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05/17/20 • 6 min

Welcome to a very special bonus episode of the All Things Girl Scouts podcast, to help celebrate the launch of Girl Scouts of Citrus council’s All Things Girl Scouts app! Whether you intended to or not, you’ve just jumped into the launch challenge – it’s a giant puzzle, a fun way to get to know the app, earn points, and just have fun!

LiSten the epIsode to learn how to download the app and catch two very important SecreT phrasEs. The thiRd and final secret word is Hidden in this article. LOok carefully! YOu can Do it!

Once you’ve found all 3 secret phrases, enter them in the Challenge Quiz! Note: The quiz might ask for your phrases in a different order than you found them, but you’ll figure it out – use the clue questions in the quiz. You got this, Girl Scout.

Congrats, you did it! Thanks for celebrating with us, and enjoy the app.

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Greetings Girl Scouts! Thanks for joining us back for another podcast episode, with a few updates for you. There are three main topics in today’s episode:

  1. Website updates and resources for you
  2. G.I.R.L. 2020 and National Council Session
  3. Girl Scouts Gives Back: Letter-Writing Service Project

First, the quick announcements before we dive into the new national service project:

Website updates and resources:

We’ve rearranged the content at You can still see all the latest and best articles and resources on the homepage, but we’ve updated the tabs so it’s easy to find what you need, including:

G.I.R.L. 2020 and National Council Session

GSUSA recently released a detailed blog post, explaining that the National Board voted to hold a one-time virtual session for our 55th National Council Session in October 2020. The board also voted to cancel G.I.R.L. 2020, including the Global Roundtable.

The board discussed various options and decided this was the best way to enable the business of Girl Scouting to continue in a timely manner and honor the significant business that was brought to the National Council, including four proposals initiated by councils and two that were co-created by councils and recommended to the board, as well as the business of electing the new board. GSUSA will be leveraging councils’ learnings, as more than half have already held/decided to hold their annual meetings virtually this year.

See more in the original post and the FAQ.

Girl Scouts Give Back: Letter-Writing Service Project

The idea is simple: girls write letters to people in nursing homes, senior residences, and assisted living facilities, including the dedicated staff and caregivers. This long-distance hug is a way to share your good thoughts with these vulnerable and loved community members. Get all the details in your inbox, by clicking here.

Here’s how it works:

  1. Ask your girls (and their friends!) to write letters to senior and caretakers using our tips.
  2. You can mail letters to one of the partner facilities or reach out to a local assisted living center and find out how they would like to receive your troop’s letters. You could collect and deliver them (using no-contact practices), have girls mail them individually, or even deliver them via email. Don’t forget to include a note to tell the staff about the letters you’re sending.
  3. Take a picture of your letter packet and post it to your social media networks using #GirlScoutsGiveBack (and be sure to tag us @girlscouts).
  4. Don’t forget to come back here and log the number of letters to add them to the national campaign! Let’s see how many letters of love and care our Movement can send!
  5. If you wish to recognize your troop’s participation with a patch, we recommend this community service patch.
  6. Tell us how many letters you sent! Log your letters here, when you’re finished.

Get started with all the details for this project here: click here to get the info

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02/27/20 • 7 min

Girl Scout Week is almost here, and we want to know how you’re celebrating! This is an annual celebration of Girl Scout spirit in the week surrounding Girl Scouts’ birthday, on March 12.

It’s the perfect time to learn more about the history of Girl Scouts and our founder, Juliette Gordon Low. You can browse information on Girl Scouts of the USA’s “Our History” section of the website here.

Here are a few ideas for ways to celebrate, or check with your council for additional options, or make up your own!

Sunday, March 8: Honor Your Beliefs
Girl Scout Sunday is a special day dedicated to thinking about your beliefs and how they’re reflected in the Girl Scout Law. Think of the things the two have in common and share your thoughts with others.

