Giving Back to the Community that Raised Her

Gold Award Girl Scouts are an extra special group of high-achieving women who are driven to make the world a better place as girl members and throughout their life. When you add “Lifetime member” and “Daisy’s Circle member” to that category, you get an awesome, unstoppable G.I.R.L. (Go-getter, Innovator, Risk-taker, Leader)TM! Meet Elizabeth Shyanne Adcock (although she goes by Shyanne)! This amazing Girl Scout not only has invested in her community with a powerful Gold Award project, but is investing in the future of the program she loves so dearly as a member of Daisy’s Circle.

Shyanne started her Girl Scout journey as a Daisy, as young as she could. “I really don’t ever remember NOT being in Girl Scouts,” Shyanne said. She has fond memories of cookie sales, events and giving back through service projects. Most importantly, she remembers the sisterhood she had. “I’m dyslexic, so learning the Promise and Law took me twice as long as the other girls, but when I finally got it down, everyone was so happy. I’ve always had support behind me in Girl Scouts,” Shyanne said.

One of the highlights was her Highest Award projects – all of which included flowers! Her Bronze Award project involved creating flower pots they donated to a local school that are still in use today! For Silver, she helped grow plants from seeds to donate. It’s only natural that she’d find a way to incorporate flowers into her Gold Award! Like many Girl Scouts, Shyanne had several amazing ideas, but hit some roadblocks within the community on what she could pursue. Finally, her prayer garden project was approved and she was able to make a beautiful addition to her town. “I wanted to find a way to give back to the community that raised me, which is why I worked so hard to find a project I could do,” Shyanne said.

Shyanne planted two prayer gardens – one in her town of Missouri City, MO and the second about a mile away one in a very small town nearby. She reached out to community members who donated artwork, garden decorations, lights, a bench and other items to make the gardens full of interesting elements. She even got a statue donated! Now, her gardens serve as a peaceful place for prayer and contemplation for those in her community.

After completing her Gold, Shyanne attended a meeting with her former troop leader, MaryEllen Hughes where the troop was being inducted into Daisy’s Circle for joining. Moved by what Girl Scouts had given her, Shyanne stepped up and decided to become a member that night as well. “Girl Scouts has done a lot for me and knowing that there are girls who can’t do Girl Scouts because of money just really hit me. I feel like Daisy’s Circle is a good place for my money,” Shyanne said.

Now Shyanne is attending University of Central Missouri as a graphic design major and discovering what she wants to do as a career. In April 2018, Shyanne will receive her Gold Award pin at Inspire a Girl and we can’t wait to watch her proudly walk across that stage. This amazing G.I.R.L. is a great example of not only a Girl Scout, but a philanthropist, looking to the future of the program that gave her a supportive, loving sisterhood of girls.  Thank you, Shayanne!

If you’re interested in joining Daisy’s Circle like Shayanne, visit http://www.daisyscircle.org!

Hard Work, Supportive Parents & Being Polite Leads to SWEET Success

Spotlight on 2017 Top Cookie Seller, Brownie Paige T.

Happy Girl Scout Cookie Season! The 2018 Cookie Program officially kicked off today, December 21st! The year’s program is starting two weeks earlier thanks to your feedback. We hope that this earlier start date allows Girl Scouts to practice the 5 Skills in a setting where they’re surrounded by close friends and family before expanding to your communities after the first of the year!

One Girl Scout who is ready and eager to kick her business off is Brownie, Paige T.! For the past two years Paige has used the 5 Skills and has kept her business plan simple – set goals and be polite.

It’s proven to be a pretty good business plan, if you ask us! In 2017, at just seven years old and in her second year of the Cookie Program, Paige was our council’s top cookie seller – selling 3,202 packages of Girl Scout Cookies. (In case you’re wondering, she sold 2,137 in her first year.)

“[Selling Cookies] takes politeness. If they say ‘no,’ thank them anyway. They might come back,” Paige explained.

