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Our Gold Shines Bright at the 2021 Gold Award Ceremony

Girls from all across western Ohio glittered at our 2021 Gold Award Ceremony on Sunday, April 25. This year we recognized 21 Gold Award Girl Scouts who persevered through the challenges of a pandemic and a worldwide shutdown to lead sustainable change in their communities. Through the countless pivots to their project plans, adaptations to follow social distancing guidelines, and general uncertainty of the last year these girls kept moving forward toward their goal. We honor their hard work  ...

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Meet the Black Women Who Desegregated Girl Scouts

When Juliette Gordon Low started Girl Scouts in 1912, she founded it on the principle that it would be a space for “all girls.” Black girls were proud to be a part of the third troop ever formed in 1913 in New Bedford, Massachusetts, and in 1917, the first all-Black Girl Scout troops were established. Despite these instances of inclusion for all girls, Black girls were still being excluded from participation by segregation laws across the United States. In a private letter, Low  ...

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All In for Peacebuilding!

On February 22 of each year, Girl Scouts and Girl Guides from 150 countries celebrate World Thinking Day. (That’s one big celebration!) World Thinking Day is a way to celebrate with girls all over the world by doing the same activities around a shared theme. The 2021 World Thinking Day theme is Peacebuilding. To help us explore this theme, our staff sat down with some individuals whose organizations make peacebuilding a part of their mission. One such peace builder is Natalie Vorst, a Girl  ...

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Explore Peacebuilding with the Dayton International Peace Museum

World Thinking Day is a day for Girl Scouts and Girl Guides around the globe to come together to learn from one another and speak out on issues that are affecting them. This year’s theme is peacebuilding, and we wanted to explore that a little further to seek an understanding of what it truly means to be a peacebuilder. We spoke with Executive Director, Kevin Kelly, of the Dayton International Peace Museum about how this unique organization supports the learning and practice of peace in  ...

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