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!

 

5 Creative Ways to Decorate a Bridge for your Next Bridging Event

With spring comes warmer weather and brighter days, but also recitals, softball games, graduations, award ceremonies, and of course bridging. When in the midst of one of the busiest times of the year, planning a bridging ceremony can seem close to impossible. Here are a few simple but creative ideas that’ll make the process feel simpler and keep the planning fun.

Wrap faux floral garland around the handrail for an ethereal feel

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Faux floral garland can be found easily at most dollar and craft stores for a low cost. Wrap it around the railing and secure with twine for a bridge that’ll look straight out of a fairy-tale.

Tie balloons to the ends for a whimsical touch

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Easy to find at any dollar or party store, balloons will add a fun and celebratory look to your event. Tie to the ends of the bridge or use weights and place on the ground near the ends. At the end of your event, send each girl home with a balloon as a fun souvenir.

Use fresh flowers for a fresh look

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Spring is (finally) here! Take advantage of any nearby garden center sales and buy a few inexpensive flowering plants (we always recommend daisies) to place near the ends of the bridge. When you’re done, reuse as an addition to your own garden or give away as a gift to a loved one or friend.

Make your own garland chain using colorful construction paper

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Both a decorating and troop activity idea, this tip is not only a great inexpensive way to spruce up a bridge but also a way to bring your troop together as you prepare to bridge to the next level. Simply cut pieces of construction paper into strips and work together taping the ends together to form a chain. When you’re done, wrap the chain around the bridge railing to add a little color to your event.

Create a fake stream for fanciful appeal

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This tip is easy but will no doubt create a bold and bright look. Take a blue tarp or plastic table cloth (you can find this in the party or camping sections at most retailers) and bunch it under to bridge to mimic a flowing stream. Create a border using rocks, floral garland, real plants, or a combination of 3.

Thanks for reading, we hope you find these ideas helpful and inspiring! Have your own idea that begs to be shared? Leave it in the comments below! Happy Bridging!

The Top 5 Best Things about Being a Daisy

  1. That feeling when she earns her first Petal.

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Nothing can compare to the feeling of pride and delight earning your first petal! Whether it’s from learning a new skill or sharing a new experience, this is a memory she’ll never forget.

  1. She meets leaders in her community.

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Daisies get to meet so many amazing people! Non-profit leaders, police officers, and more. Daisies get to speak with and learn from the best and brightest in their communities.

  1. She makes a difference in her community.

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Daisies don’t just interact with their communities, they leave an impact on their communities too! Cleaning up parks… donating cookies… there is no limit to the difference a Girl Scout Daisy can make.

  1. She gets to start her first business.

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Maybe one of the coolest things a Daisy gets to do is start her own business- selling cookies! She’ll learn how to set goals, speak with others, market a product, and much more. By the end of her first cookie season, she’ll be an expert entrepreneur.

  1. She makes new friends

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When a Daisy joins a troop, she doesn’t just get a group of troop mates, she gets a group of new best friends! These are fellow Girl Scouts she’ll bond and make memories with and often, these are friendships she’ll have for a lifetime.

BONUS… Being a Daisy is just plain fun!

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There’s no doubt that Daisies both do and learn amazing things, but one of the best things about being a Daisy is that it’s endlessly fun. Parties, camping, songs, games… being a Daisy is an experience that she’ll remember forever.

 

Is your daughter starting Kindergarten soon? Get a head start on her Daisy experience through our Daisy Launch program! She’ll get her first patch, early access to her Girl Scout Daisy troop, and her very first Girl Scout activity booklet. Plus, get access to our Girl Scout Walkabout and Daisies in the Garden day camps that are the perfect introduction to her Girl Scout experience. Learn more at gsbadgerland.org/daisy

Ready. Set. Daisy Launch!

The Girl Scout Camp Difference: a conversation with Jill Joswiak

Jill Joswiak: troop leader, parent of a Girl Scout, and big-time Camp Advocate!

She didn’t go to camp when she was younger, but she’s let her daughter, Helen, go back every summer for the last 10 years. Why?

“The opportunity for experiential learning. There is nothing you can’t try or learn to do. The counselors provide a safe environment, encouragement and enough guidance to help the campers not get frustrated, while letting the scouts figure out the task by having to problem solve, and ultimately have success. My favorite example of this is learning to sail at Camp Black Hawk.

“I think that having this opportunity in a single-gender environment allows them to try, and fail, and try again and succeed and then ultimately lead. At camp, they learn and do with a greater comfort level that translates into more confidence and success. Knowing that they have tested out new skills (including leadership skills) in this environment, they can go out into the world and have success. Finally, Girl Scout camp is built around the promise and law, which is the foundation of the movement.”

As a parent, what was it like sending her to camp for the first time, versus sending her off last summer?  “There was a great sense of pride in that what she knew she wanted to do after the very first summer (attend leadership camp in a journey to become a counselor) was actually happening.”

What would you say to a parent who’s just not quite sure they’re ready to send her off to resident camp yet?  “Attend a Me and My Guy or Me and My Gal Session with your scout. Meet the staff that will be leading your scout. Get the feel for the camp, and the activities and the facilities. That way, you will have a good idea of what it will be like for your scout. The comfort that I gained as a parent from meeting the staff was what made it so easy to send her the next year. The anxious parent in me knew that she would be safe, and the Girl Scout Leader in me knew that she would have an opportunity to learn and grow that was separate and distinct from her Troop experience. She would make new friends, and gain independence.”

What sort of growth have you seen in your daughter that you’d credit camp with?  “Courage – Her choice of location for her solo overnight amazed me, and she is a hammock camper, something she learned at Black Hawk. She is braver than I was at that age, and even in some sense, now. Problem Solving – the opportunities to have to make things up on the fly due to changing weather conditions, or changing schedules, the mood of the campers or equipment and supply needs, abound and is one of the great things that you gain from Girl Scouting. Compassion for younger Scouts when they are homesick. Leadership – Leading younger scouts, volunteering to help. Confidence in her outdoor skills and the ability to lead. For example, she went to resident horse camp, and when she returned for Me and My Gal, her and some of her fellow resident campers volunteered to help get the horses ready for the Me and My Gal campers so more scouts could experience horseback riding. I was amazed at the skills she learned in such a short time. Always open to trying new things in the Girl Scouting environment. Tradition­- carrying on those ever important camp traditions and especially the songs.”

Anything other general information you’d like to share? “As an adult, I found my a-ha moment in Girl Scouting at Girl Scout camp with my daughter. Lying in a tent, while being serenaded to sleep, I realized I had a gigantic smile on my face and was truly happy. I would encourage parents or grandparents to share in that experience of Me and My Gal or Guy. I am humbled by the fact that Helen wanted to attend Me and My Gal with me last summer, regardless of where it was held. She suggested and insisted because she knew how much it meant to me. I am so very grateful for all that camp has brought to our lives, including a lifelong family of friends.”