Maggie Thomas, Paige’s mom, is a troop leader and helps with the cookie cupboard. She loves seeing her daughter blossom through the program and apply the skills in other aspects of her life.

“[The Cookie Program] is important to me because it lets her set the goal, meet the goal and have the sense of accomplishment. It’s enhanced her math skills and taught her how to interact with adults in a respectful manner and guide her own path,” Maggie said.

In the Cookie Program, we like to help sweeten that sense of accomplishment and incentivize girls to reach their goals with our cumulative recognition levels. Those recognition levels have helped Paige set her goals each year.

Since starting her business in 2016, Paige has earned herself a new luggage set, a chrome book, suite tickets to Girl Scout Day at the K and a swimming pool, just to name a few of the items.

On top of the recognitions Paige understands that selling cookies earns money for her troop to give back to their community and do awesome things like go camping; her favorite thing to do in Girl Scouts.

“I like being able to sleep in the bunk and spend time with my Girl Scout friends and earn badges!”

“We support her goals, and her participation in door to door and booth sales is dependent on her being current on her school work,” Maggie explains; “When she gets tired we ask if she’s ready to be done and that sets her aflame again and she is determined that she’ll finish!”

As you might imagine, Paige has her goal set for 2018 and it’s pretty simple too – sell more than last year and earn those Girl Scout Day at the K suite tickets again!

We wish Paige and all Girl Scouts an awesome 2018 Cookie Season and can’t wait to see all you accomplish (and earn)!

We would love to know what goals you’re working towards this year and how you’re innovative with your Cookie Business, so let us know in the comments below!

A Horse Trip of a Lifetime

Spotlight on Girl Scout Cadette Kylee F.

For Girl Scouts who are go-getters, love adventure, want to explore the world around them and make new friends – Girl Scout Destinations is where it’s at!

This summer Girl Scout Cadette Kylee F. spent a week in the Rocky Mountains with Girl Scouts of Colorado on the Colorado Horseback Adventure – considered the horse trip of a lifetime! She flew into Denver International Airport and spent the day at a Girl Scout Camp in Woodland Park, CO where she got to zipline, shoot archery and participate in some low ropes activities getting to know others on her Destination!

The group then traveled to Bear Basin Ranch in Westcliffe, CO where their days were full of trail rides, white water rafting and rustic cowgirl camp outs! The Destination culminated with an overnight horse pack trip in the Sangre de Cristo Mountain Range 12,000 feet above sea level!

“I really like horses and I wanted to travel somewhere else. I looked into it during the school year and [Colorado Horseback Adventure] looked the most fun so I chose that one! I really wanted to go on [a Destination] to explore new places.”

Studies have shown that Girl Scouts are more likely than non–Girl Scouts to practice goal setting, problem solving, risk taking, and leadership—key skills for the 21st century. Through Girl Scouting, girls realize their leadership potential through a variety of experiences, skill-building opportunities, and connections.

This Destination experience was something that Kylee worked really hard for. It took financial goal setting and preparation to make this trip a reality. Kylee used her Destination to help market her babysitting business, applied for (and received!) a scholarship through Girl Scouts of NE Kansas & NW Missouri and more money earning activities. By the time Kylee returned from Colorado, she had met her goal of funding her trip!

In fact, while waiting to board her plane home, an older woman engaged in conversation with Kylee about her experience in Colorado. Through conversation, the woman shared that she had owned horses in the past. And this wonderfully kind woman made a gift toward Kylee’s trip as well.

Being a Girl Scout not only helped Kylee prepare for the trip financially, but mentally and physically as well. Going to Colorado she already knew first aid, how to pack, put up a tent and build a fire. But most notably Kylee credits Girl Scouts with giving her the skills to make new friends and carry conversations with people she’s never met before.

“Destinations help you get out of your house and off your technology to see what’s actually out there. I would recommend this adventure to all Girl Scouts so they can experience adventures that they may not be able to normally,” Kylee said!

