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Badges Do Have a Future
UPDATED: Gold Award,
UPDATED: Grants & Scholarships,
It's Your Planet - Love It Journey
as of June 2010(?),
Songs and Singing
PGS Song page
Girl Scout Daisy Songs
Songs for Girl Scout Brownies
Trips and Events
Camp Info: Training, Packing, etc.
Other Award Possibilities
Girl Scout Awards
Girl Scout Pathways
or New Books
There is plenty about Journeys on the Age_Level_Tips page.
The Future of Badges
The Girl's Guide to Girl Scouting
A brand new program resource to be available in Fall 2011!
The Girl’s Guide to Girl Scouting, (or GGGS) a brand-new girl handbook, will have one book available for each program level - Girl Scout Daisy through Ambassador.
Although described as a book for girls, this book is considered to be a sufficient leader resource as well.
This book will have three main sections:
- Girl Scout Traditions
- Cookie Sale Program Activities
- Earned Awards (badges, religious awards, Bronze, Silver, Gold)
Each girl will want her own copy since the “Girl’s Guide” will contain information such as:
- Girl Scout history
- Girl Scout traditions
- What’s special about being a Girl Scout
- List of emblems and awards
(i.e. membership stars, GSUSA strip, council strip, etc.)
- Awards log
- Diagram of sash/vest with badge placement
- Bridging award requirements for relevant program level
- Bronze, Silver, Gold Award requirements for relevant program levels
- Additional program information for each level such as Program Aide or Counselor in Training info
- Journey map for relevant program level
- Map showing all the councils and special Girl Scout places (i.e., the Juliette Gordon Low Birthplace, World Centers, etc.)
Until this new resource is available, existing resources are still valid and available to use.
We are expected to transition to this book by Fall 2012.
For more, click on:
What resources should we be using now?
Sept. 2011 GSUSA FAQs
What's Happening with Badges
52nd National Convention of GSUSA:
The 52nd Convention of Girl Scouts of the U.S.A. will be held November 10 – November 13, 2011 in Houston, Texas.
Applications were due January 3rd.
National conventions are held every three years for the purpose of determining the general lines of policy of the Girl Scout movement and the Girl Scout program.
Each Council is eligible to send delegates to the convention, and the combined delegate body is referred to as the National Council.
The number of delegates each council will send is based on membership as of September 30, 2010.
Delegates will be required to:
Attend orientation and preparation meetings prior to the national council meeting.
- Plan to attend all national council sessions in Houston.
- Be willing to report back to Council membership.
- Serve as a national council delegate for the next three years and be willing to attend any additional national meetings called.
- Be a citizen of the United States of America.
- Be a registered member of the Girl Scouts and at least 18 at the time of the convention.
as of November 2011:
National Girl Scout Leadership Institute
The 2011 National Girl Scout Leadership Institute will take place in November in Houston, Texas, immediately preceding the National Convention. Over 1,200 girls in grades 6–12 will gather for this two-day event, the theme of which is "Leadership and Innovation… The Next 100 Years.”
Girl Scouts Forever Green
Through this nationwide community "take action” project, Girl Scouts will be at the forefront of environmental sustainability, leading schools and communities in conserving energy and protecting natural resources. Currently being piloted in 36 councils, Girl Scouts Forever Green will be rolled out nationally during the 2010–2011 program year and will continue annually thereafter.
100th Anniversary Illustrated Book
Girl Scout Merchandise secured a national licensing agreement with publisher Stewart, Tabori & Chang (a division of Harry N. Abrams) for an illustrated book celebrating Girl Scouts’ 100th anniversary. The book, which is scheduled for publication in Fall 2011, will be available in book stores, other book-carrying retail venues, and Girl Scout council shops.
Commemorative Girl Scout Merchandise
A line of 100th anniversary Girl Scout merchandise will be introduced in Fall 2011. Items will include T-shirts, messenger bags, and a collector’s series of patches and pins. Merchandise designed for girls will be contemporary and future-focused, and there will be a vintage-themed line for adults.
Exhibits Promoting Girl Scout History
The rich history of Girl Scouting’s first 100 years will be showcased in traditional and innovative ways nationwide. GSUSA is in contact with museums and organizations with potential to serve as showcase partners. A "rig book”/style guide will be shared with councils and history volunteers by Fall 2010 and will help guide the development of local displays and exhibits.
Girls’ World Forum
In July 2012, the Girls’ World Forum, in collaboration with WAGGGS and Girl Guides in the United Kingdom, will take place in Chicago. It is anticipated that the forum will be comprised of two girls per WAGGGS member country and two girls per council. In early 2011, a "girl planning committee” will be formed, consisting of girls from the host city’s council and National Girl Consultants.
Commemorative Girl Scout Silver Coin
Girl Scouts’ Centennial Commemorative Coin will be minted in 2013, marking the end of the celebration of our first 100 years and the beginning of our second century of leadership. Ten dollars from the sale of each coin will help fund much-needed renovations at the Juliette Gordon Low Birthplace in Savannah, Georgia.
100th Anniversary Cookie
A 100th anniversary cookie will be offered during the 2011–2012 selling season.
Q: Are troop purchases tax-exempt?
A: Yes, but one needs to have the tax id in order not to pay.
Get the GSNNJ id from your SUM if you need it -- especially for big purchases like lodging.
Q: Are my Girl Scouts expenses tax-deductible??
A: Yes, some expenses can be deducted under Charitable Contributions on Schedule A, Form 1040.
Some councils have written a whole page on this. We are not a lawyer. These are suggestions that you should confirm.
No liability is accepted.
