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In celebration of World Water Monitoring Day (WWMD), Girl Scouts can receive a free water test kit while earning credit toward the Get with the Land or Water Drop patches just by registering for both WWMD and National Public Lands Day! Registration is free for both programs.

To receive a kit, troops must register with WWMD and indicate that they are affiliated with National Public Lands Day (NPLD), or register with NPLD and indicate that they are affiliated with WWMD. Simply checking the respective boxes while registering can do this.  Kits will be shipped between July and September while supplies last.

Questions? Contact Jacqueline Connell with the Water Environment Federation at with questions.

In 2006, Girl Scouts of the USA (GSUSA) developed a partnership with World Water Monitoring Day (WWMD). Through the WWMD program, Girl Scouts learn about the quality of their local waters by testing for dissolved oxygen, pH, temperature and turbidity (or clarity). These parameters represent basic elements that help determine water quality. Girl Scouts then submit their data into the worldwide database, where it is included in the annual WWMD report produced at the end of monitoring activities performed each year.

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We are devastated by the catastrophe in Japan and, on a personal level, are deeply concerned about our sisters there, the Girl Scouts of Japan.  USA Girl Scouts Overseas has served American military and civilian families in Japan for many years, and has extremely close ties with Girl Scouts of Japan. In fact, many of our overseas troops and Girl Scouts of Japan are sister troops. 

GSUSA has received many calls from Girl Scouts around the country asking how to help and are happy to report that the policy that prohibits Girl Scouts from raising money for other organizations has been temporarily suspended. To contribute to earthquake and tsunami relief efforts, you can make an onli
ne donation to the newly established Girl Scouts of Japan Relief Efforts

At times like these, Girl Scouts throughout the world come together in sisterhood to help those in need. We have seen our Movement rally in support of the victims of Hurricane Katrina and other natural disasters over the years, and will continue to do everything we can to help our sister Girls Scouts of Japan in the weeks and months ahead.
Make checks payable to Girl Scouts of the USA:
Girl Scouts of the USA-Fund Development
P.O. Box 5046
New York, NY  10087-5046
Memo: Girl Scouts of Japan relief efforts  
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Girls are also encouraged to send expressions of friendship to their sister Girl Scouts in Japan by making origami cranes (Sadako). For instructions, see YouTube videos. The Girl Scouts of Japan made and mailed thousands of these cranes to the United States as an expression of peace and friendship after
the September 11th tragedy.
Mail cranes to:
USAGSO - West Pacific
Unit 45005
APO, AP 96343-5005
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The Girl Scouts Global Action patch was developed in partnership with the World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts (WAGGGS).  This is an exciting and enriching way for Girl Scout Daisies to Ambassadors to participate in realizing the United Nations' Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) which aim to reduce extreme poverty and impact major world concerns by 2015.  

By participating in the Global Action patch activities, girls can learn, in a fun and educational way, about serious global issues affecting girls, young women, and their communities. Each Girl Scout who completes activities will join in WAGGGS' international movement of 10 million girls who together are advocating for themselves and others, both locally and globally--one of the Take Action outcomes (PDF) detailed in the Girl Scout Leadership Experience.

Earning requirements for this patch can be found at <> .

Girl Scouts of the USA launched a national campaign with the girl-centered journey, It's Your Planet--Love It!, that includes eye-catching, interactive activities and games and information that we know your girls will explore and love. 


This is a great resource to use particularly if your troop is working on this journey.


Have your girls join in on the fun and check it out:  You may want to play around on it as well, we certainly did!

We all have been watching closely the events that have taken place in Haiti, and so many of us have been affected by the stories of tragedy and heroism that have emerged.  I was particularly touched when I learned of a Girl Scout who was pulled out of the rubble only to later die as a result of her injuries.  This hits close to home for those of us who feel a bond of sisterhood with our fellow Girl Scouts.


GSUSA is working to temporarily suspend the policy prohibiting Girl Scouts from raising money for other organizations. We will inform you of any action; meanwhile, please work through local community groups to assist in earthquake relief efforts


Read more about this brave young girl's tragic story and learn how you can help those in need in Haiti.  Please join me in keeping those affected by this devastating event in our thoughts and prayers.


Yours in Girl Scouting,

Dr. Liz Brent


GSUSA_survey.jpgThe Girl Scout Research Institute (GSRI) just released its latest study, Good Intentions: The Beliefs and Values of Teens and Tweens Today. It's a fascinating look at how young peoples' beliefs and values on a range of issues from lying and cheating to drinking and smoking have changed over the last 20 years. The study is nearly identical to one Girl Scouts commissioned in 1989, and a comparison of the two shows a marked shift toward more ethical and responsible beliefs and values among teens and tweens.


Nearly two out of three young people (62 percent) surveyed in 2009, for example, say they would not cheat on a test compared to about half in 1989. Fifty-eight percent say they would refuse an alcoholic drink if offered one at a party. That's compared to fewer than half (46 percent) in 1989. And only 18 percent say they believe smoking is acceptable if a person finds it enjoyable. In 1989, more than a quarter of those surveyed thought smoking was acceptable.


And teens today appear to be quite tolerant of others and more civic-minded. Compared to 20 years ago, youth today are more likely to say they intend to vote in the future (84 percent vs. 77 percent), as well as give to charity (76 percent vs. 63 percent). Some 79 percent say they will volunteer in their communities. Make sure you check out the full study.  


Do you think this study reflect the attitudes and behaviors of our girls in southern Alabama?

GSUSA is seeking applications from young women interested in representing GSUSA at the 2010 Young Women's World Forum. The Young Women's World Forum, organized by Girl Guiding UK in collaboration with WAGGGS is the first of three events for girls and young women taking place throughout the centenary celebrations.


The Young Women's World Forum takes place between October 19 - 24, 2010 in London, England and is open to two young women ages 18-25 (at the time of the event) from each Membership Organization. E-mail with questions.


Please submit the application form to Mary Anne Brutkiewicz at the Mobile Service Center by November 25, 2009.

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