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?!
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.
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!