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Five Steps to Earning Your Ranger Patch


Do you have a family or troop trip planned to a National Park? Make sure to earn your Ranger patch while you’re there. This awesome program allows you to both explore the parks and help keep them beautiful!

So, how exactly do you earn your Ranger patch? It’s simple!

  1. Choose a National Park Service site. Visit Choose a national park, a monument, or any of 407 sites protected by the National Park Service. Explore nature, learn the history and read the stories to discover why it is important to preserve your park.
  1. Imagine Yourself in a National Park. Brainstorm activities that you might want to experience at a national park. Consider working outside with a geologist or inside identifying fossils. Maybe wildfire restoration, building a bridge, or a night sky project interests you.
  1. Contact the park and make a plan. Call the park (the phone number is on the park’s website under Contact Us). Identify yourself as a Girl Scout. Ask if there is someone who works with the Girl Scout Ranger program or a volunteer coordinator. Express your ideas to the coordinator. Together, plan a project to help the park and fulfill your goals.
  1. Go to the park and Have Fun! If your park does not have a volunteer program or is too far away to visit, create a Take Action Project.
  1. Share the experience. Share your best shots on Instagram and Twitter using #gsoutdoors (don’t forget to tag @GirlScouts) and you can be part of the largest Girl Scout photo collage in the world!

Ready to learn more about becoming a Girl Scout Ranger? Click here to read FAQs!

GSUSA Plans Membership Dues Increase in 2017/2018 Membership Year

As the first and largest girl-led organization in the world, Girl Scouts has spent over a century preparing girls for every day leadership by providing rich experiences for them to explore new interests, face challenges, form new friendships, and make lasting community contributions.

As the Girl Scouts continues its mission, it is important that we keep pace with an ever-changing world and ensure that they have the resources to support our mission.  Girl Scouts of the USA’s National Board has decided to increase the annual membership fee to $25, starting on October 1, 2017, for both girl and adult members. Every dollar of membership dues is sent to Girl Scouts of the USA to cover the cost of fundamental services supporting the Girl Scout Movement. This includes, but is not limited to, accident insurance for members participating in approved Girl Scout activities, program development, research, resources, training, technology, services to councils, and protection of the Girl Scout brand. Membership dues also help fund the implementation of new technologies to improve the Girl Scout experience for girls, volunteers, and parents.

Last year, GSNWGL introduced a $5 council service fee. Membership dues are sent by the council to GSUSA; no portion of the dues stays with the council. The council service fee provided vital, additional revenue to assist our Council with the increasing costs to deliver Girl Scout programming locally and will remain in place, bringing the total cost of membership to $30. The adult membership dues will be $25. Our Council does not now and will not in future add service fees to adult membership dues.

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Leadership Conference and Annual Meeting a huge success!

Last weekend our Council hosted the Leadership Conference and Annual Meeting. The Leadership Conference brought together older girls and adult volunteers for a day of learning, networking, and, of course, fun in Eau Claire, Wisconsin! We heard inspirational words from Kerry Kincaid, the Eau Claire City Council President, as well as past Gold Award recipients. Girls and adults took part in fun sessions ranging from learning to play Kubb (a Nordic lawn game), to belly dancing; as well as educational sessions about Girl Scouting’s highest awards, trip planning, team building, and more.

At the Annual Meeting stewardship and finance reports were presented, adult volunteers were recognized and received awards, and the new GSNWGL board of directors were elected. This year’s Annual Meeting was themed “Girls Change the World” in honor of the Gold Award centennial. Make sure to check out this video about the history, impact, and future of the Gold Award!

3 Simple Ways to Improve Your Luck

Fact: Good things tend to happen to Girl Scouts. They’ve been invited to camp out at the White House with First Lady Michelle Obama and the President. They’re constantly being written up in local papers.  They’ve explored space on historic NASA missions, and lead some of our country’s major companies.

Some people might say these girls and women have been lucky, but that couldn’t be farther from the truth. It isn’t a four-leaf clover that opens doors and creates opportunities for Girl Scouts—it’s hard work, determination, and a passion for improving the world that does the trick. That’s right, Girl Scouts make their own luck, and so can you by following these tips!

1. Take action
Dreams rarely come true without a whole lot of doing on your part! If there’s someone who’s achieved the things you hope to one day have happen in your life, find out what she did to get there and then make a plan for yourself based on the path she followed.

2. Be collaborative, not competitive
A lot of people think you have to be tough or even ruthless to get to the top or make big things happen in the world, but that’s simply not true! In fact, it’s a lot easier to make your dreams come true when you have a team of people who want to help and support you. When you lend a hand or cheer someone else along in their projects, they’re far more likely to do the same for you. Added bonus? When you finally do finish your amazing service project, land that dream job, or even get elected to government office, you’ll have so many wonderful friends to celebrate with.

3. Do something scary
It’s no coincidence that some of the things that can help you achieve your dreams— like introducing yourself to powerful people, trying a challenging new activity, or speaking in front of large groups of people—might make you nervous. There’s risk involved with each of them, of course, but when you take a step back and think of the wonderful things that these actions might lead to, they almost always far outweigh any negatives that might happen along the way.

Celebrate Your Faith with Girl Scouts

RS4603_2N2K0308-scrEverything in Girl Scouting is based on the Girl Scout Promise and Law, which includes many principles and values common across the world’s religions. So while we are a secular organization, we encourage girls of any faith to explore their spirituality through earning the My Promise, My Faith pin.