The second round of Girl Scout Destination applications are due Feb. 15. Where will you #TravelLikeaGirlScout?!

 

#GivingTuesday – Her Vest. Her Story.

Over the past few days we’ve introduced you to four amazing Girl Scouts – Ibtihaj, Ghada, Marissa and Annaleigh! These amazing, vibrant young women have started building their very first resumes by filling their vests. Each badge represents an experience, each pin represents challenges and successes that help build these women into G.I.R.L.s (Go-getters, Innovators, Risk-takers, Leaders)!

Today is #GivingTuesday, a global movement on the Tuesday following Black Friday and Cyber Monday focusing on giving back. Uniting in good, the world comes together to give back through service and financial gifts to make a difference. At Girl Scouts, thanks to an incredible donor, gifts made on #GivingTuesday have double the impact up to $5,000! With the help of those giving on this incredible day, we have been able to help girls tell their own stories by filling their vests.

Meet four Girl Scouts that are telling their own stories through the Girl Scouting program.

Meet Girl Scout Daisy, Ibtihaj!

 

Meet Girl Scout Junior, Ghada!

 

Meet Girl Scout Cadette, Marissa!

 

Meet Girl Scout Ambassador, Annaleigh!

 

These Girl Scouts love the experiences they’re having and the life skills they’re learning. Thank you for lifting up G.I.R.L.s! Together, we can continue to build a better future for girls – one badge at a time.

 

www.gsksmo.org/givingtuesday

 

Thankful for YOU

Our Girl Scout family is something extra special. Girl Scouts stand up for each other, they are leaders and they’re making the world a better place. We’re certainly thankful for that! As Thanksgiving approaches, we want to take a moment to think about the people that make Girl Scouts something to be thankful for all year long!

Our Troop Leaders

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Troop leaders build girls up, provide them with solid role models and make Girl Scouting personal. Without our troop leaders, Girl Scouts couldn’t happen. These women AND men spend their personal time to help build up G.I.R.L.s! Whether these leaders ended up taking the lead on a troop by accident (“My mom will do it!”) or have been leading troops for decades, it’s always a life changing experience that impacts both the girls AND the leaders. Thank you for all you do!

Our Parent/Guardian/Family Volunteers

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When a team of dedicated parents get together to help a troop achieve their goal, it can have a profound impact on their Girl Scouts. Every parent, guardian and family member has a unique set of skills that they can share with girls to help them become better women. Thank you to our awesome volunteers who come out to teach special workshops, help with badges, cookies or highest awards! You rock!

Our Service Unit Volunteers

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When you fall in love with service, you often find yourself wearing many hats. We are very thankful for our service unit volunteers who take on a variety of roles within their SU’s to help girls have the best experience possible. Whether it’s leading new troop leaders as a volunteer or serving as Product Sales Manager, volunteers are the lifeblood of Girl Scouting. We are thankful for volunteers who take risks themselves and make a difference by challenging themselves in new roles!

Our Donors & Daisy’s Circle Members

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Our donors go the extra mile for girls, giving not only of their financial support, but of their time and talent. Sometimes, they’re even girls giving to girls (see our featured story above). We are so fortunate to have donors who get their hands dirty at camp, who lend their voice to advocate for girls and who host Community Programs to help girls earn patches. That type of dedication and support is what makes our donors so special. Our dedicated, enthusiastic and wonderful supporters are always creating new ways to bring others into Girl Scouts and for that, we are THANKFUL! Thank you, donors, for all you do to make Girl Scouting possible.

Our Community Partners

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If it takes a village to raise a child…and it takes an entire community to raise a Girl Scout. We are so thankful for the support of businesses that stand with girls and help them become the leaders of tomorrow. We have more than 100 incredible Community Partners who support girls through badge workshops, special events and opportunities. Thank you to our Community Partners who bring incredible experiences in the outdoors, arts, sports, STEM, service and fun forward for our G.I.R.L.s!