Some highlights we have seen:
If you are a Girl Scout adult, you are allowed a charitable tax deduction for your non-reimbursed, out-of-pocket expenses that are directly connected with the performance of your services to the organization as a Girl Scout. There are a few exceptions to this general guideline that are pointed out later. Also be aware that expenses that you pay for any children you might have in the program or for other adults are not deductible. For more information, go to http://www.irs.gov/pub/irs-pdf/p526.pdf, IRS Publication 526.
The miles you drive for Girl Scout events (troop meetings, committee meetings, campouts, service projects, training sessions, etc.) can be deducted. To find the current mileage rate, see Schedule A (Form 1040). The cost for trips for obtaining materials, buying food, turning in paperwork, etc. for Girl Scouting events is also deductible.
You cannot deduct child care expenses as a charitable contribution even if such service is necessary for you to do your volunteer work.
Q: What is "The New Girl Scout Leadership Experience"?
Q: What should We Do Right Now about program changes?
The new design for what girls do in Girl Scouts
- Launched in fall 2008 with full implementation by 2010
- Based on the three keys to leadership: Discover, Connect, and Take Action
- Girl-led, based on “learning by doing” and “cooperative learning”
- Serves the Girl Scout mission of building “girls of courage, confidence, and character, who make the world a better place”
Keep using all existing Girl Scout books and awards with girls. They stay in effect during transition. Bronze, Silver & Gold requirements can be used for a while.
Get the conversation going.
Ask Girl Scouts what leadership means to them. And tell everyone: Girl Scouting is and always has been first and foremost about leadership development for girls!
Live the Girl Scout leadership philosophy.
Engage girls in activities that develop their unique skills and values (Discover) to team up together (Connect) and make a difference in the world around them (Take Action).
Spread the excitement.
Imagine the power of the Girl Scout experience when 2.6 million girls and nearly 1 million adult volunteers speak in one voice about what Girl Scouting does: Leadership! What kind? The kind that makes the world a better place.
A: This might help you to understand the New Lingo on the Road to Leadership.
The Leadership Model: The leadership model provides the design for what girls do in Girl Scouting. It illustrates how adult support strengthens girls’ experiences and drives and displays all the elements that must be in place to create a positive impact on girls’ lives.
Girl Scout Pathways:
Pathways should be implemented nationally in 2010 - 2011.
A pathway is the way girls and volunteers join Girl Scouting.
They can choose from several pathways, including an ongoing troop, destinations, a short-term opportunity, a day or resident camp, a special-interest topic or event, or a virtual (online) connection.
Multipathway participation is/will be allowed. There are 5 proposed pathways:
Camp, Series, Travel, Troops, and Virtual(*).
The future of the term "Juliette" has not been address in anything that I have seen.
The Virtual Pathway should become available by 2011-2012.
Journeys will be the “what” girls do in Girl Scouts. Pathways will be “how” girls join Girl Scouts.
Journeys represent the experiences Girl Scouts engage in to achieve leadership outcomes. For each Girl Scout grade level, GSUSA is creating a series of leadership journeys accompanied by new resources and new awards.
The first Journey series is titled "It's Your World: Change it!", books available since August 2008.
Spanish language editions titled "Es tu mundo. !cambialo!"
The second journey It's Your Planet - Love It! is due between May & Summer 2009, and will be on the environment.
Go to our Grade Level Page for more details on this second Journey.
The third journey “It’s Your Story—Tell It!” on self-esteem should be released in December 2010.
Q: What are the three keys to leadership and how do they relate to the Girl Scout Leadership Model?
A: Discover, Connect and Take Action. These three keys are defined as:
Discover: Girls understand themselves and their values and use their knowledge and skills to explore the world.
Connect: Girls care about, inspire, and team with others locally and globally.
Take Action: Girls act to make the world a better place.
In Girl Scouting, Discover + Connect + Take Action = Leadership. All Girl Scout experiences are intentionally designed to tie to one or more of the 15 national leadership outcomes, or benefits, categorized under the three keys to leadership. The three keys to leadership replace Girl Scouting’s four program goals.
Q: What are "outcomes"?
A:All Girl Scout experiences are intentionally designed to tie to one or more of the
leadership outcomes, or benefits, categorized under the three keys to leadership. The three keys to leadership replace Girl Scouting’s four program goals.
Q: What are "outcomes"?
A:All Girl Scout experiences are intentionally designed to tie to one or more of the 15 national leadership outcomes, or benefits, categorized under the three keys to leadership. The three keys to leadership replace Girl Scouting’s four program goals.
Each of the three key components to the Leadership Journey has five measurable outcomes to help leaders and families watch how their daughters are transformed by the Girl Scout experience.
- Girls develop a strong sense of self
- Girls develop positive values
- Girls gain practical skills
- Girls seek challenges in the world
- Girls develop critical thinking
- Girls develop healthy relationships
- Girls promote cooperation and team building
- Girls can resolve conflict
- Girls advance diversity in a multicultural world
- Girls feel connected to their communities, locally and globally
- Girls can identify community needs
- Girls are resourceful problem solvers
- Girls advocate for themselves and others, locally and globally
- Girls educate and inspire others to act
- Girls feel empowered to make a difference in the world
Q: How can we bring program offerings in line with the New Girl Scout Leadership Experience?
How can a program activity achieve all 15 outcomes?
A: No single program activity is expected to target all 15 outcomes defined in the New Girl Scout Leadership Experience. Over time, through accumulated experience, girls will reap the benefits described in Transforming Leadership. Achieving the mission - Girl Scouting builds girls of courage, confidence and character to make the world a better place - is a long-term process.