Monday, March 9: Mission: Sisterhood
Give a big shout-out to your Girl Scout sisters! Whether you tag other Girl Scouts on social media or get creative and make a card or gift for a Girl Scout in your life, don’t be bashful about sharing the love.
Tuesday, March 10: Do a Good Turn Daily
Perform an act of kindness. Whether you pay for a stranger’s cup of coffee or visit an elderly neighbor, every bit of positivity Girl Scouts put out there helps make the world a better place.

Wednesday, March 11: Girl Scout Spirit Day
Get out your green gear—it’s Girl Scout Spirit Day! Whether you sport a Girl Scout tee under a blazer at the office or rock a trefoil sweatshirt at the gym, let everyone know you’re a proud Girl Scout.

Thursday, March 12: Happy Birthday Girl Scouts!
It’s Girl Scouts’ 108th birthday! Honor the Girl Scout Movement by sharing on social media an issue you’re passionate about and what you’re doing to make a difference. You’ve got this, Girl Scout!
Friday, March 13: Girl Scout Jummah
Girl Scout Jummah celebrates the powerful ties between Girl Scouting and faith and, on this day, Girl Scouts across the country will honor those share believes as they pledge to serve God and others.

Saturday, March 13: Girl Scout Sabbath
Besides reflecting on your beliefs and how they’re echoed in the Girl Scout Law, we urge you to take some time this Girl Scout Sabbath to learn something new about someone else’s faith.

A friendly reminder that if you’d like to contribute content for April, the interest form is due by March 10.

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01/30/20 • 21 min

The year-by-year Cookie Entrepreneur Family pin collection is the latest addition to the Girl Scout Cookie Program—and was inspired by and designed for families just like yours!

It’s never been easier to support your girl as she develops business skills, makes amazing memories, and earns a different pin for her uniform every cookie season. The simple, age-specific guidelines have been tailored for her developing skill set, making success a snap.

Purchase the pin (worn by girls only) here: click here to go to the Girl Scout Shop.

Check out where to place the pin on the Girl Scout uniform here:

Save the Date:
National Girl Scout Cookie Weekend is February 28 – March 1, 2020!

Get the patch! Click here to go to the Girl Scout Shop.

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Episode 10 – World Thinking Day

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01/25/20 • 17 min

Get the one-page PDF resource for this episode: click here

Every year, one special day brings girls around the world together to celebrate sisterhood and make a global impact: World Thinking Day!

What Is World Thinking Day?

Since 1926, World Thinking Day has promoted international friendship among Girl Scouts and Girl Guides as they work together to make the world a better place. It all went down when girls met at Girl Scouts’ very own Camp Edith Macy (now Edith Macy Center) for the fourth World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts World Conference. The delegates agreed that there should be a special day every year when Girl Scouts and Girl Guides around the world think of one another and celebrate global sisterhood. They decided to call it Thinking Day and chose February 22 to honor the birthdays of Girl Guide founders Lord and Lady Baden-Powell.
Fast forward to 1999: at the 30th World Conference in Dublin, Ireland, delegates wanted to make sure the day reflected the Girl Scout Movement’s international nature, so they changed the name to World Thinking Day.
Every year since, World Thinking Day has called on Girl Scouts and Girl Guides to unite and take part in activities that change the world for the better.

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

Girl Scouts is a place for every girl, and this year’s World Thinking Day theme of diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) emphasizes that by calling on girls to promote these values in their communities, the Girl Scout Movement, and beyond.
By using the World Thinking Day Award 2020 Activity Pack, girls learn what DEI means and what they can do to put these ideas into practice. After completing the activities, girls earn the World Thinking Day Award!

Resources for World Thinking Day

With this downloadable guide, you’ll have ideas and links to additional resources to assist your girls in earning the World Thinking Day Award. This is your go-to resource page for all the World Thinking Day info.

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01/14/20 • 10 min

We’re gearing up for BIG things in 2020! And we need your help.

Every month, we’ll be opening up guest blog submissions and podcast guest applications to plan all the All Things Girl Scouts goodness for the following month. Our listeners and readers have so much knowledge and experience to share, and we’re ready to help even more Troop Leaders and parents make Girl Scouts AWESOME for girls in their troop.

