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Thursday, 22 August 2013 03:21
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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.


What Can a Girl Scout Do When Disaster Strikes? (PDF)

A girl-friendly tip sheet for girls of all program levels.


What Girl Scout Leadership Looks Like in Times of Disaster (PDF)

A resource to help staff and volunteers guide girls who want to know how they can help after a disaster.


Thursday, 22 August 2013 03:17
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Take Action!

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.  


Presidential Volunteer Service Award

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.  


What Can a Girl do When Disaster Strikes

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.

Thursday, 22 August 2013 03:16
Category: Journey’s
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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.

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5 Flowers, 4 Stories, 3 Cheers for Animals! (Girl Scout Daisy)

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.

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A World of Girls (Girl Scout Brownie)

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.

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aMUSE (Girl Scout Junior)

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!

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MEdia (Girl Scout Cadette)

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.

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MISSION: SISTERHOOD! (Girl Scout Senior)

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.

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BLISS: Live It! Give It! (Girl Scout Ambassador)

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.


Thursday, 22 August 2013 03:15
Category: Journey’s
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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.


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Between Earth and Sky (Girl Scout Daisy)

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.

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WOW! Wonders of Water (Girl Scout Brownie)

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!

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Get Moving! (Girl Scout Junior)

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.

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Breathe (Girl Scout Cadette)

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.

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Sow What? (Girl Scout Senior)

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.

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Justice (Girl Scout Ambassador)

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.






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