Keep in mind the New Girl Scout Leadership Experience has three keys to leadership: Discover, Connect and Take Action. So it is important that program incorporates outcomes from each of the three leadership keys to be consistent with the new approach. It is equally important to incorporate the three Girl Scout processes: Girl Led, Learning by Doing and Cooperative Learning.
Q: What is the difference between outcomes and indicators/signs?
A: Outcomes describe general benefits (behavior, skills, knowledge, attitudes, values, condition, status or other attributes) for participants as a result of involvement in the Girl Scout program. Outcomes are the intended benefits girls should reap as a result of the program. Indicators/signs are specific observable characteristics or changes that represent achievement of a specific outcome at each grade level. Page 17 of Transforming Leadership displays a guide to reading the tables. If you look at one of the reference tables, you will note the differences between outcomes, general descriptions of the intended benefits and indicator/signs, what a girl would be doing, saying or feeling if she had achieved the intended outcome that came as a result of her involvement in the Girl Scout program. Please note that indicators/signs in these tables are examples – you will be able to imagine others.
The Girl Scout Research Institute (GSRI), in partnership with Girl Scout councils, is currently developing measurement tools using Transforming Leadership as a guide.
A: The five proposed Girl Scout Pathways are the ways that girls participate in Girl Scouting.
Girls can choose any one, all, or some of these Pathways within a single year; however, different Pathways will be geared specifically to different grade levels. The Girl Scout community nationwide continues developing a new approach to ensure that girls and adults can participate in Girl Scouting in the ways they want to.
- Camp - Girls participate in day or resident camps with a focus on the out-of-doors and/or environmental education
- Series (initially was formerly "Events" and "Special Interest" - Girls participate in events (e.g., career day) or
a series of programs with the same group of girls relating to a specific theme or purpose (e.g., high-adventure teen group, completion of the It’s Your World—Change It! Journey over a six-week period)
- Travel - Girls plan, earn money, prepare and participate in regional, national and international trips
- Troops - Girls participate in a series of programs with the same group of girls over the course of an academic year
- Virtual - Girls participate in interactive, high-quality program activities in a safe, secure, online environment supplemented by live events
Through these Pathways, the likelihood of girl satisfaction and retention in Girl Scouting will increase because girls’ individuality and leadership potential is nurtured, while providing a fun and enriching program. Pathways establish consistency throughout the Girl Scout Movement.
The girl experience through Pathways
Through Girl Scout Pathways, girls have the freedom to choose from any of the Pathways to join Girl Scouting and may participate in multiple Pathways within a membership year. Girls are given the opportunity to explore their skills and interests and inspired to reach their personal best through a variety of fun and enriching leadership experiences. But more importantly, no matter where or how they participate, girls get the necessary guidance they need from adult volunteers and council staff to develop their leadership skills and understand how those skills can be used to make a difference in the world.
There is a facilitator's guide for each level with program information, sample sessions and suggested supplies.
Also councils can begin offering new program-level training that shows how to incorporate the Leadership Experience into current resources, as well as offering "Guiding the Journey", which will introduce the new leadership model and Journey books.
All Program-level training is expected to be revised to incorporate the New Girl Scout Leadership Experience.
However, do not delay taking any training. Please sign up for what is being currently offered, and get training within 3 months of attaining a new level if possible (if not before your girls reach a new level).
Q: What training might some councils offer?
Some councils may offer leaders continuing with the current handbooks but not bridging into a new program level:
* Continuing the Excellence - In this one-hour session, participants will apply the Discover, Connect and Take Action keys to leadership and the processes of Girl Led, Learn by Doing and Cooperative Learning to existing Girl Scout program. Volunteers will learn how to work with girls to achieve the nationally defined short-term, intermediate and long-term outcomes while continuing in existing resources. Turn some favorite activities into leadership and outcome-based projects to align with the leadership model!
Some councils may offer leaders ready to start with the Journey materials:
* Guiding the Journey - Participants will learn the three keys of the New Girl Scout Leadership Experience, how to use girl and adult Journey resources to support the delivery of the new leadership model, ways to facilitate activities that are Girl Led and incorporate Leading by Doing and Cooperative Learning, and the value of inner leadership practices for themselves and the girls.
Haven't seen any announcements for GSNNJ Journey Training. (as of May 2009)
Q: How will we prepare volunteers for the New Girl Scout Leadership Experience?
A: GSUSA will be launching the following nationally consistent learning components to support volunteers working directly with girls:
- Volunteer Orientation e-Learning module (Spring 2008)
- Leadership Essentials course (Spring 2008)
- Troop (and other Pathways) packets (Spring 2009)
These three components, in conjunction with the Guide for Adult Volunteers which accompanies the girls’ Journey book, will provide volunteers with all they need to know to successfully work with girls. These components will replace the current New Leader Orientation, Leader Basics and age level training. Troop (and other Pathways) packets will contain revised guidelines for operational and financial procedures as well as templates for council customization.
Q: Is GSUSA expecting councils to implement the Leadership Essentials course immediately, replacing our age level courses?
A: Although some councils may be ready to introduce the Leadership Essentials course for volunteers in fall 2008, it is anticipated that many councils will use the upcoming membership year as a time for testing and planning. By fall 2009, councils should be prepared to use the nationally produced volunteer learning components which will replace the current volunteer training modules.
Q: Will GSUSA be providing position descriptions and learning courses to support new roles for trainers?
A: Absolutely. Position descriptions for adult learning facilitators, online learning facilitators and coaches will be completed by end of summer 2008.
