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.