Check out Kristina and Jessica at the Top of Blackett’s Ridge
Dear Members and Supporters of Girl Scouts:
It is time for us to let our elected officials know that we need some assistance in promoting and funding Healthy Media Images for girls. I ask that you take a look at the important legislation and share with your elected officials.
Together we can make our world better for all girls.
Support Healthy Media for Girls (H.R. 2513/S.1354)
Kids are surrounded by media. From television to movies to social media and new technologies, kids are consuming up to 10 hours of recreational media each day. Unfortunately, media doesn’t always promote healthy images of girls. Girl Scouts’ research tells us that girls are veryinfluenced by what they see in the media, and that it can have a significant impact on their self-esteem, body image, and leadership aspirations.
Girl Scouts has worked to introduce the Healthy Media for Youth Act in the House and Senate to address this issue! This legislation will:
- Provide competitive grants for organizations like Girl Scouts, that provide media literacy programming and leadership development that helps empower girls.
- Support research to help us better understand the impact of media on youth development.
- Create a federal task force to develop voluntary recommendations that help the media industry put forward healthy images of women and girls.
Take action today and send a message to your U.S. Representative and Senator asking them to cosponsor this important bill that impacts all girls.
Adventure Girl, our theme for this year’s Summer could not be more inspiring and true. Our girls have done a lot of traveling this Summer and are preparing for even more adventures abroad in our 100th year, beginning in October 2011.
Here are some pictures of our Adventure Girl shirts on many travels this Summer. They traveled around the U.S. and even as far as the Bahamas!
Girl Scouts of Southern Arizona is honored to be able to offer a retreat for women called “Authoring Your Own Life”. The retreat is a time for women to reflect on their life’s journey, explore their inner leadership and share with others. We held a two and half day retreat at Whispering Pines Program Center last week. 15 women gathered with five trained facilitators to Author Their Own Lives. One of the participants, Denise Birger, wrote a beautiful poem that articulates the shared experience.
Women together on the mount
Beautiful souls all who count
Differing faces from varying spaces
Working life paths towards new places
Inspiring leadership with tools abound
Lessons learned all quite profound
Wisdom of archetypes and Ah Ha moments
Communication that emphasized heartfelt comments
Gentle spirits bonding by the fire
Girl Scout camp energy to inspire
Acknowledgement and validation of sisterhood made
Positive energy will eminate in spades
And as it wound down how apropos
Mother Nature’s blanket of new fresh white snow
I will be hosting “Authoring Your Own Life” retreats throughout the year. Watch for postings on Facebook and on our website.
Girl Scout week is a time to take a good look at what the troop has done during the winter; to plan for the coming spring and summer months. It is also an excellent occasion for a special rededication ceremony or a Scouts’ Own.
In honor of this special week, Sahuaro Girl Scout Council is encouraging all Girl Scouts to wear your Girl Scout pin on Friday, March 12, the Girl Scout birthday. We will have a birthday cake at the Council offices, so please stop by and celebrate with us!
I also want to share some of the traditional meanings of Girl Scout week:
- Girl Scout Sunday: plan to demonstrate your understanding of the first part of The Promise…duty to God
- Monday: Homemaking Day; teach a homemaking skill
to a younger girl
- Tuesday: Citizenship Day
- Wednesday: Health and Safety Day
- Thursday: International Friendship Day
- Friday: The Arts Day
- Saturday: Out-of-Doors Day
How will YOU honor Girl Scout week?
Yours in Girl Scouting,
The cookies have been flying out of the cookie cupboard! Everyone I talk with is very excited about “Cookies on Demand.” I hope that you all are having fun selling and meeting your personal and troop goals. I know many of our girls and troops have been making plans for Gift of Caring, Cookies 4 A Change, and Troop to Troop projects to benefit our community, send cookies to soldiers and make a lasting impact with cookie proceeds.
We all are keenly aware of the devastation caused by the earthquake in Haiti. As I watched the newscasts I thought of the thousands of Girl Scouts in our Sahuaro Council who will want to help those left homeless, hurt and heartbroken by the devastation of the earthquake.
We can help!
Girl Scouts USA is working on lifting the ban on raising funds for outside organizations so that girls can help with the earthquake relief effort. There are many ways for girls and troops to get involved; however, with cookie season in full swing our best impact might be to use part of cookie proceeds to help the relief effort. Girls are encouraged to discuss this idea in troop meetings and work together to make a decision on how their troop proceeds can be used to help the victims of the earthquake. Funds can be given to the American Red Cross, the Unicef for Children Fund or World Care. World Care is a local organization that will also take actual relief supplies if your troop would like to use cookie proceeds to purchase water, medical supplies or rice and beans. We have links to these organizations on our website: GirlScoutsSouthernArizona.org.
I am so proud of the difference Girl Scouts make in our community and know that each troop will make a decision on how they can help locally or globally with their cookie efforts. Please share your ideas with me at firstname.lastname@example.org or on facebook or twitter!
Yours in Girl Scouting,
I can’t believe it is 2010! We are so excited for the New Year. Cookies will be here Saturday. Girls are psyched to have the cookies in hand for you on Saturday. SGSC is on the cutting edge of the new cookie program; girls will be everywhere!