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Girl Scout Cookie Season 2022 Kicks Off Nationally, Inspiring Innovation

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Girl Scout Leap Year Meeting

If you want to take a break from regular badge work, here is a once every four years Girl Scout Leap Year meeting.

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For many leaders who are in the cookie zone, the end of February may seem like a long way off. Booth sales, cookie meetings, and cookie cupboard pickups are front and center right now. Even though it is a few weeks away, it isn’t too soon to start planning your upcoming meetings.

This year, in 2024, leaders have the once every four years opportunity to celebrate Leap Year with their troop. Daisies don’t remember what a Leap Year is, as they were toddlers the last time one occurred in 2020. 

Leaders, here is an opportunity for your troop to celebrate February 29th, 2024 with this Girl Scout Leap Year Meeting resource.

Girl Scout Leap Year Meeting


 
Girl Scout Leap Year Meeting



Included in this resource:

  • Leap Year trivia game
  • Movement activities
  • Thinking games
  • Recipes and other food activities
  • Future Me page
  • Coloring pages
  • All printables

What are you planning to do for your Girl Scout Leap Year meeting?

Girl Scout Daisy Craft and Tinker Meeting Plans

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The Girls Scouts of the USA have issued some new badges for Daisies, Brownie and Juniors. One of the newest badges is the Girl Scout Daisy Craft and Tinker Badge.

What is the Girl Scout Daisy Craft and Tinker Badge?

The Girl Scout Daisy Craft and Tinker Badge badge will have your troop  creating something new, but thinking about who they are making it for and what they need to make it work. They will get to use different craft tools to make a gift for someone special.


Girl Scout Daisy Craft and Tinker Badge


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What's included in this resource:

  • All three steps
  • Hands on stations activity for Step 1
  • Choice of three different age appropriate crafts for Step 2
  • Easy discussion for Step 3


The Girl Scout Daisy Snacks Badge Has Arrived!

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When my daughter was a Daisy Scout back in 2008-2010, there were no badges to earn. Fast forward to now, and there are so many choices for leaders to use with their girls.

One choice that is missing from the roster of Daisy badges is a food oriented badge. Every other level has one or two. When a leader has a multi-level troop, she has no badge option for her Daisies to earn; all she can give them is a fun patch.

I have created an unofficial Girl Scout Daisy Snacks badge, complete with requirements! Whether you are a Daisies only level troop or a multi-level troop, this badge your girls will enjoy earning.


Girl Scout Daisy Snacks Badge


What is the Girl Scout Daisy Snacks Badge?

The badge requirements include a preparation page with an introduction and a list of what items are needed. 

While Daisy badges require only three steps for completion, four steps are included. This gives leaders choices and also makes it easier to integrate with your Brownies who are earning their Snacks badge.

The options are:

  • Make a Savory Snack
  • Make a Sweet Snack
  • Snacks for Energy
  • Slurp a Snack

All of the steps include multiple recipes and are no bake. There are alternative options for those who have peanut allergies in the troop.

In addition, the snacks are easy for the girls to prepare.

The badge has an iron on backing-no sewing required!

Where on the Uniform Can You Place the Girl Scout Daisy Snacks Badge?

The Snacks badge is unofficial, so technically, it is supposed to go on the back of the vest. 

That being said, there are no badge police and you can place it on the front. That is what I did for my daughter when she earned some unofficial badges. No one said a word as she proudly bridged to Adult and those badges were on the front of her vest!





Guide Girl Scouts Along their Mental Wellness Journey with New Patches


Everyone faces their own struggles at some point. Whether it's navigating the ebbs and flows of challenging emotions or learning how to resolve conflicts with friends, life inevitably presents us with a variety of surprises. The Girl Scouts' NEW Mental Wellness Patch Program provides tips and free activities to assist girls on their mental wellness journey, all while reminding them that it's okay to not be okay when confronted with life's hurdles. In an effort to diminish the stigma surrounding mental health, the Girl Scouts' new patch program reshapes our perspective on every emotion and the act of expressing how we feel, encouraging everyone to view it as a display of strength and a significant step in our personal self-discovery.