The course Facilitating Adult Learning will be piloted in the summer 2008 and rolled out nationwide in spring 2009. This course will be offered at the council level and online. A guide to Facilitating Adult Learning will be developed and distributed simultaneously. The course is intended for the key staff and volunteers within a council who have volunteer development responsibilities. After completing the course they will be able to prepare those in all adult facilitation roles at the council. The guide will be given to all adults supporting adult learning and will include the basics about adult learners and how to facilitate that learning for adults. We will also be offering a course on facilitating online learning scheduled for spring 2009.
Q: What handbook should Girl Scouts use?
A: Every level (Girl Scout Daisy through Girl Scout Ambassador) has a "Girls Guide to Girl Scouting" which is the new handbook (as of Fall 2011).
These books also have about half of the badges(*) available for each level.
Girl Scout Daisys still earn petals - and now also leaves. All other Girl Scout levels earn badges.
Q: What handbook should Girl Scout Cadettes use?
A: Every level has a "Girls Guide to Girl Scouting" which is the new handbook (as of Fall 2011).
These books also have about half of the badges available for each level.
Q: What are the books for girls in the first series of leadership journeys?
A: The first Leadership Journey books for girls are all part of the "It's Your World-Change It" series of leadership journeys.
This series has a book for girls & a book for facilitators at each grade level in Girl Scouting:
Click to see the Girl Scout Daisy, Brownie & Junior book covers
- Welcome to the Daisy Flower Garden
- Brownie Quest
- Agent of Change (for Juniors)
- aMAZE (for Cadettes)
- GIRLtopia: Toward an Ideal World for Girls (for Seniors), and
- Your Voice, Your World: The Power of Advocacy (for Ambassadors)
the Girl Scout Cadette, Senior and Ambassador book covers
. The books (and awards) are will be in color but these pictures are in black & white now.
At every grade level, these books place great emphasis on inviting girls to "Take Action" on an issue they care about. The books also contain stories, inspirational material, Girl Scout history, traditions and values, facts and games, and open spaces for girls to fill in their own ideas and memories.
The Facilitators books
guide adult volunteers and offer support in carrying out the Girl Scout Leadership Experience including sample sessions, often 90 minutes long, and sample supply lists, to tailor with girls.
Q: When will the first journeys be available?
A: All girl and adult books in the It's Your World-Change It! series are slated to be off the press in summer 2008.
To ensure August delivery 2008 in GSNNJ, reservations were accepted through May 30th, 2008. Each girl's book is $7 and a set of 1 facilitator's book & 1 girl's book is $15.
Advance copies (in black and white) can be borrowed from any service center for one week.
Q: How many other journeys will be developed and when will they be available?
A: There will be about three journeys for every grade level by 2010. A second journey series will roll out in 2009, and the third in 2010. Girls at each level will be able to choose the journey that most interests them or do them all.
Q: What will happen to existing badge books, handbooks and STUDIO 2B books?
A: These books remain available and viable Girl Scout resources, however, at least the Cadette Handbook will no longer be published.
Girls may continue using them based on their interests.
Note: The Silver Award requirements in the Cadette Handbook are outdated.
As Girl Scouting phases in the Girl Scout Leadership Experience, we will be determining which resources might still be needed to supplement the new approach between 2008 and 2010, or which resources might be needed beyond 2010. Information will be provided with advance notice as decisions are made throughout the transition period. Girls will always have a chance to complete existing plans and transition to new materials.
Q: How do the Girl Scout Bronze, Silver and Gold Awards fit into the Girl Scout Leadership Experience?
A: Girl Scouts of the USA is working to update the requirements for earning the Bronze, Silver, and Gold Awards and new guidelines will be available online in spring 2009.
During the transition years (2008-2010), girls may continue earning the Bronze, Silver, and Gold Awards based on existing standards.
New requirements are expected by 2010, and perhaps as soon as Spring 2009.
In June 2008, GSUSA stated that the journeys for the Girl Scout Junior, Cadette, Senior & Ambassador levels WILL become a prerequisite for the Girl Scout Bronze, Silver and Gold awards within their respective levels.
GSUSA always offers a transition period.
Some leaders believe that it might be safest to start the awards under the current requirements to ensure your troop is included in the transition period.
Some believe the transition to new requirements may be based on a girl's grade as the transition to new
grades per award seems to be being handled.
Q: What new awards can girls earn with the It's Your World-Change It journeys?
A: Girl Scouts at each of the six grade levels have a chance to earn new official awards as they complete steps along the journey. The awards are designed to be worn on the Girl Scout uniform. Daisies, Brownies, Juniors, and Cadettes have the chance to earn several badges along the journey. Seniors and Ambassadors can mark the completion of their journey with a pin or a badge.
Daisies will be able to earn 3 or 4 patches and Brownies, 4 triangular patches:
3 keys & 1 lock. The Junior awards for this journey are a
3 piece patch set that makes a circle. The
Cadette awards are a 3 piece patch set that when together looks like a cube.
Cadettes can also earn a diamond-shaped Leader in Action award.
Those requirements are in the Brownie Facilitators Guide for "Brownie Quest".
Seniors and Ambassadors each have their own Patch and Pin awards.
Click to see the Daisy, Brownie & Junior awards, or
to see the Cadette, Senior and Ambassador covers.
The steps for earning the awards are clearly explained in the "how-to" books for volunteers created for each journey. Girls have information about the awards in their books, too. The journey books for girls and adults also have suggested reflection and ceremony ideas related to earning the awards. The goal is to provide opportunities for girls to fully understand the achievement and growth the awards represent.
Q: Can girls still earn badges, apart from journeys?
A: Girls are welcome to continue choosing and earning badges that represent their varied interests. Earning badges is an important tradition in Girl Scouting and it is here to stay!
Try-its, Badges and IP/IPAs will continue in Girl Scouting.
