The Program (58)
Established in 1926, World Thinking Day is observed on February 22 of each year and celebrates Girl Scouting’s global sisterhood. This is a day when all Girl Scouts think of their sister Girl Scouts and Girl Guides all over the world and remember that they are part of an international movement.
Let your girls help decide what they would like to do to celebrate World Thinking Day and think of their global sisterhood. Remember there are girls around the world celebrating with you. Happy Thinking Day!
Here are just a few ideas for celebrating World Thinking Day. I’m sure your girls will have many more!
Have a tasting event of foods from other cultures and countries
Have a style/fashion show displaying styles from a WAGGGS member country
Learn games or songs from another country
Learn to speak another language - learn to say "Happy Birthday," or how to sing the birthday song.
Learn how others celebrate their holidays and customs, etc.
Give the gift of international travel by donating to the Juliette Low World Friendship Fund
Check out the badge, resources, and activities on worldthinkingday.org, a website run by the World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts
Contact a World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts member organization to ask if you can be matched with an international penpal
March 12 commemorates the day in 1912 when Juliette Gordon Low officially registered the first 18 girl members of Girl Scouts in the USA in Savannah, Georgia. There are many ways to celebrate the Girl Scout birthday. You can try one of the activities that follow or create a birthday bash of your own. Whatever you do ... make sure to have a Happy Girl Scout Birthday!
Create a "Birthday Party in a Bag" and present it to a local shelter
Contact the Activity Director at a local senior citizen home and offer to plan and put on the March birthday party
Plant a tree or beautify an area in honor of Girl Scout Birthday Week
Plan a Girl Scout birthday party and invite non-Girl Scouts to participate
Earn the Girl Scout Ways badge or the Promise Center of the Daisy petals
Create a Girl Scout Scrapbook for your troop/group, and tell the story of how your troop began and what you've done together
Participate in a Girl Scouts Forever Green project
Girl Scout Week
Celebrated each March, Girl Scout Week is the week that includes the Girl Scout Birthday of March 12. The week starts with Girl Scout Sunday and ends with Girl Scout Sabbath on Saturday.
These days give girls an opportunity to attend their place of worship and be recognized as a Girl Scout. If a place of worship is the group sponsor, girls may perform a service, such as greeting, ushering, or doing a flag ceremony. These days can also be a time when girls explore other faiths.
Girl Scouting and the Religious Community Working Together
Historically, Girl Scouting has been committed to diversity, religious and otherwise, and a rich tapestry of religious beliefs is reflected in the Girl Scout membership. While we believe spirituality is a motivating force, the organization is founded on American democratic principles, one of which is the freedom of religion. Girl Scouts is an inclusive organization and welcomes girls of all religious beliefs and backgrounds.
Many faith based groups have developed religious award activities that encourage Girl Scouts to become stronger members of their faith.
The values expressed in the Girl Scout Promise and Law are universal -- for example, honesty, fairness, sisterhood, and making the world a better place. In working with her faith group, a Girl Scout reinforces her commitment to her faith. At the same time, religious groups strengthen their connection to girls, their families, and youth in their communities.
My Promise, My Faith Awards
Girls in all levels can earn Girl Scouts of the USA's My Promise, My Faith pin each year that
they are in Girl Scouting. This award allows girls to strengthen the relationship between their Girl Scouting and faith journeys.
To see an overview of the My Promise, My Faith awards, click here for the English version, and click here for the Spanish version. The requirements for earning these pins are included in the Girl's Guide to Girl Scouting for all levels.
To Serve God Religious Recognitions
Over 25 faith communities have created religious award programs to help girls connect Girl Scouting with their faith.
Each religious organization/committee develops and administers its own program.
GSUSA recognizes these programs and allows the recognition to be worn on the official uniform.
Religious awards are optional programs for girls to complete with the help of their families and religious leaders.
Download the To Serve God Religious Awards Brochure that explains the what, who, how, and why of the religious awards.
Girl Scout Sunday/Girl Scout Sabbath
Celebrated in March each year, Girl Scout Sunday and Girl Scout Sabbath give girls an opportunity to attend their place of worship and be recognized as a Girl Scout. Girls may perform a service, such as greeting, ushering, or doing a flag ceremony. These days are also a time when girls can explore other faiths and can attend a new place of worship.
Girl Scout week is celebrated in March, begins on Girl Scout Sunday and ending on Girl Scout Sabbath on Saturday, and always includes the Girl Scout Birthday, March 12.
Girls build their own leadership experience in Girl Scouting by selecting topics and interests that inspire and intrigue them. Here you'll find information on a range of opportunities for special interests. Happy exploring!
Council Patch Programs -- Patch programs provide the opportunity to explore topics beyond those in the handbooks and other GSUSA resources.
Find Your Faith -- Historically, Girl Scouting has been committed to diversity, religious and otherwise, and a rich tapestry of religious beliefs is reflected in the Girl Scout membership.