Our Girl Scouts (and Alumnae)

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What are we MOST thankful for this year? Our Girl Scouts, of course! From Daisies to Ambassadors to Alumnae, Girl Scouts are giving hope to the world for a brighter, GIRL SCOUT POWERED, future! As community members, we are thankful for the hundreds of thousands of hours of service that Girl Scouts give back each year. We are thankful for the mentoring that older Girl Scouts give to their younger Girl Scouts, ensuring a world where women build up other women. Finally, we are thankful for the alumnae who are leading by example as CEOs, politicians, artists and advocates. Girl Scouts, you are simply amazing. THANK YOU for all you’ve done!

 

Thank you to everyone who works together to make Girl Scouting the best experience a young girl can have! We are wishing everyone a wonderful Thanksgiving with their friends and families! Grab a slice of pie and enjoy the company of those who make our lives bright.

 

Happy Thanksgiving, Girl Scouts!

Taking the World by Storm

Meet Girl Scout Junior & Inventor Julia Luetje

From class project to world class design, our very own Girl Scout Junior Julia Luetje’s Storm Sleeper is taking the world by, well, storm! Julia is one of just five finalists in Frito-Lays national Dreamvention Competition!

You see, Julia has always been afraid of storms and living in the Midwest, the storms can be pretty loud and crazy. So when her 4th grade science competition came around, she was inspired to officially create something that might help others who were also afraid of storms. Using a lot of hot glue, a couple of bulky pillows, a blanket and a blue tooth speaker, the Storm Sleeper was born. Think of it as a specialized, high-tech pillow fort that not only blocks out the sights and sounds of storms, but obnoxious siblings and snoring parents, too!

A couple months later she was watching EllenTube and saw a call for Innovation submissions for the Dreamvention Competition and she was compelled to enter.

The Dreamvention competition has been an exciting whirlwind for the entire Luetje family! Mom and Dad found out early on that Julia was selected as a finalist, but they had to keep it a secret from Julia until she flew down to Austin, TX for what she thought was a semi-finalist meeting in early September. Upon her arrival with just four other young inventors, she was presented with a professionally made prototype and the news that she was among the top 5!

As a finalist she received $10,000, a professional prototype of her invention as well as support to patent and trademark the Storm Sleeper.

Throughout the process, Julia has sought support from her fellow Girl Scout sisters. She used troop meetings to test early prototypes and drew from projects she had done in Girl Scouts to help her actually construct the Storm Sleeper.

But now, she really needs her Girl Scout sisters’ support!

“I need votes,” Julia says!

The Dreamvention with the most votes by November 27 will win big – they’ll win a one-hour mentoring session with a celebrity mentor and $250,000.

Simply visit www.mydreamvention.com every day through November 27 on all your devices and vote for her Storm Sleeper!

Ultimately, Julia just hopes that her invention helps others – people and pets alike! Whether they’re scared of storms, or have sensory sensitivity the storm sleeper is going to make a difference in the lives of others and she’s plans to take it to market, no matter the outcome of the competition!

Julia with her parents Chucker Luetje and Susan Bernstein Luetje and her prototype and the finalists meeting.

“Winning would be crazy because I never would have thought that I would be doing this especially since I’m 10 and helping out other people is just something everyone should do and that’s really kind. It’s exciting to know that it can help other people and that my ideas are coming to life,” Julia said in a story with Fox4 Kansas City.

Gymnast. Student Council President. Inventor. Girl Scout. Let’s help Julia add Dreamvention Champion to that already impressive resume!

Don’t forget to vote every day, on all your devices for the Storm Sleeper and share with your network!

Travel Like a Girl Scout

Travel. Something Girl Scout Senior Amanda M. is incredibly passionate about. She’s been on three Girl Scout Destination trips since she was old enough to apply. Space Camp in Huntsville, AL in 2015,
Leadership in the Andes in Peru in 2016 and STEM: Energy Solutions in Germany in 2017; a progression of location, skills and experience in true Girl Scout fashion.