As adults and girls become more familiar with the elements of the Girl Scout Leadership Experience, they will even be able to see how the Discover, Connect and Take Action leadership keys can be integrated into earning badges.
Of course, no matter what activities girls do in Girl Scouting, the experience is always best when it incorporates the Girl Scout processes: Girl Led, Learning by Doing and Cooperative.
Q: What is the future of badges?
A: Over the next several years, Girl Scouts of the USA will be updating some of the badges to ensure the learning experiences tie to the national leadership outcomes intended for girls. As new or refreshed badges become available and "old" badges are phased out, girls will have time to transition. They will not "lose out" on activities they have begun or planned.
Girl Scout membership has expressed interest in the availability of badges online and GSUSA is considering and analyzing this possibility. Further information will be available in 2009.
Q: How can Girl Scout councils prepare for the future of the Bronze, Silver and Gold Awards?
A: Girl Scout communities eager to begin planning for the updated approach to the Bronze, Silver, and Gold Awards prior to spring 2009, may note the following:
Grade Levels for Earning the Awards
Many expect that sometime in the future the grades for earning the highest awards may change, but GSUSA has not explicitly stated this nor given a set date. It may vary by council, depending on when they merged.
Girls will always have a chance to complete existing plans and transition to new materials.
Bronze Award: Earned by Juniors (4th-5th grade)
Silver Award: Earned by Cadettes (6th-8th grade)
Gold Award: Earned by Seniors or Ambassadors (9th-12th grade)
Anticipated Pre-Requisite Steps
The "It's Your World-Change It" journeys have been intentionally designed to engage girls in a critical thinking process related to identifying and researching issues they care about, developing community networks and creating and implementing plans to take action. Upon completion of the journeys, girls will be prepared to carry out substantial award projects. Based on this, Girl Scouts of the USA anticipates that the journeys in this series will become the prerequisite, at the relevant grade levels, for girls who want to move on to Bronze, Silver and Gold Award projects and ultimately earn the awards.
In June 2008, GSUSA stated that the journeys for the Girl Scout Junior, Cadette, Senior & Ambassador levels WILL become a prerequisite for the Girl Scout Bronze, Silver and Gold awards within their respective levels.
Options for the 2008-2011 Membership Years:
* Check GSNNJ requirements. Nationally girls may earn the Girl Scout Bronze, Silver or Gold Awards
following "old" guidelines if the majority of their work is done before 2012.
* Girls may complete a journey, and then upon release of the new guidelines in spring 2009, begin work toward the Bronze, Silver or Gold Award, noting any award deadlines that may apply to them.
Q: What about Gold Award Recognitions?
A: GSNNJ created a Suggested Invitation list &/or Request for Congratulatory messages for Gold Award Recipients.
Last uploaded of Feb. 2011. GSNNJ informs some people/organizations and left the option to leaders to tell other organizations for certificates. Invitations to ceremonies are all from the troop/leader/girls.
Consider: your favorite GSNNJ rep., PGS SUM, VFW, Elks, Rotary, school board, principal, congressmen, town council, mayor, ... and of course organizations impacted by the project.
I was talking to a chaplain & head of post from VFW in Feb. 2011 and they want to be invited.
I don't think we have ever invited the AAUW (I know there is a chapter in Mountain lakes at least) or the BPW but that might be nice....?
I love to see younger Girl Scouts doing your flag ceremony or opening.
NASA will send a congratulations if you request it.
There are quite a few scholarships for those you complete their Gold - and at least one for completing a Silver(even if no Gold)!
Any girl who completed her Girl Scout Gold Award between July 1, 2009 and December 31, 2010 can apply to be a 2011 National Young Women of Distinction.
due to council by May 15th?
Please tell the SUM which girls are working on their Bronze, Silver and Gold Awards. Here is GSNNJ's latest on the Gold Award process.
Q: What is happening with adult recognitions?
A: Some councils say their adult recognitions booklet is under revision.
The pins will still be available until at least 2010 during this period of transition.
Q: What about "Cookie Songs"?
Girl Scout Cookies
Girl Scout Cookies, we love Girl Scout cookies,
Girl Scout cookies, they’re the best for me
Leader- Can you eat them in your lunch?
Girls- We can eat them in your lunch
Leader- in your lunch?
Girls- in our lunch ohhhhhhhhh
Girl Scout Cookies, we love Girl Scout cookies, Girl Scout cookies, they’re the best for me
2. Can you dip them in your milk?
3. Can you share them with a friend?
4. Can you eat them on a hike?
5. Can you get them once a year?
Tune: Pop Goes The Weasel
(from Buffalo and Erie GSC)
Up and down the neighborhood streets
Girl Scouts sell their cookies
Ringing doorbells, asking you please
Please buy some cookies!
Q: Where can I look besides LINK for Field trip ideas?
A: Many parks and theatres and historic places run events that are specifically for Girl Scouts, or are open to public groups. In our area, most things have a small fee.
- Identify the event (with Daisies and Brownies, you might have them vote between 2 or 3 pre-selected events)
- tell your troop (and parents!),
- get RSVPs and payment,
- file 2 copies of your TGAA with a SUM,
- collect permission slips,
- attend – following Safetywise guidelines including:
- Take a “first aider” with you,
- the troop first aid kit,
- right number of adults
- and car seats.
IMPORTANT NOTE: In NJ children need to have a booster or car seat until they are 8 years old or weigh 80 pounds. You are responsible for following state law when the girls are in your care, regardless of whether their parents do outside of Girl Scouts.
Morris Plains & Boonton have their own museums.
Morris County Parks have a variety of events - a number each year are usually Girl Scout workshops designed to help the girls earn a badge. Visit their online calendar.
