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12 Camping Tips for National Campout Day
Blog     27 Jun 2015 | 5:00 am
It’s National Campout Day, and it’s time to rock the outdoors with an awesome camp adventure. Here are 12 camping tips to ensure a great time free of hassle and full of FUN.Camping Tip #1: Be prepared! Our Girl Scout motto is especially true when camping. So be prepared for safety and emergencies by packing a first-aid kit, waterproof matches and fire starters, a headlamp and extra batteries, a whistle or other signaling device, a space blanket, and a compass or GPS device and map of the area. Also be prepared to manage your personal comfort. Pack for all kinds...

Photo Rundown: Girl Scouts Meet Pope Francis in Vatican City!
Blog     26 Jun 2015 | 10:30 am
Girl Scout leaders Anna Maria Chávez and Kathy Hopinkah Hannan traveled to Rome for an audience with Pope Francis on June 26 alongside Girl Scout Catherine Riordan, one of the 2014 National Young Women of Distinction!"Faith is at the heart of Girl Scouts, and is woven into everything the organization does to inspire girls to take action to make the world a better place,” says Anna Maria Chávez, CEO of GSUSA. “To have the opportunity to make this journey to the center of Catholicism and have an audience with Pope Francis is an honor I share with my colleagues across...

Girl Scout Leaders in Rome for Audience with Pope Francis, Attend International Catholic Conference on Guiding World Council
Blog     25 Jun 2015 | 5:52 pm
Girl Scout leaders Anna Maria Chávez and Kathy Hopinkah Hannan arrived today into Rome for an audience with Pope Francis and to attend the International Catholic Conference on Guiding (ICCG) World Council, reaffirming and strengthening the organization’s 100-year-old relationship with the Catholic Church. Girl Scouts of the USA (GSUSA) and the National Federation for Catholic Youth Ministry (NFCYM) are two of the U.S. organizations attending the World Council alongside representatives from organizations from 42 countries.  Girl Scouts’ presence at the benchmark ICCG World Council reflects its renewed commitment to faith development for all girls, and is a testament to the...

6 Easy, Fun Activities to Get You Outdoors More
Blog     25 Jun 2015 | 6:03 am
As we know from the Girl Scout Research Institute report More Than S’mores: Successes and Surprises in Girl Scouts’ Outdoor Experiences (and from a recent post on the Girl Scout blog), it's super important and super healthy for girls (and all of us!) to get outdoors, have fun in nature, and not always be stuck inside glued to our technology toys. The proof is in the research! That’s why this Great Outdoors Month we want to get you started on your journey to more outdoor fun by offering six awesome ideas for getting outside more, regardless of where you live. 1. Take...

Girl Scouts Inaugural Guests at First Ever White House Campout
Blog     24 Jun 2015 | 2:52 pm
On June 30, First Lady Michelle Obama will host the first-ever White House Campout as part of the Let’s Move!Outside initiative. The Campout is co-sponsored by the U.S. Department of the Interior and will celebrate the National Park Service Centennial as well as Great Outdoors Month. The Campout will take place in one of the most historic backyards and National Parks in the Nation – the White House South Lawn.As Honorary National President of Girl Scouts of the USA, the First Lady will welcome fifty fourth-grade Girl Scouts to participate in activities to earn their Camper Badge, and to celebrate the release of...

Five New Outdoor Badges Will Be Available on June 30!
Blog     24 Jun 2015 | 10:55 am
In keeping with its century-old tradition of encouraging girls to be active outdoors, Girl Scouts is rolling out new Outdoor badges this year--and the new Girls’ Choice Outdoor badge materials and guidelines will be available online for the first time ever.On June 30, girls can work toward earning the new badges, which are Outdoor Adventurer, Horseback Riding, Archery, Paddling and Ultimate Recreation Challenge.So you may be wondering how these activities were selected. At Girl Scouts, girls are encouraged to decide which topics they want to explore and how they want to go about it. And the selection process for creating new Outdoor badges was...

Congratulations, Graduates!
Blog     24 Jun 2015 | 7:52 am
Let’s hear it for the Class of 2015! After all of your hard work—including many late nights, early mornings, final exams, and extracurricular activities—you’ve finally made it! You’re a high school graduate, and we couldn’t be prouder of you. For many of you, you’re finishing up the highest level in Girl Scouting, too. As you leave behind one chapter of your life and begin the next, we encourage you to reflect back on the memories you’ve made and the friendships and Girl Scout sisters you’ve gained along the way.As a high school graduate and a Girl Scout alumna, you have...

Camp Hacks: How to Get Ready for Camp
Blog     23 Jun 2015 | 9:21 am
It’s that time of year when the duffel bags come out and girls prepare to head off to an exciting and sometimes-new world—Girl Scout camp.Need some help getting your girl ready? Girl Scout camp directors from across the country have got you covered.Check out our “Camp Hacks” playlist for tips to help her pack for camp, deal with laundry at camp, manage the whole camp shower and toilet situation, send you mail from camp, and more.Know any first-time campers? Make sure you share this list with them!Happy camping!...





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