Girl Scout Lingo, Decoded – Part 2

Everything a new Girl Scout Family Needs to Know

Did you catch the first part of this two-part blog story?! Read Part 1 here!

So now you’re familiar with the organization structure and the traditions; but what are all the Girl Scout awards, Girl Scout dates, acronyms about?!

Girl Scout Awards

Bronze. Silver. Gold. These represent the highest honors a Girl Scout can earn.

All three awards give your Girl Scout the chance to do big things while working on an issue that’s captured her interest. She might plant a community garden at her school or inspire others to eat healthy foods for her Bronze Award, advocate for animal rights for her Silver, or build a career network that encourages girls to become scientists and engineers for her Gold. Whatever she chooses, she’ll inspire others (and herself).

Bronze Award– achieved as a Girl Scout Junior (4th & 5th grade) as a troop or with a group of other Girl Scout Juniors.

Silver Award – completed as a Girl Scout Cadette (6th – 8th grade) individually or with 1 or 2 other Girl Scout Cadettes.

Gold Award – the highest and most prestigious award in Girl Scouting and earned individually as a Girl Scout Senior or Ambassador (9th – 12th grade). 80 hours is the suggested minimum hours for the steps: identifying an issue, investigating it thoroughly, getting help and building a team, creating a plan, presenting your plan, gathering feedback, taking action, and educating and inspiring others. A Girl Scouts’ Gold Award projects are not “one shot”—they create lasting change and have a sustainable impact in her community.

Girl Scouts of NE Kansas & NW Missouri celebrates and recognizes all Gold Award recipients annually at Inspire a Girl. Save the date! This year’s celebration is April 14, 2018 at the Overland Park Convention Center.

 

Girl Scout Calendar

Throughout the year, girls and adults celebrate some very special days in Girl Scouting!

  • Juliette Gordon Low’s birthday or Founder’s Day, October 31, marks the birth in 1860 of Girl Scouts of the USA founder Juliette Gordon Low in Savannah, Georgia.
  • World Thinking Day, February 22, celebrates the worldwide sisterhood of Girl Scouts / Girl Guides.
  • Girl Scouts’ birthday, March 12, commemorates the day in 1912 when Juliette Gordon Low officially registered the organization’s first 18 girl members in Savannah, Georgia.
  • Girl Scout Week is celebrated each March, starting with Girl Scout Sunday and ending with Girl Scout Sabbath on a Saturday, and it always includes Girl Scouts’ birthday, March 12.
  • Girl Scout Leader’s Day, April 22, honors all the volunteers who work as troop leaders and mentors in partnership with girls. On this day, girls, their families, and communities find special ways to thank their adult Girl Scout volunteers.
  • Girl Scouts’ national convention is celebrated every three years, and was just held earlier this month in Columbus, Ohio. Open to all, it was called G.I.R.L. 2017.

 

Girl Scout Terms & Acronyms

  • ABC Bakers– one of two Girl Scout Cookie bakers in the nation and the supplier for GSKSMO
  • Brand Center – online resource for using the Girl Scout brand.
  • Candy, Nuts & Magazines – The fall Product Sales program and a way for parents and leaders to coach their girls on the 5 Skills and a way for troops to earn funds for the first part of the year.
  • Community Partners – Organizations & Companies that partner with GSKSMO to provide Girl Scout related programming at free or reduced costs to Girl Scouts!
  • Council-Sponsored Trip – a trip organized by GSKSMO and open to troops and individual girls
  • Cookie Dough – awarded to Girl Scouts at various levels in the Cookie Program
  • Daisy’s Circle – a monthly giving program at GSKSMO
  • Destinations – for Girl Scouts 11 years old and older to travel with other Girl Scouts from all over the country.
  • Fall FUNds – awarded to Girl Scouts at various levels in the Candy, Nuts & Magazine Program
  • I.R.L. – Go-getter, Innovator, Risk-taker, Leader
  • GSUSA – Girl Scouts of the USA
  • GSKSMO – Girl Scouts of NE Kansas & NW Missouri
  • Indy Girl/Juliette – A Girl Scout who is taking the lead individually and not in a troop setting
  • Journey – a curriculum for Girl Scouts at every level to make a difference in the world and have fun doing it.
  • SACs- Safety Activity Checkpoints. When preparing for any activity with girls, always begin with the SACs written specifically for that particular activity.
  • Shop – The Girl Scout Shop is located at 8383 Blue Parkway Dr., Kansas City, MO 64133.
  • STEM – Science, Technology Engineering & Math
  • SU – Service Unit
  • SUM – Service Unit Manager
  • PSM – Product Sales Manager
  • VTK – Volunteer Toolkit, a digital resource that supports troop leaders and co-leaders, making the process of running a troop easier and more efficient.

