s recognizing that you’re part of a team, and understanding the team’s needs and interests. For volunteers, the start of a new Girl Scouting year is a great time to get excited about all the opportunities ahead of you—including the chance to help girls succeed, play a critical role in their lives, and watch them blossom! Whether you’re an experienced volunteer or a first-time leader, troop management is  ...

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Family Experience, Parents, Volunteers

On Our Sleeves: The Importance of Conversations for Children’s Mental Wellness

Earlier this month, Girl Scouts of Western Ohio supporters and volunteers attended Girl Pulse 2023—a virtual event to unpack girls’ needs around mental health, workforce development, equity and access, and how Girl Scouts makes a positive difference. We were thrilled to be joined by Katherine Winner, MD, Chief of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry for Dayton Children’s Hospital during our conversation. Now, the team from Dayton Children’s Hospital is sharing helpful advice for all those  ...

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