Monday, October 31, 2016

Happy birthday, Juliette!

Today is a big day in Girl Scouting—not because it’s Halloween, but because it is Founder’s Day! Founder’s Day is such an exciting day for Girl Scouts for we celebrate the birthday of a revolutionary—a woman who had a dream for girls and women to succeed, and made her dream a reality, Juliette Gordon Low! 

In 1912, at a time when women in the United States couldn’t even vote yet, Juliette “Daisy” Gordon Low, at 51 years old, gathered 18 girls in her hometown of Savannah, Georgia, to start a new outdoor and educational program for girls –the Girl Scout Movement was born.
The girls played basketball, hiked, swam, camped –they learned how to explore the world around them, like studying foreign languages and telling time by the stars. Together, they believed they could do anything they set their minds to.

Juliette started with a dream and did whatever she could to make this world a better place for girls. Did you know that Juliette sold her precious pearls in order to start the first Girl Scout troop? That’s why we wear pearls every October 31 to commemorate her sacrifice to change the lives of girls and women for over 105 years.

Happy birthday, Juliette!

Yours in Girl Scouting, 

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

5 Ways to Have Fun this Fall

Happy fall! Now that the weather is cooler and the leaves are changing, it’s time for me to change my flip flops to sturdy walking shoes and get outdoors!

Our national research has found that Girl Scouts who have monthly outdoor experiences really benefit. They are stronger problem solvers, better challenge seekers, and are more likely to recommend Girl Scouts to their friends. So, Troop Leaders and volunteers: get off that couch and get yourself and the girls outdoors!

Here are five things I personally enjoy doing during the fall:
  1. Going for a walk/hike: There’s really nothing better than going for a walk in the crisp air and hearing those leaves crunch underneath your feet. I love going for walks with my dogs in the evening and smelling campfires and fireplaces around my neighborhood—especially if they’re roasting s’mores!

  2. Pumpkin picking: I have such fond memories of going to my local pumpkin patch to pick pumpkins with my son. Now that he’s older, I still enjoy watching the reaction of young children and their parents as they converge on the local pumpkin patch and enjoy participating in such a heartwarming family activity.
  3. Thanksgiving: Another reason I love fall is because I am able to whip out my comfort food recipes—and what better way to cook than with your family during Thanksgiving!
  4. Raking leaves: To some, this may be a boring task, but raking leaves to me is a fun outdoor activity—plus, you get a little exercise, too!
  5. Gardening:  As a summer girl, it’s always somewhat bittersweet to see the mums and other fall flowers bloom (When it comes to fall--I always say ‘mum’s the word’). Despite saying so long to my summer flowers, I do enjoy getting my garden ready for the next season. It’s always very refreshing to cut back my perennials and to turn over soil and prepare for a new season, new beginnings! 

Whatever your own fall pleasures may be, make sure you get outside and enjoy the bounty of outdoor opportunities that abound.

What are your favorite fall activities to do with your family or troop? 

Share in the comment section below!

Yours in Girl Scouting,