Innovators of Tomorrow

Raising girls to be the innovators of tomorrow! There is no limit to how big a girl can dream when she’s a Girl Scout and thanks to a special partnership with civil engineering firm BHC Rhodes, girls are getting a unique STEM troop experience during the summer! The power of these partnerships is that they open a world of potential to girls at a young age. As engineer Katie Bushong said, “I hope [this program] can inspire other Girl Scout troops to partner with companies so the girls can gain exposure to other industries at a young age.”

This summer, Girl Scouts from around Kansas City joined a pop-up STEM group that visited BHC Rhodes and worked with staff to learn about engineering. Throughout the experience girls got a tour of the firm, learned what a surveyor does, engineered their own mini car, learned about concrete, fortified sand and other important materials in the engineering world. These hands-on experiences help girls learn about STEM careers and how they can thrive in the industry. “This was an opportunity for BHC Rhodes to partner with the Girl Scouts and show young girls what it is like to be an engineer,” Katie Bushong said.

The troop started with meeting the staff and touring the building. BHC Rhodes has a “no problems” philosophy, so they worked to instill that in the girls throughout the experience. They moved on to working on cars with different types of propellers, an activity which really made girls think outside the box! It ended with a fun race to see whose car could be the very best.

After learning about momentum, the next meeting was all about concrete! Girls learned the components of concrete, what makes it strong and even got to mix up their own batch. They used the concrete to create small concrete coasters with designs in the mold – so cool! A few meetings later, they popped the coasters out, sanded them and finished the bottoms with pads so they could be used on tables.

For their final meeting, the troop learned about fortified sand and got to play with water, sand and unexpected materials that make sand super strong! First they built normal sand castles, which would fall apart when little pressure was applied. Then they built castles again, but included layers of paper towel and cheesecloth to make the sand stronger. The girls put the 3 types to the test – regular, paper towel and cheesecloth – finding that the cheesecloth was the strongest. It was so strong the girls were able to push down quite hard on the castle without it breaking. What a cool activity!

Thanks to partnership like this, Girl Scouts are able to have experience they’re not able to get anywhere else! As Laura Bonar, talent development specialist at BHC Rhodes said, “we saw this as an opportunity to expand our reach with the youth and allow one of our summer interns a chance to create a program.” Building girls, businesses and our communities together – that’s the power of community partnerships. Together, we can build the STEM pipeline of the future. Learn more about STEM troops!

Celebrating the POWER of Girl

By GSKSMO CEO, Joy Wheeler

Why am I Excited for International Day of the Girl?
Today is our opportunity to call special attention to major issues happening right now that supports this 100% youth-led movement for gender justice and youth rights. Gender inequality is a reality we can’t ignore and the issue isn’t confined to developing countries. The World Economic Forum ranks the United States 51st in terms of gender equality out of 149 countries! 

The United Nations established the official “International Day of the Girl Child” to help galvanize worldwide enthusiasm for efforts to improve girls’ lives, providing an opportunity for them to show leadership and reach their full potential. The U.S. Day of the Girl is a bold move on the part of girls and their supporters to break the cycle of discrimination and violence and promote and protect the full benefits of their human rights.

How are you celebrating? Is there something you can DO to make a difference? Yes, there is!

There is NO organization better aligned with these goals than Girl Scouts! We have the most experience in girl leadership development throughout the world. On this special day, we’re lifting up the Gold Award– a prestigious award earned by more than 1 million girls since 1916. Gold Award Girl Scouts are the visionaries and the doers who take on a major challenge project to “make the world a better place.” The Girl Scout Gold Award is the mark of the truly remarkable girl—proof that not only can she make a difference, but that she already has. Seniors and Ambassadors (9th-12th graders) who earn the Gold Award take action on issues that are of great concern to them and drive lasting change in their communities and beyond. They take on challenges as diverse as Alzheimer’s Disease education and support, teenage suicide intervention, environmental cleanup, literacy reading programs and STEM discovery.

Research shows that Gold Award Girl Scouts have more positive life outcomes as adult women– measured by volunteerism, community and civic engagement, education level and socioeconomic status. We can proudly claim the work of Gold Award Girl Scouts address the critical issues in today’s world head on.  Get inspired by watching Girl Scouts’ powerful 30 second PSA, The Mark of the Truly Remarkable and get to know some of our region’s Gold Award Girl Scouts. 

On this Day of the Girl, I ask you to Stand Up for Girls. You can take action right now! Contribute to Girl Scouts, volunteer as a community partner or mentor and contact ME to learn about our movement and become a Champion for Girls by joining the 51% Solution!

GSKSMO Troop Money Earning Guide

As you kick off your Girl Scout year, you are likely starting to brainstorm activities and events that require funds. As you start planning for these expenses, we want to remind you of a few guidelines around money earning as a troop. Before you dive in, be familiar with the 5 Steps to Money Earning as a Girl Scout Troop!

Quick Checklist:

  • Participate in Council Product Programs: Candy, Nuts & Magazine and Cookies – These are the primary money earning sources for troops across our council and across the country.
  • Assess troop needs – You will be required to indicate how you will use the funds generated by your additional money earning activity. If you are earning money for a trip, complete your travel application and receive approval prior to fundraising initiatives.
  • Brainstorm with your troop what type of additional activities you want to do to earn money – The process should be girl led and age appropriate.
  • Complete your Money Earning Application – involve your girls in completing the application and share the questions with them
  • Determine if you need to purchase additional insurance for non-members (common in babysitting fundraisers) and do so at least 2 weeks prior to event.
  • Evaluate – How did it go?  What did your girls learn? Is this an activity you would recommend to another troop? Share your ideas and experiences.  

Do’s and Don’ts:

Do: Be creative, use your skills, talk to other troops, utilize your network, get parental permission and girl buy-in, follow all local health and safety laws as well Safety Activity Checkpoints.

Don’t: Fundraise for other organizations, endorse or campaign for any public or elected official, sell or endorse commercial products, use games of chance like raffles or lotteries, or solicit money or in-kind donations directly. This includes crowd funding like GoFundMe (the only exception is Girl Scouts with approval working on a Gold Award).

For more information on Troop Money earning, refer to Troop Leader Central or communicate with your Troop Experience Manager!