Be a Guest Blogger

There are 3 types of articles you can submit:
  1. Share Your Story: Something AWESOME your troop or Service Unit has done in Girl Scouts. What are your successes that others could gain inspiration from?
  2. How-To: Share the step-by-step of how to earn a specific girl award, qualify for a volunteer recognition, or host a bridging ceremony (for example).
  3. Expert Resources: Do you have a super-cool day job with expertise to share? Maybe you can help girls earn a badge by sharing resources.

To get started, submit your interest form here.
The deadline to submit is the 10th of each month, for content to be published the following month.

Be a Podcast Guest Host

There are 3 types of Podcast Guest Hosts:
  1. Girl Scout Experts – If you have a special skill, experience, or knowledge related to Girl Scouts, join us on an episode to share it! Are you really good at Dutch oven cooking? Love the STEM badges? Let’s chat.
  2. Professional Experts – If you’ve got a cool day job that girls or troop leaders might be interested in learning more about, let’s chat.
  3. Council Celebrity – How fun would it be to interview council CEOs, Board chairs, and Camp Directors?! Let’s highlight your Council’s celebrities with exclusive interviews!

Want to be a Podcast Guest Host? Submit your interest form here.
Know someone who would be an awesome guest? Suggest a guest here.

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07/14/19 • 12 min

What are Girl Scouts Safety Awards?

There is one Safety Award available at each Girl Scout level, so there are six total. They look like the little red cross symbol, except the color is different at each level and there is a little green girl scout trefoil in the middle of the cross.

Where does she wear the award?

It is typically worn just above the rows of badges and Journey awards. You want to have some space above it for the My Promise, My Faith awards. Above it there might also be Brownie Wings, a Junior Aide award, bridging awards, and so on. See insignia placement here.

Where do I find all the requirement?

To find all the requirements for the safety award, you will want to reference your level’s Girl’s Guide to Girl Scouting.

In this episode, we review the requirements of each level’s Safety Award and talk about ideas for completing each step.

We’ve also prepared a free downloadable resource for you, with links to additional expert resources to support your troop, as the girls work toward their safety award. Get the resources here.

Safety Award Topics by Level


  • What to do in an emergency
  • Choking signs and first aid
  • Stop, Drop and Roll


  • School safety
  • Local emergency services
  • Smoke alards
  • Trip safety
  • Disaster preparedness


  • Common injuries
  • Home safety
  • Signs of dangerous weather
  • Bike safety
  • Trail safety


  • Hazards to young children
  • Water safety
  • Teaching Safety to others
  • Disaster preparedness
  • Bullying


  • Self defense
  • Teaching safety to younger girls
  • Distracted driving
  • Conflict resolution
  • Drug and alcohol abuse


  • Teen forum on safety
  • Social Media safety
  • Safety Responsibilities for leaders
  • Safe relationships
  • Safety in sports
Resources for earning the Safety Award

With this downloadable guide, you’ll have ideas and links to additional resources to assist your girls in earning the Safety Award. Even if you’re not a safety/health care professional, you’ll have expert resources, with this download.

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06/26/19 • 10 min

Girl Scouts has always been about building strong relationships. Good troops provide exciting activities. GREAT troops provide opportunities to make friends that share in the excitement. Troop leaders are what makes the difference.

For a successful troop, make time to build relationships between fellow girls, girls and their leaders, and girls with the greater sisterhood of Girl Scouts. Here are a few of my favorite ways to do that.

1. Learn a few good icebreakers.

Play icebreaker games that help girls learn something new about each other. Start off your meetings each year by helping girls find out what they have in common as well as interesting things that make them unique.

Download our collection of name games and icebreakers, with something perfect for each age group.

Name Games and Icebreakers

Play icebreaker games that help girls learn something new about each other. Start off your meetings each year by helping girls find out what they have in common as well as interesting things that make them unique. Here are some of our favorites!