Left: Taking the view in at Neuschwanstein Castle. Center: Amanda at Our Chalet. Right: Enjoying the Girl Scout energy at Our Chalet!

Over the course of 13 days this summer, Amanda, along with 15 other Girl Scouts from around the United States traveled throughout Germany and Switzerland learning about sustainable and renewable energy and global energy policies.

“I’ve always know that I wanted to work with sustainable energy, something that’s good for the environment. I knew this Destination would further my knowledge and passion and give me real life experiences that weren’t just isolated in the United States,” Amanda said.

This Destination, like her others, was an eye-opening experience for Amanda.

Before they left the country, the group of 16 Girl Scouts spent two days in Boston getting to know each other and learning about sustainable energy in the United States so they would understand the differences when they were learning Germany and Switzerland. One perspective they gained was how other countries value their energy sources more than the United States because unlike the United States, they’ve experienced a loss of them. As a young country, the United States just can’t relate in that way.

 

Left: Turbines at a power plant in Germany. Center: Wind turbine in Switzerland. Right: Green living project.

This Girl Scout Destination experience, like her others, diversify her learning and expand her studies outside of school.

“Destinations are a great outlet for girls to not only extend their education, but extend themselves as people,” Amanda explained. “You can take a girl and give her Google, or give her a ticket to go to Peru or Germany and the education is completely different. My generation wants to just watch things on YouTube; stepping outside of their comfort zone will give them life. It’s an impact that is completely unfathomable.”

This Destination had a significant impact on Amanda as a Girl Scout as well. While in Switzerland they had the opportunity to visit one of the World Centers, Our Chalet in Adelboden. As if they hadn’t bonded as Girl Scouts already, they were once again reminded of the national and global Movement they all belong to. While at Our Chalet they met British Girl Guides and Amanda describes the bond as almost instant.

Amanda’s Destination group at Our Chalet.

As recognition of her passion for travel and education through Girl Scout Destinations, Amanda was nominated as Girl Scout of the year by EF Girl Scouts, the travel partner of Girl Scouts of the USA. As part of her nomination, she had to write about her Destination experiences.

Standing below a towering windmill you take a deep breath of air and look out across the valley.  Chalets sprinkled across the hillside open their windows to welcome in the fresh summer air.  Some people don’t understand just how essential travel is to developing one’s self.  To me, travel is important because it affords me the opportunity to experience other cultures in a way that I would not be able to inside of a classroom.  The life lessons you can learn just by getting on an airplane and walking around a plaza in Peru, or a museum in Germany, or a Koi pond in Japan can never be replicated.  So I encourage you to travel.  See things like you have never seen before, live life through a lens of curiosity.

 These experiences can be even more impactful when going on a trip with a group of strangers. After just a few days of friendship you will start to feel like you have known your new acquaintances for your whole life.  As a group of Girl Scouts I developed deep ever-lasting bonds with young women from all areas of the United States.  While touring Our Chalet in Switzerland my American group met British Girl Guides, and the bond was almost instant.  Within minutes we were singing songs, shared social media handles, and told stories of our experiences as Scouts. Whether visiting abroad or within the borders, meeting a group of Girl Scouts is like finding long lost sisters, and the adults, parents.  The experience I received on the trip helped to form my world view, and I hope that you will love it as much as I did.

Amanda is truly a G.I.R.L. (Go-getter, Innovator, Risk-taker, Leader) when it comes to travel!

Applications are now open for 2018 Girl Scout Destinations and the first deadline to apply with preferential placing is November 15. Don’t wait, plan your trip to #travellikeagirlscout!

G.I.R.L. 2017 – That’s a Wrap!

