Girl Scout Troops all over the country celebrated the birth of our founder Juliette Lowe on October 31, even here in Norcross!
Our troop each brought a "gift for our founder" from the dollar tree in place of their meeting dues. The gifts were something they thought our troop could benefit from! We got everything from bubbles to colored pencils to stickers and bandaids! Very fun.
When: November Service Unit Meeting, Tuesday, Nov. 14th
Set Up Time: 6:00 pm
Where: Mt. Carmel UMC – upstairs for the contest; downstairs for the service unit meeting
What: Every year our service unit holds a food drive for the Norcross Food Co-op. Part of the food drive is a fun competition between troops for the most creative presentation of the food they have collected for donation. You can see past entries at http://bentleytech.com/tday-displays/
How: Hold a troop food drive. Collect from your troop families and troop community. Bring the items you have collected to the November SU meeting. If you wish to compete in the display contest set up can begin at 6:00 pm.
To encourage the collection of as many canned goods as possible we will have a competition not just for the creative displays but also for the quantity of items brought for donation.
Below you will find the urgent needs list:
Canned meat (chicken)
Soup: chicken noodle, vegetable and tomato
Rice (one pound bag or box)
Mac and cheese
Meal in a can (Ravioli, chili)
Boxed breakfast cereal
tomato sauce, tomato paste
Questions: Contact Lisa Jefferson at email@example.com
At Girl Scouts, your girl will unleash her inner G.I.R.L. (Go-getter, Innovator, Risk-taker, Leader)™! Please consider joining the Norcross II service unit and see how your daughter unleashes her inner G.I.R.L.
How? Through the Girl Scout Leadership Experience—a collection of engaging, challenging, and fun activities like earning badges, going on awesome trips, selling cookies, exploring science, getting outdoors, and doing community service projects.
At Girl Scouts, she’ll get to lead her own adventure (it’s her world!) and team up with other girls in an all-girl environment to choose the exciting, hands-on activities that interest her most.
The idea is to learn by doing, and at Girl Scouts, she’ll do lots of it.
She’ll be inspired to discover her talents and passions in a safe and supportive all-girl setting. She’ll join with other Girl Scouts and people in her community—and together, they’ll take action to change the world.
Along the way, she’ll gain important skills in four areas that form the foundation of the Girl Scout Leadership Experience:
The Result? A Lifetime of Leadership!
At Girl Scouts, “Can I?” quickly turns into “I will!” as girls transform their ideas into action, turn their questions into adventure, and grow their confidence through practice. And with more than 60 million other G.I.R.L.s to cheer them on every step of the way, there’s no limit to what they can—and will—accomplish.
In fact, being a Girl Scout helps girls thrive in five key ways. As a Girl Scout, she:
With Girl Scouts, she’ll do more than she ever thought she could, dream bigger than she ever imagined, and—oh, yeah—change the world, for herself and for others.
Who knew rock climbing, building robots, or selling cookies could help her do all that?
Delivering Fun with Purpose
To bring the Girl Scout Leadership Experience to life, activities are led by girls themselves, feature cooperative learning, and highlight learning by doing. Girls come up with their own ideas, build teams, and experience the joy of making a positive impact.
At Girl Scouts, she will:
As Girl Scouts progress from Daisy to Ambassador, the awards they earn symbolize new and higher levels of achievement—and ultimately a deeper understanding of what it means to be a leader.
Some awards are related to specific activities (the Global Action award, for example), while others, like the Girl Scout Bronze, Silver, and Gold Award, recognize larger projects that girls complete with their troop or on their own. And based on their achievements, Girl Scouts can qualify for special scholarships, or even be selected as one of GSUSA’s National Young Women of Distinction.
All the steps girls take toward earning awards are built into every part of the Girl Scout Leadership Experience. Guidebooks for parents and volunteers also suggest meaningful ways to help girls celebrate earning awards and reflect on their accomplishments.