Local Tourism sites often list free and low costs musical, educational, tour & park events. You may want to consider Morris County Tourism or Morristown tourism. It may be worth checking.
Waterloo Village, located in Byram NJ, is open spring 2010 spring for tours.
The reservation form and guidelines are now available on the NJ park service website.
"Thank you for your anticipated support of our programs. We look forward to sharing the history of Waterloo Village and the Lenape Village with the Girl Scouts. For more information, please contact Helen Maurella at
email@example.com or (973) 398-7010"
A: Consider starting a special interest group with an outdoor focus, or start planning or attending more outdoor events with your girls. GSNNJ now have 4 camps in our council, including nearby Lake Rickabear in Kinnelon is in our council. Troops can participate in a series of fun, self-guided (facilitators available for an additional fee) environmental education programs there. Specific topics are scheduled for each month with stations set up and all materials provided. Troops need only register, submit their fees and show up at Lake Rickabear on their program date. Packets with supplies and instructions will be waiting for them in front of the "sugar shack" (the first shed in the Main Parking Lot). *Note- Rickabear Eco-Explorers for Brownie Girl Scouts are in no way related to the Eco-Explorer Try-It.
Linking Girls to the Land
Through an in-kind collaboration with the U.S. Department of Interior, Fish and Wildlife Service and other federal natural resource agencies, an 11 minute promotional video was produced in 2002. The video is now available for online viewing at
The Linking Girls to the Land video/DVD is designed to increase the awareness of, and motivate participation of Girl Scout councils and federal natural resource agency personnel in the Linking Girls to the Land program. This video/DVD demonstrates some of the benefits and forms that partnerships between Girl Scout councils and federal natural resource agencies can take. It also illustrates the importance of Girl Scouts and multi-agency partnerships that provide conservation and environmental related leadership development opportunities for girls from more diverse and underrepresented audiences. Please note:
- The video/DVD is in English and is closed-captioned
- A copy of the video was distributed to every Girl Scout council in 2003.
- Each Linking Girls to the Land federal natural resource agency partner received copies of the videos for distribution.
- View the video/DVD online or contact your local Girl Scout Council to borrow a hard copy.
- To order copies of the video/DVD contact:
Video Transfer, 5800 Arundel Avenue, Rockville, MD 20852, ATTN: Maria Spotswood (301) 881-0270.
The maximum cost per video tape is $12 and DVD is $12.50 plus shipping.
For more information on Linking Girls to the Land activities refer to the website http://www.epa.gov/linkinggirls/ or contact firstname.lastname@example.org or call 212-852-8076.
Some leaders have used non-Girl Scout programs to help put more "outdoors" into your troop. Morris County Parks Commission run training programs for educators including leaders and events girls can attend. Cornell Lab of Ornithology runs Project FeederWatch from November through early April.
Audobon Society's Great Backyard Bird Count will February 13-16, 2009, or learn more about their 108th Christmas Bird Count is always December 14th - January 5th.
Q: Can you summarize the paperwork & training for any overnight?
We first need to be able to ensure the girls are save, and everyone is insured... then the fun and learning can begin!
From leader(s) to Service Unit: TGAA (unless it is a GSNNJ event)
From the girls to leader(s): permission slips & health history forms. Medication forms recommended.
Girls can not hold their own meds, except for epi-pens, inhalers & diabetes support (check with SAfetyWise and/or GSNNJ for the latest)xx. First aiders hold the meds.
From adults attending: Health history forms
Training/Certifications needed: overnight orientation, first aider, and... if you want to cook not on a regular stove "troop camper".
To be a first aider, one person must have valid CPR and first aid.
Robin has a file of GSNNJ training completed if you are not sure.
Overnight orientation is online, please do it at least 2 weeks before your first overnight trip.
Please give us 2 weeks and at least 2 copies of your TGAA for any overnights (not run by GSNNJ) as one stay with the SU and one goes to GSNNJ. If your first aider did not get their CPR and first aider training through GSNNJ, please attach a copy of their cards.
Q: What should be done a month in advance if we are camping?
A: Check with your first aider: prepare first aid kit, ask your first aider if they have plastic bags (to give girls parents any ticks removed from them)
Review with girls:
- buddy system
- outdoor good manners - if you pack it in, you pack it out, leave what you find, respect wildlife, etc. stay on trails, don't pick flowers,
- what to do if you see a snake, ... a bear (make noise, back away, avoid eye contact, walk, although I am more likely to see a bear here than at camp)
- flashlight etiquette... down away from eyes
About packing for camping
- show them how to make a bed roll if they don't have a sleeping bag (or borrow one)
- probably ten degrees colder there
- extra socks ( they can be mittens in a pinch)
- proper sturdy footwear - no flipflops except in cabin or shower
- bug spray reminder - on clothing, not on skin; away from tents, equipment, food
Q: How can we pack food for a camping trip?
A: from the GS Lenni-Lenape Council camp certification manual)
By packing food properly for a camping trip you will:
· maintain the freshness and cleanliness of each food item.
· reduce the bulkiness of the food supply.
· save weight by eliminating heavy supermarket packages.
· be able to pre-mix foods which will be used together.
· carry only the amount of food which will actually be needed.
Rummaging through a box looking for food is not fun, especially when it spills out into the rest of your gear.
A good packing system suggestion is to use the day-to-day method. In this system, the correct amount of each ingredient is packed by meals. A bag for each meal is labeled and then all meals for one day are packed in one large bag. While time consuming to prepare, it allows for maximum planning at home and little at camp. It is an excellent system for large groups because you are less likely to run short of food.
TIPS FOR PACKING:
Repackage as many foods as possible to reduce the weight and bulk.