 

Girl Scout Levels

All levels are Girl Scouts. Girl Scouts precedes the level on the first mention then the level on all mentions thereafter.

  • Girl Scout Daisy – girls in grades K – 1
  • Girl Scout Brownie – girls in grades 2 – 3
  • Girl Scout Junior – girls in grades 4 – 5
  • Girl Scout Cadette – girls in grades 6 – 8
  • Girl Scout Senior – girls in grades 9 – 10
  • Girl Scout Ambassador – girls in grades 11 – 12
  • Girl Scout Alumna – a female who was a member at ANY level of Girl Scouting, even if she was only a member one year.
  • Girl Scout Alumnae (pronounced: alum-knee) – a group of females who were a member of ANY level of Girl Scouting, even if they were only a member one year

 

World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts & World Centers

The World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts (WAGGGS) is a 146-member organization that includes Girl Scouts of the USA. Its mission is to inspire girls and young women to reach their fullest potential as responsible citizens of the world.

World Centers offer Girl Scouts and Girl Guides a comfortable and safe place for short stays or long-term accommodations, seminars, training sessions, and international events. Members and their families are encouraged to visit the centers, meet girls from other countries, and build lasting friendships.

WAGGGS has World Centers located in Pax Lodge in the United Kingdom, Our Chalet in Switzerland, Our Cabana in Mexico, Sangam in India, and Kusafiri in Africa.

Girl Scouts for GSKSMO visited Pax Lodge and Our Chalet this past summer – watch our video!

Do you have a question about something that we didn’t address in either post? Let us know in the comments below!

Happy Girl Scouting!

Girl Scouting for Girls

Boy Scouts of America officially announced its plan to bring girls into its organization.  Girls can enter as Cub Scouts in 2018, and then by 2019 at other grade levels including high school girls who will be allowed to earn the Eagle Scout Award.  Girls and boys are not the same. Therefore, we do not agree that the Boy Scout Program meets the unique and specific needs of a girl’s leadership journey.

Girl Scouts has 105 years of experience in supporting girls to develop leadership skills in a girl-only supportive environment.  A girl’s life is primarily experienced in a coed environment.  Significant data and research suggests that girls thrive in an environment where they can experiment, take risks, succeed, fail and learn in the company of other girls.  Girl Scouts offers that in an outside the classroom experience. This extensive research guides our programs delivered in the unique way girls learn. Our focus on leadership skills development and preparing girls to meet future workplace demands offers progressive girl led opportunities throughout her Girl Scout experience.

We are incredibly proud to offer our more than 23,000 Girl Scouts opportunities for adventure, inspiration, and valuable mentoring. We offer hands-on, girl-centered learning in STEM, the outdoors, and entrepreneurship, and abundant opportunities to develop invaluable life skills. Girl Scouts helps all girls take the lead early and often.  Our highly valued volunteers and community leaders serve as role models and mentors for guiding girls in these experiences.

Our girls need even more opportunities to take the lead. Our girls need a girl-only safe space where they can grow their courage, confidence and character. Our girls need adult role models; women and men who will support them every step of the way.

A Girl Scout Dad Perspective

Jared Bixby, Education Professional from Manhattan, KS

Jared with his Girl Scout daughter fishing.

“As a father of a girl and a boy, I stand with Girl Scouts!

As a parent, my daughter does not come second.

As a parent, my son does not come second.

As a parent, I make sacrifices for the development of my kids because I want them to grow up to be strong, caring, successful individuals.

It’s not about convenience, Boy Scouts of America.

Let me repeat, it’s not about convenience, parents.

Our family is involved in soccer, 4-H, gymnastics, etc. These are things that our kids want to do and we make them happen for them. We take the interest of our kids and we find activities that match their interest and make them work. That’s what parents do.

It’s what’s best for your girl. I will not provide even the glimmer of thought that my daughter is second to my son because of convenience, Boy Scouts of America. My daughter deserves the best I can provide, and I trust in Girl Scouts and the 100+ years of research that guides their girl leadership development approach to do just that. That’s what I want for my daughter.

I challenge all dads of girls: Are you #ManEnoughToBeAGirlScout?

I AM!