Handy Tips for Parents
Get in on the excitement! Please consider becoming a Girl Scout leader and join the Norcross II Service Unit. Adult guides for each Girl Scout grade level provide assistance for coaching girls along the way. The guides include a Journey overview, tips for choosing and conducting activities, details on awards and badges, and links to multimedia and online resources. See samples.
Troop 3063, worked on their Mechanical Engineering Badge this summer. They visited Optima Stantron who has a Factory in Lawrenceville. The girls were taken on a full tour of the company starting with Sales and ending with Quality Control. The girls got to see how a Mechanical Engineer designs the cabinets that hold computer systems. One in particular (that was at quality control) was a cabinet built to go on submarines to withstand pressure and damage :)
The girls were impressed with large machines that were bending and twisting the metal to form the cabinets designed by the Mechanical Engineer.
Optima Stantron finished out the tour with lunch and goody bags for the girls!
Adventure. Confidence. Leadership.
Be a part of every inspiring moment she’ll experience as she unleashes her inner G.I.R.L. (Go-getter, Innovator, Risk-taker, Leader)™to accomplish amazing things. At Girl Scouts, she’ll try new things, face challenges head-on, and find creative solutions to the problems she sees—all while building the skills she needs to shine today and tomorrow. Please consider joining one of the troops in the Norcross / Peachtree Corners area. Come and join the Norcross II Service Unit family. We are waiting on you!
With your desire for her to dream more, create more, and experience more, combined with our expertise, she’ll discover the power of G.I.R.L. within her and embark on a lifetime of leadership, adventure, and success. One action, one project, and one Girl Scout Leadership Journey at a time, she’ll change the world and make it a better place for herself and others.
Girl Scouts gives every G.I.R.L. opportunity after opportunity to do more and be more. Greatness is already in her DNA; we just help her set it free.
Research shows that as a Girl Scout, she’ll benefit in five important ways:
Join the movement for every girl!
Unleash her inner leader.
As a volunteer, you’ll introduce girls to new experiences and help them unleash their inner G.I.R.L. (Go-getter, Innovator, Risk-taker, Leader)™ to take the lead and change the world.
You’ll be their cheerleader, guide, and mentor, helping them develop crucial skills and confidence to launch them into a lifetime of leadership. Imagine the excitement, the memories made, and theimpact—this is what you’ll share as a Girl Scout volunteer. Please volunteer with the Norcross II Service Unit. We are looking forward to working with you.
Why Is Volunteering So Important:
With the guidance and support of a volunteer, Girl Scouts can go as far as their imaginations will take them—and you can be there, right by their side.
When you volunteer, you will help girls:
Check out what caregivers and volunteers have to say, according to our research, about volunteering with Girl Scouts:
Can parents and adults volunteer?
Absolutely! Girls always need guides and mentors to help them develop into successful adults. Whether you volunteer at meetings, go on field trips, or become a troop leader, the time you devote will help inspire today’s girls to become tomorrow’s leaders.
Check out all the different ways to have fun at Girl Scouts. Or see all the exciting possibilities Girl Scouts offers girls of all ages.
What will I do as a Girl Scout volunteer?
As part of a network of nearly 1 million adults, you’ll share an important commitment to preparing girls to lead successful lives. A volunteer serves as a partner and role model for girls. In the process, you’ll discover your own skills and abilities, meet new people, and learn through experience. Check out our Volunteer Resources.
What are the benefits of volunteering for Girl Scouts?
Girl Scouts really is great for everyone! Girl Scout research shows it is not just girls who benefit from participating in Girl Scouts: 94 percent of volunteers have made new friends, 88 percent believe their life is better because they volunteer with Girl Scouts, and two-thirds believe their volunteer experience has helped them professionally. Also, 95 percent of Girl Scout volunteers are happy knowing they are making girls’ lives better.
When can I join as a volunteer?
Any day is a good day to volunteer with Girl Scouts. We’re always looking for qualified volunteers to help, whether it’s during the school year, over summer break, or any time in between. In fact, today is the perfect day to get started!
Is there a way to volunteer “sometimes”?