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2. Choose “favorites” – one at a time.

Each girl should feel that they are getting special attention from you, the leader, at one time or another. Pledge to give every girl your undivided attention for a few moments each meeting. Be conscientious about which girl you sit next to during and activity or snack, or who you call on first. Keep mental notes about which girls you need to assign special tasks or choose as a buddy.

3. Eat snacks, and meals (during trips or day long outings) with your troop.

Our meetings are so packed with activities, that snack time is one of the few “down-times” that you have to sit with your girls, in a circle, and chat.

4. Praise in public, critique in private.

Praise girls in front of their peers! Say something positive to a girl’s parents in front of her when they pick her up after the meeting. Always give your girls a chance to shine. This builds confidence, reinforces the value of respect, and strengthens your relationship with the girl.

Things don’t always go smoothly, and there will be times when you need to address issues. You may be surprised how much girls will listen to you when you respect their feelings and address issues away from their peers. Have a quiet conversation off to the side for smaller concerns, or a family meeting with parents for larger concerns.

5. Create a group identity.

Make being in your troop something special. Girl Scouts already has a uniform and handshake, but you can add something special like a troop cheer, special snack activity, or wearing matching bandanas or t-shirts.

6. Love being a leader!

Have fun with your girls- it’s really ok to enjoy yourself! Tell jokes. Share appropriate stories, participate as a member of the group, and get excited about what you’re all going to experience together.

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Episode 6 – Group Agreements

All Things Girl Scouts


05/16/19 • 11 min

Spring is the perfect time to revisit a group agreement. If you did one in the beginning of the year, your girls will have grown a lot since then, you may have added new girls, and you likely have some summer trips planned and revisiting what behavior is expected is a good idea. And if that doesn’t quite fit your group, you sure can save this episode for the start of the next year.

What is the point of a group agreement: The goal is to set a standard of rules, guidelines and norms, typically around behavior, that the entire group agrees upon and commits to. This is girl-led, so they set the rules.

Group Agreement Examples

The traditional group agreement

It usually involves a big piece of paper, and girls writing, or delegating someone to write, rules they think they should follow. They typically come up with things like be respectful and listening, but also traditions like they always want to do a friendship circle at the end of the meeting, and fun things, like a fun chant to encourage each other.

Once you have all the rules they think they need, and you have brought up anything they might have missed, it is time for signing. All girls and leaders should personally sign the big paper to agree to following these guidelines.

The “Be specific” group agreement

This time, you are going to take your big paper, and on one side your girls will brainstorm just like they did in the first example. After they have a pretty good list, we move to the next side. Here they will come up with examples of what that means. So, if they put respect on the first side, on side two, they think of ways to be respectful. If you think about it, some of these rules that all kids know are abstract concepts, so helping them think about what they look like can help a lot. If your group has a long list, you might talk about the top three and then go more into detail there.

On-the-go group agreement

All you need is your hand to explain this agreement, perfect for one day or short events as a quick reminder of what we need to focus one. It’s called the five finger contract. Each finger represents something different. Safety, commitment, attitude, listening, and encouragement. View our downloadable example of what to say and how to customize your own agreement. More details in the podcast too.

Group Agreement Resource

The five-finger contract is perfect for on-the-go behavior agreements with your girls. The first page of this resource shows what each finger represents and has a discussion guide. The second page is for you to customize with your girls.

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Once you have gone over each finger, ask if the group can agree to them. If they say no, talk about what needs tweaking. If they say yes, you seal this agreement with high-fives. Depending on group size, they can high-five everyone or high five at least x number of people. Adults should participate too.

A formal agreement

When troops do domestic or international trips, it is not uncommon to have a behavior agreement that is signed by the girl and her family. Your council likely has an example, so if your girls are approaching this style of trip, you can contact them. It generally involves terms for which the parent would be required to come get their girl in the middle of the trip for things like drug or alcohol use, inappropriate behavior, or similar things. Part of this is to set the expectations for the girls about what type of behavior would not be tolerated, and to alert the parents that they could be called upon to come get their girl. The need to use these is hopefully rare, but they are an important part of the planning process.

