2016 marks an incredible milestone for Girl Scouts’ Highest Awards! We are celebrating 100 years of the award we today call the Gold Award. Though this award has had many names; Golden Eaglet, First Class or Curved Bar, the incredible achievement is all the same. For 100 years, Girl Scouts have researched, planned and implemented a project that has made a difference in their community and beyond. Over the course of Girl Scout history, the Bronze (for Junior Girl Scouts) and Silver (for Cadette Girl Scouts) were added as stepping stones to the Gold Award.
We are commemorating this Centennial Anniversary with the kick-off of a new initiative called Inspire a Girl. For this inaugural year, we are hosting a week-long celebration dedicated to giving back called Inspire a Girl – Week of Service. This event just so happens to also coincide with Girl Scouts’ 104th birthday and is being held March 6-12, 2016! We encourage Girl Scout troops of all ages to come together and take action across our 47 counties and beyond!
We have organized service opportunities with our community partners and at our camp properties for you to celebrate the Girl Scout Birthday on March 12:
Camp Daisy Hindman – Topeka, KS
Camp Prairie Schooner – KCMO
Camp Tongawood – Tonganoxie, KS
Cross-Lines Commodity Program – KCK
Cross-Lines Thrift Stores – KCK
Giving the Basics – KCMO
Goodwill – North Oak, KCMO; Olathe, KS; Overland Park, KS; Shawnee, KS;
Habitat for Humanity – St. Joseph, MO
Harvesters – KCMO; Topeka, KS;
Heart to Heart – Lenexa, KS
Hidden Valley Camp – Lawrence, KS
Johnson County United Way – Warrensburg, MO
Platte Land Trust – Parkville, MO
Operation Breakthrough – KCMO
Sheffield Place – KCMO
*a few more projects to be added soon!
If any of the above places interest you, visit the Council Partner Projects listing to learn more and sign up for a spot!
However, don’t let us tell you what to do! If you don’t see a project that fits your Girl Scouts’ interest, please feel free to set up and schedule your own! Here are some ideas to get you thinking:
- Visit a nursing home: deliver cards, sing songs, play board games, paint fingernails
Volunteer at a local soup kitchen or food pantry
- Volunteer at your local animal shelter
- Perform random acts of kindness
- Volunteer to do a project for your troop’s meeting place (church or school)
Whatever you do, make sure that you let us know your plans and log your Week of Service hours with us!
Girl Scouts who participate in Inspire a Girl – Week of Service will receive a special commemorative patch!
And don’t forget, we will celebrate the 100th year of the Highest Awards with our Inspire a Girl – Expo & Honors Ceremony on April 2, get your tickets today!