Yes! Check in with our council – Girl Scouts Of Greater Atlanta, Inc. (https://www.girlscoutsatl.org/en/for-volunteers/become-a-volunteer.html) and see what type of help we would like. Extra adults are always needed for trips and special events, as well as for Girl Scout Cookie activities.
What are the most popular volunteer activities?
Volunteers help out in all kinds of ways, both large and small. From leading a troop to helping out at cookie sales to going on field trips, volunteers have many opportunities to join in the fun of Girl Scouting—and make a real, positive impact on girls.
Is there a screening process?
Yes. To ensure the safety and well-being of our girl members, all volunteers are required to complete a background check prior to becoming involved. All information you provide will be strictly confidential.
What about safety?
Safety is a top priority for Girl Scouts. All activities are supervised, and we provide our volunteers with top-notch training and program resources. We also follow comprehensive safety guidelines tailored to individual activities and girls' ages.
We know it, you know it, but do they realize it?
Our extraordinary volunteers are what make the adventurous Girl Scout world go round. And during April, we’re ensuring they hear how much girls and parents appreciate that.
Here are five fun ways to show your favorite volunteer your love and gratitude during National Volunteer Appreciation Month (and beyond!):
1. Make something. Who doesn’t love a handmade gift from the heart? Show the one-of-a-kind Girl Scout volunteer in your life just how much they mean to you by breaking out those arts and crafts supplies and getting creative. They’ll love it!
2. Shout ‘em out on social media. What better way to make your favorite Girl Scout volunteer feel special than to broadcast your thanks far and wide? They’re the best, and you’ll shout it loud and clear: I love my Girl Scout volunteer!
Be sure to include a line about why this volunteer (or volunteers!) is so special to you, and include the hashtag #NVW2017 to call out National Volunteer Week, which runs April 23–29.
3. Write them a love letter. Imagine their surprise when they open their mailbox and find a love letter from you. Need a little inspiration? Check out the letter Girl Scouts put together for these amazing volunteers!
4. Send an eCard. Is your Girl Scout volunteer a digital genius? Get innovative and send them a personalized eCard! It’s easy; pick your favorite G.I.R.L. (Go-getter, Innovator, Risk-taker, Leader)™ design, type their name, and share the card on social media or through email. Get started today!
5. Have your girl decide. Girl Scouts is girl-led, after all! The relationships between a Girl Scout and her volunteers are precious, so her thank you can be, too! Ask your girl how she would like to give back to volunteers this month. Does she want to sing a song, cook a delicious meal, or save up to buy flowers? Get those creative juices flowing, and help her take the lead!
Let’s make this year’s activities extra special. Here are a few ideas to get you started—one for each day of Girl Scout Week.
Sunday, March 12—Celebrate National Girl Scout Day by reconnecting with the Girl Scout Promise and Law. Learn more about Girl Scout history and our founder, Juliette Gordon Low; you could even hold a Girl Scout birthday party. (We’re 105 this year!) Do something to make the world a better place.
Monday, March 13—Be a go-getter and take action! You might launch a community service project or work toward a Girl Scout award.
Tuesday, March 14—Be an innovator and explore science, technology, engineering, and/or math (STEM)! You could create a fun project through Made with Code, meeting challenges head on and exploring new solutions.
Wednesday, March 15—Be a smart risk-taker and step out of your comfort zone! Get outside to explore and take action to protect our environment. Try a new outdoor activity with family or friends. Sign up for Girl Scout summer camp—or plan a different adventure. It could take place close to home, or around the world!
Thursday, March 16—Be a leader and show people you care! Commit “random acts of kindness” all day long. Be a good friend. Volunteer or donate to charity. Show the world your smile!
Friday, March 17—Get involved civically! Connect with your local (or school) officials and leaders. Learn about Girl Scouts' legislative agenda. Work toward earning your Global Action award.
Saturday, March 18—Observe Girl Scout Sabbath: the perfect time to honor one’s faith. Attend a religious service. Think about earning your My Promise, My Faith pin. Learn more about faiths different from your own.
