When a little boy asserts himself, he’s called a “leader.” Yet when a little girl does the same, she risks being branded “bossy.” Words like bossy send a message: don’t raise your hand or speak up. By middle school, girls are less interested in leading than boys – a trend that continues into adulthood. Together we can encourage girls to lead.
As part of Ban Bossy, Girl Scouts of the USA and LeanIn.org have teamed up in partnership with Lifetime television to create a PSA featuring Beyonce, Jane Lynch, Condoleezza Rice, Diane von Furstenberg, Jennifer Garner and others that points out that girls are discouraged from taking leadershi9p roles because of labeling and name-calling. To watch this great PSA, click here. Share with your friends and neighbors and help take a stand to Ban Bossy!
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By: Kim Dunne, Media Manager
Yesterday, March 9, kicked off Girl Scout Week with Girl Scout Sunday.
Girl Scout Week is held every year the week of March 12, the anniversary of Girl Scouts! On March 12, 1912, Juliette Gordon Low registered the first 18 girls to be Girl Scouts in her hometown of Savannah, Georgia. Girl Scout Week is a great time to celebrate the heritage and history of Girl Scouts with your girls. This year we are celebrating our 102nd birthday!
During Girl Scout Week will also celebrate Girl Scout Sunday and Girl Scout Sabbath. These are opportunities for girls to attend their place of worship and to be recognized as a Girl Scout. Sometimes girls will perform a service, such as a greeting, ushering, or doing a flag ceremony.
We hope you’re celebrating Girl Scout Week! Whatever you’re doing – make sure you let us know by sending us photos and stories of what you did so we can share them with our members! E-mail your photos to email@example.com.
By: Kylie Pierce, Troop Leader in Rome
At this point, my co-leader Jamie and I have had our troop for about 5 months. It’s kind of fun to be in the same boat with our girls – we are first-time leaders, they are first-time Scouts. As with many of our endeavors in life, however, it takes a little practice to make it all work.
Now, though, we are getting to know our girls pretty well. Sweet Ollie loves to be helpful and share. Katie is our dreamer. Olivia is quiet and shy and likes to think about things before responding. Kathryn is whip-smart and studious. Kaylee is matter-of-fact and always prepared (perhaps because she comes from a long line of Girl Scouts!). Lexi is precocious and super-motivated. Katherine is an energetic Daddy’s girl who tells great stories. Sisters Addison and Taylor are two distinct peas in a pod, each with their own personalities. And we love them all.
We’re also getting pretty good at juggling the various aspects of being a Girl Scout volunteer. We’ve identified parents that like to help. We’ve gotten pretty good at planning meetings that help girls assert themselves and use their budding leadership skills. We’ve even got snack down to a science…well, for the most part! It makes us feel pretty good to settle into our roles, and feeling like we know what we’re doing makes being leaders even more fun.
With three and a half months or so left in our school year, our thoughts are naturally turning toward the future. We’ve got two girls in first grade; what sort of special activities can we plan for bridging? If we have a combined troop of Daisies and Brownies next year, what sorts of girl-lead activities can we facilitate? How would we like to approach Journeys and patches? How can we improve our troop committee participation? The fun part is that we’re not asking ourselves “If,” we’re telling ourselves “When.” Jamie and I can’t imagine not being leaders next year, and fortunately, we know many other leaders that share our way of thinking.
Kaylee told me the other day that I was funny. We were goofing a little bit, and I asked her if she wanted to shake to seal an agreement. After we shook, she said she much preferred high-fives. I promised that we would high-five next time, and she thought that was pretty funny. I can’t quite describe how that felt – that I, in my own way, was starting to take a special place in a girl’s life. I can only hope we all get that opportunity, and volunteering with Girl Scouts is one great way to do it.
By: Kim Dunne, Media Manager
March 12 is a historic day for Girl Scouts across the world!
On March 12, 1912, Juliette Gordon Low gathered 18 girls in her hometown of Savannah, Georgia to give them an experience they’ve never known before. An experience known as Girl Scouts. Why did Juliette feel that this was important for girls? And what is Girl Scouts about today?
Rachel and Rebekah from the NYPENN Girl Media Group recorded this month’s podcast about our 102nd anniversary! You can click here to listen to it and to reflect on what Girl Scouts started out as and how it has transformed into something bigger!
What are you doing to celebrate Girl Scout Week and our anniversary?