A GSKSMO Point of View

Earlier this month, Girl Scouts of the USA held their National Council Session and Convention – G.I.R.L. 2017. Thousands of Girl Scouts, and those who support them, came together for the largest girl-led event in the world! But, you didn’t have to look far to spot a member of our council! Girl Scouts of NE Kansas & NW Missouri was well represented with four girl delegates, six adult volunteer delegates, a staff member on the planning team and a girl member on the G-Team (the nickname for the girl-led planning team). To top it off, our own Gold Award Alumna and Miss Teen USA, Sophia Dominguez-Heithoff was a G.I.R.L. speaker among other women including Gabby Douglas, Chelsea Clinton, Mae Jemison and Barbara Pierce Bush!

Over the course of four days, Columbus, OH was turned Girl Scout green. This national event kicked off with the 54th National Council Session where delegates were responsible for influencing the strategic direction of the Movement  by providing guidance to the Girl Scouts of the USA Board of Directors, in the form of electing new board members, amending the Constitution and proposing positive change. After the official business was done, G.I.R.L. 2017 truly kicked off with inspiring speakers, entertaining performances and a celebration of all G.I.R.L.s (go-getters, innovators, risk-takers & leaders).

For our girl delegates Akela C., Aidin M., Lauren M., and Amanda M. and G-Team Member, Caroline S., this was a Girl Scout experience of a lifetime!

Left: Delegates and Staff of GSKSMO. Right: Delegates Lauren , Aidin & Amanda with G-Team Member Caroline (2nd from Left).

What was it like to be a Convention delegate?

Being a delegate was pretty scary at first. But once I really understood what I was doing, it felt like a proud commitment that I could remember.
   -Akela C., Delegate

Being a delegate at convention was a wonderful experience. I learned about parliamentary procedure and how the voting process works.
   -Aidin M., Delegate

To be a convention delegate was a once in a life time opportunity to meet new people and get a say in the decisions of tomorrow. Some of the discussions were long during the voting process but every new speaker brought up a new and unique point that added to the conversation of pros and cons and even long term implications.
   -Lauren M., Delegate

It was amazing and such an empowering experience!  Being in the presence of some of the most amazing and accomplished women in the world was awing.
   -Amanda M., Delegate

What was it like to be on the G-Team, Caroline?

Being a part of the G-Team was being a part of a sisterhood. Through countless hours of work during the year and a half we had to plan G.I.R.L, we worked as a pack, even when we got no sleep. Helping each other up and cheering each other on with every step we took.  Each girl on G-TEAM was on a different sub-team. I was on the Marketing and Design team, and I worked with four other girls to reach people on social media, design the look of convention, and also run girl spaces at G.I.R.L. As an entire G-Team we went to Columbus the summer before Convention in 2016, and went to Edith Macy conference center in New York and GSUSA in NYC in August of 2017. Through these two trips we had conference calls, meetings, and more than anything we bonded as a team. The special thing about the women on my sub-committee was their drive towards something bigger than themselves. Each time we met, they inspired me to go further, to reach as high as possible, and be a woman of confidence and kindness.
   -Caroline S., G-Team

Describe G.I.R.L. 2017 in 280 characters or less.

G.I.R.L. 2017 was an inspiring experience that showed me how to be a G.I.R.L. and opened up new experiences for me.
   -Akela C., Delegate

 very girl at Convention had the opportunity to meet other girls from around the world through breakout sessions, SWAPS, or simply talking to many different people. G.I.R.L was a hub of girl power. Everywhere you turned the event fostered creativity and excitement, and every girl came out of the event feeling proud to be a G.I.R.L.
-Caroline S., G-Team Member

G.I.R.L. 2017 was a wonderful, life-changing experience that I will never forget; bringing girls from all over the nation together to make decisions for the future of Girl Scouts. I made lifelong friendships at convention and have irreplaceable memories. I’m so honored that I was a part of this experience.
   -Aidin M., Delegate

G.I.R.L. 2017 was an event to include and inspire girls and women from all walks of life to be Go-Getters, Risk Takers, Innovators, and Leaders.  Speakers from all over the world flew into Columbus, Ohio to launch the next generation of leaders.  In less than a week Girl Scouts of the USA changed thousands of lives, forever.
   -Amanda M., Delegate

GSKSMO Delegates with GSUSA CEO, Sylvia Acevedo.