Ok, we have set the agreement, now what?

If you did a paper one, I recommend keeping it around. You could bring it and pin to the wall at troop meetings, or take a picture and reformat to a smaller size. The goal is not to do all that work and then forget about it. You want to use that agreement to reinforce behaviors and discourage some.

Keeping it handy means that their own rules are what’s monitoring their behavior, not yours.

When using the on-the-go contract, almost anything you want to correct can be related back to a finger. So you can have a conversation if needed or, and maybe more often, you can just point to your pinky and say, what’s this finger for. And they girls will answer safety and then rethink their choices.

Which group agreement style will you try next?

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04/26/19 • 19 min

Building fires and cooking over them is one of the most exciting parts of any outing. In this episode, we’ll be covering safety practices for fires, fire building basics, and suggested kaper roles for a cookout.

Remember, your council may require specialized training before taking your girls camping or doing fire building activities. Contact your council or check their Safety Activity Checkpoints to be sure you are following their guidelines.

Safety Practices

As they say, safety first! It’s important to go over the safety rules for the campfire area prior to building the fire.

  • Have a water bucket.
  • Build the fire in the designated area that has been cleared of debris.
  • Check the weather and local fire danger ratings.
  • Remove loose clothing and tie back long hair.
  • Don’t reach, walk, or jump over the fire.
  • Use potholders when needed.
  • Do not put garbage into the fire.
  • Never leave the fire unattended. – While you might have girls responsible for tending the fire, an adult should always be present.
  • Lightly sprinkle water from your hands until the fire is completely out.

Prepare for Emergencies

  • Review stop, drop and roll.
  • Let girls know, if they get injured, like a burn, to let an adult know right away.

Fire Building Basics

There are many types of fires, but these are the most popular.

  • A frame, the logs of the fire are shaped like an A, used for cooking
  • Log cabin or box fire, where logs are placed in a square, used for cooking
  • Teepee fires, where logs are propped up in tent shape, best for light

Types of Wood

Tinder is tiny. This is the stuff we light. Wood shavings, cat tail fluff, and birch bark make excellent tinder. If you are collecting twigs, they should be about as long as your fingers and narrower than your pinky finger.

Kindling is the middle sized sticks. It is used to feed the fire until the larger logs catch. They shouldn’t be longer than your forearm and the diameter ranges between your fingers and your wrist.

Fuel is your logs, large pieces of wood, as thick as your wrist or larger. This is what keeps your fire going.

When you ask girls to collect these difference supplies, follow this rule, dead, down, and dry. The branch should be dead, not connected to a standing tree or bush, and ideally dry.

Edible Campfire Leader Guide

An edible campfire is fun and delicious activity where girls learn the basics of fire building as they assemble their own miniature fire. You can do at a meeting in anticipation of your camp-out or as a snack activity before you make the real thing.

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Suggested Cookout Kapers

If you have a big troop and a big campout coming up, you might want to consider kapers, or chores, specifically for cookouts. Each meal, you can rotate them.


  • Clear the fire circle and safety circle.
  • Fill buckets of water.
  • Collect tinder, kindling, and fuel.
  • Build and tend the fire.
  • Put out the fire.


  • Prepare the food.
  • Set up assembly line if girls are making their own meal.
  • Set up serving line.
  • Pack up food after the meal.


  • Set up the eating area. They might put out a table cloth or make natural centerpieces.
  • Set up hand-washing station.
  • Select and lead a grace.

Clean up

  • Set up a garbage can.
  • Set up the dish-washing station.
  • Wipe tables.
  • Wash communal dishes. Each girl washes her own plate, but the cleaning crew washes pots, pans, and serving utensils.
  • Take trash to a dumpster or designated area.
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The average episode length on All Things Girl Scouts is 13 minutes.

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