On February 22, Girl Scouts and Girl Guides across 150 countries celebrate World Thinking Day—that’s one big celebration!
Promoted by the World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts (WAGGGS for short) along with Girl Scouts of the USA, World Thinking Day originated in 1926. That’s when delegates from around the globe met at Camp Edith Macy—now called Edith Macy Center—in New York State and agreed that February 22 would henceforth be known as a special day for Girl Guides and Girl Scouts worldwide. Girl Scouts, troops and their families came together on March 1st to celebrate and remember our sister Girl Scouts and Girl Guides around the world.
World Thinking Day theme this year was “ Living Threads” Using threads to represent the concepts of diversity, equity and inclusion this year.
The Event began with a candle ceremony followed by a one hour bazaar, girls traveled, sampled food and learned more about the culture of that country.
Next was the presentation of the countries. Girls were brave and confident and as they explained what they learned .
The holiday season is a time to enjoy and honor time spent with loved ones. It is a time to share stories and make new memories. It is a time of giving– giving thanks, giving food and shelter to visitors, and giving gifts!
There is no better way to end the year than by giving back to your community. Tangible items are great, but nothing is more priceless than kindness and love. Sometimes, the only thing people need is to be shown support through genuine care and compassion. The saying “They may forget what you said — but they will never forget how you made them feel,” by Carl W. Buehner is so prominent during this time.
The Girl Scout Promise
On my honor, I will try:
To serve God and my country,
To help people at all times,
And to live by the Girl Scout Law.
Here are some Girl Scouts and Volunteers “Giving” their time.
Giving to Seniors in Our Community
Toys For Tots
Food Drive To Salvation Army
Cookie University is coming!
When? January 19th, 2020
Time? from 930am-4pm at Cal Poly.
Stay tuned! There is usually a morning and an afternoon session.
What is Cookie U?
This is a fun activity that helps Girl Scouts practice the 5 Skills:
What can I do to help get ready for the Cookie Sale?
Girls should work on their “Cookie Entrepreneur Pin” with their family. Click here to get the details about how to earn this pin.
Where can I find more information about the Cookie Sale?
Troop leaders will be attending training in mid-December. After that, they will begin contacting the families in their troop with more information and holding “cookie prep” meetings as needed.
All Girl Scouts promise TO SERVE GOD.
Girl Scouts encourages girls to grow in their religious beliefs by earning Religious Recognitions offered by their faith communities and by earning the My Promise, My Faith pin, which helps a girl strengthen the connection between the Girl Scout Law and her faith.
While Girl Scouts is a secular organization, Girl Scouts of The USA has always encouraged girls to take spiritual journeys via their faiths' religious recognitions. Girl Scouts recognizes that religious instruction must come from the family and faith community.
Attached is information regarding the GS My Promise My Faith pin, this is a pin that can be earned each year. The girls choose a line of the GS Law and research information and ways these lines are part of their families lives. Do not let the name including " My Faith" lead you to believe that you must suddenly teach religious ideas or think your troop is going to begin teaching them. Your Faith and what you choose and introduce is up to you as the parents. If you are interested in learning what religious recognitions are available see P.R.A.Y Pub the organization.
Created by national religious organizations to encourage the spiritual growth of youth members, religious recognition programs reinforce many of the values integral to Girl Scouting and help girls grow stronger in and learn more about their chosen faith.
Each religious organization develops and administers its own program. The brochure "To Serve God" (PDF) lists the religious recognitions created by various faith groups.
Today we celebrate a special day for Girl Scouts across the nation. Not only is today one of the most imaginative and fun days of the year, but today is also Founder’s Day – the 156th birthday of Juliette Gordon Low, who created and started the Girl Scouts movement in 1912. Juliette Gordon Low was a courageous woman who eschewed the sentiment of her time and taught girls that they could truly change the world through acts of kindness. Before women could vote, own property, or even work outside of their own homes, Juliette was teaching girls how to transform themselves into confident, independent, successful, and hardworking individuals in order to bring their dreams to life.
So in honor of her Birthday, Ranch Oaks Service Unit celebrated Founder's Day Halloween Style.
Teaching girls to be supportive of one another is a lifelong skill that girls can develop at an early age to make friends, support one another, end comparison and competition and combat bullying.
That’s why we created the National Stand Beside Her Project, so that all girls can be appreciated for their talents, strengths and uniqueness.
As girls mature, they can work to further develop the skills they have learned to create cultural change in their community and themselves.
We’ve created activities for each Girl Scout Grade Level that highlight a part of the Girl Scout Law. Review the Girl Scout Law with your girls and go back to the appropriate line to begin your activity.
Teach your girls to “Stand Beside Her” and you’ll be teaching them to make the world a better place!
Patch Program for all Levels:
More information and resources visit:
Order your patch:
A new troop year means new adventures, but there’s even more reason to get excited about October: Rancho Oaks Service Unit welcomed new girls and adult members into the world of Girl Scouting!
An investiture ceremony / re-dedication ceremony kicked off the troop year .
Troops renewed their commitment to the Girl Scout Promise and Law.
Rancho Oaks Troops participated in time-honored ceremonies that play an important part in Girl Scouts.
They celebrated accomplishments, experienced time-honored traditions, and reinforced the values of the Promise and Law, but also it encouraged girls to take a short pause in their busy lives and connect with their sister Girl Scouts in fun and meaningful ways.
Bat Week is an international, annual celebration designed to raise awareness about the need for bat conservation. Bats are amazing creatures that are vital to the health of our natural world and economy. Although we may not always see them, bats are hard at work all around the world each night - eating tons of insects, pollinating flowers, and spreading seeds that grow new plants and trees.
Earn a "go Batty!"discovering bats patch program through girl scouts.
To learn more about bat week visit: https://batweek.org/educate/
For Service dates Oct. 1, 2018 to Sept. 30, 2019
A few months ago, the Presidential Service Award changed ownership recently. During this transition there was a mass data clean up and website relaunch which resulted in loss of documented service hours. This site is a completely separate third party entity from GSUSA or Girl Scouts of California’s Central Coast and we do not have access to this information or website data
We want to give you a chance to update your information here:
Girl Scouts of California's Central Coast is a certifying partner of the Presidential Volunteer Service award that recognizes student/adult volunteers who have achieved the required number of hours of service over a 12-month time period or cumulative hours over the course of a lifetime.
Please submit your service hours through this form. This information is processed through the Girl Scout honor code. Please be sure you are submitting all accurate and true hours.
Please refer to the following link for
Eligibility Requirements: https://www.presidentialserviceawards.gov/eligibility.
If you have additional questions about your service hours please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Girl Scout teens do amazing things! They can help younger girls and boys, navigate and lead community service efforts, participate in exclusive mentoring opportunities, or reach the highest honor in Girl Scouts. When she's a Girl Scout, she’s also a G.I.R.L. (Go-getter, Innovator, Risk-taker, Leader)™.
These Senior Girl Scouts were leading the way this past Saturday volunteering at the Chalk Festival in Old Town Orcutt. They worked in the Kids booth helping all ages make catapults, sift thorough sand and make archaeological observations, mold Cloud dough, and build with blocks.
It was great to see lots of Girl Scouts creating some Chalk drawings at the event. Here is some of their drawings