My Promise, My Faith is compatible with any belief system, and involves carefully considering the similarities between the Girl Scout law and a girl’s faith. Throughout this journey, girls open up conversations with women in their religious community, research inspiring quotes that resonate with the part of the Girl Scout Law on which they have chosen to focus, and create a work of art to express what they’ve learned with their friends, family, and possibly even the larger community.
For more information on how to get started, click here!

Via GSUSA’s blog


Girl Scout Week – Girl Scout Stories

Happy Girl Scout Week! In celebration we will be sharing a new story on our websites daily showcasing the Girl Scout mission in action! Here’s today’s story:

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Our Council offers programs at schools and community centers for girls who want to be a part of Girl Scouting but aren’t able to join a traditional troop. One of the girls in these programs in Bruna.

Every year, we work with Bruna’s school to host a Girl Scout Cookie booth. This event is always one of the girls’ favorite activities, we hang posters up around the school and practice making change in preparation. Having never been a part of a traditional troop, this was Bruna’s first time selling Girl Scout Cookies. At first, she was nervous to interact with customers and make change; she would frequently look up at me for reassurance. As she helped more customers, her confidence grew; she sat up straight, made eye contact, and needed less support. When it was Bruna’s turn to wear the cookie costume advertising our booth she jumped right in and made up a silly song with a girl outside of her normal clique.

Last summer, we were awarded a grant to send twelve girls to Girl Scout camp. Bruna immediately came to mind as an excellent candidate. Working with the directors at her summer care program, we complied all the necessary paperwork and identified personal items Bruna required for her camp adventures but needed help purchasing. It was through this process that we discovered Bruna’s two-year-old sister is battling leukemia.

Bruna’s week at camp was her first time away from home and her mother and father saw a positive impact, saying, “It showed us that she is capable of so much more than she shows at home. It also proved that she is capable of being independent.”

Bruna is now in her second year of Girl Scout programming and is continuing to learn and grow. She is not afraid to reach out to new girls or take on leadership roles. She is comfortable expressing herself and is willing to trust others. Where Bruna used to be cynical and dismissive of activities, she is now ready to dive in and take chances. When asked what Girl Scouts means to her, Bruna said, “It means a lot to me because I get to experience things I have never done before and I get to spend some time away from home which is awesome. I also got to spend a lot more time with my friend Kendall and we actually learned some new things about each other.”

Girl Scout Week – Girl Scout Stories

IMG_0842Happy Girl Scout Week! In celebration we will be sharing a new story on our websites daily showcasing the Girl Scout mission in action! Here’s today’s story:

Beverly Spinti of Menomonie, Wisconsin shared with us this great photo of her and her daughter in 1977  visiting the white house alongside their senator. At the time any group photos taken on the capitol grounds were taken by the White House Photographer.

Today’s Girl Scout still take trips all over the midwest, country, and world. Girl Scout Destinations are the ultimate adventure for individual girls ages 11 and older! With different trips every year, there’s something amazing for everyone to experience. Make friends from all over the country as you travel with Girl Scouts from different states, see and learn new things, and pack your bags full of inspiring, life-changing experiences and memories.

Girl Scout Week – Girl Scout Stories

Happy Girl Scout Week! In celebration we will be sharing a new story on our websites daily showcasing the Girl Scout mission in action! Here’s today’s story:

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On Saturday, February 22, Cadettes met in Eau Claire to complete their Program Aide Training. They had a great time learning about age level characteristics, teaching games and songs, discovering more about our personalities and learning styles, and, of course, getting a little goofy.

Program Aide Training is just one of the ways we help young women learn how to be leaders. Have you checked out all of the leadership opportunities at Camp Birch Trails this summer? They are a great way to stay involved in Girl Scouting as an older girl and you get to be at camp! It’s a total win-win!

Girl Scout Week – Girl Scout Stories

Happy Girl Scout Week! In celebration we will be sharing a new story on our websites daily showcasing the Girl Scout mission in action! Here’s today’s story:

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Cookie booths started last weekend. Check out Daisy Troop 2510 from Appleton, Wisconsin using those math skills! The Girl Scout Cookie Program is more than just a sale, it’s the largest girl-led business and one of the most respected financial literacy programs in the world.

Girls who take part in the programs are learning skills that matter – we call them the five skills and they include: goal setting, decision making, money management, people skills, and business ethics.

Get involved today! Use the Cookie Finder and find Girl Scout Cookies near you! Each box provides valuable lessons.

The Girl Scout Gold Award Turns 100!

March 1When most people think of Girl Scouts, they likely think of “cookies and camping”—all important components of the Girl Scout experience, of course! But arguably the most impactful part of Girl Scouting is the earning of the Girl Scout Gold Award. Comparable to the Boy Scouts of America’s Eagle Scout, this prestigious award represents the highest achievement in Girl Scouting and challenges girls ages 14–17 to initiate meaningful, sustainable change locally, nationally, and/or globally through unique “Take Action” projects of their own creation.

Over the course of the last century, millions of Girl Scout alumnae have positively impacted their communities and the world with their creative, impactful, and sustainable Take Action projects. Now, with the Gold Award Centennial upon us, we invite you to join us in Celebrating 100 Years of Girls Changing the World.

Calling all Gold Awardees!

Did you earn your Girl Scout Gold Award or know someone who did? This year marks the Gold Award Centennial and we are looking for women like yourself, who have earned Girl Scouting’s highest award. We are so excited to hear your highest award story and help you reconnect with all the amazing things happening in the world of Girl Scouting!

We are going to be creating a Girl Scouts of the Northwestern Great Lakes Keepsake Booklet with past and present Girl Scout highest award recipients. Please share with us the details of your project and be a part of the Gold Award Centennial. Share your story now! (Continue Reading…)

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