But don’t stop there! Learn more about Girl Scout traditions and ceremonies. Or…take the lead like a Girl Scout and come up with some fun and meaningful activities of your own!
And don’t forget to show us how you’re celebrating all week long, by sharing your activities on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram, using the hashtag #GirlScoutWeek.
Not currently involved with Girl Scouts? Join, volunteer, or donate!
Above all, take the opportunity during Girl Scout Week, and throughout the year, to share your awesome—and show the world how your courage, confidence, and character make the world a better place.
When you’re a Girl Scout, you’re part of so much more than one troop, one community, one geography, and that’s part of what makes this journey so unique and so life-changing. Because when you’re a Girl Scout, you’re part of a very special, very expansive network of extraordinary girls and women that spans all the way across the world. And every single one is a force to be reckoned with. Whether she’s in the United States, Italy, Japan, or anywhere in between, one thing’s for sure. She’s a G.I.R.L. (Go-getter, Innovator, Risk-taker, Leader)™ and she’s out to change the world—it’s in our DNA and it’s something to celebrate!
And celebrate we do—every year on February 22 Girl Scouts and Girl Guides from 146 countries (yes, 146!) observe World Thinking Day (WTD) by rallying our global sisterhood around a particular theme, and supporting girls as they travel internationally by donating to the Juliette Low World Friendship Fund. It’s a fantastic way to connect with sister Girl Guides and take action globally. World Thinking Day gives us the chance to honor the incredible depth of our Movement across borders and oceans in a big way.
The 2017 World Thinking Day theme is “grow”—inspiring girls to explore, stretch, and take on new challenges, while celebrating what it means to be part of the global sisterhood that is Girl Scouts and Girl Guides.
Here are three ideas to get you geared up for your most impactful World Thinking Day yet. Remember, this year, it’s all about stepping out of those comfort zones and finding new and unexpected ways to grow, grow, grow. But hey. You’re a Girl Scout, so you’ve got this!
Earn your 2017 World Thinking Day badge!
If you’re a Daisy, Brownie, or Junior, you can earn your 2017 World Thinking Day badge by growing in “shine” and friendship, or by taking action to address something that’s important to you, like making your very own badge or planting a “worldly” garden.
And if you’re a Cadette, Senior, or Ambassador, you can earn your award by growing in storytelling, adventure, service, self-awareness, and reflection, or by making your very own badge.
Get the full scoop and list of activities by grade level, and let’s get to growin‘ and earnin‘!
Make your environment bloom! Plant a tree as part of the 2017 World Thinking Day challenge.
As Girl Scouts and Girl Guides, building a better world through environmental stewardship has always been close to our hearts. This World Thinking Day gather your troop and your gardening supplies and get outside to plant a tree, or two, or three! Then snap some fun photos of the activity and post them to your social media with the hashtags #LetsGrow and #WTD2017. Let’s show the world how Girl Scouts are taking the lead to make the environment bloom! It will be fun to see how your fellow Girl Scouts around the world stepped up to the challenge.
Decide on three new things to try with your Girl Scout friends in 2017 and map out your plan of action!
At Girl Scouts, growing is all about trying new things, challenging yourself to embark on adventures, and learning from those experiences to create meaningful change in yourself and in the world.
What better way to celebrate World Thinking Day this year than to gather around with your Girl Scout friends and decide on three new things you will commit to trying together? Whether it’s getting involved in a service project you’ve never done before, visiting a park you’re not familiar with, taking a big trip, learning a new skill, or just challenging yourselves to try a sport you haven’t played yet—there’s so much to choose from.
Once you pick three things, spend some time mapping out a plan of action along with a timeline to make sure you try all three things before 2017 is over. Now, that’s a year full of growth to look forward to!
Have your own fun plans to celebrate World Thinking Day in 2017? Make sure to inspire your fellow Girl Scouts by sharing your plans on social media with the hashtag #WTD2017. We can’t wait to see what you’ve got in store!
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