My family strongly believes in the importance of the all-girl, girl-led, and girl-friendly environment that Girl Scouts provides, which creates a space for girls to learn and thrive. Girl Scouts works and we’re committed to preparing our daughter as a next generation woman leader with Girl Scouts.”

Want more information? Check out:

Girl Scouts is the Girl Leadership Expert

The Girl Scout Difference

The Case for Girl Scouts: Research & Data

How to be a G.I.R.L. this Halloween!

Halloween is just a few weeks away and we have some awesome G.I.R.L. (Go-getter, Innovator, Risk-taker, Leader)TM inspired suggestions for all our Girl Scouts! These costumes range in complexity, but you can always think outside the box to celebrate these outstanding women. Check out our suggestions and post your own below!

We’ve designated how difficult we think each costume would be (if you were to DIY it) with these symbols – ❧ = easy, ❧❧❧❧❧ = difficult. If you are already a soccer player or a ballerina, some of these may be easier for you!

 

Go-Getters

Alicia Alonso – Cuban ballerina highly regarded for her convincing portrayals of leading roles in the great works of classical and Romantic ballet.

Difficulty Level: ❧❧❧

 

Mia Hamm – is a retired professional soccer player, two-time Olympic gold medalist, and two-time FIFA Women’s World Cup champion. She is hailed as a soccer icon.

Difficulty Level:

  • What you need:
    • Athletic shorts (soccer shorts – women’s)
    • Team USA Women’s soccer shirt (with a #9!)
    • Soccer cleats or tennis shoes
    • Hair: pulled back in a ponytail

Innovators

Jane Goodall  – British primatologist, ethologist, anthropologist, and UN Messenger of Peace. Considered to be the world’s foremost expert on chimpanzees, she is the founder of the Jane Goodall Institute.

Difficulty Level: ❧❧

  • What you need:
    • Khaki shirt & shorts, tennis shoes
    • Notebook and pen – you’re taking notes on your observations!
    • A stuffed Chimpanzee is always a plus
    • Hair: pulled back in a ponytail

 

Katherine Johnson  – is an African-American mathematician who made contributions to the United States’ aeronautics and space programs with the early application of digital electronic computers at NASA. She is one of the main subjects of the movie Hidden Figures.

Difficulty Level: ❧❧❧

  • What you need:
    • 1950s inspired dress (you can usually find something in a thrift store. Some 1980s cotton dresses, sans the shoulder pads, can work! Just look for inspiration images). You can also use a white button-up shirt and patterned skirt.
    • Black cat-eye glasses
    • Notepad, calculator and pen/chalk – you have calculations to do!
    • Hair: 1950s styled (depending on your hair type, there are lots of tutorials online!)

 

Risk-takers

Cleopatra – One of Egypt’s last pharaohs, Cleopatra was a fierce queen who was one of the most powerful women in history.  She commanded armies at 21, spoke several languages and was highly educated.

Difficulty Level: ❧❧❧ (since Egyptian costume pieces are popular, we gave this an easier rating since you can find a lot of items in a thrift store)

  • What you need:
    • Dress & Accessories (DIY tutorial for gold jewelry & dress)
      • White, loose dress (or an Egyptian queen costume), tan sandals
      • Lots of gold accessories (bangles, rings and a neck collar)
      • Crown with snake or Egyptian crown – whatever you can find!
    • Hair: Black wig with gold headdress or braided black hair
    • Makeup: LOTS of black eyeliner, blue eyeshadow and mascara for a very bold eye

 

Malala Yousafzai – This education activist is the youngest person to receive the Nobel Peace Prize. After being shot by the Taliban, Malala survived and has become a global advocate for education for girls.

Difficulty Level: ❧❧

  • What you need:
    • A colorful headscarf – aka: Hijab (to put your hair under)
    • A long shift dress and leggings. If you have access to traditional dresses like Malala wears, there are lots of options!
    • Bonus: a copy of I am Malala and a fake a Nobel Peace Prize to wear around your neck.

 

Leaders

Maya Angelou – was an American poet, memoirist, and civil rights activist. Angelou is best known for her series of seven autobiographies, which focus on her childhood and early adult experiences, the most famous of which is I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings.

Difficulty Level: ❧❧

  • What you need:
    • A very bright headscarf for your hair (in a head wrap style). Get inspired here!
    • Black dress or blazer and shirt/skirt
    • Large pearl necklace & earrings.
    • Bonus: a copy of I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings & a fake Presidential Medal of Freedom!

