What Issues Do Girl Scouts Care About?

Last Sunday Girl Scouts from all over the state joined the League of Women Voters of Wisconsin in celebrating the centennial of the 19th amendment at “First to Ratify”. This event focused on the importance of suffrage and the impact the amendment has had over the past 100 years. Girl Scouts had the opportunity to give speeches, lead the march around Capitol Square, make their own suffragette sash, and pick out their own ‘future voter’ sticker. Beyond this, Girl Scouts also got to have a taste of what’s it’s like to be an active civilian and vote on the issues they care about. These are the issues Girl Scouts said are nearest to their hearts.

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From Gender Equality to the Environment, Girl Scouts have a wide range of interests and consistently work towards making the world a better place.

What issues do you care about? Visit our poll here or let us know in the comments below!

 

Meet the Camp Staff!

Summer Camp season is finally here and we’re excited to introduce our amazing 2019 camp staff! Continue reading to meet the staff and learn what they love most about camp.

 

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Name: Rapunzel

Favorite camp thing… meeting new friends.

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Name: Domino

Favorite camp thing… everything!

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Name: Branch

Favorite camp thing… campfires.

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Name: River

Favorite camp thing… the sun!

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Name: Flamingo

Favorite camp thing… s’mores.

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Name: Pixie

Favorite camp thing… being outside

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Name: Harmony

Favorite camp thing… singing songs around the campfire.

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Name: Dimples

Favorite camp thing… learning new skills and meeting new people.

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Name: Wolf

Favorite camp thing… s’mores.

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Name: Luna

Favorite camp thing… the atmosphere.

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Name: Starry Night

Favorite camp thing… campfires and the stars.

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Name: Aspen

Favorite camp thing… canoeing and creek hopping.

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Name: Bubbles

Favorite camp thing… singing and swimming with Giggles.

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Name: Giggles

Favorite camp thing… Being a unicorn, dancing, exploring, and swimming with Bubbles.

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Name: Phoebe

Favorite camp thing… hiking.

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Name: Buddy

Favorite camp thing… the laughter and s’mores.

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Name: Twinkle

Favorite camp thing… the people.

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Name: Luce

Favorite camp thing… feeling special and nature.

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Name: Anchor

Favorite camp thing… campfires.

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Name: Sunshine

Favorite camp thing… being outside.

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Name: Leche

Favorite camp thing… being there!

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Name: Gingko

Favorite camp thing… camp!

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Name: Red Hat

Favorite camp thing… talking to and learning about the girl.

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Name: Paddy

Favorite camp thing… campfires with friends.

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Name: Bee

Favorite camp thing… campfires

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Name: Nessie

Favorite camp thing… making s’mores.

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Name: Sparkles

Favorite camp thing… the adventure.

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Name: Frankie

Favorite camp thing… the songs.

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Name: Sky

Favorite camp thing… campfires.

 

What’s your favorite camp thing? Leave us a comment below!

We’ll see you at camp!

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Girl Scouts Love State Parks Weekend

The first-ever Girl Scouts Love State Parks Weekend is July 13th-14th! Get outdoors at your local state park by camping, hiking, fishing, or giving back through a volunteer opportunity. We put together a quick list of 5 state parks in the Badgerland Council area. There are many more state parks within our council, but here are a quick few that cover all corners of our part of the state.

Capital Springs Centennial State Park

Located minutes from Downtown Madison, this state park is where our council service project will be on July 13th (registration ends July 1st). After helping to clear invasive species and plant native trees and shrubs, enjoy camping, hiking, picnicking, and fishing on the shores on Lake Waubesa.

Yellowstone Lake State Park

Located in the driftless area of southwest Wisconsin in Blanchardville, this 1,000-acre park features a 455-acre lake. Enjoy camping, boating, swimming, fishing, boating, hiking, biking, and picnicking.

Wildcat Mountain State Park

This park sits on a steep ridge overlooking the scenic Kickapoo River Valley in Ontario, WI. Experience hiking trails with spectacular views, canoeing the Kickapoo River and camping for families, groups, and horseback riders.

Perrot State Park

Find this park where the Trempealeau River meets the Mississippi River in Trempealeau County. This park offers gorgeous views from 500 ft bluffs as well as a river bank and surrounding wetlands where you’ll find a variety of migratory birds. Unique to southwestern Wisconsin and Perrot are the goat prairies perched high on the bluffs. Have fun camping, hiking, canoeing, boating, biking, picnicking, and fishing at this state park.

Mirror Lake State Park

This park is named for its centerpiece, a lake often so calm not even a ripple disturbs its surface. Enjoy a wooded shoreline, 50ft cliffs, a swimming beach, wetlands, wooded campsites, picnicking, hiking, fishing, canoeing, biking and more. This park also offers summer rentals and a cabin for individuals with disabilities.

Milk & Girl Scout Cookies- Working Together to Stock Area Food Pantries

Happy Dairy Month! This month at Badgerland, we are reflecting and recognizing our partnership with the Dane County Dairy Promotion Committee and Badgerland Girls Scouts’ efforts to make sure milk and Girl Scout Cookies are accessible to everyone.

Through the partnership, a troop gives their ‘Cookie Share’ to a Dane County Food Pantry, and the Dairy Promotion Committee matches each box donated with a gallon of milk, up to $8,000 worth. Girl Scouts rose to the challenge, donating more than 6,000 boxes to 22 different local food pantries.

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Nearly 3,500 gallons of milk (wow!) will be distributed by Second Harvest Food Bank of Southern Wisconsin to the food pantries in proportion to boxes donated throughout the month of June.

‘Cookie Share’ is a philanthropy-based initiative through which girls can make a positive impact in their communities. During the Cookie Program (which ran Feb. 9 through March 17), customers could purchase a box of cookies and, instead of receiving them, give the cookies back to the troop for them to donate to a charity of their choosing. In this case – food pantries.

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“The partnership just makes sense,” said Dairy Promotion Committee Chair John Haag. “Girl Scouts are known for doing good deeds in their communities, and this just goes to show they’re committed to that. Together, we’re bringing protein-rich milk and delicious cookies to those in need.”

The partnership formed three years ago and since then, has provided 17,567 boxes of Girl Scout Cookies and 10,342 gallons of milk to families in need!

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“While the Girl Scout Cookie Program helps girls work on their goal setting and money management skills, they’re also actively making their community a better place with their Cookie Share,” said Girl Scouts of Wisconsin Badgerland Council CEO Marci Henderson. “By matching the girls’ donations with a gallon of milk, the Dairy Promotion Committee is reinforcing the girls’ understanding of working together for the greater good.”

The Dairy Promotion Committee also hosts several events during June Dairy Month, including Cows on the Concourse and Breakfast on the Farm, which is scheduled for this Saturday, June 8 in Brooklyn. Girl Scout troops attend both of these events to showcase the partnership and share how the Cookie Program fuels leadership experiences for girls, such as camping, traveling, community service and educational programming.

Thanks to the Dane Dairy Promotion Committee and participating Girl Scouts for another successful year of Milk & Cookies! We can’t wait to see what we accomplish next year.