Mary Nichols' Family Leadership Center
6100 N. Robinson Ave.
Oklahoma City, Okla. 73118
Anna Maria Chávez
Chief Executive Officer
Girl Scouts of the USA
Girl Scouting 101 is a new online training from GSUSA, designed especially for new leaders. It contains all the latest information about the new Girls Guide to Girl Scouting (GG2GS) handbooks, and the third and final Journey series for every age level, "It's Your Story, Tell It."
GS101 replaces two other online trainings: Online Volunteer Orientation (OVO) and Leadership Essentials (LE). But don't worry -- GS101 covers the best of these, as well as the new information. Leaders can still train using OVO and LE, but we encourage new leaders to use GS101.
Please email mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org for the password. Enjoy!
Anna Marie Chavez, the recently named incoming CEO of GSUSA,
is an accomplished woman! I was very
pleased to hear on the teleconference last week that she was selected by the
GSUSA Board of Directors.
is from the new breed of council CEOs.
An attorney, she has worked in politics and is skilled at advocacy during a time when our
attention is turned to giving girls voice. Someone told me she even has a council patch girls receive when they
meet the CEO.
Anna Marie is another CEO
who blogs regularly to work to keep in touch with her constituents. I was at a meeting with her, somewhat
briefly, but she recalled my name and details about our council, and this is
while she is the CEO of her own council.
I believe she will provide the type of leadership for "the Movement" to
serve today's girls and have us all working at "girl speed." For more information about Anna Marie, please see her biography.
During the convention they will also have a girl leadership institute. At the last convention this happened ahead of the convention so those girls who were older could actually be convention delegates. This time the girl leadership institute runs concurrent with the convention. We have 10 spaces available for girls 13 and older to attend this institute. The dates are November 9-12. The cost is around $1,000. We do have some limited scholarship funds available. If you know of an older girl who would like to attend, please contact me.
If you are interested in the proposed changes for the convention, we will be posting those on our website and welcome your comments. As convention delegates, they should reflect the views of the membership of this council. Comments are forwarded on to our convention delegation.
Coming this Fall! The Girl's Guide to Girl Scouting
Where can a girl find exciting new badges, the 100th Anniversary handbook, information on bridging and Bronze/Silver/Gold Awards, and much more all in one place? In The Girl's Guide to Girl Scouting, of course! There is a Girl's Guide for each level of Girl Scouts from Daisies to Ambassadors.
The Girl's Guide features robust skill-building badge activities, updated and new awards, information on Girl Scout history and traditions, and -- most of all -- lots of fun!
With this fall release, girls can grow as leaders and build new skills with a complete National Program Portfolio: Journeys + The Girl's Guide to Girl Scouting!
Take a peek. Let Brownie Elf tell you more...
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.
Contact Jacqueline Connell with the Water
Environment Federation at email@example.com 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.
What is GSLE? So, what is the Girl Scout Leadership Experience? That is the new acronym for what
you do with your girls. As
you may be aware, GSUSA has a new branding effort, working to make the brand
more relevant to today's girls.
You might have seen some of the ads, one with a young girl explaining to
her father on the beach why the sky is blue; she learned it in Girl
Scouts. There are new
program materials, with new colors and badges coming out in the fall. We are all engaged in a concerted
effort to sharpen the perception of what you do to build girls into leaders for
I was telling a friend the other day, many of the adults I have the opportunity to interact with are incredible individuals. They are able to juggle their work life, home life, and still have time to invest in a group of girls as a role model and leader. Most can do things I could never imagine doing. The Girl Scout Leadership Experience is you; each time you interact with the girls, providing them with the best that you have to offer so they will be happy, contributing adults. It is an amazing thing to watch. Thank you for being a leader.
Certainly we have all been shaken by the waves of terrible news from Japan over these past few days.
This is the news - and the advice - that we can give at this time:
As more news becomes available, we will share it with you.
Update 3/16: From Girl Scouts of Japan
The National Young Women of Distinction (NYWOD) is an honor conferred by GSUSA on ten Girl Scout Gold Award recipients whose final project demonstrated extraordinary leadership, had a measurable and sustainable impact, and addressed s a local challenge that related to a national and/or global issue.
Any Girl Scout who completed her Gold Award between July 1, 2009 and December 31, 2010, is eligible to apply. Each NYWOD will receive a $3,000 scholarship and will be prominently and nationally recognized during the National Council Session/Convention in Houston, Texas in November 2011. Each council is allowed to send three nominees. Girls must submit an application and other required information to Mary Anne Brutkiewicz at the Mobile Service Center April 1, 2011, in order to be considered. A committee will review applications and selected nominees will be notified by May 1, 2011.
Excellent news! The Girl Scout Research Institute is celebrating its 10th Anniversary tomorrow, November, 4, with an exciting event "Who's that Girl? Self-Image in the 21st Century". This event will take place in New York City but we can join via Ustream at 5:30 p.m. central standard time when the panel begins. At the event, GSUSA will be releasing new findings from a new study on girls and social media, including this refreshing statistic:
"92 percent of girls would give up all of their social networking friends if it meant keeping their best friend." - Girl Scout Research Institute, 2010
On the Ustream, guests will be hearing from a panel of adult and girl culture experts including Emme, supermodel and founder, Body Image Council, Maya Enista, CEO, mobilize.org, Gabi Gregg, MTV Twitter Jockey, Peggy Orenstein, Contributing Writer, New York Times Magazine; and Janie Victoria Ward, professor of education, Simmons College. We will also hear from a panel of girls from the New York City area.
Share this Ustream link with friends: http://www.ustream.tv/channel/whosthatgirl
October 31 isn't just Halloween, it's the birthday of Juliette Gordon Low, founder of Girl Scouts of the USA. How much do you really know about her? Test your knowledge with this quiz. Girl Scouts of the USA has some really cool information about the woman who founded Girl Scouts!
October 31 isn't just Halloween, it's the birthday of Juliette Gordon Low, founder of Girl Scouts of the USA. How much do you really know about her?
Test your knowledge with this quiz.
Girl Scouts of the USA has some really cool information about the woman who founded Girl Scouts!