In this increasingly challenging world, the imperative to cultivate skills nurturing mental wellness has never been more pronounced, particularly among the younger generation. Equally vital is our role as champions, guiding them through the intricate landscape of their emotions. Introducing Girl Scouts Mental Wellness activities, which unveils a trio of new patches. Each of these patches is meticulously designed to equip girls with the tools to navigate the demands of school, the influence of social media, the flux of emotions, and beyond.

Knowing My Emotions (Girl Scout Juniors, Grades 4-5)

Naming our emotions makes them a lot easier to handle and through these activities kids will learn to do just that. Once they’ve put words to their emotions, Girl Scouts will discover ways to navigate through them, effectively communicate what they are feeling, and learn how to stay mindful as new feelings arise.

Finding My Voice (Girl Scout Cadettes, Grades 6-8)

It’s important for everyone to be able to advocate for themselves. These activities will help kids identify their own voice while also teaching them one of life’s most crucial skills: empathy. The activities offer insights into recognizing warning signs and providing support for friends who might be struggling. Additionally, they'll learn about mental health stigma, how to combat it, and to be more mindful when it comes to how screen time makes them feel.

Showing Up for Me and You (Girl Scout Seniors and Ambassadors, Grades 9-12)

When teens understand the impact of mental wellness, it prepares and encourages them to not only advocate for themselves, but stand up for others, especially during tough times. With these activities, Girl Scouts learn ways to nurture themselves with self-care practices such as taking a moment to breathe and reset, or journaling about their emotions whenever a difficult situation comes up. They’ll also learn how to offer support to others when it’s needed most, through active listening, words of encouragement, and showing up with compassion.
 
While everyone experiences struggles and we can’t predict what challenges may come our way, the activities in this patch program help Girl Scouts create a safe, supportive community where expressing emotions and advocating for each other is championed and encouraged. As Girl Scouts continue to navigate school, social media, changing emotions, friendships, and other pressures, they’ll carry the self-care and coping skills they learned with them, growing into themselves with strength and confidence.

Explore FREE Girl Scouts Mental Wellness activities and unlock a special patch today!
 

If you, or anyone you know, is struggling, text the Suicide & Crisis Lifeline, 741741 or call 988 for support. You can also find other useful resources at girlscouts.org/mentalwellness.

This mental wellness program is made possible by HCA Healthcare Foundation and developed in collaboration with the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI).

Please note that the content provided in this blog is for informational purposes only and should not be used as a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. If you are experiencing a mental health emergency or have concerns about your mental health, please seek immediate help by calling emergency services, a mental health crisis hotline in your area, or reaching out to a licensed mental health professional. Suicide & Crisis Lifeline: 988 and National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-TALK (1-800-273-8255). These hotlines are available 24/7 and provide free, confidential support to anyone experiencing a mental health crisis or suicidal thoughts.

Stay Ahead of the Game: Six Tips to Beat the Summer Slide



Get ready to step into summer with a splash of fun and a dash of learning. Say goodbye to the dreaded "summer slide" (loss of academic skills when girls are not engaged in educational activities) as we highlight six exciting ways to make this summer a blast for you and your Girl Scout. Let's dive in!

Keep it Green. Get Outside:

Exploring nature promotes critical thinking, problem-solving, and creativity, all essential skills which can help prevent academic regression. Outdoor programs, such as the Girl Scouts Love the Outdoors Challenge, also provide opportunities for hands-on learning and exploration no matter where you live. So, whether you’re surrounded by city blocks or forests, your Girl Scout can get involved today!

Explore FREE Educational Resources at The Achievery ™:


Girl Scouts and AT&T are collaborating to deliver FREE, entertaining, and engaging [RNV3] educational resources to students The Achievery, a digital learning platform from AT&T with over 500 learning units. The Achievery is a fantastic opportunity for your Girl Scout to enhance her skills in various areas, including digital literacy, social emotional learning, math, science, and more. Sign up for a FREE account today!

