Friday, January 18, 2013

From GSUSA: Martin Luther King Day Special to Girl Scouts

On Monday, January 21, our nation will celebrate Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. Since its establishment as a national holiday, Girl Scouts across America have honored Dr. King's legacy by taking part in community service projects that range from serving food at homeless shelters to preparing care packages for our troops overseas.

The countless hours Girl Scouts have given over the years are a wonderful and fitting tribute to a man who changed the course of history, calling on each of us to do our part to make the world a better place. Dr. King believed in a nation of freedom and justice for all, and challenged us to live up to the purpose and potential of America by applying the principles of nonviolence and service to others in our daily lives. Our girls live that ideal each and every day, by working locally to build a better world from the ground up. Thousands upon thousands of Girl Scouts will use their day off from school to serve others in communities, from Philadelphia to San Francisco and Minneapolis to Atlanta.

Recently, I had the opportunity to travel to Birmingham, Alabama, where Dr. King penned his historic “Letter from Birmingham Jail” and where young children, girls and boys alike, stood on the front lines of the civil rights movement to defend the right of equal treatment regardless of race or gender. It was an incredibly powerful moment; I got to walk in the footsteps of history and reflect on the sacrifices made by everyday people across this nation to bring about a more equal society.

We as Girl Scouts have special reason to rejoice on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day: in 1956, amid the struggle for civil rights, Dr. King described GSUSA as a “force for desegregation.” We cherish our history of inclusion, and today diversity remains a bedrock principle of our Girl Scout Movement.

I wish you all a wonderful holiday and hope you will honor Dr. King's memory by serving others and by continuing the pivotal work that we are privileged to engage in: building girls of courage, confidence, and character, who make the world a better place.

Anna Maria Chávez
Chief Executive Officer
Girl Scouts of the USA

Friday, January 11, 2013

It's Girl Scout Cookie Time!

The annual Cookie Sale starts tomorrow and we thank you in advance as your efforts are extremely important to the success of the program for girls. Read more...

  • JANUARY 12-27 Initial Order Taking Period
  • JANUARY 29 - FEBRUARY 15 Girls Should Continue Taking Orders (fill orders from Cookie Posts)
  • FEBRUARY 15-19 Leaders Pick-Up Cookies from Posts & Distribute
  • FEBRUARY 22 - MARCH 17 Cookie Booth Sale Period

Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Friend First vs. Bully + Live Theater + Culinary Science = February Leadership Experiences

2/9/12 - Be a Friend First! (BFF) Event gives Girls the Power to Change Bullying – King City (D/B/J/C) When a girl is bullied, she feels alone, when a girls sees someone else being bullied, she feels helpless, but girls can have the power to change that! This awesome one-day event teaches how to recognize bullying, deal with mean girls and cliques, and be a better friend!

2/10/12 - Girl Scout Theatre Experience & Cast Meet & Greet* – Thousand Oaks (D/B/J/C/S/A) Girls learn about theater and make a craft just before Charlie Brown, Lucy, Snoopy and the gang take to the stage in the Civic Arts Plaza premiere of YOU’RE A GOOD MAN, CHARLIE BROWN. This 45th Anniversary Production of “a day in the life of Charlie Brown,” is a delight for all ages. There’s something for everyone in Cabrillo Music Theatre’s YOU’RE A GOOD MAN, CHARLIE BROWN.

*Girl Scouts will have an exclusive Meet and Greet with Cast Members and the Artistic Director at 1pm prior to the 2 pm performance. Girls will also make a craft to take home and remind them of their experience.

2/10/12 - Learn Culinary Science @ Designs on Chocolate – Arnaz (B)
Girls will have lots of sweet fun learning to make delightful chocolate desserts just in time to WOW their families for special occasions. Girls will work with several chocolate varieties and learn several techniques. Learn the culinary science behind delicious treats—and take home creations! (if not eaten first).

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