 

Sonya Sotomayor – is a Supreme Court Justice of the United States, serving since August 2009. She is the first Justice of Hispanic heritage, the first Latina and its third female justice.

Difficulty Level:

  • What you need:
    • Black graduation robe
    • Gavel
    • Hair: curled and down (if you have a shorter haircut).

 

BONUS: The Ultimate G.I.R.L.

Juliette Gordon Low – The founder of Girl Scouts, Juliette Gordon Low left a legacy that has changed the lives of millions of women. This ultimate G.I.R.L was pretty spectacular – check out our past blog on her!

Difficulty Level: ❧❧❧

  • What you need:
    • A beige or dark dress with buttons and a collar with a brown belt around the waist.
    • Hair: Style under a Fedora style, brown hat. Decorate it with the Girl Scout trefoil in the center using black felt!
    • Bonus: Get an old book you can mark up and write “Girl Scouts” across the front to look like you’re on official Girl Scout business.

Are you dressing up as another awesome G.I.R.L.? Tell us all about your creative idea below in the comments.

Girl Scout Lingo, Decoded – Part 1

Everything a new Girl Scout Family Needs to Know

So you’ve signed your girl up to Lead like a Girl Scout! Maybe you’re a brand new Girl Scout family, or perhaps you’re rejoining the Movement as an adult to empower your girl the opportunity to stand up, speak up and take action! Whichever situation you’re in, you may be feeling a bit lost with all the Girl Scout lingo that’s being thrown around! Well, we’re here to help and get you fully into the Girl Scout loop!

Across the United States, Girl Scouts are 2.6 million strong—1.8 million girls and 800,000 adults who believe in the power of every G.I.R.L. (Go-getter, Innovator, Risk-taker, Leader)™ to change the world.

Our extraordinary journey began more than 100 years ago with the original G.I.R.L., Juliette Gordon “Daisy” Low. On March 12, 1912, in Savannah, Georgia, she organized the very first Girl Scout troop, and every year since, we’ve honored her vision and legacy, building girls of courage, confidence, and character who make the world a better place.

Organizational Structure
Girl Scouts of the USA (GSUSA) is our overarching organization
Girl Scouts of NE Kansas & NW Missouri (GSKSMO) is one of 112 Girl Scout councils in the country
Service Unit is a community of volunteers and girls in Troops within a geographic area within our council
Troop is a group of girls who get together to earn badges, go on field trips and explore the outdoors regularly and who belong to a service unit.

Uniform
Girl Scouts at each level now wear one required element (tunic, sash, or vest) to display official pins and awards. Girls can mix and match pieces from the official Girl Scout collection to complete the uniform, or add items from their own wardrobes! Learn where the different insignias go on her uniform here!

Fun patches (items received to commemorate an event, occasion, or product sales recognitions) always go on the back of the tunic, sash or vest.

Girl Scout Sign
Girl Scouts make the Girl Scout sign—raising three fingers of the right hand with the thumb holding down the pinky—when they say the Girl Scout Promise. The three fingers represent the three parts of the Promise.

Motto
The Girl Scout motto is “Be prepared.” In the 1947 Girl Scout Handbook, the motto was explained this way: “A Girl Scout is ready to help out wherever she is needed. Willingness to serve is not enough; you must know how to do the job well, even in an emergency.” The same holds true today.

Slogan
The Girl Scout slogan, which has been used since 1912, is “Do a good turn daily.” The slogan is a reminder of the many ways girls can contribute positively to the lives of others.

Greeting
Girl Scouts can greet one another with the Girl Scout handshake, used by Girl Scouts and Girl Guides all over the world. The handshake is made by shaking hands with the left hand and making the Girl Scout sign with the right. The left hand is nearest to the heart and signifies friendship.

Friendship Circle
Representing the unbroken chain of friendship among Girl Scouts and Girl Guides around the world, the Friendship Circle involves Girl Scouts standing in a circle, crossing their right arms over their left, and clasping hands with their friends on both sides. Everyone then makes a silent wish as a friendship squeeze is passed from hand to hand around the circle.

 SWAPS
Girl Scouts often make small tokens of friendship to exchange with the Girl Scouts they meet while traveling. These little gifts are called “SWAPS,” which stands for “Special Whatchamacallits Affectionately Pinned Somewhere.”

We hope this brings a little more understanding to the awesome world that is Girl Scouting! Stay tuned for part 2 of Girl Scout Lingo, Decoded next week where we’ll break down the Girl Scout calendar and dive into acronyms commonly used in Girl Scouting! Have a specific question? Leave them in the comments below!