Plastic bags can be used for mixing and storage. Flour, sugar, etc., put into these before going camping serves on storage space and things will not be affected by the moisture at camp. Heavy-duty plastic bags are sometimes difficult to find in supermarkets, but the zip-lock variety is generally heavy enough. Other heavy bags should be secured with pipe cleaners or wire twisters. Rubber bands will hold well but you'll find they are difficult to remove. Lightweight bags used for refrigerator storage will not hold up.
Other suggestions are:
plastic freezer containers, which have very tight seals and come in a variety of sizes.
throw-away plastic containers -- use various size bowls for mixing. Include lids. Put flour, sugar, mixes, etc. in these before leaving. Seal with masking tape. (Whipped topping, cottage cheese, etc, containers are good for this.)
plastic bottles such as those syrup, honey, or mustard come in are always handy to have.
plastic baby bottles are excellent for carrying liquid and for measuring.
plastic prescription bottles are often used for carrying small quantities, like condiments. They can generally be purchased for a modest price at a drug store.
35mm film cans are also handy for carrying small quantities.
WAGGGS Olympia Badge available (new in Summer 2008). Earn one to
celebrate the Games of the XXIX (29th) Olympiad will be held in Beijing in 2008. Discover your potential!
Badge requirements for all age-levels are available from www.wagggsworld.org. Print your free certificates when done, or order patches from WAGGGS in the UK for about $.80 each, before postage.
The Colgate Women's Games is an amateur track series open to all girls from elementary school through college. Compete in meets throughout January. Finalists can win trophies and educational grants in aid from the Colgate-Palmolive Company. Registration is December 15 at Pratt Institute in Brooklyn. Times not yet posted. Visit ColgateGames.com for details, or ColgateGames.com/MeetInfo.htm to check on registration.
The Congressional Award is the U.S. Congress' award for young Americans. This non-partisan, voluntary, non-competitive program is open to all 14-23 year olds. Participants earn Bronze, Silver and Gold Congressional award certificates and medals. Each level involves setting goals in four program areas: Volunteer Public Service, Personal Development, Physical Fitness and Expedition/Exploration. Participants work at their own pace and are honored for achieving their own challenging awards. Visit www.CongressionalAward.org for complete details.
The Gloria Barron Prize for Young Heroes honors outstanding young leaders who have made a significant difference to people and our planet. Their leadership and courage make them an inspiration to all. Annually the Barron Prize selects two winners nationwide. Nominees must be between 8-18 years old and have been the prime mover of a service activity. Winners receive $2,000 to be applied to higher education or their service project. Responsible adults who have knowledge of the young person and who are not related to the nominee can make nominations. For complete details, visit www.BarronPrize.org or email questions to email@example.com.
The Christophers Poster Contest is an annual contest open to high school students. Through original art, photographs and computer-generated artwork, students in grades 9-12 are invited to interpret the theme "You Can Make A Difference." Rules and entry forms are available at
Youth Service America offers grants and awards to support and motivate youths and youth-serving organizations to plan and implement service projects. Visit YSA.org to apply.
Global Youth Service Day 2009 will be April 24-26.
Presidential Classroom provides young people with an opportunity to go behind the scenes of the nation's capital to explore their interests in government and public policy. The program explores how policy is established and how the three branches of government work and interact. For details of the program, visit www.PresidentialClassroom.org/.
Last year the summer application deadline was extended to 4/25/2008, but that will not happen every year.
Next session dates for Presidential Classroom Scholars include:
- Sun. Jan. 25 - Sat. Jan. 31, 2009
- Sun. Feb. 15 - Sat. Feb. 21, 2009
- Sun. June 28 - Sun. July 5, 2009
Mount Holyoke College is accepting nominations for the Take the Lead program which honors high school juniors. Take the Lead is an intensive leadership program for young women that will take place on the college campus in September. For program details, visit
There may also be a Summer Action pilot program in Summer 2009, visit www.mtholyoke.edu/takethelead for details.
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This are contests that Girl Scouts may be able to enter.
They are not all GS contests and no endorsement in implied.
If you have girls that may be interested, consider passing the information on:
- added Apr. 23, 2009:
Contest for Youth:
Truly Moving Picture Award-winning film Battle For Terra invites 3rd through 8th-graders to enter the My Terra contest. Youth create an advertisement for their favorite place in nature, connecting their world to the one protected in Battle for Terra, a story of friendship, family, sacrifices and most importantly, the realization that our survival relies on our planet's precious natural resources.
Win a College Scholarship by Entering Our Art Contest!
DEADLINE: May 13, 2009
Girls Helping Girls' Fund-for-Respect Program is organizing a Mirror, Mirror art contest to empower girls to redefine "real beauty" and widen their perspectives on beauty.
Girls aged 11-19 can submit a visual, literature, or video piece responding to the question, "Who is the most beautiful woman to you?"
FIELD TRIP FACTORY PHOTO CONTEST:
Share pictures of your great field trip with Field Trip Factory and win!
A total of three cash prizes will be awarded for the top pictures.
First: $100, Second: $50, Third: $25.
All photos will be featured on the Field Trip Factory website!
All entries must include the Photo Contest Entry Form and be emailed
or postmarked by May 29, 2009. Get those cameras clicking!
- added Apr. 3, 2009:
National Park Foundation kicks off their 2009 Junior Ranger Essay Contest! This year, the National Park Foundation is asking students aged 9 to12 this question: Why are our national parks important to you and what is your best idea to protect our parks for the future?
The First Prize winner will receive a $1,000 Visa gift card and the opportunity to direct a $5,000 contribution from the National Park Foundation to his or her favorite national park. The deadline is May 1, 2009 to submit an essay of no more than 500 words. Entries may be submitted online at www.nationalparks.org/essaycontest or by mail.