Girl Scout Birthday -- There are many ways to celebrate the Girl Scout birthday!
Thinking Day/World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts -- A day when all Girl Scouts think of their sister Girl Scouts and Girl Guides all over the world and remember that they are part of an international movement.
Additional Program Ops -- These are ongoing (not dated) program opportunities offered by collaborative organizations.
The Girl’s Guide to Girl Scouting is a colorful, easy-to-use binder for girls at each program level. It's includes the handbook and badges, plus a "My Girl Scouts" section for girls to find fun activities and ways to customize their Girl Scout experience.
The book has three main sections:
- Girl Scout Handbook to introduce girls to traditions, stories, and uniforms, as well as awards they are eligible to earn at their level
- Girl Scout Badges that lists requirements for earning Legacy, Cookie Program, and Financial Literacy badges, with room for girls to insert additional skill-building badge requirements according to their interests
- My Girl Scouts with fun resources for bringing their Girl Scout experience to life, and where girls can insert their own records of their Girl Scout experience
|Click here to download tips for using the Girl's Guides with Daisies, Brownies, and Juniors.||Click to download tips for using the Girls' Guides with Cadettes, Seniors, and Ambassadors.|
The Girl Scout Leadership Experience is all about helping girls be leaders in their daily lives while preparing them for future leadership roles in every walk of life. Below are tools for you to use in guiding girls who want to know how they can help after a disaster.
A girl-friendly tip sheet for girls of all program levels.
A resource to help staff and volunteers guide girls who want to know how they can help after a disaster.
The Presidential Volunteer Service Award (PVSA) recognizes and honors those who set the standard for service, encourage a sustained commitment to civic participation and inspire others to make service a central part of their lives. Any individual, family, or group are eligible to be recognized for volunteer hours earned over a 12-month period or for the Call to Service Award, over a lifetime. Service that qualifies for the Presidential Volunteer Service Award includes time given to the community, school, faith institutions and medical institutions. Volunteers are nominated by the organization or entity that either benefits from the service or that has facilitated the service hours.
Girl Scout volunteers are nominated by Girl Scouts of Greater South Texas.
Kids: Age 5-14
Young Adults: Age 15-25
Adults: Age 26+
Kids: 50-74 hours
Young Adults: 100 -174 hours
Adults: 100-249 hours
Family & Groups: 200-499 hours
Kids: 75-99 hours
Young Adults: 175-249 hours
Adults: 250-499 hours
Family & Groups: 500-999 hours
Kids: 100+ hours
Young Adults: 250+ hours
Adults: 500+ hours
Family & Groups: 1000+ hours
Call to Service Award
All Ages: 4,000+ hours of volunteer service over a lifetime
Girl Scouts has a rich history of empowering girls to help improve their communities. Since 1912, Girl Scout groups throughout the country have participated in community service projects addressing everything from caring for animals, baking for troops, serving senior citizens to improving the environment. Community service projects such as tending a local garden at a school or church can be completed in one day. Other endeavors, such as adopting grandparents through the Silver Lining program can span multiple visits throughout the year. Whatever the group decides to undertake, girls learn the benefit of giving back to the community.
Take Action is designed to elevate traditional Girl Scout community service from meeting an immediate need to advocacy projects that make change happen. Girls identify a cause they feel passionate about, and with advocacy and action, make a change. Girls can create a Take Action project with each leadership journey they complete. Girl Scout Bronze, Silver and Gold Award projects are all Take Action projects.
Take Action projects encourage girls to think bigger and to address problems in such a way that positive change occurs. Girl Scouts can focus on accomplishing the following measurable outcomes from taking action:
Girls can identify community needs.
Girls are resourceful problem solvers.
Girls advocate for themselves and others, locally and globally.
Girls educate and inspire others to act.
Girls feel empowered to make a difference in the world.
Here are seven steps to a successful Take Action project:
1. Map It—Investigate community needs and problem causes
2. Plan It—Prepare a Take Action plan
3. Do It—Act “with” the community
4. Think About It—Reflect on the project’s impact
5. Advocate for It—Demonstrate the importance of the issue to others
6. Be Proud of It—Celebrate the accomplishments
7. Keep It Going—Think about how the project could be sustained
Be Sure to Report Your Service!
A community service report form for troops and communities/service units is included on the second page of the Financial Report. Individual girls (who are not members of troops) can also use this form, or the forms provided in the Girl's Guide to Girl Scouting to log community service. It's very important to report all service completed, whether the service is through the council, service unit/community, troop, or as an individual Girl Scout. Submit your community service hours with your Troop or Service Unit/Community Financial Report semiannually and March 15 and September 30.
Project Undercover - The GSGST Council-wide Service Project
Join Greater South Texas in providing an often overlooked and much-needed item for children in the care of the Texas Department of Family Protective Services - undergarments.