STEM-brace the Fun:

Summer is a perfect time to earn one of many exciting STEM badges. By actively engaging in STEM badge activities, your Girl Scout will maintain their academic progress, stay motivated, and build a strong foundation for future learning and success.

Find Your Inner Artist:

Encourage your Girl Scout to express herself creatively through art. Explore badges such as Digital Photographer, Dancer, or Jeweler. Artistic activities ignite imagination and curiosity in girls, encouraging them to explore new ideas and perspectives. This fosters a love for learning and cultivates a passion for creativity and self-expression.

Volunteer in the Community:

Girl Scouts don’t just dream of a better world—they go out and make it. Get started on a Service Project and help your girl develop important life skills and empathy. Collaborate with local organizations and explore volunteer opportunities that align with Girl Scout values.

Write it Down. Create a Summer Learning Journal:

Encourage your Girl Scout to keep a summer learning journal. This journal can include drawings, writings, or even photos of summer adventures. The process of journaling helps reinforce their learning, improve writing skills, and create lasting memories of their summer activities.

Preventing the summer slide is crucial for your Girl Scout’s continued growth and development. Remember, summer can be a time for both fun and learning. Want more? Check out the Badge Explorer to find your next badge, or explore fun activities for all ages and grade levels.


Girl Scout Tree Promise: Growing a Greener Future Together!



When Girl Scouts come together, their collective power knows no bounds. It's a force that transcends individual efforts and creates waves of positive change. Now, imagine channeling this collective strength towards a cause that helps the planet. Say hello to the Girl Scout Tree Promise!

The long-standing Girl Scout Tree Promise program has new and improved guidance to ensure it’s easier than ever to take action. Join us as we plant, protect, and honor trees, to create positive change and make the world a better place.

Made possible by General Motors, participants will learn to protect natural resources, be advocates for causes they believe in, and work as a team—all while having fun with friends and family.


Why Trees Matter Everywhere


Deforestation is hurting our planet. Trees help reduce pollution, prevent erosion, take carbon out of the air, and so much more. When forests are cut down, not as much carbon is removed from the atmosphere, creating last climate effects such as severe weather. But fear not, because Girl Scouts are on a mission to make a difference!

Girl Scouts worldwide have pledged to take 5 million actions to address climate change. Already, Girl Scouts and friends have planted trees, protected new trees and existing tree cover, engaged with citizen science projects, and honored trees. They’ve even acted to raise their voices for the environment at conferences and in their communities. But our work is far from over—we need your help!

 

How to Make a Difference with the Girl Scout Tree Promise


By completing the Girl Scout Tree Promise, you not only contribute to a greener planet but also unlock a special patch. Here’s your road map:

Make the Girl Scout Tree Promise: From Daisies to Ambassadors, every member and friend of Girl Scouts can get involved. Make the Tree Promise and explore the fascinating ways trees make our world a better place.

Plant, Protect, or Honor Trees: Download the Activity and Volunteer Guides for background information, instructions, and ideas on how you can take action.

Plant: A seemingly small act with a colossal impact. Whether through Girl Scouts, with your community, or even by hosting your own tree-planting, every tree counts. Log your efforts in the Girl Scout Tree Promise Tracker and create a care plan to nurture your planted trees.

Protect: Deforestation is a global issue. Protect existing trees to ensure our ecosystems thrive. Trees need our help, especially in the face of threats like wildfires, disease, and climate change.

Honor: Deepen your connection with nature by learning about and appreciating local trees. This connection inspires action and reinforces our commitment to the environment.

Unlock the Patch: Once you make the Tree Promise and plant, protect, or honor trees, you can find the special patch in the Girl Scout Shop.
 


The power to make a change is in your hands. By making the Girl Scout Tree Promise, you become an essential part of a collective effort to create a better future. Let’s grow a greener world together—one tree at a time! #GirlScoutTreePromise

More Ways to Make a Difference and Keep the Fun Going!




Made possible by General Motors and the Elliott Wildlife Values Project.
Special thanks to American Forests, the Arbor Day Foundation, and SciStarter.