Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Girl Scout Ranger Program

Do you plan to visit a national park this year?  Find a park near you and then take it up a notch with our Girl Scout Ranger Program!

As you are hiking, biking, and watching wildlife in awe-inspiring nature, you could also be earning Girl Scout badges or Journey awards.  In addition, girls who successfully plan and complete national park projects will be awarded Girl Scout patches and certificates from the National Park Service.

To learn more, check out this Guide to the Girl Scout Ranger Program.

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Cookie Celebrations Coming Your Way!

If you sold Girl Scout cookies, you are one smart cookie!  You set goals for yourself, stepped out of your comfort zone, and delivered on your promises.  You made phone calls, knocked on doors, and crafted sales pitches.  You probably discovered a few new things about yourself and connected with your community in new ways.  All your hard work paid off!  Here are some ways to celebrate your cookie success.  Registration opens May 2, 2016 at 9:00 am!

June 4, 2016 – Cookie Party at Seven Peaks Waterpark in Salt Lake City
Girls who sold 300 or more boxes of cookies and paid their cookie bill in full will be able to attend the Cookie Party on June 4 for free, but they must register in advance.  All others (including family members) will be able to attend for just $15 per person.  Tickets include lunch and full access to the park all day, with Girl Scouts having exclusive access to the park from 9:00 am – 12:00 pm.

June 18, 2016 – 1,000+ Cookie Seller Celebration at Lagoon in Farmington
Girls who sold 1,000 or more boxes of cookies and paid their cookie bill in full will be able to attend the celebration for free with one free guest.  Family members will be invited to attend a special luncheon during Girl Scout Lagoon Day with one free guest.

June 18, 2016 – Girl Scout Lagoon Day at Lagoon in Farmington
Girl Scouts and their families can purchase tickets to Lagoon for just $50.  The price includes full access to the park as well as a meal deal.

Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Help Your Girl Scout Build Lasting Friendships

As Girl Scouts, we love to "make new friends but keep the old!"  GSUSA’s Chief Girl and Parent Expert, Dr. Andrea Bastiani Archibald, put together these tips for how to help your daughter develop meaningful friendships with other girls, and to help her when she hits a friendship speed bump.

1. Encourage face-to-face over virtual communication. Avoiding miscommunication is critical in any long-lasting relationship, so advise your daughter to speak honestly and directly with others. And while for many girls texting has replaced phone calls as a primary way of chatting—a whopping 72 percent of teens are “texters,” sending and receiving approximately 50 texts each day, according to the Pew Research Center—speaking in person remains preferable whenever possible, because it limits possible miscommunication and adds nonverbal cues that help girls communicate and respond appropriately to others. Texting is great for a quick check-in or a last-minute plan, but it doesn’t lend itself to deepening friendships.

2. Manage her schedule wisely.  We all get wrapped up in requests for our time and responsibilities, but it’s important to make time for those people you care about so that your calendar actually reflects your priorities rather than just the bids on your time. This is true in friendship, in school, and (later in life) at work. If your daughter is feeling conflicted about not having enough time with friends due to other activities, talk with her about her interests and priorities and share when is best to schedule play dates or time to be social. Though as a parent you might see her activities as “social time,” as she’s spending time with other girls her age, she may choose to have equally valuable though less structured time with friends she chooses.

3. Give others the benefit of the doubt and help your daughter do the same. Miscommunication happens, but one of the most effective tools of good communication is actually giving someone the benefit of the doubt when you’re unsure of what they’re trying to say. Whether she is in elementary school or high school, reinforce your child’s positive instincts in situations so that her responses to perceived slights on the playground don’t become longstanding riffs with other girls. “While we want girls to always trust their guts, we also want them learn to let small things roll and not ruin a relationship. Assume the best of intentions first,” says Bastiani Archibald. “Work off of those assumptions until proven otherwise, or ask for clarification if something still feels off.”

4. Don’t let conflicts fester. If your daughter has had a disagreement with someone, help her see that taking some time to cool down is good, but that it’s equally important not to let bad feelings go on too long before dealing with them. Point out that she will find herself feeling resentful if the problem remains unresolved, and offer extra assistance in dealing with conflicts. Recommend that she use I-statements—such as “I felt hurt when . . .” or “It made me think you didn’t care when . . .” Model I-statements at home and practice using “feeling words,” especially with young children who may not be able to name their emotions, particularly when situations get heated. Also, share with her the advice that Bastiani Archibald believes to be most critical: “Unless you are truly going to another for help with a situation, keep discussions about the conflict limited to those who were directly involved.” This keeps conflicts gossip-free and grows trust among friends.

5. Help her speak directly about the issues before they become disagreements. Model being kind and respectful of your friends, and talk to your daughter about striving to do the same, but don't sugarcoat problems when you address them. Otherwise, you may find that resolution is less likely and the root of the problem isn’t clear. “Women [and girls] often have difficulty with this,” explains Bastiani Archibald, “as they want to be seen as likable and worry about raising possible issues of disagreement.” The negative feelings have to go somewhere, though, and all too often they come out in more subtle but still hurtful forms of relational aggression—exclusion, cyberbullying, and talking unkindly behind others’ backs. Though often hard to do, being able to speak directly and handle potential disagreements signals both confidence in and commitment to the friendship—which will likely only grow stronger in the process.

Thursday, April 7, 2016

Summer Camp Information and Registration Nights

Get your first time camper ready for Girl Scout Camp!  Join us for a family focused information session going over summer camp programs, daily schedules, food service, health service, staff training, safety at camp, activity scholarships, camp registration assistance, and so much more!  

April 12, 6:30-8:00 pm in Ogden

April 13, 6:30-8:00 pm in Salt Lake
April 14, 6:30-8:00 pm in American Fork

Click HERE for more information

Thursday, March 24, 2016

Plan Your Summer Adventure

Summer is coming... a time for adventure, mastering new skills, and making lifetime memories. Girl Scout Camp helps girls do all that and more!

From horses to canoeing to high-adventure and artwork, there is a camp program for every girl. Registration is now open! Click HERE to plan your summer adventure!

Saturday, March 12, 2016

Happy 104th Birthday to Us!

Happy birthday to us, happy birthday to us, happy birthday dear Girl Scouts…happy 104th birthday to us!

Here are some ways you can celebrate the Girl Scout Birthday (March 12) and Girl Scout Week (the week in which March 12 falls):
Discover Girl Scout history.

Learn about Juliette Gordon Low.

Wear your Girl Scout uniform or pin.
Have a Girl Scout birthday party.

Act out the story of the first meeting in 1912, imagining what it would have been like to be there.

Draw or write about your own dreams and plan how you will make a difference in the world as Juliette Low did.

Juliette Gordon Low

Thank you for your legacy, Juliette Gordon Low, and happy birthday, Girl Scouts!

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Cornelia Benton Scholarship

The Cornelia Benton Scholarship Committee is excited to announce the release of the Cornelia Benton Scholarship for 2016.

Eligible girls will graduate from high school in 2016 and be entering a higher education establishment in the fall of 2016. Girls need to have been involved with Girl Scouts for six or more years and have a dedication to service. Deadline to apply is April 4, 2016. Learn more and apply here.