The Presidential Volunteer Service Award is the premier volunteer awards program to encourage a life of service. Your recognition inspires others to take positive action to change the world.
When disaster strikes, Girl Scouts reach out to those in need, seek out ways to be part of solution, and improve people's lives. See helpful information on how you and your Girl Scout group can help after a disaster.
The It's Your Story—Tell It! leadership journey series uses a storytelling theme in a fun and grade-level relevant way for girls to better understand themselves and their potential. Building a strong sense of self is an underlying goal of the series, which was made possible in part by a generous grant from the Dove Self-Esteem Fund. Girls develop media literacy, creative expression, and leadership skills through fun and engaging multidisciplinary content and activities. All along the journey, girls have opportunities to engage in a variety of arts, including performing, visual, culinary, and new media, to tell their stories and take action to make the world a better place.
Girl Scout Daisies learn just how much they can care for animals and for themselves—and just how good that makes them feel. Animals and flowers share their stories and encourage girls to find and tell their own stories.
Stories are all around us - in movies, in books, on television, on the news, in advertisements, and even on cereal boxes. Stories inspire and motivate. On this journey, stories teach Girl Scout Brownies clues about how they can create positive change in the world—change that affects girls.
Girl Scout Juniors learn just how many roles are open to them in the world and the possibilities those roles open for them. aMuse helps girls take center stage and try out more roles than they ever thought possible. As they find out there is more to their story, girls may feel stronger, walk taller, and gain confidence!
Girl Scout Cadettes look for the ME in media and learn how they can shape media—for themselves, their community and the world. MEdia helps girls think about who is responsible for telling all the stories they see around them and how they can use their story to help "re-make" the forms of media they see around them.
Girl Scout Seniors learn how widening their network broadens their world, and benefits the world as well. Girls learn to understand the power of sisterhood in their own lives and in the world. What girls start can spiral outward and change the world.
Girl Scout Ambassadors learn to dream big, now and for their future, and begin their legacy as leaders who help others achieve their dreams too. As they prepare to move from high school into the next phase of their lives, Bliss helps girls navigate life's twists and turns in order to realize their dreams.
It's Your Planet -- Love It! journeys invite Girl Scouts of every age on an adventure to explore the wonders of Earth as they enjoy the natural world. These journeys have been intentionally designed to engage girls in investigating science, seeking answers to questions about issues that have global effects, learning about female professionals from around the globe who are saving the planet, and creating and implementing plans to take action. Upon completion of the journeys, girls will be prepared to carry out substantial award projects.
In this journey for kindergarteners and first graders, Girl Scout Daisies join their flower friends for an exciting road trip in a flower-powered car. As they travel the country living the values of the Girl Scout Law, the girls and their flower friends enjoy what's local and learn why that's important. They experience what's great about what grows near them, and they learn how their own special skills make the world a better place.
This journey for second and third graders follows friends Alejandra, Campbell, Jamila, and Brownie Elf as they enjoy some amazing wonders of water. Girls will learn about the endless water cycle and enjoy making their own rainbows as they explore our precious resource of water. They'll meet inspiring women working for water, learn Girl Scout history, and, as a team, come to understand that WOW also stands for Ways of Working. Girl Scout Brownies reach out to their community as they advocate for other people to get involved in protecting water, too!
In this journey, fourth and fifth graders become leaders who energize, investigate, and innovate as they explore their own energy, the energy of their places and spaces, and the energy of getting from here to there. Along the way, Dez, the fashionista spider, learns right along with Girl Scout Juniors. The girls will also meet energizing artists, cooks, engineers, and architects as they Get Moving to get others moving, too.
Air is everywhere in this journey for sixth, seventh, and eighth graders. As the girls explore the air all around them, they'll learn a lot of air-clearing strategies, including how to turn down the volume! That means they'll be improving their personal air space -- and finding the breathing room so necessary to be leaders who make the most of their special flair! Girl Scout Cadettes will also meet scientists, engineers, writers, and artists -- all of them working for Earth's air! To earn their Aware, Alert, and Affirm awards, the girls will build an Air Care Team aimed at airy improvements for Earth and all its inhabitants.
On this journey, ninth and tenth graders get down to the roots of their food network to see how complex and how global food and land issues can be. They'll meet scientists, farmers, artists, and others who have plenty of knowledge to serve up. And they'll have a chance to explore what makes a meal truly happy. This journey will also have girls asking tough questions about their own "food print" as they develop "leader print" and speak up about what they believe in.
This journey for eleventh and twelfth graders tackles the engaging global issue of environmental justice by giving girls the opportunity to create their own equation for justice. Along the way they will see how "Doing the Math" with even the simplest acts can lead to powerful and positive changes in the world. From scientists and doctors to lawyers and environmentalists, this journey is rich with eye-opening career possibilities -- all focused on caring and collaborative work that helps both people and the planet.