What inspired you or surprised you about G.I.R.L. 2017?

Convention had several surprises and inspiring moments. The biggest surprise to me was that I went into this event thinking the role I played in planning G.I.R.L would be the most inspiring and exciting aspect of the trip. While it was exciting to see our hard work put into action, it was more so all the other women I met that inspired me the most. I met women from all over the world who were determined to make a positive impact on the Girl Scouting Movement.
   -Caroline S., G-Team Member

I loved the feeling of being included and knowing that I had friends everywhere I went in both the city and the event hall, we really did turn Columbus Girl Scout green!
-Amanda M., Delegate

I was inspired by all the speakers that shared their stories and careers. The speakers taught me that it is okay that I am not set on my future (none of them were). Sally Jewell, the 51st Secretary of Interior, originally was going to be a dentist. She went on to work on an outdoor clothing line and was appointed by President Obama which is pretty cool.
   -Aidin M., Delegate

At convention, one of the things that inspired me were how brave some of the girls were to get up and challenge ideas, even when they weren’t popular. It showed me that while many people adhere to the status quo, we don’t have to. We can challenge ideas when we see fit.
   -Akela C., Delegate

 What speaker resonated the most with you? Why?

The speaker that resonated with me the most was Sophia Dominguez-Heithoff, Miss Teen USA. She is from my hometown, and she’s not only Miss Teen USA, but a Gold Award recipient as well. She said that she was Sophia first, and everything else second. This was inspiring not only because it shows anyone can make an impact, but that your achievements don’t have to become your identity.
   -Akela C., Delegate

NASA Astronaut, Mae Jemison resonated with me because she asked us, “What do you INTEND to be?” instead of “What are you going to be?” Which I answered with I intend to be a good student, to go to college, and become a lifetime Girl Scout. Also Sophia Dominguez-Heithoff was awesome to hear speak because she had earned her Gold Award, is Miss Teen USA, graduated high school and going to college a year early… all at 17. Just one year older than me. That’s crazy!!! Also she was just super nice in general; being from her council made us feel more connected.
   -Aidin M., Delegate

Gold Award recipient Vilmarie Ocasio resonated the most with me because while presenting her Gold Award she spoke with contagious passion and inspired me to take a step forward in my community and make a change for the better.
   -Amanda M., Delegate

As an emcee at the opening ceremony, I got the chance to introduce Mae Jemison on stage and ask her a couple of questions. I was absolutely astounded by her story. I am inspired because as a woman who would like to go into a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) field, she inspires me to never give in to the setbacks that may come in my way. Mae had a passion for something bigger than herself, and she never took no for an answer on her path to success.
   -Caroline S., G-Team

GSKSMO Girl Scouts with Gold Award Alumna & Miss Teen USA, Sophia Dominguez-Heithoff.

What did you learn at Convention that you want to bring back to your troop, service unit or council?

At G.I.R.L I learned that women can achieve the impossible if we are working as one. From my role on the G-Team and listening to other speakers talk, I saw firsthand the work that we can accomplish if we bind together. I also realized how important it is for all Girl Scouts to encourage other girls to join the Girl Scouting Movement. In my life and in the lives of many other girls I have met, we would not have had the same learning experiences if we had not been in Girl Scouts, and this is something we need to share with the world! Girl Scouting is so powerful and positive, it should be spread to all!
   -Caroline S., G-Team

It’s vital that we keep girls and women in Girl Scouts, and doing so will change the world for the better.  By encouraging girls to go outside, learn about the world, and explore new places and ideas we can foster a new generation of Go-getters, Innovators, Risk-takers, and Leaders!
   –Amanda M., Delegate