- added Apr. 3, 2009:
WKCD Speech Contest 2009: for 12 - 19 year olds. The graduation speech
that you would like to give.
actual graduation speaker to submit their speech--we're looking for speeches youth would LIKE to give,
300 - 600 words long and on the theme of "Crisis and hope in these trying times." There will be five winners ($100 gift certificate from Amazon.com). Winning speeches along with honorable mentions will appear on the WKCD website.
$100. The deadline for submissions is May 18, 2009.
Sally Ride Toy Challenge: Teams for at least 3, with at least 50% girls. Form a team in the fall. Council has ruin one 3 years now if you have one girl interested, if you have a group, consider your own team in town!
- ThinkQuest Narrative Competition 2009 Assemble a Team of 3-6 students in one of 3 age groups: 19 & Under, 15 & Under, and 12 & Under. http://www.thinkquest.org/competition/narrative/index.html
Many of these are annual - but you may have to google/search to find this year's requirements or dates and applications.
- M's Pen Contest:
Memoir contest brings a prize to the writer and the writer's school! Feb 1 - May 1, 2009
- For Gold Award Earners: American Legion Auxiliary Girl Scout Achievement Award
AWARD: $1,000 Scholarship. Application due to local American Legion Auxiliary Unit President ON OR before April 1, 2011
GIRL SCOUT ACHIEVEMENT AWARD – The National goal is to recognize the outstanding Girl Scouts who have received the "Gold Award" with a $1000.00 scholarship.
They must be actively involved in school, church, and community service.
A 500 word essay describing your Gold Award project must accompany the application. This is what we have for the
requirements and application.
Applicants must submit the application, essay and letter of recommendation to the Unit President by April 1, 2011.
Unit President will submit all documents to their State ALA Chairman by required date. (You may need to contact the NJ Department Headquarters to determine your local unit? or check the phone book?
American Legion Auxiliary Department of New Jersey,
1549 Kuser Rd Suite A8,
Hamilton, NJ 08619,
tel # 609-581-9580, Secretary e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org )
The winning essay will be forwarded to the National Chairman.
- Running Start is accepting applications for their 2009 Young Woman's Political Leadership Retreat (for rising sophomores, juniors and seniors in high school, July 15-19, IN Washington, DC) The program is entirely FREE of charge, and travel scholarships are available. Apply online : http://www.runningstartonline.org/leadership-program/index.php
- Bank of America is Looking for Tomorrow's Community Leaders Today: Neighborhood Excellence Initiative® for outstanding young people who are passionate about making a difference in our community. For high school juniors and seniors, application deadline: February 20, 2009. Selected Student Leaders participate in a paid summer internship with a designated local nonprofit organization and a six-day, all-expense paid Student Leadership Summit in Washington, DC. Learn more at
- Creative writing contest: Letters from the White House: Launching a New Generation of Letter Writers! due: President's Day 2009, Contest information and resources K-12 are available from Reading Rockets and www.AdLit.org .
- Hostelling Essay Contest: How could hostelling help you gain a greater understanding of the world, When girls 12 - 17 years old share their story, they could win airfare and 3 nights at a hostel for themselves and 3 others or a Flip Video camera. Deadline: March 15, 2008 http://www.hiusa.org/programs/gs_essay.shtml
- We Can Change the World: grades 6 - 8th: create sustainable, reproducible environmental improvements in their local communities. http://wecanchange.com/about-challenge/rules/
- National Wildlife Photo contest: Deadline July 20, 2009. Youth division.
- 2009 Brower Youth Awards: Honoring Youth Leadership in Conservation, Preservation, Restoration. people 13 -25 years old for outstanding activism and achievements in the fields of environmental and environmental justice advocacy. The winners of the award receive a $3,000 cash prize, ... Deadline May 15th. 2009. http://broweryouthawards.org/article.php?id=113
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Doing Something about Disaster Relief? Starting January 5th, $500 Disaster Grants every single week! Interested? Get information about disaster preparedness and Disaster Grants at http://www.dosomething.org/grants/disaster
Weekly Plum Grants: http://www.dosomething.org/grants Did you recently create a sustainable community action project, program or organization? Do you need $500 to further the growth and success of your program?
Rising Star Scholarships:
Massachusetts Institute of Technology, The M.I.T. Sloan School of Management, Deloitte & Touche, ShillerMath and the Girl Scouts of the USA share a common agenda: For kids to learn and love math. Together we are working to acknowledge outstanding performance and potential in math by awarding annual $2,500 scholarships and mentoring to Girl Scouts graduating in 2010.
To be eligible to win a Rising Star Scholarship, you must:
- Be a registered Girl Scout
- Plan to graduate high school in 2010
- Major in mathematics (or physics) in college
The Eastern Orthodox Committee on Scouting offers two scholarships. The recipient for first place will receive $1,000 and the runner up will receive $500 upon acceptance to a four year accredited college or university. The candidates are evaluated on their involvement in their church, school, community, scholastic achievements, and Scouting.
Applications can be obtained from E.O.C.S. Chairman, George N. Boulukos, 862 Guy Lombardo Avenue, Freeport, New York 11520 and they must be submitted by May 1st of each year. The national winners will be announced in June of each year.
To receive an scholarship application or to donate to the fund
send mail to:
EOCS Scholarship Chairman,
862 Guy Lombardo Avenue,
Freeport, New York 11520
College Scholarships for Girl Scouts
Information on Scholarships for Girl Scouts can be found on
< a href="http://www.studio2b.org/gossipyouneed/scholarship_form.asp" target=_blank">the STUDIO2B Web site