One thing I learned at convention that I wanted to bring back was how many amazing opportunities there are for Girl Scouts. Many people tend to think of Girl Scouts as sitting quietly at a table sewing and making baskets, but we have the opportunities to go rock climbing, hiking, camping, diving, swimming, and so, so much more.
   -Akela C., Delegate

I learned about how big the Girl Scouts is; that we have so many sisters around the United States and world. I will take back my excitement and passion for the future of Girl Scouts back to my service unit and troop.
   -Aidin M., Delegate

Is there anything else you want to share about your Convention experience?

For any girls who have the opportunity to go as a Delegate or just attend convention, you should. You might have to travel far but you will meet people from all over the world and as a Delegate you will get to leave your imprint on Girl Scouts. You might meet people with opposing views or people that have a different life path than you but being able to share this Girl Scout experience with so many other people is extremely inspiring. At convention, you are not only told how the world is your oyster but how you can make the work as your oyster and they encourage you to do so.
   -Lauren M., Delegate

I would encourage anyone if they have the opportunity to go to the 2020 National Girl Scout Convention in Orlando, FL. This event was truly life changing for everyone who attended, and the next convention will be too.
   -Caroline S., G-Team

Thank you, Girl Scouts, for representing GKSMO so incredibly well!

STEMing Ahead with Community Partners

Full STEM Ahead!! When it comes to STEM experiences, no organization offers girls the wide range of opportunities that Girl Scouts does. Just ask Girl Scout Troop 5571 from KCMO! This Brownie troop has taken full advantage of the many programs available through the Girl Scout Community Partner Program! In fact, the troop was so active and showcased so many cool things that at recruitment night, they grew from a troop of 6…to a troop of 22! WOW!

“The Community Partner [program] is great. Because we did so many last year, my troop grew from 6 to 22,” Renita Hudson, leader for Troop 5571 said.

Troop 5571 delivering cookies to Fire Station 37 in South KCMO, as a service project.

Showing photos from all their service projects and Community Partner programs really made a difference for parents who weren’t sure what exactly a Girl Scout troop experience was like. Renita was able to show that Girl Scouting is girl-led and that being in a troop gives girls access to experiences they would never be able to have outside the program. Where else can girls get on field experiences with the KC Chiefs, like Troop 5571 did just last month?! Only in Girl Scouts!

This was Renita’s first year leading the troop on her own and the Community Partner opportunities help her create a full troop experience without having to plan every detail. Last year, they participated in  events at Google Fiber, Avila University and the Belger Art Center, just to name a few. It certainly was a busy year of learning for these Brownies.

Renita Hudson and her daughter, Veronica at Inspire a Girl 2017 and participating in STEM activities.

In addition to Community Partner STEM programming, Renita received STEM training from GSKSMO trainer, Kate Hood. “Trainings with Kate were great. She said she was there for us beyond class. Since this is the first time leading on my own, it’s good to know I have someone who can help,” Renita said. The troop even received books to help the girls along their STEM journey. Once the training was over, Renita took the books to her girls and watched their faces light up.

“Just getting the Journey books and seeing all the choices they had made my girls so excited,” Renita said. “[Girl Scouts] is about building our girls up […] and STEM experiences led by women give them confidence.”

As a troop leader, Renita gets to see firsthand the interest in STEM spark in her young girls. For some, incorporating STEM programming can be intimidating, but as Renita has shown, by taking advantage of the programs already available through Girl Scouting, there’s no better place for a girl to grow as a leader in STEM and in life.

Thank you, Renita, for leading girls through STEM adventures. When parents see unrivaled opportunities and want their daughters to be G.I.R.L.s (Go-getters, Innovators, Risk-takers, Leaders)TM, the future looks BRIGHT for Girl Scouts! If you’d like to know more about the Community Partner Program or have an organization that would like to create opportunities for girls, check out our Community Partners page here!

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!